12 startups selected for first cohort of Microsoft, Flapmax Fast accelerator

12 startups selected for first cohort of Microsoft, Flapmax Fast accelerator

Flapmax is introducing the first 12 startups to kick off the FAST startup accelerator program. The startup incubation program seeks to help strengthen and scale Africa’s digital ecosystem. In partnership with Microsoft, Flapmax’s twelve-week startup accelerator will begin on March 21st. The 12 startups come from 6 different countries, serve 9 industries, and include 2 female founders.

Flapmax FAST accelerator Microsoft Africa startups

Flapmax says over 800 applications from 25 countries in Africa were received for the first FAST accelerator cohort. With the highest number of applications coming from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, and Egypt. Industries represented by the application pool included AgTech, EdTech, HealthTech, FinTech and more.

Microsoft believes that African startups are well-placed to become a cornerstone of the African digital economy, with relevant solutions to local societal challenges. Participation in the FAST startup accelerator program will help these entrepreneurs capture available funding opportunities and plan for growth and future market expansion

Gerald Maithya, Startups Lead, Microsoft Africa Transformation Office.

In partnership with the Microsoft team, we are bringing together a unique mix of technology business and innovative entrepreneurs to build and scale societally impactful solutions that enable digital transformation across industries, as well as an introduction to cloud and AI-integration tools designed to unlock new value for their businesses”.

Dave Ojika, founder and CEO, Flapmax

FAST applicants had to be based in Africa, ready to scale or expand within the continent, and have an established product-market fit while addressing one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The first Flapmax FAST accelerator cohort features the following startups:

  • Capsa Technology (app.getCapsa.com) : Online platform to buy and sell invoices for businesses in Africa
    Nigeria | FinTech | SDG: No Poverty 
  • Silqu (www.Silqu.com): Africa’s most advanced proptech platform in real estate and technology
    Kenya | PropTech | SDG: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • LegitCar (LegitCar.ng): Building Africa’s biggest vehicle data service
    Nigeria | Automotive | SDG: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • VAIS (VAIS.ai): Comprehensive precision agriculture platform powered by AI & earth observation
    Egypt | AgTech | SDG: Zero Hunger
  • Snark Health (SnarkHealth.com): Partner with your doctor. Leverage your data. Pay less.
    Kenya | HealthTech | SDG: Good Health and Well-being
  • Pade HCM (PadeHCM.com): Automated HR for all African businesses
    Nigeria | Enterprise Software | SDG: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • DayDone (www.DayDone.com.ng): eCommerce platform, digitizing Africa’s agriculture market
    Nigeria | AgTech | SDG: Zero Hunger
  • K-12 EdTech (K12plus.app): Asynchronous and synchronous kindergarten to 12th-grade education app
    Kenya | EdTech | SDG: Quality Education
  • Tumaini La Maisha (www.weareTLM.org): Pediatric oncology services
    Tanzania | Government & Public Service | SDG: Good Health & Well-being
  • Taimba (Taimba.co.ke): East Africa’s First Data-Driven Food Supply Chain Platform
    Kenya | AgTech | SDG: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Wala Digital Health (WalaDigital.io): Digital platform for hospitals access to blood that saves lives
    Ghana | HealthTech | SDG: Good Health and Well-being
  • KaCyber Technologies (www.KaCyber.com) : Making seamless mobility a reality in Africa
    Uganda | Mobility | SDG: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Flapmax Learn

Flapmax also announced the launch of its new upskilling and reskilling platform, Flapmax Learn, which would be used during the twelve-week FAST program to facilitate technology and business masterclasses and certifications. The top 100 startups from the FAST applicant pool will receive complimentary access to the Flapmax Learn platform, including the accelerator learning modules and masterclasses.

Beginning March 21, the FAST accelerator cohort will engage in a broad range of activities, including training, business development, cloud & AI integration, fundraising and community-building events designed to help them scale rapidly and sustainably. Microsoft engineering team members will work one-on-one with participants on co-innovation projects ranging from product integrations to new offerings. With the help of the Flapmax engineering team, the startup founders will access new technology tools and services. Participants will benefit from up to $250,000 in Microsoft Azure cloud credits, as well as access to Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, including access to OpenAI APIs.

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FAST Accelerator, Microsoft and Flapmax court African innovators

FAST Accelerator, Microsoft and Flapmax court African innovators

Flapmax is launching Fast Accelerator, a startup incubation program in partnership with Microsoft to help strengthen and scale Africa’s digital ecosystem. The accelerator program targets startups building cloud and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled technology products and services. It is currently accepting applications from entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in the first cohort.

Fast Accelerator startup Microsoft Flapmax

The first cohort will prioritize business to business (B2B) startups across all industries. With a special interest in healthtech, fintech, edutech, industrial and agritech, sustainability, and deeptech companies. FAST Accelerator startup applicants must be based in Africa. They must have an established product-market fit, be ready to expand within the continent. Applicants must also be available to participate in the full program between March 7 and May 27, 2022.

It will provide direct investment in African tech leaders, says Gerald Maithya, SME and Startups Lead, Africa Transformation Office, Microsoft. Adding that Africa is poised to become the next international technology hub.

We are excited to partner with Flapmax in our mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The FAST program will provide direct investment in the technology leaders of tomorrow in the region, helping build key infrastructure that uses artificial intelligence as the basis for solutions development.”

The FAST Accelerator program will combine business development, technology integration, funding and community building opportunities. Participants will work with Microsoft engineering team members on co-innovation projects ranging from product integrations to new offerings. Whilst the Flapmax engineering team will help startups apply new technology solutions, including Measure, Coral Imaging, and Fast Portal. Additional perks include up to $250,000 in Azure credits, access to Founders Hub, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365 (including Teams).

At Flapmax our mission is to enrich the lives of everyone on the planet and make the world more sustainable, using accelerated AI technology,” says Dave Ojika, founder and CEO, Flapmax. “We are proud to partner with Microsoft to make that dream a reality for startup founders committed to strengthening the digital ecosystem in Africa“. 

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