Here at Google, we love shining the spotlight on entrepreneurs. Every year, through our annual Google Business Group “Stories Search” contest, we ask entrepreneurs from around the world to tell us how they harness the internet and technology to do extraordinary things. By taking their business online, they’re able to reach new customers and see their unique business models thrive.
Last year, we announced our four GBG winners here. While these four businesses stood out among the amazing submissions we received from GBG members and independent entrepreneurs across 17 countries, they weren’t the only standouts. Finalists from as far as Morocco took part in this wonderful GBG tradition.
As part of their award, the contest winners had the opportunity to tell their business story in a short video format for all the world to see. As we documented the journeys these amazing entrepreneurs undertook, we found a common theme: Each individual leads a business with a socially-conscious mission.
Stories of GBG Winners 2017
1. Khalti, Nepal (the People’s Choice Winner)
Meet Manish, the managing director of Khalti, a mobile and digital payment solution geared to address the unique needs of Nepali people, many of whom are coming online for the first time.
2. Cafe Yagam, Philippines
Meet Poleen, owner of Cafe Yagam, who wanted to share her indigenous culture with people all over the Philippines and the rest of the world through food and coffee. Watch her story and see how the GBG team helped put her cafe on the map, literally, to spread her mission to the world.
3. Riliv, Indonesia
Meet Maximilian, founder of Riliv, an Android app, and website that anonymously connects users to certified psychologists no matter where they are. See how GBG meetups gave him the know-how to harness Google Adwords and Analytics in building his user base to 50,000–just one more step in reaching the 48 million people in Asia suffering from depression.
4. Virtualahan, Philippines
Meet Ryan, founder of Virtualahan, a platform that helps disadvantaged people overcome employment barriers. By using Google Classroom and other tools, Virtualahan provides digital skills training to people with medical, physical, and psycho-social disabilities in developing countries and connects them to meaningful employment online.