Google’s Launchpad Accelerator builds bridges where they don’t exist – reaching into markets around the world to stoke the entrepreneurial fire for a new generation of technology company founders. Lighting the match to that fire is Roy Geva Glasberg, who will keynote the Nexus 2017 conference coming up May 24th at the Google Quad.
Roy is planning to provide insights on Google’s increasing role in working with startup founders around the world, and why it is vital for these founders to succeed and help foster local tech ecosystems. “Brazil is one of the most productive entrepreneurial eco-systems in the world, and Mexico and Argentina continue to show well in comparison to other markets,” said Roy, who originally hails from Israel.
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As head and founder of Google’s Launchpad Accelerator, Glasberg has been an integral part of the program, which includes mentoring from Google employees, equity-free funding, a two-week training bootcamp at Google’s Mountain View headquarters, and free credits for Google’s products.
“The end goal of this program is to identify game changers in the market and be the game-changer for them,” said Glasberg, in an interview with TechCrunch.
Roy told Nearshore Americas that he is particularly interested in being at Nexus to connect with startup groups, mentors and founders from Latin America and the Caribbean basin.
In September 2016, Google opened a new 14,000-square-foot space near it’s main headquarters in San Francisco in order to host international startups that are participating in this program.
The program is currently operating in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico), Asia (India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam), Africa (Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa), and Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) but there are plans to expand to other countries as well.
To qualify for the program, Roy writes, all startups must be focused on technology, be targeting their local markets, and have proven product-market fit.
“We also consider the problem you are trying to solve, how the product creates value for users, how you are addressing a real challenge for your home city, country, or region, if your management team has a leadership mindset and the drive to become an influencer, and if you will share what you learn in Silicon Valley for the benefit of other startups in your local ecosystem,” he explains in a blog post.
At Nexus 2017, we will bring together a diverse mix of business, sourcing, software engineering, startup and cross-border investment experts. Expect to gain a great deal of knowledge and a great new set of well-informed contacts.
Nexus Opening Night takes place on May 23rd from 6pm to 9pm at The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse, 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
The Nexus Conference will be held on May 24th from 08:30 to 17:00 at the Google Quad in Mountain View, California.
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