Google Announces $27 Million Funding to Boost AI Training in Europe
Google has unveiled a €25 million ($26.98 million) funding initiative, part of its AI Opportunity Initiative for Europe, aimed at supporting artificial intelligence (AI) training and skills development across the continent. The funding will focus particularly on vulnerable and underserved communities, with an initial allocation of €10 million dedicated to equipping workers with the necessary skills to navigate the evolving job market.
Adrian Brown, Executive Director at the Centre for Public Impact, which runs the nonprofit scheme alongside Google, highlighted the potential of AI to transform the world positively but acknowledged the risk of exacerbating existing inequalities, especially in terms of economic security and employment. The program seeks to ensure that people across Europe can develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in AI, preventing anyone from being left behind.
As part of the initiative, Google will conduct a series of Google for Startups Growth Academies across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, providing equity-free support to startups leveraging AI to address societal challenges in health, education, and cybersecurity.
The Growth Academy: AI for Health is now open for applications. Additionally, Google is expanding its AI foundational courses to 18 languages, offering free modules on introductory AI skills to individuals and businesses, promoting practical skills and knowledge for a broad audience.