Indian Startups continue to push the bar on taking on complex challenges and building innovative solutions to drive real life impact. And we at Google see this as a real privilege to partner with them in this journey and help them to succeed at scale. We do this under our flagship program Google for Startups Accelerator (GFSA) India. In August, we had announced our 5th class with 16 Seed to Series B startups from 8 different cities across India covering verticals like HealthTech, FinTech, Content with 43% representation by women founders. The cohort’s program is now underway and the startups are busy addressing their technical, product and business challenges through the program, with our mentors and Google teams in active engagement with the founders and their teams.
As the 16 startups in class 5 continue their journey with the program, we are excited to now invite applications for Class 6 of Google for Startups Accelerator India.
Under the program, we continue to focus on supporting startups that are innovating to solve meaningful problems focused on India and the world. As we grow the program with Class 6, we are focusing on supporting solutions that drive scalable impact, scale globally and are built on innovative approaches using AI/ML and data in healthcare, education, finance, enterprise & other spaces such as agritech, media & entertainment, gaming.
For the 6th batch, our Applications are open until 20 October 2021, and we will select 15-20 startups that are building India-first products for the world to join. The Accelerator will continue to run as a fully digital program through the COVID season.
Startups that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- AI/ML or data startups in but not limited to healthcare, education, finance, media & entertainment, gaming and enterprise
- SaaS startups
- Startups based in India
- Preferably in the Seed to Series A/B stages
We will host a weekly virtual open forum every Friday, 4 to 5 PM, during the application phase. Startups interested to know more about the Accelerator program can join to get their questions answered. Register here to get invited to one of the sessions.
What can shortlisted Startups expect from the program:
The selected 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 provides deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition, and founders’ leadership development.
The program also offers access to a global network of startups and mentors/experts. As part of this program, founders outline the top challenges their startups are facing and then match them with relevant experts from Google and the industry to solve those challenges.
We are committed to bring the best of Google to Indian startups and till date we have supported 96 startups helping them to shape their product/company and partnering them in their journey to build very large and successful companies. And we can’t wait to start the next batch of startups.