In November 2017, Google opened applications for the first class of Launchpad Accelerator Africa following an announcement by Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai at Google for Nigeria.
Launchpad Accelerator Africa includes over $3 million in equity-free support to more than 60 African tech startups over three years including mentorship, working space and access to technology and startup experts from Google and our external communities all over the world.
The accelerator is based on Google’s Global Launchpad Accelerator program, tailored to the African market. Nine African startups have participated inLaunchpad Accelerator, the global accelerator for growth-stage startups in Silicon Valley, to date.
We are delighted to now bring Launchpad to Africa, to benefit African startups on their own continent and wish the first Launchpad Accelerator Africa class all the best for the program and the future – As posted by Andy Volk, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Developer Ecosystem and Fola Olatunji-David, Head of Launchpad Accelerator Africa Startup Success and Services on Google Blog
The first class of Launchpad Accelerator Africa begins today, and the inaugural class includes 12 startups from across Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda represented by Teheca while other startups can be found here.
According to the blog, Google is committed to the Sub-Saharan Africa developer and startup ecosystem, and has hosted 13 Launchpad Build and Start events across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa since April 2016, featuring 228 speakers and mentors, engaging 590 attendees from local startups in each country.
Google also supports developer communities across Sub-Saharan Africa, including Google Developer Groups and Women Techmakers, providing training and support for developers aligned with real-life job competency requirements. Community groups engage in activities like Study Jams: study groups facilitated by developers, for developers. Today there are over 120 active developer communities across 25 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of their activities, 61 of these groups hosted 81 Study Jams for mobile web and Google Cloud developers in 10 countries, reaching over 5,000 developers in the last year.