Google has announced that it has shortlisted Indian startups – Taskbob, Programming Hub, ShareChat, RedCarpet, PlaySimple Games, and MagicPin, under its Google Launchpad Accelerator Programme for mentorship at its headquarters in Silicon Valley, California which will begin on June 13, 2016.
The six month long programme for the start-ups will include $50,000 in equity free funding, a two week all-expenses paid boot camp at Google headquarters, six months of ongoing mentorship and access to Google’s suite of Launchpad initiatives and connections and product credits including Google Cloud and other products.
Google India programme manager Paul Ravindranath said there has been a big gap thus far that they are looking to fill, and the Launchpad programme assembles mentors and experts from Google to help the startups see success.
Mumbai based Taskbob offers a range of home services; Programming Hub provides an app to learn some 15 programming languages; ShareChat from Bengaluru is a social networking chat platform in Indian languages which enables sharing; PlaySimpleGames empowers users to build simple fun social games; RedCarpet from Delhi gives instant credit for online purchases to be paid in installments; MagicPin enables users discover local merchants and transact with them and it provides a platform to offline merchants and shows their promotions and loyalty programmes in real time.
The six startups will join 18 others from Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico.