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Google Launches Startups Accelerator for African Women Founders




With the aim of empowering and supporting women, Google has launched its startups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa Program.

Through this program, African women entrepreneurs will receive resources and opportunities to scale their startups and address African problems.

It was stated that the program aims to empower and support women founders on the continent by providing resources and opportunities for them to scale their startups and address African problems.

Women founders who are building tech startups in Africa or for Africa can apply through the program website at before the February 20th, 2023 deadline. Eligible applicants must have a working product or service, a viable business model, and a working team. The application process includes a written application and an interview with the program team.

However, it is also an extension of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa program established in 2017, reflecting Google’s dedication to supporting startups and addressing the unique challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in Africa.

Speaking on the impact of this startup accelerator program, Folarin Aiyegbusi, head of Startup Ecosystem, Africa at Google, said,

“We are excited about the open call for applications for our 3-month accelerator program, specifically tailored to address the unique challenges faced by women founders in Africa. We believe that investing in women founders in Africa is critical for economic empowerment that will enable the creation of jobs for the growing African youth population,” says Folarin Aiyegbusi, head of Startup Ecosystem, Africa at Google.

African female founders face challenges in their entrepreneurial pursuits, including limited access to funding. Despite these challenges, women make up a significant portion of African entrepreneurs, with 58 per cent of African businesses owned by women.

“Elevating the participation and leadership of women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem is crucial for promoting gender equality and driving economic growth in Africa. Investing in women-led startups is a key step towards achieving this goal, and Google’s commitment to these goals is reflected in the launch of the Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa Program,” added Aiyegbusi.


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