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Google for Startups: bringing the best of Google to startups everywhere

Startups look at the world through the lens of opportunity—they see problems and take action to fix them, building never-before-seen solutions. When they succeed, they move us all forward. Helping startups is a key part of Google’s DNA, and around the world Google employees train and mentor people in their local startup communities. That's why we launched Google for Entrepreneurs in 2011, bringing the best of Google's resources to 50+ startup coworking spaces, accelerators and diversity-focused groups in 125 countries (and six of our own bustling Campuses, from Sao Paulo to Seoul).


We are inspired every day by the startups solving real problems in these communities. Founders like Army veteran Tim Horan, who returned from Afghanistan to find many of his fellow veterans struggling to translate their skills to their next chapter. Tim and his cofounder Brian Abrahamson sought out the help of American Underground, our partner tech hub in Durham, North Carolina, and together they launched Veteran Capital. Their veteran-in-residence program has built a powerful pipeline of former service members at Fort Bragg, and connects them with job opportunities at tech startups in North Carolina’s thriving Research Triangle.


We're equally inspired by founders like Temie Giwa-Tubosun in Lagos, Nigeria, who saw that every year tens of thousands of people in her country die waiting for blood, not because of supply, but because of inefficient transportation systems connecting donor blood to those in need. She used the power of blockchain and artificial intelligence to launch her startup, Lifebank, an app and motorcycle network that connects blood banks to hospitals in urgent need of blood. LifeBank can now deliver 10,000 pints of blood in a single hour and is expanding to more countries across the developing world.
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Temie’s startup, Lifebank, helped save over 1,300 lives in their first year of operation.

We want to help founders like Tim and Temie do what they do best. And that’s why we bring the best of Google's resources for startups all in one place at startup.google.com. There you can find Google's products, connections and best practices for growing startups.

Google's products

We know one of the most important things for early stage startups is to get started quickly.  That’s why Google Cloud for Startups helps early stage companies get up and running by providing technical mentorship and training, community events and access to Google products at a discount including Google Cloud Platform (“GCP”), G Suite, Maps, Hire and Qwiklabs.


Soon-to or recently launched app-based startups can apply to Start on Android, which helps developers test, iterate, optimize and launch their app on Google Play.

Google's connections

We've seen one of the best ways we can help startups is to connect them to our network of communities, mentors, investors, educational programming and opportunities. Launchpad Accelerator is a program for startups of all stages that empowers them with customized Machine Learning training, equity-free support and mentorship from Google engineers and Launchpad's global mentor network. The Sand Hill program provides custom support and connections to different Google teams for startups on the cusp of rapid growth.

Google's best practices

To share Google's own best practices on innovation, we provide in-person workshops, online training videos, and other resources to help with everything from goal-setting to hiring to rapid prototyping. We want to make connections for diverse and underrepresented founders, so we partner with groups like Astia, Aging2.0, AfroTech, CodeFirst Girls, and Tech Inclusion. We work with our partners to host founder immersion programs for Black founders in the U.S, with the goal of creating more inclusive startup communities everywhere. We’re working to make our own communities more inclusive, too—over 50 percent of participants in our programs at Google for Startups Campuses are women.

A new start

Our mission has remained the same since 2011, but today we’re updating our name to Google for Startups to better reflect our users--tech startups and startup communities. Next month, we’re also opening an expanded Google for Startups Campus space in Tel Aviv. This will give Israel's vibrant "startup nation” a space to pursue their ideas and run their businesses— whether that means connecting with other startups, attending product training workshops or taking advantage of Google resources.

Beginning today, startups can also apply to Google for Startups Residency. Participating startups receive tailored mentorship and workspace for 5-6 months at a Google for Startups Campus in London, Madrid, São Paulo, Seoul, Tel Aviv or Warsaw.


To follow the latest from Google for Startups, visit startup.google.com, or follow us on Twitter at @GoogleStartups.

