GSF accelerator progam details
The thirteen week program started on June 2, 2014. The schedule is as follows:
Delhi & Bangalore: 2nd June - 18th June
San Francisco: 23rd June - 18th July
Toronto: 21st July - 25th July
New York: 28th July - 6th August
Boston: 7th August - 9th August
Delhi & Bangalore: 18th August - 22nd August
Singapore: 28th August - 6th September
GSF Accelerator advisors
GSF Global program will return to each city for a demo day at the end of the program to showcase startups to investors and industry leaders of that city.
GSF Global Mentors
Accomplished entrepreneurs, corporate executives, academics, VCs, Angel Investors, together with experts in areas like growth hacking, design and digital marketing from organizations like:
Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, LinkedIn, Zynga, Evernote, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Canaan Partners, Accel, SoftBank, Y-Comninator, 500 startups, Intuit, Lyft, Spotify, InMobi, Nokia, MIT University, Stanford university
GSF Accelerator program is built around three unique values:
creation of global
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 $30k-$60k at 8-9% equity into the startups inducted into the Global Accelerator program. GSF also does follow-on rounds of up to $500,000 into a few select startups after the program.
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