How TAP Can Act As The Springboard Of Growth for Technology and Internet-based Startups in Indiaanup mehta
Any entrepreneur worth their salt would admit that a good concept or, technology skills or, a smart founder is not good enough to build scalable, sustainable businesses. What it really takes to keep ticking in the market, is being part of a thriving startup ecosystem!
As an entrepreneur, one might want to connect with the best mentors and reach out to investors from the Silicon Valley, or, cull the best out of government policies or, may want to present their concepts before corporates or investors. Such aspirations can be realised only with a reliable network.
On that note, there is great news for technology startups in Health, Smart Mobility, Built Environment and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)! If you are an entrepreneur, watch out for this accelerator program that may usher you to the next level!
TIDES Accelerator Program – What is it about?
The Tides Accelerator Program (TAP), is a new program for startups which promises to help them scale their business by enabling years of learning compressed in just 4 months! Born out of a collaboration between TIDES Business Incubator and IIT Roorkee, TAP has the features of a world class accelerator program.
Whether it is learning the know-how of business, or understanding innovation requirements of corporates, TAP has the potential to bridge the gap. The likes of TECH Mahindra, Future Group and many other large Indian corporate is supporting TAP while the likes of TEDx Speakers, award winning business leaders, CXOs of acclaimed businesses among others are the mentors/caches who will share their valuable wisdom.The startups will certainly gain accelerated product development and customer validation by being a part of this program.
Kunal Bhat, Head of Future Innovation and Digital Transformation, Tech Mahindra, optimistically shared, "Internet of Things (IoT) is definitely the future of Information Technology and will lead to convergence of wireless systems, control systems, automation technologies and consumer electronics in the coming decades. Startups which can leverage the potential of IoT to create solutions for the Indian market will definitely have an edge above the others. We will be most delighted to share our decades of wisdom from building IT solutions in different areas."
What’s even more interesting is the support and alliance that TAP has with the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (GoI), to support startups based on Internet of Things (IoT). Such an alliance is relatively rare in other acceleration programs and allows participants to benefit from the funds allocated by GoI to foster innovation.
Azam Ali Khan, CEO, TIDES said expressing his support, “TIDES has always been at the forefront for entrepreneurship and innovation. We provide the ideal environment and infrastructure for ideas to take shape into successful businesses. We will make the best resources available for TAP and hope that participating startups can make the most out of it.”
What’s on offer at TAP?
Startups who apply and qualify for TAP, will undertake a 15-weeks intensive, training-based, residential acceleration program at the beautiful, IIT-Roorkee campus and the perquisites can only be seen to be believed! Whether they have just started ideating, or have a proof-of-concept, or prototype ready, TAP is a great place to be for early stage startups.
In a nutshell, the startups joining TAP, will experience and benefit from -
- An opportunity for participation in an innovation sprint to validate the technology and business solutions by the CTO and Tech Heads of Fortune 500 Companies.
- Regular interaction and mentoring sessions by world-class experts (even a few from the Silicon Valley) to help them spring into the next level of growth.
- Multiple opportunities of collaboration and interaction with leading corporations and government entities.
- Learning about scalability in global markets through decades of wisdom from industry veterans (compressed and delivered in 4 months).
- An opportunity to get funded by Tides Incubator fund and Z Nation Lab growth fund after the program.
- Building connections in the external startup ecosystem during the 1-week FREE Tour to Bangalore in the month of June.
- Free credits upto $20,000 from the Cloud & Ecosystem Partners.
- Pitching and connecting to potential angel investors, HNIs and VC funds from India and abroad at the culmination of the program.
- Forging sustainable business relationships with potential partners, while meeting potential investors, corporates and marquee entrepreneurs.
How and When to Apply for TAP?
If you are excited about taking the next leap at a great place in company of inspiring people, do visit and sign up before April 10, 2019. Hurry because this cohort will have only 15 startups! Register Now
What else should one know about TAP?
Cloud and ecosystem partners like Google Cloud, AWS, Pay U, Razorpay and WeWorkLabs have promised to offer premium IT infrastructure as Free Credits to the startups.
Z Nation Lab, a nurturer of smart startups based in both Silicon Valley and Mumbai, is curating the line-up of corporate partners and mentors for TAP.
It offers a platform for high growth startups, entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, ZNL empowers them with capital, technical expertise and network.
Neha Jain, Co-Founder, Z Nation Lab, added, “We are looking forward to a power-packed exchange of ideas and resources through TAP. Our idea is to take the startup ecosystem to the next level through such detailed, authentic and purposeful programs. We encourage startups from the relevant sectors to come forward and embrace this golden opportunity.”