Google launches accelerator for startups in Mena

Google launches accelerator for startups in Mena

Google launches accelerator for startups in Mena


• 14 October, 2020

Google is launching a brand new accelerator programme for startups within the Center East and North Africa (Mena). The three month programme will start in November with a cohort of 15 startups from throughout the area. 

The Google for Startups Accelerator Programme is a world initiative that gives mentoring and assist from a mix of Google’s personal and exterior mentors alongside workshops, help with expertise, product, design and management coaching. The corporate can also be providing $1.1 million value of monetary grants to organisations like Mercy Corps, Arab Tourism Organisation and Youth Enterprise Worldwide, to mentor companies and entrepreneurs throughout the area.

“We did this [accelerator] in Latin America and it was transformational,” mentioned Lino Cattaruzzi, managing director for Google Mena. “That is the primary time we’re launching this right here, it’s the most complete programme we now have. We now have an enormous angle on the tech aspect and we see this as an enabler programme. We search for an amplifying impact…we are attempting to concentrate on the affect these corporations can have within the house they function.”

The accelerator is a part of a wider initiative, “Develop Stronger with Google”, which was introduced right now to assist enhance the Center East’s financial restoration by means of digital transformation by providing digital instruments, coaching and monetary grants to assist native companies and job seekers.

The corporate is trying to ease entry to capital by providing $3 million in loans to assist hundreds of underserved small companies ($2 million of it will go to Egypt) in partnership with Kiva, a web based lending platform. 

The Develop Stronger with Google initiative additionally consists of the launch of Market Finder, a product that helps native retailers determine new markets and purchase world clients. It’s aiming to get 50,000 native companies on-line, significantly these in retail and tourism, by itemizing them on Google my Enterprise and coaching them in digital advertising and marketing. Knowledge from Google exhibits that searches associated to on-line procuring rose by 36 per cent within the UAE, 28 per cent in Saudi Arabia and 43 per cent in Egypt. 

“On-line procuring has grown by 65 per cent over the previous couple of months. Reaching new audiences by exporting overseas needs to be simpler, it shouldn’t be only for medium and massive companies,” mentioned Cattaruzzi.

Google can also be pledging to assist a million folks and companies in Mena study digital expertise and develop their companies by the tip of 2021. 

“On-line instruments have been a life-line for a lot of throughout the pandemic. Profiting from the net alternative may help folks, companies and communities within the UAE and within the wider area bounce again stronger,” mentioned Cattaruzzi. “By our programme, we are going to assist folks study new expertise and discover jobs, and assist companies develop on-line, particularly these within the retail and tourism sectors which have been most affected. We stay essentially optimistic about the way forward for this area, and assured that working along with native companions, we are able to enhance restoration and construct on the fast acceleration of tech adoption we’ve seen throughout the disaster.”

In line with Kearney Center East, shoppers in Saudi Arabia have been spending 95 per cent extra time on-line due to the pandemic, whereas these within the UAE have been spending 79 per cent extra time. 

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