AI First

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North America - Hybrid
10 weeks
Seed to Series A

Started by you. Accelerated with Google.

A 10-week accelerator program for high potential AI-First technology startups based in the U.S. and Canada.

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North America - Hybrid
10 weeks
Seed to Series A

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About the program

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About the program

A global series of programs
Each accelerator features a cohort of 10-15 top startups that come together to tackle specific technical challenges that can help grow their businesses through a mix of remote and in-person, 1-to-1, group learning sessions, and sprint projects.
Tailored, expert help
Founders outline the top technical challenges for their startup, and are then paired with relevant experts from both Google and the industry to solve those challenges and grow their business.
Specialist deep dives
In addition to mentorship and technical project support, Google for Startups Accelerators include deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition, and leadership development for founders.

Key benefits

  • Equity-free support

    Equity-free support: For duration of program.

  • Mentoring

    Dedicated mentoring from Google teams.

  • Training

    Exclusive invitations to technical bootcamps hosted by Google where offered.

  • Access to experts

    Access to Google's network of industry experts.

  • Google product credits

    Eligible startups receive product credits.

  • Early access

    Access to new Google products and tools as relevant.

  • Strategic support

    Support on company and product strategy.

  • Technical project partnership

    Work hand in hand with experts from Google on your biggest tech challenges.

  • Founder Network

    Connect and learn from fellow founders, and access a peer-to-peer support network.

Entry Criteria

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Entry Criteria

  • Startups demonstrating traction, ideally between Seed and Series A stage
  • Building a scalable product or service with a significant total addressable market and defensible growth model
  • Deeply technical and leveraging machine learning and/or AI
  • Commitment from CTO and/or technical roles to participate and engage in required program sessions
  • We are committed to building Accelerator classes that are diverse and inclusive, and encourage applications from qualified startups with founders of all backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status, and geography

Key dates

  • January 17, 2024

    Applications Open

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  • February 15, 2024

    Applications Close

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  • April, 2024

    Program Kick-off

  • June, 2024

    Demo Day

  • June, 2024


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Frequently asked questions

When was the program? Will there be more in the future?

Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First ran from April to June 2024. We expect to host more similar accelerator programs in the future. When that happens we will update the Accelerators page here.

What is the format of the program?

The accelerator runs for a period of 10-weeks with a mix of remote and in-person, 1-to-1, group learning sessions, sprint projects and mentorship. As part of the Google for Startups Accelerator, selected founders outline the top technical and business challenges facing their startup, and are then paired with relevant experts from Google to help solve those challenges. Participating startups receive deep mentorship on technical challenges with an emphasis on data, ML, AI, as well as connections to relevant teams from across Google. Additionally, curriculum will cover Cloud and tech, UX and Product, Growth & Sales, Leadership and setting OKRs.

The program concludes with a Demo Day where each team will be able to pitch to potential partners, customers and investors. Learn more here.

Who should apply to the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First?

The accelerator program is best suited for AI/ML-focused Seed to Series A revenue generating tech startups that are headquartered in the United States and Canada. Selected companies should have a minimum of 5+ employees and the founder and appropriate team members must be available to join all program elements of their cohort. In order to ensure Google can provide meaningful value, startups should be building AI/ML technology in their product, service or operations.

What if my startup is not based in North America?

While this program is specifically for startups based in the U.S. and Canada, we will be announcing other regions for AI-First programs in 2024. Additionally, you can find a full list of all programs offered around the world here.

Does the program culminate in any final event - like a pitch competition?

At the end of the program, startups will take part in closing celebrations and Demo Day. Founders will also have the opportunity to share their startup/products with cohort-mates, Google senior leaders, members of our investor mentor network, and other teams around Alphabet. It is mandatory for each startup to participate in Demo Day and respond to audience questions. For inspiration from a previous cohort, you can check our a recent Cloud Demo Day and watch Demo Day highlights.

Does Google maintain relationships with the founders who participate?

We like to support the ongoing journey of our accelerator alumni. Upon graduation, founders will join our North American Accelerator Alumni Community with continued access to Google experts and programming.

Additionally, a big part of our accelerator programming focuses on helping founders build impactful networks, so Google mentors often continue cultivating relationships with participants after the formal accelerator program wraps. We also tap into alumni for speaking opportunities at Google or otherwise and have also asked them to return the favour and become mentors themselves.

What are the criteria to receive product credits, and what does "eligible for product credits" mean?

Startups must meet specific criteria to be eligible for Google product credit offerings. To learn more about the Google Cloud credit eligibility requirements, please visit the Google Cloud startup page.