Back in March, Google Launchpad accelerator programme expanded its reach to accept applications from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. In line with Google CEO’s commitment to support African entrepreneurs, Google has opened a regional space of its Launchpad accelerator in Lagos, Nigeria.
It will provide African startups with over $3 million in equity-free support, working space and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley and Africa, over the next three years. Participants will also receive travel and PR support during the three-month programme.
To qualify, all startups must fulfill the following basic requirements :
- Be a technology startup.
- Be based in Sub-Saharan Africa and target the African market.
- Have already raised seed funding
In addition, Google will consider:
- The problem you are trying to solve. How does it create value for users? How are you addressing a real challenge for your home city, country or Africa broadly?
- Will you share what you learn in Silicon Valley for the benefit of other startups in your local ecosystem?
The first application period is now open, until December 11, 8pm (EAT) and the first class will start in early 2018. More classes will be hosted in 2018 and beyond.
Google Kenya Country Manager, Charles Murito stated that, “Anyone who spends time in the African technology space knows that the continent is home to some exciting innovations,” He added that over the years, Google has worked with some incredible startups across Africa, tackling everything from healthcare, education, streamlining e-commerce to improving the food supply chain… “We very much look forward to welcome the first cohort of innovators from Kenya for Launchpad Africa and continue to work together to drive innovation in the African market,” he concluded.