PUNE: Google India launched its start-up hand-holding programme, “Solve for India” in Pune on Friday. Over 1,000 entrepreneurs and developers attended the event.
As part of the initiative this year, Google India will focus on tier-II cities of the country where it will focus on entrepreneurs who solve “real world problems,” and cater largely to the non-English speaking audience.
This will be the fourth phase of Google’s programme for entrepreneurs — the first three focussed only on Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. As part of this, Google hopes to interact with about 10,000 start-ups and entrepreneurs across the country.
“In the past 8-10 months, we have seen an increasing trend of entrepreneurship activity in tier-II cities…The penetration of internet (due to low cost) has accelerated the pace of internet usage on smartphone,” said Karthik Padmanabhan, Program Manager Lead for Google India.