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Google to mentor 4 new Indian startups

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2nd Dec 2017
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Google on Friday announced the four shortlisted Indian startups for its hands-on mentorship programme 'Launchpad Accelerator'. With this batch, a total of 30 Indian startups have so far joined the class.

The shortlisted startups -- BabyChakra, m.Paani, NIRAMAI and SocialCops -- will join a group of startups shortlisted from all over the world at the Google Developers' Launchpad Space in San Francisco in the US.

Class 5 of the mentorship will kick off on January 29 and will include two weeks of all-expenses paid training, as part of the full six-month programme.

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"These startups have been shortlisted based on their unique value proposition and use of latest technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence," Roy Glasberg, Global Lead, Google Developers Launchpad, said in a statement.

BabyChakra is a trusted care companion to Indian parents, from pregnancy to parenting. The startup plans to build an offline network as well as use artificial intelligence and machine learning to expand the reach of its online platform that connects Indian parents to the best services for their babies.

m.Paani powers real-time, direct to consumer engagement, marketing, loyalty and insights for mass market consumers and retailers. It raised $1.35 million in a pre-­Series A round led by IDG Ventures, Blume Ventures and Saha Fund recently.

NIRAMAI is a healthtech startup that has developed a novel breast cancer screening solution. It uses a high-resolution thermal sensing device that scans the chest area like a camera. It then uses cloud-hosted analytics solution for analysing the thermal images. Its SaaS solution uses big data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning for reliable, early and accurate breast cancer screening.

SocialCops empowers organisations to make better decisions through data. It leverages the power of technology, mobile and social community to enable better decision making, backed by high quality data sourced from the grassroots.

Launchpad Accelerator is Google's six-month programme that includes an intensive two-week boot camp in San Francisco and mentoring from over 30 teams across Google and expert mentors from top technology companies in Silicon Valley and globally.

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