He claims that the entrepreneurs would also take part in specially designed courses, support systems, and community-building activities.
The 60 grant recipients will also receive non-dilutive rewards worth between $50,000 and $100,000 and up to $200,000 in Google Cloud credit, according to Aiyegbusi.
He said that the countries represented by the grantees, which are 50% women-led firms, include Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda.
The firms were specialized, according to Aiyegbusi, in industries like fintech, healthcare, e-commerce, logistics, agtech, education, hospitality, and smart cities.
He listed the top five countries with the most startups selected for the programme as Nigeria with 23 grantees, Kenya with 12 grantees, and Rwanda with six grantees.
Aiyegbusi said that South Africa had five grantees and Uganda had four grantees.
According to him, Botswana and Senegal have one selected startup each, Cameroon and Ghana both have three grantees each while Ethiopia has two selected grantees.
Aiyegbusi said that the Google for Startups programme, which was launched in April 2012, had created over 4,600 jobs and raised more than $290 million dollars in funding.
He added that the programme would introduce the grantees in Africa to Google’s products, connections, and best practices.
Aiyegbusi said that it would help the founders to level the playing field as they built better products and services that added value to the African economy.
According to him, funding for the programme will be distributed through Google’s implementation partner, CcHUB.
Aiyegbusi said that the equity-free cash assistance to startups would enable the startups to take care of immediate needs such as paying staff, funding inventory, and maintaining software licences.
He explained that this was to help the grantees buffer the cost of taking on debt in the early stages of their businesses, as many of them had no steady revenue streams yet.
Aiyegbusi said that funding Black Founders in Africa fueled generational and systemic change.