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Google Seeks to Adopt Irish Startups for 12 Week Programme

Pic: Martin O’Donnell, Sales Director, Terra Liquid Minerals and Padraig Hennessy, CEO, Terra Liquid Minerals who were crowned overall winner of Google’s Adopt A Startup spring programme earlier this year. Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Irish startups operating in the advertising, marketing and media sectors can apply for a position on Google’s successful  Adopt a Startup programme which is now open for applications.

As part of the programme, Google will ‘adopt’ 30 startups for 12 weeks  and each of them will receive hands-on mentoring from some of Ireland’s most experienced industry experts, in addition to attending a series of exclusive lectures designed to help startups grow their companies on a global scale.  The 30 start-ups in the 2018 Autumn programme will be made up of 25 Irish startups and the five category winners of the European Digital Top 50 competition.

At the end of the 12 weeks, eight companies will pitch to a panel of senior Google executives and industry experts, with the winning company receiving €10,000 in AdWords credit and eligibility for the Google Cloud Platform for startups which comes with $100,000 in Google Cloud credit. Seven other startups will also be eligible for the Google Cloud programme, receiving $20,000 in Google Cloud credit.

According to Paddy Flynn, Director at Google: “Google’s Adopt A Startup programme brings together some of Ireland’s best and brightest entrepreneurs who are making a real difference to Ireland’s start-up community through their innovative and vibrant ideas. This next cycle, they will be joined by five European startups and it will be really interesting to see what learnings and experiences they will share with each other.

“We will be carefully handpicking the startups to participate in what is an intensive programme.  The chosen entrepreneurs will be ambitious for success and will have the potential to scale their business globally, as we have seen in the past with some of our alumni. They will also receive expert help from our mentors who have the skills and knowledge of the digital ecosystem. which are vital to ensure that Irish startups are staying ahead on a global level, not just a local one”.

Applications close on August 24th and successful companies chosen to participate in the Adopt A Startup programme will be announced on September 13th.

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