GSF India, the Bangalore-headquartered accelerator program and angel investment firm has announced eight startups it has selected for its Mobile Accelerator Program that began on the April’15, that were selected from a pool of more than 500 applications from across the world. GSF India is broadening its scope to cover young startups in India’s internet of things (IoT) space.
GSF India has partnered global tech giant Cisco for batch four of its incubator program — and, has created collaborative relationships with most VCs, angel organizations and seed funds. GSF has created deep relationships with leading Tech companies of the world ranging from Cisco to Facebook, Paypal to Airtel, Softbank to Samsung.
This fresh new batch of mobile & IoT startup will now be part of 14-week mobile Accelerator program will provide the startup teams an opportunity to interact with some of the brightest digital minds from across the world. The startups will be mentored by a diverse group of successful entrepreneurs and industry experts.
The eight startups selected are :
- Joolz – It is a curated mobile app that allows you to discover India’s most exquisite jewelry collections. It lets user experience the latest jewelry designs, trends and fashion from around the world in the palm of their hand. Joolz curates inventory from top jewelers, to offer consumers enjoyable and rewarding browsing experiences and have access to infinite jewels. Joolz claims to house India’s largest collection of online gold and fashion jewellery designs, brands and collections.
- NewsBytes – Started by IIT, IIM and Ivy league alumni, NewsBytes aims to reduce the information overload in your everyday news consumption. Their intelligent back-end engine and talented editorial team work in tandem to provide concise and contextual news along with logic-driven sentiments.No lengthy articles, only contextual timelines; one byte at a time.
- Gamezop – It is creating an mobile app-based social network for addictive casual games. It seeks to remove the friction of game discovery and downloads. Each user will be given a handful of new games each week, which can be played without downloading. The highlight of the app is its social layer: users will be able to share games with friends as links, whether or not they are using the app, and challenge them.
- TalkMore – It is a mobile app with a mission to simplify using mobile phones. It analyzes all calls, messages and data usage on the phone to recommend the cheapest mobile plans (saving up to 30%). The team comprises three IITians (Mumbai) with 10+ years of product experience each.
- Magictap – This IoT startup offers a cloud based IOT platform that provides tools and services required to build smart mobile applications. Their solution combines mobile proximity technology and analytic platform to connect physical media to digital content via NFC and QR codes.
- Playselfie – It is a mobile camera app to share your story through selfies. Users can discover and share selfies with friends all around the world. The app is about being creative and spreading the love with a perfect picture, getting artistic with the camera and having fun.
- Rentongo – Rentango is an online and mobile marketplace for rental of goods such as motorbikes, scooters, bikes, adventure gear, furniture, appliances and more. It’s mission is to encourage renting of goods and promote collaborative consumption. The Rentongo platform is active in five cities – Bangalore, Pune, Delhi/NCR, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The ‘renters’ can find the right product to rent and then take the product on rent from owner of their choice.
- Townista – This is a mobile app to discover and book interesting things to do in the city. Currently focused in Bangalore and started by IIT Mumbai graduates, Townista is building a platform for event organisers to reach out to youngsters with interesting and innovative last minute offerings. They claim that six out of every 10 youngsters of Koramangala, Indiranagar and Whitefield area are using Townista to plan their outings.
GSF India has funded 33 startups since its inception in 2012 and has a network of more than 40 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and 300 mentors across the world and has successful startups like Little Eye Labs (acquired by Facebook), Pokky, SilverPush, Rounds and more. .