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Start a new .page today

Posted by Ben Fried, VP, CIO, & Chief Domains Enthusiast

Today we're announcing .page, the newest top-level domain (TLD) from Google Registry.

A TLD is the last part of a domain name, like .com in "google.com" or .google in "blog.google". The .page TLD is a new opportunity for anyone to build an online presence. Whether you're writing a blog, getting your business online, or promoting your latest project, .page makes it simple and more secure to get the word out about the unique things you do.

Check out 10 interesting things some people and businesses are already doing on .page:

  1. Ellen.Page is the website of Academy Award®-nominated actress and producer Ellen Page that will spotlight LGBTQ culture and social causes.
  2. Home.Page is a project by the digital media artist Aaron Koblin, who is creating a living collection of hand-drawn houses from people across the world. Enjoy free art daily and help bring real people home by supporting revolving bail.
  3. ChristophNiemann.Page is the virtual exhibition space of illustrator, graphic designer, and author Christoph Niemann.
  4. Web.Page is a collaboration between a group of designers and developers who will offer a monthly online magazine with design techniques, strategies, and inspiration.
  5. CareerXO.Page by Geek Girl Careers is a personality assessment designed to help women find tech careers they love.
  6. TurnThe.Page by Insurance Lounge offers advice about the transition from career to retirement.
  7. WordAsImage.Page is a project by designer Ji Lee that explores the visualizations of words through typography.
  8. Membrane.Page by Synder Filtration is an educational website about spiral-wound nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration membrane elements and systems.
  9. TV.Page is a SaaS company that provides shoppable video technology for e-commerce, social media, and retail stores.
  10. Navlekha.Page was created by Navlekhā, a Google initiative that helps Indian publishers get their content online with free authoring tools, guidance, and a .page domain for the first 3 years. Since the initiative debuted at Google for India, publishers are creating articles within minutes. And Navlekhā plans to bring 135,000 publishers online over the next 5 years.

Security is a top priority for Google Registry's domains. To help keep your information safe, all .page websites require an SSL certificate, which helps keep connections to your domain secure and helps protect against things like ad malware and tracking injections. Both .page and .app, which we launched in May, will help move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future.

.page domains are available now through the Early Access Program. For an extra fee, you'll have the chance to get the perfect .page domain name from participating registrar partners before standard registrations become available on October 9th. For more details about registering your domain, check out get.page. We're looking forward to seeing what you'll build on .page!

Start a new .page today

Today we’re announcing .page, the newest top-level domain (TLD) from Google Registry.

A TLD is the last part of a domain name, like .com in “google.com” or .google in “blog.google” (the site you’re on right now). The .page TLD is a new opportunity for anyone to build an online presence. Whether you’re writing a blog, getting your business online, or promoting your latest project, .page makes it simple and more secure to get the word out about the unique things you do.


Check out 10 interesting things some people and businesses are already doing on .page:

  1. Ellen.Page is the website of Academy Award®-nominated actress and producer Ellen Page that will spotlight LGBTQ culture and social causes.
  2. Home.Page is a project by the digital media artist Aaron Koblin, who is creating a living collection of hand-drawn houses from people across the world. Enjoy free art daily and help bring real people home by supporting revolving bail.
  3. ChristophNiemann.Page is the virtual exhibition space of illustrator, graphic designer, and author Christoph Niemann.
  4. Web.Page is a collaboration between a group of designers and developers who will offer a monthly online magazine with design techniques, strategies, and inspiration. 
  5. CareersXO.Page by Geek Girl Careers is a personality assessment designed to help women find tech careers they love.
  6. TurnThe.Page by Insurance Lounge offers advice about the transition from career to retirement.
  7. WordAsImage.Page is a project by designer Ji Lee that explores the visualizations of words through typography.
  8. Membrane.Page by Synder Filtration is an educational website about spiral-wound nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration membrane elements and systems.
  9. TV.Page is a SaaS company that provides shoppable video technology for ecommerce, social media, and retail stores.
  10. Navlekha.Page was created by Navlekhā, a Google initiative that helps Indian publishers get their content online with free authoring tools, guidance, and a .page domain for the first 3 years. Since the initiative debuted at Google for India, publishers are creating articles within minutes. And Navlekhā plans to bring 135,000 publishers online over the next 5 years.

