Google has announced plans to expand its Launchpad Accelerator program to three African countries namely , Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa as part of the its fourth class which will kick off on July 17, 2017.
The three countries will join countries from Asia and Latin America which have been part of the previous classes.
The program is meant to 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’ll 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 are open until April 24, 2017. Innovative growth-stage tech startups in the three African countries can apply.