Google opens a free hub for developers in Lagos

Google launched its first Google Developers Space in Lagos, Nigeria. The hub will serve sufficient purpose for African developers, entrepreneurs, and startups in Lagos. The hub was previously referred to as the Google Launchpad Space.

In July 2017, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, made this commitment to African entrepreneurs,  to start the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program and launch a space to house these efforts in Nigeria. Google launched the Google Developers Space in Lagos to provide a home and space where entrepreneurs, developers, VCs, and investors can connect and collaborate with each other.

Launchpad Accelerator Africa head of Operations, Onajite Emerhor, gave his comment on the launch. He said that “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 does 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.

According to Juliet Ehimuan, Country Director, Google Nigeria “This space is the next step to our support for developers across the continent. From our commitment to training 100 000 developers across Africa and the launch of developer merchant support in the Google Play store, making it possible for developers to earn money through apps they build. We are excited to continue our journey with the African startup and developer communities.”

The space was designed and built in partnership with Tech Office Fitout Company, SpaceFinish
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