After successfully completing two rounds of its accelerator program, Pitney Bowes India (PBI) is inviting applications for the third round of the startup accelerator program.
The accelerator program focuses on startups that leverage software for customer information management, mobile, data analytics, location-based services, ecommerce management, and machine learning.
Who Can Apply?
Pitney Bowes is looking for startups who are building businesses for India and global markets, primarily in the following areas:
- Global Ecommerce (logistics, shipping management, data analytics)
- Location-based ad-tech
- Location-based platform (services, advertising, analytics, analytics, enterprise apps, GIS-enabled systems, Indoor navigation and other spatial analysis use cases)
- Big data, mobile analytics and machine learning
- Data integration, data quality and master data management
- Industry-specific solutions or applications related to all of the above
The program will be accepting applications until June 20, 2016.
Selected startups will then be informed by the first week of July and invited to present before a jury. On the basis of interaction, the names of the selected startups for the six-month long acceleration program will be announced in August 2016.
As part of the program, the shortlisted entrepreneurs/startups will have a choice to be located in the PB offices either in Pune or in Noida for incubation and mentorship. Startups in the program will have access to Pitney Bowes’ software, application programming interfaces (APIs) and data for the duration of the program. Training, technical & business guidance and mentoring will be provided to the start-ups from Pitney Bowes engineering and innovation leaders, and from software industry experts.
Earlier in 2014 and 2015, there were six and four startups that graduated from its first and second batch, respectively.
Recently, in April, Pitney Bowes announced the launch of the Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, a commerce enabler that provides access to solutions, analytics and APIs across the full commerce continuum to help clients identify customers, locate opportunities, enable communications, power shipping from anywhere to everywhere, and manage payments. It also launched a series of APIs available in a self-service portal that hosts resources to develop, deploy and manage the creation of new applications-based on its location intelligence and shipping technologies.
Manish Choudhary, Pitney Bowes Senior Vice President, Global Innovation and Managing Director, said, “In an increasingly complex world of commerce, Pitney Bowes is focused on developing product solutions in innovative ways and delivering them to the global marketplace. Startups in India are vital to technology innovation and we look forward to teaming with startups that align well with the Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud.”
Pitney Bowes continues to build its presence as a strong organisation in India centered on innovation by becoming an incubator partner to NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups initiative.
You can apply here for the accelerator program.