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Started by you. Accelerated with Google.

A 10-week digital accelerator program for high potential Seed to Series A tech startups based in North America.

About the program

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About the program

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Google for Startups Accelerator: Black Founders is a 10-week digital accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups in North America.

The accelerator program is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to Black founder communities across North America. 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.

Program benefits

Equity-free support

Exclusive invitations to technical bootcamps hosted by Google

Personalized mentorship and technical support from Google experts

The opportunity to provide feedback to Google product teams

Meet our Alumni

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FAQ

The Google for Startups Accelerator: Black Founders will kick off in August 2021. The cohort will consist of 10-12 top North America-headquartered startups.

The accelerator runs for a period of 10 weeks, with digital workshops, programming, and mentorship taking place each week. As part of the Google for Startups Accelerator, selected founders outline the top technical 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 with an emphasis on data and machine learning, as well as connections to relevant teams from across Google.

This program is open to black-led technology startups within North America. The accelerator program is best suited for Seed to Series A revenue generating tech startups that are headquartered in North America. Selected companies should have a minimum of 10+ employees and the founder and appropriate team members must be available to join all program elements of their cohort. In order to ensure Google can provide meaningful value, startups should aim to leverage AI/ML technology in their product, service or operations and/or show an interest in leveraging this technology in the future.