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Incubators and Investors list. pg. 15
Startup Events Events in November. pg 8
10 commandments of entrepreneurship. pg 5
Ultimate guide to Indian startups
State of E-commerce Boom in India
Factors influencing E-commerce Boom in India. pg. 12
The weekly Twitter chat to connect Indian entrepreneurs. pg. 9
Learn about marketing tips to make your product or company launch a success. pg 3
How to launch your startup to success?
List of active VCs and angels in India. pg. 14
How to start your restaurant?
The permits and tools required to start your own restaurant. pg 10
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Bhandup (W). Sbuzz .com www. 10 Commandments of Entrepreneurship From expecting failure to focusing on execution learn the top 10 commandments. 11 Cool new startups 11 cool startups that got launched in September and October. Startup Funding Learn the startups that got funded in September and October. Ultimate guide to Indian startups The Agni 8.TheAgni. Venture Capital in India Learn about Venture funding and list of VCs and angel funds active in India at the moment. 5.com Copyright © 2011 Agni Innovation Labs 9. 7. . Top 15 tech tools for startups From marketing to web design we cover the top tech tools for startups. EdITorIAL TEAm Balaji Viswanathan Mahalakshmi Radhakrishnan If you want to write for us. 11.Launch of the new startup & SME focused magazine .the first such in India. Investors & Incubators We cover some of the startup accelerator programs and incubator programs in India. stats and analysis. CONTENTS 3. 10. 14. Cheddah Heights. advertise or collaborate with us.weekly Twitter chats target to Indian startups. First Edition Our focus will be to identity & discover new Indian startups. do reach out: B 904. 12. State of E-commerce of India India is seeing an unprecedented e-commerce startup boom and we will go in to the factors influencing the startup boom. How to Startup your Restaurant Business Get the list of permits and marketing tools that will useful for your restaurant business. Summary of Sbuzz . and help the ecosystem with data.400078 Phone: +91-7738145072/8 balaji@theagni. We will also feature social media and web development related articles that will be relevant to startup and SME entrepreneurs. 41 LBS Road. 15.Weekly Twitter Chat. Startup Events We cover the top startup related events in November and December. Launching Your Startup Learn how to launch your startup to success. 6. Mumbai .
Participate in hackernews and hackernews india discussions and earn karma points. videos of fun events. Cultivate relationship with bloggers and media persons in your field. 3. etc. Remember the lines on the day before iPhone and Sony PS II launches? You might not get that far for your product (!). Build a great landing page that has a clear call to action – signup/phone number to contact/buy the product etc. Create a splash page – you could use launchrock – with a signup form 7. Answer questions and be a good samaritan. the idea could spread like wildfire. Do basic SEO for your site to bring customers through search. Spend some time to design a smart business card that stands out and use the back of the card with a 3 point pitch about your startup. Optimize your site well as new customers might not be too patient for the site to load. Post the broad issues faced etc. List your startup in Angel List. 2. 2. If you could get bloggers like Robert Scoble to get interested. 5. Here are some tips to cultivating the blogger relationships. office. get a few target users to sign up for the alpha/beta. 4. Get a good brand name and register your site. 3. Post content related to your field and build reputation. 3 months before the launch 1. Find out critical bugs and scalability issues. A good launch can do great things to your brand & build enough momentum to cut marketing & sales expenditure drastically.st. Set up your blog and post interesting content related to your product. Make your brand – YOUknown. 4. CrunchBase. Get active on forums.Cover Story LAUnCHIng YoUr STArTUp Learn how to Launch your new product/startup to a Great success Your startup launch is the first day you will show your “baby” to the world and let the public have a hand at your stuff. Quora on topics related to your product. You could use nameninja to brainstorm on the brand name. Goal now: build a kick-ass product that people will love 6 months before the launch 1. Here are some startup related events. Get started on Twitter – know the influencers in your area and connect with them. From your small network created in the previous steps. StartupLi. 6. 3 . Include me dia to display the human side of your company – photos of your team. Test your product well – a lot of times people don’t give a second chance. 4. 2. Goal now: work on the riGht product idea that excites your beta customers 1 week before the launch 1. Listio. Start attending started related events – keep building networks & exchange business cards. 3. but you still could generate a lot of buzz without spending too much if follow these ideas.
