Google and MeitY Startup Hub to assist 100 Indian startups
By Team Startupcity | Wednesday, 29 March 2023, 09:15 IST
As part of the Appscale Academy's Class of 2023, MeitY Startup Hub, an initiative of the IT Ministry, and Google announced training and development support for 100 early- to mid-stage entrepreneurs in India. Following a thorough evaluation process that considered their innovative and creative concepts, product quality, product scalability, and talent diversity, the 100 businesses were picked from over 950 applicants.
The cohort, which includes Varanasi, Ernakulam, Surat, Dehradun, Allahabad, and many other cities, is made up of almost 50% residents from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. A woman founder is in charge of about 37% of the cohort.
"The country's economic growth and the worldwide socioeconomic transformation are being fueled by the ongoing local digital revolution. India is the largest startup hub in the world, with small and developing towns and cities accounting for close to 50% of acknowledged startups "said Akash Tripathi, joint secretary for MeitY and CEO of MyGov.
The cohort includes startups like Enguru (a live learning platform), BabyG (a parenting and baby development app), Louie Voice Control (helping people operate other apps using their voice), Dhenoo (knowledge platform for dairy farmers), GeeCom India (e-commerce opportunities for farmers) and EyeCan (helping the visually-impaired with virtual assistance).
The other startups include Neend (mindfulness app that's helping people sleep better), Glii (queer dating app), ProjectHero (networking platform for construction workers), Kurukshetra (strategy game inspired by Indian mythology), ZenOnco Cancer Care (app for cancer patients and caregivers), and more.
"It's inspiring to see how our regional entrepreneurs are using their companies to make a real difference. The first cohort of businesses received outstanding support from Google, and we are forward to collaborate with them again "said MeitY Startup Hub CEO Jeet Vijay. According to Aditya Swami, Director of Play Partnerships at Google Play, they are eager to assist a new cohort of 100 entrepreneurs in growing their app companies.
The six-month training will include workshops on UX design, business model and monetisation strategies, international expansion best practises, and data safety and security procedures. The selected entrepreneurs will be trained through this curriculum as part of the project.
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