Black Founders Fund

Black Founders Fund

A Google for Startups program giving access to funding to Black-founded startups in Europe.

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Program overview

If we want technology to work for everyone, it needs to be built by everyone. Today, with less than 0.5 percent of venture capital (VC) funding going to Black-led startups, and Black people making up less than 3 percent of the VC community, Black founders in Europe disproportionately lack access to the networks and capital needed to grow their businesses.

Following Google’s commitment to building a more equitable future for everyone, Google for Startups created a $2 million Black Founders Fund and selected 30 exceptional startups from six countries in Europe who have been awarded up to $100,000 in equity-free cash, paired with up to $220,000 per startup in Google Ad Grants and Cloud credits and support from experienced Startup Partner Managers at Google.

The founders will also receive mentoring with Google experts, leadership training, and will be invited to take part in weekly Founders Standups—designed to help founders to celebrate the highs and navigate challenges with other founders by unlocking the collective knowledge in the room.

Meet the Founders

  • RACHAEL CORSON & JOYCELYN MATE

    Afrocenchix

    Afrocenchix formulates, manufactures, and sells safe, effective products for afro and curly hair.

    United Kingdom

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  • CHRISTIAN FACEY & WILFRID OBENG

    AudioMob

    AudioMob provides non-intrusive audio ads within mobile games.

    United Kingdom

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  • FAVOUR MANDANJI NYIKOSA 

    Augmize

    Augmize builds risk models for property and casualty insurers using interpretable machine learning.

    United Kingdom

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  • NICHOLAS KELLY

    Axela Innovation

    Axela Innovations created a smart platform that joins up care services and puts the person receiving care at the center of the process.

    United Kingdom

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  • DEBORAH CHOI 

    Bosque

    Bosque is the first tech-enabled, direct-to-consumer plant brand in Europe with digitized inventory, AR tech, and on-demand access to vetted plant experts.

    Germany

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  • TOMIDE ADESANMI 

    Circuit Mind Limited

    Circuit Mind is building intelligent software that fully automates the design of electronic circuit systems.

    United Kingdom

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  • MARIE ASSE

    Clustdoc

    Clustdoc is client onboarding automation software used by organizations and teams around the world.

    France

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  • TAI ALEGBE

    Contingent

    Contingent is an AI platform that proactively predicts, monitors, and manages supplier risk.

    United Kingdom

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  • NNAMDI EMELIFEONWU

    Define

    Define is a legal technology company that optimizes the contract drafting and reviewing process for lawyers, serving the world's largest banks and consulting companies.

    United Kingdom

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  • DANIELLE LAWRENCE

    Freyda

    Freyda is digitizing the asset management industry by helping funds and service providers to become hyper-efficient in how they approach their data capture from documents.

    United Kingdom

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  • BRUNO MENDES DA SILVA

    Heex Technologies

    Heex Technologies provides AI-powered software and web services to development teams in data-intensive fields such as autonomous driving.

    France

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  • KENNY ALEGBE

    HomeHero

    HomeHero is an operating system for the house, making running a home simple and easy.

    United Kingdom

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  • SAIT CHAM

    Hutch Logistics

    Hutch Logistics is a fulfilment and operating system for e-commerce brands.

    United Kingdom

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  • KEANO CHANG

    iknowa

    iknowa is an end-to-end building and renovation platform for property owners and tradespeople.

    United Kingdom

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  • ERIKA BRODNOCK

    Kami

    Kami empowers parents during family planning, pregnancy and childhood, allowing them to adapt and thrive through even the most difficult transitions.

    United Kingdom

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  • CYNTHIA WANDIA

    Kwara

    Kwara makes building wealth together frictionless, by turning analog credit unions in emerging markets into modern digital banks.

    Germany

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  • MICHAEL MUSANDU

    Lalaland

    Lalaland uses AI to create synthetic humans for fashion eCommerce brands to increase diversity in retail.

    Netherlands

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  • NANCY DE FAYS

    LINE

    LINE builds powerful hardware and software tools for content creators.

    Belgium

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  • ELIZABETH NYEKO

    Modularity Grid

    Modularity Grid is an AI platform that makes energy systems more efficient and resilient.

    United Kingdom

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  • CHARLES SEKWALOR & OYIN SOLEBO

    Movemeback

    Movemeback (often referred to as “the Linkedin of Africa”) is a global social professional platform, connecting people to opportunities, insights, and people they don't have access to.

    United Kingdom

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  • TOLULOPE OGUNSINA

    Playbrush

    Playbrush is the innovation leader in oral care, growing smart toothbrush subscriptions to foster better mouth and body health.

    Austria

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  • BEN CAMARA

    Remote Coach

    Remote Coach is a platform providing technology for personal trainers and fitness influencers to digitize and grow their businesses.

    United Kingdom

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  • RICHARD ROBINSON

    Robin AI

    Robin AI uses a combination of human and artificial intelligence to read and edit contracts.

    United Kingdom

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  • ISMAIL JEILANI

    Scoodle

    Scoodle is a platform for education influencers. Everyone has something they want to learn and something they can teach—we bring both sides together.

    United Kingdom

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  • IVAN BECKLEY

    Suvera

    Suvera delivers a virtual care clinic for patients with long-term conditions in the UK.

    United Kingdom

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  • CHANTELLE BELL

    Syrona Health

    Syrona is a digital health Company providing tracking, treatment, and management solutions for people with chronic gynecological conditions.

    United Kingdom

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  • JACK-HERMANN NTOKO

    Tradein

    Tradein is a real-time scoring and prediction of business payment behavior and solvency.

    France

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  • CLIFFORD ONDARA

    Vanilla Steel

    Vanilla Steel offers a digital auctions platform for excess steel that provides sellers a simple inventory management process for excess material.

    Germany

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  • ANTHEA STEPHENSON & JAMES BHARDWAJ

    Wild Radish

    Wild Radish enables people who love food and cooking to engage in Michelin-quality, unique, cooking and dining experiences at home.

    United Kingdom

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  • STEPHANIE NENTA

    Xtramile

    Xtramile is a data-driven platform that delivers the right job to the right candidate anywhere online.

    France

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