Google has announced its plan to mentor ten Indian startups through its widely-popular program- Launchpad Accelerator.
Launchpad Accelerator will bring on board eight to ten startups that focus on issues particular to the country, in areas such as Healthcare, Agriculture, and Fintech. This initiative comes after the company ran a pilot project, Solve for India in Bengaluru last year which helped startups build and scale their products. The program based out of Bengaluru will provide a group of 8-10 Indian startups mentorship from Google in AI/ML, Cloud, UX, Android, Web, Product Strategy, and Marketing, along with up to $100K of Google Cloud credits
The Launchpad Accelerator India applications are open until July 31, 12 pm IST. The first session will start in September 2018. The eligibility criteria for mentoring program records that the participants need to be a technology startup based in India and have at least raised seed funding, and uses advanced technology like Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning to power the solution and have at least build a solution that addresses a real challenge.
Google has earlier mentored around 600-650 Indian startups since 2015 under its global program. These include home rental startup Nestaway and JustRide.
Recently, OnePlus also announced the launch of its “OnePlus Student Ambassador Program” for India, which starts from September 1. Through this program, OnePlus aims at empowering and later grooming the selected students who can serve as ‘OnePlus community specialists, technology experts, and even brand evangelists in their respective universities and colleges.