11 African student-run startups selected for Harvard and AWS program

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Harvard Innovation Labs and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have selected 25 companies for the first NextGen accelerator, and 11 of them are African.

The NextGen accelerator is a Two-week Founders Bootcamp for early-career student founders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and universities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Taking place at Harvard Innovation Labs, founders participate in daily sessions covering a variety of topics, such as customer discovery, market validation, pitching, fundraising, and leadership skills. The 25 participating businesses received a grant from the Schultz Family Foundation to cover housing, food and flight costs.

As part of its commitment to increasing the representation of Black and other underrepresented founders in the startup community, AWS will offer $5,000 in AWS credits and access to AWS experts to NextGen Accelerator participants.

The 25 student-led startups selected for the NextGen 2023 accelerator include four from Ghana – agri-tech startup FeatheryCare (University of Ghana), organic soil booster maker Sabon Sake (Ashesi University), mobile wallet Hurupay ( Ashesi University) and farmer financing. LbH LC solution (University of Ghana).

Three are from Kenya, namely e-health startup AfyaBridge (University of Nairobi), parking platform Parksby (University of Nairobi) and health technology service Tawi Digital Health (University of Nairobi).

The list is completed by the Rwandan logistics platform HiQ Africa (African Leadership University), the South African fintech company Puno (University of the Witwatersrand), the Tanzanian startup AR Smartdarasa (University of Dar es Salaam) and the Nigerian payment platform Acceede ( Federal University of Technology). ).

“We are thrilled to welcome founding students from colleges and universities from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States to Boston,” said Matt Segneri, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans, executive director of Harvard Innovation Labs. “These students are working on a wide range of inspiring products and services, and we can’t wait to see everything they accomplish during the NextGen Accelerator and beyond.” »

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