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September 30, 2021

Introducing the 2021 Class of the IBM Friends of Hyper Protect Accelerator

We’re excited to announce the full cohort for the 2021 class of our IBM Friends of Hyper Protect accelerator. Scroll down to the bottom to see the full list of companies.

Village Capital is the largest organization in the world supporting impact-driven, seed-stage startups having supported 1,200 entrepreneurs since our founding in 2009. But we want to scale that number to 50,000 by 2030. That is where our newest initiative Friends of Hyper Protect comes in - a 40 company accelerator welcoming founders from all across the world. 

Launching today, Friends of Hyper Protect draws upon our tried and tested virtual curriculum and peer learning methods and better leverages Abaca and our mentor and investor network. Being a global accelerator these features allow Village Capital and our partners to increase our impact whilst offering a more tailored offering to each startup, wherever they are in the world.

And we’re proud of the diversity of this year’s cohort. We received 210 applications for IBM Hyper Protect 2021, from entrepreneurs in 5 continents and 49 countries! Countries include Colombia, Jordan, Netherlands, Uganda, and Singapore! We are also very pleased that 65% of applicants this year had a female founder or co-founder, and 61% had at least one diverse founder.

After a careful selection process with insights from cross-regional experts, here are the 40 startups that are improving the quality of, and access to digital, financial, and healthcare services across the world:

