Google has announced that it will be extending its LaunchPad Accelerator programme to startups in 12 more countries across Afrika. Startups from Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Cameroon, Botswana, Sénégal, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, and Algeria will now be able to apply for the programme and stand a chance to receive possible funding and training.

Until now, the Google LaunchPad Accelerator programme for Afrika was only open for startups in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

“The three month programme has connected the 12 participating startups with more than 20 teams from Google as well as 40 mentors from nine countries including India, the UK, USA and Jamaica. Each has received $10 000 in an equity-free cash grant, and between them they have raised over $7 million. The startups have directly created 132 jobs and impacted 4.5 million users,” said Folagbade Olatunji-David, Head of Startup Success and Services at Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa.

The programme is open to technology startups based in Sub-Saharan Afrika. Another qualification criteria is that the startup must be targeting the Afrikan market, and also have at some point raised seed funding.

“We are humbled to be part of the success stories of these 12 startups, and as individuals we have learned great lessons from their dedication, focus and drive. The companies will now go on to be part of the global Launchpad Alumni network, joining over 100 companies from 40 countries across 5 continents,” said Olatunji-David.

The Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme was officially announced in 2017 Sundar Pichai, CEO at Google, during his visit to Nigeria. The programme provides the selected startups with equity-free funding, office space to work from, and advice from various mentors from Google, Silicon Valley, as well as those from across Afrika.

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