Google has trained 8.5 million micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to date across the Asia-Pacific region through its Grow with Google programs and partnerships.
The company said that over the next year and beyond, it will be deepening existing programs to support small businesses and launching new ones.
“We’ll also be helping MSMEs find the skilled people they need by expanding access to Google Career Certificates, which develop in-demand skills like IT support, data analytics and user experience design,” said Scott Beaumont, President, Asia Pacific at Google.
“Our developer programs, such as the Appscale Academy in India, a partnership with the MeitY Startup Hub, will help app-makers like health-technology startup Stamurai grow globally.”
In partnership with learning institutions and nonprofits, the tech giant is providing free scholarships for certificates in India, Indonesia and Singapore.
Google’s Saphan Digital program in Thailand has trained over 100,000 small businesses, while the Accelerate Vietnam Digital 4.0 initiative has trained 650,000 people.
Since 2019, through its Google.org philanthropic arm, the company has contributed over $11 million in grants that support underserved MSMEs.