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2 Kenyan Non-profits Selected for Google’s First Generative AI Accelerator

Google’s First Generative AI Accelerator cohort copy

Google has released the list of the participants in its first Generative AI (GenAI) Cohort. 21 non-profits have been selected with 2 of them based in Kenya. The organizations will have access to the $20 million in funding that Google is providing  across the projects.

The 2 Kenyan organizations are: 

  • EIDU is using GenAI to provide personalized tutoring services in low- and middle income-countries through content for teachers and customized digital learning exercises for students.
  • Jacaranda Health scales digital health services to mothers who live in underserved areas using Natural Language Processing (NLP) that has been trained in African languages.

The Google generative AI accelerator is a six-month programme that seeks to support non-profits that are developing high-impact applications of GenAI. They will also receive technical training, workshops, mentors, and pro bono support from dedicated AI coaches.

“Generative AI can empower social impact teams to be more productive, creative and effective in serving their communities. We look forward to helping the chosen organisations harness the potential of this technology to tackle some of the continent’s most pressing challenges.” Dorothy Ooko, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Google, Africa, said.

According to Google, close to half of non-profits know the benefits of implementing GenAI. The lack of necessary tools, awareness, training and funding to adopt GenAI slows down their adoption. 

Besides the two Kenyan organizations, the others selected include Benefits Data Trust, Beyond 12, CareerVillage, Climate Policy Radar, CodePath, FullFact, IDInsinght.Inc, Justicia Lab, Materiom, mRelief, Opportunity@work, Partnership to End Addiction,, Tabiya, Tarjimly, U.S Digital Response and World Bank.

The selected organizations focus on areas like climate, economic opportunity, health, education and crisis response.

Also Read:  Applications are now Open for the Google for Startup Accelerator Africa Program

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