June 21

Google Launches New Programs to Bolster African Innovation, Female Entrepreneurship

By Tom Jackson

Google has announced the launch and opening of applications of a new US$3 million Black Founders Fund (BFF) Africa programme, and a US$3 million grant to the Tony Elumelu Foundation to support female entrepreneurs on the continent.

Disrupt Africa reported earlier today 15 startups from across the continent had been selected for the sixth cohort of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, which kicks off today. The three-month online programme, which includes virtual training bootcamps, mentorship and Google product support, is designed to support these nascent businesses through their early growth phases.

In a further show of support for innovation on the continent, a new US$3 million Google for Startups Black Founders Fund Africa is launching as part of Google’s global commitment to support underserved communities. This fund, which is part of the company’s racial equity commitments announced in June 2020, will provide cash awards and hands-on support to 50 black-led startups in Africa.

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Source: Disrupt Africa (link opens in a new window)

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