India – Google for Startups Accelerator
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Bengaluru, India – Virtual3 monthsSeed to Series A
A 3-month equity-free accelerator program for high potential Seed to Series A Indian technology startups that are building India-first products for the
We empower startups to build and scale great products & companies with the best of Google – its people, network, thought leadership, and technology.
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About the program
Google for Startups Accelerator: India program focused on supporting startups solving problems using advanced technology like AI/ML or data in healthcare,
education, finance, media & entertainment, gaming, enterprise & other spaces and that can scale globally.
Startups will receive mentorship and support around AI/ML, Cloud, UX, Android, Web, Product Strategy and Growth. In addition to mentorship and technical
project support, the accelerator includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition, and founders’ leadership development.
As part of this program, founders outline the top challenges facing their startups and are then paired with relevant experts from Google and the industry
to solve those challenges.
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Three months of equity-free support
Mentoring from 20+ Google teams
Training on design, marketing, and leadership
Support on company and product strategy
Google product credits for your tech stack
Early access to new Google products and tools
Access to experts
Access to Google’s network of industry experts
Technical project partnership
Partnership on an advanced technology project
Some of our Alumni
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OCT 20, 2021
Application Deadline: Add to calendar
NOV 23, 2021
Announcement: Add to calendar
DEC 2, 2021
Program Kick Off
Program Kick Off: Add to calendar
DEC 25, 2021 – JAN 3, 2022
Program Break: Add to calendar
JAN 4 – MAR 30, 2022
Accelerator: Add to calendar
MAR 31, 2022
Graduation: Add to calendar
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Frequently asked questions
Do you take equity or fee to be a part of this program?
No, we do not take any equity or charge fee. The Google for Startups Accelerator: India program is completely free of charge for all startups. All you
need to contribute is your time and energy.
What is the format of the program?
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the accelerator currently runs as a fully digital program. During the beginning of the program, we work with the startups
selected into the accelerator and the anchor mentors to determine each startup’s challenges and support required from the program. Then these startups
will go through an intensive Bootcamp around topics such as Product, Design, Technology, People & Growth, followed by the OKR (Objective Key Results) workshop
to define their objective for the next 3 months.
The next two months of the program is all about supporting startups executing these objectives by providing access to our global network, 1:1 mentorships
and 1:many sessions on demand. The startups will also be paired with a dedicated Startup Success Manager (SSM) from Google to help startups get the best
of Google – its people, network, thought leadership, and technology.
The graduated startups will be showcased in a Demo Day with Google teams, mentors and different stakeholders from the Indian startup ecosystem. The engagement
with the graduated startups will be continued through the Alumni program & network.
When will the program run?
Google for Startups Accelerator: India will kick off on Dec 2, 2021, and conclude on Mar 31, 2022, with a program break from Dec 25, 2021, to Jan 3, 2022.
You can refer to the key dates section for more.
This fully digital accelerator program will run in Indian Standard Time (GMT +5:30).
Who should apply for the Google for Startups Accelerator: India?
The accelerator program targets Seed to Series A technology startups headquartered in India. The startups should be past the “idea stage”, with some level
of customer validation and market traction with their product.
How will startups be chosen?
We are looking for Indian startups that are solving problems using advanced technology like AI/ML or data in healthcare, education, finance, media & entertainment,
gaming, enterprise & other industries and that can scale globally.
We review the completed applications from the startup in parallel to the application phase to check their eligibility for the accelerator program. The
eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts/program team and shortlist 30-40 startups for the interview/pitch session to evaluate the
team, problem, solution and scalability. Then the shortlisted startups from the interview/pitch phase will be reviewed by the selection board for the final
list. The final list of startups will receive the program contract to sign for the official announcement.
Note: All incomplete applications after the application deadline will be ineligible.
What is the difference between Launchpad and Google for Startups Accelerator?
For over five years Google has operated its Launchpad Accelerators, which reach entrepreneurs in over 40 countries and include in its global portfolio
some of the most successful startups in the world. In an effort to simplify Google’s startup offerings, beginning in late 2019 all Launchpad Accelerators
have been renamed to Google for Startups Accelerator.
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