Google has now announced that the tech giant will now mentor 100 early stage startups in the country under its Google Launchpad program. The first Launchpad program started from Bengaluru and Google will organize four such events in the entire city this year.
Through this program the company has mentored about 350 startups in the last two years. However, this year the firm aims to host 60 Launchpad events. The Launchpad program is a five-day intensive mentoring programme for early-stage startups focused on areas including product strategy , user experience & user interface, technology, and go-to-market. After the five day workshop the mentors will be available for three months for the purpose of consultation. Earlier, Google shortlisted 20 startups form the 1,450 entries it received.
As reported by the Times of India, Sunil Rao, country head of the startup programme in Google India, stated that out of the 20 selected startups 18 are based in Bengaluru, so that is one of the reason the company wants to focus on the city. He also added that Google aims to create a high-quality hyper local mentor network that’s self-sustaining.