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Introducing the special fourth batch of Google for Startups Accelerator India

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended life as we know it and startups in the early stages of their journeys, with little to no cushion to keep them going, have become among the most vulnerable to the economic crises around the world. At the same time, the pandemic has accelerated digital adoption across sectors and equally, also poses immense opportunity for tech enabled startups, the rails for which are now much wider and growing fast. 


The charter for Google for Startups Accelerator, since inception, has been to bring the best of Google to India’s thriving startup ecosystem, leverage Google’s learnings across the globe to help startups home in on the crux of building their solution, than waste resources reinventing the wheel.  Since 2015, GFS Accelerator has mentored over 600 startups and accelerated over 60, which have collectively gone on to raise over $700 million in funding and played a key role in making India the second largest startup ecosystem in the world. 


This mission is more important than ever right now, when this ecosystem faces unprecedented odds. And so we have devoted this year to single-mindedly focusing on helping startups tide over the next 18-24 months, when the effects of the pandemic will be felt the strongest. 


Since the start of the year, over 500 startups have benefitted from  mentorships and webinar content specially created by Google mentors and collaborators. Earlier in the year, we joined forces with our mentors and ecosystem collaborators to launch Emerging Stronger: Playbook for Startups to face the Covid-19 Challenge, a guide accessible widely to startups all over the country, comprising actionable tips for reducing burn and lengthening runway during the pandemic.

In the same vein, we also decided to expand the scope of GFS Accelerator India, our 3 month mentorship and support program for startups, to include startups that are not only utilizing cutting edge tech but are meaningfully helping India, and potentially the world, adapt and move forward in this crisis.

After screening over 600 applicants, we have identified 20 startups, instead of our usual batch size of 10, to form the fourth class of GFS Accelerator India. These startups will receive 3 months of mentorship and support from our network of internal and external mentors. The ongoing support ranges from access to Google teams, tech guidance on projects, machine learning related support, UX and design mentorship, leadership workshops,  networking opportunities at industry engagements, PR support and much more.


The latest batch comprises startups across key areas requiring innovation such as education, retail, mental health and wellness, healthtech,  fintech and agritech and more. A warm welcome to the Class 4 of Google for Startup Accelerator India! 



Experiential Micro-Video Platform by professionals for professionals for free.


End-to-end decision making support for Indian Farmers.

BlackLight Games

Brings multiplayer classic games to mobile creating socially interactive and community driven experiences.


Dcoder is a mobile first coding platform for coders to code on the go, anytime and anywhere.


Automation of marketing analytics for SMBs/enterprises with a search driven AI powered product.


eCommerce 2.0 in beauty & grooming

Gram Power

Cutting edge smart metering solutions to help businesses and utilities eliminate energy losses.


A Tech-enabled mental health platform that supports people with their psychological needs.


A social network around LIVE video discussions.


Local news, information and classifieds platform for non english speaking users in India.

Math Buddy

Products to help students learn Math with understanding.

Mera Cashier

Efficient SMS and automatic IVR via a vernacular based mobile app to help SMBs get their credit back from customers 5x times faster.

Mosaic Wellness

Building Direct to Consumer brands which lead Indians to live a life filled with wellness & grace.


For the changing needs of today’s remote workforce, myHQ provides affordable, hyperlocal and flexible workspace solutions so that businesses and individuals have the choice and flexibility to work the way they like.

Navia Life Care

Digital platform for patients and providers to improve patient care, experience and outcomes.


Provides the building blocks for wealth management , just plug in our developer friendly, enterprise grade APIs or a full solution platform and you are good to go.


Virohan predicts job demand for each job role across India, builds out the curriculum needed and delivers standardized training through blended and online learning, focusing on the healthcare sector and tier 2/3 employability.

Wellthy Therapeutics

A digital medicine platform with proprietary clinical intelligence at its core and with therapy area expertise, algorithms, analytics and user experience design to assist all healthcare stakeholders achieve real world clinical and business outcomes


Helps pregnant women get timely information about their baby growth and their body changes; get all their doubts and queries resolved by verified doctors; and connect them to other pregnant women to discuss daily issues.


Helps last mile drivers making deliveries for couriers or independent businesses save time and cost by providing them the shortest route.

Posted by Paul Ravindranath G, Program Manager, GFS Accelerator

Announcing Class III of Launchpad Accelerator India

In August 2019, we opened up applications for Class III of Launchpad Accelerator India - our 3-month program designed to accelerate Indian startups that are using scalable tech like AI & ML to address issues at the core of India’s growth, and we are thrilled to announce the start of the new class.

