Google Sets Aside $3 Million For Equity Free Funding In Africa


GOOGLE,the  online search giant,  announced that it has launched Street View on Google map and also announced the introduction of e medicine. A mobile app that  will bring medical services nearer to the people. This is in collaboration with the University of Ibadan. Lagos  state is the first City that is featured in Africa.

Google said that over thousands of streets, lanes and roads has been outlined for this application, with over a million buildings and landmark incorporated in the application.  With over 100 thousand additional Nigerian businesses  added to the map. Google can be said to be putting Nigerian startups in the global map. The search giant has earmarked over three million dollars for  capacity building in Africa. With plans to train up to 10 million people in Sub Saharan Africa. There is also a provider of mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans to develop world-class apps, with emphasis in key countries like  Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Google  Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sundar Pichai, made this known in  the Google for Nigeria event in Lagos, yesterday. He further stated that, the search engine charity arm is committing $20 million over the next five years to nonprofits that are working to improve lives across Africa.

In addition to that, he disclosed the Google’s global Launch-pad Accelerator programme. This initiative will provide more than $3million in equity-free funding, mentorship, working space and access to expert advisers to more than 60 African start-ups over three years. Intensive three-month programs, held twice per year, will run out of a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos–the programme’s first location outside of the United States.

The search giant recognized Mark and Emmanuella for hitting  one million subscriber base in their YouTube channel.

Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. It was launched in 2007 in several cities in the United States.

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