For developers in the Middle East's tech start-up scene, Google has some exciting news for you. The company’s accelerator program for start-ups in emerging markets, Google’s Launchpad Accelerator, is now welcoming growth-stage start-ups from Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.
With the goal of helping tech start-ups build successful companies, the Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month acceleration program for growth-stage start-ups from emerging markets. It offers start-ups the opportunity to work with Google engineers, experts in Silicon Valley and mentors from around the world. The program also offers equity-free support, Google product credits and an all-expenses-paid training program in San Francisco.
“Launchpad Accelerator gives us an opportunity to work with and empower amazing developers, who are solving major challenges all around the world -- whether it's streamlining digital commerce across Africa, providing access to multimedia tools that support special needs education, or using AI to simplify business operations,” said Roy Glasberg, the Global Lead for the Launchpad Accelerator, on the Google Developers blog during the big announcement. “That's why we're doubling down on our efforts and opening up applications for the next class of the program to more countries.”
Glasberg noted that all start-ups interested in applying must conform to the flowing: be a technological start-up, be targeting their local markets, have proven product-market fit beyond the ideation stage and be based in the selected countries for the program.
Google will also take into consideration the type of problems the start-up is attempting to solve, how it creates value for users, how it addresses challenges in the community and whether it will contribute to the local and international ecosystem for start-ups with what it has learned.
The program was first opened to select countries in Latin America and Asia when it launched in 2015, but expanded this year to include countries in Africa and Europe.
Google’s latest decision to include more countries in its Launchpad Accelator has nearly doubled the number of markets its program will be open to. By opening up to Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, the program is now open to incorporating start-ups from the Middle East.
Other countries that the Launchpad Accelerator is now open to include Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Estonia, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.
If your country isn’t on the list, don’t worry just yet. “If you're based outside of these countries, stay tuned, as we expect to add more countries to the program in the future,” said Glasberg.
Selected developers will be invited later in the year to the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco for a 2-week long all-expenses-paid training program.
For tech start-ups interested in applying to the accelerator program visit the application page. Applications for the new class of selected countries will stop being accepted on October 2.
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