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4 Cork companies adopted by Google

Thursday, 28th April, 2016 1:00am

Cork companies Carefolk, GlowDx, Ourobotics and Sothic Bioscience were recently selected by Google Ireland to participate in its Adopt a Startup programme. These high potential Irish startups will now receive 12 weeks of mentoring from dedicated Google support teams.

The teams will work with the four companies to develop and improve their overall business strategy and at the end of the 12 weeks, they will be invited to take part in a ‘Dragons Den’ style competition.

“The principal aim of our Adopt a Startup programme is to assist startups to develop their business strategies and provide them with hands-on support and advice on how they can take their enterprises even further,” explained Paddy Flynn, Head of Google Ireland’s Startup programme.

“Now in its fourth year, this is a highly effective and successful initiative for Google in Ireland. Over two cycles of the program in 2015 we had 16 finalists and a total of 52 startup participants. Many of these companies have gone on to raise significant capital funding and greatly increased their employee numbers. Close to half of the companies are based outside of Dublin and a large number are headed by female founders and co-founders. This includes Ourobotics, a 3D bio-printing company which won the 2015 SVOD Europe competition.” Each of the startups will receive 12 weeks mentoring, access to a lecture series at Google offices and Google Apps for Work licenses, free for a year. The winner will receive €10,000 Google AdWords credit and will be eligible for the Google Cloud Platform for Startups program which comes with $20,000 Google Cloud credits.

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