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  • WHAT IS GSF?


    The key objective of GSF is to spur innovation and entrepreneurship. Our larger mission is to provide informed, knowledgeable mentorship capital to the start-ups.


    VISION


    We seek to provide an opportunity to the best and brightest entrepreneurs to solve the most important problems for current and future generations.


    FOUNDERS


    GSF is a platform for the founders by the founders. We try to live by a stringent set of values. We seek these values in the entrepreneurs we work with.


    A Sense of Direction

    Exceptional Founders leave their footprints behind. We wish to back entrepreneurs who have a strong sense of purpose.


    High Integrity & High EQ

    We like founders who act like owners. Such founders are perpetually curious, independent in their thinking and have not only high IQ but also an ability to consistently seek high quality output.


    Build a team of "Ace" Players

    We believe successful founders are people magnets and attract other "Ace" players.


    Disruptors and Ideators

    We like founders who change and disrupt things. They constantly move forward. They have new ideas on how to do things better. They invent the future.


    Build Long Term and Sustainable Value

    We believe that founders who are secure in themselves create long term and sustainable value.


    Risk Takers, Apolitical, Eclectic and Quirky

    Visionary founders are risk-takers who take tough decisions in an environment of ambiguity. They seek transparency and are self-confident about their idiosyncrasies.


    HEALTH-TECH



    Daily Rounds
    Batch of 2014

    DocsApp
    Batch of 2013

    Pluss App
    Batch of 2014

    Breathe Well-being
    Batch of 2016


    MEDIA & AD-TECH



    Zapr
    Batch of 2012

    Pokkt
    Batch of 2012

    SilverPush
    Batch of 2012


    ENTERPRISE/ SAAS/ ANALYTICS



    Little Eye Labs (Acquired by Facebook)
    Batch of 2012

    HackerEarth
    Batch of 2012

    whatfix
    Batch of 2014

    Browntape
    Batch of 2013

    Cuztomise
    Batch of 2014

    Magictap
    Batch of 2015

    Swym
    Batch of 2013

    ClinchPad
    Batch of 2013


    DEEP LEARNING & AI



    SilverSparro
    Batch of 2016

    HeyMojo
    Batch of 2016

    Yellow Ant
    Batch of 2016


    FIN-TECH



    Oro Wealth
    Batch of 2016


    CONSUMER



    Timesaverz
    Batch of 2013

    Overcart
    Batch of 2012

    WizenWorld
    Batch of 2014

    Flintobox
    Batch of 2013

    Gamezop
    Batch of 2015

    Rentongo
    Batch of 2015

    NewsBytes
    Batch of 2015

    Joolz
    Batch of 2015

    Townista
    Batch of 2015

    PosterGully (acquired by iDecorama)
    Batch of 2013

    Ridingo (acquired by EasyCabs)
    Batch of 2013

    Gigstart (acquired by Kwan Group)
    Batch of 2014

    Tushky
    Batch of 2012

    Guidetrip
    Batch of 2014

    Tinysurprise
    Batch of 2013

    Airstream
    Batch of 2014



    FOUNDER


    RAJESH SAWHNEY


    Rajesh is the founder of GSF, India's leading multi-city Tech Accelerator for the brightest tech startups in India. GSF provides tech startups mentorship from celebrated digital founders, initial capital and global exposure. At GSF, Rajesh is architecting the vital building blocks of a nascent early stage startup ecosystem in India.

    Rajesh has made over 20 investments as an active and engaged angel investor, which include Viki (acquired by Rakutan for USD 225M), Little Eye Labs (acquired by Facebook), Mobstac, Pokkt, Silverpush, Hackerearth, Browntape, Overcart, Flinto and Timesaverz.

    Rajesh is the host and curator of the two leading Tech/Startup conferences in Asia: #WhereDoWeGoNow in Bangalore and Global Superangels Forum in New Delhi.

    His journey has been a continuum of re-invention waves. He brought private radio (Times FM) to India in the early nineties, redefining Indian youth culture. He was at the cusp of early Internet culture in India in the early 2000, building Indiatimes.com, the most valuable Internet business in India in 2005 (funded by Sequoia). Subsequently, Rajesh as the founding President of Reliance Entertainment, was at the center of a massive transformation of the Indian film industry, where he oversaw the corporatization of mom and pop Bollywood businesses into a multi-billion dollar industry. He oversaw the biggest investment deal (Dreamworks) between Hollywood and Bollywood.

