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Exciting News: Backpack Healthcare Selected for Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First Cohort

We’re thrilled to announce that Backpack Healthcare has been chosen to participate in this year’s Google for Startups Accelerator: AI-First program. This initiative is designed to empower startups leveraging AI to tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges, and we’re honored to be among this esteemed cohort.

At Backpack Healthcare, we’re committed to harnessing the power of AI to redefine pediatric mental health care. Being part of the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI-First program is a tremendous opportunity for us to scale our efforts rapidly while building responsibly. The program, run in partnership with Google Cloud, offers 10 weeks of hands-on mentorship and technical support, equipping startups like ours with the tools and resources needed to thrive.

Accelerating Growth with Google

Selected startups will have the chance to collaborate with a cohort of top peer founders and engage with leaders across Google. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including tech and infrastructure, UX and product, growth, sales, leadership, and OKRs, providing invaluable insights and guidance to fuel our growth.

“This opportunity is not just a recognition of our innovative approach in pediatric mental health but also a gateway to immense possibilities,” said Prashanth Brahmandam, Chief Technology Officer at Backpack Healthcare. “With access to Google’s AI tools and expertise, we’re poised to significantly advance our mental health platform, particularly in terms of personalization and scalability. This program will enable us to harness AI to better understand and predict mental health needs in children, resulting in more effective, tailored interventions. Our collaboration with Google marks a leap forward in our mission to revolutionize pediatric mental health care with technology-driven solutions.”

Transforming Our Vision into Reality

For us at Backpack Healthcare, this program couldn’t come at a better time. As we continue to expand our reach and impact in Maryland and Virginia, with plans to further extend our services to additional states, being part of the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI-First program will undoubtedly propel us closer to our mission of providing accessible and inclusive mental health support for young individuals.

“Through this accelerator, our goal is to support promising companies with the best of Google’s people, products and programs,” said Matt Ridenour, Head of Startup Ecosystem, USA, at Google. “We’re enabling the selected companies to leverage Google’s most advanced AI technologies – and in the case of Backpack Healthcare, to empower providers and patients with AI to improve pediatric mental health outcomes at scale.”

The program kicked off at Google Cloud Next ’24, held April 9-11, 2024, and will culminate with a high-profile Demo Day in June, where we have the opportunity to showcase our progress to cohort-mates, Google senior leaders, members of Google’s investor mentor network, and other teams around Alphabet. After graduation, we’ll join the dynamic GFS Accelerator community, where ongoing support and the chance to build lasting connections await.

We’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity and excited for the journey ahead. Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this transformative experience with Google for Startups!

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