11. Start mailing to all your email contacts. traffic sources. Tease your twitter followers with tweets that gives them a preview of the product in a fun & entertaining way. Monitor your site metrics – traffic. Mail me at: balaji@theagni. your solution. Write personally to bloggers – give exclusives for the big ones. 9. load etc. Create fun contests (quizzes. It is written in third person and talks about your product. 6. give a bikini – reveal enough to keep it interesting without exposing everything. Write a good press release. You might want to use Facebook ads to kickstart the fan building process. Bloggers like to write interesting content and make your story a coherent and a powerful one. Keep these in your CRM or at the least in a single CSV file. 3. comparison to existing products) to post in your blog. 5. Use a tool like mailchimp to send and track the emails. 10. Schedule two dozen tweets (you could use tools like Hootsuite for scheduling) to go every hour – each covering a facet of your product – with an appropriate URL in your site. Without going overboard. user demographics. 6. team and advantages of your product. Request them not to leak the story till your launch day. Create viral content – emotive stories. 16. benefits etc – post them on your blog. Make your blog the central repository of everything related to your product. videos. If you are an internet startup. T h E r E I S A L O T W E C A N L E A r N F r OM h I S p r O D U C T L AU N C h E S .give them a compelling story. Track visits. Create interesting infographics and slides on content related to your product (stats. Learn to use social monitoring tools like howsociable to track your brand across the social media. Post the howtos. benefits.Cover Story 5. Setup Google Analytics in your site and monitor your site daily. 4. Setup your Facebook page. 7. 12. Keep it short and fun. Get your friends and contacts to join it. After the launch thank all the bloggers who have covered your event. Listen to your customers and keep updating your product. Prepare a video demo of your product and record interviews with the team and your initial customers – post them on your youtube channel. presentation. You might be able to use the newly launched Visual. Goal now: choose the riGht launch date – ideally in the middle of the week without any impendinG holidays and other major product launches. 15. videos and pictures that people could share in social media easily. If you need further help launching your startup do contact us for our premium services. time spent on site etc. 2. com W h I L E W E C A N N O T b E C OM E L I k E ST EV E j O b S . Get your team tuned to the social media and be alert to receive feedback. A press release is a content that a media could use directly for their story. 8. bounce rate. any testimonial you received from your beta users in your blog. 13. Launch day 1. Create a kick-ass presentation of your product covering the problem. post your site link in Killerstartups and these 36 other websites. social games. etc) for your twitter & facebook fans – throw away a few freebies.ly to create the infographics if you don’t have a create artist. Collect a list of all email contacts you and your team knows. 14. Submit links in hackernews and hackernews india. Respond to email queries as fast as possible.
6. Entrepreneurship is not a hobby nor something you do on a vacation – it is a way of life. Always Look to change the world. your janitorial business could be as great as a business designing tablet devices.Entrepreneurship 10 Commandments of Entrepreneurship 1. but is not everything. 10 or Rs. Fundamentally your focus has to be on adding value. the more humble you have to become. Ideas matter very little – it is all about execution. If you add value. Plan to stay on it for the very long term. And just like night & day. the janitors could make your company stink more than your CTO. So. You might think the guys in C suites are important than the janitors. If you do it the right way. 4. Be the founder whom the employees could approach and talk to easily. there could be cycles that you cannot control. Every customer deserves respect and service. 9. Marketing is not about conning the customer into giving their money. don’t be discouraged that others have that idea too. 8. Some of the greatest companies were built on trite & simplest of ideas. money will follow. when you start a business. Just focus on how many of them are executing it – chances are that none of the incumbents are executing it awesomely. 10. You think sweeping the floor and calling up customer is too low for your “CEO” title? Entrepreneurship is not your cup of tea. 3. 7.Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi – were the most approachable and humblest persons. Every customer is equally important – whether he pays Rs. It is the foundation of a business – where you develop the right product at the right price for the right market. don’t be too hard on yourself and always look for opportunities. You work years to be called an overnight success. The larger you grow. So. If you focus on addInG VaLue to your customers money wILL foLLow soon A LWAyS L O O k T O C hA N G E yO U r WO r L D 5 . 2. 5. Failure is a given and every entrepreneur must go through that ritual. No work is too low as long it is legal. Marketing has to be at all levels of a business. 10 million. Money is an essential byproduct to a great businesses. Always question the status quo – don’t take it as a given. Constantly look for opportunities to disrupt. No employee is inferior to an another. You can never grow big enough to warrant your arrogance. The greatest guys of the last millennium . It is not a one-night stand but a marriage. But. Give every employee the respect & treat them as equals – even if there are different payscales & incentive mechanisms.
