Tech giant, Google, has officially launched its first Developers Space in Lagos, Nigeria. The development follows the commitment made by Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, in July 2017, to start the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program and launch a space to house these efforts in Nigeria.
Previously referred to as the Google Launchpad Space, the Google Developers Space is an enabling environment created to provide high-quality infrastructures, mentorship, and funds for African great digital talents, with the sole aim of having global tech successes from Africa. Co-located with Impact Hub, Ikoyi, Google Developers Space consist of one 120-seating capacity hall, meeting rooms, lounge/cafe, and other facilities.
Speaking at the launch, Onajite Emerhor, Head of operations for Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa, stated that the hub will be available for individual use, code labs, hackathons, tech events, training, boot camps, startup-related programs, and other Google initiatives. She further added that the space is free for all permitted engagements, events inclusive.
Since the first class kicked off in early 2018, Launchpad Accelerator Africa has worked with 47 startups, created over 900 jobs across Africa and has accelerated startups from 17 African countries so far, namely: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
The next class will kick off at the Google Developers Space in May 2020.
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