Google has announced a new initiative to support African startups that are using artificial intelligence to solve local challenges.
The “Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First” is a 10-week program that will provide selected startups with access to Google’s AI expertise, technical resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities.
The program is open to startups up to series A stage based in Africa or building Africa-centric solutions with AI and machine learning.
The program aims to highlight the innovative and impactful use of AI by African entrepreneurs and help them scale their solutions.
Folarin Aiyegbusi, Head of Startup Ecosystem, Africa, said, “Africa’s tech landscape is vibrant and ever-evolving. It’s inspiring to see African startups not only harnessing AI to address our unique challenges but also setting benchmarks for the world. ‘AI First’ is more than a program; it’s a testament to our belief in the vision of these startups, ensuring they have the support and guidance they need to realise their full potential.”
The “AI First” program builds on the success of the Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa, which has supported 106 startups from 17 African countries since 2018.
These startups have raised over $263 million in funding and created over 2,800 direct job opportunities in the region.
Startups interested in applying for the “AI First” program can do so by September 6, 2023. For more details and to submit applications, please visit [g.co/acceleratorafrica].