KHOJ

Z Nation Lab curates startups for their pre-accelerator Bootcamp by vetting online applications and through Khoj an initiative which covers 9 cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Indore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.

We as Z Nation Lab selectively invest seed capital in early-stage startups graduating from our Bootcamp, in addition to the thousands of dollars in credit provided by our ecosystem partners like Amazon,PayTM,Google, Freshdesk, IBM and others to help the startups scale up their entrepreneurial ventures

While we have a sector agnostic outlook, our team, partners, mentors and advisors have a deep understanding of IOT, Analytics, Machine learning, Consumer tech and Ed-tech. We look at the experience, abilities and passion of the team about the industry they are disrupting through the startup. We look at the market which they are addressing and ensure we invest in aggressively scalable startups. We also put special emphasis on the traction they have received from their early adopters.

We also actively seek strategic investors who can leverage on the experience of our Team which includes our Venture Partners click here to know more about them & Mentors click here to know their profile coming with 100 years of collective relevant experience. They have the acumen and the foresight to curate the best startups for your investment portfolio

A bit about our corporate partnerships – We are working closing with various corporates like GE (General Electric), Reliance Communications IoT, HGS & many more in the world to help them identify the next big disruption in their industry and connect them with our startup ecosystem

Should you like to learn more about Khoj and our Bootcamp, please get in touch with us at info@znationlab.com

Save on fuel cost post decentralization of the fuel rates on your next road trip

Save on fuel cost post decentralization of the fuel rates on your next road trip

ScoutMyTrip, one of our portfolio Company  helps you save on fuel cost post the roll out in decentralization of the fuel rates.

Heres what Deepak (co founder of Scoutmytrip) has to say about it

"One regulatory change that is soon going to come out in full force is the de-centralisation of the rates for fuel. The Govt is trying this model in 5 cities for now from 1st of May. if successful, then this will be rolled out for the whole country. What this will mean, is that the next district or even the petrol station from a different company can have a rate that is different to one close to you. This is a huge step and we will have to wait and see how the systems pan out.
At ScoutMyTrip, we are already geared up for this by tapping into individual oil companies and getting live rates from them as an when it happens"

So, be sure to use scoutmytrip.com to ensure that you save on fuel costs while planning your trip

About ScoutMyTrip

ScoutMyTrip is a community-driven road trip planning platform which lets users generate itineraries for their travels. These indicate the locations of petrol stations, hotels, toilets, eateries, and places to visit during the journey as per one’s interest. It is also a platform where like-minded travellers can meet and talk about their past journeys and help others plan on the basis of their experiences.
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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.

Exclusive: Bike rental startup ONN Bikes gets seed funding

Mumbai-based bike rental startup ONN Bikes has secured an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Grace Capital Ventures and four other individual investors.

The startup, operated by Motorcruizer Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., will use the funds to set up hub stations in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, Namit Jain, co-founder of ONN Bikes told Techcircle. These stations refer to pick up stops where the firm will house its bikes for delivery. Besides these centres, ONN Bikes will also use the investment to obtain licenses from the state transport authorities, “There is a lot of cost involved in getting the licenses.

Currently we have four states licenses. We have again applied for another three states licenses,” Jain explained.

Furthermore, the startup will upgrade its technology database so that hub station owners can keep track of all bookings, whether upcoming, ongoing or completed, on a single platform.

ONN Bikes began operations in May 2016 and was founded by Jain, a chartered accountant and former executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Shanky Munoth, a former Infosys executive and the startup’s technology head.

ONN Bikes offers its bike rental services via an app to businesses and end consumers. For enterprises, the firm leases bikes to logistics companies, food tech start-ups and other businesses. These firms can avail of long-term leasing options starting from six months to three years.

“We started in June 2016 and till mid October, we were only dealing with the B2B market. Our focus was to have certain revenues coming into the system to stabalise in the B2B segment, and then get into B2C, where lots of cash burning is involved. We tied up with companies such as Ecom Express, Swiggy, Ola and Uber, who take bikes from us on a lease basis,” said Jain. He added that the firm has no plans to enter the bike taxi segment due to the regulatory hurdles. ONN Bikes so far has supplied 150 bikes to Uber and 125 vehicles to Ola.

