Successful early-growth stage startup applicants (from seed to Series A) will gain access to equity-free support alongside the best of Google’s networks, advanced technology, experts and mentors through Google for Startups Accelerator Africa’s (GFSAA) week-long virtual boot camps every month from March to May 2022.
This news comes five months after Google renewed its commitment to growing Africa’s startup ecosystem through $6m in grants and funding for the Black Founders Fund (BFF) Africa programme and to the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
“We are honoured to have yet another opportunity to connect with African innovators and empower them through the seventh class of GFSAA. We know that, as with previous classes, we are on the cusp of uncovering more outstanding technology-led solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing challenges, developed by Africans themselves,” says Andy Volk who leads Google’s developer and startup ecosystem efforts in sub-Saharan Africa.
Launched in 2017, the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa programme is designed to help startups scale their solutions across the continent. To date, 82 startups from 17 African countries have participated and successfully raised more than $117m in funding and created more than 2,800 jobs on the continent.
Startups may submit their applications at g.co/AcceleratorAfrica until 14 January 2022.