Black Founders Fund

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The Google for Startups Black Founders Fund provides cash awards — without giving up equity in return — and hands-on support to help Black entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses.

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About the initiative

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About the initiative

Established in 2020, the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund has awarded more than $30 million to help Black-led startups in Africa, Brazil, Europe, and the United States secure funding, strengthen communities, and create generational change.

In addition to equity-free cash awards, Black Founders Fund recipients receive ongoing Google mentorship, Google Cloud credits, and product support to help them navigate every stage of their startup journey.

Key benefits

  • Access to capital

    Receive equity-free cash awards.

  • Custom mentorship

    Receive tailored product and leadership support from Google mentors and industry experts.

  • Leadership training

    Become a more effective leader through research-based strategies and expert coaching.

  • Founder network

    Connect and get support from fellow founders as a part of Google for Startups alumni network.

  • Google Cloud credits and support

    Receive Google Cloud credits and dedicated support via the Google for Startups Cloud Program.

Entry Criteria

Entry Criteria

  • Diverse companies with at least one Black founder on their founding team.
  • Between Pre-seed and Series A
  • Scalable product or service with a significant total addressable market and defensible growth model
  • Ready to go global

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