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Mumbai's Taskbob shortlisted for Google's Launchpad Accelerator Programme

The internet behemoth supports startups through mentorship and equity-free funding during its six-month-long initiative

Deepti Chaudhary
Published: May 16, 2016 01:00:38 PM IST
Updated: May 16, 2016 01:15:46 PM IST
Mumbai's Taskbob shortlisted for Google's Launchpad Accelerator Programme
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Taskbob, a Mumbai-based home services startup run by Crenovative Ideas, has been shortlisted by internet behemoth Google as one of the budding startups from India for its Launchpad Accelerator programme at its headquarters at Silicon Valley, California, in June. Google selects startups for this programme based upon their potential to disrupt markets. The platform aims to empower founders with great ideas by supporting startups through mentorship and equity-free funding.

Google’s Launchpad Accelerator programme is a six-month-long mentorship initiative and includes $50,000 equity-free funding, two-week all-expenses paid bootcamp and access to Google's full suite of Launchpad initiatives and connections and product credits, including Google Cloud and other products. This year, six Indian startups were shortlisted for this programme, including Programming Hub, RedCarpet, MagicPin, ShareChat and PlaySimpleGames. These six startups will join 18 new and promising companies from Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico. The two-week boot camp, starting June 13, 2016, will determine each startup’s challenges and deploy precise mentors and try to find solutions.

“It is a great platform for us to access word-class mentoring and advice to help us build scalable architectures and build a world class product. We believe that the local services space in India is ripe for disruption using technology. While discovery of services is a solved problem, fulfillment is still largely broken. We use technology to ensure much higher levels of punctuality, reliability and quality in local services,” says Aseem Khare CEO, Taskbob, in a statement.

Taskbob provides a range of home services like home cleaning, car spa, handymen services, drivers, appliance repair, maids on demand and the recently launched, at-home beauty services. Founded in November 2014, Taskbob.com, has secured Rs 28 crore ($4.5 million) in its Series A round of funding. The funding was led by IvyCap Ventures with participation from existing investors, Orios and Mayfield.

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