Investor panel @ 42

Entrepreneurs from India part of Z Nation Lab, Silicon Valley bootcamp were hosted at 42 for a 3 day extensive workshop to build on their investor pitch and go to market strategy. As part of the program students and startups at 42 along with mentors at Z Nation Lab, Silicon Valley worked together with Indian startups to build their elevator pitch, 90 seconds pitch, one line message, differentiator and value proposition.

Startups also got the opportunity to get valuable feedback from Investors on their startup Pitch during the panel discussion. Some of the important remarks made during the Investor panel are :

  1. One can’t build the startup in silo, you need to cross pollinate, entrepreneur can’t carry the burden on himself, it’s all about collaboration, exchange and networking.
  2. If you go to seek funding you will get an advice, if you will go to get an advice, often you might get funding.
  3. VC’s in Silicon Valley are more likely to fund startups having no revenue then anywhere else in the world. Key is to have the right team and problem that can be solved.
  4. If your startup falls under one of the below category, it is better to explore the US opportunities sooner than later
  • Enterprise startups having ultimate goal of having customers in USA
  • B to C startups having users across the globe.

At the end, focus is the key, make only what customers wants and regular feedback from customers at the early stage will help you build the right product which can be scaled big.

About 42

42 Silicon Valley is an innovative engineering college in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the leading college for software engineering, coding, and programming, 42 is disrupting engineering education and tech talent pipelines in the Silicon Valley. Think tech is just for nerds? Think again.

Investor panel @ 42

42 recently hosted entrepreneurs from India, part of Z Nation Lab, Silicon Valley Bootcamp for a 3-day extensive workshop to build on their investor pitch and go-to-market strategy. As part of the program, students and startups at 42 along with mentors at Z Nation Lab, Silicon Valley worked together with Indian startups for this span of 3 days. The aim was to build their elevator pitch, 90 seconds pitch, one line message, differentiator, and value proposition.

Startups also got the opportunity to get valuable feedback from investors on their Startup Pitch during the panel discussion. So, here are few of the most significant learnings stated during the Investor panel are :

  1. One can’t build the startup in a silo, you need to cross-pollinate, an entrepreneur can’t carry the burden on himself, it’s all about collaboration, exchange, and networking.
  2. If you go to seek funding you will get an advice, if you will go to get an advice, often you might get funding.
  3. VC’s in Silicon Valley are more likely to fund startups having no revenue then anywhere else in the world. Key is to have the right team and problem that can be solved.
  4. If your startup falls under one of the below categories, it is better to explore the US opportunities sooner than later-
  • Enterprise startups having an ultimate goal of having customers in the USA
  • B to C startups having users across the globe

In the end, the focus is the key, make only what customers want and regular feedback from customers at the early stage will help you build the right product which can be scaled big.

About 42

42 Silicon Valley is an innovative engineering college in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the leading college for software engineering, coding, and programming, 42 is disrupting engineering education and tech talent pipelines in the Silicon Valley. Think tech is just for nerds? Think again.

Making Life of an Entrepreneur Easier

‘Oh, you run your own business? It must be really nice’. This is what an entrepreneur gets to hear every now and then. But, does this ‘nice’ comes as easy? Certainly not. Being an entrepreneur implies donning several hats simultaneously. If you are an entrepreneur, you are responsible for everything literally. Right from sales to maintaining finances, to managing HR role, it is all your job (for the initial stage). So, it is a nice but difficult life indeed. Now, we will discuss few ways in which this can be made easier.

  1. Find out what are not-so-essential tasks

As a one-man army during the founding days of your startup, you are required to treat everything as a priority. But, gradually you will realize that there are things that there will be a mix emerging. There will be some critical things that only you must have a grip on, some others which can be handed over to others. It is significant to make this distinction as early as possible. This will help you not only to save time but also to maintain a healthy work-life balance. So, examine things at hand and make a list now.

2.  Be true to yourself and accept what you do not excel at

It is a fact that no one can excel at everything that they do. For your startup, there may be vital tasks for which you might not be the right person. All you need to do is a little self-check. Identify the tasks you lack the aptitude or skill for. Once you have the list of such things at your disposal, you can prioritize your tasks accordingly. Focus and give your maximum time to the ones you are best at.

3. Have you hired or collaborated with people? Put them to use

No matter what amount of resources you might have, human resources are a must. These could be the employees – full time, part time or work from home. Use them for the tasks that you do not have time for or may not excel at. Give them a chance to perform these tasks and you will see the amount of time and energy you can save.

For you as an entrepreneur, time is money so invest it cautiously.

 

Do let us know in comments how you felt about this blog.

 

Startup 02: Next Quintessential Elements of Starting Up

As a continuation of our previous piece on laying the foundation of a startupwe bring to you the next steps. After the first few quintessential elements of starting up, let us discuss for more. Excited? Read ahead to find out.
Intellectual Property: Get it secured
Intellectual property (IP) basically refers to the intangible property as a result of creativity. It includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc. For instance, while starting up you have created a new technology or product, it becomes an intellectual property. As the cut-throat competition prevails in the market today, securing your IP is significant. It gives a differentiating factor to your business.
Decide your business incorporation
No matter what industry you are entering into, incorporating is a must. It is the process of converting your business into a legal entity. For this, there are majorly three designs – LLC, a C corporation or an S corporation. Both LLC and S corporation may have some tax exemptions, whereas C corporation is a taxable entity. Apart from differences in taxation, other issues also need to be well thought of. For instance, equity compensation, personal liability, paperwork, regulations depend upon the type of legal business structures. So, discuss it with your legal and tax consultants to decide the best option.
Writing an effective business plan
‘Quality is the best business plan’. – John Lasseter (Chief creative officer at Pixar)
It is of utmost importance to have an effective business plan. A written business plan tells you various aspects of your business idea. Once your concept or idea is in place, you can see how feasible it is, what direction you want to take it ahead. Likewise, it also gives you a clear idea of what next step to take on. For an effective business plan, think and use research in a proper way to design the roadmap ahead.
By using these quintessential steps for starting up, you can ensure a good start of converting your business idea into a startup.

