INITIATIVE

Google launches seventh training series for Startups

Applications open to 17 countries including Kenya.

In Summary

•The accelerator programme launched in 2017 is designed to help Startups scale their solutions across the continent.

•82 Startups from 17 African countries have participated and successfully raised more than $117 million (Sh13 billion) in funding and created 2,800 jobs on the continent.

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Google is taking applications of the seventh Google for Startups accelerator programme. 

Applications for the three-month virtual accelerator programme is now open to technology Startups located in 17 countries including Kenya.

Successful applicants from Seeds to Series A will gain access to free support alongside Google’s networks, advanced technology, experts and mentors through virtual boot camps every month from March to May 2022.

“We know that as with the previous classes, we are on the cusp of uncovering more outstanding technology-led solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing challenges developed by Africans themselves,”said Andy Volk, lead Google developer and startup ecosystems, Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ndovu, an African startup,  is one of the solutions that came from the programme’s class six alumnus.

It is 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.

It has a 53 per cent female client base with a gender-balanced staff comprising 50 per cent female staff complement and 50 per cent female board members.

The seventh edition comes five months after Google renewed its commitment to growing Africa’s startup ecosystem through its $6 million (Sh669 million ) in grant and funding for the Black Founders Fund (BFF) Africa programme, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

The accelerator programme launched in 2017 is designed to help startups scale their solutions across the continent.

To date, 82 startups from 17 African countries have participated and successfully raised more than $117 million (Sh13 billion) in funding and created more than 2,800 jobs on the continent.