We feature the best in each issue.com If you have a startup announcement to make reach out to us. 5. www.com 8.snatchcode.Mumbai based startup that aims to connect fashion designers build their online presence and sell stuff online. Contact.Pune based tech startup that provide enterprise class backup solutions to help you SMEs back up their emails. Snatchcode .consumers can identity a product they are looking for & if enough guys are looking for it. They take care of both delivery logistics & Cash on delivery payments to free e-commerce cos from those hassles.in 9.com 3. Media.com 4.com 10. They offer SMS. etc. Vaultize .Startup Launches CooL nEW 11 STArTUpS 1. Flex. They offer both desktop & online versions. www.Kolkata based startup that connects service providers with consumers through their virtual marketplace.NCR based startup that offers a bill reminder service for Indian consumers.billbaba.vaultize. Interior designers.com SE rV IC E S M A r k E T I N I N D IA I S C hAO T IC A N D T h I S STA rT U p A I M S T O A D D r E S S T h E I S SU E .Pune based virtual computer institute that has online compilers for C++.NCR based tech startup that offers communication management suite for teams in a company to collaborate better.com . www.yatricab.aaramshop. There is a free plan that gives up 1o 1 GB of space and a plus plan with 7GB of space & an undo feature for $7/month. Currently offer services in Delhi. www. databases & other files on the cloud.mirraw. Facebook and email alerts on a variety of reminders on utility. Mirraw . Billbaba . phone & other services. Java. YatriCab . www. www.com 2.Lucknow based startup that offers one click backup of websites.Finance. Chhotu . TaskTrek . Runpapa will negotiate a bulk deal. www. Currently offer services only within New Delhi. www.NCR based online grocery shop that offers customers the ability to order grocery online from a variety of offline stores. Packing.NCR based travel startup that makes it easy to hire a cab online for local as well as long distance destinations. J2EE. Service Sutra . www. PHP.RunPapa.chhotu.programr. Currently they list 6 services .tasktrek.Ahmedabad based local deals site that offers pull based group buying . Programr . C#.servicesutra. www. Aaram Shop . Runpapa . balaji@theagni. A sort of Justdial + e-commerce store hybrid.NCR based courier delivery service optimized for e-commerce stores. www. Objective-C enabling students to write programs & directly run it on their browser.com 6.in 7.com 11. Consumers can request a quote for a service and they provide the 3 best quotes from the providers.