Startup 01 : Quintessential Elements for Starting Up

Starting up on your own sounds wonderful to everyone. But ever thought what is the first challenge? It is the ability to take 100 decisions all at once. Not all decisions are equally significant, yet for laying the foundation for a startup few decisions are a must. So, let us now discuss quintessential elements of starting up.
1. A Brilliant idea
Wayne Chirisa rightly says, ‘Innovative ideas are the golden wealth of a growing business’. A great idea is the first seed in planting any business. In today’s cut-throat competition, a unique idea has become a necessity. Business can run without a great idea, but if you want to leave a legacy behind, you must have an impeccable idea. Not just in starting up, this idea will form a basis for all your decisions. The development and direction of growth depend heavily on the business idea. So, always choose it wisely.

2. Idea Validation 
Ideas may come easily, but giving ideas the shape of a business is a deal. For this, validation of an idea is of utmost importance. With firms starting up in every nook and corner of the country, your idea really needs to stand out. Look for an idea that solves an existing problem. How relevant is your idea? How does it solve or makes something easier? Who is it meant for? Find convincing answers for all these by pitching your business idea to right mentors.

3. Market research
The idea or product you think of, invest a lot upon, what if it already exists in the market? What kind of customers will buy your product? Who are you offering to? What is the scope of your product? Is the marketplace for them saturated or booming?
These are few essential questions you need to find valid answers for. Before starting up, market research is a must, it will validate your investment well.

4. Funding and budgeting
After validating the idea, the next step is the capital arrangement. Businesses are founded on ideas but are built through the capital. Rather than being clueless later, it is better than before starting up you know your pockets. You should have a clear idea of sources of investment or funding for the business. This facilitates to run the business till it starts making profits. Also, the budget should be well defined and maintained in the initial phase.

In the first of this series, these are the quintessential elements for starting up. Other elements are coming up in the next blog. Stay tuned.

Z Nation Lab at Startup India Yatra

As part of our ongoing initiatives to discover great ideas across India, Z Nation Lab in partnership with Invest India and StartupIndia was delighted to be part of Startup India Yatra – Uttarakhand Edition.

Organized under the Startup India initiative, the Yatra aimed to identify entrepreneurial talent within the State of Uttarakhand. Shashank Randev and Pushpamitra Das spent two days in Dehradun as part of the Startup India Yatra team. They evaluated more than 120 startups and the 10 finalists were awarded by Manisha Panwar – Principal Secretary, State Government of Uttarakhand.

“Pleasantly surprised by the number of great ideas and MVPs we evaluated in Dehradun. The enthusiasm and energy were palpable! The state of Uttarakhand has initiated a successful drive for growth through innovation. Z Nation Lab would be engaging with at least 5 startups from the State. We look forward to sourcing great ideas, products, solutions and nurturing budding entrepreneurs across India.”

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What does Disruptive Innovation Implies for a Business?

“I could either watch it happen or be a part of it”. – Elon Musk on disruptive innovation. He is genius behind one of the most innovative companies like SpaceX and Tesla.

In the present scenario, every industry is going through a major business model and technology-oriented disruption. So, let us first decode the term ‘disruptive innovation’.

Decoding the term

In the simplest words, it can be understood as an application of a technology that changes the way a firm or market or an industry functions. Now, what makes a technology disruptive? For instance, the internet is a disruptive innovation since it was a unique creation used for generating money that never existed before. So, any technology that is uniquely built and causes a fundamental change in the way of functioning of a firm or industry is ‘disruptive innovation’. Now, let us discuss why it is here to stay.

The significance of Disruptive Innovation

Whenever a disruption comes to market, for a business it becomes essential to adopt it or else it shall be left behind. Let us see into the case of spectacular demise of Nokia. It was the world’s largest mobile phone makers having a magnificent global market share of 40%. From witnessing such heights of success, it also had to witness the fire sale of its entire business to Microsoft. Why? The inability to identify the disruptive innovation being carried out by competitors in the market and later failing to adapt it. Thus, disruptive innovation is not just another term, it has the power to make or break businesses.

Disruptive Innovation is the need of the hour

In today’s ever-competitive market, disruptive innovation is the key to keep succeeding at what you do. If you don’t initiate it, someone else will. As rightly pointed by Facebook’s Guiding Principle, “If we don’t invent the thing that will kill Facebook, someone else will.” Every business needs to keep reinventing itself to stay on the top of their game. This understanding has developed since business value the fact that disruptive innovation is here to stay. For doing so, they become disruptive rather than adopting the disruption created by someone else. Hence, the key is to embrace disruption and change early because you cannot fight innovation.

