Google kicks off accelerator Africa scholarships class




Google yesterday announced the developers who will participate in its first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class, at an event held in Lagos.
The company also announced a partnership with Udacity and Andela to provide 15 000 single course scholarships and 500 nanodegree scholarships to aspiring and professional developers across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
Launchpad Accelerator Africa, is a programme for top early-stage African startups that will operate out of Lagos, Nigeria It would be recalled that Google announced the first Launchpad Accelerator Africa class on 9 November and applications closed on 10 December 2017.
Juliet Ehimuan, Country Director, Google Nigeria, said “Launchpad Accelerator Africa was announced at Google for Nigeria in July last year.
“At the time we also announced the extension of our Digital Skills for Africa programme to train 10 million Africans, including 100,000 developers, over five years.
The scholarships announced today form part of that commitment.
” Over the next three years the Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme will provide African startups with over $3-million in equity-free support, working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa.
Participants receive travel and PR support during each three-month program.

 

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