Consumers, on the other hand, can hire all types of two-wheelers from non-geared scooters to high-end motorbikes on an hourly, daily and weekly rental basis. A user can order a bike through the app and have it delivered to his or her doorstep, or a bike can be picked up from a hub station. It only started its B2C services from mid-October.

Presently, ONN Bikes offers its B2B services in Bengaluru, Gurgaon and Hyderabad, while its B2C offerings are available only in Bengaluru and Rajasthan. It intends to launch its consumer services in Hyderabad by the end of January 2017.

ONN Bikes has received a commitment of 2,000 bikes on a lease basis from the Bajaj Group and other financial institutions, of which it has a steady pipeline of 700 bikes that can be deployed in the next few months. It also intends to introduce electric bikes and a ride sharing feature.

The bike rental startup was incubated at Z Nation Labs and has previously raised $100,000 in angel investment from Pushpamitra Das, corporate CFO of the Bombay Dyeing Group; Shailesh Mehta, vice president at an international bank; and Z Nation Lab.

Other players in the bike rental space are Bengaluru-based Wheelstreet raised Rs 3.4 crore in seed money from Broadbean Capital in March this year. Hyderabad-based Tazzo secured seed funding worth Rs 1.5 crore (around $227,000) from DSG Consumer Partners in October this year.

Z Nation Lab was launched in April this year by Anup Mehta, an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research and director of Mumbai-based Vinay Unique, a real estate venture; Neha Jain, a marketing graduate from Mumbai University with experience in market research; and Khushboo Jain, a former Grant Thorton executive who was also the former CEO of Umang Financial Advisors. The accelerator invests between $50,000 and $250,000 in startups and takes an 8% to 12% stake in them.

Grace Capital Ventures was recently part of a seed investment round in healthtech startup Sidqam Technologies, along with Mumbai-based investment firm SQue Capital and Soham Vencaps.

Z Nation Lab Incubator Bike Rental Service ONN Bikes Secures Funding From Grace Capital Ventures

On-demand, self-drive bike rental platform, ONN Bikes has raised an undisclosed amount in funding from Grace Capital Ventures.

The company will utilize the funds to develop its technological base to further minimize human involvement in the routine ground operations.

Launched in May 2016 by Namit Jain and Shanky Munoth, the company provides two-wheelers on a rental basis to companies and individuals, alike. It claims to currently have more than 400 bikes on the road in Bengaluru, Gurugram, and Hyderabad and plans to deploy 700 more bikes in the coming few months.

Onn bikes have been accelerated at Z Nation Lab, a startup incubator and accelerator that focusses on startups with thrust areas including IoT, sensor technology, big data, robotics, MedTech, education, mobile, and payments.

The startup currently operates under two separate verticals catering to both B2B and B2C clients. For businesses, ONN provides commercially registered two-wheelers on lease rentals to logistic companies, food tech startups and other businesses. It also offers long-term lease options starting from six months to three years for the B2B segment. For the B2C segment, ONN provides a fleet of vehicle options, from non-geared scooters to high-end motorbikes.

The startup’s official website boasts of services like point to point connectivity, doorstep delivery and pickup of bikes, security systems, GPS tracking system, on-site accident assistance with comprehensive insurance coverage, bike accessories, and merchandise.

The company intends to expand its operations in Jaipur and Pune and to about 54 cities and tourist destinations in next two to three years. Previously, ONN raised $100K in its angel round of funding, according to an official statement. It also plans to introduce electric bikes and ride sharing feature on its platform.

Earlier in March 2016, Bengaluru-based bike rental startup Wheels treat raised $500K (around INR 3.4 Cr.) in a funding round from Broadbean Capital services, an early-stage, Seed and Pre-Series A venture fund. In October 2016, Hyderabad-based tech-enabled motorbike rental platform, Tazzo Technologies raised about $225K (INR 1.5 Cr) Seed funding from DSG Consumer Partners.

Other startups in this segment include WickedRide, Stoneheadbikes, and Rentabike.