Security is a top priority for Google Registry’s domains. To help keep your information safe, all .page websites require an SSL certificate, which helps keep connections to your domain secure and helps protect against things like ad malware and tracking injections. Both .page and .app, which we launched in May, will help move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future.

.page domains are available now through the Early Access Program. For an extra fee, you’ll have the chance to get the perfect .page domain name from participating registrar partners before standard registrations become available on October 9th. For more details about registering your domain, check out get.page. We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll build on .page!

Start a new .page today

Today we’re announcing .page, the newest top-level domain (TLD) from Google Registry.

A TLD is the last part of a domain name, like .com in “google.com” or .google in “blog.google” (the site you’re on right now). The .page TLD is a new opportunity for anyone to build an online presence. Whether you’re writing a blog, getting your business online, or promoting your latest project, .page makes it simple and more secure to get the word out about the unique things you do.


Check out 10 interesting things some people and businesses are already doing on .page:

  1. Ellen.Page is the website of Academy Award®-nominated actress and producer Ellen Page that will spotlight LGBTQ culture and social causes.
  2. Home.Page is a project by the digital media artist Aaron Koblin, who is creating a living collection of hand-drawn houses from people across the world. Enjoy free art daily and help bring real people home by supporting revolving bail.
  3. ChristophNiemann.Page is the virtual exhibition space of illustrator, graphic designer, and author Christoph Niemann.
  4. Web.Page is a collaboration between a group of designers and developers who will offer a monthly online magazine with design techniques, strategies, and inspiration. 
  5. CareersXO.Page by Geek Girl Careers is a personality assessment designed to help women find tech careers they love.
  6. TurnThe.Page by Insurance Lounge offers advice about the transition from career to retirement.
  7. WordAsImage.Page is a project by designer Ji Lee that explores the visualizations of words through typography.
  8. Membrane.Page by Synder Filtration is an educational website about spiral-wound nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration membrane elements and systems.
  9. TV.Page is a SaaS company that provides shoppable video technology for ecommerce, social media, and retail stores.
  10. Navlekha.Page was created by Navlekhā, a Google initiative that helps Indian publishers get their content online with free authoring tools, guidance, and a .page domain for the first 3 years. Since the initiative debuted at Google for India, publishers are creating articles within minutes. And Navlekhā plans to bring 135,000 publishers online over the next 5 years.

Security is a top priority for Google Registry’s domains. To help keep your information safe, all .page websites require an SSL certificate, which helps keep connections to your domain secure and helps protect against things like ad malware and tracking injections. Both .page and .app, which we launched in May, will help move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future.

.page domains are available now through the Early Access Program. For an extra fee, you’ll have the chance to get the perfect .page domain name from participating registrar partners before standard registrations become available on October 9th. For more details about registering your domain, check out get.page. We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll build on .page!

Seeking inspirational entrepreneur stories for the 2018 GBG Stories Search

Virtualahan, a company based in the Philippines, provides a platform that helps disadvantaged people overcome employment barriers. By using Google Classroom and other tools, Virtualahan delivers digital skills training to people with medical, physical and psycho-social disabilities in developing countries and connects them to meaningful employment online.

Virtualahan is also a 2017 winner of our Google Business Groups (GBG) Stories Search, which aims to spotlight the stories of inspirational entrepreneurs from around the world.

GBG Stories Search 2018 is now kicking off and we’re looking for entries about the extraordinary things entrepreneurs have done using Google products and technologies. Three winners will have the opportunity to visit Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA in 2019, where they’ll also meet with other tech thinkers, innovators, and business leaders.

