Google to Spend $75 Million on Women-Led India Startups
Google is building voice and text search for over 100 Indian languages and will spend $75 million to support women-led startups in the country, CEO Sundar Pichai said at the start of his visit to India. India, he said, will be a big export economy, and it needs to create a balance between safeguarding citizens and enabling companies to innovate with its framework. Pichai first met Telecom and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and spoke at the Google for India 2022 event before calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Thank you for a great meeting today PM @narendramodi. Inspiring to see the rapid pace of technological change under your leadership. Look forward to continuing our strong partnership and supporting India’s G20 presidency to advance an open, connected internet that works for all,” he tweeted after the meeting. While the company did not disclose what was discussed during the meeting, Pichai, in a blog to mark the start of the visit, stated that he would be discussing with Modi how Google is “supporting small businesses and startups, investing in cybersecurity, providing education and skills training, applying AI in sectors like agriculture and healthcare, and other priorities”.
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