Google Courts Start-Ups With New San Francisco Space

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Google is opening a new space for developers and start-ups in San Francisco.

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Next month, the Web giant will open a 14,000-square-foot office at 301 Howard St. "We'll have more than enough elbow room to train, educate, and collaborate with local and international developers and start-ups," Launchpad Accelerator global lead Roy Glasberg wrote in a blog post.

Google plans to host various events, including Google Developer Group community meetups, Codelabs, design sprints, and tech talks.

It will also house the third class of Launchpad Accelerator, the company's start-up incubator for emerging markets. The three-month program begins with a two-week boot camp at Google HQ.

"Developers are in an ever-changing landscape and seek technical training," Glasberg said. "This is a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and emerging markets."

Launchpad Accelerator already boasts nearly 50 alumni in India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico, where start-ups are "tackling critical local problems, but … often lack access to the resources and networks" available at Google.

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"This dedicated space will enable us to regularly engage with developers and serve their evolving needs, whether that is to build a product, grow a company, or make revenue," Glasberg said.

In July 2015, Google introduced the Patent Starter Program, inviting eligible start-ups and developers to sign up for a set of Google patents, along with access to the company's non-organic patent portfolio.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.