To attend the next session of its ‘Launchpad Accelerator programme’, Google has begun to ask for applications. Through the initiative startups are given a chance to utilize Google’s mentorship and product access to scale business and capitalize on local markets, while also tapping into new global opportunities. The Launchpad Accelerator is a specially-designed class to help startups in emerging markets find solutions to their business challenges and successfully scale. “This is a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and emerging markets,” Roy Glasberg, Global Lead, Launchpad Accelerator, Google, said in a statement. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play
The startups that can apply for the programme have to be a tech startup aiming to solve a real challenge for the local market and should have proven market fit, essentially beyond the ideation stage. The equity-free programme will begin on January 30 next year in San Francisco and will include two weeks of all-expense-paid training. India has the fastest growing developer population in the Asia Pacific region with over 3.3 million developers across the country. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
In June we saw technology giant Cisco announced its new ‘LaunchPad’ initiative under which it will partner with developers and enterprises in India to co-develop smart solutions. Cisco LaunchPad was designed to help startups, its authorized channel partners and developers scale up their solutions, address new markets and build digital businesses. Cisco will also provide space at its Bengaluru campus with access to a suite of technologies and free grants to start-ups that choose to work on its campus.