Google selects first start-ups for São Paulo Campus

Brazilian ventures working on projects ranging from micro lending to sign language translation will be mentored by the web giant for a period of six months.
Written by Angelica Mari, Contributing Writer

Google has chosen the first 15 tenants of its São Paulo co-working space out of a total of 857 technology-based ventures that applied for the opportunity to work at the web giant's facility.

Launched in January, the venue is Google's first Brazilian Campus. A mix of coworking space, new venture accelerator and networking center, the place also offers courses and seminars to those interested in the digital startup scene.

The selected start-ups are working on projects ranging from microcredit and sign language translation to automation tools for investments in the stock exchange and mobile gaming. The companies will be working at the Google Campus for six months -- during that time, they will get access to mentoring and immersions led by Google executives.

Google won't be investing any capital in the start-ups taking part in the Campus program. The startups also don't pay to participate. The company will be launching a second selection process for Brazilian start-ups soon.

Other Campuses are located in London, Madrid, Seoul, Warsaw, and Tel Aviv. The latter campus has produced start-ups such as Waze, which ended up getting bought by Google. According to the web giant, companies created within its Campuses have generated over 5,000 jobs.

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