 

 

Accelerators: Making A Startup Journey Easier

Gone are the days when it took a huge amount of money to start a business. Today, we live in an era where anyone having a great business idea can start on their own. All you need is a website/page/channel to begin with. But, what next? How is the journey covered from here to grow a successful startup? Well, we are going to shed light on this journey today.
According to NASSCOM, India stands today as the third largest startup ecosystem in the world. Interestingly, startups in fintech, healthcare, e-commerce, and aggregators are rapidly on the rise. In such a scenario, with a new business idea taking birth in every nook and corner of the ecosystem, right mentoring is becoming a necessity. As Raman Roy (Chairman, NASSCOM) rightly said, “Today, Indian ecosystem is flooded with innovative ideas and needs the right channel and guidance in terms of acceleration, scaling up and funding”.
Thus, startup incubators and accelerators are need of the hour. Now, we shall understand the role played by both in this journey of starting, scaling up the business. Generally, they are perceived to be same but they are certainly not. For this, let us begin by defining the incubators first.
Starting up: Incubators Are Your Savior!
Incubators support the startups in their initial stages in expanding their operations, decision making, etc. They do not pour in any money physically but become a guiding light for budding entrepreneurs. So, they are an efficient way to help in the beginning stage of a startup.
Scaling up: Accelerators Have Your Back!
Accelerators are different from incubators in various aspects. Unlike incubators, accelerators do not shy away from investing in the startup. Now, let us see some core features of startup accelerators –
1. They focus on a specific domain of expertise and choose startups accordingly.
2. They have a competitive selection process for funding startups.
3. They invest for an equity stake in participating startups.
Unlike incubators, startup accelerators have a pre-defined time-frame for every startup they invest for next stage of expansion. The accelerators also provide right mentoring to startups helping them to scale up in a targeted time-frame.
Thus, choosing the right kind of accelerators is of utmost importance. The right kind of collaboration goes a long way in shaping up the long-term outlook for startups. Also, research about the accelerators before approaching them helps immensely in choosing the right one.
So, choose wisely to grow organically.

Pitch @ ZGC Innovation center, Silicon Valley

When it comes to Silicon Valley, people speak only one language “Technology”. Chinese community and investors at the ZGC Innovation center, Silicon Valley welcomed the Indian startups to pitch their business ideas. They were keen to understand how can the Indian Startups use ZGC platform to venture into the Chinese market and how can they help. Among the startups that attended the event, few got immediate connect into the Chinese ecosystem.

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Entrepreneurship lessons by Bret Waters, Stanford lecturer

Startup at Silicon Valley bootcamp with Bret Waters, Stanford University lecturer on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Bret gave some great insights into entrepreneurship.

1. The number one reason why startups often fail is when their long term value from customers is less than the cost of acquiring a customer.

2. Exclusivity works – not many companies (except few outliers like amazon) were successful with early product release for all.

3. Reaching the tipping point is critical – Finding the most influential customer category for your product is very crucial in a startup lifecycle. Quoting the example of 3M’s product PostIT, when the product was about to fail, the company decided to send a free sample to all the secretaries in corporate offices, who were the most influential customers, today PostIT is present in day to day life of the masses.

4. Build what your customers want – stating the example of Instagram where the company deleted all its other product features to keep only 2 features that the customers wanted, helped it become a unicorn.

5. For BtoB startups – cost reduction or increasing the sales are the only two most important reasons why customers buy product as their decision are more rational than individuals who may buy the product for variety of other reasons. B2B startups should approach the corporates not for sale call but to ask for help in building the product as corporate executives have the experience.

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Here’s Why You Must Invest in Content Marketing!

Being an entrepreneur with limited funds or savings to begin your venture, you are often forced to choose among the array of things that need to be invested in. Content marketing is one thing that gets sidelined.  At the very onset of this discussion, ask yourself- what is the topmost priority? The answers would be in the range of conversions or sales or generating leads. Now, among various ways to generate the leads, one proven method is ‘content marketing’. Now, let us discuss this in detail.

Before delving into why content marketing is crucial to startups and businesses alike, let us first define

What is content marketing?

Content marketing is one of the pillars of digital marketing. Unlike ads, it mainly focuses on establishing a long-term, constant engagement with the audience. The saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’, stands true for online platforms. The customer or audience is flooded with a plethora of content flowing every now and then. Hence, need for constant engagement becomes significant.  Now comes the question-

Why should a startup consider content marketing?

Today’s customers are not only looking for products online but also many of them seek solutions. For solving their problems, increasing their productivity, creativity, etc. they resort to reading things online. So, content not only helps give insightful information to them but also describes your offering in the most credible way.

First information about your business for potential customers must be an informative one. That is where content will come into the picture. It produces free and informative pieces in form of blogs, news or full-fledged articles. This generates awareness about the existence of your business to the target audience. An informed customer will be more willing to take up the first service from you rather than a hesitant one.

After the first interaction, if the content is valuable, the audience will be curious to get updates from your website/channel. This is how a relationship would be built over time.

Now comes the difficult part, how to ensure the content marketing is effective enough to bring results?

This is where guidance from your startup mentors is much needed. So, start the first step towards content marketing now.

 

Pitch to investors @ Y Combinator Startup Investor School

Indian startups at Z nation lab Silicon Valley Startup bootcamp pitching to investors @ Y Combinator Startup Investor School. This group of investors is a closed knit bunch of active investors. They have invested in more than 100 plus YC startups in the past.

