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National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has announced the commencement of the third phase of NASSCOM 10,000 Startups initiative by opening-up of applications from technology startups across the country. With this, it has also announced launch of nationwide startup registry to build a repository of technology startups in the web, mobile, ecommerce; which will act as a virtual platform for investors, enterprises, media and government.

Adding on, it has also announced roll-out of a skill initiative to create a talent pool of people with hands on skills required to excel in the tech startup market.

Speaking on the occasion, R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, said “India is emerging as the hotbed for technology startups and the NASSCOM 10,000 startup program will continue to partner with all stakeholders to help India emerge as an innovation hub.”

The first two phases of the program had attracted 7000 applications of which 529 were shortlisted and 125+ benefitted by way of receiving funding, acceleration, mentoring, co-working space, enterprise connects and showcase opportunities through the program.


Third phase of 10,000 Startups

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For the third phase, Nasscom will be inviting domain centric applications and further, it plans to launch app-based contests. This phase will also see participation of the Intel, which will come on board as an industry sponsor.

Ravi Gururaj, Chairman, NASSCOM Product Conclave, said, “Since the launch of the 10,000 start-ups program last year NASSCOM has been working with various stakeholders to create an inclusive ecosystem for companies in the domain. Recently, NASSCOM nominated 25 innovative technology start-ups from India for ‘InnoTrek 2014’ – a visit to US for entrepreneur focused events. With this initiative NASSCOM provided a global platform for young businesses to showcase their work at a global stage and get a first-hand experience of the Silicon Valley product ecosystem.”

With the success of Innotrek 2014, now Nasscom plans to undertake more overseas startup delegations to Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong etc.

A special focus will also put on the NASSCOM-Google ‘Girls in Tech’ program to increase the representation of women founders in tech start-ups in the country.

“With an overwhelming response from entrepreneurs, the past one year has been very exciting for NASSCOM 10,000 Startup Initiative. Now with the roll out of the third phase this of the program, we aim to be expand our focus on structured networking, partnerships, and global exposure opportunities. Beyond this, we also encourage women entrepreneur in technology sector to step up and leverage the business opportunities being created,” Rajat Tandon, Senior Director, NASSCOM 10,000 Startups, said.

You can apply for 10,000 Startup on 10000startups.com

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