Africa: Google Invites Applications for Startups AI Accelerator Africa

Google Invites Applications for Startups AI Accelerator Africa
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Google has initiated the application process for the 8th cohort of its esteemed Google for Startups Accelerator Africa program, with a notable emphasis on startups harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to tackle critical challenges and unlock new opportunities across the continent.

Startups serve as catalysts for innovation, driving economic growth, generating employment, and addressing some of society’s most pressing issues. In Africa, the pace of digital transformation is rapidly accelerating, and startups are playing a pivotal role in shaping the continent’s future, spanning sectors from fintech and agritech to healthcare and education.

The Google for Startups Accelerator Africa is a three-month, equity-free virtual program designed to offer African startups mentorship, technical resources, and access to a global network of experts and investors.

Since its inception in 2018, the program has provided support to 106 startups from 17 African countries, collectively raising over $263 million and creating more than 2,800 direct jobs.

Folarin Aiyegbusi, Head of Startups Ecosystem, Africa at Google, expressed enthusiasm about fostering the next generation of African AI innovators. “We’re thrilled to empower the upcoming African AI pioneers through the Google for Startups Accelerator, equipping them with the necessary resources and mentorship to build successful, impactful ventures,” he stated. “Africa’s tech ecosystem is ripe with innovation, and AI holds immense potential to drive transformation across various sectors.”

The upcoming Class 8 program, scheduled to run from June to September 2024, will offer participants:

  • Equity-free support: Up to $350,000 in Google Cloud credits.
  • Mentorship: Tailored guidance from Google AI experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, and industry leaders.
  • Technical workshops: Comprehensive training on AI/ML development, product strategy, and scalability.
  • Global network: Opportunities to connect with potential investors, partners, and customers.
  • Community: A supportive network of fellow founders navigating similar challenges and opportunities.

To apply, interested startups must submit their applications online at between April 29 and May 20, 2024. Eligible startups should be based in Africa or developing Africa-centric solutions while leveraging AI/ML in transformative ways.

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