Pitching to these investors was a unique experience as it is an art to communicate your message in 90 seconds and articulate your responses to some very smart Investor questions.

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Neha Jain at APW Week 2018

Neha Jain, co-founder of Z Nation lab attended one exciting event – Asia-Pacific Week at Berlin, Germany. She was a speaker in the panel for “Chaos to Co-Creation” Accelerators & Incubators (a session organized in the event). Right since its inception, APW 2018 has served as an annual forum that invites leading experts from across the globe to Berlin for an exchange of ideas with economic regions having the highest growth rates. Also, specialists from the Asia-Pacific region and their European colleagues discuss on a plethora of topics ranging from economics and politics, research and science to culture and society and transfer of knowledge. Another highlight of Asia-Pacific Weeks Berlin (APW) offers a unique European platform for interdisciplinary approach leading to engaging debates on globally relevant subjects like smart cities, industry 4.0, digitalization, startups and innovations. At this year’s event, the broad theme was “Asia-Europe Innovation Dialogue”, with a focus on startups and their facilitative, innovative ecosystems.

Investing in Retail Tech Trends- Are you there yet?

Let us take a flashback to ten years, did anyone imagine an online clothing brand? Or a portal where you could buy your groceries? Well, someone did imagine that leading to the rise of a plethora of online retail stores today. Right from the traditional stores to the online retail businesses, the retail industry has truly come a long way. So, what next? Imagine instead of going to the personal designer or nearby boutique several times to get your perfect dress ready, what if a celebrity designer designs your personalized wardrobe online? This is made possible today, thanks to technology. The technological disruptions are shaping up almost every field of business and retail industry is no exception. So, if you want your retail business to be growing in future, you must not miss out on these latest retail tech trends in retail industry which are going to shape its future.

  1. Personalization – The Internet of ‘Me’

Personalization has always been the focus of marketers since ages, but it is going to be radically looked at in the coming time. As ‘Internet of things’ has helped bring digital and physical worlds closer, it eventually will give rise of the ‘internet of me’, i.e. it will be build up ways to dig deeper into people’s lifestyles, measure their preferences and accordingly help retailers build their market around it. Thus, personalization becomes one of the latest retail tech trends, personalization techniques can immensely help retailers in building up personalization strategies for products as well as delivery channels. In turn, this will help retain their customers, tap on the potential clientele and be the trendsetter.

  1. Voice Search 

The Amazon Alexa or Google maps are being used for solely listening to preferred music or getting directions to reach our destinations, but will soon carve out the way ahead for retail purchase as well. Voice search will take over almost every aspect of the online world, thus SEO will shape up as Voice SEO. This is because of the unprecedented use of voice technologies in routine life by today’s generation. Voice SEO is one of the latent retail tech trends that will soon take the lead.

  1. Lifestyle Marketing
  1. The retail industry must realize that the purchasing power lies in the hands of the millennial generation. Millenials, as a generation, are driving a huge chunk of marketing in the retail industry.They are not conservative customers but rather are open to exploring, experimenting new stuff every now and then. This generation always looks for things that are personalized to their needs while being trendy in the market. For them, memories count more than mere ‘possessions’. So, marketers in retail industry must be aware of their needs and preferences. Their marketing style should focus on storytelling methodology, as lifestyle marketing is the emerging retail tech trend. The key here is to make the best use of technology like 360° video and AI-powered marketing automation platforms to tell their stories in an innovative and exciting manner.

Thus, the trends in retail marketing won’t see a drastic change, but its manner of execution will change.

Retail and Logistics Event- How retail tech trends are shaping up the way ahead

The technological disruptions are shaping up almost every field of business and retail industry is no exception. Being a being an accelerator for tech based startups, we at Z nation lab recently organised an event exclusively for retail and logistics sector. It was organized as a part of Innovation@core series to help bring together the corporate leaders and tech based startup cadre on single unified platform. It is an event wherein innovation meets its worth.

 The event was graced by many learned professionals, few of them are –

Mr. CP Toshniwal, Exe. Director- Future Lifestyle Fashions Ltd,

Mr. Nilesh Gupta  – Partner at Vijay Sales,

Mr. Meheriar Patel, Group Cheif Information Officer, Cosultant – Jeena,

Mr. Ranjit Satyanath, CIO-Infiniti Retail Ltd.,

Mr. Pradipta Sahoo, Head of Business-Mother Dairy,

Mr. Ajay Aggarwal as exRetail, e-commerce Entrepreneur, Adviser, Mentor, Evangelist,

The event focused upon the various trends that are talk of the town in retail industry. For instance, “Internet of ‘Me’, ‘Voice Search’, among others. The speakers at event shared their valuable knowledge on these aspects. Also, participants got various insights on presenting their ideas, rising trends in retail tech sector to be aware of, among other takeaways. On the other hand, the corporate leaders interacted with these entrepreneurs to know about the latest technological advancements.

Startups from different parts of the globe also joined this event. These included the budding startups from Israel, USA, Singapore, Germany, and others.  So, it was a good platform for discussing global practices for startups, the exchange of information, ideas on entrepreneurial aspects.

We, at Z nation lab, thank all the dignitaries for investing their valuable time for this event. The insights shared by them shall help budding entrepreneurs immensely.

We also thank each and everyone for being a part of this event and making it a successful one.

