Sundar Pichai to announce schemes for small businesses in India


Google’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai will announce some key initiatives for Indian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as a major part of the technology giant’s endeavors to bring more businesses online in the nation.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Information technology Minister will also join Pichai and other senior Google executives during the event.

“Small and medium businesses are the backbone of the Indian economy and are powering the next wave of the country’s growth. At Google, we are excited about partnering with businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital,” said Google in an invitation.

Pichai is also scheduled to visit his alma mater, IIT Kharagpur, on January 5. He graduated in 1993 with a B.Tech in metallurgical and materials engineering.

Google has been very actively focusing on the Indian market over the last few years. With products and services like Google for Business and a new Cloud region, the organization is betting big on tapping into the multi-million dollar opportunity in the country. Its products rival with those from the stables of global giants like Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.

Seven Indian new business recently joined the third batch of Google “Launchpad Accelerator” — a platform which brings together mentors and experts from Google and other organizations to help startups develop. Over the last one year, 13 Indian startups have participated in the programme and some of them have successfully raised funding.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk