Pre-Accelerator Startup Bootcamp in Bengaluru

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Z Nation Lab, an early stage global accelerator which empowers entrepreneurs with capital, technical expertise, and network have started scouting for startups for its Pre Accelerator Program in Bengaluru. Applications are now open in search for the high-potential startups from all over India looking to start their acceleration in April 2018.

More than a year after its first program, Z Nation Lab next Pre Accelerator program will be held in Bengaluru to target high growth technology-based startups across a wide range of industries, including Digital Health, Blockchain, Big Data & Analytics, AI & Machine Learning, IoT & Connectivity, Travel & Logistics, FinTech and many others.

What can you expect?

Pre-Accelerator Startup Bootcamp is a mentorship-driven accelerator program. It is 4 days intensive camp with a clear focus to immerse the aspiring entrepreneurs in a challenging environment, perfect to help them scale up fast and evolve quickly.

The Bootcamp will provide a rigorous validation for us, to guide you through validating your ideas, performing customer development, building a team, preparing for funding, and more. It will give you the perfect platform to launch by giving you structure, mentor support, and global network you need, to build a sustainable company. Followed by feedback sessions led by the top industry experts, office hours with mentors from Silicon Valley, group meetings with fellow founders, and challenging company building assignments.

The highlight of the Bootcamp

  • Z Nation Lab is looking to invest an early capital of USD 30K to 50K
  • Early Capital investment will be in a selected few Startups from the Bootcamp
  • The Start-ups may also receive follow-up funding between USD 150K to USD 500K from our Venture Capital and Angel Investor partners

Additionally, selected Start-ups will also receive our Affiliate Partners credit in terms of server space, cloud storage, mail marketing packages etc worth USD 10K to 25K. Start-ups graduating from the program will engage Accelerator Managers, Early stage investors, Seed funds, Venture Capital firms and large corporates.

Learn from the experience of your investors and mentors to help solve the toughest problems and take advantage of the brightest opportunities.

To Apply please fill the Application Form and we will get back to you with the further process.

Success stories

Take a look at the success stories of some of our past bootcamp Alumni and our portfolio company:

  • Onnbike & Getparking got an opportunity to go to Germany for a Startup summit
  • Getparking got the first Smart City Project in Chandigarh
  • Onnbike successfully raised Pre-Series A round of INR 4.5 crore from Z Nation Lab plus angel investors from JITO Angel Network and Venture Catalysts
  • Actofit has raised INR 5 crore ($750k) in Pre-Series A round from Next Orbit Ventures Fund and serial entrepreneur & angel investor Nilesh Jain.
  • Intelitaap was selected for Dubai Smart City Project-Residency Accelerator by Startup bootcamp for 3 months
  • OhLook got selected for the prestigious global Consumer Tech Awards 2017, organized by Accenture in Singapore
  • Scoutmytrip organized Highest Blogger Meet in the world with OYO Rooms
  • SmartSocial have managed to get subscription from India, USA & UK with over 20+ paid clients in a month

About Z Nation Lab

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

Z Nation Lab talks about Startups and early-stage funding at S.P. Jain School of Global Management

Had a great time with fellow panel members and addressing the MBA students at S.P. Jain School of Global Management, Mumbai Campus recently. The panel members along with me included Sachin Parekh – Founder & CEO Easyroads, Animesh Lodha – CEO Cheelizza, Rajesh Sehgal – Managing Partner Equanimity Ventures, Abhishek Barari – CEO My Cute Office and Dinesh Tiwari – MD Broad peak Capital Advisors.

The landscape of the Indian startup ecosystem has been on a constant path of evolution with the advent of various accelerators and early-stage funds coming into existence. A key factor adding value to this maturing ecosystem, over and above the capital available in the market, has been the emergence of new age entrepreneurs. Back in 2008-09, it was unconventional for students passing out of MBA institutes to venture into the world of starting up or joining startups.

Today, we are seeing a lot more students letting go of their campus placement offers and kickstarting their own companies. Speaking with the students at the SP Jain School of Global Management clearly showed this vigor –  aspiring to venture out on their own, ideating on disrupting existing conventional models and creating a growth path on their own terms.

It was an insightful session where we talked about starting an entrepreneurial journey, the importance of structured course correction aka pivot and startup funding. The session saw the participation of 50+ students coming from various backgrounds, some of them already having worked as mid and senior-level professionals.