    Rajesh serves on the boards of Microland, Neilsoft, Indiamart, Reliance Broadcast Network, Live Media, and Autowale. He also advises Trident Capital, a prominent venture firm based in Palo Alto, California.

    Rajesh is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (AMP), and has a fellowship from the London School of Economics.

    TALKS



    OPERATING & VENTURE PARTNERS


    RAJAT HARLALKA

    SANJAY JAIN

    VISPI DAVER

    PETER KABEL

    NISHKAAM MEHTA


    MENTORS


    ALOKE BAJPAI

    ANAND CHANDRASEKARAN

    ANUPAM MITTAL

    ASHISH TOSHNIWAL

    HIRO MASHITA

    DINESH AGARWAL

    HARISH BAHL

    KRISHNAN GANESH

    MURUGAVEL JANAKIRAMAN

    NAVEEN TIWARI

    NISH BHUTANI

    PAVAN VAISH

    PRASHANT MEHTA

    RAJAN MEHTA

    RAJESH SAWHNEY

    RAVI C ADUSUMALLI

    ROSHAN ABBAS

    SANJAY SINGH

    SASHA MIRCHANDANI

    SUMESH MENON

    SRI PEDDU

    VIJAY SHEKHAR SHARMA

    BAL DIGHENT


    EIRS


    2016

    DEEPA TALWAR

    JAGDISH RESPAWAL


    2015

    ABHITAB JAIN

    BADAL MALIK

    EKMEET SINGH

    HEENA KARIA

    KUNAL GANDHI

    PIYUSH VARANJANI

    RAHUL SAMAT

    RAJAT HARLALKA

    SAMEET MUDBIDRI

    UDAY BANSAL


    2014

    CHANDRA

    DEVASHISH SHARMA

    GAUTAM RAJA

    MANJULA SRIDHAR

    MATTHEW BECK

    MIRIAM BEKKOUCHE

    PRATIK PODDAR

    RAJAT SAHNI

    RAJNEE SINGH

    SAMIKSHA GUPTA

    SHALINI PRAKASH

    SWATI BHARGAVA


    2013

    ADAM CAPLAN

    BHAVNA TOOR

    CHRIS KIEREN

    DAMINI SATIJA

    JERY ALTHAF

    MARINA ZOLOTOVERKH

    RACHNA MANWANI

    SANJAY JAIN

    SRINATH GADDAM

    TANUJ MORE

    VIKUL GOYAL


    2012

    ABHINAV GIRDHAR

    ABHINAV SURESH

    AISHWARYA SIROHI

    ANJALI GUPTA

    ANURAKT JAIN

    ESHA TIWARY

    GAUTAM GUPTA

    HIMA BATAVIA

    KATE NORTON

    MARGUERITE IMBERT

    ROHIT SHARMA

    SACHIN GARG

    VAIBHAV ODHEKAR

    VIKAS SEKHRI

    VISHAL BANSAL


    HIGHSCHOOL GEEKS


    AKSHAT SRIVASTAVA

    ANMOL MAINI

    GAUTAM GUPTA

    JOEL JOHN

    KSHITIJ KUMAR

    SUMIT RAJ


    GSF ACCELERATOR PROGRAM


    Now in it's fifth iteration, GSF Accelerator experience is uniquely crafted for Indian startups offering them deep immersion in both Indian and international markets. Selected tech startups get unparalleled access to not only the Indian tech community with hands-on mentorship from India's leading tech founders, but also access to GSF's global community of over 100 awesome mentors.

    GSF Accelerator provides mentoring and funding Tech startups who have at least an initial prototype built. GSF website invites applications from startups couple of times every year. Shortlisted startups complete phone screens and in-person interview with the investment team.

    GSF Accelerator invests between USD $65k to USD 100K in each startup inducted into the Accelerator program. GSF also does follow-on rounds into a few select startups after the program.


    2016 PROGRAM


    GSF has selected 5 new startups for its fifth iteration. Selected startups will spend four months (September - December, 2016) in India to refine their products. This will be followed by trips to San Francisco and Tokyo for an immersion in global tech ecosystem and meeting with leading tech investors. Backed by five of India's top founders, the accelerator offers these startups an unparalleled opportunity to go to the next level with hands-on mentorship and access to GSF's robust network.


    FUNDING


    GSF Accelerator invests USD 100K for 9% stake into the startups inducted into the Accelerator program. GSF also does follow-on rounds into a few select startups after the program.


