Google, in a bid to provide a supportive environment for entrepreneurs, developers and investors in the African tech community has launched its first Google Developers Space in Lagos, Nigeria.
Co-located with Impact Hub, Ikoyi, the hub is the first of more to spring up across sub-Saharan African nations.
Promoting access to broadband in Africa
In July 2017, the global tech giant made a commitment to start the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program and launch a space to house these efforts in Nigeria. Google is launching the Developers Space in Lagos today to provide that home, and a space where entrepreneurs, developers, VCs and investors can connect and collaborate with each other. This was communicated by launchpad accelerator Africa head of operations, Onajite Emerhor.
According to her, “Google is strengthening its commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa by opening the Google Developers Space today. We have partnered with Impact Hub to bring the Space to life and worked with a local company called Spacefinish, which designed it specifically to create an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We’re looking forward to working with startups and other players in the ecosystem from across the continent at the Space.”
Google Developers Space is FREE for Everyone
According to Emerhor, Google will not charge for use of the space, which in addition to housing Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa will support developer meetups, training, experts office hours, Women in tech events, startup programs (outside of Launchpad), partner events that support the wider entrepreneur and developer ecosystem, as well as Google initiatives for empowering people through digital skills training. She added that it is free for all permitted engagements, events inclusive. However, paid events won’t be allowed.
How to access the Google Developers Space
According to Emerhor, the processes of admittance into the Google Developers Space requires all interested individuals/entities to apply online through a person of contact (POC). POCs are in charge of booking spaces for effective applications management, forestall overcrowding and prevent a situation where multiple events are assigned the same date.
“Even if you come physically to the hub, you will still have to pass through a POC,” she said.
She, however, informed that all activities must be tech-related and also promote digital literacy. Emerhor also mentioned that extended usage is discouraged except for Google Launchpad accelerator alumni and investors meetings from outside the continent.