Southeast Asia

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Vietnam - hybrid (mostly in-person)
Three months
Seed to Series B

A three-month equity-free accelerator program for AI startups based in Vietnam.

The accelerator aims to connect the best of Google's products and people to empower startups to scale their business, towards success in the rapidly evolving landscape of AI and technology.

This program is supported by Vietnam National Innovation Center (Ministry of Planning and Investment) and U.S. Missions in Vietnam.

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Vietnam - hybrid (mostly in-person)
Three months
Seed to Series B

Applications are now open

Seed to Series B AI startups in Vietnam are invited to apply

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About the program

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About the program

Google for Startups Accelerator: Southeast Asia is a three-month equity-free accelerator program for startups with AI-centered solutions. The program aims to scale high-potential AI startups based in Vietnam and is designed for startups using artificial intelligence in innovative ways. Startups accepted will work with Google experts to develop their AI use cases.

In support of the Google for Startups Accelerator: Southeast Asia program, accepted startups will get exclusive access to Google Cloud AI infrastructure, including but not limited to, Gemini, Vertex AI and up to USD350K cloud credits.

Key benefits

  • Equity-free support

    Equity-free support: For duration of program.

  • Mentoring

    Dedicated mentoring from Google teams.

  • Training

    Exclusive invitations to technical bootcamps hosted by Google where offered.

  • Access to experts

    Access to Google's network of industry experts.

  • Access to AI infrastructure

    Exclusive access to Google Cloud AI infrastructure (GPU, Gemini Pro, Vertex AI, etc.) and up to USD350K Cloud credits.

  • Early access

    Access to new Google products and tools as relevant.

  • Strategic support

    Support on company and product strategy.

  • Technical project partnership

    Work hand in hand with experts from Google on your biggest tech challenges.

  • Alumni network

    Invitations to startup programs by Google, NIC and U.S. Mission in Vietnam.

Entry Criteria

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Entry Criteria

  • Startups based in Vietnam with tech solutions solving a meaningful challenge
  • Building a scalable product or service with a defensible growth model
  • Having the product launched to market with live users and demonstrating tractions
  • Deeply technical, with machine learning and AI as the core technology
  • Commitment from CTO and/or technical roles to participate and engage in required program sessions

Key dates

  • July, 2024

    Applications Open

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  • August, 2024

    Applications Close

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  • September, 2024

    Program Kick-off

  • October, 2024

    In-person Bootcamp

  • December, 2024

    Demo Day

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Frequently asked questions

Who should apply for the Google for Startups Accelerator: Southeast Asia?

This cohort of Google for Startups Accelerator: Southeast Asia 2024 will accept applications from Seed to Series B startups with an AI product from Vietnam. These companies should have AI products solving meaningful problems, launched to market with user traction. Their team should have full time cofounders and at least one fulltime tech leader.

What is the format of the program?

Startups selected into the accelerator will outline the visions, AI use cases and challenges of their startups. They will enter the 5-day in-person bootcamp with content curated for them and 1:1 mentorship and specialized support from our global mentor network, as well as access to Google's Cloud, Play, Android, AI/ML, and Ads experts.

After the bootcamp, they will have access to Google AI Infrastructure including but not limited to Gemini, Vertex AI, etc. to build their AI product alongside experts from Google and the startup mentor network.

Startups and the program team will continue to have mentoring and coaching sessions along with open workshops in the next 8 weeks leading to Graduation and Demo Day.

When and where will the program run?

The program will be launched and start accepting applications from July 11th until August 18th, 2024. The cohort will be announced in September 2024 and the program will commence between September to December 2024. We aim to graduate the cohort in December 2024. The program will run for three months.

The program will be hybrid with the virtual onboarding session, in-person bootcamp week in Hanoi, virtual workshops and mentorings and demo day/graduation.

How will startups be chosen?

We are looking for Vietnamese startups that are solving meaningful problems with AI-based solutions with criteria listed above.

We review the completed applications from the startup in parallel to the application phase to check their eligibility for the accelerator program. The eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts/program team and shortlist 30 startups for the interview/pitch session to evaluate the team, problem, solution and scalability. Then the shortlisted startups from the interview/pitch phase will be reviewed by the selection board for the final list. The final list of startups will receive the program contract to sign for the official announcement.

What are the criteria to receive product credits, and what does "eligible for product credits" mean?

Startups must meet specific criteria to be eligible for Google product credit offerings. To learn more about the Google Cloud credit eligibility requirements, please visit the Google Cloud startup page.