Seven Indian Startups To Be Mentored By Google As Part Of ‘Launchpad Accelerator’

Chief executive officer of Google Inc, Sundar Pichai (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Seven Indian startups will be joining the third batch of "Launchpad Accelerator" along with startups from other countries. Google has said it will mentor 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 30 January 2017.

"Launchpad Space" is a physical platform for developers and startups to engage with Google experts to "learn how to build and grow successful companies."

Launchpad Accelerator Programme Manager Paul Ravindranath G said:

We are delighted to help Indian startups in their journey and help them scale and find success in their endeavours.

Besides receiving guidance from Google engineers, product managers and other mentors from top technology companies and venture capitals in Silicon Valley, each startup will get $50,000 in equity-free funding and work closely with Google for six months in their home countries.

Over the last year, 13 Indian startups have participated in the programme, and some of them have successfully raised funding, Ravindranath added.

Shortlisted startups include on-demand wardrobe rentals service Flyrobe, furniture and appliances rental service Rentomojo, top tutor help service HashLearn, Curofy - a platform for doctors to discuss medical cases with peers from across the country, Indian word games for adults and kids Happy Adda Studios, Playment - a service that allows you to earn money for playing games and Customer Relationship Management software KaptureCRM.

Nestaway co-founder Amarendra Sahu, who was part of the first batch, said:

Launchpad accelerator made us believe that even we could build a world-class product and the mentors helped us to understand what was needed to get there.

With inputs from IANS

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