A 10-week equity-free accelerator program for Seed to Series A startups based in Middle East and Africa. The accelerator aims to connect the best of Google's products and people to climate change and clean technology innovators across the region building with Cloud Services.
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About the program
About the program
Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change is a 10-week, equity-free hybrid program for Seed to Series A startups tackling Climate Change with tech. In partnership with Google Cloud, the Middle East and Africa program helps high-potential startups based in Middle East and Africa grow with the best of Google through a mix of in-person and virtual activities, 1:1 mentoring, and group learning sessions.
In addition to mentorship, The Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change program features deep dives and workshops focused on product design, business growth, and leadership development. Selected startups will also benefit from dedicated Google Cloud technical expertise and receive credits via the Google for Startups Cloud Program.
Equity-free support: For duration of program.
Dedicated mentoring from Google teams.
Exclusive invitations to technical bootcamps hosted by Google where offered.
Access to experts
Access to Google's network of industry experts.
Google product credits
Eligible startups receive product credits.
Access to new Google products and tools as relevant.
Support on company and product strategy.
Technical project partnership
Work hand in hand with experts from Google on your biggest tech challenges.
- 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.
- Focusing on sustainable technology climate solutions, cleantech and green energy.
- 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.
July 24, 2023
Program Kickoff (Virtual)
September - November, 2023
Accelerator Program (Virtual)
Demo Day and Graduation (In-Person)
Meet the Cohort
I think the crucial value add of the program is its’ ability to connect us with so many people from Google, as well as its wider global network and partnering organizations, who have helped us fine-tune our tech operations and enhance the nitty-gritty in our go-to-market approaches.
Frequently asked questions
The Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change program is completely free for all participating startups, and Google does not take any equity. Please note that we do require all founders (CEO & CTO) and appropriate team members to be available to join all elements of the program.
The program runs in a hybrid format for Middle East and Africa. The events will start with a virtual kick-off in August 2023, followed by virtual training bootcamps, 1:1 mentoring, and experiences, and an in-person demo day and graduation in October 2023.
Through a combination of 1-to-1 and 1-to-many learning sessions, startups will receive mentoring from experienced engineers and business experts from Google and the wider ecosystem throughout the program. This support will be specifically tailored to the needs of the startups' businesses. Along with being paired with specialized Startup Success Managers (SSM) from Google, participants will also receive further training on how to use our best practices, tools, and personnel. At the end of the program, the cohort will present their achievements in a Demo Day in front of Google teams, mentors, investors, partners and key stakeholders from the Middle East and Africa startup ecosystems. After the program ends, startups will continue to receive support via the Google for Startups Accelerator Alumni program & network.
Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change (for startups in Middle East and Africa) will kick off in August 2023 and run through October 2023. Please do not apply if you are not available to participate during these dates.
The program is open to Seed to Series A stage, tech startups based in Middle East and Africa that are building innovative green technology solutions to tackle climate change. Google for Startups Accelerators are best suited for revenue generating startups with a minimum of five or more employees. Founders (CEO & CTO) and appropriate team members must be available to join all elements of the program. In order to ensure Google can provide meaningful value, startups should aim to leverage either Cloud or AI/ML technologies in their product, service, or operations and/or show an interest in leveraging these technologies in the future.
There will be approximately 10-15 startups from Middle East and Africa selected for this cohort.
Selected startups will be eligible for the Google for Startups Cloud Program, with your first year of Google Cloud and Firebase usage covered with credits up to $100,000. Plus, in year two get 20% of Google Cloud and Firebase usage costs covered, up to an additional $100,000 in credits (subject to terms and conditions).
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.