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Google Seeks African Startups Pioneering AI Solutions for 8th Accelerator Program

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Google is calling on African tech ventures to apply for the eighth cohort of its Google for Startups Accelerator Africa program.

This year’s program prioritizes startups leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities across the continent.

The Google for Startups Accelerator Africa is a virtual program spanning three months.

It equips African startups with mentorship, technical resources, and access to a global network of experts and investors.

Since its launch in 2018, the program has empowered 106 startups from 17 African countries, collectively raising over $263 million and creating more than 2,800 jobs.

“We’re excited to support the next generation of African AI pioneers,” said Folarin Aiyegbusi, Head of Startups Ecosystem, Africa at Google.

“Through the Google for Startups Accelerator, we’ll provide them with the resources and mentorship needed to build impactful businesses that thrive.”

Aiyegbusi emphasized Africa’s booming tech scene and AI’s potential to transform various sectors.

Running from June to September 2024, the Class 8 program offers benefits including:

  • Up to $350,000 in Google Cloud credits
  • Personalized guidance from Google AI experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, and industry leaders
  • In-depth training on AI/ML development, product strategy, and scaling
  • Connections to potential investors, partners, and customers
  • Supportive network of fellow founders facing similar challenges and opportunities

Applications are open until May 20, 2024, and can be submitted online at

Eligible startups should be based in Africa or develop Africa-centric solutions, with a transformative approach to AI/ML.

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