 

Bengaluru Pre-Accelerator Cohort April 2018

Z Nation Lab, being one of the valued startup pre-accelerators in India,  has been bridging the gap between founders, mentors, and corporates; driving change in a growing ecosystem of entrepreneurship with long-term focus on exits. This April, we took our next step and launched Z Nation Lab’s 6th Pre-Acclerator Cohort in Bengaluru with a focus to identify high growth startups from southern part of the country.

The recently concluded cohort saw participation of founders from domains which included – Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, Logistics, Fintech, Healthtech, Foodtech, Enterprise Technology & Security. Z Nation Lab’s core team, partners along with Silicon Valley advisors engaged with various startups over 3 days of intensive discussions which covered business & technology validation, one-on-one sessions and pitch coaching.

The highlight of Day 1 was an Exclusive Fireside Chat on Reshaping Large Corporates through Innovation. We had distinguished speakers like Harsh Gupta – Director, Voice of Customer at Walmart Global eCommerce, Anand BR – Retail Technology Solutions Specialist and Satish Mugulavalli –  Director Technology at YourNest Venture Capital – who shared their perspectives on open innovation and how startup solutions are shaping up the disruptive technology landscape.

Learning from the failures and successes of experienced entrepreneurs always helps budding founders understand the challenges of starting up. That is where the role of pre-accelerator comes into picture. The fireside session on Day 2 gave these deep insights to the cohort participants when Santosh Panda  – Founder Explara.com, Ankur Dinesh Garg – CEO Hotify.ai and Namit Jain – Founder of ONN Bikes shared their journeys of having been through multiple ventures.

Day 3 concluded with feedback to startups followed by one-on-one investor pitch sessions. Being a pre-accelerator event, it helped budding entrepreneurs on how to pitch their idea. As Thomas Edison rightly said, “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” So, this pre-accelerator event proved to be a great platform for learning how to present and sell the ideas.

Have a look at who all made it the April Bengaluru cohort– 

Loktra Technologies – An enterprise SaaS platform for field sales automation – currently focused on BFSI sector – used to enhance field sales team’s productivity and assist management in real-time data-driven decision making.

Zyme Technologies Pvt Ltd – A cloud-based fleet management solution. Features offered by the solution include real-time tracking, fuel comparison, engine diagnosis, trip history, driver management, fuel efficiency, geofencing, and cross-platform integration capabilities.

Fabrik Space – A cloud-based platform to use drag-and-drop tools and quickly create immersive experiences that is hosted as a website, mobile app or on head-mounted devices (HMDs).

UDMA Technologies – Focused on developing a solution to facilitate digital transactions without an internet connection, while supporting both smart & feature phones.

VdoCipher Media – Cloud based technology to address the problem of piracy and video leaching on video websites. Premium video authors can host their video content through VdoCipher which offers encrypted streaming to prevent user from downloading.

Gano – A product in the Oral care & Dental space providing Ultra-Violet Based Imaging for Enamel Health.

FoodnI – B2B single window enterprise hospitality as a service company, making it easy to discover, order and fulfil all office food & team outing needs either in campus or outside.

Trustcheckr – An AI-enabled tool to identify and remove fake users which has a proprietary algorithm tested on 1M data points and use of AI & ML in image comparisons.

About Z Nation Lab:

Z Nation Lab provides an ecosystem to tech entrepreneurs and startups to help them accelerate their growth. We are an early stage accelerator which empowers entrepreneurs with capital, technical expertise, and network. We bring together high-quality mentors, subject matter experts, experienced professionals, investors and VCs under one roof. The focus is to help curate and nurture a community that offers an environment for innovation to thrive.

Our Portfolio: http://znationlab.com/portfolio/

Global Pitch- Up your Startup Game

While it takes pure passion, a burning desire to start your own thing, it also takes immense perseverance and patience to find the right people who buy your idea. It takes great deal of time and patience to visit investors individually and then find the right guiding lights. Now, imagine if we say that you can present your idea to various investors all at once, online. Want to know how it can be done? The answer is Global Pitch, an event organized by Deal Matrix & Z Nation Lab. It is the biggest online pitching competition across the globe where the best startups meet unique opportunities. At the single click, one can get an access to many investors, incubators, industry experts and much more. So, without you having to travel to any investor or corporate’s place, you get connected to many of them globally. The cherry on the cake is the golden ticket, which if won, will give you access to most crucial conferences for your startup. Apart from the global pitch winner, there would be other category winners also. Want to know which category does your startup first into? Read ahead.

Your pitch can be crowned as best one among-
a) Our Planet (Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Agriculture and Social Impact)
b) Our Body (Healthcare, Medical, Biology, Wellness and Well-being)
c) Our Economy (Production, Distribution, Trade and Markets)
d) Our Information (Data Generation, Prediction, Consumption and Analytics)
e) Our Cities (Smart Cities and Homes, e-Government)

All these category winners shall have further opportunities. If you have a brilliant tech solution, the event is the right one for you.

