Global tech giant, Google continues to invest in talents within the sub-Saharan tech ecosystem through infrastructure building. In July 2017, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai made a commitment to African entrepreneurs to start the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program and launch a space to house these efforts in Nigeria.
More Access to Tech Hubs in Africa
“Google is strengthening its commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa by opening the Google Developers Space . We have partnered with Impact Hub to bring the Space to life […]. We’re looking forward to working with startups and other players in the ecosystem from across the continent at the Space,” says Launchpad Accelerator Africa head of Operations, Onajite Emerhor.
Google does not charge for use of the space, which in addition to housing Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa, it 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.
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“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,” says Juliet Ehimuan, Country Director at Google Nigeria.
This is part of Google’s plan to promote access to broadband, mentorship and funds in a bid to provide a supportive environment for entrepreneurs, developers and investors in the African tech community.
Co-located with Impact Hub, Ikoyi, the Google Developers Space is the first of more to spring up across sub-Saharan African nations as long as there is a visible need for it. This was communicated by launchpad accelerator Africa head of operations, Onajite Emerhor.
Google’s charitable arm, Google.org, is committing $20 million over the next five years to nonprofits that are working to improve lives across Africa. They are giving $2.5 million in initial grants to the nonprofit arms of African startups Gidi Mobile and Siyavula to provide free access to learning for 400,000 low-income students in South Africa and Nigeria. The grantees will also develop new digital learning materials that will be free for anyone to use.
They invite nonprofits from across the continent to share their ideas for how they could impact their community and beyond. So they launched a Google.org Impact Challenge in Africa in 2018 to award $5 million in grants.
The Unhindered Growth of Data Centres in Africa
Now and again, a new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solution sees a combination of factors unite to create a ‘perfect storm’ of demand – one that is exacerbated by the various vendors’ inability to keep pace with it. One such industry is the multi-tenant colocation data centre market in Africa, which is poised on the brink of hugely accelerated growth, driven by several factors, including a soaring demand for cloud services, pressure by regulators to bring African content back to Africa, a surge in media content markets and improved broadband around the continent.