Google Selects Two Kenyan Startups for AI for Health Program

Two Kenyan startups, Zuri Health and izola, have been selected to participate in the Google for Startups Growth Academy, AI for Health program. The program is designed to support high-potential startups using AI technology to grow and innovate responsibly in the healthcare and wellbeing industry.

Zuri Health is developing an all-inclusive digital toolkit to revolutionize patient care. izola is developing an AI-integrated therapeutics platform to enhance support for families with neurodivergent children.

The two Kenyan startups are among 30 startups from across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East that have been selected for the program.

Google has supported 106 startups from 17 African countries through its Google for Startups Accelerator programs since launching them in Africa in 2018. These startups have collectively raised over $263 million in funding and created over 2,800 jobs.

“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. We aim to stand alongside them, offering support and partnership as they strive to scale and disseminate their groundbreaking solutions,” said Yuval Passov, Head of Google for Startups and lead of the program.

Other African startups in the cohort include:

  • Eden Care (Rwanda): Merging AI and digital health to reshape health insurance and corporate well-being.
  • mDoc (Nigeria): Elevating personal health practices through virtual health mentorship.
  • Pharmarun (Nigeria): Unifying regional pharmacies with an innovative, patient-first platform.

Among the selected startups outside Africa, Biocam has introduced a capsule that scans the digestive system in real-time to identify potential threats. Mindstep offers an app focused on enhancing brain and mental health, while Rayscape provides radiologists with a digital assistant equipped with AI tools for better decision-making.

This initiative aligns with Google’s broader vision to support startups and accelerate their growth. In August, Google announced a broader program, the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First, a 10-week equity-free accelerator aimed at supporting African startups looking to use artificial intelligence to solve local challenges.

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