The partners for this amazing event are many reputed incubators such as startup China accelerator, Startup Chile, Elevator club, among others. As an admirer of technological disruption, Z Nation Lab have also partnered for this event. We believe that these will help us identify and connect to best of tech-based startups. Our co-founder Neha Jain will be a part of the jury for this runway event where several startups are set to fly. Neha is sphere heading the Corporate Innovation Initiative & Partnerships at Z Nation Lab. She is known for her relationship building and networking skills along with being an outstanding influencer in the start-up ecosystem. Neha has been working actively to develop cross border relationships with the International start-up hubs to bridge the gap and build a Global Ecosystem. 
This is an event that can direct your dreams further. So, why wait?
Register now. Applications close on 22 April 2018.
The link for event is- https://globalpitch.com

Z Nation Lab at TiEcon the world’s largest technology anchored conference dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship

TiEcon is the world’s largest technology anchored conference dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. It is ranked alongside Demo, TED and World Economic Forum among the top 10 conferences worldwide for ideas and entrepreneurship by Worth Magazine. Apart from the main event that happens once in a year in Silicon Valley, regional chapters of TiE also organize their respective TiEcons.

TiECON Hubli is the most sought-after annual business conferences in North and Central Karnataka region by the business community. Over the last decade, Hubli has emerged as one the epicenters of economic growth in Southern India and TiE Hubli is playing a key, strategic role in this transformation. In the earlier editions of TiECON Hubli, they have had eminent leaders like Mr. Ratan Tata, Mr. Narayan Murthy, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Prof. Mohomad Yunus, Dr. Raghunath Mahashelkar, Dr. Gururaj Deshpande and Shri Shri Ravishankar of Art of Living as keynote speakers.

TiE Hubli organized its 7th Edition this year. Neha Jain – Co-Founder, Z Nation Lab, spoke at this conference which was held on 20th, January 2018 in Hubli, Karnataka. Her target audience was the Young Indian Entrepreneurs, where she talked about how “Life Beings at the End of Your Comfort Zone”. It was an insightful session where Neha talked about starting an entrepreneurial journey, the importance of structured course correction; pivot and startup funding.

TiE Hubli

Neha Jain shared the stage with stalwarts like Mr. Ananth Kumar -Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India, Ankita Jain – E-Commerce Game Changer, Malavika Avinash – Actress, Politician, Layer, R.V.Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Industries, Govt. of Karnataka, Gururaj Deshpande Founder – Deshpande Foundation, Ankur Garg CEO –Hotify and many more.

The Event overall was an honest purview of what’s happening in and with the startup investments in the country and how do we enliven the space for more.

For details, check out the website- http://tieconhubli.com/.

About Us

Z Nation Lab is a Startup Accelerator in Mumbai with the focus on the India – US Corridor. We have a team of prodigy mentors with 80 plus patents registered in their name and specialize in IOT, Sensor technology, big data, and robotics, Med Tech, Education, Mobile, and Payments.

At Z Nation Lab we are predominately looking at Enterprise startups or a cutting-edge technology product that has potential to go global. Z Nation Lab has a very strong nexus to Silicon Valley with the majority of their board based in the US and our partnership with Access Silicon Valley enables us to connect startups and investors in more than 25 top startup destinations in the world.

Techstars x Z Nation Lab presents Startup Weekend

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Techstars Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 5000+ past events in 160+ countries around the world. More than 200,000 people across the globe belong to the SW alumni community.
The upcoming Techstars Startup Weekend (IoT & Blockchain) will be organized by Z Nation Lab and Mumbai startup community in Mumbai!
This will be a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation. Startup Weekend shall culminate on Sunday night with final demonstrations and presentations. Participants will create working startups during the event and be able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams listen to experiences and advise from industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is designed to be centered around: action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekend is the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. 
Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur; the professional and personal challenge, highs and the lows, failures, and success?
All Techstars Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model, and this will be no different. Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas as determined by popular vote and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. Where participants are required to pitch their raw idea which could be in any vertical/theme like Technology, Education, Health, Disability, Environment, etc. and work on building a Minimum Viable Product MVP thus propelling them to take their idea to the next stage.
The current event is not a general SW edition, it’s focussed on IoT & Blockchain, so write some content around that. Why IoT & Blockchain, and you’re also looking for experts from this domain to participate, etc.  
Terms of Participation Agreement
It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea.
As a member of your startup community, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.
By Participating in the event, you grant Techstars Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world.
Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and supplies have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Neha Jain, Co-founder, and Director of Z Nation Lab speak about their collaboration with IGCC

Neha Jain, Co-founder, and Director of Z Nation Lab speak about their collaboration with IGCC. Z Nation Lab is an important member of the StartUp AsiaBerlin network, which had the Indo- German Chamber of Commerce as its partner in India.

The dynamic startup sector adds a new and interesting dimension to the growing Indo-German ties. Domains like fintech, health tech, transport and mobility, aerospace, energy, e-commerce, Big Data, IoT and AI offer immense opportunities to entrepreneurs in the Indo-German startup ecosystems. The Indo- German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) collaborates with various stakeholders and is a part of numerous initiatives to boost the startup scene in India and Germany.

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About Us

Z Nation Lab is a Startup Accelerator in Mumbai with the focus on the India – US Corridor. We have a team of prodigy mentors with 80 plus patents registered in their name and specialize in IOT, Sensor technology, big data, and robotics, Med Tech, Education, Mobile, and Payments.

At Z Nation Lab we are predominately looking at Enterprise startups or a cutting-edge technology product that has potential to go global. Z Nation Lab has a very strong nexus to Silicon Valley with the majority of their board based in the US and our partnership with Access Silicon Valley enables us to connect startups and investors in more than 25 top startup destinations in the world.

