Google on Tuesday launched a program to help startups working on projects related to sustainability and solving social problems. The announcement comes as the search giant faces blowback from its employees over Google’s climate change policies. The program is a startup accelerator that will provide young companies with in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with “access to training, products and technical support.” The companies will work with teams at Google, local mentors and outside experts. Google will choose 8 to ten startups, and the program, which will begin early next year, lasts 6 months. The program won’t provide funding to startups, but will introduce entrepreneurs to potential investors, Kate Brandt, Google’s chief sustainability officer, said in a blog post. The initiative aims to help startups working focused on “poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice,” she said.The launch comes a day after more than 1,000 Google employees signed an open letter to CFO Ruth Porat demanding action on issues related to climate change. In the letter, employees urge a commitment from Google to zero emissions by 2030, as well as no contracts that “enable or accelerate the extraction of fossil fuels.” The employees also called on the company to… Read full this story
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