Frequently Asked Questions 

For any questions, please contact us at gfs-accelerator-sustainability-info@googlegroups.com

The first class of this accelerator is open to startups based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Follow our social media channels listed below for updates on future cohorts.

The accelerator is entirely remote besides 3 weeks of on-site commitment in Berlin (March 23rd), Tel Aviv (June) and San Francisco (late September). Google will cover travel expenses (flight and accommodations) to these events.

Unfortunately, the first class is geared towards for-profit organizations. We encourage you to look at Google Impact Challenge programs next year which target non-profit organizations. 

Thanks for submitting your application! Below is our timeline for selecting startups. We will reach out via email if we would like more information about your startup. Please expect an update on your application status by mid February.

Application Deadline: January 12, 2020

Application Review: January 13, 2020 - January 26, 2020

Startup Acceptances: January 27, 2020 - February 17, 2020

Startups accepted into the sustainability accelerator can expect the following equity-free support from Google:

  • 1:1 mentoring and support from a combination of Google mentors and carefully chosen external mentors
  • Assistance with technology, product, design, growth (including fundraising), and leadership training
  • Pairing with a Google Startup Success Manager to help connect your startup with specific resources within and outside Google
  • Inspirational keynote talks, panel discussions, and workshops with relevant experts
  • Membership in a collaborative, supportive community of relevant social impact partners
  • Partnerships with relevant nonprofit organizations

We will be hosting three in-person events in Berlin (March 23rd), Tel Aviv (June) and San Francisco (late September).

The accelerator will kick off once you are accepted into the program the week of February 3rd and come to a close at the last in-person event late September.

The three in-person events are: Berlin (March 23rd), Tel Aviv (June) and San Francisco (late September). 

Applications are now closed. If we need any additional information about your application, we will contact you via email. We are currently reviewing all applications and you can expect an update on your application status by early February.

We are excited to announce our first Google for Startups Accelerator with a focus on Sustainable Development Goals! If you are interested in connecting with startups in previous accelerator programs, check out the below sites:

Startup alumni from Google accelerators: https://developers.google.com/community/launchpad/accelerators/directory

Learn more through social media: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/launchpad-program/