GHV Accelerator To Accelerate 10 More Startups (INC42)

Gurgaon-based GHV Accelerator is all set to onboard 10 more startups (under its 12 month acceleration program) by March 2016. The accelerator has already onboarded 5 innovative and disruptive startups from various domains such as food-tech, hyperlocal, laundry, taxi, fitness etc. These startups include LazyLad, My Taxi India, Foodport, Pick My Laundry and FitMeIn.

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India’s transition from obscurity to emerging as the third largest startup ecosystem in the world (Entrepreneur)

With many unicorns taking form, it has instilled confidence in the young dreamers who want to make it big in this space. A recent NASSCOM report substantiates the fact that India has taken giant strides on this front and has become the third largest startup ecosystem in the world. Three to four startups are born in India every day and funding of a remarkable $5 billion has already been pumped in so far this year.

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Why branding is crucial for startups (Bizztor)

The importance of branding has been aptly captured in the words – When you brand yourself properly, the competition becomes irrelevant.”

And this is one big reason why startups in particular should make branding an important component of their overall business strategy. While a great product is good enough to garner customer’s attention and will sell on its own, it is very crucial to communicate to the world whatyou or your product is all about, what it does and how it can add value to people or businesses. It is a vital element that helps people form a connect with you and keeps them coming back for more.

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An asset light model will give n-commerce players a long-term edge (YOUR STORY)

India has been known for its neighbourhood mom-and-pop stores, big and small, spread all over the country.  Be it grocery, cooked meals, handyman or home services, they cater to all the daily needs of people. This unorganised sector took a beating with the advent of e-commerce. But with n-commerce (neighbourhood commerce) players like Lazylad, BigBasket, PepperTap, Grofers, they have got a new lifeline.

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Founders must have their skin in the game, yet find time to unwind (VCCIRCLE)

Entrepreneurs must ensure that they never become bureaucratic in their approach. A strong team is essential for success. Human capital is a key part of the entrepreneurial journey. While founders must lead a frugal lifestyle, they should go for an occasional break/vacation. Work-life balance can be achieved through regular exercises and by decreasing work-related commute.

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Corporate Moguls Re-Fuelling the Startup Ecosystem (IAMWIRE)

Corporate stalwarts like Narayana Murthy, Ratan Tata and Azim Premji, who have led Indian conglomerates from the forefront, have been playing a crucial role in boosting the domestic startup ecosystem. They are not only acting as angels to innovative startups but also pumping in large investments in startups that have already received angel-funding.

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Don’t chase success at the cost of business ethics (YOUR STORY)

Most entrepreneurs face ethical and moral dilemmas on a daily basis when running their organisation. Whether you need to get a government clearance to get your business going or try bagging that deal worth crores with a potential client, it’s easy to succumb to the temptation of finding a shortcut to reap gains for your business.

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GHV Accelerator: Creating A Mini-Ecosystem To Propel Startups Into The ‘BIG League’ (INC42)

Green House Ventures (GHV), started by serial entrepreneur and Indian Angel Network member Vikram Upadhyaya, is on a roll. Growing at an aggressively, the sector agnostic, GHV is accelerating startups from various domains under its 12-month acceleration program.

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Why less than 1% of incubated start-ups get VC funding (ENTREPRENEUR)

Over the last 5 years or so, India has seen the emergence of a number of private and government-supported accelerators and incubators. Many of them have run a few cycles and have now fine-tuned their models and programs. Quite a few of them have very good and solid programs.

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Forget Mutual Funds! Invest in start-ups to reap best gains (Entrepreneur)

Investors, both in India and abroad, are now looking towards alternative assets in their portfolio, apart from the conventional real estate; or even mutual funds, stocks and bonds as a means to multiply their savings. But has it ever crossed your mind to invest in a start-up…? If not, you could be missing out on ‘something big’.

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