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Founders Academy

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Apply to join our Founders Academy for women-led startups in Asia Pacific by June 25! The 12-week program, which starts on August 23, is designed to help equip women founders with leadership skills to grow their startups.

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Program Overview

Founders Academy is a mentorship-focused program connecting women-founded startups from across the world to the best of Google. Beyond connecting the selected women-founded startups to each other, the program provides companies with access to growth opportunities and investors. In focusing on leadership, networking, and development, the program supports a powerful global community of women, equipping them with the resources they need to grow their startups.

Program Highlights

Immersion: Women Founders is designed around key themes to bring the best of Google to selected startups.

  • Set and Track OKRs

    Learn how to use Google’s goal-setting methodology to set ambitious targets and track progress.

  • Manage Technical Teams

    Discover how to create a bigger impact in the workplace. Founders learn new leadership tools to improve their goal-setting, team-building, and management skills.

  • Hire the Right Team

    Recruiting the right people for the team is critical to a startup’s success but no easy task. Founders learn how to make better, more inclusive hiring decisions through each stage of the process—from writing job descriptions and interviewing strategies to assembling hiring committees.

  • Product-Market Fit

    Adapt to new customer behavior and bring your company to the next level. Founders gain a more complete set of tools to help them navigate the challenges ahead.

  • Dedicated Leadership Coaching

    Especially in moments of crisis, effective team management is critical to a company’s success. Through methodologies and tools, founders learn how to keep up productivity even in uncertain times.

Meet the Founders of 2020 Europe & Israel Alumni

Eleven women-founded startups from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Spain, and the UK.

  • Blanca Vidal

    Co-Founder at Deplace

  • Lee Vanessa Butz

    Founder & CEO at District Technologies

  • Nina Julie Lepique

    Co-Founder & CEO at Femtasy

  • Francesca Hodgson

    Co-Founder at Goodbox

  • Pavlína Zychová

    Co-Founder & CEO at MyStay

  • Kinga Jentetics

    Co-Founder & CEO at PublishDrive

  • Sarah Henley

    Co-Founder and COO at NextUp

  • Zahra Shah

    Co-Founder at Seers

  • Maria-Liisa Bruckert

    Co-Founder at SQIN

  • Yael Shemer

    Co-Founder & CMO at TULU

  • Zuzanna Sielicka Kalczynska & Julia Sielicka Jastrzebska

    Co-Founders at Whisbear

2020 Europe & Israel Alumni

  • Deplace

    Improving the homebuying and selling experience, making it more transparent, safe, and economical.

  • District Technology

    Empowering workplaces with a digital platform where users can engage with and have access to the latest news, amenities, community features, and more.

  • Femtasy

    The first platform for sensual audio content for women, taking a mind-first approach to sexuality based on data-driven research.

  • GoodBox

    Changing the world of philanthropy by connecting donors with the causes they care about.

  • MyStay

    Simplifying hotel management and improving guests’ experience with a digital platform that automates all the guest-hotel interactions, from check-in to customer review.

  • NextUpComedy

    Transforming the market of live comedy by bringing acts to a global audience of comedy fans via high-quality apps.

  • Publish Drive

    The best digital publishing platform to publish, market, and manage royalties for ebooks, print, and audiobooks.

  • Seers

    The UK's leading privacy and consent management platform to help companies protect themselves and become compliant worldwide.

  • SQIN

    Beauty tech company changing the world of beauty retail by creating the world’s #1 beauty community app.

  • Tulu

    Setting up smart rooms in apartment buildings that are filled with household and lifestyle products that can be rented by the hour, day, or longer.

  • Whisbear

    Improving babies' sleep health and quality by introducing smart solutions and innovation to baby sleep aids.

Meet the Founders of 2020 APAC Alumni

Seven women-founded startups from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and India

  • Afia Fitriati

    Co-founder and CEO of Gadjian

  • Hanna Kim

    Founder and CEO of Grip

  • Sonja Johar

    Co-founder and CTO of Halosis

  • Kyoko Otawa

    Co-founder and CEO of Latona

  • Jungeun You

    Founder and CEO of Mabo

  • Machi Takahashi

    Founder and Co-CEO of Stroly

  • Khushboo Aggarwal

    Co-founder of Zyla

2020 APAC Alumni

  • Gadjian

    Gadjian is a Software as a Service (SaaS) application that helps SMEs’ HR operations, such as keeping track of their employees’ pay and income tax deductions.

  • Grip

    Grip offers a high-quality live streaming e-commerce platform where sellers can seamlessly interact with their online customers.

  • Halosis

    Halosis offers a fast, simple and personal e-commerce solution that helps businesses convert social media chats into sales.

  • Latona

    Latona provides an automated system using edge computing solutions for factories and unmanned retail stores for a more secure and cost-effective environment.

  • Mabo

    Mabo is a guided mindfulness meditation app that offers a safe space for users to connect with others and individually practice mindfulness to improve their mental wellbeing.

  • Stroly

    Stroly is an online platform that offers illustrated maps with real-time GPS data for entertainment, lifestyle, and travel-related purposes.

  • Zyla

    Zyla is a digital healthcare management platform that offers personalized, real-time service for patients managing chronic diseases.