These 10 inspiring startups will begin their exciting journey with us in October 2019. Similar to the previous two classes, these startups will get access to the best of Google -- including mentorship from Google teams and industry experts, free support, Cloud credits, and much more. The startups will undergo an intensive 1-week mentorship bootcamp which will begin with a detailed and thorough understanding of their problem areas across domains, followed by mentorship sessions, and end with setting clear and specific goals for the upcoming 3 months of the program. 

After the bootcamp, the startups will receive highly customized support, which will include:
  • Tech guidance on specific projects
  • Machine learning related support
  • Design sprints for identified challenges
  • Leadership workshops
  • Access to Google teams
  • Interactions with  industry experts, mentors
  • Networking opportunities at industry events, PR support and much more

The class will end with a leadership workshop pioneered and created by Google called ‘Leaders Lab’ which will give founders a 360 degree perspective and insights about their leadership style.
The class kicks off on 14th October 2019 in Bangalore.
Meet the 10 startups which will be part of Class III:
1) Agricx: Agricx helps 450M+ stakeholders such as farmers, food processing companies etc. to standardize, digitize and enable discovery of agricultural produce using AI

2) Ambee: Hyperlocal, real-time, and accurate air quality data and intelligence at street level granularity and at global scale, to impact and improve the lives of billions around the world

3) Artivatic: Artivatic powers insurance, finance & healthcare businesses with intelligent systems, solutions & processes using AI, ML and data to help them for seamless business & customer activities

4) CureSkin: AI skin-care expert, using image recognition techniques to identify skin problems

5) Intello Labs: AI based post-harvest commodity quality assessment mobile applications

6) Jiny: The world's first assistive UI platform for businesses that guides users at each and every step in their own language through its audio visual assistant

7) Nayan: Detecting traffic violations and improving road safety through Artificial Intelligence on crowdsourced video data

8) Nira: An app-based credit line granting approved users a limit of up to Rs. 1 lakh

9) PerSapien: A device that can neutralize pollution from the ambient atmosphere and can be used to clean up the air above our cities

10) SustLabs: A product that effectively reads and decodes real-time electricity consumption of a house all the way up to key appliances level just by using smart meter data

Posted by Paul Ravindranath, Program Manager, Launchpad Accelerator India

Meet the first class of Launchpad Accelerator India

We opened applications to our Launchpad Accelerator India class in July 2018, and today we are excited to announce the start of the first batch. The inaugural class includes 10 startups having a presence all across India, including Bengaluru, Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, Pune & Mumbai.

Key criteria for selection required India-only startups to be solving for India’s needs, with the use of advanced technologies such as AI/ML. The shortlisted startups are doing incredible work in areas ranging from, enhancing employability & earning-abilities of the blue-collar workforce to using satellite imagery to support farmers’ decision making process, and were announced at the fourth edition of Google For India.
Launchpad Accelerator India is Google’s three month program that begins with a 2-week intensive mentorship bootcamp in Bangalore, followed by customized virtual support for the remaining duration. Startups will get access to the best of Google -- including mentorship from Google’s leadership team, equity free support and cloud credits. The first class kicks off on September 10th 2018, at the Google office in Bengaluru.

The startups in Class I are:
(1) CareNx: Smartphone enabled fetal heart monitor for early detection of fetal asphyxia
(2) Wysa: AI-based chat therapy for mental health.
(3) MultiBhashi: Simplified Language Learning Platform for Blue-Collar workforce & Next Billion Indian online users.
(4) Genrobotics: A semi-automatic robot for manhole cleaning directed to bring the practice of manual scavenging to an end in India.
(5) OliveWear: A connected health ecosystem of doctors to give personalized maternal care to pregnant women.
(6) Signzy: An onboarding solution ensuring digital trust using AI & Blockchain to provide smart e-verification and risk prediction.
(7) SlangLabs : Software platform for building multilingual voice interfaces for mobile apps, which enable app interactions via voice in addition to touch.
(8) ten3THealthcare: An early detection system for preventable clinical adverse events by monitoring real time, remote, and continuous vital signs of patients.
(9) Uncanny Vision: Focused on Vehicle Analytics, People Analytics and Object Analytics using high accuracy, AI-based Deep Learning models which are optimised to perform on low compute edge devices.
(10) Vassar Labs: Using sensors, satellite & crowd sourced data to provide decision-making support in sectors such as Water, Agriculture, Education & more.

By Paul Ravindranath, Program Manager, Launchpad Accelerator India