Google announced the selection of 60 eligible startups across Africa with $4 million dollars funding to enable them scale up their ongoing work.
The programme, which is called Google Black Founders Fund (BFF) for startups in Africa, is the second phase of the global tech giant’s funding for African startups.
Folarin Aiyegbusi, Google’s Head of Startup Ecosystem, Sub Sahara Africa said in a statement that the startups joining the programme would receive a total of $4m in funding.
Aiyegbusi said that the startups would also receive support to enable them to scale up their ongoing work.
He said that the programme reinforced Google’s commitment to empowering entrepreneurs and startups in the region as a vital prerequisite to driving employment and growth on the continent.
According to him, the startups will also be part of tailored workshops, support networks and community building sessions.
He listed the top five countries with the most startups selected for the programme as Nigeria with 23 grantees, Kenya with 12 grantees, and Rwanda with six grantees.