With this partnership, Kstart’s portfolio will gain access to Google’s mentorship, extensive global network and products.
The selected Kstart portfolio companies will join Google Launchpad Program and also get grants of up to $50,000.
“Google is one of the most admired technology companies by entrepreneurs. Google’s various programmes to invest into the startup ecosystem is noteworthy. We applaud Google’s efforts to make it easy for startups to leverage their extensive global resources. We are pleased that Kstart companies will be able to benefit from Google for continuous learning, scaling and access their key technologies and mentors,” said Vani Kola, MD Kalaari Capital.
Kstart is an accelerate programme for early-stage startups, started early this month. It will have a new batch every quarter of up to five startups.
“Kstart team will play a big role in hosting the incubatee by providing world class infrastructure, access to funds, legal and marketing help which the early stage startups can benefit immensely. Indian startup ecosystem is exploding and we will continue to partner and accelerate the growth in India with meaningful synergetic partnerships like the one with the Kstart team,” said Sunil Rao, country head, strategic partner development, VCs and Startups, Google India.
It plans to invest about $20 million in 40 startups over the next two years as a part of its seed and incubation programme Kstart.
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