Silicon Road, US-based early-stage venture capital firm has opened the call for applications for its Indian accelerator. The accelerator is designed to attract the best food tech and retail startups to participate in a 4-month acceleration program with access to the best mentors from the U.S., India and Israel. 

The 2nd Cohort of the accelerator program will include seed funding, access to eminent mentors in the food and retail space across the globe, infrastructure support and an ecosystem that will help the startup scale to the next level.  The Accelerator program leverages three primary hubs of innovation in the US, India and Israel to give the most revolutionary ideas in food and retail a global platform.  

As a runup to the 2nd cohort, Silicon Road recently organized a Global Food Technology Conference in Mysuru, called Silicon Road Innovation in Food Technology (SRIFT 2020). This event was a confluence of top Food MNCs from India, food tech research organizations, academia and startups. Several FoodTech startups and researchers came together to showcase their products and concepts. During the conference, Silicon Road also launched 4 new products to the market.

Silicon Road, the VC firm and Accelerator, was founded by Sid Mookerji, the founder and former CEO of Software Paradigms Infotech / Softvision (now acquired by Cognizant Technology Solutions) which was Mysuru’s first software 100% EOU. He also founded Silver Spirit Global LLC, which operates incubators and technology parks in the US and India.

Sid Mookerji, Founder & Managing Partner, Silicon Road said, “Silicon Road is an ecosystem that is designed to fast-track the growth of early-stage startups. We provide them with quick access to key industry experts, mentors, advisors, and funding opportunities through our acceleration program to improve their chances of success. The program helps startups strengthen their product and build their business strategy. 

Sanjay Srinivasmurthy, Co-founder & Director, Silicon Road, India added “With our Y2020 edition of the acceleration program, we aim to help startups & enterprises speed up their startup journey. The startups will undergo sessions on growth hacking, product design, branding & marketing, along with multiple bootcamps that will enable the startups to focus on the various core functions in the Food and Retail Technology. We hope to see more innovative Retail and FoodTech startup ideas in this edition.”

The first cohort of the accelerator had 7 startups - GetPY, IndiBean Coffee, Dhriti Bio Solutions, Ornativa Fashion, Q-Online, Meatup and Pickurflick. 

Interested startups can apply here: http://siliconroad.vc/in/accelerators/

About Silicon Road: Silicon Road is an early-stage venture fund and accelerator on a mission to create the world’s first innovation ecosystem for retail and food-tech companies in collaboration with scientists, startups, academia, and investors.
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