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Driving diversity in AI: a new Google for Startup Accelerator for Women Founders from Europe & Israel

January 10, 2024
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Gemma Garriga

Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Google Cloud

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Startups generate groundbreaking ideas and transformative technologies, particularly when it comes to ensuring that AI models are constructed by individuals with varied perspectives. However, an undeniable truth persists: the underrepresentation of women founders, particularly in AI.

Recent statistics reveal stark disparities for women-founded startups in Europe. New research by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and SISTA shows that overall, in 2022, women-founded startups in key European markets accounted for only 10% of startups created, 7% of fundraising carried out and only 2% of funds raised. These gaps underscore a critical need for proactive measures to address inequities in the startup ecosystem.

To drive this change, we’re opening up applications for Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders — this time for women-led companies building with AI. Seed to Series A startups, headquartered in Europe & Israel, with at least one cofounder who identifies as a woman are eligible to apply. Over 12 weeks, participating founders will receive hands-on mentorship, technical project support, product design and customer acquisition guidance, and leadership development from Google’s subject matter experts. This Google for Startups Accelerator will help founders stay on the forefront of AI, and learn more about the newest developments, including Google’s own Gemini. After the program ends, startups will join the dynamic Google for Startups Accelerator community, where they receive ongoing support and have the opportunity to build lasting connections with like-minded founders, mentors and investors in the region and beyond.

We invite women founders based in Europe and Israel who are actively building with AI to apply to the Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders program.

Applications are open until January 19th, 2024. The program will start in March. For more details please view the program page.

Learn more about some of the incredible founders in the Google for Startups Accelerator alumni network innovating with AI:

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