Google engage with startups in tier-II cities in India, after running a year-long pilot through its ‘Solve for India’ programme.The company intended to engage with at least 10,000 entrepreneurs and developers through this initiative.
The programme is aimed primarily at startups who have come out of the minimum viable product stage and are looking to scale up their products, said Karthik Padmanabhan, developer relations lead, Google India. “We are seeing a lot of entrepreneurs who are solving local problems across sectors like agriculture, local language services, healthcare, environment, retail, education and microfinance,” he said.
Google is planning to select 8 to 10 startups for the programme, which is expected to be rolled out in the second half of this year, said Paul Ravindranath G, programme manager, Launchpad Accelerator, Google India. “We have learnt a lot through the pilot in the past one year. We have also built a mentor-ship network to resolve the challenges faced by these startups,” he said.
Solve for India is a three-month India-focused programme for startups that are building solutions to serve the country’s local needs and solve problems using technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.