By Tracy Yekaghe

Submit your application for the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First program, which is available to African startups up to Series A. This program offers access to Google’s AI knowledge, Cloud Platform resources, and networking possibilities.


African startups have consistently developed solutions specifically designed to address challenges prevalent on the continent. Their unwavering determination, inventive approaches, and resolute commitment have not only resolved immediate problems but have also functioned as drivers of economic advancement, positively impacting numerous lives within the region. Whether it’s facilitating access to funding for farmers or optimizing insurance procedures through cutting-edge technology, the primary emphasis continues to be on innovation driven by a clear sense of purpose.


Reached 106 startups from 17 African nations

In 2018, the Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa was announced. Since then, Google has collaborated closely with 106 startups from 17 African nations, creating environments that enhanced their initiatives, facilitated funding, and resulted in the creation of job opportunities.

Throughout the journey alongside African startups, there has been a firsthand observation of their resilience and determination to address challenges specific to Africa.

The potential of AI to enhance their innovations and magnify their pioneering visions has become evident. With this in mind, the introduction of the “Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First” program is met with excitement.


The program, spanning 10 weeks and without equity requirements, is designed for startups up to series A either located in Africa or actively developing AI and machine learning solutions centered around Africa.

Empowering startups to expand their enterprises

The primary objective of this accelerator is to establish connections between the finest Google products and experts, thereby empowering startups to expand their enterprises and attain success within the rapidly evolving realm of AI and technology.

Those taking part will receive:

  1. Google’s AI Knowledge: Leverage extensive AI research experience and receive advice for AI initiatives.
  2. Technical Support: Utilize the Google Cloud Platform for developing and implementing AI solutions.
  3. Mentorship: Get direction in technical and business domains from Google’s AI specialists and seasoned entrepreneurs.
  4. Networking Prospects: Engage with other African startups and possible investment sources.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Forward-thinking enterprises in the early stages, ranging from seed to Series A, characterized by robust teams and a distinct understanding of how AI can effectively tackle real-world challenges. If this aligns with the guiding principles of your startup, you are sincerely encouraged to join in to further your journey of significant transformation.

The application deadline for the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First program is September 6, 2023.

To apply, visit: https://startup.google.com/programs/accelerator/africa/



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