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Google for Entrepreneurs partners with 91springboard to support India’s growing tech entrepreneurial ecosystem

    Announcing a focused program to empower, educate and inspire female entrepreneurs

by Suman Gupta

New Delhi, August 2018 — Bringing the best of Google to Indian entrepreneurs, Google today announced a partnership between Google For Entrepreneurs and 91springboard at the opening of the Google for Entrepreneurs lounge at 91springboard’s flagship hub, located in New Delhi. 91springboard connects a community that includes over 8,000 entrepreneurs across India. The Google Lounge is a collaborate space for community members, developers, and creatives as they take the country’s startup ecosystem to the next level. The lounge is sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs, which provides financial support and the best of Google’s resources to dozens of coworking spaces and community programs across 135 countries.

With an aim to nurture India’s next generation of innovative female entrepreneurs, and empower them to build for the future, the partnership will drive one training program a month led by 91springboard in Tier II cities. These events are directly focused on educating and upskilling female entrepreneurs over a period of two years, with 24 engagements planned across the country. The trainings will focus on honing leadership skills, running design sprints, fostering tech-focused discussions, and will include 1:1 mentorship for female entrepreneurs.

91springboard will join Google for Entrepreneurs’ partner network, which has a global footprint of 50 partners and includes six Campuses (Google’s owned and operated space for entrepreneurs). 91springboard members will also have access to the Google for Entrepreneurs Passport program, which allows members of 91springboard to work from more than 35 Google partner spaces around the world, from Seoul to Dubai to Dublin to San Francisco. They will also gain access to a number of significant initiatives, including Google’s first-ever Demo Day Asia, as well as the chance to gain new skills through programs focused on empowering women entrepreneurs and other innovations in technology.

“We’re absolutely thrilled for Google for Entrepreneurs to partner with 91springboard to empower the next generation of female founders in India. 91springboard has been a pillar of the Indian startup community, and together with Google for Entrepreneurs, we’ll work towards providing these founders the best of Google resources to increase the number of female led startups for generations to come,” says Michael Kim, APAC Partnerships Manager for Google for Entrepreneurs.

“We have consistently invested in helping the Indian startup ecosystem to build, scale and accelerate early stage product ideas into category leaders. With Google for Entrepreneurs building its presence in India, we now have an end-to-end mentoring and support program helping entrepreneurs across all stages of their startups. I am especially excited about the women-entrepreneur focused program, and sincerely hope that it will help thousands of women to get a jumpstart in their entrepreneurial journeys,” says Rajan Anandan, VP, Southeast Asia and India, Google.

“At 91springboard, it is our privilege to partner with Google for Entrepreneurs to make a meaningful impact,” says Pranay Gupta, cofounder of 91springboard. “Together, we are committed to enabling women’s entrepreneurship and strengthening entrepreneurship throughout all of India, not just the big cities. We intend to make serious strides in this regard over the next couple of years, and we look forward to rolling out our programs in Tier II cities soon.”

About 91springboard

91springboard is a vibrant coworking community created for startups, freelancers and business owners with a startup mindset. We are dedicated to making your work-life easy and fun while playing an integral role in helping your organization grow. Members of 91springboard get access to a coworking space with 24×7 office-infrastructure support, key service providers, knowledge sharing & collaboration, networking and of course, a free spirited culture that breeds innovation! We believe we act as a ‘springboard’ to enterprises propelling them further, helping them succeed. We’re also terribly proud of our country and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Indian and the ‘91’ in our name is our salute to that very spirit…

About Google for Entrepreneurs

Google for Entrepreneurs provides financial support and the best of Google’s resources to dozens of coworking spaces and community programs across 135 countries. Google for Entrepreneurs also creates Campuses — physical hubs where entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. To learn more about Google for Entrepreneurs, visit google.com/entrepreneurs or follow on Google Facebook, and Twitter.

Quick overview

As members of the Google for Entrepreneurs network, 91springboard members and the greater India startup community will have access to new resources including training and mentorship opportunities and access to Google programs and products including:

  • Google for Entrepreneurs global programs: Members can now apply to the incredible programs Google runs for entrepreneurs, including Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange, a series of week-long, vertically-specific global immersion programs aimed at helping startups gain access into new markets and insights, and Google Demo Day an event that brings together a diverse group of startups from around the world to showcase their technology and meet top investors and mentors in Silicon Valley.
  • A global network: 91springboard members will join 50 other organizations with a global footprint in more than 135 countries, including six Campuses, which are Google-owned and operated spaces for entrepreneurs. Members are now connected to the Google for Entrepreneurs Passport program, which allows members to access more than 20 Google partner spaces the world over, from Seoul to San Francisco.
  • Google resources: Relevant startups will be eligible for Google product offers and have access to local and international mentorship from Google advisors.

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