As Google Launchpad Africa graduated the twelve startups that participated in the third cohort of its accelerator, it also opened applications for the fourth class.
While the previous program, which also saw Ugandan payments firm Swipe2pay participate, attracted 12 startups, in this forthcoming cohort, also dubbed Class Four, the Accelerator is looking for 10 startups.
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These will be picked from 17 countries across the continent including Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Applications will close on July 26 and the program will begin in September and run until late November or early December, according to VentureBurn.
To qualify for participation, your company has to be based in Sub-Saharan Africa, must be a technology startup targeting the African market, and has raised seed funding.
During the program, startups are skilled on how to: deal with technology challenges, become better leaders, improve day-to-day operations and governance and grow their firms through planning and prepare for growth and fundraising.
According to VentureBurn, the Accelerator’s head of startup success and services Folagbade Olatunji-David said that they are planning to expand to all 54 Africa nations.
Google announced Launchpad Africa was rolled out in 2018 and committed over $3-million to support African startups. The funds are equity-free, and the startups will also be provided with working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa over three years. It is based in Lagos.