    INVESTMENT TEAM



    GSF CONFERENCES



    GSF Tech Tales and Cocktails


    GSF India and Innov8 coworking presents Techtales & Cocktails for entrepreneurs & founders to mix, mingle, and hear from leading Indian founders and angel investors. Theme of the discussion will be "The Silicon Valley Ecosystem:How do Indian startups leverage the India-US connections."


    Tech Tales and Cocktails


    Techtales and Cocktails is a series of intimate events with India's top founders and investors across India. We bring together entrepreneurs and founders to mix, mingle, and hear from leading Indian founders and angel investors on everything from how they built their business to raising money.


    GSF Evolution


    Building on the huge success of the GSF conferences in the last couple of years, the upcoming conference #GSFevolution 2015 is a digital hiatus, a platform to spur meaningful conversations and enable formation of new networks in a relaxed environment. #GSFevolution 2015 is curation of an experience that's high-tech yet quintessentially Bombay.


    GSF #WhereDoWeGoNow


    #WhereDoWeGoNow2014 deliberated on the future as an "optimistic" hiatus in the life of its high quality participants; a hiatus that recharged and refueled bodies, minds and spirits of its extraordinary participants. GSF always believed in curating our audience and not speakers. This conference was top in the mind of thought leaders from across the world.

    #WhereDoWeGoNow2014 facilitated discussion to explore: where do we go now? How do we open new doors and discover the next frontiers of collaboration in a world that is becoming increasingly connected and intertwined. #WhereDoWeGoNow conference in Bangalore is the most sought after conferences in the Indian tech startup ecosystem.


    Global SuperAngels Forum


    GSF plans an innovative hiatus in the calendar of Indian Startup Eco-system this spring that will feature startup pitches, keynotes, debates and a liberal dose of entertainment, Indian style.


    ARTICLES


    RAJESH SAWHNEY: THE ACE MENTOR

    The founder of food ordering platform InnerChef and start-up accelerator GSF on what he looks for in young entrepreneurs

    LITTLE EYE LABS ACQUIRED BY FACEBOOK

    Little Eye Labs, part of GSF's first batch in Bangalore has been acquired by Facebook.

    TAKE BABY STEPS. PLAN BIG.

    John Harthorne and Rajesh Sawhney talk about the importance of a global vision for startups.

    INDIA'S FIRST MULTI-CITY ACCELERATOR

    Rajesh Sawhney Sets Up India's First multi-city Accelerator; Dave McClure one among Many Key Advisors

    GSF EVOLUTION 2015

    YOUNG TURKS: Click the link above to watch tech start up GSF Evolution 2015 on CNBC

    INDIA'S GSF ACCELERATOR GOES GLOBAL

    GSF, the accelerator behind Little Eye Labs acquired by Facebook, is launching a cross-border program with increased seed funding and global exposure.

    GSF 5's TEAM AND FOUNDING PARTNERS

    GSF inducts six new founding partners to diligence deals and support the GSF portfolio.

    INDIA'S NEW AGE INVESTOR, INSPIRED TO CREATE A GLOBAL BRAND

    GSF Accelerator aims to identify the best of India's tech startups and help them scale and create social impact.

    GSF ACCELERATOR GOES MOBILE FIRST

    GSF M-Accelerator will train and fund 10-15 Indian mobile-first startups in the beginning of 2015

    DISRUPTORS: INDIA'S DIGITAL ECONOMY

    Rajesh Sawhney, Global Superangels Forum founder, and Sachin Gupta, Hacker Earth founder, discuss growth and innovation in India's fast-growing digital economy.

    THE 8 MOST PROMINENT ANGEL INVESTORS IN INDIA

    There are some prominent investors in India who have taken angel investing to the next level.

    RIDINGO ACQUIRED BY CARZONRENT.

    Delhi-based taxi aggregator Carzonrent has acquired Bangalore based ride sharing startup RindingO.

    WHY LESS CASH MEANS BIGGER IDEAS

    Entrepreneurs with big and real ideas now get a hearing as easy money is no longer floating around.

    ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRANSFORMING THE WORLD

    Rajesh Sawhney provides a provocative stance that destruction creates opportunities and innovation is born from the ashes.

    DAILYROUNDS HAS LANDED FUNDING LED BY VENTURE CAPITAL GIANT ACCEL

    DailyRounds is a social network/medical journal for doctors.


    PHOTO GALLERY



    REPORTS


    Report 2013


    Report 2011