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Oracle backs start-ups across Africa

Data centre giant Oracle has pledged $1-million to African tech startups to help accelerate their digital initiatives.

Oracle has announced that it will back tech startups with cloud credits to the value of $1-million to help accelerate their digital initiatives. Led by an in-house startup support program called Oracle for Startups, the initiative will provide extra resources and support to technology startups across Africa over the next two years.

Cloud credits of up to USD 10,000 for 100 startups will be made available as part of this program. Hands-on technical support, executive mentoring, go-to-market resources, and customer engagements will also be offered to startups. Eligible African tech startups can find out more information and apply to this program by visiting the program website.

“At Oracle for Startups, we help startups grow from grassroots through scaling. Africa is a hotbed for tech entrepreneurs, and we have witnessed a 91% growth in enrolments from South African startups, and 39% growth from over 13 other African countries within the last year. The USD one million investment will further boost the efforts of tech entrepreneurs in Africa to utilise the latest digital technologies for the success of their startups,” says Jason Williamson, Vice President, Oracle for Startups.

A recent report from IDC notes the importance of corporations supporting startups to help further spur innovation, and had this to say about Oracle for Startups: “Highly valuable to the startup community. Not only do they provide technology support, but they also provide benefits aligned in business areas such as marketing, market access, business knowledge, and expertise.”

This program follows Oracle’s recent announcement of the opening of its first cloud region in Africa to meet the rapidly growing demand for enterprise cloud services on the continent. The Oracle Cloud Johannesburg Region will boost cloud adoption across Africa while also helping businesses achieve better performance and drive continuous alteration. The opening marks Oracle’s 37th cloud region worldwide with plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022, continuing one of the fastest expansions of any major cloud provider.

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