The key objective of GSF is to spur innovation and entrepreneurship through angel and seed investing. Our larger mission is to encourage flow of informed, knowledgeable mentorship capital to the start-ups in India and beyond.
Founder of GSF is Rajesh Sawhney.
GSF 2012 is the most innovative two-day hiatus in the calendar of the Indian startup scene. At the core of the program are 35 startups. During these two days, we bring 400+ investors and founders to the doorsteps of innovation and entrepreneurship, Indian style.
Drawing investors and founders from around the world, it is the first forum addressing the uniqueness of the Indian ecosystem. It is the only conference in the world where for every startup there are 10 investors present. The conference features a dynamic program including three keynotes, four panels, entertainment, master classes and an art auction. GSF 2012 will take place November 26-27.
GSF Accelerator is a funding and mentoring platform for Indian startups. Launched in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, this multi-city operation seeks to identify, support, and provide funding for the brightest new startups in India. The first batch was 20 companies in four cities. The selected startups represent the best up-and-comers of the Indian ecosystem.
The program is built around three unique values: intensity of mentorship, deep collaboration with the ecosystem, and creation of a global springboard for the next generation of Indian start-ups. This program is designed to create the next wave of product-oriented technology start-ups in the areas of mobile, social, local and cloud.
Functioning as a “super-accelerator” by design, GSF Accelerator offers founders nine weeks to make the kind of progress ordinarily accomplished in six months.
GSF Accelerator was created in the image of a hackathon. Products pivot several times as teams go through intense, often grueling Q&A sessions with mentors and entrepreneurs in residence. The result of this accelerator is an ecosystem created by the startups for the startups: a challenging, risk-taking of product focuses teams, innovating in areas of mobile, social, local and cloud.
GSF Superangels is a network of 20 iconic founders and investors dedicated to providing seed funding to the most promising Indian startups. As former and current founders themselves, this team of Superangels is particularly well-equipped to identify opportunity and talent in the Indian startup ecosystem.
Last year, the GSF Superangels funded three companies: Autowale (radio tuk-tuk company), Biosense (non invasive haemoglobin measurement) and Chottu.in (a specialist e-commerce logistic company). Their goal this year is to fund five companies out of the many companies showcased at GSF 2012. The selection criteria is threefold: exceptional founders, substantial market opportunity and an innovative product.
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