Google has just opened applications for the sixth class of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa. Three months programme will include intensive virtual training bootcamps, mentorship from Google’s top managers and engineers, and equity-free support from the tech giant.
Applications are open until May 14 to entrepreneurs from 17 countries across Africa running tech startups targeting their local markets with a proven product-market fit. Entrepreneurs from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe, can apply to the three-month acceleration programme that will kick off on June 21.
As part of its commitment to further ensure the development of Africa’s startup ecosystem, Google has also announced the launch of new developer scholarships in partnership with Pluralsight and Andela.
The newly launched initiative focused on the growth of developers in Africa will offer Android, Web, and Google Cloud scholarships to beginner and intermediate developers resident in Africa. At the end of the training, the top 1 000 students will be awarded a full scholarship to certify on Android or Cloud development.
Onajite Emerhor, Head of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, comments on the announcement of the opening of the applications for class six.
“Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first virtual class of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa was launched. It was the first all-online iteration of Google’s accelerator program for Africa and saw 20 startups from seven countries undergo a 12-week virtual journey to redefine their offering while receiving mentoring and attending workshops. This year, with the 6th cohort, we want to continue to play our part by supporting developers and startups within the Africa tech ecosystem, ensuring they get all the access and support necessary to see them continue to grow.”
Nitin Gajria, Managing Director of Google Sub-Saharan Africa, explains that it is critical to foster and support entrepreneurship in Africa.
“The growth of entrepreneurship is crucial, especially in the African context. African developers and startups play a critical role in the transformation of the African economy, creating new opportunities and paving the way for the economic and social development on the continent that we want to see. We recognise Africa’s exceptional digital potential, and that is why Google is committed to providing this critical support for African startups.”
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