Google’s 1st African Developer Space In Nigeria Is Free To Use For All
On Jan. 28, Google opened its first African Google Developers Space in Lagos, Nigeria, adding its presence to more than 80 tech hubs already operating in the West African country.
Google wants to provide a space where entrepreneurs, developers, venture capital firms and investors can connect and collaborate with each other. It’s hoping the Google Developers Space will fit the bill, according to a blog post.
To sweeten the deal, Google has made access to the space free for all, making good on a commitment from Google CEO Sundar Pichai when he visited Nigeria in 2017.
Pichai told the tech community in Lagos that Google would start the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program — a startup accelerator that has already seen four graduating classes.
He also committed to building a dedicated space to house the program alongside other Google initiatives including developer meetups, training, experts office hours, Women in tech events, startup programs, other partner events, and digital skills training.
The Google Launchpad Accelerator program has incubated 47 startups from 17 countries in four cohorts since launching in 2018, IOL reports.
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Through the tech hubs, Microsoft expects to collaborate with African partners, universities, governments and developers to drive impact and innovation in fintech, agritech and off-grid energy, according to CNBCAfrica.
Lagos is also home to Co-creation Hub, a technology innovation center that acquired Kenya’s iHub for an undisclosed amount in 2019, bringing together two of the most recognizable tech hubs in Africa.