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Venture Center Launches MeitY SAMRIDH Accelerator To Help Scale Digital Technology-Based Startups

Venture Center, a not-for-profit technology business incubator hosted by CSIR-NCL, today announced the launch of the “SAMRIDH Accelerator @ Venture Center” by Jitendra Vijay, CEO, MeitY Startup Hub, MeitY, Govt. of India.

A highly selective cohort of start-ups will participate in the accelerator program for six months, enabling them to unlock their full potential for funding and investment. Dr. Ranjan Srikanth, Co-President at Keiretsu Forum, Chennai was an invited guest at the launch event, and shared his insights on “What Venture Investors look for in Startup Pitches”.
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The SAMRIDH Accelerator at Venture Center brings on board a powerful investor network to accelerate and scale digital technology-based startups working on solutions that solve India’s problems while creating positive social impact. Our investor partners include Social Alpha, TiE Pune, 1Crowd, Indian Angel Network, Inflexor Ventures, Pentathlon Ventures, Lavni Ventures, Enzia, BioAngels, Keiretsu Forum, and more.

Speaking on the various schemes and initiatives of MeitY, Jitendra Vijay said “Scalability of start-ups is an important factor in achieving economic growth, and the SAMRIDH scheme is a great opportunity for market ready start-ups to scale be it through customer connects, international market expansion, portfolio diversification etc. The goal of the current pilot-level SAMRIDH scheme is to support 300 startups in the next 2 years, and we’re looking to run the program on a much larger scale in the future.”

He also spoke of other upcoming MeitY schemes that will target women, start-ups outside of Tier 1 cities, and disadvantaged sections of society. The accelerator program will run for 6 months under two tracks (Track 1: Digitech Launchpad and Track 2: Investor Readiness Program) with a highly selective cohort of eleven participants across both tracks. Selected candidates will receive in-depth and tailored hand-holding from the very experienced mentors at Venture Center. Other benefits include an opportunity to pitch to a curated group of investors, for investments in the range of Rs 50-400 lakhs. The cohort participants will also benefit from our high-quality master classes on fund-raising and a professionally designed and developed pitch deck.

Dr Premnath, Director of Venture Center, said ”This accelerator program brings together the very best of Pune’s innovatio n ecosystem – in terms of mentors and investors – to help the cohort participants raise money for their companies and identify key areas of business that need improvement to expand sales and business opportunity. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the MeitY Startup Hub, as well as supporting and scaling start-ups across India through this accelerator. We are also delighted to partner with TiE Pune and connect the cohort to the excellent mentoring team at TiE Pune. ”

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