Google has announced the first batch of 10 short-listed startups who will be part of its “Launchpad Accelerator” mentorship programme in India.
The inaugural class, which will begin on September 10 at the Google office in Bengaluru, will see the startups go through a two-week intensive mentorship boot camp, followed by customized virtual support for the remaining duration of three months, the company said in a statement.
“Our new mentorship program tailored exclusively for startups based in India and deploying Machine Learning/AI to build solutions for India’s local needs,” the company added.
To be selected for the program, the startups had to meet the following criteria:1/ Be a technology startup.
1/ Be a technology startup.
2/ Be based in India.
3/ Have preferably at least raised seed funding.
4/ Address a challenge that is specific to India
5/ Use advanced technology like AI/ML to power the solution.
The ten lucky startups selected are:
CareNx — a smartphone-enabled fetal heart monitor for early detection of fetal asphyxia.
Genrobotics specializes in powered robotic exoskeletons with RC Controlled Humanoid Robotic Systems and Artificial Intelligence.
OliveWear is a connected health ecosystem of doctors to give personalized maternal care to pregnant women.
Signzy ensures digital trust using AI and Blockchain to provide smart e-verification and risk prediction.
SlangLabs helps build multilingual voice interfaces for mobile apps, which enable app interactions via voice in addition to touch.
ten3THealthcare is an early detection system for preventable clinical adverse events by monitoring real time, remote, and continuous vital signs of patients.
Uncanny Vision is focused on vehicle analytics, people analytics and object analytics using AI-based Deep Learning models.
Vassar Labs uses sensors, satellite and crowd-sourced data to provide decision-making support in sectors such as water, agriculture, education and more.
Wysa is an AI-based chat therapy for mental health while MultiBhashi is a simplified language learning platform for blue-collar workforce and “Next Billion Indian” online users.
“We are hopeful that with this programme of ours, we will be able to bring best of Google — our expertise, platforms, tools and core strengths including machine learning and AI, to help Indian startups build, scale and grow their offering,” said Paul Ravindranath G, Programme Manager, Google India.
Launchpad Accelerator India, which opened applications in July, is based on Google’s global Launchpad Accelerator programme.