Supporting the growth of high-potential startups
Zone Startups India helps founders accelerate their business through our market-validation and customer-acquisition focus, and we invest in select companies that have demonstrated the ability to scale quickly.
What we deliver to startups
Founders have opportunities to frequently network with visiting businessmen, government representatives, venture capitalists, experts, and international delegates, making integral, growth-focused connections.
Mentorship & Business Development Counseling
We've developed a rich network of advisors and mentors, in both India and North America. One-on-one consultations are available to founders to leverage the experiences and vast networks of the unique set of advisors.
Peer-to-Peer Meeting Sessions
Founders receive access to sessions to help achieve their milestones. Regular check-in meetings provide guidance and advice to companies on virtually all matters of business operations.
Access to Talent
We have partnered with universities and technical institutes across India to help our startups with access to talent.
Companies in the accelerator program will be assisted in identifying a variety of funding options and will also be advised on preparation for investor pitches.
Marketing and Promotional Opportunities
We have opportunities to utilize media relations and marketing teams, and to craft media pitches around your milestones.
Soft Landing to North American Market
Experts with experience in the North American market can provide you with advice on a variety of subjects.
Access to Cloud Credits
We've partnered with AWS, Google, IBM, and Microsoft. Startups have access to cloud credits and technology review from our partners.
We've sourced and selected a collaborative community of high-potential startups driven by entrepreneurs with expertise, who will share their experiences and knowledge.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply? Do I need to submit a business plan?
What criteria will you use to decide which companies to invite?
What is the application deadline?
There is no deadline. You can apply anytime. The amount of time it takes to complete your application process depends on how solid your business foundation is and how busy we are. If you get accepted to enter Zone Startups India your start date will be dependent on our ability to accommodate you. Currently it takes an average of 2-3 months for the entire process, but there are exceptions.
What kind of team is Zone Startups India looking for?
We’re seeking multidisciplinary teams of passionate entrepreneurs who have an idea that involves some aspect of technology. Check out our current teams to get a sense of what we have now. Our vibrant companies represent varied sectors and we are always open to new possibilities.
Is my company “too far along” to apply to Zone Startups India?
Once I am accepted, how long can I stay at Zone Startups India?
A term in the Zone is typically four-months in length. Subject to space availability, members in good standing have the option to request to opt into the paid-membership program.
What is expected of me?
We want you to work hard and stay focused so you achieve your goal—bringing a product or service to market. We hope you’ll be open to our advice and ideas. We also expect you to meet your set milestones so you can progress through the startup stages and reach success. And we want you to contribute to our vibrant collaborative environment (gives and receives value).
How much does it cost to incubate my company at Zone Staetups India?
The first four-month term is typically fee-free for most startups. A startup who has brought in $250K or more, through revenue, grants or investments, is required to join the paid membership program upon entry into the Zone, which is calculated on a per-person basis.
Where will we live while we’re there?
That's up to you—we don't provide a place to live.
Can I apply if I’m not from India?
Yes, but you must be legally living in the Mumbai area during your time at Zone Startups India.
Startups in the Program
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Zone Startups India – BSE Program – Partners
Zone Startups India – BSE Program – Board of Directors
Managing Partner, Zone Startups
Managing Director, BSE Institute
CFO, BSE Institute
Executive Director, SFU Business Acceleration and Innovation Network
President, Zone Startups
The team at ZSI is incredible. All you need to do is ask and they will do whatever it takes to support you. This and the network of amazing entrepreneurs and mentors that you get access to being part of Zone is exactly what every early-stage startup needs to go to the next level.
– Ketan Ghatode | Co-Founder/CEO, Olivesync
Zone's partnerships and connections have helped BreathingRoom in key areas: in reducing our operational overhead & costs! The Zone team has also been very helpful as we've grown our team, by both vetting and referring hires.
– Kaushal Sanghavi | Co-Founder, BreathingRoom