Two African startups — Kenya’s Fastagger and Nigeria’s Pyloop — have been accepted into the NVIDIA Inception programme.
The NVIDIA Inception programme is a leading virtual accelerator run by American multinational technology company NVIDIA, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), data science and High Performance Computing (HPC) startups.
The programme provides participants with critical go-to-market support, expertise, and technology. Unlike traditional accelerators, NVIDIA Inception supports startups through their entire life cycle. There are no application deadlines, cohorts, or term limits. Once a startup has joined NVIDIA Inception, they’re able to remain in the programme as long as they keep their membership active.
Nairobi-based Fastagger has developed an AI-as-a-service platform that provides data management, algorithms, and image annotation services to AI-driven companies. The startup was founded in 2019 by Mutembei Kariuki.
Port Harcourt based Pyloop uses AI and Earth Observation (satellite) data to monitor air pollution. The startup was founded last year by Gideon Onyewuenyi, Gift Kenneth, and Agwa Victor. Coincidentally both Kariuki and Onyewuenyi were speakers at AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE. Check out Onyewuenyi’s talk here (https://youtu.be/9bjHWr1oNnE) and Kariuki’s talk here (https://youtu.be/40a6bMl8iPk).