Google announced a new partnership with UP Global, which will see the organization expanded to twice as many cities, going from 500 to 1,000. As part of this, Startup Weekend will be expanded, and is now powered by Google For Entrepreneurs.
Google is also partnering with Startup Digest and NEXT to put training and event resources in front of entrepreneurs through UP Global.
“Startups and entrepreneurs lead the way in creating innovative products that improve lives and drive significant economic and social impact,” said Mary Grove, Director of Google for Entrepreneurs. “A robust community of entrepreneurs—paired with resources, mentorship and technology—can thrive. That’s why one year ago we launched Google for Entrepreneurs, which today supports more than 70 organizations that are champions for entrepreneurship in more than 115 countries around the world. ”
“We are on a mission to make the world a more innovative and prosperous place, one community at a time,” says UP Global. “We believe that entrepreneurs are critical to driving a strong global economy and a better world. We do our part by supporting the grassroots leaders who are at the core of every strong entrepreneurial community.”
“Every leader in the UP community understands the transformative nature of entrepreneurship and is committed to empowering others around them,” the organization says. “These individuals catalyze progress, connect entrepreneurs and supporters, drive innovation, and provide tools for their communities.”
You can see what’s going on with Startup Weekend here. This week, there are events happening in Bend, Oregon, Athens, Ohio, Hartford-Ottawa, Connecticut, Bozeman, Montana, Roma, Italy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Florianopolis, Brazil.