Z NATION LAB X WEWORK INDIA AT WORLD OFFICE EXPO 2017

Z Nation Lab and WeWork India had organized their first joint initiative for the startup ecosystem building in Mumbai by way of a Startup Pitch Competition which was held at the World Office Expo 2017.

WeWork India had partnered with World Office Expo as the title sponsors for showcasing the new age of workspace solutions for companies and startups in Mumbai. With its first building in BKC and soon to open two more in Marol and Vikhroli WeWork already has 2500+ members in Mumbai alone.

At the event, the shortlisted startups pitched for winning the prize which was 3 months complimentary workspace by WeWork and direct entry into Z Nation Lab January Pre Accelerator Bootcamp program. The competition had a good audience who were visitors to the Expo. It became a tough choice for the jury, which was a three-member panel consisting of Mr. Anup Mehta, Co-Founder Z Nation Lab, Mr. Dharam Mehta, India Head Wework and Mr. Soubir Ghose Vice President JLL to select the winners of the Competition.

Three winners took home the prize out of the 8 ideas being pitched viz. EasyMov, Get Parking and Toch

The World Office Expo showcased a wide spectrum of products for offices, commercial complexes, Management & Engineering Institutes, Government Institutions, Hotels & Resorts providing corporate services, Airports, and emerging entrepreneurs & Startups.

About Us

Z Nation Lab is a Startup Accelerator in Mumbai with the focus on the India – US Corridor. We have a team of prodigy mentors with 80 plus patents registered in their name and specialize in IOT, Sensor technology, big data, and robotics, Med Tech, Education, Mobile, and Payments.

At Z Nation Lab we are predominately looking at Enterprise startups or a cutting-edge technology product that has potential to go global. Z Nation Lab has a very strong nexus to Silicon Valley with the majority of their board based in the US and our partnership with Access Silicon Valley enables us to connect startups and investors in more than 25 top startup destinations in the world.

Z Nation Lab at Startup Investors Summit 2017

Startup Investors Summit 2017 was a throwback on how, we as a country, have traveled so far in the startup business and investor ecosystem vis-a-vis the world around and also a poignant panorama of why and how we could scale up for the best of India’s startups and the government’s mission to empower them.

It was an honest purview of what’s happening in and with the startup investments in the country and how do we enliven the space for more. A two days high adrenaline, thought-provoking and solution-focused Startup Investors Summit 2017, gathered more than 100+ speakers and thought leaders like Abhishek Rathi – Founder, Abhishek Rathi Investment Banking, Adhiraj Banerjee  – Executive Director, IvyCamp, Amit Mehra – Principal, Unicorn India Ventures, Mohit Gulati – Founder Altius Ventures & Indian Startup ecosystem, Pradeep Rathi – Founder & Chief Mentor, Pepper Advisory, Sudhir Kadam – Partner, FYDA Startup Alchemists, Ankit Buti – Founder & CEO, StartupEd and from Z Nation Lab Anup Mehta – Co-Founder at Z Nation Lab represented us.

500+ investors, angels, venture capitalists, private equity professionals, mentors, aspiring investors, 1000+ carefully curated startups, representatives from the government and erudite academicians. There were Speakers from around the world like Gautam Khetrapal -Founder of LifePlugin.com, Head of Product Marketing, Mindvalley, Chelsea Rustrum – Founder of Rustrum.com, Archana Hingorani – Chief Operating Officer at IL&FS Investment Managers Limited,  Nilesh Jain -Venture Partner at Z Nation Lab and many more.

In Anup Mehta’s words “ (He) had some interesting conversations with startup founders in Augmented reality, Food and food supplements and med-tech domain. ”

Our Venture Partner Nilesh Jain spoke about Artificial Intelligence, and several discussions ranged around it. Nilesh had the view that, “Machines — while capable of extremely impressive automated feats — lack true intellectual and emotional development. While smarter machines may have entered our cars, homes, and lives in 2017, humanity’s AI is still in its elementary stages.
Every time in my discussions and panels, it’s about ‘AI being better than humans—not collaboration’. AI must understand humanity, cooperate vs follow commands. AI needs to acquire the ability to ‘reason’, we are not light years away, but far away to make claims of building super-intelligent machines.
The need for a machine and human cooperation, especially in healthcare is more important, unfortunately, is often overshadowed by competitions between the two entities.”

When asked, “Would I need to go to a Doctor if my phone can answer all the questions and prescribe medicines”, Nilesh left it at that.

What do you think?

Z Nation Lab partnered with 100 Open Startups

Z Nation Lab partnered with  100 Open Startups to provide a platform where startups can work and meet with the top executives across domains.

100 Open Startups is a network where large companies and startups interact in the pursuit of high impact innovations to society. The main expected outcome is to identify from a networked process each year the 100 most attractive startups within each market it operates, culminating in a face to face event hosted by a sponsor in an ‘Innovation capital’ within that market. The program is organized and operated globally by 100 OPEN STARTUPS INDIA.

This initiative between Z Nation Lab and 100 Open Startups will not only help startups work with top corporates but also deploy innovative solutions specific to the need gap.

100 open startups will also Conceptualise and execute the Level 3 Event, only upon the request by Z Nation Lab to conduct such event.

Varadarajan Krish – Managing Director of 100 Open Startups will be working closely on this project which will bridge the need gap and enable Indian startups to scale globally!

