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Google flagsoff  artificial intelligence initiative for African startups

TECH giant, Google, has flagged off an initiative that would support African startups looking to use artificial intelligence to solve local challenges.

In a statement on Tuesday, Google invited African startups to apply now for its 10-week equity-free accelerator programme.

The statement stated that the programme, tagged ‘Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First’, is open for application.

Google said interested startups are advised to apply by September 6, 2023 and submit applications, via g.co/acceleratorafricahttp://g.co/acceleratorafrica.\

According to the statement: “Applications for the 10-week equity-free accelerator are now open, inviting startups up to series A stage based in Africa or building Africa-centric solutions with AI and machine learning.

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“Participants will benefit from access to Google’s AI expertise, and technical resources including up to $350,000 Google Cloud credits, mentorship from seasoned AI professionals, and invaluable networking opportunities.

“This programme recognises the transformative role that AI is playing across the world, innovating industries, and reimagining the realms of possibilities.”

The programme according to Google, highlights the significant contributions of African startups in addressing some of the region’s most pressing challenges through the use of AI. 

It added that the primary aspiration remains to support and “highlight African-driven solutions”.

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TheCable noted that Google’s head of startup ecosystem, Africa, Folarin Aiyegbusi, said, the continent’s tech landscape is vibrant and ever-evolving.

Aiyegbusi said, “‘AI First’ is more than a programme. It’s a testament to our belief in the vision of these startups, ensuring they have the support and guidance they need to realise their full potential.”

He noted further that  it was inspiring to see African startups harnessing AI to address the continent’s unique challenges and setting benchmarks for the world.

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Since its inception in 2018, the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa programme has supported 106 startups from 17 countries in the region.

The technology firm said these startups have raised over $263 million in funding and created over 2,800 job opportunities in the region.

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