The Google Assistant - Investing in the future

We're looking for early stage companies that share in our mission of helping users get things done in their world. Think you're a fit?

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We're looking to invest and work closely with early stage companies that are moving the voice and assistance ecosystem forward. If your company is developing technologies that broaden the Assistant’s set of features, building new hardware devices for digital assistants, or focusing on a particular industry such as travel, games, or hospitality, we'd like to hear from you.


We provide a set of benefits to companies that work with us, including:

  • Investment capital to help you grow.
  • Access to Google teams (technical teams, business development, product leads, etc.)
  • Early access to new features and programs.
  • Credits for Google products including Google Cloud.
  • Potential co-marketing opportunities.


Agolo uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze hundreds of thousands of documents daily, and generates millions of personalized human-readable summaries in real-time. Agolo is a summarization platform for businesses.

Aiva Health is the voice operating system for better healthcare. We put smart speakers into hospitals and senior communities to reduce response times and improve satisfaction for patients, seniors, and caregivers alike.

AskPorter is an AI property management platform. At its heart sits Porter, a digital assistant that automated and assists with any part of property management from arranging viewings and triaging maintenance issues to sending rent reminders.

BotSociety is a conversational design suite that allows you to design, prototype, and user test your next voice interface.

Claimbot is an enterprise-class virtual chat engine that transforms the way insurance and automotive companies communicate with their customers.

Doppio is a conversational voice games company formed by industry veterans who are passionate about using voice to bring storytelling and game design closer together.

Drivetime is the world's first developer of interactive audio infotainment targeting a deeply underserved consumer - the driver of the car.

Edwin is an AI-powered English learning service delivered by chatbots, voice assistants, and humans. Edwin prepares students for standardized tests, such as TOEFL and TOEIC.

Go Moment created Ivy, the world's largest AI powered travel chatbot. Ivy elevates the guest experience with instant answers to common questions and quick service from staff when needed.

GradeSlam powers conversational personalized learning support for students seeking academic assistance. Available 24/7, GradeSlam gives students instant access to a live educator to help with any homework questions they may have.

Pulse Labs provides human-centered testing, measurement, and analysis for voice applications to aid developers in creating engaging and enjoyable experiences.

Satisfi Labs is an AI-powered Knowledge Management Platform that makes conversation with places possible. Its proprietary Answer Engine enables search for physical locations through conversational AI by taking in structured and unstructured data and making it AI-ready, allowing the Engine to create expert virtual assistants on the web, mobile, SMS, and voice channels.

StatMuse pioneered a platform for interactive storytelling that brings authentic digital personas to life, powered by the personalities of over 25 sports superstars, including Peyton Manning, Todd Gurley and Scott Van Pelt.

StyleHacks (formerly Maison Me) sells AI-designed made-to-order clothing informed by each individual user’s data. StyleHacks collects this data while providing its users with free personalized what-to-wear recommendations.

Our Team

Ilya Gelfenbeyn - Head of Google Assistant Investments

Ilya is the Head of the Google Assistant Investments program.

Ilya previously co-founded Dialogflow (formerly known as API.AI), a developer platform for building conversational experiences, and served as its CEO before Google acquired the company in September 2016. Prior to launching API.AI, the company built, the highest rated independent voice assistant in the world with 40M+ users.

Ryan Liu - Corporate Development

Ryan leads the investment execution and portfolio management for the Google Assistant Investments program.

Ryan joined Google's corporate development team in February 2018. He has led acquisitions and strategic investments for several Google product areas including Assistant, Google Search, YouTube, Ads & Commerce, and Payments. Prior to Google, Ryan worked at Evercore as part of their FinTech Investment Banking practice to support clients on a wide range of M&A transactions in the FinTech industry.

Pauline Cristofari - Corporate Development

Pauline is leading the strategy and scouting efforts for the Google Assistant Investments program.

Pauline joined Google's corporate development team in September 2018 and has led projects for several Google product areas including Maps, Devices & Services and Assistant. Prior to Google, Pauline worked at Lenovo in their open innovation arm looking at AR/VR, AI and IoT innovative solutions in the bay area.

Neeraj Bahl - Partner Technology Manager

Neeraj Bahl is a Partner Technology Manager of the Google Assistant Investments Program.

Neeraj joined Google and the Assistant Investments team in May 2019. He has a Software Engineering background. Prior to Google, Neeraj worked in a wide variety of software, programming, and technical roles.

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