Bengaluru, India - Virtual
3 months
Seed to Series A

A 3-month equity-free accelerator program for high potential Seed to Series A Indian technology startups that are building India-first products for the world.

We empower startups to build and scale great products & companies with the best of Google - its people, network, thought leadership, and technology.

Bengaluru, India - Virtual
3 months
Seed to Series A

Applications for Class 6 are now closed.

Register your interest for future programs.

Register your interest

About the program

About the program

Google for Startups Accelerator: India program focused on supporting startups solving problems using advanced technology like AI/ML or data in healthcare, education, finance, media & entertainment, gaming, enterprise & other spaces and that can scale globally.

Startups will receive mentorship and support around AI/ML, Cloud, UX, Android, Web, Product Strategy and Growth. In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the accelerator includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition, and founders’ leadership development.

As part of this program, founders outline the top challenges facing their startups and are then paired with relevant experts from Google and the industry to solve those challenges.

Key benefits

  • Equity-free support

    Three months of equity-free support

  • Mentoring

    Mentoring from 20+ Google teams

  • Training

    Training on design, marketing, and leadership

  • Strategic support

    Support on company and product strategy

  • Product credits

    Google product credits for your tech stack

  • Early access

    Early access to new Google products and tools

  • Access to experts

    Access to Google's network of industry experts

  • Technical project partnership

    Partnership on an advanced technology project

Some of our Alumni

Key dates

Meet our mentors

Frequently asked questions

Do you take equity or fee to be a part of this program?

No, we do not take any equity or charge fee. The Google for Startups Accelerator: India program is completely free of charge for all startups. All you need to contribute is your time and energy.

What is the format of the program?

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the accelerator currently runs as a fully digital program. During the beginning of the program, we work with the startups selected into the accelerator and the anchor mentors to determine each startup’s challenges and support required from the program. Then these startups will go through an intensive Bootcamp around topics such as Product, Design, Technology, People & Growth, followed by the OKR (Objective Key Results) workshop to define their objective for the next 3 months.

The next two months of the program is all about supporting startups executing these objectives by providing access to our global network, 1:1 mentorships and 1:many sessions on demand. The startups will also be paired with a dedicated Startup Success Manager (SSM) from Google to help startups get the best of Google - its people, network, thought leadership, and technology.

The graduated startups will be showcased in a Demo Day with Google teams, mentors and different stakeholders from the Indian startup ecosystem. The engagement with the graduated startups will be continued through the Alumni program & network.

When will the program run?

Google for Startups Accelerator: India will kick off on Dec 2, 2021, and conclude on Mar 31, 2022, with a program break from Dec 25, 2021, to Jan 3, 2022. You can refer to the key dates section for more.

This fully digital accelerator program will run in Indian Standard Time (GMT +5:30).

Who should apply for the Google for Startups Accelerator: India?

The accelerator program targets Seed to Series A technology startups headquartered in India. The startups should be past the "idea stage", with some level of customer validation and market traction with their product.

How will startups be chosen?

We are looking for Indian startups that are solving problems using advanced technology like AI/ML or data in healthcare, education, finance, media & entertainment, gaming, enterprise & other industries and that can scale globally.

We review the completed applications from the startup in parallel to the application phase to check their eligibility for the accelerator program. The eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts/program team and shortlist 30-40 startups for the interview/pitch session to evaluate the team, problem, solution and scalability. Then the shortlisted startups from the interview/pitch phase will be reviewed by the selection board for the final list. The final list of startups will receive the program contract to sign for the official announcement.

Note: All incomplete applications after the application deadline will be ineligible.

What is the difference between Launchpad and Google for Startups Accelerator?

For over five years Google has operated its Launchpad Accelerators, which reach entrepreneurs in over 40 countries and include in its global portfolio some of the most successful startups in the world. In an effort to simplify Google’s startup offerings, beginning in late 2019 all Launchpad Accelerators have been renamed to Google for Startups Accelerator.