Google CEO Sundar Pichai is currently visiting India. Though his trip is reported to be private, Pichai is also going to host an event in New Delhi on January 4. At the conference, Pichai is going to announce new initiatives related to small businesses and startups in India. The event will also be attended by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad along with several senior Google officials. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can playAlso Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
“Small and Medium Businesses are the backbone of the Indian economy and are powering the next wave of the country’s growth. At Google, we are excited about partnering with businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital. We invite you to join Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and other senior leaders from Google as they shine spot light on how digital can be a game changer for Indian SMBs. Also sharing thoughts will be Shri ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble IT Minister, Government of India,” the invite read. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
With startup ecosystem booming in India, especially after government-backed Digital India and Startup India programs, Google has shown a keen interest in becoming a key partner. Just last month, Google announced that seven Indian startups will join its third batch of ‘Launchpad Accelerator‘. Google will be providing mentorship to these startups for six months, which will also include a two-week, all-expenses paid bootcamp set to kick off at Launchpad Space in San Francisco on January 30.
Last year, Google had introduced an initiative aimed at small and medium enterprises to help them grow digitally, and make most of Google’s products like Google search and Google Maps. The company then revealed it aimed to get 20 million SMEs online by 2017 through its mobile based service, called Google My Business. The service allows businesses to create and manage thier date across Google products for free. Also, the service is available in Hindi and English options.
That said, Pichai’s visit comes shortly after the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and announced a nationwide Digitally Safe Consumer campaign, as part of a larger effort to help better protect consumer interest online.
As part of this collaboration, Google along with the Department of Consumer Affairs will undertake a yearlong campaign focused on building capacities of consumer organisations, personnel of consumer affairs department and counsellors of National Consumer Helpline on Internet safety and related issues. ALSO READ: Google ties up with Ministry of Consumer Affairs to raise awareness around Internet safety
Besides focusing on Indian startups, Google is also working on providing free and faster Internet to users. After rolling out Railwire Wi-Fi at Udhagamandalam (Ooty) station last week, Google successfully launched high-speed Internet to 100 of the busiest railway stations across India. According to Google, after the rollout at the 100th railway station in India, over 10 million Indians now have an access to fast Internet. Google says, with over 5 million monthly users, the Google Railtel Wi-Fi has over 15,000 first time users connecting to the network every day.
This milestone brings Google closer to its aim of launching high-speed Wi-Fi across 400 stations in India. To fulfill that Google has been working in partnership with Railtel since January 2016. In addition to this, Google has also introduced Google Station, which gives partners an easy set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places. ALSO READ: Google Railtel Wi-Fi rolls out at Udhagamandalam, its 100th railway station in India