As an incubator of partner to NASSCOM’s 10,000 Start-ups initiative in the second phase of its Accelarator Program, Pitney Bowes has called for entries in India. The program focuses on startups that leverage software for customer information management, mobile, data analytics, location-based services, ecommerce management and machine learning.
Selected startups will be informed by April, 2015 and invited to present before a jury panel. After the selection process, the names of the selected startups for the six-month long acceleration program will be announced in May, 2015.
As part of the program, Pitney Bowes will shortlist entrepreneurs/startups that will have a choice to be located in the PB offices either in Pune or in Noida for incubation and mentorship. Startups in the program will have access to Pitney Bowes’ software, application programming interfaces (APIs) and data for the duration of the program. Training, technical and business guidance and mentoring will be provided to the start-ups from Pitney Bowes engineering and innovation leaders, and from software industry experts. In addition to these strategic connections, start-ups in the Pitney Bowes Accelerator program will also be networking with prospective investors.
Speaking on the of launch of the second batch, Manish Choudhary, VP, Global Engineering and managing director, Pitney Bowes Software India said, “Pitney Bowes guides its clients through the complex worlds of digital and physical technologies to drive growth and create meaningful impact. Startups are vital to technology innovation and India is a hotbed of startups. The talent fostered through the Accelerator Program has the ability to develop disruptive technologies that can be scaled globally.”
Last year, Pitney Bowes named eight startups to the program. Participants last year included Audianz, Tagalys, Teritree, RetailNav, Heuristics, Ideata, Yo-app and Brown Tape.