Supporting Black tech entrepreneurs by way of the fourth Google for Startups Accelerator: Black Founders program — Google for Builders Weblog


Posted by Lauren O’Neil, Startup Developer Ecosystem Lead, and Matt Ridenour, Head of US Startup Ecosystem

We’re thrilled to announce our newest cohort of the Google for Startups Accelerator: Black Founders program because it embarks on its fourth yr serving Black founders within the U.S. and Canada.

The 12 corporations chosen for this yr’s cohort mirror the traits of the broader utility pool – startups targeted on enhancing healthcare outcomes, defending the surroundings, decreasing client vitality consumption, and eradicating limitations to monetary assets and residential possession (simply to call just a few). Moreover, these corporations are using rising AI applied sciences to streamline and simplify buyer, client, {and professional} experiences in any respect ranges.

“This yr’s cohort represents the large alternative that Google has to spend money on the way forward for tech entrepreneurship, and the way Google helps a broader ecosystem of driving innovation in key industries. It’s really spectacular to see how this cohort is tackling a number of the world’s hardest issues, from vitality to drugs to finance, and enabling the creator financial system for video games, music, and content material.”  

– Jeanine Banks, VP & Normal Supervisor, Developer X and Head of Developer Relations.

Hear from just a few founders who will take part on this 10-week program, commencing September twenty sixth.

Inform us the story of your startup:

Seyi Adesola, Cofounder & CEO of AfroHealth: “Dropping my mother to a preventable sickness ignited my journey into healthcare, main me to grow to be knowledgeable healthcare practitioner whereas offering particular person well being teaching to my church neighborhood, household and buddies. AfroHealth was shaped as an enlargement of this imaginative and prescient, a web based platform to offer Black people with culturally-sensitive on-line well being teaching.”

Nana Wilberforce, Founder & CEO of Akeptus: “In the USA alone, one-third of households grapple with month-to-month vitality payments, with 20% getting ready to shedding entry, and this hardship disproportionately impacts minority teams. Akeptus was based to empower households and enterprises to manage their vitality prices by way of AI options that simplify vitality administration.”

Nicole Clay, Cofounder & CMO of Hue: “My co-founders and I got here collectively as three ladies throughout the pores and skin tone spectrum who struggled with illustration in magnificence and discovering merchandise for our distinctive complexions. We’re an e-commerce expertise firm that matches buyers to actual individuals who share the identical pores and skin tone, pores and skin kind, or preferences as you.”

What are the first technical challenges you’re hoping to deal with throughout this system?

Seyi: “Throughout this system, our first precedence is perfecting the combination of Synthetic Intelligence with our platform. We hope to make the most of the complete potential of Google’s ML and TensorFlow frameworks to enhance well being outcomes within the Afro neighborhood.”

Nana: “We’re most excited in regards to the accelerator for the hands-on Cloud and AI experience to refine our algorithms and infrastructure, permitting us to scale our impression on sustainability.”

Nicole: “Throughout this system, we wish to apply AI/ML to create and optimize video content material, and leverage AI to ease the method for on a regular basis end-users to create their very own video opinions.”

Be taught extra about all 12 taking part startups under:

AfroHealth (Dallas, TX) is a digital well being & wellness platform using AI to offer personalised healthcare teaching to Black and Brown communities.

Akeptus (Glenwood, MD) is an AI-powered vitality administration platform that gives real-time insights and management to optimize utilization and vitality prices, scale back waste, and strengthen grid resilience.

CareCopilot (New York, NY) is a curated market of key providers that households want when caring for aged family members.

eBanqo (Alpharetta, GA) is a buyer engagement AI platform that empowers companies of all sizes to offer on the spot and seamless service to their prospects throughout all channels, 24/7.

Expedier (Hamilton, ON) is the primary Black-led, Black-Owned & BIPOC dealing with digital financial institution in Canada serving six million underserved BIPOC Canadians. (be taught extra about Expedier on our Google Canada weblog!)

Hue (San Francisco, CA) is an AI-powered video platform that helps manufacturers generate and show short-form video opinions on e-commerce.

IndyGeneUS (Washington, D.C.) is a precision drugs firm utilizing next-generation sequencing applied sciences to determine distinctive gene variants in ailments that have an effect on underrepresented populations.

Kwema (St. Louis, MO) is a great badge reel for healthcare professionals that empowers clinicians to unobtrusively name for assist when dealing with affected person violence.

My House Pathway (New York, NY) is a expertise platform that guides first-time residence consumers to approval quicker by analyzing knowledge and offering individualized suggestions.

Pagedip (Boulder, CO) is a no-code content material publishing app that enables customers to create fantastically environment friendly, powerfully efficient and demonstrably measurable paperwork that work higher for groups and their prospects.

Plannly Well being (Scottsdale, AZ) is a patent-pending threat administration software program devoted to mitigating the chance of human errors in hospitals, by providing a digital well being resolution that addresses supplier stress, burnout, and demanding life occasions or adjustments.

Rivet (Chicago, IL) is an AI-driven platform that helps creator groups use machine studying to search out and perceive their high-potential followers and offers actions and automations to unlock extra income from them.

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