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Google Launchpad Accelerator debuts two Latam projects

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Contxto – Google understands that Latin America is on a hot streak.

To support the next generation of innovative products, the multinational tech company has two upcoming “Launchpad Accelerator” projects right around the corner. One will be in Mexico while the other in Miami to strengthen Latin American entrepreneurship.

What’s going on in Mexico?

Planned in Mexico City, the three-month program will foster the development of new products and services. These innovations should embrace three magic words: attractive, scalable and impactful.

Google executives intend to work with 10 Mexican startups in hopes of overcoming certain technological shortcomings in the country. These challenges include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Android, Google Cloud, as well as other web solutions.

Participating startups can also expect to receive technical guidance in addition to mentoring from IT experts. Moreover, startups can try out new Google products before they are even released on the market.

Another perk will be US$20,000 in credit allocated for Google commodities. Registration for the first group will continue until March 15. Selected startups can expect an invitation on March 21. Programming begins April 29.

What’s going on in Miami?

We also spoke with Rosa Jiménez Cano, Chief Ecosystem Relations of TheVentureCity. In collaboration with this fund, Google has planned the first U.S.-based Launchpad Accelerator outside of Silicon Valley in Miami, Florida from March 18 to 22.

As a young investment firm rewarding ambition, TheVentureCity is all about evening the playing field among global contenders. Offices currently exist in San Francisco and Miami as well as Sao Paulo and Madrid, accelerating entrepreneurs from more than 17 nations.

Between Google and TheVentureCity, organizers hope to ensure hypergrowth for participating startups still in the process of building and scaling products. Companies will be able to address challenges with product development, engineering, growth, as well as data usage and analysis.

Being one of the most diverse cities in the United States, Miami seems to be an appropriate place to collaborate with firms with Latino origins.

Who are the startups from Latin America?

The Miami edition will host 15 startups during a five day-intensive bootcamp. Four out of these 15 are Latin American-born businesses. They’re the following:

Coffunity

Caffeine drinkers unite – this app from El Salvador allows users to rate coffee while building a social network for coffee enthusiasts.

1DOC3

Created in Colombia, this platform provides quality medical advice to Spanish speakers. Doctors respond to your health-related questions.

Fanatiz

Most of Latin America adores soccer. That’s why this Chilean application has launched a platform for users to stream games from practically any electronic device.

Fastmind

How to make something go viral, you ask? Just ask the Venezuelan-American team behind this technology letting creators rapidly share media with a single link.

-JA

Jacob Atkins
Jacob Atkins is a journalist specializing in Latin America. He studied journalism and international relations at American University in Washington, D.C. and has previously reported from Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Mexico. When he isn't writing he's most likely hiking or drawing.

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