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Sundar Pichai announces first recipients of Google’s Ukraine Support Fund

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, announced the first 17 recipients of Google’s Ukraine Support Fund.

May 31, 2022 / 01:40 PM IST
Sundar Pichai announced the first recipients of the Ukraine Support Fund (Image credit: sundarpichai/Twitter)

Sundar Pichai announced the first recipients of the Ukraine Support Fund (Image credit: sundarpichai/Twitter)


Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, announced the first 17 recipients of Google’s Ukraine Support Fund. Seventeen Ukrainian businesses will receive financial support and mentoring from Google for Startups, a program that helps early-stage startups by connecting them with the right people and practices.

In a tweet shared this morning, Sundar Pichai wrote: “While in Warsaw, Poland in March, I announced our Ukraine Support Fund to help Ukrainian entrepreneurs maintain and grow their businesses in a time of war.

“Today we're welcoming the 1st recipients who will receive financing + mentoring from Google for Startups,” he added.

In a blog post offering further details, Google said its $5 million fund will help allocate equity-free cash awards to Ukrainian startups all through 2022. The fund will assist Ukrainian entrepreneurs in maintaining and growing their businesses, strengthening their community and building a foundation for post-war economic recovery, Google said.

“Selected Ukraine-based startups will receive up to $100,000 in non-dilutive funding as well as ongoing Google mentorship, product support, and Cloud credits,” the tech giant said while announcing the first recipients of the fund.

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Among the 17 startups selected, most are tech-centric and a few are AI-powered.

Google spoke to Ukraine Support Fund recipient Dimitri Podoliev, CEO and co-founder of Mindly, a mental health support app that offers AI-powered patient care and clinical admin automation. “Therapists are people too, and they are all from Ukraine and in very difficult situations, I feel it unfair to ask them to work for free,” Podoliev said. “During the time of war, Mindly has committed to invest 100% of its income in mental health therapy for Ukrainians who currently can’t afford to pay for it themselves. Our goal is to maximize the number of free-of-charge therapy sessions we can provide and people we can help.”
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