Google has unveiled its latest initiative, the Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change, designed specifically to support Seed to Series A startups that are using technology to combat climate change.
Through the partnership with Google Cloud, this program is targeted toward high-potential startups based in the Middle East and Africa. The innovative program provides these startups access to Google’s vast resources, including one-on-one mentoring, group learning sessions, and a host of in-person and virtual activities.
One of the core features of the Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change program is a series of intensive workshops and deep dive sessions. These are centered around key business pillars, such as product design, business growth, and leadership development.
Selected participants will gain from the dedicated technical expertise of Google Cloud, with credits extended through the Google for Startups Cloud Program. The program’s structure will be a blend of individual and collective learning sessions, where startups will be mentored by seasoned engineers and business experts from Google and its extensive network.
This program offers bespoke support tailored to suit each startup’s unique business needs. In addition to this, each startup will be assigned specialized Startup Success Managers (SSM), who will provide further training on how to utilize the tech giant’s best practices, tools, and personnel.
After the program, startups will remain connected to the network and continue to benefit from ongoing support via the Google for Startups Accelerator Alumni program. This initiative underscores Google’s commitment to empowering startups and tackling climate change through technology.
Joyce Baz, Head of Communications at Google, said: “As more organizations navigate the necessary, sustainability-driven business transformations on the horizon, they’re looking for new tools and technology to help them.”
“We believe the global startup ecosystem plays a pivotal role in accelerating their progress, which is why we’re excited to kick off 2023 with Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change programs and encourage startups in the Middle East and Africa to apply,” Baz added.
He also highlighted that these programs will focus on identifying, supporting, and scaling startups that are building technologies to combat climate change.
“This is the first time we’re running the program in MENA, we’re looking forward to welcoming participants in our region at a critical time when technology can unblock and accelerate decarbonization of the economy,” the official concluded.