Google has announced the list of Indian startups which will join the second batch of its global Google Launchpad Accelerator programme at its Mountain View office in California. The six companies include Taskbob, MagicPin, PlaySimple Games, Programming Hub, RedCarpet and ShareChat . The programme targeted at mid to late stage startups includes $50,000 in equity free funding and a two-week all expenses paid bootcamp, apart from a six months of ongoing mentorship and product credits including Google Cloud.
MagicPin: It operates by creating online communities of users and merchants that visually capture and hence drive the local buzz, activities and transactions. This enables them to help the communities discover trending events and interesting people in their locality. Magicpin is acting as a visual referral network and a means for customer acquisition and customer engagement for the local markets. The Gurgaon-based startup has received an investment of about $3 million in its Series A from Delhi-based early stage venture firm Lightspeed Venture Partners.
PlaySimple Games: It is a mobile gaming startup. They are taking an analytics driven approach to generate highly predictable outcomes in a hits driven market. The company is focused on mobile games in the trivia, word and puzzle categories
RedCarpet: It is data driven lending for the underbanked, powered by proprietary credit scoring. Redcarpet enables people to purchase products using their smartphone and pay back in convenient installments.
ShareChat: It is a vernacular social network for the next billion internet users. It is the best way to get everything fun and interesting, daily within seconds. With ShareChat you can share videos, jokes, GIFs, audio songs and funny images from India in Indian languages like Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, and Malayalam.
Taskbob: It has a vision of “creating happy households” by delivering reliable home services to its customers, while significantly improving the productivity of its service partners. It connects users to pre-screened professional serviceman to fix household appliances such as AC, washing machine, computer and refrigerator. It, like many others in the space, have set out to solve a major pain point faced by consumers through standardized, reliable and instant home services. It is backed by IvyCap Ventures, Orios and Mayfield.