If you like to know more don’t hesitate to write it to us at anup@znationlab.com

 

We have also been featured at  BW Online Bureau

 

Z Nation Lab and Launch Dream have come up with a joint initiative to provide a platform for growth stage startups in India

Z Nation Lab has partnered with Launch Dream in the USA to provide a platform for growth stage startups in India. Startups will get access to Federal grants and contracts, will be able to apply for digital growth accelerator, founders will get to learn on-demand course structures in real time.

Z Nation Lab will be scouting companies across various domains and getting them ready for Launch Dream where the bridge between India and US market will be covered.

This first of its kind initiative in India and Silicon Valley ecosystem will not only let Indian companies establish a market in the US region but also get access to the best of the resources and funds the company said in a press release.

Z Nation Lab provides an ecosystem to tech entrepreneurs and startups to help them accelerate their growth. Z Nation Lab is an early stage startup accelerator which empowers entrepreneurs with capital, technical expertise, and network. It brings together high-quality mentors, subject matter experts, experienced professionals, investors and VCs under one roof to curate a community that offers an environment for innovation to thrive.

Z Nation Lab has partnered with Launch Dream in the USA

Startup members at Z Nation Lab benefit from office hours with a network of mentors, participation in programs and events organized by Z Nation Lab and its partners across the Globe, present at demo-days, pitch counseling, legal and tech consulting and connect to fortune 500 companies.

With headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA and office in India, Z Nation Lab is well connected in the Silicon Valley and Indian ecosystem to help Startups expand globally.

Z Nation Lab selectively invests seed capital in early-stage startups graduating from its startup Bootcamp program in addition to thousands of dollars in credit from its ecosystem partners like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, PayTM, SendPulse etc to help its members scale up their entrepreneurial ventures.

Z Nation Lab will be sending the first batch of startups in late 2018 from India.

Stay tuned for more information and application dates!

Z Nation Lab formed an alliance with Kowrk to help the Startup ecosystem

Kowrk and Z Nation Lab formed an alliance in the Q4 of 2017. Since then they have been working on different initiatives to promote startup growth in India and other countries. To extend benefits of their association to the ZNL community, Kowrk has launched a special offer for Z Nation Lab users. Now every startup coming with referral of ZNL is eligible to avail value added services at discounted rates from Kowrk’s partners. These discounts add up to Rs. 4 Lacs.

Now along with getting a shared workspace at the best rates possible across the map, ZNL community can also get SEO, SEM, SMM, Recruitment, Public Relationship, Marketing collaterals, Explainer Videos, Printing, company Incorporation etc. services at discounted rates. Kowrk has selected few partners who have agreed to offer the best services at discounted prices.

Kowrk

About Kowrk

At Kowrk, we envision a future where freelancers, entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses, distributed teams, visiting employees and temporary companies will enhance their flexibility, efficiency and productivity by using shared work spaces.

Kowrk is a platform that enables this future of work by connecting users with coworking spaces, business centers, coworking cafes and other providers of shared offices.

We have listed more than 42,000 seats across different shared workspaces in 20+ countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Cambodia and the USA. With Kowrk, finding, comparing and booking a coworking space or shared office across countries is as easy as booking a hotel.

More info on: http://kowrk.com

About Z Nation Lab

Z Nation Lab provides an ecosystem to tech entrepreneurs and startups to help them accelerate their growth. They are an early stage accelerator which empowers entrepreneurs with capital, technical expertise and network. Z Nation brings together high-quality mentors, subject matter experts, experienced professionals, investors and VCs under one roof to curate a community that offers an environment for innovation to thrive.

More info: http://znationlab.com/

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A New Era in India for Entrepreneurs and Startups Has Begun

Did you know the first business incubator opened in the U.S. in 1959? Now flash forward to today and there are more than 7,000 incubators worldwide. I believe the days of the “job work” mentality are thankfully waning. A real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before.

Z Nation Lab is not a typical incubator or accelerator, we have been helping startups with everything from technology, crafting pitches, gaining knowledge from advisors, networking, office space and obtaining seed money, well, in fact, we fund “play money” to build the MVP and scale through the first few customers.

We increase the success rate for a startup multifold; It’s also been found that “the survival rate of incubated firms can be more than three times higher than non-incubated firms.”, and Z Nation Lab provides that edge to be above the rest at an early stage of the startup.

The image of an entrepreneur is at an all-time high, so why would you continue to work in a job that you hate, or provides no satisfaction? With more people looking to making the world a better place, rather than just tolerating brain-numbing work to fund enjoyment elsewhere.

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Step into a new entrepreneur era where the definition of “work” is something you love. It’s not too late to start. But what happens after you’ve made it through your incubator? 90% of startups will fail, so here are 4 simple things to help you reduce those odds and grow your business.

  • Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. Create a disruptive business, ability to reach 800 to 1000 Cr of business in 7 years. Make something people want.
  • Choose your advisors, partners, mentors & incubator/accelerator wisely
  • Learn the right way to market you, your brand and the company
  • Focus on customer acquisition, not just financing. As an entrepreneur, you have to be OK with failure. If you’re not failing, you’re likely not pushing yourself hard enough

” Z Nation Lab is a catalyst for the innovation community,” said Nilesh Jain, Founder Partner, Znationlab.com, “We think we can bring all of it together to do something that is totally unique to this ecosystem, virtually clustering companies into vertical hubs is the best way to take this vibrant startup scene to the next level.” Putting them together will allow them to share advice and resources, including talent and customer leads.