India

Bengaluru, India
3 months
Up to Series A

Google for Startups Accelerator in India offers three-month, equity-free accelerator programs for Indian technology startups up to Series A.

Selected startups receive expert mentorship and support around AI/ML, Cloud, UX, Android, Web, Product Strategy and Growth. In addition to Google technical project support, Accelerator programs include deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition, and leadership.

Bengaluru, India
3 months
Up to Series A

Accelerator Programs in India

Google for Startups Accelerator:
India

This accelerator focuses on supporting growth-stage startups solving problems using advanced technology, such as AI/ML or data across key verticals.

The startups are paired with relevant Google & industry experts to solve their startup’s top challenges and are provided with insights/best practices to improve their product & business.

Applications are now open

Seed to Series A funded startups are invited to apply by Nov 16th.

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Google for Startups Accelerator:
Women Founders

This accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to the early-stage women-led tech startups based in India.

The program includes content and mentorship tailored to the unique needs of women founders, and opportunities to network with our global community.

Applications are currently closed

Startups up to Series A can express interest for the future classes.

Register your interest

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Key benefits

  • Equity-free support

    Three months of equity-free support

  • Mentoring

    Mentoring from 20+ Google teams

  • Training

    Training on design, marketing, and leadership

  • Strategic support

    Support on company and product strategy

  • Product credits

    Google product credits for your tech stack

  • Early access

    Early access to new Google products and tools

  • Access to experts

    Access to Google's network of industry experts

  • Technical project partnership

    Partnership on advanced technology project

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Key Dates

Google for Startups Accelerator: India

Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders

Frequently asked questions

Do you take equity or fee to be a part of this program?

No, we do not take any equity or charge fee. The Google for Startups Accelerator: India programs are completely free of charge for all startups. All you need to contribute is your time and energy.

What is the format of the program?

The accelerator program currently runs as a hybrid program. During the beginning of the program, we work with the startups selected into the accelerator and the anchor mentors to determine each startup’s challenges and support required from the program. Then these startups will go through an intensive Bootcamp around topics such as Product, Design, Technology, People & Growth, followed by the OKR (Objective Key Results) workshop to define their objective for the next 3 months.

The next two months of the program is all about supporting startups executing these objectives by providing access to our global network, 1:1 mentorships and 1:many sessions on demand. The startups will also be paired with a dedicated Startup Success Manager (SSM) from Google to help startups get the best of Google - its people, network, thought leadership, and technology.

The graduated startups will be showcased in a Demo Day with Google teams, mentors, VCs, media and different stakeholders from the Indian startup ecosystem. The engagement with the graduated startups will be continued through the Alumni program & network.

When will the program run?

Google for Startups Accelerator: India Class 7 will run from Dec 2022 to Feb 2023

The inaugural class of Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders is currently running and you can express interest for the future classes above.

You can refer to the key dates section above for more information.

Who should apply for the Google for Startups Accelerator: India?

The Google for Startups Accelerator: India targets Seed to Series A technology growth-stage startups headquartered in India. The Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founder targeted early-stage women-led tech startups up to Series A based in India.

The startups should be past the "idea stage" with some level of customer validation and market traction with their product.

How will startups be chosen?

We are looking for Indian startups that are solving problems using advanced technology like AI/ML or data in healthcare, education, finance, media & entertainment, gaming, enterprise & other industries and that can scale globally.

We review the completed applications from the startup in parallel to the application phase to check their eligibility for the accelerator program. The eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts/program team and shortlist 30-40 startups for the interview/pitch session to evaluate the team, problem, solution and scalability. Then the shortlisted startups from the interview/pitch phase will be reviewed by the selection board for the final list. The final list of startups will receive the program contract to sign for the official announcement.

Note: All incomplete applications after the application deadline will be ineligible.

What is the difference between Launchpad and Google for Startups Accelerator?

For over five years, Google has operated its Launchpad Accelerators which reach entrepreneurs in over 40 countries and include some of the most successful startups in the world in its global portfolio. Towards the end of 2019, all Launchpad Accelerators were renamed to Google for Startups Accelerator to simplify Google's startup offerings.

Which is the right Accelerator for me?

Both the Accelerators include deep dives and workshops in areas such as product design, customer acquisition, and founders’ leadership development along with mentoring and support on the design, tech, AI/ML, Cloud, UX, Android, Web, Product Strategy and Growth.

The Google for Startups Accelerator: India brings some custom programming and support for tech products and business challenges. If you are a growth-stage startup solving problems using advanced technology like AI/ML or data, we recommend you to apply for the Google for Startups Accelerator: India.

The Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders includes tailored programming, content and mentorship focused on women founder specific topics and challenges with access to growth opportunities, networking and our global community of women founders.

Will the accelerator be virtual or in-person?

The upcoming accelerator will be a hybrid one with a mix of virtual and in-person sessions.