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Roy Glasberg, Global Lead, Launchpad Program & Accelerator
This week Launchpad Accelerator announces its second class, which includes 24 promising startups from around
the world. While the number of accelerators is at an all-time high, we take a different approach with Launchpad Accelerator, a program that
exclusively works with late-stage tech startups in emerging markets -- Brazil,
Indonesia, India and Mexico.
See what it’s like to participate in the Accelerator.
“We provide comprehensive mentorship that delivers results,” says Jacob Greenshpan, one of Launchpad’s lead mentors. “We start by running a ‘patient diagnostic’
to determine each startup’s critical challenges, and then deploy precise
mentorship, actionable solutions, and Google resources that enables the app to
Class 2 kicks off June 13. The startups will descend on Google HQ for an
intensive 2 week bootcamp. Under the tutelage of Google product teams and
mentors from the global Launchpad network, they will receive intensive,
targeted mentoring, equity-free funding, and more benefits during the 6-month
Here’s the full list of startups (by country):
Google’s “Scalerator” Drives Results for Alumni
What advice do Class 1 alumni give to the new intake? “Come to the accelerator
with an open mind. You will be shocked to find how many things are going wrong
in your app. Thankfully the mentors will help you implement better solutions,”
says Vinicius Heimbeck, Founder of Brazilian mobile game developer UpBeat
UpBeat Games had more than 1,000% increase in daily app installations in Asia
during the period of a feature, as well as a 200% overall increase in active
users after following a long list of improvements Accelerator mentors
suggested. “We made optimizations that led us to be featured in Google Play,
which changed everything for us.”
See Upbeat Games at the Accelerator in this video.
“Believe you can build a world class product. The mentors will push you to bet
on yourself,” says Amarendra Sahu, Nestaway Co-founder and Class 1 alumni.
NestAway just closed a $30M Series C, one of the largest investment rounds in India this year.
“Your biggest enemy is not failure; it is the temptation to be ordinary. But
the mentors will push you to build an extraordinary product and scale an
extraordinary startup," says eFishery Co-founder and CEO Gibran Chuzaefah Amsi
El Farizy, who was announced as one of the top 27 leaders in Indonesia’s startup ecosystem, after participating in the