Google has announced that applications are now open for its inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa Programme.
An extension of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa programme established in 2017, the female-focused accelerator aims to empower and support women founders on the continent by providing resources and opportunities for them to scale.
The 12-week programme, which begins in March, includes one bootcamp per month, with selected participants receiving access to Google’s products, mentoring from industry experts, resources, tools, and technology, as well as networking opportunities and connections with investors to support the growth of their startups.
“We are excited about the open call for applications for our three-month accelerator programme, specifically tailored to address the unique challenges faced by women founders in Africa. We believe that investing in women founders in Africa is critical for economic empowerment that will enable the creation of jobs for the growing African youth population,” said Folarin Aiyegbusi, head of startup ecosystem for Africa at Google.
“Elevating the participation and leadership of women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem is crucial for promoting gender equality and driving economic growth in Africa. Investing in women-led startups is a key step towards achieving this goal, and Google’s commitment to these goals is reflected in the launch of the Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa Programme.”
Applications are open here until February 20. Applicants must have a working product or service, a viable business model, and a working team.