Google invests in Indian businesses

India’s economy is like a rocketship. Not only are established companies continuing to stay competitive in an increasingly globalized market, but India is home to the fastest-growing base of startups worldwide.

We would like to fuel the rocketship further with the powerful tools that Google for Work provides. So today we are announcing two offers, one for Google Apps and one for Google Cloud Platform.

First up, we will now cover the fees of Google Apps for any business locked into an enterprise agreement (EA) with another provider until its contract runs out. We'll even chip in on some of the deployment costs to set companies up for success with one of our Google for Work Partners. Once the current EA is up, we will then offer a simple contract with no traps or gotchas. For most businesses, this may end up being cheaper than the previous contract. Our estimates suggest that businesses with basic EAs and no dependencies may  potentially unlock savings of up to 70% by switching to Google Apps for Work.

Next up comes Cloud, targeted at India’s startup community. With the second largest developer population in the world, we believe India will be home to the next generation of global software firms. We want more Indian startups to be able to build, deploy and scale what’s next on Google Cloud Platform. So in 2016, we will provide 1,000 Indian startups with up to $20,000 each in free credits for Google Cloud services. Many startups are held back by a lack of computing power, but with the scale and speed of Google infrastructure, the sky’s the limit.  

We are proud to be a part of a tremendous Indian business community as a trusted provider of affordable, collaborative and easy to use productivity and cloud computing tools for our customers. We already power the IT and cloud computing of a range of Indian enterprises from well-known companies like Hero Motocorp, Bombay Dyeing and JSW  in addition to the majority of top startups in India including Snapdeal, Oyo Rooms and Freshdesk. We are excited to work with our current and soon-to-be customers to continue building the future of work in India. With Freedom from Enterprise Agreements and Cloud Platform credits for start ups, we hope to see Indian businesses continue to rise.

Posted by Amit Singh, President, Google for Work