Z Nation Lab is back to be the Backbone, helping startups stay on the top of their game

After three consecutive successful startup bootcamps, Z Nation Lab is back with a bang in their endeavor to constantly engage with the brightest minds and disruptive ideas, on a massive scale. Z Nation Lab had announced its next cohort starting November 6th, 2017, and we are excited!

Every Startup entrepreneur entails at least 3 support pillars – Mentoring, Funding, and Scaling. Z Nation Lab, a startup accelerator based out of Silicon Valley and Mumbai, offers all 3 of them on a platter, for all deserving start-ups who graduate from their Bootcamp. They successfully did it during their last cohorts and are now set to do it on bigger, better and comprehensive scale in their upcoming November Bootcamp.

What can we expect

The cohort startups would be burning the midnight oil while refining their ideas with the support of Z Nation Lab mentors and advisors. It will lead to a Demo Day culminating in a final pitch to an esteemed panel of investors and partners.

Here is the list of the startups who made it for the November 2017 Bootcamp

ACTIVE BUILDINGS: Underpinned by a family of unique industry-grade IEQ and smart building sensor devices, providing plug and play solutions that improve quality of life in Buildings

DHEEYANTRA: a technology firm focused on building world-class products and platforms using Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision & Deep Learning. Building AI based Cognitive Conversational Agents supporting Indian Languages for specific domains. These AI agents are capable of Communicating, Perceiving, Learning, Reasoning & getting tasks done.

AVYANTRA HEALTH: a Medtech & Healthcare Startup, working on an innovative and affordable Medical device known as “ Piriton Safe” to address the key pain areas in Peritoneal dialysis.

GET SET CAMP: Get Set Camp aims to promote adventure travel in India, in the form of camping through their portal.

PREDICTLY TECH LABS: provides businesses strategic guidance helped with Cognitive Computing powered software engine to turn your unstructured CX interactions and responses into actionable insights.

PHOTOEXPRESS: a chain of retail stores across PAN India which address photo printing needs and services in organized retail format. Initiated from popular kodak concept of a  shop in western countries, which deals with instant photo printing solution and latest being a print from kodak mobile app directly to store nearby.

PLEASE SOUND HORN: They offer a one-stop solution for all logistic needs with their single platform integrated with cutting-edge technology enabling fleet and logistics management.

PAYME INDIA: an innovative FinTech startup which offers short-term lending as well as long-term funding support to corporate employees. They leverage both traditional as well as modern lending technique and integrate technology to access the profile of the customers.

The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing. Z Nation Lab helps you start doing it. It is a revolutionary vehicle giving those possessing disruptive ideas and true grit to achieve them a steady platform to launch, build and grow into a full-fledged business.

About Z Nation Lab

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

How the bootcamp helped startups detox the noise to identify the true value proposition

Over the last year, our Bootcamps have brought together great start-up founders from various domains with a core focus on building innovative solutions. This led Z Nation Lab to work with exceptional entrepreneurs and thereby expanding our portfolio.

To date, we have engaged with 15 start-ups in terms of investment/advisory which include inter alia: TOCH, Eva-AI Assistant, ScoutMyTrip, Picostone, Get Parking, and SENDFAST. Our last Bootcamp fall 2017 saw the participation of 10 start-ups, out of an application pool of 145+ startups across 6 cities in India.

The program: a 4-day cohort in Mumbai followed by 3 weeks of one-on-one virtual mentor sessions from Silicon Valley and India; saw the participation of startups in the blockchain, fintech, consumer retail Logistics, AI and data enabling technologies. It was an intense and energizing cohort where startup founders not only got their technology validated, identified competitive differentiator and networked with various corporates but also, were able to imbibe a global mindset to build scalable businesses.

Since the beginning of the Bootcamp on August 1st, the cohort startups had been burning the midnight oil while refining their ideas with the support of our mentors. Demo Day saw their efforts culminating into a final pitch to an esteemed panel of investors and partners.

Here is the list of the startups who made it to the Demo day

  • RupeeVest: a platform that provides a one-stop solution for any kind of financial product an individual need: from wealth management (mutual funds, fixed deposits etc.) to insurance, loans and credit cards.
  • SendFast: Provides last mile logistic support to the on-demand services to deliver goods and services at the customer’s doorstep.
  • Spontie: an on-demand mobile marketplace for travellers to book tours, activities and local experiences for the next 24/48 hours at best prices in seconds.
  • Alivemeter: the de-facto ERP solution for nutritionist and dietitians to manage their client and business.
  • Companyon: is a social travel platform that helps you discover and connect with like-minded travellers on the go.
  • C Note: A SAAS based Smart Catalogue, with integrated notepad and email feature.