google. Dropbox.net One of the best domain registers Gandi allows you to easily manage your domains and migrate to another register very easily.iPhone. mailChimp Even with all the social networking tools. Docs. clients and partners. GetSatisfaction. email marketing is still relevant and the cheapest. sync and manage your source code on the cloud.org 12. time spent. PC. gandi. Also check out other marketplaces from envito. PollDaddy. gravity Forms Provides you ready made forms that can be used for your ecommerce store. gitHub Github lets your team colloborate on coding & manage your source code. The best way to develop your corpporate site & blog. themeforest provides the premium themes to help you with your UI/UX. Slideshare The youtube of powerpoint slides. GetSatisfaction directly opens channel with your current customers. Slideshare allows you to take your company message to investors. BitBucket If you use Mercurial for source control.com 10. google Apps for business Brings a whole suite of apps hosted Mail.Google Analytics help you track your website visits. a startup should have this as a central part of their marketing strategy. it lets you store.com Website design and management 11. and social metrics like likes. MailChimp. Themeforest Whether you are running a Wordpress or Html site. Skype The ultimate communication tool that is great whether you want to interview a new candidate or talk with a potential client.Technology Top 15 TECH TooLS For STArTUpS Colloboration & Communication 1. Bitbucket. Wordpress. apps. Analytics. Themeforest. Slideshare.com 3. The free plan cover upto 10 users. GitHub.google.net 14.com marketing 6. polldaddy Poll Daddy allows you to take customer surveys and do market research. With reasonably priced plans Github could be the ideal choice for both open source & proprietary software. Newsletters allow startups to keep in touch with your potential customers and take your products to a wider audience. Mac. dropBox A great collaboration tool that allows you to store your documents on the cloud and sync it in all your devices . getSatisfaction Marketing cannot work without satisfying your current customers.com 8. Wordpress In the past 3 years. Gandi.com 2. Twitter. Twitter Given that majority of VCs. com 4. source of traffic. etc. Wordpress has evolved into a top class CMS with the richest choices of plugins. com 7. customer survey or mailing list subscription. google Analytics The best free tool for web analytics .net 15. Calendar for your organization.com 13. Skype.com 5. news reporters and business leaders are on Twitter. Gravityforms.com 7 .net 9.
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sales. There is wisdom in the crowds. On Week 2.com/ groups/180300388702489/ T O j O I N T h E C hAT O N W E D N E SDAyS 7 p M I ST. Each chat is of 1 hour duration and are between 7 to 8 PM every wednesday. The goal is to create a strong ecosystem where information flows freely. etc. Week 1 opened with discussion on problems facing a startup . Follow this page for more updates and everything related to Sbuzz. we took the discussion towards tools for startups. Week 3 was one of the most popular chats. There are over 100 participants so far with each week averaging about 30 startup & SME participants.facebook. Unlike a conference it places very little stress on your schedule and given the timing (7-8pm) it is ideal for people returning from work or have returned home.with hiring and promoting emerging as top challenges for Indian startups. Weeks 4-12 dealt with various aspects of sales & marketing from social tools to corporate identity. take advice. Week 13 was about startup incubators and onWeek 14 dealt with one of the sticking points of Indian companies customer service. learn the trends. We talked about how to wow the customer and use them to improve the future sales. C OM / r O OM / SbU z z Sbuzz is a weekly Twitter chat for Indian startup entrepreneurs to come and network with other startups. We discussed on marketing. we have been running the chat for 14 weeks on topics ranging from fund raising to hiring. Twitter allows mobile updates. First Edition Ma g azine | 9 9 . price discrimination etc. Share this page to get your friends in this too. identify potential partners etc. it can suit both the commuters & the late leavers in the office. featuring a few investors and the topic was on fund raising. Indian startups & investors can greatly benefit from this weekly chat that helps break ice.Entrepreneur Chat Weekly TWiTTer ChaT SBUzz Visit the Sbuzz facebook group: https://www. The primary audience are entrepreneurs and it is a forum for peer to peer advice and networking. Since. project management and social tools that are relevant for startups. We had over 40 startup participants. share office. Started on July 27 2011. G O T O h T T p : / / T W E E T C hAT.
