Equipping women founders with leadership skills to grow their startups.
About the program
Founders Academy is a mentorship-focused program connecting women-founded startups from across the world to the best of Google. Beyond connecting the selected women-founded startups to each other, the program provides companies with access to growth opportunities and investors. In focusing on leadership, networking, and development, the program supports a powerful global community of women, equipping them with the resources they need to grow their startups.
Founders Academy is designed around key themes to bring the best of Google to selected startups.
Set and Track OKRs
Learn how to use Google’s goal-setting methodology to set ambitious targets and track progress.
Manage Technical Teams
Discover how to create a bigger impact in the workplace. Founders learn new leadership tools to improve their goal-setting, team-building, and management skills.
Hire the Right Team
Recruiting the right people for the team is critical to a startup’s success but no easy task. Founders learn how to make better, more inclusive hiring decisions through each stage of the process—from writing job descriptions and interviewing strategies to assembling hiring committees.
Adapt to new customer behavior and bring your company to the next level. Founders gain a more complete set of tools to help them navigate the challenges ahead.
Dedicated Leadership Coaching
Especially in moments of crisis, effective team management is critical to a company’s success. Through methodologies and tools, founders learn how to keep up productivity even in uncertain times.
Meet the 2020 DACH founders
Nine women-founded startups from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Co-Founder at Steps
Co-Founder & Managing Director at Legal OS
Hanna Marie Asmussen
Co-founder and CEO at Localyze
Founder and CEO of WisR
Naja von Schmude
Founder at Peregrine Technologies
Co-Founder & CEO at MiProbes
Co-Founder & CEO at Peppy Pals
Founder & CEO at VAHA
Co-Founder & CEO at ObjectBox
2020 DACH startups
Steps provides effective medical aid to tackle foot malposition via affordable custom insoles online, enabling everyone to support their feet in a unique way.
Legal OS provides a new data-driven infrastructure for legal firms to structure their knowledge in a digital, interactive database in order to automate the creation, workflow, and management of contracts.
Localyze is software that streamlines international mobility management for companies and offers employee mobility as a service to a growing client base, including companies like BCG DV and N26.
WisR is a flex jobs platform for senior talents around the globe, offering an enterprise solution for corporates to stay in touch with their own pool of retired experts and enable easy access to a skilled workforce on demand.
Peregrine Technologies GmbH
Peregrine Technologies is developing an AI technology to support insurers and transportation services by enabling cameras to gain real-time data and awareness of the surrounding world, creating a superior data set for advanced mobility analytics.
MiProbes Biotechnologies UG
MiProbes is developing an easy-to-use, low cost, and hardware-free test for the COVID-19 infection which gives a response in less than an hour.
Peppy Pals teaches kids ages two to six about social and emotional learning through storytelling and humor through language-free games, books, and movies. It was developed with kids, psychologists, and researchers.
VAHA brings flow to people's lives by providing access to personalized, immersive training sessions for body, mind, and nutrition at home through an interactive mirror.
ObjectBox is changing the world of Mobile and IoT by enabling Edge Computing with a database and synchronization solution 10X faster than any alternative and an exceptionally small footprint.
2020 EMEA founders
Eleven women-founded startups from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Spain, and the UK.
Co-Founder at Deplace
Lee Vanessa Butz
Founder & CEO at District Technologies
Nina Julie Lepique
Co-Founder & CEO at Femtasy
Co-Founder at Goodbox
Co-Founder & CEO at MyStay
Co-Founder and COO at NextUp Comedy
Co-Founder & CEO at PublishDrive
Co-Founder at Seers
Co-Founder and CCO at SQIN
Co-Founder & CMO at TULU
Zuzanna Sielicka Kalczynska & Julia Sielicka Jastrzebska
Co-Founders at Whisbear
2020 EMEA startups
Improving the homebuying and selling experience, making it more transparent, safe, and economical.
Empowering workplaces with a digital platform where users can engage with and have access to the latest news, amenities, community features, and more.
The first platform for sensual audio content for women, taking a mind-first approach to sexuality based on data-driven research.
Changing the world of philanthropy by connecting donors with the causes they care about.
Simplifying hotel management and improving guests’ experience with a digital platform that automates all the guest-hotel interactions, from check-in to customer review.
Transforming the market of live comedy by bringing acts to a global audience of comedy fans via high-quality apps.
The best digital publishing platform to publish, market, and manage royalties for ebooks, print, and audiobooks.
The UK's leading privacy and consent management platform to help companies protect themselves and become compliant worldwide.
Beauty tech company changing the world of beauty retail by creating the world’s #1 beauty community app.
Setting up smart rooms in apartment buildings that are filled with household and lifestyle products that can be rented by the hour, day, or longer.
Improving babies' sleep health and quality by introducing smart solutions and innovation to baby sleep aids.
2020 APAC founders
Seven women-founded startups from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and India.
2020 APAC startups
Gadjian is a Software as a Service (SaaS) application that helps SMEs’ HR operations, such as keeping track of their employees’ pay and income tax deductions.
Grip offers a high-quality live streaming e-commerce platform where sellers can seamlessly interact with their online customers.
Halosis offers a fast, simple and personal e-commerce solution that helps businesses convert social media chats into sales.
Latona provides an automated system using edge computing solutions for factories and unmanned retail stores for a more secure and cost-effective environment.
Mabo is a guided mindfulness meditation app that offers a safe space for users to connect with others and individually practice mindfulness to improve their mental wellbeing.
Stroly is an online platform that offers illustrated maps with real-time GPS data for entertainment, lifestyle, and travel-related purposes.
Zyla is a digital healthcare management platform that offers personalized, real-time service for patients managing chronic diseases.