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Google launches Solve for India initiative to help develop Indian entrepreneurs & startups

The move is intended to utilise Google’s considerable expertise and resources to guide and promote budding entrepreneurs.

In a recent announcement, US tech giant Google unveiled its plans for a new Solve for India initiative which is aimed at helping supercharge the start-up sector in tier-2 cities all over the country. The programme is intended to help mentor and develop budding entrepreneurs and startups in several cities including Pune, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Indore, Nagpur, Nashik, Chennai, Kanpur, and Madurai.

Karthik Padmanabhan, Programme Manager Lead, Google India, stated that in light of the increasing number of entrepreneurs from smaller Indian cities working on developing solutions to real life problems in the country, the initiative is intended to put Google’s formidable resources and expertise at their disposal, and help them build solutions which help Indians all over the country.

The initiative will provide these entrepreneurs with the chance to work directly with Google engineers, and therefore, gain valuable knowledge about developing mobile first solutions with strong offline and language capabilities, as well as building solutions for a number of sectors like healthcare, transportation, agriculture technology, sanitation, and education.

Google stated that the launchpad program will offer a six-month mentorship besides helping developers to build, scale, and accelerate early stage product ideas into category leaders. Additionally, the tech giant also announced that it is considering setting up a fund of $50,000 for equity free investments in promising startups which would be a part of the programme, while $20,000 worth of Google cloud credits is also available for accessing and using its Cloud services, for those working on building scalable solutions.

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