In our endeavour to constantly engage with the brightest minds and disruptive ideas, we are excited to announce our next cohort starting November 6th, 2017.

Bootcamp | Z Nation Lab

For details, visit: https://www.f6s.com/znationlabstartupbootcamp2017nov

About Z Nation Lab:

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

Breaking Barriers: Z Nation Lab Building Stronger Pipelines of Startups to Enable July Bootcamp

The secret to launching a successful start-up Bootcamp is this: Look for the people who want to change the world. Most startups have the ideas, mind-, skill- and tool-set, passion, and grit that facilitates success. But they often lack the access to right clients, capital, and resources. Here is where Z Nation Lab is making a difference.

Over the last year, Z Nation Lab effective bootcamps have brought together great startup founders from various domains with a core focus on building innovative solutions. This has helped Z Nation Lab to create a stronger pipeline of startups, work with exceptional entrepreneurs, thereby expanding their portfolio.

To date, they have engaged with 15 startups in terms of investment/advisory which include inter alia: TOCH, SmatSocial, ScoutMyTrip, Picostone, Get Parking, and SENDFAST.

Bootcamp Fall 2017 shortlisted 11 start-ups, out of an application pool of 145+ startups across 6 cities in India

Third BootCamp

Third time’s the charm they say.

This third Bootcamp program: a 4-day cohort in Mumbai, followed by 3 weeks of one-on-one virtual mentor sessions from Silicon Valley and India; will be seeing the participation of startups in the blockchain, fintech, consumer retail Logistics, AI and data enabling technologies adding on to their already holistic portfolio. It promises to be an intense and energizing cohort.

Participating startups campers

RupeeVest: a platform that provides a one-stop solution for any kind of financial product an individual need: from wealth management (mutual funds, fixed deposits etc.) to insurance, loans and credit cards.

OhLook: An innovative fashion subscription, clothing rental and styling service for men that gives men an access to unlimited fashion products hand-picked for them.

iTraveleo: Fusing technology and analytics with psychology, iTraveleo makes travel planning fun, exciting, and interactive. It is a simple, transparent and unbiased platform for all things travel.

PrimeAuth: an authentication framework startup to securely authenticate users and safeguard them from data breaches.

Halobee: a mall discovery platform. They help people discover awesome deals in their favorite Shopping Malls. They build an amazing experience for people visiting the malls by giving the updated information of all the stores and the deals they are offering.

SendFast: Provides last mile logistic support to the on-demand services to deliver goods and services to the customer’s doorstep.

Spontie: an on-demand mobile marketplace for travelers to book tours, activities and local experiences for the next 24/48 hours at best prices in seconds.

Alivemeter: the de-facto ERP solution for nutritionist and dietitians to manage their client and business.

Companyon: is a social travel platform that helps you discover and connect with like-minded travelers on the go.

MustAid: Alerts you and the nearest emergency center within 10 seconds of the accident of your loved one. Automatically.

C Note: A SAAS based Smart Catalogue, with integrated notepad and email feature.

Startup Bootcamp is a massive opportunity for startup founders to not only get their technology validated, identify competitive differentiators and network with various corporates but also, imbibe a global mindset to build scalable businesses. Always on a lookout for “the next big thing”, Z Nation Lab aims to help startups from every field with even a slightest viable idea to ascertain how feasible their ideas are and put them on the map.

About Z Nation Lab:

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

DEMO DAY

The 10 startups that rocked Z Nation Lab’s Demo Day

It was an exciting three-week journey for the second batch of startups graduating from Z Nation Lab’s pre-accelerator boot camp. They had been gearing up tirelessly for the big day – Their Demo Day on April 15th,2017.

Demo Day is the day when Z Nation Lab shows off its fresh batch of Bootcamp graduates to investors and the venture capital ecosystem. IOT, AI and E-commerce were the prominent themes of the 11 startups that pitched that day. You can check out the pictures from the demo day here .

“Khoj – our curation engine for attracting quality startups across the country is working really well for us,” says Mr Jairaj Mashru – Venture Partner at Z Nation Lab, whose team has helped strategize and execute Khoj events across India to boost the recruitment drive of quality startups for the Bootcamp.

The demo day room at Microsoft India’s plush Mumbai office saw a full house as investors, mentors, venture capitalists, HNI’s and eager startup enthusiasts cheered and boosted the morale of the startups present that day. Microsoft was the venue partner for the event and has also been an integral technology partner with Z Nation Lab since inception.

