Google to launch an India-focused mentoring program for startups solving local problems

Google is expanding its efforts to engage with startups in tier two cities in India, after running a year-long pilot through its ‘Solve for India‘ program.

The Internet giant is launching a three-month India-focused mentoring program for startups that are building solutions to solve country’s local needs and problems using technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning.

Paul Ravindranath G, Program Manager, Launchpad AcceleratorGoogle India said that they will be selecting 8-10 startups for this program that is expected to be rolled out in the second half of this year. “We have learnt a lot through the pilot in the past one year. We have also built a mentorship network to resolve the challenges faced by these startups.” said Ravindranath.

“This program is for primarily for startups who have come out of the minimum viable product stage and are looking to scale their products. We’re seeing a lot of entrepreneurs who are solving for local problems across sectors like Agriculture, local language services, healthcare, environment, retail, education, and microfinance” said Karthik Padmanabhan, Developer Relations Lead, ‎Google India. “With this program, our objective is to build a bridge between startups and the industry ecosystem and provide them with the right technology support and mentorship to help them succeed”

Google had announced the Solve for India initiative in April last year to engage with local startup entrepreneurs and developers in tier two cities. At the time, Padmanabhan had told ET that they intend to engage with at least 10,000 entrepreneurs and developers through this initiative

Over the past year, Google has also rolled out various engagement initiatives through its Launchpad mentoring program to reach out to startups at various stages of growth. The company has also worked with a clutch of high growth startups as part of a global ‘Sand Hill’ programme to mentor and deepen its technical engagement.

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