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Support an ecosystem of entrepreneurs across Europe; facilitate computer science education for young women and disadvantaged youths; and partner with European universities to develop Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) to develop skills amongst jobseekers.
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Renewed 2015 Google pledge

After the successful completion of their first 2013 pledge to the Grand Coalition, in March 2015 Google renewed their pledge with fresh initiatives and even more ambitious numbers:

Growth Engine: Google will provide digital skills training to 1 million Europeans by 2016 through its Growth Engine initiatives.

  • Weltweit Wachsen in Germany where the company supports small businesses to use digital tools for exports
  • Activate in Spain where google offers to unemployed people free courses on subjects like web development, digital marketing, and e-commerce
  • Made in Italy where it shows thousands of traditional Italian craftspeople how to sell and market their wares online
  • Digital Garage in the UK where it will offer face to face trainings in five cities to small businesses looking to enhance their digital presence.
  • Google Pour les Pros in France where Google supports SMEs via meetings at their shops, trains them on digital skills and matches them with young graduates.

Google will invest an additional €25M to broaden its current programs and take them to new markets across Europe to train more small businesses on the digital skills they so need. The company will also build a Europe-wide training hub to support businesses anywhere in Europe to get training online.

  1. Google for Entrepreneurs: Google will reach 50,000 entrepreneurs across Europe in 2015 through partnerships with Startup Weekend and Startup Grind; Google event programming; and their five startup hubs in the EU - the Google-operated Campuses in London, Warsaw and Madrid, plus partner locations in Berlin (The Factory) and Paris (NUMA).
  2. Google Computer Science Education: Google will work with seven STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and computer science education organisations across Europe, to impact 100,000 young people by the end of 2015, (as part of the RISE programme). It will focus on three specific groups, girls, children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnic minorities. The seven EU organisations they will support in 2015 are: Young Rewired State (UK), Code Club World (UK), Association IOI (France), VHTO (Netherlands), Lero (Ireland), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain), Skool (Technológiai Oktatásért Alapítvány Hungary), Tech Lounge (Romania).

Progress report on 2013 Google pledge

In June 2013 Google joined the Grand Coalition and made an ambitious pledge. Less than two years later Google not only implemented succesfully their pledge but they also exceeded their initial commitments.

  1. Google for Entrepreneurs: Google pledged to reach 20,000 entrepreneurs across Europe in 2013 through partnerships with Startup Weekend and Startup Grind; Google event programming; and their four sponsored startup hubs in the EU, in London (Campus London), Krakow (Google for Entrepreneurs, Krakow), Berlin (The Factory) and Paris (Silicon Sentier). These partnerships and programs would be run under the umbrella Google for Entrepreneurs initiative.
    Progress
    Through Google for Entrepreneurs google reached thousands of entrepreneurs across Europe. In addition, to the partnerships, events programming and four startup hubs in the pledge from 2013, the company announced opening of two new Google campuses in Madrid and Warsaw.
    • Campus London:
      1.  ~1,100 mentoring sessions delivered in 2014
      2. Overall registered members ~41k
      3. Startups within Google's network created ~1,230 jobs and raised over £41 million in capital in 2014
    • Google works with partners:
      1. In 2014: Startup Weekend took place in 32 countries in Europe
      2. Startup Grind held events in 20 countries in Europe
      3. Google for Entrepreneurs Week was in 14 cities in Europe
    • In the second half of 2014, Google's tech hub partners in Europe (NUMA in Paris, The Factory in Berlin) reported over 500 startups as members, 25% female membership and hosted over 430 community events.
  2. Google in Education: Google pledged to work with six STEM and computer science education organisations across Europe, to increase their reach from 32,000 to 100,000 young people by the end of 2013, (as part of the RISE programme). They would focus on three specific groups, girls, children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnic minorities. The six EU organisations they would support in 2013 were: Code Club (UK) , Uniristii Association (Romania), the Royal Institution of Great Britain (UK), Science and Society Synergy Institute (Croatia),Technik Begeistert (Germany), Saint Angela’s College (Ireland)
    • In 2013, through Google efforts in computer science and STEM education, they have reached 500,000 students and 50,000 teachers. Through RISE program Google worked with six organisations reaching 40,000 young people. This amounted to an investment of 2.3 million dollars across the EU.
    • In 2014 ,through Google efforts in computer science and STEM education, they have reached 750,000 students and 40,000 teachers. Through RISE program they have worked with seven organizations reaching 110,000 young people. This amounted to an investment of 4 million dollars across the EU.
  3. Google University Relations: Google pledged to launch 25 MOOCs in collaboration with universities across Europe, focusing on the themes of maths, computer science, entrepreneurship, digital marketing and law, with the aim of reaching tens of thousands of people across Europe, similar to the UniMOOC, launched with the University of Alicante last year.
    Google launched 25+ MOOCs in collaboration with universities across Europe, focusing on the themes of maths, computer science, entrepreneurship, digital marketing and law.
Last updated on 30/06/2015