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Google Launches Middle East startup accelerator

The American IT services giant is no stranger to this, with an acceleration program called Google for Startups present in different parts of the world. So in a region where the population is so young and entrepreneurship is on the rise, it's not surprising to see initiatives like this coming to fruition?

Which nuggets will be able to hatch from this new Google gas pedal in the Middle East? If we don’t know it yet, here is the information we have so far: between ten and fifteen startups will receive support to help them grow; they come from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen; their support will be virtual and will start in January 2021 for a period of 3 months.

Technological innovations

The program is included in the regional support approach “Grow Stronger with Google” which aims to support startups in the financing phase (first or second round already completed). Among other eligibility and selection criteria, Google will take into account the problem the technology startup is trying to solve, how it creates value for users and how it addresses a real challenge for their city, country or the wider MENA region. In addition, Google will consider whether the start-up aims to use artificial intelligence or machine learning technology in its product, service or operations to help solve current business problems and to help it grow successfully over the long term.

Being able to count on Google’s experts to help you solve your entrepreneurial problems would be great, but in this case, program beneficiaries will also have access to dedicated workshops on machine learning, UX design, or leadership development for young leaders. An all-in-one program!