August 18, 2016

Google today announced that it is opening a new startup space this September in San Francisco. The company made the announcement on the Google Developers Blog and revealed the space will be over 14,000-square-feet in size and located at 301 Howard Street.

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Google says that space will be focused on hosting a variety of events to train, educate, and collaborate with local and international developers and startups. For instance, the startup space will host events such as Google Developer Group community meetups, Codelabs, Design Sprints, Tech Talks, and the company’s equity-free accelerator, Launchpad Accelerator. During the Launchpad Accelerator, the third class of which will be hosted at the new San Francisco startup space, over 20 Google teams provide mentoring to “late-stage app startups” seeking to become leaders in their local emerging markets.

Google hopes that by hosting the third Launchpad Accelerator class in San Francisco, it will be able to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and emerging markets around the world. In addition to the other benefits it will provide, the startup space will allow Googlers to regularly engage with developers.

Lastly, this is an unique opportunity to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and emerging markets. To date Launchpad Accelerator has nearly 50 alumni in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico. Startups in these markets are tackling critical local problems, but they often lack access to the resources and network we have here. This dedicated space will enable us to regularly engage with developers and serve their evolving needs, whether that is to build a product, grow a company or make revenue.

The new startup space will open this September, though an official grand opening is unclear at this point. In the past, Google has opened startup spaces in a variety of cities. For instance, the company launched a startup campus in Seoul, South Korea to help grow the startup market in the country. Today’s full announcement can be seen below:

We’re heading to the city of San Francisco this September to open a new space for developers and startups. With over 14,000 sq. ft. at 301 Howard Street, we’ll have more than enough elbow room to train, educate and collaborate with local and international developers and startups.

The space will hold a range of events: Google Developer Group community meetupsCodelabsDesign Sprints, and Tech Talks. It will also host the third class of Launchpad Accelerator, our equity-free accelerator for startups in emerging markets. During each class, over 20 Google teams provide comprehensive mentoring to late-stage app startups who seek to scale and become leaders in their local markets. The 3-month program starts with an all-expenses-paid two week bootcamp at Google HQ.

Developers are in an ever-changing landscape and seek technical training. We’ve also seen a huge surge in the number of developers starting their own companies. Lastly, this is an unique opportunity to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and emerging markets. To date Launchpad Accelerator has nearly 50 alumni in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico. Startups in these markets are tackling critical local problems, but they often lack access to the resources and network we have here. This dedicated space will enable us to regularly engage with developers and serve their evolving needs, whether that is to build a product, grow a company or make revenue.

We can’t wait to get started and work with developers to build successful businesses that have a positive impact locally and globally.

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