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Google opens application for its 2024 Accelerator Program

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African startups leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop solution that address problems facing the continent stand a chance to access support through Google’s accelerator program.

The tech giant has now opened up application for the 8th cohort of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa program where selected startups will access mentorship, technical resources, and access to a global network of experts and investors through the three-month equity-free virtual program.

“We’re excited to support the next generation of African AI pioneers through the Google for Startups Accelerator, providing them with the resources and mentorship they need to build successful, impactful businesses,” said Folarin Aiyegbusi, Google Head of Startups Ecosystem, Africa.

According to Google, startups are the lifeblood of innovation, driving economic growth, creating jobs, and solving some of society’s most pressing challenges. In Africa, digital transformation is accelerating rapidly and startups play a vital role in shaping the continent’s future

“Africa’s tech ecosystem is a hotbed of innovation, and AI has the potential to be a transformative force across various sectors,” he added.

The tech firm also said the cohort will benefit from equity free support of Ksh 46 million ($350,0000) in Google cloud credits, mentorship from Google AI experts, in depth training on AI/ML development, formation of networks with fellow founders and global connections to potential investors, partners, and customers.

Since 2018, Google says over 106 startups have been supported through the program and over Ksh 34 billion ($263m) has been raised and more than 2800 jobs created.

Sally Namuye
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