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Google Launchpad Accelerator is open to Bangladeshi startups and more countries around the world

Google’s Launchpad Accelerator is giving an opportunity to work with and empower amazing developers, who are solving major challenges all around the world, according to a press release.

It involves streamlining digital commerce across Africa, providing access to multimedia tools that support special needs education, or also using AI to simplify business operations, the press release read.

For this reason, Google Launchpad Accelerator is doubling down on efforts and opening up applications for the next class of the program to more countries for the first time starting on August 31. Here’s the full list:

- Asia: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Myanmar

 -Central and Eastern Europe: Estonia, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus & Russia

- Latin America: Costa Rica, Panama, Peru & Uruguay

- Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia & Uganda

They’ll be joined by a larger list of countries that are already part of the program, including: Argentina,

Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria,

Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Czech Republic.

The application process for the equity-free program will end on October 2, 2017 at 9AM PST. Later in the year, the list of selected developers will be invited to the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco for 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training, according to the release.

What are the benefits?

The training at Google HQ includes intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Participants receive equity-free support, credits for Google products, PR support and continue to work closely with Google back in their home country duringthe 6-month program, the release read.

What does Google look for when selecting startups?

Each startup that applies to the Launchpad Accelerator is considered holistically and with great care.

Below are general guidelines behind the process to help understand what Google looks for in their candidates.

All startups in the program must:

-Be a technological startup.

-Be targeting their local markets.

-Have proven product-market fit (beyond ideation stage).

-Be based in the countries listed above.

Additionally, they are interested in what kind of startup it is. They also consider:

-The problem one is trying to solve. How does it create value for users? How is a real challenge for one’s home city, country or region being addressed?

-Does the management team have a leadership mindset and the drive to become an influencer?

-Google also wants to know “Will you share what you learn in Silicon Valley for the benefit of other startups in your local ecosystem?”

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