Espark-Viridian, the startup accelerator which is present in Greater Noida, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chandigarh, is calling in applications for its upcoming cohort AccessXcceleration.
Espark-Viridian’s acceleration programme is focussed on early stage startups. It will provide the selected startups with business insights, problem-solving techniques, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and overall direction, after assessing the individual needs of businesses.
The strategically crafted accelerator programme focuses right from the idea to the minimum viable product (MVP) stage and even provides the startups with the opportunity to achieve their ultimate goal of getting requisite funding.
Module I will focus on startups on the idea stage. It will offer them a platform for deliberation of their ideas or to test their prototypes and will guide them in arriving at the MVP stage through idea validation. The module also focuses on helping entrepreneurs come up with effective pivot strategies, if required.
Module II will offer a platform to entrepreneurs to structure their startups in a lean operating framework and design process flows. It will culminate in enabling startups that graduate successfully to pitch to investors for funding.
The programme includes interactive sessions and workshops to provide entrepreneurs with knowledge-based business solutions. These are strategically placed across both the modules, with experienced mentors from various fields such as marketing, business development, operations, legal, etc, covering all the functional aspects of a startup.
Apart from providing mentoring, the acceleration programme also serves as a platform for entrepreneurs from various industries to socialise, network, and learn from each other.
Interested Startups Apply Here!
AccessXcceleration’s Successes In Its Previous Cohorts
The previous cohorts of AccessXcceleration by Espark-Viridian have been extremely successful and 15 startups made it through the selection process.
The noteworthy startups from the last cohort were:
- Tnine a company building technology for businesses with services ranging from website, software and mobile applications development and analytics
- The Monologue, a platform for enthusiastic speakers, poets, stand-up comedians and more
- 1SpecialPlace a tele-rehabilitation startup integrating speech therapy and mental healthcare
Accelerators: The Need Of The Hour For Startups In India
The Espark-Viridian accelerator, which was launched in 2015, embraces startups from across sectors and provides them much-needed infrastructure and mentoring. The most difficult time for a startup is from inception until the growth stage. An accelerator partner during this stage helps provide startups with the support they need. This can make all the difference between their success and failure.
While India may still be far behind the US as far as startup accelerators are concerned, the growth in accelerators in the country over the last few years has been quite impressive.
The startup ecosystem in India has also garnered interest from global accelerators such as the US-based Y Combinator, which mentors Supr Daily and Servx, among others. There is also Techstars, another US-based Seed accelerator, which has chosen Bengaluru as its first destination.
This, once again, validates the capacity and capability of entrepreneurship in India. India faces a deficit of good accelerator programmes, and global accelerators such as Espark-Viridian coming in with their varied experience and expertise can dramatically improve the overall quality and success rate of Indian startups.