GSF accelerator progam details
GSF now goes global with the launch of GSF Global Accelerator, a first-in-the-world cross-border accelerator program. Twelve high-tech startups will be selected for the program: eight from India and the rest through our strategic alliance partners in South East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. These startups will join us on a journey of twelve weeks that will begin in India and end in the Silicon Valley.
The GSF Global Accelerator Program will have four stopovers. Starting in mid-April in India, the team will spend four weeks with GSF mentors and advisors in Delhi and Bangalore; followed by two weeks in Singapore at 'The HUBâ; then two weeks in a leading digital hub on the east coast of North America and the final four weeks in the Silicon Valley. The program will end with 4 demo days to investors and entrepreneurs, one each in San Francisco, a North American city on the east coast, Singapore and India.
GSF Accelerator program is built around three unique values:
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Functioning as a “super-accelerator” by design, GSF Accelerator offers founders ten 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.
The GSF accelerator start-ups will attend 20 intensive workshops conducted by global experts. These workshops are in 5 major themes of Product Strategy, Marketing, Technology, Business Strategy and Venture Funding.
GSF Invests Rs. 15 Lakhs at 8% equity into startup inducted into the Accelerator program. GSF also does follow on rounds of up to $500,000 into a few select startups after the program.
GSF Accelerator start-ups will also be showcased at the GSF #WhereDoWeGoNow (The Third Global Superangels Forum) on Aug 21-22nd 2013, where they will seek further funding from over 400 of the leading early stage investors from across the world.
GSF has entered into multiple global relationships. It has tied up with the renowned 500 startups by Dave McClure to provide access to its Silicon Valley networks. Similarly, the leading European incubator and mentorship platform, Seedcamp will provide GSF start-ups deep access to its network across Europe. GSF has also partner with the MIT University's AITI program to give Indian startups access to the best technological minds in the world.
EiRs @GSF programme offers a deep immersion in the startup ecosystem in India to this entrepreneurial talent aggregated from across the world. They anchor the accelerator programme in all four cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai) by scouting, evaluating, and aiding in the selection of the best startups from across different regions of India. Throughout the 10 weeks EiRs execute programming, forge linkages between GSF companies and external partners, and buddy mentor each of the portfolio companies. EiRs also drive strategic partnerships and expand GSFs already robust mentor network of top entrepreneurs and executives in the tech community across India and the globe.
GSF HighSchoolGeeks, a unique initiative is aimed at fostering entrepreneurship talent among the high school students in India with strong technology skills and drive to achieve startup success. The competition was organised to select and recruit 4 high school EiRs (Entrepreneur in Residence) who will join a team of other EiRs from across the world, which includes graduates from the top academic institutions and founders of multiple successful startups.
GSF Accelerator advisors
Avnish Bajaj: founder of Matrix India, Saul Klein: Partner at Index Ventures, co-founder of TAG and Seedcamp, Dave McClure: Founder of 500 startups, Atsushi San: Softbank, Ashish Gupta: Founder of Helion Partners, Naveen Tewari: Founder of InMobi, Sharad Sanghi: Founder NetMagic, Steven Lurie: GM Zynga, Vijay Shekhar Sharma: Founder One97, Phaninder Sharma: Founder RedBus, Fred Demopoulos: a leading investor in Chinese start-ups, and Sid Talwar: Angel Investor