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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.

Seize the day and take the stage at Demo Day Asia

Do you think your startup has what it takes to become the next great tech champion in Asia?  Now you have a chance to prove it at Demo Day Asia hosted by Google for Entrepreneurs, where some of the region’s most outstanding startup founders will gather to pitch to top regional and global investors onstage in Shanghai on September 20.

 

As our CEO Sundar Pichai announced earlier this year, this is the first time we’re doing this in Asia Pacific, and we’re excited to see some of the best ideas from the region. If your startup is headquartered in Asia Pacific, you can learn more and apply now on our site. The deadline to apply to participate is July 1 at 11:59 pm SGT.

 

If your startup is selected, you’ll receive mentorship and coaching from Google to deliver the perfect pitch to a panel of distinguished investors. You’ll experience an immersion into the Chinese startup ecosystem by connecting with successful founders and community players. While there, you’ll have the opportunity to meet top venture capital investors from around the world and find out what they look for in a startup. If you impress them, you might even come home with some funding and up to $100,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits. Since 2014, businesses that have pitched at Demo Days have gone on to raise $273 million, and we hope to catalyze similar opportunities for founders here.

 

Startups across Asia are building the products and services of our future. We hope you’re just as excited as we are to cheer them on!


Introducing .app, a more secure home for apps on the web

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

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

A TLD is the last part of a domain name, like .com in “www.google.com” or .google in “blog.google”. We created the .app TLD specifically for apps and app developers, with added security to help you showcase your apps to the world.

Even if you spend your days working in the world of mobile apps, you can still benefit from a home on the web. With a memorable .app domain name, it's easy for people to find and learn more about your app. You can use your new domain as a landing page to share trustworthy download links, keep users up to date, and deep link to in-app content.

A key benefit of the .app domain is that security is built in—for you and your users. The big difference is that HTTPS is required to connect to all .app websites, helping protect against ad malware and tracking injection by ISPs, in addition to safeguarding against spying on open WiFi networks. Because .app will be the first TLD with enforced security made available for general registration, it's helping move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future in a big way.

Starting today at 9:00am PDT and through May 7, .app domains are available to register as part of our Early Access Program, where, for an additional fee, you can secure your desired domains ahead of general availability. And then beginning on May 8, .app domains will be available to the general public through your registrar of choice.

Just visit get.app to see who's already on .app and choose a registrar partner to begin registering your domain. We look forward to seeing where your new .app domain takes you!

Introducing .app, a more secure home for apps on the web

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

A TLD is the last part of a domain name, like .com in “www.google.com” or .google in “blog.google” (the site you’re on right now). We created the .app TLD specifically for apps and app developers, with added security to help you showcase your apps to the world.

Even if you spend your days working in the world of mobile apps, you can still benefit from a home on the web. With a memorable .app domain name, it’s easy for people to find and learn more about your app. You can use your new domain as a landing page to share trustworthy download links, keep users up to date, and deep link to in-app content.

A key benefit of the .app domain is that security is built in—for you and your users. The big difference is that HTTPS is required to connect to all .app websites, helping protect against ad malware and tracking injection by ISPs, in addition to safeguarding against spying on open WiFi networks. Because .app will be the first TLD with enforced security made available for general registration, it’s helping move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future in a big way.

Starting today at 9:00am PDT and through May 7, .app domains are available to register as part of our Early Access Program, where, for an additional fee, you can secure your desired domains ahead of general availability. And then beginning on May 8, .app domains will be available to the general public through your registrar of choice.

Just visit get.app to see who’s already on .app and choose a registrar partner to begin registering your domain. We look forward to seeing where your new .app domain takes you!

Behind the scenes with startup founders at Google Demo Day

Companies all over the world—not just in Silicon Valley—are thinking up their next big idea. Working on the Google for Entrepreneurs team, we see these passionate founders building innovative companies in their hometowns. Google for Entrepreneurs provides financial support and the best of Google's resources to dozens of coworking spaces and community programs across 125 countries. We also create Campuses—physical hubs where entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and build companies—and put on events like Google Demo Day.

Demo Day, which just happened in San Francisco on March 28th, brought startups from across the Americas to San Francisco, to pitch and connect with leading investors, to grow and accelerate their businesses. Startups that have pitched at previous Google Demo Days have raised over $259M and ten have been acquired by global companies.

This year’s "Judge’s Favorites,” Increase and Shearshare, each received $250,000 investment from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. In addition, Revolution committed $150,000 to each of the other nine participating startups, provided that the startups each raise $1 million in the next six months.

To hear about the Demo Day experience, startup life, and more, we went behind the scenes with a few of this year’s female-led companies based in the U.S.

