Google today announced the call for applications for the next session of the Launchpad Accelerator. The Launchpad Accelerator is a specially designed class to help late-stage app startups in emerging markets find solutions to their business challenges and successfully scale.

The equity-free program will begin on January 30, 2017 in San Francisco and will include 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training. During each class, over 20 Google teams provide comprehensive mentoring to late-stage app startups who seek to scale and become leaders in their local markets. The three -month program starts with an all-expenses-paid two week boot camp at Google HQ. Through Launchpad Accelerator, startups can utilize Google’s mentorship and privileged product access to scale business and better capitalize on local markets, while also tapping into new global opportunities. Candidates will also continue to receive access to Google’s expertise and resources for six months.

Roy Glasberg of Google said, “Developers are in an ever-changing landscape and seek technical training. We’ve also seen a huge surge in the number of developers starting their own companies. Lastly, this is an unique opportunity to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and emerging markets. To date Launchpad Accelerator has nearly 50 alumni in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico. Startups in these markets are tackling critical local problems, but they often lack access to the resources and network we have here. This dedicated space will enable us to regularly engage with developers and serve their evolving needs, whether that is to build a product, grow a company or make revenue.”

Each startup that applies to the Launchpad Accelerator is considered holistically and with great care. The startups that can apply for the program have to be a tech startup aiming to solve a real challenge for the  local market and should have proven market fit, essentially beyond the ideation stage.

The applications can be submitted here by October 24, 2016.



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