Think of the moment when Tony Stark unveils his modified Iron Man suit when the Avengers are in dire need of a miracle to win their fight against the villainous aliens to save Earth. Similarly, the Google for Startups Cloud Program has the potential to revolutionize the Web3 industry and empower startups, helping them innovate and succeed in building a dynamic Web3 startup.
Google Cloud has recently announced a new program designed to attract Web3 startups to its cloud computing platform. The Google for Startups Cloud Program offers a range of benefits that provide the technology, community, and resources required by Web3 projects and startups.
What is Google for Startups Cloud Program?
The Google for Startups Cloud Program is a new initiative from Google Cloud designed specifically for Web3 startups. The program offers two different tiers, each with its own set of requirements and benefits. The Start tier is for Web3 projects and startups that have not yet received funding from an institutional investor or foundation, while the Scale tier is for startups that have verified funding from seed to series A.
Who can apply for the program?
The Google for Startups Cloud Program is open to Web3 projects and startups that meet the program's requirements. These requirements vary depending on the tier that the startup is applying for. For the Start tier, startups must be Web3 projects and startups that have not yet received funding from an institutional investor or foundation. They must also have been founded within the last five years and not yet received Google Cloud credits beyond the free trial. For the Scale tier, startups must have verified funding from seed to series A, including equity, tokens, NFT token fundraising, or a grant from a blockchain foundation. They must also have been founded within the last ten years and not yet received more than $4,000 in Google Cloud credits.
Different requirements for applying?
To apply for the Google for Startups Cloud Program, startups must have an 18-character Google Cloud billing account ID, which they received when they signed up for Google Cloud. If they don't have a billing ID, they can sign up for one on the Google Cloud website. Additionally, startups must have a publicly available website for their startup, and the business email in their application must match their startup's website domain. If they don't have a matching business email account, they can create one with Google Workspace.
How to apply for Google for Startups Cloud Program?
What are the benefits of being in the program?
The Google for Startups Cloud Program offers a range of benefits for Web3 startups, depending on which tier they're in. Startups in the Start tier can receive up to $2,000 USD in Google Cloud credits, valid for two years. They can also apply their Google Cloud credits to a Customer Care plan for unlimited access to technical support. Additionally, they receive 12 months of free Google Workspace Business Plus for new sign-ups and access to Google Cloud events at global Web3 conferences like Paris Blockchain Week, Consensus, and TOKEN2049 Singapore.
Startups in the Scale tier receive even more benefits, including up to $200,000 USD over two years for Google Cloud and Firebase usage. This is covered as 100% up to $100,000 USD in Google Cloud credits for the first year and 20% up to an additional $100,000 USD in Google Cloud credits for the second year. They also receive $12,000 USD in Google Cloud Enhanced Support credits for one year and 12 months of free Google Workspace Business Plus for new sign-ups. Scale-tier startups have invite-only access to a gated Discord channel with Google Cloud Web3 product, engineering, partners, and other startups in the program and VIP access to Google Cloud events at global Web3 conferences like Paris Blockchain Week, Consensus, and TOKEN2049 Singapore.
Scale-tier startups have input on the Google Cloud Web3 product roadmap and early access to new products. They also have free access to advanced hands-on learning labs focused on Web3 and the latest Google Cloud technology.
In addition to all of these benefits, you will have access to exclusive foundation grants from Aptos, Celo, Flow, HBAR Foundation, Near, and Solana Foundation totaling up to $1M USD each (or token equivalent).
What you’ll need before you apply?
- Have your 18-character Google Cloud billing account ID ready (which you received when you signed up for Google Cloud).
- Have a publicly available website for your startup.
- Ensure the business email in your application matches your startup’s website domain.
Google Cloud's announcement of a new program for Web3 startups is a game-changer. Google Cloud is committed to helping Web3 startups succeed, and the program offers a unique opportunity to tap into the resources of one of the world's largest cloud computing platforms.