Google opens mentorship program to Kenya startups

In Startup, Tech

Google mentorship wing for startups – Launchpad Accelerator has added Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria to the list of countries admissible for its programs giving Kenyan startups a wider mentorship network.

The move is a thumbs for Kenya as it recognizes the role of East Africa’s largest economy in technology and innovation. The tech giant added Africa and Europe to the list of countries allowed to apply.

‘After recently hosting another amazing group of startups for Launchpad Accelerator, we’re ready to kick things off again with the next class! Apply hereby 9am PST on April 24, 2017,” Google said adding that it will be accepting applications from growth-stage innovative tech startups from the following countries:

Asia: India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

Expand the program

“And we’re delighted to expand the program to countries in Africa and Europe for the first time!

Africa: Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa Europe: Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.”

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The equity-free program will begin on July 17th, 2017 at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco and will include 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training.

What are the benefits?

The company said the training at Google HQ includes intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Participants receive equity-free support, credits for Google products, PR support and continue to work closely with Google back in their home country during the 6-month program.

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What are the conditions

All startups in the program must:

  • Be a technological startup.
  • Be targeting their local markets.
  • Have proven product-market fit (beyond ideation stage).
  • Be based in the countries listed above.
  • Additionally, we are interested in what kind of startup you are. We also consider:
  • The problem you are trying to solve. How does it create value for users? How are you addressing a real challenge for your home city, country or region?
  • Does your management team have a leadership mindset and the drive to become an influencer?
  • Willingness to share what you learn in Silicon Valley for the benefit of other startups in your local ecosystem.

Google intends to expand eligibility to other countries.



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