20 African tech startups arrive in London for Go Global African programme

A group of 20 innovative and exciting tech startups have arrived in London today from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to participate in the first Go Global Africa programme.

The African version of Go Global, a successful innovation scheme which supports startups to improve their business skills and capability, will showcase startups that are developing cutting-edge products and services in industries including fintech, healthcare, agritech and water management.

While also helping applicants to develop business skills and capability in their African context, the scheme will also build links with the UK’s tech sector.

The UK government’s digital minister Margot James said: “It is fantastic to welcome these talented entrepreneurs to the UK. Africa is a vibrant and dynamic continent, with huge potential for growth, and the firms chosen for the first Go Global Africa programme see tech as a force for good in society.

“I’ve no doubt they have the talent to play a transformative role in their country’s growth while also building connections for UK startups in new markets and highlighting Britain as the place to develop new technology.”

Africa’s tech sector is one of the fastest growing industries on the continent, with African startups raising 50% more venture capital in 2017 compared to 2016.