To share your story and participate in GBG Stories Search 2018, please submit your entry and visit our information page by October 31, 2018.

Announcing the 10 startups that will take the stage at Demo Day Asia

After our open call for startups to apply and pitch to top global investors at Demo Day Asia—taking place this September in Shanghai—we received hundreds of submissions. They came from founders from every corner of Asia-Pacific, across industries as diverse as agriculture, entertainment, and healthcare.


While difficult to narrow down this impressive field, after painstaking deliberation, the results are finally in. Out of 305 qualifying applications, the 10 finalists that will take the final stage at Demo Day Asia are... (drum-roll!):


  • DycodeX from Indonesia develops Internet of Things solutions for livestock farming

  • FreightExchange from Australia is an online platform for freight carriers to sell their unused space to shippers.

  • GITAI from Japan specializes in building robots that can help humans conduct scientific experiments in space.

  • Marham from Pakistan is a healthcare platform that helps people search, book appointments, and consult with doctors online.

  • Miotech from China is a fintech startup developing artificial intelligence-based software for financial services firms.

  • OneStockHome from Thailand offers an e-commerce platform for construction materials.

  • Origami Labs from Hong Kong makes smart rings that allow people to hear and send text messages without taking out their phones.

  • SigTuple from India creates AI-based solutions to automate healthcare screening.

  • SkyMagic from Singapore produces drone swarming technology for live entertainment and traffic management systems.

  • Swingvy from Korea provides human resources solutions for businesses.

We’re proud that several of these companies belong to organisations that are a part of the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network, a community of over 35 member spaces globally and programs supporting startups. They include startups from Kibar in Indonesia, Fishburners in Australia, Hubba in Thailand, Found in Singapore and People Squared in China.


Congratulations to these outstanding startups and their founders! They will pitch to a distinguished panel of leaders from Google for Entrepreneurs, Sequoia Capital China, and Venturra Capital on September 20th in Shanghai. The startups that impress could come home with funding from investors and up to $100,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits. Most importantly, we hope these incredible startups blaze a path forward for other founders and continue to improve the lives of others with their innovative products. Good luck in Shanghai!

Empowering India’s female entrepreneurs

Editor’s note: This post comes from Rashmi Dhanwani, (pictured) founder of the Art X Company. She’s a member of 91springboard, India’s largest coworking space and startup community with over 8,000 members across 9 cities.

As the founder of the Art X Company, a startup dedicated to promoting greater public access to the arts, I know first-hand the challenges that women entrepreneurs face in trying to get their ideas off the ground. This make a supportive environment all the more crucial for female founders.

I found my supportive environment in 91springboard, India’s largest coworking community—a space where entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to live out their dreams. Each day at 91springboard, I’m awed by the brilliant ideas produced by our vibrant community of self-made founders. I'm particularly proud of my fellow female founders who are using 91springboard to realize their visions.

91springboard provides a conducive environment for our startups to brainstorm, collaborate and share our stories, creating a community of peers that women entrepreneurs can rely on in a startup world that is not always designed to help us succeed. Since joining 91springboard, I have been able to grow my Art X team and start new initiatives like Art Walks in Bombay. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities I’ve found in this space.

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The New Delhi 91springboard space now is home to a Google Lounge, where entrepreneurs can focus on their work and brainstorm their latest innovations with others in the community.


Therefore, it’s incredibly special that 91springboard will be partnering with Google for Entrepreneurs to empower the next generation of female founders in India. With this partnership, 91springboard and Google for Entrepreneurs will provide monthly trainings, seminars and events to support female founders, especially in Tier II cities.

As a member of the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network, 91springboard community members will now have access to work from 35 member spaces globally, and have the opportunity to participate in programs Google runs for startups, such as Demo Day Asia in Shanghai this coming September and Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange.

