Google to empower women entrepreneurs in Nigeria, others

Oluwanifemi Ojo
Oluwanifemi Ojo
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Google has announced the launch of three empowerment initiatives women entrepreneurs in Africa in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

According to The Punch, Google’s women empowerment programmes include the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa: Women Founders Cohort, the Hustle Academy for Women-Led SMEs, and a series on social media to celebrate inspiring women in Africa’s technology sector.

Speaking about the company’s initiatives, Head of Startup Ecosystem, Africa, Folarin Aiayegbusi, said, “We are thrilled to announce the selected startups for the inaugural class of our Google for Startups Accelerator Africa: Women Founders Cohort.”

Google’s hustle academy is aimed at equipping  entrepreneurs to increase their revenue, also to position for investment, and build sustainable businesses for the future.

Google said it will organise six cohorts of the hustle academy programme for women in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa throughout the month of March.

According to Google, 15 startups have been selected from Nigeria and seven other African countries.

In the words of the Head of Communications, Google Africa, Dorothy Ooko, “At Google, we are committed to providing women entrepreneurs in Africa with access to funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Through our programs, we aim to bridge the gap and empower women to succeed in their respective fields.”

The Punch reported that the startups selected by Google for Startups Accelerator Africa Women Founders Cohort includes, Afriwell Health (Congo), Alajo App (Nigeria), eWaka (Kenya), Farmer Lifeline (Kenya), Maxibuy (Nigeria), MosMos (Kenya), Gobeba (Kenya), Hepta Pay (Rwanda), Jem HR (South Africa), Kola Market (Ghana), Mipango (Tanzania), Smart Ikigega (Rwanda), Suitch (Cameroon), Tyms Africa (Nigeria), and Zydii (Kenya).

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