Global tech giant Google has decided to help the new breed of entrepreneurs and developers in India. The company is building solutions for various issues in India. With an objective to support and mentor several initiatives, Google has announced ‘Solve for India’ program to aid the new wave of entrepreneurs and startups in emerging cities like Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Indore, Nagpur, Nashik, Madurai, Kanpur and Chennai. Through this initiative, Google is planning to expand and energise the start-up ecosystem in these tier II cities as well as provide inspiration to the entrepreneurs aim to ‘Solve for India’.
Connectivity and rapid growth in web users, the internet has been providing ample opportunities for entrepreneurs to create solutions which will cater to problems in India. Google said, “The program will provide a platform for developers, entrepreneurs in tier 2 cities to hear from experts and learn about the latest Google technologies and get access to direct mentoring and support from Google.” Under this program, entrepreneurs will be provided opportunities to learn directly from Google engineers who will share product usage insights, how to develop mobile first solutions with strong offline and language capabilities and help them to build solutions in many sectors.
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Google is planning on a pan-India approach which will cater to the initiatives which have a wider reach. Karthik Padmanabhan, Program Manager Lead for Google India, said, “Majority of India’s Internet users are Indian language users, and over 80 percent of them access the Internet from their mobile phones. But the current Indian startup ecosystem is building products for English speaking audience and caters only to 15 percent of the population.”
This is another initiative by the company, after the Google Launchpad mentoring program. The Launchpad accelerator program is of six months duration and users can sign up now. For web developers, Google will provide training from experts in Android, Firebase, Machine learning, Cloud APIs, Progressive Web Apps and Indian Language Translation solutions.