Google says it is offering a total of 40,000 scholarships to developers, spread across Mobile and Cloud development tracks
Onajite Emerhor, Head of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, said this Thursday at a virtual event organized by the company and that the opportunity it is open to applications from 17 countries across Africa, including Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Emerhor added that the top 1,000 students at the end of the training would earn full scholarship to certify on Android or Cloud development.
Emerhor, announcing the opening of applications for the 6th Class of the Google for Startups Accelerator programme, and the launch of new developer scholarships, said it was in partnership with Pluralsight and Andela. She said that the aim of the scholarship was to support the growth of the startups through their crucial growth phases. According to her, for Google’s new developer scholarships, Android, Web and Google Cloud scholarships are being offered to beginners and intermediate developers resident in Africa.
“Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first virtual class of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa was launched. “It was the first all-online iteration of Google’s accelerator programme for Africa, and saw 20 startups from seven countries undergo a 12-week virtual journey to redefine their offering while receiving mentoring and attending workshops.
“This year, with the 6th cohort, we want to continue to play our part by supporting developers and startups within the Africa tech ecosystem, ensuring they get all the access and support necessary to see them continue to grow,” she said.
Google said the African startups ecosystem is a key driver of economic growth on the continent, with Africa’s tech space experiencing a significant upswing in startup success stories.