Niral Patel to lead Google Cloud operations in Sub-Saharan Africa

SSA – Google has appointed former Oracle South Africa Managing Director  Niral Patel as head of its cloud operations in sub-Saharan Africa. His official title is regional director at Google Cloud, which is the world’s third-largest cloud computing infrastructure provider after Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. He will be based in Johannesburg. “He will have overall responsibility for the company’s sales strategy and continued development of its go-to-market sales operations,” Google said in a statement. “Patel will be focused on supporting the growth and scale of Google Cloud customers across…

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MY.GAMES Venture Capital, Google launches second season of their joint business acceleration

EMEA – MY.GAMES Venture Capital (MGVC), the investment division of MY.GAMES, and Google have launched the second season of their joint business acceleration program for mobile game developers. The first season was launched in November 2020, offering EMEA developers free consulting services, including expert evaluation, key metrics analysis, recommendations on step-by-step improvements, as well as advice on scaling and international expansion. This season, MGVC allocates US$30 million for potential investments in studios and projects that have shown the potential of their team and product during the event and, according to…

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15 startups gets selected for the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa

AFRICA – Fifteen startups have been selected for the sixth class of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, which aims to support African tech startups through their crucial growth phases. The Google for Startups Accelerator is a three-month online programme that includes three intensive virtual training bootcamps, mentorship, and Google product support. For the second year in a row, the programme is virtual, and it kicks off in June with 15 startups from across the continent participating. Six of the selected companies are from Nigeria, namely consumer intelligence, engagement and…

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Google unveils US$6m funding program to support African start-ups

AFRICA – Tech giant Google has unveiled three programmes worth US$6 million which are expected to support women and young entrepreneurs and innovators in at least 13 African countries. Under the first programme, Google will grant US$3 million to the Tony Elumelu Foundation to support women-owned start-ups in the continent to upscale their ideas. The tech giant says the fund will help in providing entrepreneurship training, mentorship and coaching to at least 5,000 women as well as seed capital in the form of one-time cash grants to 500 African women…

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Google launches series of programmes to support the growth and recovery of SMEs

AFRICA – Tech-giant Google has launched International Small Business Month, a series of programmes that aim to support the growth and recovery of SMEs in Africa. Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Google’s head of brand and reputation for Africa said that the programmes are tech-driven and will enable SMEs in Africa to expand their customer base. “As more consumers start their journey looking for products and services online, we want to do more to help retail small businesses digitise and better leverage online tools for growth. One thing we know for sure is…

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Telecom Egypt partners with Google to provide it with mesh solution

EGYPT – Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cables operators in the region, has signed an agreement with Google to provide Google with the first of its kind layer three meshed solution on multiple Telecom Egypt’s redundant and resilient Egypt crossing network infrastructure. As part of the agreement, Google will also be provided capacity on Telecom Egypt’s Mediterranean submarine cable, TE North. The project is expected to go live in the first half of 2021. This mesh project connects several cable landing stations…

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Google launches first ever startup accelerator program for startups MENA

MENA – Google has announced that the launch of its first ever startup accelerator program, Google for Startups Accelerator, for startups in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; consequently, applications are invited from suitably qualified startups. The initiative is a three-month digital business acceleration programme aimed at the MENA region that targets technology startups in the initial financing (Seed) and Initial Investment (Series A) stages. Launched in early October as part of the Grow Stronger with Google regional program, the Google for Startups Accelerator. With an aim to…

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Orange rolls out affordable 4G smartphones for Middle East and Africa

AFRICA – French multinational telecommunications company Orange has launched globally the latest device in its Sanza range, an exclusive series of smartphone and 4G Android devices as part of the line-up of activities for the GSMA Thrive Africa 2020. The Sanza touch launch is supported by Google and builds on the American tech company’s efforts since it rolled out Android (Go edition) two years ago to accelerate the pace of digital adoption across Africa. The new device will retail around $30, an affordable price point intended to make it the most accessible on the market, Orange said. The…

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Google appoints Agnes Gathaiya as the new county director of East Africa

EAST AFRICA – Google, multinational technology company, has announced the appointment of Agnes Gathaiya as its new country director for its East Africa business. Agnes replaces Charles Mutoro who has segued to another role within Google as the Director, Sub Saharan Africa, Government Affairs & Public Policy. As the country director for East Africa at Google, Agnes will be responsible for managing regional operations for East Africa, developing & executing the organization’s in-country strategy for innovation and growth in line with Google’s regional priorities and mission, vision, and values. Contributing…

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Ecobank Group and Google partner to deliver digital solutions SMEs customers

TOGO – Ecobank Group, the pan-African Bank, in collaboration with Google is helping to equip African SMEs with the necessary digital skills to navigate the rapidly evolving business world. The aim is to assist African businesses remain relevant and fulfil their potential by embracing digital capabilities.  Ecobank utilizes an eBanking product suite, which, according to a press release, will now integrate with Google functions like Google My Business and Google Ad products.  The suite provides “24/7 access” for customers and will assist with cash management, payment and collection needs that…

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