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APPLY: 2021 Google for Startups Black Founders Fund For African Startups ($3 million Fund)

Through the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund Africa, we are supporting early-stage Black-founded startups and startups that are benefitting the Black community on the continent

We want to bridge the existing fundraising gap for Black startup founders in Africa’s fast-growing technology landscape. This non-dilutive $3 million fund is allocated across a pipeline of 50 investable startups in Africa.

The fund is open to all startups that meet the criteria, with priority given to Google for Startups Accelerator and Partner program alumni. This fund will be given along with mentorship support and Google platform credits to help the startups grow.

  • Host: Google 
  • Category: Grant | Fellowships
  • Eligible Countries: African Countries 
  • Reward: $50,000 or $100,000 Cash Prizes + bonus worth $200,000
  • Deadline: July 9, 2021
  • Scholarship Alerts: To receive Scholarship Alerts on WhatsApp, Click HERE


We want to bridge the existing fundraising gap for black startup founders in Africa’s fast growing technology landscape. Through the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund Africa, we are supporting early-stage startups on the continent that are founded by black-led or diverse teams or who are directly benefitting the black community. This non- dilutive $3million fund is allocated across a pipeline of 50 investable black-founded startups in Africa.

The fund is open to all startups that meet the criteria, with priority given to Google for Startups Accelerator & Partner program alumni.

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A startup that is:

  • Headquartered in Africa or has a legal presence on the continent
  • Building for Africa and a global market
  • Creating jobs, has growth potential to raise more funding, and making an impact

With a founding team that is:

  • Diverse, with at least one Black C-level founding member
  • Directly supporting the Black community

Technical requirements:

  • Technology startups with a live product in market or business where technology is core to their ability to scale (not for consultancies or not-for-profits)
  • Compatibility with Google products—our products can accelerate their growth

Scholarship Duration and Reward

Early-stage startups with black founders or diverse founding teams operating and headquartered in Africa. 

Program Highlights

  • Non-dilutive (equity free) cash awards of up to $100,000 per startup 
  • Up to $220k in Google Ads grants and Google Cloud credits
  • Access to a network of mentors to help tackle each startup’s unique challenges

Eligible countries

We’re currently accepting applicants from the following countries in Africa:

  • Botswana,
  • Cameroun,
  • Cote D’Ivoire,
  • Ethiopia,
  • Ghana,
  • Kenya,
  • Mozambique,
  • Nigeria,
  • Rwanda,
  • South Africa,
  • Tanzania,
  • Uganda, and
  • Zimbabwe. 

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Method of Application

The Black Founders Fund is intended for startups with self-identifying Black leaders or companies directly supporting the Black community.

We encourage established startups based in Africa who are seeking seed-stage funding to apply. Applications are open now through July 7, 2021. 

Deadline: July 7, 2021

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