We are excited to announce the opening of the application window for the second ‘Google for Startups Accelerator: Middle East and North Africa’ program in response to the large interest after concluding the first successful cohort.
‘Google for Startups Accelerator: MENA’ is a three-month digital accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups based in the region, and will run virtually starting mid-July 2021. Our first cohort was joined by 10 incredible startups from six Arab countries - four of which are women-led businesses: Abwaab (Jordan), Carers (Jordan), Chefaa (Egypt), DABCHY (Tunisia), Designhubz (UAE), Lamsa (UAE), Lendo (Saudi Arabia), Nafas Meditation App (Oman), Viavii (Jordan) and 360VUZ (UAE). Congratulations to all the graduates of our first cohort!
Similar to the first cohort, selected founders will identify their top challenges and will then be paired with relevant experts from Google and the industry to help solve them. Participating startups will also receive mentorship on both technical and business challenges as well as workshops covering machine learning technologies, product design/UX, customer acquisition, and leadership development. Participants will also have access to 1:1 coaching by our experts and from other tech companies, to help them pitch to investors after the program ends.
As part of the selection process, we will consider the problem your tech startup is trying to solve and how it creates value for users, in addition to your willingness to use the latest technologies to solve business challenges and successfully scale in the long run.
The application window for the second ‘Google for Startups Accelerator’ program in MENA will remain open until May 25th, 2021. We’ll announce the selected startups in early July 2021.
We hope through our second cohort to equip more homegrown entrepreneurs with the latest digital skills to grow and tackle the unexpected societal challenges brought by the pandemic.