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

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Networking Opportunities

Founders have opportunities to frequently network with visiting businessmen, government representatives, venture capitalists, experts, and international delegates, making integral, growth-focused connections.

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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.

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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.

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Access to Talent

We have partnered with universities and technical institutes across India to help our startups with access to talent.

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Funding

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.

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Marketing and Promotional Opportunities

We have opportunities to utilize media relations and marketing teams, and to craft media pitches around your milestones.

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Soft Landing to North American Market

Experts with experience in the North American market can provide you with advice on a variety of subjects.

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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.

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Work Space

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

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How do I apply? Do I need to submit a business plan?

You can apply through the Apply page. You don’t need to submit a formal business plan—just fill in the fields in the application form.

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What criteria will you use to decide which companies to invite?

Check out our Eligibility Criteria on our Apply page. If you don’t meet the criteria now and you can still apply and we will help you evolve your business idea to the point where you do.

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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.

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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.

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Is my company “too far along” to apply to Zone Startups India?

Not likely. We’ve had and currently have companies with hefty revenue and funding and still helped them with introductions, financing, and more. apply through the Apply page.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Where will we live while we’re there?

That's up to you—we don't provide a place to live.

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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.

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Does it matter how old I am?

We care more about your idea and your ability than your age. Most of our applicants are between 18-30, but we believe great ideas happen at every age.

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I have more questions. What do I do?

Check our About or Apply pages. Or contact us via the form on our Contact page.

Startups in the Program

Firmway

Firmway provides a premier online portal for comprehensive third-party confirmations, a novel service in India. The platform is a unique, one-of-a-kind, online…

Donatekart

Donatekart replaces the traditional monetary donations with product donation, thus building trust and transparency for donors. Donatekart is trying to do something…

Dimension NXG

Dimension NXG is solving the core problem of computer-vision, i.e robust tracking and reconstruction, affecting multiple industries. Right now their technological solution…

Rockmetric

Rockmetric is a next-generation user analytics platform that helps you integrate user engagement data across multiple devices and platforms.

Zone Startups India – BSE Program – Partners

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Zone Startups India – BSE Program – Board of Directors

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Alan Lysne

Managing Partner, Zone Startups

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Ambarish Datta

Managing Director, BSE Institute

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Ashok Patel

CFO, BSE Institute

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Ian Hand

Executive Director, SFU Business Acceleration and Innovation Network

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Matthew Saunders

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

Looking to accelerate your growth?
If your startup is ready to move forward, let’s talk.