The 6-month long mentorship programme for will include US$50,000 in equity-free funding and a two-week all-expenses paid bootcamp at Google headquarters
Google has announced the second class of Indian startups that will join the Launchpad Accelerator programme at its headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley in California.
The six nominees will join the second class on June 13, 2016. The 6-month long mentorship programme for mid- to late-stage startups will include US$50,000 in equity-free funding, a two-week all-expenses paid bootcamp at its headquarters, 6-months of ongoing mentorship and access to Google’s full suite of Launchpad initiatives and connections and product credits, including Google Cloud.
These startups will join 18 other promising startups from Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico. The 2-week bootcamp will start by determining each startup’s critical challenges, and then deploy precise mentorship, actionable solutions, and Google resources that enables their product/app to scale.
The shortlisted startups from India are:
The Mumbai based startup provides a range of home services like home cleaning, car spa, handymen services, drivers, appliance repair, maids on demand & the recently launched, at-home beauty services.
Bangalore-based ShareChat provides a social networking chat platform in Indian languages. With ShareChat, you can share videos, jokes, GIFs, audio songs and funny images in Indian languages like Hindi, Telugu, Marathi and Malayalam.
A Delhi-based startup, RedCarpet provides instant credit for online purchases. You can buy any product from any site and pay back in easy instalments
It is a Bangalore-based startup that specialises in building simple and fun social games.
A Delhi based startup, MagicPin provides a platform to offline merchants in a locality and provides real-time promotions and loyalty programmes, while helping users to discover local merchants and transact on the platform.
“The Indian startup ecosystem is growing and maturing very fast, entrepreneurs are not shying away from the risks involved and are very eager to learn. Access to good mentoring and advice at early to mid-stage has been a big gap which we’re looking to fill,” said Paul Ravindranath, Programme Manager, Google India.
“In our experience, many startups struggle with UX, building scalable architectures and go to market strategy. Launchpad Accelerator brings together mentors and experts from within Google and external world to help these startups succeed. The first batch from India has benefitted a great deal and we are excited to on board the second batch from India.”
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