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Applications for the 8th batch of Google for Startups Accelerator: India now open for AI-first startups

Startups across various sectors use AI to develop innovative solutions, drive efficiency, create new market opportunities, and do more with less - with generative AI, the potential opportunities are greater still.

According to NASSCOM, AI startups in India face challenges in access to scalable infrastructure, lack of high-quality datasets, and frameworks around data privacy and ethics. At Google, we partner with startups to help them build scalable solutions responsibly with AI and ML from the ground up.

Through the Google for Startups Accelerator program in India, we support startups like BrainSightAI or Wysa using AI technology to develop unique solutions for crucial challenges and as the AI landscape evolves rapidly, we are committed to supporting the Indian startup ecosystem to harness its many possibilities.

In June 2023, we kick-started the seventh class with 20 Seed to Series A startups. The batch is now underway, and the startups are engaging with mentors and Google teams to address their technical, product, and business challenges.

As these startups continue their journey with the program, we are excited to invite AI-first startups from India between Seed to Series A stage to apply for the eighth cohort of the Google for Startups Accelerator: India program.

Google for Startups Accelerator: India is a three-month, equity-free program that brings the best of Google's programs, products, people, and technology to Indian tech startups leveraging AI/ML.

GFSA eighth class

Who should apply?

We are looking for Indian AI-first startups working across different sectors to solve complex problems and tackle the toughest challenges in their industry. Startups that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Startups based in India
  • AI-first startups working across different sectors using AI in their core solution or product, including generative AI
  • Preferably between stages Seed to Series A

Selected startups will receive hands-on mentorship, in addition to training on product, design, growth and leadership development. The program concludes with a Demo Day to grow visibility within the ecosystem and founders can continue to receive support after the program wraps through the Google for Startups alumni network.

How to apply?

To learn more and apply, visit the website. ​​Applications are open until 22 August 2023.

Join one of our weekly virtual open forums happening every Friday, 4-5 PM (IST) during the application phase to learn more and get your questions answered. Register here to join