Google has opened its Autumn 2017 ‘Adopt a startup’ programme for applications.

What’s in it for startups? They will receive, “hands on mentoring from experienced Google employees over a twelve week period and attend a programme of lectures and workshops at the company’s Dublin HQ, learning strategies to position their company for new growth opportunities,” says Google.

The prizes

At the end of the twelve weeks, participating firms will pitch to a panel of Google executives and industry experts. The winning company will pocket €10,000 of AdWords credit and be eligible for the ‘Google Cloud platform for startups’ programme which comes with $100,000 of Google Cloud credit.

Seven runners-up will also be eligible for the programme, along with  $20,000 of Google Cloud credits while one company will also win six months free hot desking in Dogpatch Labs, Dublin. 

There are 30 places up for grabs. Startups are asked to get their applications in early, before the closing date of August the 9th, 2017.  

What’s Google looking for?

“The types of startups we’re looking for, and the ones who will benefit the most from this programme, are those that are in business for more than one year, currently generating revenue and with a strategy in place for acquiring new customers,” says Paddy Flynn, a director with Google.

Interested startups can apply online here.

Pictured are Paddy Flynn, Google Ireland with Wes Roddy, Collette Doyle, and Luca Boschin, all from LogoGrab, a previous ‘Adopt a startup’ winner.

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