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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

AI First: Google for Startups Accelerator program - Turkey and MENA Region

Updated: Jun 21

If you are a Young entrepreneur who owns a startup business in Turkey or the MENA Region and you believe your business shows high growth potential and is leveraging technologies like machine learning and AI, then you may consider the Google for Startups (AI first) 10-week accelerator program.

AI First is 10-week equity-free accelerator program for Seed to Series A startups based in MENA and Turkey. The accelerator aims to connect the best of Google's products and people to empower startups to scale their business, towards success in the rapidly evolving landscape of AI and technology.


Program Description

Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First is a 10-week, equity-free hybrid program for Seed to Series A, AI First startups. In partnership with Google Cloud, the AI First program helps high-potential startups based in MENA and Turkey grow with the best of Google through a mix of in-person and virtual activities, 1:1 mentoring, and group learning sessions.

In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First program features deep dives and workshops focused on product design, business growth, and leadership development. Selected startups will also benefit from dedicated Google AI technical expertise and receive credits via the Google for Startups Cloud Program.


What are the benefits of the program?

The AI First Google for Startups Accelerator program has several benefits, including:

  1. Equity-Free Support: It is essentially a fund that takes no chunks of your business equity!

  2. Mentoring: Dedicated mentoring from Google teams.

  3. Training: Exclusive invitations to technical bootcamps hosted by Google where offered.

  4. Access to experts: Access to Google's network of industry experts.

  5. Google product credits: Google product credits

  6. Early access: Access to new Google products and tools as relevant.

  7. Strategic support: Support on company and product strategy.

  8. Technical project partnership: Work hand in hand with experts from Google on your biggest tech challenges.


Google Cloud Credit

Selected startups will be eligible for the Google for Startups Cloud Program, with your first year of Google Cloud and Firebase usage covered with credits up to 350k$ (subject to terms and conditions).


Entry Criteria

For your startup to be considered, these following criteria must be met:

  • Startups demonstrating traction, ideally between Seed and Series A stage

  • Building a scalable product or service with a significant total addressable market and defensible growth model

  • Deeply technical, preferably leveraging technology like machine learning and AI

  • Commitment from CTO and/or technical roles to participate and engage in required program session.


Program Structure

The program runs in a hybrid format for MENA-T. The events will take place in the UAE and KSA, with an in-person kick-off in October 2024, followed by virtual training bootcamps, 1:1 mentoring, and experiences, and an in-person demo day and graduation in December 2024.


Application Procedure

Interested candidates must submit their applications online using this online Application form.

Application Deadline: AUGUST 18, 2024





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