Nested in the heart of Ikoyi, Lagos, Google Developers Space will house the Google Launchpad Accelerator programme. support developer meetups, and empower people through digital skills training.
“Starting today, members of the African tech community can use this Space for free. In addition to housing Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa, the Space will support developer meetups, training, experts office hours, Women in tech events, Startup programs (outside of Launchpad), partner events that support the wider entrepreneur and developer ecosystem, as well as Google initiatives for empowering people through digital skills training.” Onajite Emerhor, Head of Operations, Launchpad Accelerator Africa, stated this in a blog on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020.
Since the Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme kicked off in 2018, Google said it has worked with 47 startups from 17 African countries: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
“This space is the next step to our support for developers across the continent. From our commitment to training 100 000 developers across Africa and the launch of developer merchant support in the Google Play store, making it possible for developers to earn money through apps they build. We are excited to continue our journey with the African startup and developer communities,” Juliet Ehimuan, country director, Google had said.