5. Nomination of PFA from Director of Prevention of Food Adulteration in the state. Research your market and find what cuisine you want to target. 6. Hire the right staff and focus on customer service to the core – for menial jobs you could sites like babajob.com. L-4 license from department of tourism (for star hotels). 6. Become a part of national restaurant association .ORG website. 4. 10. operations 1. Twitter and Foursquare to constantly interact with your customers. If you are also providing home delivery consider using sites like Justeat. Liquor license from excise commissioner (if liquor is served). Signage license from municipality. planning 1. If yo u d o n’ t ge t them rig ht.NRAI and join local trade bodies. 8.com. Get your site listed in Zomato. target demographic profile etc. 11. Design the right ambience – make it appropriate for the audience 3. Hire the right chef who would not jump ship easily. Building & Asset. 4 types of insurances are mandatory in India Public Liability. Choose the right location – restaurant business is mostly about location that anything less. 4. com. Engage your audience constantly in food review sites like Foodlets Apply for permits 1. 4. 6. Health / Trade License from Municipality.in. Eating house license from Police commissioner. Product Liability. NOC from fire department 7. 7. Follow restaurant focused blogs like Ranw. 3. marketing 1. Playing Music license from Indian performing right society (if music is played). Create a business plan – decide on pricing. Fire Policy. 5. 5.com. .com – that provides menus of restaurants across India. Environment clearance from local government. 2. More details on permits are on NRAI. Get insured. Get premium listing in classified sites like Justdial. Get suppliers for food and utensils – use seekandsource. the two mo s t i mpo r ta nt thing s in a go o d re sta ura nt bu siness a re a ) r i gh t l o c a ti o n b) rig ht ch e f.in 3. Use Facebook. 2. re s t d o n’ t ma tte r. Use deal sites like Snapdeal and provide coupons to kickstart the business. indiamart.How To HoW To STArT YoUr oWn rESTAUrAnT BUSInESS A LOT OF US HAVE AM BITIONS TO S TA RT OU R OWN R E S TAU R A NT. com and Chefatlarge. FOR S O M E FO O D IES IT COULD BE A N IC E HOBBY A ND FOR OT H E R S IT COU LD B E A PROF ITA BLE B U S INES S I F D ONE WELL . 4. 2. Justdial and Sulekha. Lift license (if lift is there) 9. 3. Get a blog and twitter account and create a buzz before opening the store. A lot of restaurants hire from distant villages with a strong food culture and work hard to retain the right ones. Shops and Establishment license – from state government 2.
13.banking tech platform provider What’s on India .5 mn Seed Seed Rs.electronic TV guides Intel Capital Duron Energy . Mumbai falls a distant third.5 Crores Hyderbad Corporate gifting Chennai Ecommerce Apparel New Mobile InterDelhi net Services BangaSemiconduclore tor BangaSoftware testlore ing Mumbai Finance Mumbai Bangalore New Delhi New Delhi Bangalore Bangalore New Delhi New Delhi New Delhi Kharagpur Entertainment Energy Deals Education Education Portal Education Food Healthcare Education 11 . 17 startups have announced their funding and we find majority of these startups are in NCr region and bangalore.Customer engagement and feedback tools Capricorn Gifting .Activity based e-learn for schools and higherl education Info Edge Helion Advisors Seeders Venture Capital Seeders Venture Capital Info Edge Info Edge Nexus Venture Partners Tempus Capital and Blume Venutres Rs. Intel Capital.Daily deals website Vienova .Food guide and restaurant directory Eye-Q .online social learning platform CarSingh .online education assesment and learning Zomato .online portal for used cars MeritNation . 20 Crores Rs. 18 crores $3.Test engineering & moIntel Capital bile applications Financial Inclusion Network & Operations Intel Capital (FINO) . Startup WebEngage .Special hospital chain Sparsha . 2011.Fabless Semiconductors Investor Indian Angel Network Seeders Venture Capital IDG Ventures SAP Ventures Intel Capital Funding scope Seed Seed $3m $10mn Location Mumbai Segment Web tools Testing Czars . Info Edge and Seeders Ventures are the most active startup investors at present.Corporate gifting and promotional products eShakthi .Consumer solar products Intel Capital MyDala .Online apparel firm targeting US customers One97 Saankya Labs .Funding STArTUp FUndIng Since September 1. Education seems to be the hottest sector now and a slightly more equal distribution of funding in other startup sectors.Education tools providers to schools Eduora .
