Written By – Charu Sharma
Twelve weeks of ideating, prototyping, iterating and learning during the Citrix Startup Accelerator Innovators program, culminated in the Demo day on Feb 25th 2015. Our first cohort was graduating, and the excitement was palpable. The graduating teams presented their learnings during the program, and pitched their startup ideas to a room full of people who have “been there, done that”.
A fun-filled, action-packed day was in order. During the product showcase, the delegates were mighty impressed with the quality and depth of ideas as they went around from one startup booth to another.
Next up were the startup presentations. Rakesh Singh kicked-off the session and emphasized Citrix’s commitment to the startup ecosystem in India. John McIntyre gave an overview of the program, shared his perspective around startups, and the road-ahead for the Innovators program in India.
As each presenter danced their way up to the stage (it was mandatory), the fun quotient amped up. We were just “starting-up”!
First up was an energetic presentation by Gaurav Mittal, of ShareCard. They are going to take the pain out of networking events, by building an app that helps connect with the relevant people effectively. Fun fact: Gaurav’s hairstyles saw as many pivots as the ShareCard app itself.
Do you wonder, at the end of every billing cycle, how your mobile bill shoots up the roof? Well, fret no more as OppCee can help. That value proposition was well-articulated by Sivagurunathan K. All the sleep that he lost over the past twelve weeks didn’t go in vain, after all!
BuzzyBee is a WhatsApp for work, and Vikramjeet Singh’s presentation highlighted several reasons why it will be the next-gen messaging app. The product saw the maximum pivots during the program, and this only validates the team’s commitment to making communication and collaboration better.
ZipZapData are building a multi-platform syncing SDK. Venkateswara Rao Nandigam’s presentation talked about the need for such a solution, and importance of customer feedback as his key learning.
Connect, Engage and Gain visibility – that’s 140 Bytes for you. Vipin Borkar even described his entrepreneurial journey in 140 characters.
Our external presentations started with Maxerience Electrosystems. They make human-like vision inspection systems with self-learning capabilities. The founder didn’t follow the mandatory dance rule. His argument: Machines don’t dance!
KarmaSnap put social back into social responsibility by bringing together donors, corporates and NGOs.
The next startup that pitched, were ParaBlu. They are attempting to make Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC), a catch-phrase.
InstaSafe are reinventing networking by leveraging the power of the Cloud. A great presentation was followed by a (forced) hula hoop dance by the founder.
Following the terrific presentations by our startups, it was time for an energetic talk. Ravi Gururaj (NASSCOM Product Council Chairman) wrapped up the day for us as he congratulated Citrix, and pledged his support to the unique Citrix Startup Accelerator Innovators program.
The session concluded with recognizing the Best Pitch (InstaSafe), Best Demo (OppCee) and the Maximum customer interviews (BuzzyBee). The celebrations continued during the networking mixer that followed.