Google returns to Barcelona with Launchpad, their pre-acceleration program
Google Launchpad returned to Barcelona for a second edition this April, it is a pre-acceleration program that takes place over five days. The Growth Centre building in Barcelona was the host for the event that brought together a diverse group of young professionals from all around Spain and from accelerators including Itnig, Conector and Incubio.
The different teams and their respective products were mentored by a group of over 30 experts led by Andres-Leonardo Martínez, Maria Encinar and Ismael Faro who helped the startups in four main areas: product, UX, marketing and technology.
Each day began with an introductory talk from members of the business community with a wide range of experience in the different specialities (Jorge Barroso – Karumi and Robert Muñoz – Typeform, among others) and continued with 45-minute one-on-one sessions.
The startups involved in this edition of Google Launchpad Barcelona were:
- BKIE: a mobile second hand market dedicated to bicycles and bicycle accessories.
- Dareyoo a gambling social network thats is “completely free”. Unlike traditional betting websites, users can create any type of bet and compete against other users.
- Executive Finderr: an app that facilitates networking between professional profiles putting emphasis on the geolocalization of the users.
- Hearthy: an mHealth app patients and doctors can use for online checkups.
- Get Up Code: an online community of developers and CIO/CTOs designed to help them share information and services.
- Joyners: a platform dedicated to the creation of “shared homes” for elderly people.
- Lazzus: an app for blind users (both total and partial) that helps them to explore and find out about places in their local environment.
- NightMap: an app for electronic music lovers that allows them to keep up to date with shows and sessions in their favorite clubs.
- Regalamos: a platform that allows users to buy presents collectively by pooling money together with friends.
- Smartsea: SmartPort is the main product from this startup, aimed at offering mobile solutions for marinas and users
- Somintec: an app for police officers and other public servants that allows them to manage fines and records more effectively.
- Tekstum: a startup that provides information to publishing houses and authors about their work gleaned from social networks
- Wehey: an instant messaging application that allows users to communicate with other users in their vicinity.
The startups had the opportunity to improve their products over the course of the week and also to share experiences and ideas with the other teams. Google also hopes to conduct case studies with some of the participating teams, allowing startups and the business community in general to benefit from what was learned, even if they weren’t fortunate enough to attend the program.