Tech giant, Google has opened application for Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa, Cohort 3. If you’re building a great business or product in Africa, for Africa, then, Google is interested in you.

Applications are accepted from startups located in Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

The Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme will provide African startups with over $3mequity-free support, working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa.  Selected participants will also receive travel and PR support during each three-month program over the next three years.

Google’s launchpad regional accelerators are tailored specifically to their local markets, and provide access to the best of Google – its people, network, and advanced technologies – helping startups build great products. In addition to these accelerators, Launchpad regional initiatives include exclusive events, mentorship opportunities, and training.


Applications for the Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa are accepted from countries listed above.

As part of all Launchpad regional accelerators, startups receive:

  • Equity-free support.
  • Access to Google engineers and intensive mentoring from 20+ teams.
  • Access to silicon valley experts and top local mentors.
  • PR training and global media opportunities.
  • Close partnership with Google for three months (new classes are accepted twice a year).

Google said it is committed to the Sub-Saharan Africa developer ecosystem and has, since April 2016, hosted 13 Launchpad Build and Start events across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, featuring some 228 speakers and engaging 590 attendees from local startups in each country

How to Apply

Interested applicant can apply online to get started.


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