With the second edition of Launchpad Accelerator, Google aims to and help Indian startups build scalable solutions. In the first batch, 10 startups made the cut and have started with their respective journeys.
Under the Launchpad Accelerator programme, startups, that are using AI or ML will undergo an intensive in-person mentorship boot-camp, followed by customised support for three months. The selected startups for class-II will be announced in February 2019, and the program will begin in March 2019. The shortlisted startups will attend the boot-camp in Bengaluru in March and there will be follow-up engagements over April and May to help address their specific challenges.
“In addition to the tailored one-to-one mentorship, some of the ways in which the first class benefited from the program include — insights and support on advanced tech such as ML, in-depth Design Sprints for specifically identified challenges, guidance on focused tech projects, features on the Google Play store, networking opportunities and connects at industry events and platform,” said Google.
Each class will consist of up to 10 startups who will receive mentorship and support from the best of Google in AI/ML, Cloud, UX, Android, Web, Product Strategy and Marketing. Startups will also receive Google Cloud Credits from $20,000 – going up to $100,000 each.
Eligibility criteria to be considered for the Google Launchpad Accelerator India programme:
-Be a technology startup
-Be based in India.
-Have preferably at least raised seed funding
-Address a challenge that is specific to India
-Use advanced technology like AI/ML to power the solution
“Our Launchpad Accelerator program is bringing best of our expertise, platforms, tools and core strengths including machine learning and AI, to help Indian startups build, scale and grow their offering Paul Ravindranath, Product Manager, Launchpad Accelerator India.