Google opens startup accelerator for Indian female founders

As part of the Google for India campaign, the search engine giant has been running mentorship programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and startup founders in the country for several years.

Now, Google has announced a startup accelerator for Indian female founders. In a recent study, it was found that only 15% of over 100 unicorns in India have one or more female leaders.

“During conversations we had with several female founders, we realized that several aspects of the life of an entrepreneur – like pitching, tapping into networks, finding mentors – are significantly more difficult for women than for their male counterparts, for reasons of cultural conditioning as well as lack of role models. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce today the Google Accelerator for Startups – India Women Founders, aimed at helping female founders to tackle challenges that are unique to their background, including fundraising, hiring, and more,” Google said.

In the inaugural batch, Google will accept up to 20 startups founded/co-founded by women in India, including startups at the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) stage, and support them through a three-month program.

Google is opening a startup acceleration program for female founders in India. Credit: Google

During the course, Google will provide special training in areas such as networking, accessing capital, resolving hiring issues, mentoring, and more. In addition, the company will also help address challenges specific to female founders caused by a variety of social reasons and low representation in the industry.

Additionally, the program will include workshops and support around AI/ML, Cloud, UX, Android, Web, Product Strategy and Growth, as well as access to a global community of founding women.

Interested women entrepreneurs can apply to Google for the Startups Accelerator program (here) and the application window closes on July 10.

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