The Vodafone Institute has selected 5 startups around the world to join its maiden accelerator, F-LANE. This accelerator, which is focused on women in the tech sector, has included 2 West African startups to join.
The selected startups pulled through a selection of about startups from 62 countries around the globe. Subsequently only 5 most innovative business models got selected to have a place in the F-LANE accelerator, including 2 from Ghana and Nigeria.
These started were selected from Nigeria, Ghana, the United Kingdom, India and Germany. Developers in Vogue and Rubi Health are the startups representing Ghana and Nigeria, respectively.
The remaining startups are Boost Thyroid (Germany); Safe & the City (UK); and Together for Her (India).
All these startups are basically organisations that have a focus on the women and the girl child in our societies.
Developers in Vogue form Ghana is committed to closing the gender gap when it comes to the tech industry. This organisation gives women training in usually men-dominated fields. The trainees are then matched to potential employers. Some of the graduates are now working with top corporations like Vodafone and Microsoft.
Boost Thyroid from German has an app that supports the diagnosis of Hashimoto, an autoimmune disease that affects women. The app also offers information about the disease as well as a personalised tracking tool to collect data.
The data is used in researches to help improve the life of the patients.
From Nigeria is Rubi Health. This startup provides psychotherapeutic care in rural hospitals, which sees expectant mothers as the primary target. Patients are meet the specialists via video chats in rooms that these hospitals provide. Rubi Health also organises health camps to examine the mental health of thousands
Together for Her, representing India, seeks to combat mortality rates as India has one of the highest on earth. This startup is doing this with a new data-based platform where mothers use 9 WHO-based indicators to evaluate visited health facilities according to their “Quality of Care”.
Together for Her also offers services for expecting mothers to monitor their prenatal health.
An app that seeks to make the life women easy, Safe & the City (UK) collects anonymised data to provide safer routes through cities for users. This is a response to rampant sexual harassment faced by women.
These selected startups will join a 7-week programme in Berlin, Germany for mentorship, training, networking and financial assistance.  They will also receive up to 4.5 million euros in investments.
The F-LANE accelerator will start on October 4 and the Demo Day will happen on November 21, 2019.

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