Mumbai-based angel-backed startup accelerator VentureNursery, has announced their fifth acceleration program today. HotelsAroundYou and FindUrClass have been short-listed for the same from over 550 applications.
There were around 30% applicants from tier- 2 cities like Lucknow, Kanpur, Bhopal and Nagpur as well.
Here’s a brief about the selected startups:
1. Founded by Rina Nathani, an ex-Product developer from KPMG, FindURClass is a search and discovery platform that enables the class seeker to make an informed decision when it comes to selecting a class. The company is currently focusing on bringing organization to the extracurricular activities or hobby classes market.
The platform allows users to search and shortlist classes based on interest, location, age and price. Schedules, pricing, images, descriptions for classes and class providers are provided online through a user friendly interface. In addition, users can get access to reviews and ratings and even book a class online.
2. HotelsAroundYou is a service that allows customers to book quality hotel rooms at the last minute. Restricted to Mumbai city currently, the service curates the hotels, featuring limited location based hotels and most importantly, ensuring that the user gets the day’s best price for a hotel. The service is currently available through their website, www.hotelsaroundyou.com and mobile applications are expected to launched soon.
HotelsAroundYou is co-founded by the trio of Harsha from ISB, Mohsin from University of California and Animesh from Mumbai University.
The selection council members , Vishal Maheshwari , Siddharth Ladsariya expressed their satisfaction over the kind of applications received by the program and are extremely hopeful of the two selected companies.
Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, EVP, VentureNursery said “We chose quality over volume which will allow our advisors and angels to spend high quality time with our start-ups over multiple sessions and guide them step by step.”
As a part of acceleration program, the chosen startups will get an end-to-end infrastructural and learning support from VentureNursery. At the end of each boot camp, successfully graduating start-ups will be evaluated for investment by a group of committed angel investors.
VentureNursery focuses on six sectors – Media & Entertainment, Retail, e-Commerce, Consumer Technology, Education and Clean Tech.
Earlier this year, VentureNursery had announced their 4th Batch companies in March-2014.