Irish start-ups are being encouraged by Google to apply for its Autumn Adopt A Startup programme which opened for applicants today.
Google will ‘adopt’ 30 startups for 12 weeks who will receive hands on mentoring from some of Ireland's most experienced industry experts, in addition to attending a series of exclusive lectures designed to help startups grow their companies on a global scale.
The 30 start-ups in the 2018 Autumn programme will be made up of 25 Irish startups and the five category winners of the European Digital Top 50 competition.
At the end of the 12 weeks, eight companies will pitch to a panel of senior Google executives and industry experts, with the winning company receiving €10,000 in AdWords credit and eligibility for the Google Cloud Platform for startups which comes with $100,000 in Google Cloud credit.
Seven other startups will also be eligible for the Google Cloud programme, receiving $20,000 in Google Cloud credit.
Startups are being urged to get their entries in early as only 25 places are up for grabs, with applications closing on August 24th. Successful companies chosen to participate in the Adopt A Startup programme will be announced on September 13th.
Speaking yesterday, Director at Google, Paddy Flynn said, "We will be carefully handpicking the startups to participate in what is an intensive programme. The chosen entrepreneurs will be ambitious for success and will have the potential to scale their business globally, as we have seen in the past with some of our alumni. They will also receive expert help from our mentors who have the skills and knowledge of the digital ecosystem which are vital to ensure that Irish startups are staying ahead on a global level, not just a local one."
Startups interested in applying for the programme can apply online at: https://events.withgoogle.com/adoptastartup/