UK-Nigerias Tech hub, Google partner to support women founders
The UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, a pillar of the UK government’s broader Digital Access Programme (DAP), has announced a collaboration with Google for Startups Africa to support women founders in technology.
This was made known in a statement issued by Ndidiamaka Eze, Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer, British Deputy High Commission, in Lagos on Friday.
The Commission said that as part of the collaboration, three million dollars would be awarded in Google Cloud credits to women founders in Nigeria.
According to the Commission, this support will subsidise cloud technology-related costs for startups, allowing them to focus on innovation, customer acquisition, and growth.
It said that the joint effort by UK-Nigeria Tech Hub and Google for Startups Africa would help promote digital inclusion and jointly support technology businesses run by women founders.
It said that the support was to commemorate International Women’s Day in March.
The Country Director, UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, Justina Oha, said: “We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Google for Startups, which comes at a time when the world is celebrating International Women’s Day.
“This partnership is a testament to our commitment to supporting women founders and helping them reach their full potential.
“Partnerships like this are one of the great ways that stakeholders can come together to advance Nigeria’s tech ecosystem at an accelerated pace,” Oha said.
Head of Startup Ecosystem Google Africa, Folarin Aiyegbusi, said they were excited to partner with the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub to empower women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
Aiyegbusi said the collaboration was a unique opportunity to provide women founders with the support and resources they need to scale their businesses and contribute to the growth of Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.
Aiyegbusi said that Google was committed to supporting startups and entrepreneurs around the world.
”We believe that empowering women founders is key to building a more diverse and inclusive tech industry,” he said.