Google to accelerate Brazilian startups

Entrepreneurs have until end of March to submit applications for the web giant's LaunchPad Accelerator program

Brazilian startups have until March 31 to submit applications to the second edition of Google's Launchpad Accelerator program.

The acceleration initiative includes six months of technical support and training, as well as up to $50,000 in equity-free financing to startups and a couple of weeks at Google's offices in Mountain View.

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Brazilian smartphone games developer UpBeat Games was one of the startups selected in the first edition of the Launchpad Accelerator last year. The company claims that its global customer base has grown 200 percent after principles learned at the program were applied.

Entrepreneurs from Brazil - as well as other emerging nations India, Indonesia and Mexico - can submit proposals and a video about their project via an online application form.

Google has also just launched its first digital entrepreneurship hub in the Brazilian city of São Paulo. The venue is a mix of coworking space, new venture accelerator and networking center, with courses and seminars to those interested in the digital startup scene also on offer.