Google AI First Accelerator Program for African Startups

A 10-week equity-free accelerator program for Seed to Series A startups based in Africa or building Africa-centered solutions with technology. The Accelerator program is sector-agnostic but will only accept applications from startups leveraging Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning from any vertical.

The AI First program is designed for startups that are building products or services that use artificial intelligence in a transformative way. Google is looking for companies with a strong team and a clear vision for how AI can be used to solve real-world challenges.

Entry Criteria

  • Startups demonstrating traction, ideally between Seed and Series A stage.
  • Building a scalable product or service with a significant total addressable market and defensible growth model.
  • Deeply technical, preferably leveraging technologies like Machine Learning and AI.
  • Commitment from CTO and/or technical roles to participate and engage in required program sessions.


Key benefits

  • Equity-free 10 weeks of equity-free support.
  • Google product creditsEligible startups receive product credits.
  • Founder network: Connect and get support from fellow founders as a part of Google for Startups alumni network.
  • Custom Mentorship: Receive tailored product and leadership support from Google mentors and industry experts.
  • Google product support and advice Learn product tips and tricks directly from the Googlers who built them.
  • Exposure: Exposure to potential partners, VCs and investors interested in AI First tech startups.


Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First

  • AUGUST 22, 2023: Applications Open
  • SEPTEMBER 6, 2023: Application Deadline
  • SEPTEMBER 2023: Program Kickoff

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Google AI First Accelerator Program

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