Google has restated its commitment to the startup ecosystem in Africa, announcing the opening of applications for the sixth Class of the Google for Startups Accelerator programme, and the launch of new developer scholarships in partnership with Pluralsight and Andela.
The announcements were made during a recent virtual event, where Google hosted key industry players, policy leads, startup executives and investors driving the growth of Africa’s tech ecosystem.
The online programme, which includes three intensive virtual training bootcamps, mentorship and Google product support, is open to applications from 17 countries across Africa, including Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
According to the Head of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, Onajite Emerhor, the aim is to support the growth of the startups through their crucial growth phases. they reviewed opportunities unfolding throughout the internet economy, paying special attention to the support of developers and startups in the region.
For Google’s new developer scholarships, Android, Web and Google Cloud scholarships are being offered to beginner and intermediate developers resident in Africa.
A total of 40,000 scholarships will be offered to developers, spread across Mobile and Cloud development tracks. The top 1,000 students at the end of the training will earn a full scholarship to certify on Android or Cloud development.
Applications for the programme, a three-month initiative that is slated to start on June 21, 2021, will be open until May 14.
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