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A three-month digital accelerator program for high potential Seed to Series A tech startups based in Africa.

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About the program

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Google for Startups Accelerator Africa is a three-month accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups across the African continent.

The accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google's programs, products, people and technology to startups that leverage machine learning and AI in their company today or plan to in the future. In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the accelerator also includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development for founders, specialized training, media opportunities and access to Google’s network of engineers and experts.

Program benefits

Three months equity-free support

Mentoring from 20+ Google teams such as Android, Cloud, Machine Learning and Web

Access to Google's global network of industry experts and mentors

Partnership on an advanced technology project

Technical training on design, people, product and growth marketing

Support on high-level company and product strategy

Google product credits

Early access to new Google products and tools

FAQ

The accelerator runs as a fully digital program for a period of 3 months. As part of the Google for Startups Accelerator, selected founders outline the top challenges facing their startup, and are then paired with relevant experts from Google to help solve those challenges. Participating startups receive deep mentorship on technical challenges and machine learning, as well as connections to relevant teams from across Google. Founders will also have access to labs and workshops addressing different aspects of managing a tech startup.

Selected startups are given

  • Access to Google engineers, resources, and mentors, during and after the program
  • Hands-on Google for Startups collaboration and support
  • Inclusion in the Google for Startups Accelerator Global Community and network of alumni and mentors
  • Google Cloud Credits
  • Marketing spotlight opportunities

*No grants or funding are given to startups on the program

Seed to Series A-stage technology startups are eligible for the program. The Accelerator program is sector-agnostic and thus welcomes startups leveraging machine learning (or plan to in future) from any vertical.

Accelerator Africa accepts applicants from 17 African countries. These are:

  • Algeria
  • Botswana
  • Cameroun
  • Côte D'ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

The CEO and CTO must participate in all three online bootcamps of the program, and a third core team member can also attend, but this is optional. A maximum of three total company representatives can participate in each bootcamp.