Starting today, Google is partnering up with Startup Weekend, an organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship, to host technical training bootcamps for aspiring entrepreneurs across the globe.
Startup Weekend is known for its 54-hour startup events, similar to hackathons, where a group of people come together, brainstorm a product or service idea, and start building it right then and there. The Google bootcamps will take place in advance of the hackathons to better equip participants with technical skills, such as coding for the Google App Engine.
Sometimes Startup Weekend events produce a really promising idea, which then grows into an actual company. But the introduction of Google brings more resources to the startup table.
“Google was once a startup in a garage,” said Mary Himinkool, head of global entrepreneurship outreach for Google in an official blog post, “and Google Ventures is a testament to our ongoing commitment to entrepreneurialism.”
Google’s role in the partnership is to provide training on Google products and services that can be used for developing business ideas. These training sessions will be rolled out over the next several months in a variety of cities across the country. You can find out if Google is visiting your city here. The company is also giving Startup Weekend participants access to its Google Technology User Groups (GTUG), so they can learn from developers already integrated into the Google community. GTUG is an open group where developers learn about any of Google’s technologies and share tips and tricks with each other. Members are potential founders too, and will benefit from a percentage off of all Startup Weekend events.