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.
We seek to provide an opportunity to the best and brightest entrepreneurs to solve the most important problems for current and future generations.
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.
Exceptional Founders leave their footprints behind. We wish to back entrepreneurs who have a strong sense of purpose.
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.
We believe successful founders are people magnets and attract other "Ace" players.
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.
We believe that founders who are secure in themselves create long term and sustainable value.
Visionary founders are risk-takers who take tough decisions in an environment of ambiguity. They seek transparency and are self-confident about their idiosyncrasies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GSF is known for its highly curated and thought provoking conferences.
GSF curates audience, not just speakers.
Drawing top notch investors and founders as its core audiences, GSF creates an environment for honest discussions and showcasing of the best Indian startups to the investor community from across the world.
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."
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.