Google Expands Its Launchpad Program for African Startups


Google Launchpad Africa is an acceleration program that matches top African startups with the best of Google – its people, network, and advanced technologies – to help build great products.

The program, which runs for three (3) months and will operate out of Lagos, will over the next three (3) years provide African startups with over US$3 million in equity-free support, working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa.

As part of the Lagos-based program, startups receive:

  • Equity-free support,
  • Access to Google engineers and intensive mentoring from 20+ teams,
  • Access to Silicon Valley experts and Africa’s top mentors,
  • Close partnership with Google for three months,
  • PR training and global media opportunities,
  • Exposure though demo days.

If you are building a great business or product in Africa, for Africa we should work together! The program is accepting applications from startups in:

  • Algeria,
  • Botswana,
  • Cameroon,
  • Cote D\’ivoire,
  • Egypt,
  • Ethiopia,
  • Ghana,
  • Kenya,
  • Morocco,
  • Nigeria,
  • Rwanda,
  • Senegal,
  • South Africa,
  • Tanzania,
  • Tunisia,
  • Uganda,
  • Zimbabwe

To qualify, startups have to be a technology startup, based in Sub-Saharan Africa, targeting the African market, and have raised seed funding. Google additionally considers the problem the startup is trying to solve, how it creates value for users, and how it addresses a real challenge for its home city, country or Africa broadly.

DEADLINE:  July 8, 2018

Apply here: Google Launchpad Africa 








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