This last week was particularly exciting in the Nigerian technology space as Google put on a show. The CEO of the company, Sundar Pichai, even made a surprise appearance in Lagos for the very first time. The company made a lot of important announcements during this event which would change the Nigerian technology ecosystem forever.
The most notable announcement was that Google Launchpad Space would be coming to Nigeria! This is the first time a Launchpad space is being dedicated by Google to anywhere else in the World outside San Francisco. The dedicated Launchpad Space in San Francisco was only used for the first time early this year, and now Nigeria is getting one as well.
The space in Nigeria is meant to serve Africa. It is also supported by a three-million-dollar investment by Google in early stage ventures. Now, this is BIG! It is validation for all Nigerian technology start-ups. It shows we are probably doing something locally that is worth significant attention globally.
An investment in the tech ecosystem by one of the world’s largest technology companies is a major signal that Nigeria’s tech has come of age. It also means that we are now in “Prime Time”.
What exactly is Launchpad?
On Google’s official site for the program, the description is: “Launchpad Accelerator is a program to empower founders by supporting their startups through mentorship and equity-free support. The Accelerator leverages all that Google has to offer, to help participating tech startups reach their true potential.”
Benefits for founders
- You gain great access to outstanding mentors in product, UX, marketing and more.
- You become part of the Google for entrepreneurs network which provides you ongoing support as your startup progresses.
- Equity-free support
- 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training at Google Headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley
- Access to Google engineers, resources and mentors
- You work closely with Google for 6 months
- Credits for Google products
- PR training and global media opportunities
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