​Lime Rocket jets to Silicon Valley

Australian technology startup Lime Rocket is set to get a shot at Silicon Valley, after being accepted into a Google-backed startup program based in California tech hub Palo Alto.

Sydney-based tech startup Lime Rocket has been accepted into the Google for Entrepreneurs-backed Blackbox Connect program based in Silicon Valley tech hub Palo Alto.

Lime Rocket, which is a graduate of Telstra's muru-D startup accelerator, was founded in 2011 by lead developer Michael Gardiner and COO Gretchen Armitage in a bid to develop applications and technology that makes use of multi-screen connected devices.

The company provides a platform that employs smartphones as a tool for users to play social games and interact with others on smart TVs, digital signage, and connected projectors in venues such as pubs and during large events like sporting games.

The Blackbox Connect immersion program is backed by Google's startup support program, Google for Entrepreneurs, and is aimed at giving startup founders outside of the United States the opportunity to connect with, and be inspired by, Silicon Valley's finest.

The 10th edition of the program is set to host 15 startups from outside of the US in its hometown of Palo Alto for two weeks from February 9-20, with those selected coming from as far afield as New Zealand, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, and Australia.

Once in California, participating startup founders have the opportunity to live, work, and collaborate with other like-minded founders from around the world and participate in meetings and workshops with entrepreneurs, investors, executives, and experts from Silicon Valley.

"By offering Blackbox Connect to their graduating companies, our partner organisations enhance and contribute to the next stage of their global growth through learning from and connecting with the very best resources in Silicon Valley," said Blackbox Connect founder and CEO Fadi Bishara.

Sydney co-working space Fishburners is one of a number of participating partners in the latest Blackbox Connect program, along with Pakistan's P@SHA, Dubai's Astrolabs, and KStartups from South Korea.

Mary Grove, director of Google for Entrepreneurs -- which provides financial support and resources to co-working spaces in 125 countries -- said that the Blackbox program is helping to foster global startup talent.

"We believe in Blackbox Connect's vision of building a global community of entrepreneurs who come together in Silicon Valley for an immersive two weeks -- and then return to their home countries inspired to continue being leaders in their startup communities," said Grove. "We're proud to partner with Blackbox to support a truly global talent pool."

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