Z Nation Lab’s focus on diversity amidst its Bootcamp graduates who demoed that day was quite apparent. “Right from IOT, E-commerce, Enterprise SaaS to Logistics.I have seen some really interesting pitches today at the event,” Farooq from Fao Ventures said in his feedback about the Demo day. “We would love to see some more women-led startups presenting in the future demo days”, another senior investor shared in his feedback. We had many other prominent investors by the name of Mr Ashesh Shah from Transcontinental Ms Nidhi Shraf from Indian Angel Network and many more during the Demo Day Z Nation Lab is taking this diversity feedback really seriously and is consciously going to curate and include more quality startups backed by women entrepreneurs.

Here’s an overview of all 10 startups that pitched at the Demo Day:

Connexis – Is an Internet of Things enabled Industrial Analytics company providing Manufacturing enterprises Real-Time visibility into their factory operations.

InteliTaap: InteliTaap provides Actionable In-Store Analytics for Retailers. technology analyses consumer behaviour inside the store without them having to switch on GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or even cellular data.

Feltso – World’s first of its kind Social review analytics artificial intelligence engine that reads tons of customer reviews and gives in-depth analysis of their opinions on any product or service.

ScoutMyTrip – is a Do-it-Yourself road trip planning ecosystem, with a vibrant community backing it, that helps you create an itinerary for your next road holiday, anywhere to anywhere in India.

Anaxee – ‘Anaxee Digital Runners Pvt. Ltd.’ is creating distributed ‘human’ network of 250000+ Digital Runners across India with reach in 650 districts, 600000 villages, and making this platform (feet-on-street) available via web dashboard and REST API.

Toch – World’s first video shopping platform. Lets users identify and shop from the video content directly be it fashion, travel or runway.

Cyrrup is an IoT Telematics Vehicle black box. It works like flight black box by analyzing driver’s behaviour and monitoring vehicle health thereby providing safety & security to vehicles and its occupants.

Quirktech is a Global Tech product platform for Indian Consumers and Businesses. Through a localised model, we give Indian
consumers real-time access to the latest tech products from across the world, thereby reducing the time gap for new technology entering India.

Orasi is a B2B, the Global marketplace for Syndication of content with more than 50 clients – TV Channels, Production houses, Mobile/VoD platforms – and are spread across 10+ countries.

Mutterfly – is a peer-to-peer renting platform that lets users rent items from people nearby and helps them earn by renting out their items. At Mutterfly, we are leveraging technology to make renting instant, convenient and more importantly a way of life.

From Disruptors to Enablers – Z Nation Lab April startup Bootcamp takes campers from India to Silicon Valley

‘Passion is half the equation, but grit is the other half.’ Now Peter Yang, co-founder of Pokéworks might be true, but when it comes to start-ups, here is a third to it – the right leg up, the boost to create the next Uber or Airbnb.

Z Nation Lab believes in giving a fighting chance to the next big idea. They minimise the risk of launching a start-up and provide the best portal to build and grow. After the massive success of Z Nation Lab’s first start-up Bootcamp, the startup accelerator based out of Silicon Valley and India, launched its Second cohort on the much wider scale, taking campers to Silicon Valley.

About Bootcamp Program

In the 3-week intensive program, Z Nation Lab will give Indian entrepreneurs an opportunity to broaden their perspective through various Mentorship sessions, peer learning and interacting with Angels, VCs, Industry experts and Venture Partners at Z Nation Lab from India & Silicon Valley. At the Second stage – Disruptive start-ups graduating from the pre-accelerator Program in India & having the potential to make a global footprint would be then qualified to attend the boot camp program in Silicon Valley.

“The Bootcamp has helped us clearly define our positioning, effectively communicate our business proposition to potential stakeholders and also gain valuable connect with Silicon Valley”, summed up Apurva Godbole – Founder of the nano drone manufacturing start-up Drona Aviation. He is an alumnus of the first batch of the Start-up Bootcamp 2016 which saw the selection of 12 start-ups out of which Z Nation Lab ended up investing in 4.

Z Nation Lab’s current portfolio includes- Smat Social, TOCH, GetParking, ScoutMyTrip, Onn Bikes and others. These start-ups from have progressed significantly –  Onn Bikes recently secured an additional round of funding from Grace Capital Ventures and Feltso further got selected for UC Berkeley’s Moonshot program in Silicon Valley.

Z Nation Lab Second startup Bootcamp

Shortlisted here are 13 startups that got selected for the 2nd batch of the early stage tech Startup Accelerator program

CYRRUP: a company for all innovations in IoT, telematics fields that solves the big issues at the best prices. Its first innovative venture, the Vehicle Black Box is a car management device for monitoring the performance of vehicle and driver behavior providing safety, security of the vehicle and its occupants.

