Google’s New Space For Developers, Startups

Google said in a blog post on Thursday (Aug. 18) that its development team will open “a new space for developers and startups” in San Francisco next month. The company is developing 14,000 square feet of space at 301 Howard Street, with “more than enough elbow room to train, educate and collaborate with local and international developers and startups.”

As noted in the blog, the space (and the company) will play host to a range of events, including Google Developer Group community meetups, Tech Talks and Design Sprints. The space will also be home to the latest iteration of the Launchpad Accelerator, the firm’s equity-free accelerator for startups that are based in emerging markets.

Through those classes, according to the blog, there will be nearly two dozen teams offering mentoring to later-stage startups that want to gain scale. The three-month-long bootcamp also has a two-week sojourn at the Google headquarters. The activities are aimed, said Google, at bridging the gap between “Silicon Valley and emerging markets” and giving startups the ability to tap into Google networking and resources. Launchpad Accelerator has alumni in Brazil, Mexico and India, among other regions.

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