Kenyan tech start-ups make it to Google’s Accelerator program for their agricultural innovation

Two Kenyan tech start-ups will be participating in this year’s Google’s Accelerator program on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The two start-ups emerged winners on account of the simplicity as well as effectiveness of their solutions.

One of the solutions dubbed Solar Freeze is a renewable mobile cold storage facility developed with the rural areas in mind. This revolutionary start-up is engineered towards solving post-harvest losses faced by a majority of farmers in developing countries.

Solutions for Smallholder farmers

The company in charge of the Solar Freeze boasts a team of a new young generation of Africans with an average age of 27years. Their main focus as a company is coming up with solutions for Smallholder farmers with smallholders.

Flare, the other Kenyan start-up that made the list, an ingenious piece of software created for emergency response teams. Fitted with an inbuilt consumer-facing application, it allows patients in distress to see nearby emergency facilities or ambulance options and seek help in real-time.

This tech start-up also serves the largest network of ambulances within Kenya and has been responsible for hundreds of life-saving emergency responses by decreasing ambulance wait times and increasing access to emergency transport in the country.  

Selection criteria

The 11 winners were selected based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals including poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.  Following the shortlisting, each startup founder is now set to work closely with engineers from over 20 Google teams and other subject matter experts to address product, engineering, business development, and funding challenges.

Google for Startups Accelerator is focused on sustainable development goals that are geared towards social impact startups working to create a healthier and more sustainable future. The unique platform provides access to training, products and technical support from leading experts in the field.


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