QUIRKTECH: a multi-channel marketplace for global technology products and services giving Indian consumers access to cutting-edge global tech through a seamless and localized model. With a vision to create a global access gateway, Quirk Tech stands for style and innovation and seeks to simplify consumers’ lives through disruptive technology.

ANAXEE DIGITAL RUNNERS:  is creating distributed ‘human’ network of 250000+ Digital Runners across India with reach in 650 districts, 600000 villages, and making this platform (feet-on-street) available via REST API & web dashboard.

CONNEXIS: An IoT enabled Industrial Analytics company with a SaaS business delivery model. Established in September 2016, Connexis holds a vision to provide real-time visibility solutions to the manufacturing industry to help improve productivity and efficiency.

MUTTERFLY: a new age peer to peer platform that lets users rent items from people nearby and helps them earn by renting their items. It works on an asset-light model where all items are sourced from users on the platform. Their algorithms connect your request with matching users within 30 seconds and are able to deliver your items within 3 hours from the point of confirmation.

ORASI DIGITAL MEDIA: an online, global B-to-B marketplace for syndication of content along with peripheral services like Subtitling, dubbing, format conversion, etc.

INTELITAAP: provides In-store Retail Analytics for Big Box Retailers. Their product analyses consumer behavior inside the store without them having to switch on GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or even cellular data.

FAE BIKES: an electric vehicle share service, establishing a network of mini CHARGING STATIONS with very low set-up and running cost where the scooters are placed.

FLICKSYS: aims to extract maximum information from any media, reducing all the extra effort and context switching. A platform that provides relevant information from a Youtube video, as a viewer is watching it.

BHARATI ROBOTIC SYSTEMS: Fully autonomous Industrial Floor Cleaning Robots which moves all over the facility on its own and Cleans the floor to the finest dirt sending reports to you regularly, at the touch of Smartphone command.

CHAIN2BOLLYWOOD: a web portal and app serving as a mother umbrella for any and everybody connected to the communication, advertising, media or the film/entertainment industry and connects everybody on a professional level.

SMART LIVIN: Redefining Smart Community Living – “managed home rental marketplace”. Where Tenants can avoid paying brokerage and homeowners can sub-let rooms in fully furnished houses.

UBOX: An intelligent SMS inbox categorizing each incoming text message into various fields.

About Z Nation Lab

With a strong presence in the Indo-US Corridor, Z Nation Lab has become one of the pioneers in the Silicon Valley- India ecosystem. They help startups to leverage global domain expertise through various programs which include: Start-up Bootcamp, Corporate Innovation Program, Access Silicon Valley and Scale-Up USA program.

Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you think and takes longer. But with the right direction and push, the rocky climb up the success ladder is plain sailing. Our endeavor is to constantly engage with the brightest minds and disruptive ideas, and give them a lift to success.  

Find Your Guardian Angel Investors

Angel Investor is a term used to signify a person, business or a group that provides financial backing for small startups or entrepreneurs. The capital provided can be one time of seed money or ongoing support to carry the company through difficult times.

There are professional angel investors who own sophisticated businesses and want to extend their own experience in their field of expertise. They think beyond money. They might actually believe in what you do and update you with connections, ideas and some wisdom. Then there are others, they might not be professional investors, like doctors, lawyers or dentists. They have wealthy incomes and disposable finance. They sit on cash cushions, searching for good investment options or might just invest to get some excitement.

Angel investors invest in early stages of the company in exchange for an equity ownership. They are visionary people and care about the quality, commitment and integrity of the founders. Use of futuristic technology and early traction towards your plan might attract angel investors to invest in your business.

Angel Investors Vs Venture Capitalists

VCs Vs Angels | Z Nation Lab

Angel Investors

  • Invest their own money.
  • Invest in the area of expertise or interest.
  • Invest around 10k-250k$
  • Invest in the early stages of the startups.
  • Don’t want to join the board of directors.
  • Lower ROI expectations.
  • Slower business growth expectations.

Venture Capitalists

  • Invest other people’s money.
  • They have their specifications and criteria. They target a range of companies from various domains.
  • Invest over a million dollars.
  • Invest in later stages. They do not invest in pure startups. They will only invest if they see real opportunity.
  • Want to join the board of directors.
  • They expect a minimum of 30% ROI per year.
  • Rapid business growth expectations. They look for tech-based companies since they have fast growth rates.