Google Launches AI First Accelerator to Empower African Startups

Google introduces AI First Accelerator for African startups, offering expertise, resources, and networking opportunities.

Google has unveiled the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First, an initiative aimed at assisting African businesses in leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to tackle local challenges. The program is tailored for entrepreneurs eager to explore the potential of AI and builds upon Google’s past efforts, including the Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa and the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund.

The AI First program seeks to support and showcase solutions driven by African innovation. It is open for applications from startups up to the series A stage based in Africa or focusing on AI-driven solutions for the continent. Accepted participants will gain access to Google’s AI expertise, technical resources including up to $350,000 in Google Cloud Credits, mentorship from experienced AI professionals, and invaluable networking prospects.

Folarin Aiyegbusi, head of Startup Ecosystem, Africa, expressed enthusiasm for Africa’s dynamic tech landscape and the capacity of African startups to harness AI for unique challenges while also setting global benchmarks. He emphasized that “AI First” transcends being a mere program, embodying Google’s commitment to nurturing startup visions and providing them with the necessary guidance to unlock their potential.

Since its establishment in 2018, the Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa initiative has aided 106 startups from 17 African nations. Together, these startups have secured over $263 million in funding and generated more than 2,800 direct job opportunities across the region.

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