Google continues to invest in talents within the sub-Saharan tech ecosystem through infrastructure building.
On Tuesday, in Lagos Nigeria, the company launched its first Developers Space for Africa.
This is part of Google’s plan to promote access to broadband, mentorship and funds in a bid to provide a supportive environment for entrepreneurs, developers and investors in the African tech community.
Here is what the Launchpad Accelerator Africa head of Operations – Onajite Emerhor had to say “Google is strengthening its commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa by opening the Google Developers Space today. We have partnered with Impact Hub to bring the Space to life and worked with a local company called Spacefinish, which designed it specifically to create an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We’re looking forward to working with startups and other players in the ecosystem from across the continent at the Space,”
Google does not charge for use of the space, which in addition to housing Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa will support developer meetups, training, experts office hours, Women in tech events, startup programs (outside of Launchpad), partner events that support the wider entrepreneur and developer ecosystem, as well as Google initiatives for empowering people through digital skills training.
Launchpad Accelerator Africa has worked with 47 startups since the first class kicked off in early 2018. These companies have raised millions of dollars in investments, and created over nine hundred jobs across the continent. Launchpad Africa has accelerated startups from 17 African countries so far: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The next class will kick off at the Google Developers Space in May 2020.
Consisting of one 120-seating capacity hall, meeting rooms, lounge/cafe, and other facilities, the Developers Space is open to everyone in the tech community.
“This space is the next step to our support for developers across the continent. From our commitment to train 100 000 developers across Africa and the launch of developer merchant support in the Google Play store, making it possible for developers to earn money through apps they build. We are excited to continue our journey with the African startup and developer communities,” said Juliet Ehimuan, Country Director, Google Nigeria