Here are the 11 startups to have graduated from Facebook's Accelerator London
Eleven startups have graduated from the third chapter of Facebook's Accelerator London programme.
The programme has supported 25 emerging start-ups in total and, in this latest iteration, has opened up to startups from Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the first time.
It's open to high-growth startups who are creating impact at scale using artificial intelligence (AI), virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR) or other Facebook products and technologies.
Among the graduating class is Collective Benefits, a London-based startup that provides gig economy workers with access to employment benefits, which has raised £3.3m in seed funding.
Other UK startups include Newpath, a mobile financing solution operating in emerging markets, Augnet, which reduces the cost of SMS verification texts by integrating their tech into phones, and GAIUS Networks, a social media application providing access to the consumption and production of hyper-localised content in frontier markets.
The other graduating compaies are Lesan, a German start-up that builds instant translation tools for low-resource languages, Funzi, a Finnish ed tech mobile app that delivers educational content to learners, Split UK and Egypt-based Knowledge Officer, South African startup Turn, Botswanan firm Brastorne Enterprises, German startup Tizeti and Converged Technology Networks, from Malawi.
The 11 startups have undergone a 12-week programme where they have worked closely with Facebook mentors, including product managers, data scientists, marketers, recruitment specialists and engineers.
Steve Hatch, VP for Northern Europe at Facebook, said: “Fostering innovation is at the heart of what we do at Facebook and we’re passionate about supporting the next generation of start-up businesses. It has been a privilege to watch these start-ups grow during their 12 weeks with us. Seeing so much exciting entrepreneurial talent come together here in our London engineering hub has been very special, and we look forward to watching each of these start-ups go from strength to strength as they graduate from the programme.”