The UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, a pillar of the UK government’s broader Digital Access Program (DAP), has collaborated with Google for Startups, Africa. A statement seen by Technext explained that this collaboration would see the two entities award $3 million in Google Cloud credits to women founders in Nigeria.
This support will subsidise cloud technology-related costs for startups, allowing these founders to focus on innovation, customer acquisition, and growth.
The joint effort by UK-Nigeria Tech Hub and Google for Startups Africa will help promote digital inclusion and jointly support technology businesses run by women founders.
To commemorate International Women’s Day in March, the two organisations will co-host an event in Lagos, Nigeria, bringing together women founders, investors, and ecosystem stakeholders. The event aims to help women founders understand the technology funding landscape and position themselves to secure funding for their startups.
Country Director, UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, Justina Oha said, “We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Google for Startups, which comes at a time when the world is celebrating International Women’s Day.
Google and UK-Nigeria Tech Hub partnership
The UK- Nigeria Tech Hub is an initiative by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports (DCMS) to support the growth of the Technology ecosystem in Nigeria by promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the tech sector, leading to more trade and investment in the longer term.
The UK -Nigeria Tech Hub works to stimulate local digital economies, support inclusive and sustainable economic growth and jobs, build high-end digital skills, and forge innovation partnerships between Nigerian tech sectors and international businesses.
Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.
Earlier this month, Technext reported that Google announced three new initiatives to empower women entrepreneurs in Africa, specifically Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa, to celebrate the 2023 International Women’s Day. These initiatives are set to provide them with the resources they need to succeed as entrepreneurs.
Folarin Aiyegbusi, Head of Startup Ecosystem Google Africa, speaking on the collaboration with the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, said: “We are excited to partner with the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub to empower women entrepreneurs in Nigeria. This collaboration is a unique opportunity to provide women founders with the support and resources they need to scale their businesses and contribute to the growth of Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.
At Google for Startups, we are committed to supporting startups and entrepreneurs around the world, and we believe that empowering women founders is key to building a more diverse and inclusive tech industry.”
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