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A three-month digital accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups based in the U.S.

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About the program

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Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders is a three-month digital accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups based in the U.S.

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

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

Meet our startups


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ShearShare is the first mobile marketplace for stylists to manage and grow their small business on their terms, starting with space to work.


Kanarys is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) focused SaaS platform that gives companies clear metrics to diagnose, prioritize, and optimize DEI efforts.

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This program is open to black-led technology startups within the U.S. The accelerator program is best suited for Seed to Series A revenue generating tech startups that are headquartered in the United States. 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.

The inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders will kick off in August 2020. The first cohort will consist of 10-12 top U.S-headquartered startups.

The accelerator runs for a period of 3 months, 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.