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India is fast emerging as a startup nation. In just over a decade, it has become one of the top 20 ecosystems in the world, sports unicorns and has startups developing solutions that are not only used in the local markets, but also used worldwide. It is a global hub attracting startups, corporates, investors and government bodies to create innovation for the world.

Techstars Bangalore

To support the startup and innovation ecosystem in India, Techstars is launching the Techstars Bangalore Accelerator. Techstars Bangalore will support innovative startups across many sectors, stages and business models (B2B/B2C).

I am excited and looking forward to working with innovative startups and founders who are building next generation solutions for the local and global markets.

As the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, we believe we can help realize the potential in India by connecting with our global network of mentors, founders and investors.

Applications are now open for Techstars Bangalore. Apply today.

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India is not just a country, but an innovation gateway for the next 5 billion!

India is not just one country but a mini continent. And technology is helping the country leapfrog and positively impact the socio-economic landscape. Startups are the center of this transformation. To understand this a little more, consider the fundamental shifts happening across the country.

Demographic Shifts:

India is a country of 1.3 billion people, with around 900 mil of them experiencing the “mobile only” world for the first time. This provides a rich and diverse canvas for innovation as India is not just one country but a mini continent. There are 22 official languages, and 400-500 regional ethnic sects. In this environment, “scale” has a very different meaning. The template for innovation here is unique and different, and India serves as an innovation gateway for the next 5 billion people who are leapfrogging into the technologically connected world.

Economic Shifts:

India has about 150-200 million (3/4th of the US) people who are globally mobile and live in the cities. They have the same preferences and habits as any in the western world. Alongside this, there are 300-400 million (a little over the size of US) who live in Tier-2 cities. They understand English but prefer their local languages. They are aspirational and fast embracing mobile and internet. They are the mobile only users who are driving online consumption and next generation models. Next to them is another 700-900 mil (twice the size of the US) people who live in the rural villages and have started getting access to technology in the past three years. This segment of the population lives in a highly constrained environment with lack of access to healthcare, education, financial systems and have limited social and economic mobility. Technology and innovation have the potential to dramatically impact this segment and shape a better future.

Ecosystem Shifts:

India has a unique combination of domestic corporates, over 1000+ Fortune 2000 multinational companies, global system integrators, and government bodies looking at partnering with startups to accelerate innovation.


Bala Girisaballa Bala Girisaballa
Bala Girisaballa is the President of Techstars India. Bala is the founder and director of PurpleFront, a technology startup helping small businesses leverage social media effectively to grow and retain customers. He was previously the MD of the Microsoft Accelerator India.

  • StartupSanatana

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  • Lalit Jagtap

    Thanks for sharing the great insights and momentum in the start community of India.

    My preference is to help founders who are building products for the 2nd tier cities of India.

    I am excited to connect, and share my relationship and intellectual capital with entrepreneurs in India.

  • andrew bogutt

    Thanks for sharing the post it is informative —– keep posting , I love to read your post regularly , where Bangalore & Hyderabad are the best places to establish the startup companies with low investment I am the startup founder of https://businesskart.in/ the online website where you can business advice to start companies

  • I’m so happy to see Techstars start off in Bangalore. I highly recommend it, since we joined Techstars in Berlin for Xeno & it moved us at-least a year ahead in our journey. See how 100’s of mentors made that happen at https://medium.com/xeno-journey/what-i-learned-from-meeting-100-mentors-in-3-months-at-techstars-364054c68b23