Call for Google for Startups Accelerator: Sustainability Development Goals Application

Deadline: 5 January 2020
Open to: startups that are based in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Benefits: six-month program, travel expenses covered


The goal of the Google for Startups Accelerator: Sustainable Development Goals is to empower technology startups to build and scale viable social impact companies to solve the world’s biggest problems with the best of Google: their people, their network, and their advanced technology. They expect to run multiple cohorts of startups through this accelerator over the next several years. Over time, they want to gather a portfolio of startups from around the world that are collectively working on the full range of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


For the first class, they have chosen to focus on startups that are based in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. They are interested in working with startups that meet the following criteria:

  • Startups should have a technology-based product. In particular but not exclusively, they are best positioned to work with startups that address a unique problem with data/artificial intelligence or machine learning
  • Startups should have some level of market traction with their product/service. They are best positioned to help startups that are past the “idea stage” and have some initial customer validation
  • Startups should be able to identify a large market opportunity for significant impact. They are best positioned to help startups grow in order to address a large, identified market
  • Startups should equally be driven by both the business case for the product/service and the social impact that their product/service can have.
  • The startup’s founding team and/or key team members should be able to demonstrate that they have the technical skills, business skills, and social impact mindset to grow a company in the social impact sector.


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

Google does not invest cash in your startup and do not take any equity in your company.

Google will cover travel expenses for the 3 weeks when traveling is required.

How to apply?

To apply please click on the following link.

For more information, please visit the official web page.