Google makes final call for next Irish cohort of Adopt A Startup

9 Aug 2017

Google’s Dublin offices. Image: anyaivanova/Shutterstock

Ambitious entrepreneurs will compete to receive hands-on mentoring from experienced Google employees over a 12-week period.

Google has extended its deadline for the next cohort of its Adopt A Startup Programme to this Friday (11 August).

Earlier this year, 31 companies – including 25 from Dublin, three from Kerry, two from Galway and one from Waterford – were adopted and mentored by Googlers.

Over the 12-week period, selected start-ups can attend an exclusive programme of lectures and workshops at Google’s Dublin HQ, learning insights and strategies to position their companies for new growth opportunities.

With just 30 places up for grabs, start-ups are being urged to get their applications in early before the closing date, and can apply here.

Google-sponsored go-getters

At the end of the Adopt A Startup Programme, participating companies will make a pitch to a panel of senior executives and industry experts, with the winning company receiving €10,000 of AdWords credit and eligibility 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 in Google Cloud credit, while one company will also win six months’ free hot-desking in Dogpatch Labs, Google For Entrepreneurs’ tech hub partner.

The successful candidates will be announced at the programme launch on 31 August.

Now in its third year, Google’s Adopt A Startup has to date helped more than 100 start-ups.

Companies to pass through its doors include online job platform Jobbio, natural food company The Happy Pear, global programming club CoderDojo as well as NewsWhip, FoodCloud, Beats Medical, LogoGrab and Donegal-based Arklu, which manufactures Lottie dolls.

Google’s Dublin offices. Image: anyaivanova/Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years