com babyOye.com Cleartrip.in Makemytrip. There is no question that there is a bubble and the market cannot have 500 general purpose e-commerce players vying for people’s attention and pockets.com FashionAndyou.com hushbabies.” INDIAN STArTUpS ArE IN ThAT MENTALITy SnapDeal. Amazon has consolidated its top position and is displacing both online and offline players.com ShopImagine.com Lingerie OyeGirl.com Baby Goods Firstcry. yebhi.com Travel Sites IrCTC.com Taggle.com zivame.com Electronics Timtara. Over 40 of the Indian e-commerce ventures are funded.co.com . In the US. ndia is facing an unprecedented E-commerce boom.C OM M E r C E VA LUAT IO N S A r E M OV E D M O r E b y T h E p O S SI b I L I T y O F A M A z O N ’ S I N D IA E N T ry T hA N AC T UA L F U N DA M E N TA L S .com Letsbuy.com Futurebazaar.com Myntra. There are now over 40 local deal sites and 500 e-commerce ventures along with a plenty of traditional stores having their online version of their store.com MyDala.in Local Deals “ yOU k N OW W hAT I S C O O L ? A b I L L IO N D O L L A r S .THE grEAT EComm Boom Box 1: Top Players General Shopping sites Flipkart. None of the e-commerce have broken even and their marketing budgets are well above their operational profits for majority of the players.com Infibeam.com Dealsandyou. India might go the same route.com redbus.com (bought by Groupon) Apparel I T L O O k S L I k E T h E E . What has caused this? We will cover some of the major factors that is causing this boom.com SoSasta. M A r G I N S A r E WA F E r T h I N A N D EV E ry b O Dy I S b E T T I N G O N h IG h E r VO LUM E S .
bU T FAC E A U p h I L L TA Sk I N C r AC k I N G T h E E . Founded in 2007 by exemployees of Amazon. Like Apple. Amazon has a great knack of moving the market and affect consumer behavior significantly. India was a backwater in communications. To me this is one of the biggest innovations in the Indian e-commerce scene that is causing the sector to go through the roof. Orkut and now Facebook has & Twitter has brought the nation quite close. if you are not in mortgage business. pioneering things such as Cash on Delivery. Possibility of Amazon’s entry The world leader in e-commerce Amazon has suggested that they will be entering the Indian market in the next 12 months. Sean parker in the movie “The Social Network” . by creating of habit of swiping cards online. Herd mentality people in Finance have a herd mentality and the fear of losing out the good opportunity often overtakes the fear of losing on the bad deals. India has a huge demographic advantage with a big chunk of its 1. The possibility of $100mn plus acquisitions definitely plays a part in the valuations. but in the past 6 years. just like in communications. And the flavor of this season is local deal sites and Indian ecommerce sites. While Sears and later Walmart and others have introduced organized retail in the US. Wordpress store themes.C OM M E r C E SE C T O r . these travel sites are increasing the number of potential customers for e-commerce sites. particularly e-commerce startups. social media is a significantly less expensive way to advertise their services and enable viral growth. Cloud storage and payment gateway options it has become very easy for anybody to setup their e-commerce store for as low as rs. 13 . While Indians are still not buying products online in a big way. Cash on Delivery Social Networking revolution Success of online travel sites Even in 2005. In 1999. “you know what is cool? A billion dollars”.20000. they are now used to buying railway tickets (IrCTC). Wall Street would have looked down on you. bus tickets (redbus) and flight tickets (yatra and Makemytrip) online. THERE ARE 500 E-COMMERCE STARTUPS AND 40 DEAL SITES IN INDIA OF WHICH 40 ARE FUNDED A Billion people by Indian standards Flipkart has been a great success story . SMS. For startups. I N D IA N STA rT U p S A r E b r AV E Ly C L I M b I N G U p. Indian retail is still in stone ages and highly disorganized.2 billion people in the young age and 10s of millions are rapidly climbing up the prosperity ladder. if you were not investing in dotcoms you were considered a laggard. CoD enables customers to pay on delivery (just like in a traditional physical store) and has put some of the trust issues to rest. Indians are still not comfortable using credit cards online and CoD has greatly enabled bringing millions of customers to e-commerce with the financial potential but reluctant to swipe online. Flipkart has moved on to become the biggest ecommerce store in India. It has been speculated that Amazon might not enter without a local partner and a few acquisitions. Indians could leapfrog directly to online retail from the traditional kirana setup. This has sent a few VCs and startups into a frenzy. In 2006. decades ago. Backwardness of Indian retail Low Barriers to Entry Flipkart Story With a variety of e-commerce plugins.the first Indian Internet company to clock $1 billion in valuation.Feature Factors affecting the boom by know this story has been repeated a billion times. The success of Flipkart has infused a “Can Do” spirit among the Indian entrepreneurs and a “Me too” spirit among the Indian VCs who missed out investing in Flipkart.
