The seventh Google for Startups accelerator program is open for applications.

Technology startups from 17 countries, including Kenya, can now apply for the three-month virtual accelerator program.

From March to May 2022, successful applicants from Seeds to Series A will have access to free support from Google’s networks, superior technology, experts, and mentors through virtual boot camps.

“We know that as with the 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.” Lead Google developer and startup ecosystems, Sub-Saharan Africa.

Scaling business solutions across Africa

The accelerator program, which began in 2017, aims to assist businesses in scaling their solutions across Africa.

To date, 82 firms from 17 African nations have taken part, raising over $117 million (Sh13 billion) in capital and creating over 2,800 employment throughout the continent.

One of the solutions developed by the program’s class six graduate is Ndovu, an African startup.

Its mission is to help Africans build wealth by encouraging financial literacy and giving instruments to help diversify financial risks, increase security, and boost financial resilience.

It boasts a 53% female client base and a gender-balanced staff with 50% female workers and 50% female board members.

The seventh edition comes five months after Google announced a $6 million (Sh669 million) grant and support for the Black Founders Fund (BFF) Africa program and the Tony Elumelu Foundation, reaffirming its commitment to strengthening Africa’s startup ecosystem.

Startups can apply at until the 14th of January 2022.