Just a few weeks ago, Hypepotamus broke the news that local tech entrepreneur Jewel Burks Solomon had been named head of Google for Startups for the U.S. After a short time in the role, Solomon has already started making moves with some new and impactful initiatives designed to support Atlanta’s Black founders.
Introducing the Google for Startups Atlanta Founders Academy
Google for Startups has officially launched the Atlanta Founders Academy, inspired by the first Google for Startups pop-up in the U.S. The Academy is an 8-month program for 40 Georgia-based startups that have revenue and/or user traction. “Google’s focus on providing equitable access to information, networks, and capital for underrepresented startups speaks to a larger theme in tech and innovation today,” says Solomon in a statement. “Great ideas and startups can come from anywhere and anyone, and you don’t have to be based in Silicon Valley to be successful.”
The program will invite Googlers and industry experts to present a series of hands-on workshops across a range of topics designed to push startups forward. Topics will include customer acquisition, hiring, and fundraising.
In addition, Google for Startups will host programming throughout the year to support Atlanta startup founders on topics such as sales, strategy, talent, and fundraising. Michelle Green, Advisor-in-Residence of Google for Startups, will lead these efforts.
Be a part of the best of the best
If you think you have what it takes to be a part of the Founders Academy, submit your application here. The deadline to apply is March 9, with a kick-off date of April 1.
BONUS: Check out Google for Startups’ tribute to Atlanta’s Black Founders for Black History Month.
Featured image via Google for Startups.