Google today announced the launch 40,000 new development grants in Africa. Google will offer the scholarships – created in partnership with tech talent companies Pluralsight and Andela – to developers spread across mobile and cloud development tracks.
According to the statement released by the company, Google will award full scholarships (with certifications in Android and cloud development) to the top 1,000 students (beginner and intermediate developers) upon completion of the training.
The announcement, which took place from a virtual event, was also detailed in the company’s blog post. The company hosted key stakeholders from the African tech ecosystem and “reviewed the opportunities unfolding across the internet economy, paying particular attention to supporting developers and startups in the region.
more to the opportunities presented to developers, Google announced the continuation of its accelerator program for African startups. Entering this year, the Google Accelerator Program for Startups will welcome its sixth cohort. The three-month program should to begin on June 21; applications are open until May 14. A virtual affair, this cohort will be a continuation of how the previous cohort went.
“Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first virtual classroom of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa Was launched. This was the first fully online iteration of Google’s Africa Accelerator Program and saw 20 startups from seven countries take a 12-week virtual journey to redefine their offering while receiving mentorship and training. attending workshops, ”said Onajite Emerhor, Google manager for Startups Accelerator. Africa in a statement.
“This year, with the 6th Cohort, we want to continue to play our role in supporting developers and startups within the African tech ecosystem, ensuring they get all the access and support needed for them. see continue to develop.
Before Known as the Google Launchpad Accelerator, Google for Startups Accelerator Africa has worked with up to 50 startups in 17 African countries. In 2020, he selected 20 startups in the program (eight from Nigeria, six from Kenya, two from South Africa and one each from Ghana, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe). It also plans to select startups from additional countries, including Egypt, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda, for this sixth cohort..
“The growth of entrepreneurship is crucial, especially in the African context. African developers and startups play a vital role in transforming the African economy, creating new opportunities and paving the way for economic and social development on the continent we want to see. We recognize Africa’s exceptional digital potential, and that’s why Google is engaged to provide this essential support to African startups, ”says Nitin Gajria, CEO of Google Sub-Saharan Africa.
Developer communities remain one of the most vital aspects of Google’s operations on the continent. It currently has more than 120 communities in 25 African countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Besides the fair-announced a scholarship program and other communities such as Google Developer Groups and Developer Student Clubs, Google provided an intersection between developers and other tech players by establishing a Google Developers Space in Nigeria.