Google for Startups UK Immersion
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We offer personalized education, support, and introductions to Google products and services, which enable our selected startups to build and scale their businesses simply and quickly.
Google's Connections and Mentorship
Every startup is assigned a senior Google mentor which works with the founders on key business challenges throughout the 12-week program. The mentors are experts in their chosen fields, and prove invaluable to the startups with their guidance and support.
Google's Best Practices
From OKR-setting and hiring to product management, we share our best practices to support the strategic and measurable growth of your business at scale.
Meet an Alum
Say hello to Gavin. He's an Edinburgh-based founder solving the challenges that the UK's disabled population faces every day.
What problem are you solving with Neatebox?
There are 13 million disabled people in the UK, and 70% of them have said they’ve encountered poor customer service. The reason they have poor customer service is that people don’t know how to interact with them. Everything we do is to help them interact with the customer service team, and that is totally cross-sector—from train stations to airports to coffee shops. Everyone can improve their customer service, and everyone can improve their business by providing services to all who come through the door—not just non-disabled people.
What’s great about Edinburgh for Startups?
“We have had an amazing legacy to follow here in Edinburgh,” there are some amazing companies: Rockstar is based here, Skyscanner is here, Fanjoy is here. So, we’ve got an amazing legacy of amazing startups, and because of that the people connected with those startups are all here, it’s been brilliant for us. There are real strength and depth in Edinburgh.
What challenges do you face as a founder?
There are loads of challenges that every startup faces, and at the start, I didn’t really think that we were different from anybody else, but I think that as we’ve grown, we’ve become very aware that people South of the border, people in London, people in San Francisco—they don’t know about us. We’re very lucky that we got involved with Google because obviously, Google said we want to look at the far reaches of our country and the problem when you get to a certain size is not being in London, or not being known in London. I don’t think you have to be in London anymore, but you certainly have to be known in London.
What drives you every day?
Positive change. I’m trying to change the planet. I’m trying to change the attitudes of people towards others.