Google has announced plans to expand its startup accelerator programme to include tech startups within the MENA region.
The American giant will select 10 to 15 startups from the MENA region and offer them three months of virtual training and mentorship as of January 2021. The lucky startups selected will enjoy access to google’s acceleration programs.
The funds will target startups from under-represented groups such as women, black-owned, as well as geographical considerations. According to Google, the application deadline is on 31st December.
Startups eligible for the investment are those in North Africa and the Middle East and must have a prior record of raising funds. Applications from the following countries will be considered: Algeria, Tunisia, Morrocco, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman, Qatar, Libya, the UAE, Palestine, and Yemen.
Apart from mentorship and technical support, the accelerator offers product design and machine learning workshops, as well as leadership development, and how to acquire new customers.