On April 25, Google Cloud announced partnerships with Solana, Alchemy, Nansen and several other crypto firms as part of the web3 startup program.
The current initiative provides startups “credits” to use behemoth’s servers and other Google-wide offers to assist emerging web3 companies.
New support for pre-seed to series A projects
As of today, eligible web3 technology startups from pre-seed to series A projects that apply for the program can also opt-in to web3-specific benefits from newly announced partners.
Aptos, Celo, Flow, the HBAR Foundation, Near, and the Solana Foundation are among the entities providing a range of grants to support web3 startups building on Google Cloud. Collectively, these grants amount to $6 million.
In addition, Nansen, a blockchain data analytics firm, is offering discounts on its analytics products to startups. Alchemy, a web3 developer platform, is providing members with credits to its suite of services, as well as mentorship and priority access to its web3 bootcamp.
The startup program provides various benefits for web3 projects, including access to investments up to $3 million USD from the Polygon Ventures Ecosystem Fund, priority review from the Ventures Team, and exclusive access to Polygon Venture benefits.
Additionally, the program offers priority review for the Base Ecosystem Fund, access to the Coinbase Ventures and Listing teams, a discord channel for support, invitations to Base meetups and events, and additional testnet Base Goerli ETH.
Startups can also get a free month of Nansen Query and a 20% discount on Nansen products and engagement fees for 12 months, as well as up to $10,000 in Alchemy credits with VIP support and mentorship, and priority access to Alchemy University.
Lastly, startups can get gasless contract deployment with thirdweb, dedicated development support, and dollar-matching up to $2,500 to promote Explore marketplace custom contracts.
Innovation over infrastructure
James Tromans, Google Cloud’s web3 engineering director, and Ryan Kiskis, the director of Google Cloud’s Startup Ecosystem, share in new article on the Google Cloud blog post.
“Our new benefits give Web3 projects and startups the technology, community, and resources that they need to focus on innovation over infrastructure.”
James Tromans, Google Cloud’s web3 engineering director.
The announcement goes onto highlight additional benefits including early access to Google Cloud web3 products, including direct access into the product roadmap where companies can get advanced access to new Google Cloud web3 products before they would otherwise be available.
Companies will also receive access to hands-on learning labs around web3 and new releases in Google Cloud technology. The announcement by Google Cloud provides a powerful foundation for ongoing innovation and development in the web3 space, which some experts questioned amid the cooldown moment sparked by the crypto winter.