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Kenya: Google commits US$10 million to support economic recovery

Google has committed US$10 million to support technology start-ups and small business development in Kenya, and help the East African country’s economic recovery.

This follows an online meeting between Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. During this interview, the growth of start-ups and small businesses was identified as a positive aspect of Kenya’s recovery plans.

According to Google’s announcement, the company will set aside $2 million to support local non-profit organisations through the branch, and $3 million to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. Kenyan technology start-ups will receive a majority share of $5 million.

Agnes Gathaiya, Country Manager for Kenya and East Africa at Google, said: “Twenty Kenyan technology companies have graduated from our Google for Startups Accelerator programmes, where entrepreneurs have access to Google mentors, products and best practices. We will continue to support Kenyan businesses, entrepreneurs, developers, education professionals and other communities on the long road to economic recovery”.

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