Google for Entrepreneurs week was September 23-29, 2012. Google teams in 28 cities across 13 countries hosted events for entrepreneurs in their local communities in a global week of support and service. Google teamed up with several partners around the world including the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, Urban Innovation 21, Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce, Startup Weekend, Le Camping, Communitech, The Hub, Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, 1871, and many others to provide training and programs for their communities.
Mountain View, CA: Startup Weekend kicks off a 54-hour event at the Google Ventures Startup Lab. Over 100 entrepreneurs will gather to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.
Washington D.C.: Google D.C. kicks off the week with a panel discussion about Google's efforts to foster entrepreneurship communities around the world and in the D.C. region.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Students from UNC and NCSU will meet at Google for an afternoon of Google product lightening sessions, and engage with Google developers & local incubators. The afternoon closes with a reception designed to bring the local community together to network and mingle.
Boston, Massachusetts: Jewish Vocational Services is partnering with Google to discuss the importance of entrepreneurship, conduct trainings on how to use online tools to support startups and small businesses & learn about online marketing and Google+. Attendees will hear first-hand experience from Google Ventures Partner and Android founder, Rich Miner.
Taipei, Taiwan: In partnership with BusinessNext and AppWorks, Google will hold a one-day event for a 150 local entrepreneurs with a series of talks and panel discussions around: User trends for mobile commerce, government efforts and policies, existing and future services & products, and technologies and resources available.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Google and Rethink New Orleans will team up to target youth entrepreneurs with trainings on how to collaborate and engage with each other and the community online. Ultimately, students will gain the entrepreneurial insight and ability to find solutions to identified problems through the Rethink program.
Chicago, Illinois: In partnership with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Google office will host 50+ SMBs/entrepreneurs for an event featuring Google+ workshops and a keynote on "Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age." In cooperation with the 1871 incubator, Google's Developer Relations team will host a whirlwind tour of the platforms and APIs that Google offers developers. The week closes out with a cocktail reception involving local entrepreneurial leaders and community leaders.
Los Angeles, California: Startups from local accelerators will connect at Google to give lightening pitches to an audience of mentors and learn best practices for taking advantage of the web to grow their business.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: In partnership with Urban Innovation 21, Google invites small and medium business owners to learn ways to promote their business and attract customers to their site. Peer-to-peer sessions will provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to learn G+ pages, AdWords, Analytics, and leveraging these tools to get the best results.
Mountain View, California: In partnership with Youth Venture/Ashoka and Future Leaders Institute, Google will be hosting several youth teams to pitch to a group of Google mentors and volunteers. The teams are paired with Googlers who can provide mentoring, proposal advice, and strategies for getting their ventures online and in the community. The will conclude with a tour of campus and a dinner reception.
Tokyo, Japan: Google will host an evening for entrepreneurs, startups and VCs. The event will consist of a keynote speaker, breakout sessions on entrepreneurship, pitch sessions and a networking cocktail reception.
Waterloo, Canada: Google Waterloo will host startups from local tech hub Communitech to pitch their businesses and engage with Google mentors.
Seattle, Washington: Google Seattle will team up with Youth Venture to mentor four high school and four college teams in preparation for the Seattle Social Innovation Fast Pitch semi finals. Googlers will mentor teams on topics such as team composition, technology, product & market feasibility. The afternoon will conclude with a tour of the Google office.
Council Bluffs, Iowa: Google will host a morning of training on Google tools & products that help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Local entrepreneurs take a deep dive into Gmail, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts.
Mexico City, Mexico: Google's Developer Relations, and Enterprise teams will speak about Google's platforms to an audience of 30 young tech entrepreneurs. The week concludes in partnership with Lean Startup Machine, with a three-day workshop where attendees use Customer Development and Lean Startup principles to validate an idea for a new product or service. Knowledge of Google tools will be brought to ~50 entrepreneurs who will get the chance to participate in mentoring sessions throughout the event.
