The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has announced the fifth phase of NASSCOM 10,000 Startups ‘Konnect’. This phase is focused on identifying, supporting, incubating and accelerating innovative technology startups in the country.
Rajat Tandon, VP at NASSCOM 10K Startups, said, “With the strong support from mentors, industry experts, investors and VCs, we have successfully created a significant impact on the startup ecosystem of the country. Phase 5 is going to be our biggest Konnect to date as we are aiming to create a greater impact across the early stage startup ecosystem.”
For the fifth phase, NASSCOM has shortlisted 200+ domain centric applications from startups, which will provide a detailed overview of their business idea and the market opportunity.
Startups who have applied in the last 4 months are now being considered for phase 5 shortlisting and for the 10K Nurture Program. The shortlisted startups will be pitching to over 100 investors in 6 locations and will have the access to participate in the intensive accelerator pitch and mentoring Konnect sessions.
The program is supported by 50+ industry experts (NIPP) and around 100 incubator partners. The sessions will start in the first week of March across Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochi and Hyderabad.
In its last four phases, a total of 11,000 startups applied, 1,100 shortlisted and 500 have been impacted by way of funding, acceleration and mentoring. Some of their impacted startups include SmartVizX, Lazylad, EnglishDost, Flutura, SeekSherpa, Faircent, Hiree, Sliderule, Vidgyor, and CustomerXPS to name a few.
NASSCOM 10,000 Startups is a startup incubation program whose objective is to create 10,000 domain-specific startups in the country by 2020.
Phase 4 of the NASSCOM 10K Startups Konnect had 150+ shortlisted startups that went through pitch and mentoring sessions.
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