In 2019 we were one of 20 grantees of the Google AI Impact Challenge. As the impact accelerator was coming to an end, Startups for Sustainable Development tapped us to join, so obviously we said yes! We wanted to continue our relationship with Google in a way that wasn’t timebound, so it was a really natural transition.
My list of top 3 values of the program are: Advisors, advisors, and advisors! We have regular contact with dozens of them, and whenever we need the help of a true specialist, it’s amazing how there’s always someone at Google uniquely qualified on that topic, no matter how niche. A one hour conversation can lift up the team, saving so much time and frustration. From technical choices to how to grow an organization and cultivate great culture and processes, we’ve benefited so much from advisor know-how.