Z Nation Lab Partners with Access Silicon Valley to Build a Virtual Bridge for Startups in India

Z Nation Lab has partnered with Access Silicon Valley to provide a virtual accelerator platform for startups in India. Startups will now get to access Silicon Valley angels, VCs and serial entrepreneurs in real time, which they otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to see, hear or possibly connect with.

In addition, Z Nation Lab has put together valuable workshops to provide entrepreneurs with a perspective on building scalable startups.

“This community will act as a group to provide a link to Silicon Valley ecosystem or “mindshare” as we like to think of it,” the company said in a press release.

Z Nation Lab assists start­ups to scale up not only in India but globally. Its network includes global prodigy mentors and investors with specialization in the fields of IoT, Sensor Technology, big data, robotics, med-tech, education, mobile and payments and are working in collaboration with the Indo-­US corridor.

With various patents registered in their name and having worked with fortune 500 companies including venture capital funds, they bring in over 150+ years of collective work experience. Not just experience, Z Nation Lab strives to bring people together from each and every domain.

Z Nation Lab selectively invests seed capital, provides strategic and technological support to startups. Thus, enabling them to accelerate in the right direction.

Neha Jain, Co-­Founder, Z Nation Lab said: “Access Silicon Valley is an extension of the overall global vision to build “virtual bridges” between cities in India that have great startup communities and potential to scale. The virtual bridge will enable Startup ecosystem in India to evolve to the next level, bridging the gap between ideation and implementation.”

Z Nation Lab is launching its first live streaming breakfast session in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Startups will not only get a chance to hear veterans from Silicon Valley but also pitch their next big idea to Z Nation Lab. The details for the same have been published in local community pages on their website.

Z Nation Lab starts its 1st batch of the early stage tech startup accelerator program

Z Nation Lab started its 1st batch of the early stage tech Startup Accelerator program to back startups targeting both the Indian and US markets.

It has shortlisted 13 enterprise and technology startups in the first Startup Accelerator Program, after evaluating more than 150 startup ventures in the Internet of Things (IoT), gaming, emoticon and sensor technology segments.

Established in April 2016, Z Nation Lab has a ticket size of $50,000 per startup and will take an 8% to 12% stake in startups.

Besides helping with product development, go to market strategy and lean startup methodology  at the Startup Accelerator program, Z Nation Lab plans to provide support in pitch coach, mentoring,  networking, chartered accountants, lawyers, application and web developers and social media marketing support.

One of the mentors at Z Nation lab is Mr. Nitin Pradhan, founder of Washington DC-based Launch Dream Accelerator and Govonomy to help technology startups grow in US government markets and provide them with the opportunity to work with the US government.

The Startup Accelerator program will allow the shortlisted startups to interact with a team of experienced technology veterans, venture capital partners, pitch coaches and subject matter experts from India, Europe, and the Silicon Valley.

From the 13 shortlisted startups at 1st batch of the early stage tech Startup Accelerator program, about three or four selected startups would get acceleration fund from Z Nation Lab, while venture capital firms such as Matrix Partners, Accel India, Mumbai Angels will be part of the investor panel on the demo day and may invest in promising startups.

Some of the mentors who will guide the startups during the Startup Accelerator program are  Jurgen Hase, CEO of IoT business at Reliance Communications; Radhesh Kanumury, country head of IBM Global; Anshu Prasher, director at InnoVen Capital and Salil Pradhan venture partner and early stage investor at Draper Nexus Silicon Valley, who has 54 US patents in his name,  Salil who is also a board advisor at Z Nation Lab said said he expects enterprise software and software-as-a-service segments to see a resurgence in the Indian market.

Here are the 13 short listed startups that will be selected for the 1st batch of the early stage tech Startup Accelerator program.

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Drona Aviation: Founded in 2014, the startup was incubated at SINE, IIT Bombay and manufactures nano drone platforms for educational and industrial applications. Its flagship product Pluto, a DIY nano drone, can be used to build applications with open source firmware. It can be used in areas such as home security, firefighting, industrial monitoring and defense applications.

