Google on hunt to find 10 of the country’s most innovative start-ups

Tech giant has launched a competition offering businesses access to mentoring and residency at its Shoreditch hub Campus London

Google has launched a search to find and mentor some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting start-ups at its London accelerator hub Campus London.

The tech firm’s ‘Campus Exchange’ competition is offering 10 early-stage businesses the chance to receive “bespoke support” and residency at its Shoreditch workspace, and will connect founders with its community of successful entrepreneurs.

Open to start-ups from across the country “who think big”, Google has said that programme enables founders to quickly build a network necessary to scale – with graduates of its programme having gone on to secure funding from top angel investors and VCs.

Campus London now has a community of 60,000 founders, designers, and developers and, in 2015 alone, organised over 1,439 mentoring hours between ‘Googlers’ and entrepreneurs.

Google has been ramping up its business support of late; last year it launched a ‘Founders over 50’ programme to help older people looking to start businesses.

Francesca Dean, head of programmes Campus London, said, “Amazing ideas can come from anywhere, and there is incredible entrepreneurial talent across the UK.

“Pooling this talent with the knowledge and expertise of our international community of entrepreneurs, puts Campus London in a unique position to help propel the best start-ups to global scale.”

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