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Google to Offer 40,000 Developer Scholarships in Africa

April 30, Friday, Google announced the launch of 40,000 new developer scholarships in Africa; created in partnership with tech talent companies Pluralsight and Andela.

According to the statement released, Google will give full scholarships (with certifications in Android and cloud development) to the 1,000 students (beginner and intermediate developers) at the end of the training.

The announcement took place from a virtual event. The company hosted key stakeholders in Africa’s tech ecosystem and “reviewed opportunities unfolding throughout the internet economy, paying special attention to the support of developers and startups in the region.”

In addition to the opportunities, Google announced the continuation of its accelerator program for African startups. This year, the Google for Startups Accelerator program will be hosting its sixth cohort. The three-month program is expected to start on June 21; applications are open until May 14. A virtual affair, this cohort will be a continuation of how the previous cohort panned out.

In a statement said by Onajite Emerhor, Head of Google for Startups Accelerator 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 program 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.”

Formerly known as Google Launchpad Accelerator, Google for Startups Accelerator Africa has worked with up to 50 startups across 17 African countries.

Also, Managing Director of Google Sub-Saharan Africa. Nitin Gajria said, “The growth of entrepreneurship is crucial, especially in the African context. African developers and startups play a critical role in the transformation of the African economy, creating new opportunities and paving the way for the economic and social development on the continent that we want to see. We recognize Africa’s exceptional digital potential, and that is why Google is committed to providing this critical support for African startups.”

Besides the just-announced scholarship program and other communities like Google Developer Groups and Developer Student Clubs, Google has provided an intersection between developers and other tech players by building a Google Developers Space in Nigeria.