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Courtney Caldwell

COO and Co-founder of ShearShare (McKinney, Texas), the first B2B mobile platform that lets stylists rent daily workspace in cities all over the world.

Q: What was your inspiration for your company?

A: We were tired of hearing about our fellow salon and barbershop owners having to close down because they couldn't cover the overhead. We want to keep salons and barbershops at full capacity year round and give stylists the opportunity to manage their business on their terms, paying for space when and where they need it.

Q: Tell us about your experience at Demo Day.

A: Google made each of my fellow founders feel like rockstars! My favorite parts were the mindfulness and mentoring sessions with Ginny Bown, our pitch coach. Co-winning Google Demo Day 2018, alongside our Argentinian friends at Increase, will forever change ShearShare's trajectory. We are now funded by some of the most genuine, most intelligent, and swagalicious VCs in the Valley, so it's time to get to work!  

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Neha Singh

Founder and CEO of Obsess, (New York, New York) an AR and VR platform for mobile commerce.
Q: What was your inspiration for your company?

A: I'm a geek who loves fashion. I believe that fashion is one of the fundamental forms of self-expression and the most practical form of art. At Obsess, we’re building the platform to enable any brand—big or small—to take advantage of this new technology, and to showcase their products in a way that wasn't possible to do online before.

Q: Tell us about your experience at Demo Day.

A: My favorite part was meeting the other incredible 10 startups and their founders. I was so inspired and so humbled by this genius group of people taking on big challenges.

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Heather Holmes

CEO of Genivity (Chicago, Illinois), an AI platform that personalizes future health and elder care costs to help financial professionals better serve their clients.

Q: What was your inspiration for your company?

Health and elder care expenses are the number one threat to retirement savings and one of the most important, yet often ignored, parts of a financial plan. When a close relative was hospitalized in 2010 and nearly died, I realized that if my family had known about his specific health threats, they might have been able to prevent his health crisis. It sparked my belief that creating relationships with the key people in my parent’s financial lives was critical so my family would have a place to turn to for help.

Q: Tell us about your experience at Demo Day.

The caliber of companies and founders was incredibly inspiring and impressive! I’ve walked away from Google Demo Day with new friends, new ideas, and two new potential partnerships.  It’s amazing what Google helped make happen in a few short days!

Supporting entrepreneurs

Google Demo Day is just one example of how we support entrepreneurs. We make a collection of resources available at startup.google.com—everything from best practices for getting your business up and running, to how to raise funds and hire the right team. Startup with Google is a resource from our Grow with Google initiative, which is aimed at helping people and entrepreneurs across the United States grow their skills, careers, and businesses by offering free tools, training, and events.

Our hats go off to these inspiring founders. We hope to catalyze similar opportunities for this event's featured founders—and many more female entrepreneurs to come.

Ready, set, pitch: Demo Day Asia

With Sundar, our CEO, visiting People Squared in Beijing today.


Today at People Squared, a Google for Entrepreneurs partner hub in Beijing, our CEO Sundar Pichai announced that we would hold Google’s first ever Demo Day Asia in Shanghai this year. Since 2014, Google for Entrepreneurs has organized Demo Days in the United States and Europe for outstanding startups to connect with investors and scale globally. Businesses that have pitched at Demo Days have raised $259 million. Now it’s time for Asia’s startups to shine.


Demo Day Asia in Shanghai will be the first time Google brings together entrepreneurs from the region, helping them pitch to top investment and venture capital firms. There are also opportunities for founders of shortlisted startups to get mentored by Google executives and access Google for Entrepreneurs global partner network. China is a great location for this event as investment activity and the startup ecosystem are booming.


Among those Chinese startups is Castbox, a podcast app that customizes listening experiences by surfacing personalized recommendations and enabling people to search for words within audio content. Two years ago, Castbox delivered a great pitch at a Demo Day in Mountain View, CA, and was crowned as the “Judges’ Favorite.” It went on to raise almost $13 million in funding and grew from 3 million to 15 million users.  


There are lots of impressive startups, like Castbox, in Asia. But the continent is vast and more success stories are waiting to happen in every corner. They just need a stage. With Demo Day Asia, we hope to shine a spotlight on the next great tech champion of the region. Founders can stay tuned for upcoming details on Demo Day Asia on our site.


If you’re a founder and unable to make it this time for Demo Day Asia, you can still tap into our existing support for startups worldwide. In Asia, we support tech founders through our network of partners, our Campus space for startups in Seoul and accelerator programs like Google Developers Launchpad. You can also find out more about how our products can help you build your startup here.


Innovation can come from anywhere. We hope Demo Day Asia brings great ideas from the region to the world and we’re incredibly excited to start the search for the next great Asian startup.