  1. Asaak (Fintech, USA) Asaak is a fully digital lending platform that offers mobile financial services across Uganda to strengthen businesses.
  2. Aurora (Edtech, Colombia) Aurora’s mission is training and educating +140M blue-collar employees to excel in a more competitive future.
  3. Be Safe Group (Insurtech, Italy) Be safe provides innovative hospitality industry tools to help businesses improve their processes and increase competitive offers.
  4. CardioLync (Healthtech, Israel) CardioLync improves chronic disease care with its Interdisciplinary care coordination and communication technology.
  5. ChangeCom (Fintech, Jordan) The first mobile app-based platform that provides personal financial management solutions built for millennials for better financial health for users and higher financial inclusion rates.
  6. CircaGene (Healthtech, UK) CircaGene provides digital health solutions for users that value their Data Privacy and personalized health management.
  7. Comtok (Healthtech, Spain) Comtok is a safe and secure way for doctors and patients to communicate, saving money and time and improving the quality of care.
  8. Coopco Technology (Datatech, Nigeria) Coopco Technology is end-to-end cloud-based software that provides workflow solutions for cooperative organizations
  9. Credit Plus (Fintech, Uganda) Credit Plus is a digital platform that provides flexible earned wage solutions to employees.
  10. CryptoMate (Fintech, Argentina) CryptoMate facilitates P2P and OTC operations using blockchain, AI and social technologies.
  11. Curacel (Insurtech, Nigeria) AI-powered claims processing and fraud detection platform for insurance companies.
  12. Edfundo (Fintech, UAE) Edfundo is a money management application that comes with a prepaid debit card. It sets out to give kids and teens an unrivaled banking experience with a core focus on financial literacy.
  13. eFlow (Edtech, UAE) eFlow is a cloud-based educational platform powered by an interactive chatbot that enhances learning delivery and management by conserving the human element in distance learning through conversational course format.
  14. ELCIES (Datatech, Netherlands) ELCIES is a Data and algorithm platform that offers the science behind “Workout Personalization” as-a-service. ELCIES has developed an Award-winning algorithm that personalizes the Fitness and lifestyle-related data by predicting the best “Fitness Routine” for each person in less than 3 seconds!
  15. Emata (Fintech, Uganda) Emata is disrupting the $240bn farmer financing opportunity in Africa and on a mission to provide digital loans to millions of farmers.
  16. Erudit AI (Healthtech, USA) AI-driven software for people analytics.
  17. FamGenix (Healthtech, USA) FamGenix is a digital platform for patients to manage their family health history and connect with clinicians, optimizing the workflow in genetic assessments of patients.
  18. GritWell (Healthtech, USA) GritWell is a virtual care platform where AI enables providers to deliver a new standard of chronic care, addressing the full spectrum of modern health needs.
  19. Hippocrates Technologies (Healthtech, Italy) Hippocrates Technologies aims to democratize the development of advanced app-based and cloud-based eHealth solutions that run on cutting-edge hardware and software technologies and natively connect to wearable (mIoT) devices.
  20. HoyTrabajas (Recruitment, Colombia) HoyTrabajas is a job market network that recruits employees for low-skilled jobs.
  21. Kapitalwise Inc. (Fintech, USA) Kapitalwise Inc. enables automated and precise client interaction for financial institutions. Their goal is to scale and automate client engagement for financial institutions.
  22. MayaMD (Healthtech, USA) MayaMD is an advanced Clinical intelligence platform that can reduce the current pressure on health systems by acting as a digital front door for medical consultations for virtual triage for 7000 plus conditions in less than 2 minutes.
  23. Merkle Science (Datatech, Singapore) Merkle Science is the next-generation of crypto threat detection, risk management, and compliance solutions for businesses, banks, and government agencies.
  24. Moonstake (Fintech, Singapore) Moonstake is a leader in blockchain wallet and staking solutions and services to satisfy increasing demands in regional and global blockchain markets.
  25. Nymiz (Datatech, Spain) A solution for the anonymization of personal data focused on the pseudonymization of unstructured data that allows protection from hacking and compliance with data protection laws for companies, their clients, and providers.
  26. Pagomed (Insurtech, Mexico) Pagomed is a company with a platform that connects doctors with insurance companies and completes the billing process between hospitals and insurance companies.
  27. Paybox (Fintech, Ghana) Paybox is a one-stop cross-border mobile payment and fund transfer platform for Africa.
  28. PayDay (Fintech, USA) PayDay is a blockchain-powered company that helps Africans receive money from anyone, anywhere in the world in less than 3 minutes.
  29. Ponoly (Datatech, Sweden) Ponoly is the modern digital safety deposit box, protected by the highest grade of encryption, where you are in control of your digital assets.
  30. Regtank Technology (Fintech, Singapore) One-stop compliance solution for Fintechs in navigating compliance, security, and risk management.
  31. Roundups (Fintech, UK) A “tech for good” startup transforming the charitable giving space by showing donors the social impact of their contributions in an engaging way to further strengthen donor- organization relationships.
  32. Ltd (Datatech, UK) is a cybersecurity deception-technology platform that helps businesses identify previously undetected data leakage incidents and significantly reduce incident costs.
  33. Triyo (Datatech, USA) Triyo is an enterprise collaboration platform and knowledge management system that accomplishes workflow, efficiency, and data analytics by leveraging API economy to provide granular operational visibility and collaboration across remote and hybrid work models, with minimal behavioral change.
  34. Snark Health (Healthtech, Kenya) Snark Health helps patients improve their access to health care and lower their cost of care through a Hippocratic Coin® alternative payment model.
  35. TEDU (Edtech, USA) TEDU integrates and partners with universities and other educational institutions worldwide to provide them and their students a suite of out-of-classroom academic resource utilities.
  36. Ubawa Technologies (Fintech, Kenya) Ubawa enables businesses to accept online payments at their customer's convenience.
  37. Volve Solutions (Fintech, Singapore) Volve allows you to pay, manage, and track expenses anytime, from anywhere with automated expense reporting, receipt tracking, and matching.
  38. XSISI (Insurtech, Mexico) XSISI provides easy-to-buy and specific indemnity insurance that will be easy to claim in case the client needs to be compensated
  39. YData (Datatech, Portugal) YData is a data science platform focusing on data rather than the models in order to help data science teams collaborate and build the best training datasets and exponentially accelerate AI & ML while preserving the security, privacy & fidelity of data.
  40. ZapFlow (Datatech, Finland) Zapflow is a cloud-based productivity platform for investing teams in the alternative investments space.

Mentoring: If you want to support the startups in the accelerator sign up here.

DataTech for Good Coalition: this coalition aims to accelerate funding from data-focused investors into data-driven entrepreneurs. To be a part of it sign up here for investors and here for entrepreneurs.  

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