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Accelerators have one goal: to help entrepreneurs succeed, surround companies with the best mentors and an unrivaled network of corporate partners, investors, and alumni. From helping to furnish startups to enabling them to garner funds, accelerators  help entrepreneurs in every step of their startup journey. Accelerators provide funding and fundraising opportunities, workshops and curated resources, not to mention countless moments where you can learn from your peers. It’s a proven model that’s helped build thousands of successful companies, all over the world.

Help in connecting to the right person who can help them in their founder journey, accelerators help support startups right from the ideation state until they become sustainable, whether it be in marketing, mentoring, legal services or other aspects of building a startup. Accelerators offer expert interactions which help in revealing nuances and insights, provide educational resources and extend free events to help garner the entrepreneurial spirit irrespective of a person’s background or status.

Here is a list of some of the tech accelerators to look out for in 2021:

India Accelerator:  India Accelerator (IA) is a Seed Accelerator started in 2017, and is already one of the leading startup accelerators in the country & one of the fastest-growing in Asia. It aims to be the spawning ground for new, emerging Deep Tech start-ups. IA is recognized as a top 100 global Accelerator and has successfully accelerated over 90 Startups since its inception, alongside being the only Indian Accelerator member of Global Accelerator Network. It’s a structured program that can bring the building blocks for a startup under one roof – the much needed mentorship, the network, the technology, the peripheral services (like legal, financial etc) and last but not the least, the capital. It is the ONLY GAN partnered, mentorship-driven, program in India.

Indian Angel Network: IAN is a network of Angel Investors that are more than willing to invest in startups that have potential. They provide high-quality monitoring, vast networks, and game-changing inputs on strategies and execution. Their experience and background help them to assess potential and risks at a very early stage. Started in April 2006, The group had 450 members from 11 countries in 2017. The members include Ajai Chowdhry, Rajan Anandan, and Anand Ladsairya. The group has invested in companies, such as PregBuddy and SuperProfs. The Network looks at investing upto USD 1 mn, with an average of about USD 400-600K and exiting over a 3 to 5 year period through a strategic sale. The Network may consider investments over a million dollars but is only likely to do so through syndication.
9 Unicorns: 9 Unicorns is India’s First Accelerator VC. It provides acceleration support & seed funding to early-stage startups and funding upto $100K per startup in the first round, and may invest further $500K-$2 million in successive rounds with its co-investors. From idea stage to angel stage, it supports startups across various themes & sectors. Its strength & focus is to provide a hands-on support ecosystem for startups, beyond capital. Besides investment, it opens doors to the startups for access to a wide network of successful founders, category-leaders, CXOs of large corporations, seasoned angel investors & partners of global VC funds.

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