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Google Developers Launchpad Africa for African Tech Startups 2018

Google is currently accepting applications for the first Launchpad Africa class, which will take place in Lagos, Nigeria starting in early 2018.

Application Deadline: 11th December 2017

Eligible Countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

To be taken at: Lagos, Nigeria

Type: Event

Eligibility: Each startup that applies to Launchpad Africa is evaluated carefully. Below are general guidelines behind our process to help you understand what we look for in our candidates.

All startups in the program must:

  • Be a technology startup.
  • Be based in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda (stay tuned for future classes, as we hope to add more countries).
  • Have already raised seed funding.
Additionally, we also consider:
  • The problem you’re trying to solve. How does it create value for users? How are you addressing a real challenge for your home city, country, or Africa broadly?
  • Will you share what you learn for the benefit of other startups in your local ecosystem?
Anyone who spends time in the African technology space knows that the continent is home to some exciting innovations. Over the years, Google has worked with some incredible startups across Africa, tackling everything from healthcare, education, streamlining e-commerce, to improving the food supply chain. We very much look forward to welcoming the first cohort of innovators for Launchpad Africa and continue to work together to drive innovation in the African market.

Value of Program: Launchpad Accelerator matches the best of Google – its people, network, and advanced technologies – to top global startups, helping scale great products.

As part of the three-month program, startups will receive:

  • Equity-free support
  • Access to Google’s engineers and intensive mentoring from over 20 teams
  • Access to Silicon Valley experts and Africa’s top mentors
  • Three months of workspace in Lagos
  • PR training and global media opportunities
  • Exposure though demo day events

How to Apply: APPLY

Award Provider: Google

Important Notes: Google will neither provide support nor reimbursements for visas, flights, accommodation and transportation to and from the events. Potential attendees are please advised to apply to attend events for which they can comfortably provide for their own travel and related logistics.

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