24 African startups pitching at Y Combinator demo days

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Twenty-four African startups have been pitching at demo days after participating in the W22 batch of the renowned Silicon Valley-based Y Combinator accelerator.

The W22 batch of the Y Combinator programme, which played a role in the early days of companies like Airbnb, Coinbase and Dropbox among others, is currently taking place, and concludes with a demo day next week.

Participants receive seed funding as well as further investment opportunities at a demo day. The S21 edition of the accelerator had 15 African participants, which was the most yet until W22, which has 24 startups from the continent.

Disrupt Africa has previously reported on 23 of them, while the final confirmed participant is Nigeria’s Lenco, a multi-currency digital bank for businesses in Africa. It means 18 of the 24 African participants are from Nigeria, which after India is the best-represented non-US country in the cohort.

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