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Google Developers Launchpad Helps To Accelerate Startups

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Being that Google is pushing it’s cloud based infrastructure as the place to house apps it’s not surprising to see that they have created a program to try to accelerate startups that want to use their platform.  The Google Developers Launchpad is a program that gives accepted startups not just up to $100K in cloud services credit, but also provides user testing, introductions to VC’s and Media and more.

There are 2 tiers for this program called “Start” and “Scale”.  Depending on what level your startup is accepted at you will receive different benefits. This seems like a very good program, and since they don’t ask for equity there should be no downside to being selected (so long as you want to use Google as a platform).

You can learn more and apply online here: https://developers.google.com/startups/

Start

You’re validating your idea, and have tested a prototype – we’ll help you take the next step to get user feedback and develop your product.

  • Google Cloud Platform credits take your idea off the ground
  • AdWords promotional offers let you test monetization and positioning strategies
  • UserTesting trial offers to get UI feedback from real users
  • Invitations to local events connect you with developers, VCs and accelerators near you
  • Participants at this stage are considered for Launchpad Week – a weeklong training bootcamp in select cities

Scale

  • $100,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits to build a product that scales with you.
  • UX reviews by Google design experts
  • Online developer support
  • UserTesting credits for 10 full user tests, 5 mini tests
  • Early product access to Analytics and other product Trusted Tester programs
  • Invitations to Google Experts network for 1:1 consultations
  • Consideration for Google Developers Summit
  • Participants at this stage are invited for Launchpad Week – a weeklong training bootcamp in select cities

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Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of GeekBrainDump.com and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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