91springboard is home to some incredible female-led startups, such as Nua Woman, the sanitary pad company that creates and delivers customized packages for each customer, Little Black Book, a one-stop online platform for food, lifestyle and events in India, and Buttercups, one of the first crowdfunded lingerie brands in the e-commerce space in India. Our hope is that with this partnership the number of female led startups in India will continue to grow!

Empowering female founders in tech: the future is inclusive

Editor’s note: Nicola Hazell is one of Australia's leading voices on gender equality and social innovation. She is the Chief Innovation Officer and creator of the award-winning SheStarts program at Australia’s largest startup accelerator BlueChilli. Since SheStarts launched in 2016, the program has reached hundreds of women across Australia and invested in two cohorts of incredible female founders who lead businesses in a range of industries, including smart cities, finance and health.

Today, our SheStarts community becomes part of the Google for Entrepreneurs’ global partner network, a community supporting startups that includes dozens of co-working spaces and programs across 140 countries. Through this partnership, Google for Entrepreneurs will empower SheStarts founders with the best of Google's resources—which includes executive mentoring, as well as programming and technical support to help to kickstart their entrepreneurial journey and lead successful, global-minded tech startups.

It’s an honour to have Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash, Australia’s Minister for Jobs and Innovation, join us today for our Google for Entrepreneurs partnership launch at Fishburners— Australia’s largest non-profit dedicated to supporting startups, and a fellow partner in the Googlefor Entrepreneurs network—to celebrate this important milestone for women and all entrepreneurs alike.

We are living in an era when technology provides the vehicle to create lasting change at a global scale. But the possibilities of technology and innovation will never be truly realised if we're missing out on the ideas and creativity of half the population. This is why SheStarts exists—to ensure women have the opportunity to unleash their talent and passion on the world, and to demonstrate that you don’t have to be a man in a hoodie and sneakers to make a big impact in the startup economy.

SheStarts provides founders with access to capital, engineering talent, world-class training and a global network of mentors and advisors backing them to succeed. The program supports founders as they take their startups from idea to launch, working with them to build and test their technology, to land major national and international partnerships, and grow their companies as they secure millions of dollars in investment. These emerging leaders have now attracted great teams into their businesses—creating exciting new jobs within Australia’s economy and redefining what it means to be a tech entrepreneur.

As Australia's only corporate and venture-backed accelerator designed specifically for female-led startups, our goal is to significantly grow the number of women leaders in the tech industry. We work in close collaboration with organisations across the ecosystem—including the wonderful coworking community at Fishburners, led by an empowering and passionate female CEO, Pandora Shelley—as we build support for female founders, together.

We’re making progress, but there is still much work to do. According to the most recent Startup Muster Report, women represent only one in four startup founders in Australia. What's more, access to investment remains a huge barrier for female founders, with less than 5 percent of venture capital going to female-led startups.

With the support of SheStarts, startups like BindiMaps (an indoor navigation app for the visually impaired), Neighbourlytics (a social analytics platform for neighbourhoods, pioneering the use of social data in cities) and Longevity App (a micro-savings app that boosts a user’s retirement savings every time they spend) are flourishing—and changing the industry’s gender ratio in the process.

The stories of these female-led businesses have the power to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. That’s why storytelling is such a vital part of the SheStarts mission, amplified through our award-winning SheStarts documentary series, with season two set for release later this year.

The stories of these female-led businesses have the power to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. That’s why storytelling is such a vital part of the SheStarts mission, amplified through our award-winning SheStarts documentary series, with season two set for release later this year.

Backing female-led startups is an investment in a better future and the growing global support for our founders in SheStarts demonstrates this. In May this year, the World Bank announced that globally, countries are losing $160 trillion in wealth because of the earnings gap between men and women over their lifetime. Meanwhile, international research continues to make the case for women in tech leadership, finding that female-led tech companies are more capital-efficient, achieve higher return on investment and bring in higher revenue than male-owned tech companies. Gender equality is not just a nice-to-have, it's a global economic imperative.

