Almost a year to the day since Google launched Google for Entrepreneurs to keep a closer eye on startups around the world, the Internet giant has announced a new Tech Hub Network, kicking off initially with seven hubs in North America.

These are: 1871 (Chicago), American Underground (Durham), Coco (Minneapolis), Communitech (Waterloo), Galvanize (Denver), Grand Circus (Detroit) and Nashville Entrepreneur Center (Nashville), with Google adding that the partnerships are about creating “…a strong network, providing each hub with financial support alongside access to Google technology, platforms and mentors, and ensuring that entrepreneurs at these hubs have access to an even larger network of startups.”

And obviously, Google will be keeping a closer eye on the entrepreneurs and startups within, for tapping talent or simply promoting Google’s products.

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