Feltso: The Hyderabad-based startup with the help of its proprietary artificial intelligence technology can read thousands of customer reviews from multiple sources, eliminates fake reviews and prepares a summary in a graphical and easy-to-understand way. Its social media automation tool SmatSocial uses AI to help customers increase their social media outreach.

ScoutMyTrip: This Mumbai-based firm helps users to plan road trips by signing up on their platform either through the website or through a social network. Users are provided with suggestions of where to stay, what to do, and what to eat. It also connects road travelers with one another through their community platform and help connect to Scouts across India to get guide and explore new experiences whilst traveling on the road.

forBinary: Founded by two former Housing executives and IIT Bombay alumni, this startup offers its clients a platform to build customizable mobile apps.

Appsfly: This Bengaluru-based startup offers its users a platform, called AppSteam, to build and distribute micro apps. With micro apps, developers can create a basic copy of any of the native apps found on the Play Store or App Store, with minimal functionality and these copies can be tweaked to serve the purpose of another publisher.

Rubix108: Founded in 2015, this Pune-based startup offers a mobile-based ERP solution for educational institutions to manage day-to-day administration and communication.

GraduFund: This startup offers funding requests for tuition fees, education project and living expenses through crowd funding and donations

Vedic Rishi Astro: This firm provides personalized horoscopes and numerology predictions via an app.

Ayukrt: This Mumbai-based health-tech startup connects patients with doctors as well as pharmacies via an app, which is available in several languages.

Play Time Media: Currently in beta, this Mumbai-based startup hopes to solve the parking problem in cities through IoT and social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC). Its platform, Get Parking, helps users find and manage to park with the help of a virtual parking assistant.

Toch: Founded in 2015, this firm offers users an interactive video platform via a mobile application. Users can add clickable hotspots or ‘tags’ to moving persons or objects in video. These tags allow users to view extra content hidden in the video and also offers immersive experiences.

AgroBazaar: This startup aims to connect small farmers directly with institutional buyers through their platform to access bigger markets.

Shash: This Pune-based startup offers payments solutions for online and offline markets.

 

 

 

Z Nation Lab opens doors to Silicon Valley for Startups in India

Z Nation Lab Startup Accelerator in Mumbai opens doors to Silicon Valley for Startups in India. We are inviting startups for a one-to-one session with Silicon Valley expert and live pitching session with VC firms in Mumbai

About: Z Nation Lab

Z Nation Lab is an 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, 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. With a Washington DC-based Launch dream, Z Nation Lab helps technology startup’s growth into the US government markets and work with the US Government.

Anup Mehta, Co-Founder at Z Nation Lab said: “This is a great opportunity for startups in India to get insights and get mentored directly from world-renowned Silicon Valley veteran.”

About: Salil Pradhan

Salil is a Venture Partner with Draper Nexus Ventures and an advisor to corporate LPs on product strategy and M&A. He has been frequently quoted by leading publications and recently named as top 10 influential people in Silicon Valley by Huffington Post.
Salil has been issued 54 US patents, in areas related to sensors, IOT and computer systems. Salil spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard in a variety of roles, including the position of CTO at HP’s Enterprise RFID / IOT business. Salil’s all-around experience as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, product executive and corporate strategist makes him a sought-after panellist and judge at venture pitch events.
He serves on the Board of many tech startups companies like Momentfeed Inc., Chirp Microsystems, Notion (Hetnotion.com), is a mentor at the Plug & Play Tech center and a Cincinnati-based Brandery, and an advisor to a number of tech startups. He has also served on the advisory boards of UCLA’s WINMEC and UCSD’s Center for Wireless Communications.

Neha Jain, Co-Founder at Z Nation Lab said: “Startups in India will now have direct access to Silicon Valley members and resources. Which will be the key to getting global recognition and the right platform for writing their success story.”

To get the chance and secure a place for a one to one discussion with Mr Salil Pradhan, Send us a short description of your company at pitch@znationlab.com
Venue: Z Nation Lab, B/7, 32 Corporate Avenue, near the paper box, off Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri-east, Mumbai-400069.
Date: 2/09/2016
Time: 11:00 am onwards
Place: Mumbai