Africa- hybrid
10 weeks
Seed to Series A

A 10-week equity-free accelerator program for Seed to Series A startups based in Africa or developing Africa-centered solutions.

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.

Africa- hybrid
10 weeks
Seed to Series A

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About the program

About the program

Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa focuses on supporting growth-stage startups solving problems using advanced technology, such as AI/ML or data across key verticals.

The startups are paired with relevant Google and industry experts to solve their startup’s top challenges, and are provided with insights and best practices to improve their product and business.

Key benefits

  • Equity-free support

    Equity-free support: For duration of program.

  • Mentoring

    Dedicated mentoring from Google teams.

  • Training

    Exclusive invitations to technical bootcamps hosted by Google, where qualified.

  • Access to experts

    Access to Google's network of industry experts.

  • Google product credits

    Eligible startups receive product credits.

  • Early access

    Access to new Google products and tools as relevant.

  • Strategic support

    Support on company and product strategy.

  • Technical project partnership

    Work hand in hand with experts from Google on your biggest tech challenges.

Entry Criteria

Entry Criteria

  • Startups demonstrating traction, ideally between Seed and Series A stage.
  • Building a scalable product or service with a significant total addressable market and defensible growth model.
  • Deeply technical, preferably leveraging technologies like Machine Learning and AI.
  • Commitment from CTO and/or technical roles to participate and engage in required program sessions.

Key Dates

  • April 29, 2024

    Applications Open

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  • May 20, 2024

    Applications Close

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  • June 24, 2024

    Program Kick-off

  • September 12, 2024


  • September 12, 2024

    Demo Day

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Frequently asked questions

Do you take equity from startups who participate in this program?

The Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa is completely free for all participating startups, and Google does not take any equity.

What benefits do startups gain from participating in the program? And do they receive any financial support?

Selected startups are given:

  • Access to Google engineers, technical project partnership, Google product support and advice, custom mentorship,
  • Inclusion in the Google for Startups Accelerator Global Community and network of alumni,
  • Google Cloud Credits,
  • Marketing spotlight opportunities.

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

What countries are eligible for the program?

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
Does the entire team have to participate in the Accelerator program?

It is mandatory for the CEO & CTO to attend and appropriate team members to be available to join all elements of the program.

What are the criteria to receive product credits, and what does "eligible for product credits" mean?

Startups must meet specific criteria to be eligible for Google product credit offerings. To learn more about the Google Cloud credit eligibility requirements, please visit the Google Cloud startup page.