10 Startups to be Mentored by Google as a Part of its Solve for India Programme
To engage with startups in tier-II cities in India, Google is expanding its efforts, after running a year-long pilot through its ‘Solve for India’ programme.
A three-month India-focused mentoring programme is launched by The American internet for startups that are building solutions to serve the country’s local needs and solve problems using technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
8 to 10 startups will be selected for the programme by the company, which is expected to be rolled out in the second half of this year, said Paul Ravindranath G, programme manager, Launchpad Accelerator, Google India.
“We have learnt a lot through the pilot in the past one year. We have also built a mentorship network to resolve the challenges faced by these startups,”
The programme is aimed primarily at startups who have come out of the minimum viable product stage and are looking to scale up their products, said Karthik Padmanabhan, developer relations lead, Google India.
He further said,
“We are seeing a lot of entrepreneurs who are solving local problems across sectors like agriculture, local language services, healthcare, environment, retail, education and microfinance,”
“With this programme, our objective is to build a bridge between startups and the industry ecosystem and provide them with the right technology support and mentorship to help them succeed,”
The Solve for India was announced by Google in April last year to engage with local startup entrepreneurs and developers in tier-II cities.
Padmanabhan had told ET at the time that the company intended to engage with at least 10,000 entrepreneurs and developers through this initiative.