Google courts startups in emerging markets

Google is using Launchpad Accelerator to aid promising startups in Brazil, India and Indonesia.

Google said it will expand its Launchpad program to help startups in India, Brazil and Indonesia get rolling.

In a blog post, Google said it is expanding its Launchpad program, which helps developers design and develop apps, to include Launchpad Accelerator.

Launchpad Accelerator provides six months of support and training to startups in India, Brazil and Indonesia to build apps and businesses.

For Google, emerging markets are critical to the future of Android. Growth in tablets and smartphones has slowed and Android battles Apple's iOS abroad. In addition, Google's startup support effort is well timed given emerging market economies are struggling.

Google added that it will provide up to $50,000 in equity free financing to startups.

The search giant said that it will bring 20 startups to Mountain View on Jan. 18 for "two-weeks of intensive programming."

After that training, the startups will return to their countries and work with local and remote mentors. The startups will receive various Google services as a co-working space.