Ghanaian And Nigerian Startups Selected For Techstars Accelerator In Austin, Texas

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Written by Peter Pedroncelli
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Cowtribe is a Ghanaian agritech startup that helps farmers to take good care of their livestock. Photo – Cowtribe

Two African tech startups are expected to take part in the upcoming cohort of the Austin, Texas-based Techstars accelerator program alongside eight American companies.

Ghanaian agricultural tech firm Cowtribe and Nigerian insurance tech firm Wella Health have been chosen to join the Techstars Impact Accelerator 2019 Class, according to a Techstars blog post.

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TechStars hosts three-month programs for global tech startups focused on addressing social or environmental problems.

The accelerator usually invests $120,000 in startups selected for the class, with backing from investors that include Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s AIP Private Markets Team and Impact America Fund.

Ghana-based startup Cowtribe uses mobile technology to connect livestock farmers with veterinarians who can provide the necessary vaccinations, serving a high growth market in Ghana and beyond, Ventureburn reports.

Cowtribe was founded in 2015 by CEO Awin Peter and COO Alima Bawah. The startup raised $300,000 through the U.S.-based Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation in November 2018, according to Crunchbase.

Nigerian insurance tech company Wella Health is a pharmacy marketplace for affordable, high-quality disease care driven by artificial intelligence. It was founded in 2017 by Dr. Ikpeme Neto, a medical doctor from Abuja.

The startup is particularly interested in the treatment of malaria, which remains a major threat in many parts of Africa. Wella Health offers malaria insurance to cover tests and medication from around $1.17 per month, according to Ventureburn.

Wella Health also helps pharmacies to build clientele and revenue through its online platform.

The Nigerian startup recently graduated from the third Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class in Lagos, Techfinancials reported.