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Women Founders Africa Program has selected five Kenyan startups for the inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator program.
The 12-week program is aimed at empowering and supporting women founders across the continent by providing adequate and relevant resources and opportunities to help their startups succeed.
Kenyan startups eWaka, Farmer Lifeline, MosMos, Gobeba, and Zydii are among the 15 startups selected across Africa for the project.
Folarin Aiayegbusi, the head of the startup ecosystem for Africa at Google said investing in women founders across Africa is critical for economic empowerment that will create employment opportunities for the growing African youth population.
He noted that promoting gender equality and driving economic growth in Africa is crucial for elevating the participation and leadership of women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
“Elevating the participation and leadership of women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem is a critical factor in promoting gender equality and driving economic growth in Africa,” Aiayegbusi said.
Selected participants will receive access to Google’s products, mentoring from industry experts, resources, tools, and technology in addition to gaining networking opportunities with investors to support the growth of their startups.
The program will include one boot camp per month.
“We are thrilled to announce the selected startups for the inaugural class of our Google for Startups Accelerator Africa: Women Founders Cohort. These women are tackling some of Africa’s most pressing challenges, and we’re excited to support them as they build the future,” Aiayegbusi said.
To qualify for the program, applicants were required to prove that they have a working product or service, a viable business model, and a working team, and they are ready to take their businesses to the next level with the support of the program.