Facebook has announced seven new partners for its FbStart program among which Bengaluru-based Reverie Technologies has made to the list, to help startups under FbStart develop their apps in native languages of India.
Animoto, Coursera, Dropbox, Twilio, Twin Prime, and VerbalizeIt are the other new partners of the program which has now a total of 30+ FbStart partners.
According to Reverie CEO and co-founder Arvind Pani, Reverie would provide startups under FbStart program with access to its language-as-a-service platform that will enable them to create native language content for their mobile app in real-time.
Reverie is a cloud-based, language-as-a-service platform with tools, technologies, and entire ecosystems to help build local language equivalents of English language businesses and initiatives. Recently it raised $4 million in Series A funding round, led by Aspada Investment Company, with participation from existing investor Qualcomm Ventures.
India is home to one of the fastest growing internet using population which makes it an obvious choice for Facebook to target it for its products and services. The partnership of FbStart program with Reverie is crucial in this regard as the lack of support for Indian native languages in modern apps and softwares, has restricted the technology access in the country.
Through this partnership, developers under FbStart program can develop their apps in native Indian languages and can scale and expand their business much faster with a wider reach to people using their apps and services.
FbStart was initiated last year with an aim to support and mentor the upcoming startups in building their mobile app and scale their business through it. Developers and entrepreneurs enrolled in the program get access to industry-leading tools to create better, more connected app experiences, promote their apps, enter new markets, collaborate better, and continue learning as they grow.
According to Facebook, there are now 7,200 startups spread across more than 130 countries in the program with 70% of these members coming from outside the US and India being the second largest market after the US for FbStart program.