Aside funding, most startups usually need direction; in the form of advise, mentors, etc. Most of these programs are designed to provide such resources to the startups and its team members in exchange for equity, etc. However, Google’s Launchpad Accelerator program offers tech startup developers such a vast pool of resources for free; no equity taken.
Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month acceleration program for growth-stage startups from emerging markets. Through this program, startups get the opportunity to collaborate with Google engineers, Silicon Valley experts, and top mentors from around the world. The program offers equity-free support, Google product credits, and an all-expense-paid training in San Francisco. For any tech startup in an emerging market, this is a great opportunity to grow.
Earlier this year, specifically in February, the program headed to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya as the first African cities. 7 months later, the program has expanded to Ghana, and 6 other African countries, in what seems like a more international strategy to reach startups with Launchpad. The program has also been expanded to other countries in other emerging markets where Launchpad already had some presence. Collectively, here are the new additions: Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia & Uganda. This brings the total African list to 10.
You can view the current and alumni African startups on the website.
The application process for the Google Launchpad Accelerator program will end on October 2, 2017 at 9AM PST. Later in the year, the list of selected developers will be invited to the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco for 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training. You can apply here.
For developers who are looking to get exponentially better at their craft, the Google Launchpad Accelerator Program will provide a great opportunity as you will increase in knowledge and in your network as well.
Also published on Medium.