Transformative Graduation for 5,300 African SMBs

Google’s Hustle Academy recently celebrated a significant achievement, marking the graduation of 5,300 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria. This milestone, achieved in 2023, stands as a testament to the program's commitment to equipping African entrepreneurs with the essential skills and resources required to thrive in the dynamic business landscape of today.

A Pioneering Initiative for African Entrepreneurs

Launched in 2022, the Hustle Academy has become a beacon of support for over 10,000 entrepreneurs across Africa. Through its comprehensive offerings, including practical training, mentorship, and access to essential tools and resources, the program has fostered an environment where entrepreneurs can flourish and navigate the complexities of the business world.

Diverse Graduates, Diverse Impact

This year's cohort of graduates spans a diverse range of industries, reflecting the rich entrepreneurial spirit that fuels Africa’s economic growth. The impact of the Hustle Academy extends beyond graduation, enhancing the business acumen of participants and enabling them to innovate and adapt to the ever-evolving market conditions.

Alistair Mokoena's Perspective

Alistair Mokoena, Country Director for Google South Africa, emphasized the significance of the program’s achievements. “The dedication and growth demonstrated by these SMBs are truly inspiring,” he stated. “The Hustle Academy serves as a testament to the transformative power of practical training and resource provision."

Entrepreneur Testimonials

Lufuno Rasoesoe, founder of South African-based business TOSH Detergents, and a recent graduate, shared her experience. “The training we received at the Hustle Academy has been invaluable,” she said. “It provided us with concrete tools and strategies tailored specifically for businesses like ours."

To quantify the success of the program and underscore its commitment to economic development, Google presented the Hustle Academy Impact Report during the graduation ceremonies. The report revealed tangible impacts:

1. Revenue Growth:

- 80% of entrepreneurs reported experiencing revenue growth, showcasing the program’s direct impact on increasing business income.

2. Job Creation:

- An average creation of 4 jobs for every 10 businesses upon graduating, significantly contributing to employment with a mix of permanent and contract roles.

3. Access to Funding:

- A notable shift in how graduates fund their businesses, with those accessing new funding sources nearly doubling from 11% to 20% post-program.

Fostering a Supportive Ecosystem for African SMBs

These findings underscore the effectiveness of the Hustle Academy in empowering African SMBs to overcome challenges, expand their reach, and contribute to the region’s economic growth. Google’s commitment to supporting African entrepreneurs extends beyond the Hustle Academy, encompassing a range of programs, products, and partnerships designed to foster a supportive ecosystem for SMBs across the continent.

As the African business sector continues to flourish, programs like the Hustle Academy play a pivotal role in equipping entrepreneurs with the skills and resources they need to succeed. By nurturing the next generation of African business leaders, these initiatives lay the foundation for a brighter economic future for the continent.