A three-month virtual accelerator program for high-potential Seed to Series A tech startups based in Africa.
Google for Startups Accelerator Africa accepts applications from startups in Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte D'ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Meet the Cohort: Women Founders
Three months of equity-free support
Mentoring from 20+ Google teams
Training on design, marketing, and leadership
Support on company and product strategy
Google product credits for your tech stack
Early access to new Google products and tools
Access to experts
Access to Google's network of industry experts
Technical project partnership
Partnership on advanced technology project
Frequently asked questions
The program will run in a hybrid format. At the beginning of the program, we work with the selected startups to identify their unique challenges and the support required from the program.
The startups will go through three intensive boot camps, centered on topics such as product, design, hiring, fundraising etc., followed by the OKR (Objective Key Results) workshop to define their objectives for the program.
Startups also receive 1:1 mentorships. They will also be paired with a dedicated Startup Success Manager (SSM) to help them get the best of Google - its people, network, thought leadership, and technology.
At the end of the program, startups will be given opportunities to pitch their product or service to Google teams, mentors, VCs and stakeholders from the tech ecosystem. Post-program engagement with the graduated startups continues through the Alumni network.
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.
Women-founded technology startups up to Series A-stage are eligible for the program. The Accelerator is sector-agnostic and welcomes startups leveraging machine learning (or plan to in future) from any vertical.
Both programs are fundamentally the same however Accelerator: Women Founders aims to help women startup founders address challenges that are unique to their experience, including fundraising, hiring and building products. The program structure is the same with access to the best of Google, content and mentorship tailored to the unique needs of women founders, and opportunities to network with our global women founders community.
Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders Class will run from March 2023 to May 2023. Women founders can apply up to Feb 20th.
Applications to Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa is closed, but you can express interest in the future classes above.
Accelerator Africa accepts applicants from 17 African countries. These are:
- Côte D'ivoire
- South Africa
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
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.