Eleven startups from around the continent have been chosen to participate in Ghana’s first Africa Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, which will help them turn their innovations into viable solutions.
In June, Disrupt Africa announced that Ghana Tech Lab had partnered with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and IBM to run an AI-focused accelerator program designed to foster local developments in the areas of AI, machine learning , and data usage.
After a comprehensive and competitive process 11 innovation-driven AI startups from Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda were chosen to participate in the program’s first edition.
The chosen AI startups will participate in a five-month organized accelerator, working closely with IBM technical mentors and business development advisors to help turn their AI concepts into viable solutions. Currently, these companies exploit AI and machine learning in their operations to help solve problems ranging from financial independence, health care , transportation, agriculture and software creation.
The programme, in the later stages of the accelerator, would merge the virtual and the physical with startups taking part in video meetups before a bootcamp.
Three of the companies selected come from host country Ghana, namely Diagnosis, which uses AI to diagnose skin diseases; Kwanso, a solution for preventing, tracking and monitoring road traffic accidents; and Xpendly, a personal finance management app that allows users to control their finances in one location.
Rwanda and Uganda are also each represented by three start-ups, the former by the aquaculture start-up Aqua Safi, the SaaS Data Systems platform and the Tabiri Analytics cybersecurity firm, and the latter by e-health start-ups Chil AI, Global Auto Systems and Wekebere.
The final two selected companies are both from South Africa, in the shape of Congretype, which offers societal-based solutions in renewable energy, ICT for growth, and climate-smart agriculture, and Openbanking, which has built a safe and secure way for customers to exchange financial information.