Traditional VC funds Nexus Ventures .gov. For the complete list of registered VCs in India go to this website: http://www. 5 lakhs to 2 crores) and predominantly involve more hands on involvement from the investors than a typical VC fund managed by hired portfolio managers. Canaan has invested in 12 companies currently including bhart Matrimony and e-commerce company naaptol. paypal. LinkedIn and Oracle. bai. tube.Funding Venture Capital in India Venture Capitalists are generally early stage investors in a company who take equity stake in the company in return for capital. Seeders has Sequoia Capital .An international cess stories ranging from redbus. it has over a dozen investments and plenty of suc.in/ investor/venturecap. Lightspeed has 4 investments in India including the local search provider AskLaila.Operating in Israel and US.has funded in companies like Apple. Mumbai Angels .Started in 2006.in. Given that most startups cannot access bank loans. Angel & Seed Funds Angels are very early stage investors investing in much small amounts (rs. venture capital involves sharing risk with the entrepreneur and involves no collaterol from the owners. crores. bangalore. venture capital is very crucial for the capital needs of the startup ecosystem. Indian Angel Network .based in Mum. blume ventures has over 7 their India operation seem to focus startups in its portfolio and typi. Ventureast .com.2-40 crores in 6-8 companies annually. IDG has currently printo. Intel Capital . UnBlume Ventures .based in New Delhi.invested in over 50 companies so far. LightSpeed Ventures . operation with over 150 companies in its portfolio. Carwale etc.A primarily tech portfolio from Intel includes investments in Indiamart and yatra.has $300mn in funds Mumbai angels has now 150 inves.sebi. IAN is one of the major players in the angel scene in India with a dozen plus investments through its various partners. VCs are still in an earlier stage of evolution and have not had as much success as they counterparts have in the US. Their cally invests between 50 lakhs to 2 investments include justDial. youups. Seeders . NIIT and perSeedfund .more on mature companies.IDG Ventures .based in Mumbai and sistent technologies. There are 180 registered VC firms. They typically take 10-30% of the equity along with a seat in the board to give the access to the capital.The 800 pound been pretty active in the past cou. though majority of them are not actively investing in new companies now. along with India. Vasan Eye Care etc. Sequoia ple of months investing in 3 start. invested in 15 companies in India. They have got a number of successful exits from their investments in rediff. Google. Unlike traditional loans.like their US operations. US and Israel. Sharekhan. yahoo. however.An international fund with operations in India. . Cafe Coffee Day. Their currently portfolio of 28 companies includes top players such as Snapdeal.A relatively new angel fund based in kolkata.guerilla in the VC game. The concept mainly came to form in the late 1950s with the founding of Fairchild Semiconductor that in many ways ushered the creation of the Silicon Valley and the modern Venture Capital.They are among the leaders in the Indian VC scene investing rs.html In this article we will cover some of the most active players currently. Canaan Partners . In India. tors invested in 37 companies.
Delhi based . mentoring & Accelerator programs IAN Incubator run by Indian Angel Network IndaVest Incubator program Launchpad . Bangalore National Design Business Incubator at Gujarat NRSCEL Incubator at IIM Bangalore Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IIT Bombay STEP Program at NIT. Gemini New Media ventures based in Mumbai.in. Hyderabad Seedfund incubators – Mumbai based program Start Up! . iAccelerator – Pune based startup accelerator. Noida. Bangalore Jaaga. Trichi Technology Business Incubator at BITS Pilani Technology Business Incubator at Vellore Institute of Technology Technology Business Incubator at Kongu Engg college near Coimbatore Technopark Incubator program at Trivandrum Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at ISB.Pune based program Morpheus Startup accelerator program – a 4 month program for early stage startups 15 . Mysore.program for social entrepreneurs IncuCapital – funding and incubation.Funding InVESTorS & InCUBATorS Incubator programs CIIE Incubator and Accelerator program from IIM Ahmedabad Entrepreneurship Cell at IIT Kharagpur GINSERV.
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