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Accelerating AI innovation across Africa

The FAST Accelerator programme is designed to help start-ups that are building cloud-based and AI-enabled products. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Intel, a global technology leader, and Flapmax, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company, have struck a strategic partnership to foster AI innovation across the continent

In a collaboration that also hopes to drive economic empowerment, the partners will provide technology access, training, mentorship and funding entrepreneurs in emerging markets through the FAST Accelerator programme. 

Created by Flapmax and Microsoft, FAST Accelerator is designed to help start-ups that are building cloud-based and AI-enabled produces and services. More than 800 startups from over 25 countries have applied to join the inaugural programme and leaders are encouraged to apply for this year’s. 

Dave Ojika, founder and CEO of Flapmax, explained, “Flapmax has been working with Intel to develop sustainable digital solutions that readily expand AI accessibility in underserved communities, and we are excited to build on our momentum with the FAST Accelerator programme. 

“Bridging the knowledge gap in technological advancement is key to creating meaningful social impact. Through this partnership with Intel, Flapmax will bring cutting-edge technology and advanced curricula, including generative AI, robotics, and deep tech, to innovators in Africa and other technologically underserved communities.”

Participants of the programme will work with Intel through mentorship and coaching to expand their reach to a broader audience. Flapmax engineering team members will help startups apply new AI hardware and software solutions to help scale and fine-tune models on Microsoft Azure cloud platform. 

Michael Campbell, general manager, education client division, Intel Corporation, remarked, “Intel's mission to shape the future of computing and enable a more intelligent, connected, and productive world aligns perfectly with Flapmax's vision to bring AI technology to all aspects of life, inclusive of underserved populations in Africa and other emerging markets. The partnership with Flapmax will greatly accelerate AI adoption for these communities, driving scalable business growth, optimised operations, and contributing to a more sustainable world.”

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