Google just announced a program to offer scholarships for Android, Web, and Google Cloud development experts from various African countries.
Google hopes to accomplish this through a partnership with Pluralsight and Andela. These companies will offer up to 40,000 scholarships to developers, and at the end of the training, the top 1,000 students will earn a full scholarship to certify in Android or Cloud development.
In order to announce this, Google held a virtual event that had in attendance several stakeholders in Africa’s tech ecosystem. Attendees had the opportunity to review trends in the internet economy. However, more attention was paid to developers and startups in Africa.
Google also strengthened the continuation of its Google for Startups Accelerator Africa Program. The program’s period is just three months. For 2021, it will run from 21 June to toll September.
The online program includes three intensive virtual training boot camps, mentorship, and Google product support, which is open to applications from 17 countries across Africa. Some of the countries are Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and others.
Google and partners want to ensure that they support the advancement of the startups through their crucial growth periods.
The pandemic slowed things down a little last year but 20 startups from seven countries went through a 12-week virtual journey to redefine their offering while receiving mentoring and attending workshops.
In a blog post, Google said that its team is excited to continue this journey with African startups and developer communities because Africa’s startup ecosystem is crucial, and a key driver of economic growth on the continent.