Google has announced the commencement of applications for its three-month virtual accelerator programme for startups in 17 African countries
The countries include Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Mr Andy Volk, who leads Google’s developer and startup ecosystem efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa, stated this in a statement in Lagos last week.
He said that the successful early-growth stage startup applicants (from seed to Series A) would gain access to equity-free support, alongside the best of Google’s networks, advanced technology.
Volk said that successful applicants would benefit from experts and mentors through Google for Startups Accelerator Africa’s (GFSAA) week-long virtual boot camps every month from March to May 2022.
“We are honoured to have yet another opportunity to connect with African innovators and empower them through the seventh Class of the GFSAA.
“We know that, as with previous Classes, we are on the move to uncover some outstanding technology-led solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing challenges, developed by Africans themselves,” he said.
Volk said that one of such solutions came from Ndovu, a Class 6 alumnus dedicated to empowering Africans to develop wealth by promoting financial literacy and providing tools to aid with diversifying financial risks, strengthening security and increasing financial resilience.