Business development · 8 July 2016

Google launches UK-wide search for the next global startups

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The Google “Campus Exchange” residential programme begins on 22 August

Google has launched a nationwide search to find ten innovative startups to mentor at its London Campus throughout summer 2016.

The company will support selected startups as founders look to scale-up. Entrepreneurs can gain access from Google mentors and investors, as well as a network of fellow entrepreneurs, providing opportunities for future collaboration and growth.

Graduate startup founders from the highly acclaimed “Campus Exchange” residential programme often go on to achieve success. Many have moved on to other high-profile mentoring programmes, like Blackbox Connect in Silicon Valley, while others have secured funding from London’s most important angel investors and venture capitalists, or been picked for the Google Play awards.

Commenting on the launch of this summer’s search, Google’s head of programmes at Campus London, Francesca Dean said: “The Campus is in a unique position to help propel the best startups.

“Amazing ideas can come from anywhere, and there is incredible entrepreneurial talent across the UK. We’re able to pool this talent with the knowledge and expertise of our international community of entrepreneurs.”

Applications are currently open, with the closing date set at 29 July. Selected startups will then begin the programme on 22 August.

Interested entrepreneurs can attend one-on-one thirty-minute sessions with Google specialists in cities across the country in advance of their application. Sessions will run in London, Cambridge, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Google continues to be a key player shaping the landscape for small businesses in the UK. In an exclusive interview in February, the firm’s director for small businesses in UK and Ireland, Shane Nolan, told Business Advice that 2016 will see the rolling out the Google digital garage –  a new website offering training in digital skills and enabling entrepreneurs to start growing their business.

Google also plans to launch pop-up garages in five UK cities in 2016, where people can receive one-to-one digital training – “a great resource for businesses of all sizes, but especially for micro-businesses and the self-employed who want to be more visible online,” said Nolan.

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Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.

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