Five African Health-Tech Startups Selected for Google for Startups AI Program

By Joseph-Albert Kuuire 5 Min Read

The Google for Startups Growth Academy: AI for Health has announced the thirty (30) startups from around the world selected for its 2023 cohort. 

Five African startups made it to the list. They include:

  • Eden Care (Rwanda)
  • iZola Limited (Kenya)
  • mDoc (Nigeria), 
  • Pharmarun (Nigeria) and 
  • Zuri Health (Kenya)

About The Program

This three-month program consists of virtual workshops on best practices for AI and leadership development, responsible innovation, product design, and customer acquisition. It also includes one-on-one mentorship sessions and technical project support from experts from Google Research, Google Health, Verily, Fitbit, Google DeepMind, and more. 

What They’re Saying 

Africa’s innovative spirit in the AI for Health domain is profoundly inspiring. These startups stand as a testament to the continent’s ability to develop global health solutions.’’ Yuval Passov, Head of Google for Startup and lead of the program, said.

‘’We aim to stand alongside them, offering support and partnership as they strive to scale and disseminate their groundbreaking solutions.” 

By The Numbers

Since introducing the Google for Startups Accelerator programs in Africa in 2018, Google has supported 106 startups from 17 African countries and these startups have collectively raised over $263 million in funding and created over 2,800 jobs.

Selected Startups

Here is the full list of startups selected:

  • Acorai (Sweden): A heart failure monitoring platform.
  • Activate Health (Estonia): A platform that uses data, AI, and gamification to help users improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
  • ADNTRO GENETICS (Spain): A DNA kit requiring only a saliva sample to discover personalized nutrition, training, predispositions to diseases, and more.
  • Anya (United Kingdom): A startup supporting parents during their first 1,001 days of parental journey — from conception to toddlerhood.
  • Biocam (Poland): An endoscopic capsule for real-time determination of potential digestive system threats.
  • Cara Care (Germany): A holistic companion for people with digestive issues.
  • clare&me (Germany): An AI voice coach for anxiety, worries or circulating thoughts.
  • Deemea (France): A cooperative platform dedicated to medical imaging data.
  • Doctomatic (Spain): A remote patient monitoring software where patients can scan the results and automatically provide the data to their doctors.
  • Eden Care (Rwanda): A health insurance solution, offering seamless and affordable digital healthcare coverage to businesses across Africa.
  • EQL (United Kingdom): Self-service assessment tools for people with muscle and joint problems that enable quick access to the best available care.
  • ExactCure (France): A Digital Twin simulating the concentration of drugs in the blood of patients.
  • iZola (Kenya): An online therapeutics platform for families with neurodivergent children.
  • Kahun (Israel): An AI assistant platform designed specifically for physicians.
  • Labplus (Poland): A medical device software that automates the analysis of lab test results.
  • Likeminded (Germany): A platform that supports and improves the mental health and wellbeing of employees.
  • mDoc (Nigeria): A digital health company that provides virtual self-care health coaching to people living with or at risk for chronic health needs.
  • Mindstep (United Kingdom): An app for optimizing brain and mental health care.
  • MX Labs (Estonia): A startup providing health advice in seconds based on camera-based health screening using only a smartphone.
  • Pharmacy Marts (Egypt): A digital marketplace that connects pharmacies and medical suppliers.
  • Pharmarun (Nigeria): An on-demand platform simplifying how Africans access medication through the use of technology.
  • Rayscape (Romania): A complete digital assistant for radiologists that provides AI tools for better decisions.
  • StethoMe (Poland): An intelligent stethoscope for parents.
  • (Poland): A company simplifying access to healthcare by automating telephone contact with patients using AI-based virtual assistants.
  • Techspert (United Kingdom): An expert network to source the freshest and most precise healthcare insights.
  • Tucuvi (Spain): A startup automating medical phone conversations through empathic AI.
  • Vitadio (Czechia): A mobile app reversing insulin resistance with AI-driven lifestyle modification.
  • (Czechia): A wellbeing companion with daily mental health insights, tailored plans, and all-in-one tools.
  • Wellx (United Arab Emirates): A platform encouraging and rewarding healthy habits.
  • Zuri Health (Kenya): A company providing affordable and accessible healthcare solutions for people without smartphones and living in underserved areas.

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Joseph-Albert Kuuire is the creator, editor, and journalist at Tech Labari. Email: Twitter: @jakuuire
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