One of the ways Google supports and partners with entrepreneurs is by convening Google Business Groups. These are communities of business owners and professionals—including Google experts—that share knowledge, host workshops, run meet-ups and provide mentors to help businesses use Google technologies.
We love bringing these groups together to help entrepreneurs grow—and we love celebrating their success, too.
Each year, through the Google Business Groups “Stories Search,” we put a call out for inspiring examples of business owners using the internet not just to build businesses, but to make a difference in their communities.
We saw 152 great submissions come in during our most recent search. And while it’s always hard to pick winners from such a high-quality field, three ventures really stood out this time round. We’re proud to share their stories with you here.
- AlterYouth, from Bangladesh, is a digital scholarship platform for financially struggling students in government primary schools.
- Kok Bisa, from Indonesia, is a media startup that creates educational videos designed to make learning fun and engaging by answering questions that students submit.
- Kul Techno Lab, from Nepal, provides free e-learning services for students in grades 6 to 12, giving them all the material they need to learn the national curriculum.
It was our pleasure to host these three businesses at our headquarters in Mountain View, where they spent time with their Google mentors and attended I/O, and we're looking forward to seeing them continue to grow, succeed and help others along the way.