Through our partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, SheStarts’ founders in Australia will have the opportunity to connect with experts, investors, and women across the world, shedding light on a new wave of leadership that is redefining what it means to be a tech entrepreneur. We couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey together with Google.

Google for Entrepreneurs impact in Europe: our annual report

In the six past years, Google for Entrepreneurs has built six "Campuses" around the world. These are spaces for startups and entrepreneurs to work, meet each other and develop their businesses. To help these startups grow and go global, Campus supports them through events, mentoring sessions and access to experts from Google.


Over the last two years we’ve tracked our impact on the entrepreneur ecosystems in four of the cities where Campuses are located: London, Tel Aviv, Warsaw and Madrid. We recently released the “Annual Report on Startups,” in which we asked the startups about the number of jobs they’ve created and the amount of funding they’ve raised in the last year.


In terms of job creation, Campus Madrid startups created 927 new jobs while Campus London created 523 and Campus Warsaw, 416. In total, to date, these three campuses, and Tel Aviv, have created more than 9,000 jobs. Here’s a bit more about the total number of people employed at each Campus, as well as the amount of funding the startups at each Campus have raised:

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Beyond what we learned from our research, there’s something else we’re particularly proud of: women at Campus. Over the past year, women made up 39 percent (up from 30 percent three years ago) of the Campus community, a number that we’re working to increase over time.

Looking at these reports, we’re pleased to see our impact in the European entrepreneur communities, but there is still a lot to do. This year and beyond, we will continue supporting startups and helping them grow.

Celebrating the 2018 DT50 Awards winners

This year, we joined forces again with McKinsey & Company and Rocket Internet to celebrate entrepreneurship in Europe through the second Digital Top 50 (DT50) awards. As part of our Grow with Google initiative to provide people with new digital opportunities, the DT50 awards recognize innovative European startups and scale-up business. The awards are given under the patronage of Mr. Carlos Moedas, Member of the European Commission, and supported by strategic partners INSEAD, Ashoka and Tech Open Air. 

With five awards across B2B and B2C categories, as well as a Tech for Social Impact category, this year’s winners were chosen through a rigorous three-part selection process—60 percent jury selection vote, 20 percent public vote online, and 20 percent jury vote in the final live pitches at the Tech Open Air Berlin event last month. 

We’re pleased to congratulate this year’s winners:

  • Winner B2B Startup:​Dashmote ​(Netherlands). Dashmote is an AI-powered platform that turns images into actionable market insights, identifying trends and increasing brand performance in both product development and marketing.

  • Winner B2B Scaleup:CornerJob ​(Spain). CornerJob is a mobile job matching platform that enables users to find geolocated job offers, providing a fast and simple recruitment process for both job seekers and employers.

  • Winner B2C Startup: Kaia Health ​(Germany). Kaia Health is a digital therapeutics company that uses AI-powered motion tracking technology through mobile apps to give people access to clinically proven back pain therapy.

  • Winner B2C Scaleup:​ TWINO ​(Latvia). TWINO is a marketplace lender and investment platform, and the first to introduce Peer-to-Peer lending to emerging markets such as Russia and Kazakhstan.

  • Winner Tech for Social Impact:​ Madaster ​(Netherlands). Madaster is an international public platform facilitating Material Passports, which track building resources in the real estate sector with the aim of minimizing waste, reducing the cost of material consumption and facilitating the reuse of materials.

Each of the 2018 winners will receive a prize package to help them increase business visibility and develop their brand, including workshops, invitations to exclusive events, consulting support and 1:1 mentoring sessions. Madaster, the winner of the Tech for Social Impact category, was awarded an additional cash prize of 50,000 euros.

The five winners this year all demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and unique use of technology. It's precisely this kind of digital trailblazing that inspires our Grow with Google programs—and fuels our commitment to helping businesses and individuals grow and succeed in this promising digital climate.