Google stated that the new companies accepted into Google’s accelerator were selected from over 250 applications and all finalists will each receive:
- 3 months mentorship and support from Google.
- Cloud and Firebase credits.
- 3 weeks training at Launchpad Accelerator Africa – Lagos and Johannesburg.
- Access to Google engineers, resources, and mentors.
- Inclusion in the Launchpad Accelerator Global Community.
EzyAgric is an on-demand platform that provides inclusive and data-driven access to finance, production and marketing services for farmers and agribusinesses in Uganda. It does so through a network of youth agents equipped with smartphones and other forms of agricultural technology, providing employment and helping farmers improve yields and market access in one go.
“Google decided to launch an Africa-specific Accelerator to support start-ups as they build and scale great products, while matching them with the best of Google: its people, network and advanced technologies,” says Fola Olatunji-David, head of start-up success and services, Launchpad Africa.
So, Akorion uses a network of youth service providers (who are equipped with smartphones) that we call ‘Village agents’ and each of them serves at least 150-200 farmers. With that, we have been able to create an impact by really getting to the smallholder farmers and getting the youths employed in rural areas.
What Does EzyAgric Extension App Do
With EzyAgric Extension App, a farmer is able to interact with agronomists in real time. For example, the farmer can take a photo of an infected crop and send it to agronomist for immediate or real time response. The App also offers a variety of genuine inputs for different crops at affordable price delivered to the door step. Furthermore, the app has animated farming videos that can be downloaded and watched even offline thus improving on the agronomic practices of the farmer.
What is Unique about EzyAgric Extension App
This app can be used both online and offline. The farmer can place their order while offline and send their order while offline. This app can be used by both a farmer with smartphone and one with a feature phone. The farmer with a feature phone can place their order with the village agents and have it delivered to their door step.
This app also provides the farmer with transaction receipts that they can use to manage their records and transaction history.
The Target Customers
EzyAgric Extension targets both the commercial farmers and smallholder farmers and input suppliers. For the smallholder farmers without the smartphones, the Akorion village agents are located near them to help them order via the agent’s phones.
The other finalists are:-
AppZone (Nigeria): AppZone builds Software as a service (SaaS) fintech software ecosystems for digital banks, allowing them to reduce operational costs while improving service delivery.
Preeva (South Africa): Preeva is an online platform that connects students with young educators who provide tutoring help at school and university.
Thank U Cash (Nigeria): Thank U Cash is an online rewards platform that allows consumers to save and earn loyalty points that can be swapped for cash and merchants to benefit from extra spend.
Chalkboard Education (Ghana): Allows educational institutions to make their curricula available via mobile devices (USSD, SMS, and internet). It also lets those institutes gather insights about student learning patterns and helps them create and adapt curricula for the mobile space.
Cloud9xp (Kenya): Cloud9xp is an online marketplace and booking service that allows people to buy and sell experiences in various locations across Africa and the Middle East.
Formplus (Nigeria): Formplus allows companies to collect online and offline data through the use of customisable digital forms. The startup also provides analytics based on form answers and allows for payment collection via PayPal, Stripe and Flutterwave
Medsaf (Nigeria): Medsaf is a one-stop, curated medication marketplace for African hospitals and pharmacies.
Mintrics (Egypt): This social video intelligence platform helps brands and agencies understand how people are interacting with their social videos, giving them insight into what is and isn’t working and thereby maximising their ROI.
PayGo Energy (Kenya): PayGo’s smart meter and connected software service allows players in the LP gas (LPG) value chain to better service their customers, driving the adoption of clean cooking fuels.
Pineapple (South Africa): Pineapple’s unique machine learning technology allows users to easily insure individual items using just a mobile app.
Uganda’s Teheca was selected for the first cohort of Google’s Launchpad accelerator which saw 12 startups graduate, with more than 20 teams from Google and 40 mentors from nine countries supporting them
Google opened applications for the second class of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme in June, adding 12 more African countries from which it would accept application from — to the six that it took applications from in the first class
First announced in July 2017, Launchpad Accelerator Africa forms an important part of Google’s initiatives that support the African entrepreneurial ecosystem and builds on the Launchpad programmes already run in Africa, which have successfully connected over 200 African mentors with several hundred African tech startup entrepreneurs through one-week , in six different African cities over the last two years.