Application Deadline: July 31st 2016
Now in it’s fifth iteration, GSF experience is uniquely crafted for Indian startups offering deep immersion in both Indian and international markets. Selected tech startups will get unparalleled access to not only the Indian tech community with hands-on mentorship from five of India’s leading tech founders, but also access to GSF’s global community of over 400 mentors and startup founders.
GSF is looking for Indian tech startups who have at least an initial prototype built. Selected startups must relocate to NCR for the duration of the program with accommodations provided for those living outside NCR. Shortlisted startups will complete phone screens and in-person interview with the investment team.
In August 2016, GSF will welcome 5 new startups into the four-month program. Selected startups will spend two months in India to refine their products, followed by trips to San Francisco and Tokyo for an immersion in global tech ecosystem and meeting with leading tech investors. Backed by five of India’s top founders, the accelerator offers the chance to take your startup to the next level with hands-on mentorship and access to its robust network. Typically, GSF invests in the startups in two rounds: first round of USD $50,000 in each startup, followed by co-investments in seed rounds.
GSF has a strong track record of success with its portfolio companies: Little Eye Labs (acquired by Facebook in 2014), Pokkt (funded by jafco, singtel, and jungle), SilverPush (funded by IDG Ventures and 500 startups), Zapr (funded by Flipkart and Svann), Overcart (funded by JSW and Omidyar), HackerEarth (funded by Prime Venture), Flinto (funded by Globevestor and Others), Browntape (funded by Seedfund and others), Timesaverz (funded by Unilazer Ventures and others), Dailyrounds (funded by Accel), Pluss App (funded by IDG and others), DocsApp (funded by Rebright and others) and Gamezop (funded by Kwan and others).
GSF Accelerator invests $50k at 7-8% equity into the startups inducted into the Accelerator program. GSF also does follow-on rounds into a few select startups after the program.
GSF investment team
- Rajesh Sawheny, Co-Founder of Innerchef and Founder of GSF
- Anand Chandrasekaran, Former CPO of Snapdeal
- Sumesh Menon, Founder of U2opia Mobile and Woo
- Dinesh Agarwal, Founder of IndiaMART.com
- Ashish Toshniwal, Co-Founder and CEO of Y Media Labs
- Hiro Mashita, Director and Founder of M&S Partners
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