Google today announced the opening of applications for its inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa Program.
The program aims to support and empower women entrepreneurs on the continent by providing resources and opportunities to scale their tech startups and address African problems.
Women founders with working tech startups in Africa or for Africa can apply for the program through the website g.co/acceleratorafrica by February 20th, 2023. To be eligible, applicants must have a working product or service, a viable business model, and a working team. The selection process involves a written application and an interview with the program team.
The 12-week program, beginning in March 2023, will consist of one bootcamp per month held in a hybrid style of online and in-person sessions. Selected participants will receive access to Google’s products, mentorship from industry experts, resources, tools, and technology, as well as networking opportunities and connections with investors.
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Folarin Aiyegbusi, head of Startup Ecosystem, Africa at Google said, “Investing in women founders in Africa is critical for economic empowerment and creating jobs for the growing African youth population.” Despite the challenges faced by African female entrepreneurs, including limited access to funding, women make up a significant portion of African entrepreneurs with 58% of businesses being owned by women.
The participants will be mentored by industry experts throughout the program, providing guidance and support to help startups reach their full potential and create a positive impact on their communities. Akua Nyame-Mensah, a mentor for the program, said, “The focus on mentorship will be invaluable, participants will benefit and grow from the exchange of ideas and experiences.”
The Women Founders Africa Program is an extension of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa program established in 2017, demonstrating Google’s commitment to supporting startups and addressing the unique challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in Africa.