Google launches women accelerator programme


Google has announced that applications are now open for its inaugural Google for Start-ups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa Programme.

According to the firm, the programme aims to empower and support women founders on the continent by providing resources and opportunities for them to scale their start-ups and address African problems. It stated that women founders who are building tech start-ups in Africa or for Africa can apply before the programme’s February 20, 2023, deadline.

It added that eligible applicants must have a working product or service, a viable business model, and a working team.

Head of Start-up Ecosystem, Africa at Google, Folarin Aiyegbusi, said, “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.

“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 start-ups is a key step towards achieving this goal, and Google’s commitment to these goals is reflected in the launch of the Google for Start-ups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa Programme.”

The firm further stated that the 12-week programme would commence in March 2023 and include 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.

A mentor for the programme, Akua Nyame-Mensah, said, “It is an honour to be a mentor in the inaugural Google for Start-ups Accelerator Programme for Women Founders.

“As part of supporting the next generation of leaders in Africa, this programme offers women an opportunity to grow their networks and the accountability to achieve their professional goals. The focus on mentorship will be invaluable. Participants will benefit and grow from the exchange of ideas and experiences.”

Source : Punch