Atlanta, Georgia: Daily mentoring sessions over Google+ Hangouts punctuate Google for Entrepreneurs Week Atlanta. Sessions are dedicated to tech entrepreneurs, providing advice and technical expertise to help their startups succeed. On September 27th, representatives from the local tech/startup community will participate in a panel discussion about best practices for entrepreneurs seeking funding.
Madrid, Spain: 100 "first-year" entrepreneurs will gather at the Google office to participate in Google product trainings and share pratical tips from other entrepreneurs, selected VCs, and agents in the ecosystem. They will host speed mentoring sessions with entrepreneurs and Google experts.
Austin, Texas: The Google Austin team will host training and open discussions on Google's tools for businesses and entrepreneurs. Topics include telling your story, building a community using Google+, how to attract and understand your online users, & tools to reach and engage new audiences. The evening concludes with a networking reception.
Sao Paulo, Brazil: Google Sao Paulo invites leading entrepreneurs, developers and investors for a panel discussion on how to find and approach investors, various pitch methods, and a discussion around what investors are looking for in startups.
Wroclaw, Poland: In partnership with Tetuan Valley, the Wroclaw office will host an afternoon for 5 startups to pitch to a team of Googlers. The teams are paired with Googlers for two 15-20 minute speed mentoring sessions in which the entrepreneurs can hear from Googlers on how to grow their businesses.
Toronto, Canada: Google Toronto will host a panel of Googlers with startup experience via G+ Hangouts to discuss the ingredients of a successful startup. The panel is geared toward students and youth entrepreneurs.
Gurgaon, India: The Google Gurgaon office will host an afternoon of leading entrepreneurs in a panel discussion promoting web entrepreneurship in India.
Singapore: In partnership with local universities, Google will host a day for budding entrepreneurs and students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses to simulate and solve real-life challenges.
Johannesburg, South Africa: Google is partnering with the Richard Branson Entrepreneurship Centre to create video content for underprivileged entrepreneurs in Africa. Videos will cover subjects such as "How to get funding for an entrepreneurial idea" & "How a website can help grow your business". Videos will be made available to all other entrepreneurship centers in South Africa, with the goal of creating scalable content which can help entrepreneurs throughout South Africa to grow sustainable, successful businesses.
Mountain View, California: In partnership with SOCAP and the Hub SF, 15-20 SOCAP entrepreneurs will showcase their work through a series of lightning pitches, followed by rotating mentoring sessions with Googlers. The afternoon concludes with three breakout sessions where ~50 SOCAP entrepreneurs learn about Technical, Marketing/Business, and Innovation/Funding from Google experts.
New York, New York: The Google NYC office is hosting Startup Night.
Paris, France: Google hosts a startup Hangout with two founders from Google: Anselme Baird-Smith (Lala.com - acquired by Apple), and Martin Gorner (Moibpocket.com - acquired by Amazon). Guest star, Celine Lazhorthes, CEO of Leetchi.com, will also join.
Pryor, Oklahoma: In partnership with the Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce, Google will host deep dives on Google products such as Gmail, Calendars, or AdWords. Startups will learn best practices for taking advantage of the web, to help their businesses improve their online presence.
Paris, France: Google Paris hosts Startup Bar with 20 startups and 20 Googlers. Eleven workshops will take place throughout the day: Cloud bar, UX bar, Web Impact bar, HTML5 bar, Android bar, Machine Learning bar, Marketing bar, Open Data bar, Business bar, Mobile Impact bar, & Rich Media bar.
San Francisco, California: In cooperation with StartOut, the Google SF office will host a panel discussion about financing featuring Andy Wheeler (Google Ventures), Shelby Clark (Relay Rides), & Rick Moss (Hub SoMa).
Dublin, Ireland: In conjunction with Enterprise Island, Google Dublin will host "Practical Tech Support" for 40 Irish tech startups to hear from Google experts and ask technical questions.
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