15 startups from India and Indonesia begin a two-week training program at Google HQ in Silicon Valley. It’s part of a new Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator program for mobile startups, which gives US$50,000 equity-free seed funding as well as US$250,000 worth of access to Google products like Maps and Adwords. More importantly, they will work closely with the global giant for six months, gaining access to Google mentors and engineers.
For the first batch under this program, Google chose startups from India, Indonesia, and Brazil which address challenges in their home regions and are ready to scale.
NestAway is a rental platform for fully furnished homes in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, Noida, and Gurgaon, targeted at the influx of migrant professionals into these cities. The Bangalore-based startup launched last year has already raised series B funding of US$12 million from Tiger Global and Flipkart. It hopes to carve out a niche in this space to compete with marketplaces like QuikrHomes, PropTiger, and Housing.
Founded by NIT Suratkal alumni Amarendra Sahu, Jitendra Jagadev, Smruti Parida and Deepak Dhar, NestAway has built a managed home rental marketplace. It uses technology to provide better rental solutions to singles in the cities. For instance, it turns unfurnished houses into fully-furnished and managed apartments and provides them at affordable prices to pre-verified tenants.
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