GOOGLE has announced the 30 strong cohort of start-ups that will be taking part in its Spring Adopt A Startup programme, which launched this week.
As part of the programme, start-ups will undergo an intensive 12 week mentoring programme by experienced Google employees and attend an series of exclusive lectures and workshops at Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin.
Cork firm, Staypal, which works in the tourism and travel section, is one of the firms on the programme. At the end of the 12 weeks, eight successful startups will get the opportunity to showcase their results from the programme to a panel of industry experts including members of Google Ireland’s leadership team.
The overall winner of the programme will receive €10,000 in AdWords credit as well as eligibility for the Google Cloud programme which comes with $100,000 Google Cloud Credit.
The seven runners up will also be eligible for the programme and the chance to receive $20,000 in Google Cloud Credits, while one lucky company will win three months free hot desking in Dogpatch Labs, a Google For Entrepreneurs partner.
Rebecca Walsh, Programme Manager for Adopt A Startup said: “The strong mix of companies in this year’s Adopt A Startup programme really shows the demand and energy among the startup community in Ireland to seek out the right support mechanisms to help scale and grow their businesses regardless of the industry they operate in.
“One third of companies in our Spring programme are from outside Dublin, which is great to see as it shows a strong entrepreneurial spirit in communities around the country.
“This year, Google’s Adopt A Startup programme has increased emphasis on Strategy and Business Planning, which is the foundation stone for any company to succeed and grow.”