Google has announced the expansion of its Launchpad Accelerator program, which currently supports startups in Asia and Latin America, to three countries in Africa – Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
The program empower founders by supporting their startups through mentorship and equity-free support. It leverages all of Google’s offerings to help startups reach their true potential.
Startups selected for the program receive flight tickets to Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco for a two weeks training. The training includes intensive mentoring from more than 20 Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley.
Also, they will get equity-free support, credits for Google products, PR support, and will continue to work closely with Google back in their home country for 6 months; that’s the entire duration of the program.
Applications for the next class of the program, which commences on 17 July 2017, are open until April 24, 2017. Innovative growth-stage tech startups in the three African countries can apply.