Google expands Launchpad Accelerator

Google has expanded its six-month, equity-free Launchpad Accelerator programme to seven more countries in Africa, after initially only opening it up to startups from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The tech behemoth will now also accept applicants from Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda.

The Launchpad Accelerator is focused on assisting startups to leverage Google's latest technologies to scale their businesses through mentoring.

Google said:

"Launchpad Accelerator gives us an opportunity to work with and empower amazing developers, who are solving major challenges all around the world - whether it's streamlining digital commerce across Africa, providing access to multimedia tools that support special needs education, or using AI to simplify business operations."

"That's why we're doubling down on our efforts and opening up applications for the next class of the programme to more countries for the first time."

Selected developers will be invited to the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco for two weeks of training, which includes mentoring from Google teams, experts and venture capitalists.