Goa-based Saleapp Advertising Ltd. has been selected for Facebook’s developer-focused programme “FbStart” which caters to the early-stage, mobile-focused startups. It is the first IT startup from Goa to be selected for the programme.

As part of the programme, the startup will be provided with services & credits worth $40,000. The services include mentorship from Facebook’s engineering teams and services from its partners like Amazon Web Services, Dropbox, Adobe, and MailChimp. Besides partners, it will give free access to more than 25 services including open source tools like React Native, FB Login and Account Kit and App Analytics.

Launched in September 2016 by Carlos Lobo (Co-Founder & CFO), Larrison Soares (Animation & Creative Head) and Nathaniel Joseph (Founder & CEO), Saleapp aims to revolutionised the way people publish their newspaper classified ads. The startup is currently operational only in Goa.

With Saleapp, one can post a classifieds ad in any leading newspaper online without taking the trouble of travelling to each publication. One can book ads both on website as well as on its Android app.

Facebook launched FbStart in 2014 with an aim to help early-stage mobile startups build and grow their apps. It provides an exclusive community, worldwide events, and mentorship from Facebook to the startups along with $80K in free tools and services.

FbStart includes three tracks, viz., Pre-launch (up to $15K benefits), Bootstrap (up to $30K benefits), and Accelerate (up to $80K benefits). The programme provides free access to more than 25 services including open source tools like React Native, FB Login and Account Kit and App Analytics.

India is the largest market for FbStart outside the US. According to the product partnerships team at Facebook, over 75% of top-grossing apps in India get integrated with Facebook.

Other startups accepted to FBStart programme this year include Video Vibe, FoodCloud, Healofy, AsepsisLife, Partiko, Flicksup, CoutLoot, XPrep, Fixu and more.

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