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