Posted by Roy Glasberg Global Lead, Launchpad Accelerator
We’re heading to the city of San Francisco this September to open a new space
for developers and startups. With over 14,000 sq. ft. at 301 Howard Street,
we’ll have more than enough elbow room to train, educate and collaborate with
local and international developers and startups.
The space will hold a range of events: Google Developer Group community
meetups, Codelabs, Design Sprints, and Tech Talks. It will also
host the third class of Launchpad
Accelerator, our equity-free accelerator for startups in emerging markets.
During each class, over 20 Google teams provide comprehensive mentoring to
late-stage app startups who seek to scale and become leaders in their local
markets. The 3-month program starts with an all-expenses-paid two week bootcamp
at Google HQ.
Developers are in an ever-changing landscape and seek technical training. We’ve
also seen a huge surge in the number of developers starting their own companies.
Lastly, this is an unique opportunity to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley
and emerging markets. To date Launchpad Accelerator has nearly 50 alumni in
India, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico. Startups in these markets are tackling
critical local problems, but they often lack access to the resources and network
we have here. This dedicated space will enable us to regularly engage with
developers and serve their evolving needs, whether that is to build a product,
grow a company or make revenue.
We can’t wait to get started and work with developers to build successful
businesses that have a positive impact locally and globally.