As part of its attempt to assist companies out of the Covid-19 economic downturn, Google is providing an accelerator program that will allow entrepreneurs access to its facilities.
In the next five years, Africa’s internet economy is expected to develop at a rate of 5.25 percent. By awarding 40, 000 scholarships, the tech firm is bolstering the growth of mobile and cloud software products in Kenya and 16 other African countries.
The new developer scholarships will provide beginner and advanced level Android, web, and Google cloud skills development. The top 1,000 students will receive a full scholarship to certify in Android or Cloud development at the end of the training.
The announcement of the scholarships also marked the start of a three-week application period for the Google For Startups Accelerator Program’s sixth cohort, which will run until May 14.
The Google for Startups Africa Accelerator is a three-month program for seed to Series A technology startups from across Africa.
The Google for Startups Accelerator Program, which will begin on June 21 this year, will include three rigorous virtual training boot camps, mentorship, and Google product support for successful applicants.
The program is intended to introduce the best of Google’s services, products, employees, and technology to startups who are using or planning to use machine learning and artificial intelligence in their businesses.
This model has been used to target other markets such as game developers and non-profits, using the experience gained from running startup accelerators.
The Accelerator also provides deep dives and seminars focusing on product design, customer retention, and leadership development for entrepreneurs. It also offers advanced training, media opportunities, and access to Google’s network of developers and experts in addition to mentorship and professional project support.
Beneficiaries will come from Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, and will obtain assistance to help them scale up from product production to commercialization.