Google Africa has launched a special mentorship programme for technology designers and entrepreneurs across the African continent.
The programme known as, Launchpad and Google Play are aimed at boosting African technology start-ups and develop a unique African design aesthetic.
It will offer budding and experienced tech entrepreneurs and designers direct access to Google’s vast resources to enable them develop their business ideas in the technology sector.
Applications for enrollment are open to tech start-ups with their own seed funding from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
Selected participants for the three-month programme will receive over US$3-million in equity-free support, working space, travel and public relations support, as well as access to Silicon Valley’s tech business experts over a three year period.
Speaking to the media on the development, Google’s sub-Saharan Africa regional manager, Andy Volk said the company has been involved in developing Africa technology entrepreneurship for a while now and the initiative is aimed at raising the bar on the already existing partnership with tech SMEs across the continent.
He noted that, anyone who spends time in the African technology space knows that the continent is home to some exciting innovations. Google’s small-scale engagement with African start-ups so far has been able to tackle everything from healthcare, education and streamlining e-commerce to improving the food supply chain.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of innovators for Launchpad Africa and continuing to work together to drive innovation in the African market”, he stated.