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.


Innovators, 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 (Acquired by M3)
Batch of 2014

DocsApp
Batch of 2013

Pluss App (Acquired by NetMeds)
Batch of 2014

Breathe Well-being
Batch of 2016


ED-TECH

 

Quizizz
Batch of 2015

Flintobox
Batch of 2015


 

MEDIA & AD-TECH

 

Zapr
Batch of 2012


 

Pokkt (Acquired by AnyMind Group)
Batch of 2012

SilverPush
Batch of 2012


 

ENTERPRISE/ SAAS/ ANALYTICS

 

Slintel
Batch of 2018

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

Swym
Batch of 2013

ClinchPad
Batch of 2013


DEEP LEARNING & AI

 

Vaultedge
Batch of 2018

Chizel
Batch of 2018

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

Khabri Audio
Batch of 2018

Gamezop
Batch of 2015

NewsBytes
Batch of 2015

Zoliday
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


 

FOUNDER


RAJESH SAWHNEY

 

Rajesh is the CEO and co-founder of InnerChef, India's leading cloud kitchen company. Rajesh is also the founder of GSF, India's leading multi-city Tech Accelerator which has funded over 50 startups so far.

Rajesh also serves on the boards of Microland, Neilsoft, and Indiamart,. Additionally, he advises Trident Capital, a multi-billion AUM 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


2019

ROHAN DESAI

DIVPRIYA SURI

RITVIK RAUTELA


2017

NIRMAL SHAH

BHARGAVI V

ARJUN SAWHNEY


2016

DEEPA TALWAR

JAGDISH REPASWAL


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


 

Propelling a new company when the global economy is in unrest and the world is combating COVID-19 may seem overwhelming. However, it is in times of disruption that we see the greatest opportunities as the customers' behavior and needs change opening up demand for new products and solutions

 

Flipkart, Zomato, PolicyBazaar, WhatsApp, UBER, Salesforce, Airbnb are only some of the giants created during the 2008 financial crisis. GSF8 is our first-ever virtual accelerator which can help you scale your business, validate your strategy, and launch it to a wider audience. For the batch of 2020, we will select five startups, provide $150K in equity funding, conduct three months of intensive workshops, facilitate partnerships, and much more.

We are now inviting applications for the 2020 batch and are looking forward to hearing from startups who have built an MVP (preferably with some traction) and have a strong founding team in place.

 
  Apply

WHY JOIN GSF8? 



Virtual Program

 

An integrated approach of digital learning, virtual workshops, mentoring, and a peer-driven network


 

$150K Funding

 

Each startup will receive an investment of USD 150K for 8% equity


 

GSF Network

 

Access our global network of founders, mentors, industry experts, and alumni across 20+ countries


 

Industry events

 

Exclusive invitations to all GSF conferences, partner events, and ecosystem congregations

 

Startup Masterclasses

 

Expert-led startup building workshops covering all scaling principles – from hiring, growth hacking, to fundraising


 

Dedicated Mentorship

 

Carefully selected mentors who provide first-hand insights, hands-on support, and valuable introductions


 

Perks and Discounts

 

USD $100K+ in free credits from leading technology providers like Amazon Web Services and others


 

GSF Alumni Program

 

Continued support far after the program ends through alumni events, associations, and introductions


 
 

INVESTMENT TEAM


RAJESH SAWHNEY

DINESH AGARWAL

PRAS HANUMA

HITESH CHAWLA

SRI PEDDU

HIRO MASHITA

MURUGAVEL JANAKIRAMAN

ROSHAN ABBAS

AMARJIT BATRA

GAURAV KAPUR


GSF CONFERENCES


Every year GSF hosts an annual conference and 30+ mini-events. We are known for our curated, thought-provoking conferences, where we hand-pick not only the speakers but also the audience. Drawing leading investors and emerging founders at its congregations, GSF aims to create multiple platforms for honest discussions and new relationships. Our events are an excellent networking opportunity for founders, investors, and CxOs to connect with each other and to showcase India's best startups to a global investor community. 


GSF Tête-à-Tête


GSF Tête-à-tête is a small, exclusive invite-only event with a carefully selected audience that includes leading names from the Indian startup ecosystem and corporate world. The idea is to create a small community of Founders, Investors and CxOs that meets regularly to indulge in an intense and candid conversation. Each event has a lead speaker who shares his/her insights and learnings to set the tone for the evening.


GSF Tech Tales and Cocktails


GSF India and the Korean Innovation Centre presents GSF Techtales & Cocktails. This evening brought together 100 leading investors and founders, cocktails, delicious food and two super panels -
 

Panel 1: Fundraising strategies (do's and dont's) for startups across various financing rounds.  

Panel 2: Preparing companies for an IPO, managing strategic buyouts and alliances, and exploring mergers and acquisitions. 
 


GSF Tech Tales and Cocktails


GSF India and Innov8 coworking present Techtales & Cocktails for entrepreneurs & founders to mix, mingle, and hear from leading Indian founders and angel investors. The 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 the formation of new networks in a relaxed environment. #GSFevolution 2015 is a 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


GSF-BACKED DOCSAPP RAISES $20M SERIES B

MediBuddy DocsApp raises $20M in Series B round led by Bessemer Venture Partners

GSF GRADUATE POKKT AQUIRED BY ANYMIND

Mobile video advertising and monetization platform Pokkt acquired by Singapore-based AnyMind Group

GSF-BACKED WHATFIX RAISES $32M SERIES C

Whatfix raises a series C round led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from Cisco, Eight Roads, and F-Prime

GSF-BACKED BIOSENSE ACQUIRED BY PERKINELMER

Biosense, a medical devices maker is acquired by PerlinElmer owned Tulip Diagnostics

PRIME KNOWLEDGE SERIES: RAJESH SAWHNEY

Serial entrepreneur and investor, Rajesh Sawhney discusses the 3Cs to succeed as an entrepreneur

GSF ACCELERATOR: BATCH OF 2018

GSF Bullish On Deeptech, Invests $1 Mn In Four Startups

GSF ACCELERATOR: BATCH OF 2017

Meet the five startups selected for GSF India’s fifth accelerator batch

GSF ACCELERATOR: TIMES OF INDIA

Coverage of GSF Accelerator in TOI, 30th July 2017. "GSF Accelerator is a platform by the founders for the founders."

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

GSF-BACKED 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.

GSF-BACKED 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.

GSF-BACKED DAILYROUNDS HAS LANDED FUNDING LED BY VENTURE CAPITAL GIANT ACCEL

DailyRounds is a social network/medical journal for doctors.


PHOTO GALLERY




MISSION STATEMENT


As newer technologies disrupt, displace and reshape economies, 'the next big thing' emerging as the hotbed of innovation are the frontier technologies. While what these encompass are ever evolving, today we associate frontier technologies with Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and an intersection of the above.The first quarter of 2016 has seen a 44% increase in funding of frontier technology startups.

At HackGSF, our goal is to encourage developers to build products that employ one or more of these frontier technologies. A crucial aspect of working with these technologies is the availability of large amounts of data. To this cause, we will provide the developers with key resources such as data and frameworks to successfully implement frontier technologies into their projects. The hackathon will be witness to talks and workshops curated by experts in these fields.

We look forward to seeing developers innovate at the intersection of many frontier technologies and industry verticals such as FinTech, Consumer, Health & Food, Education, and SaaS.


EVENT FORMAT


CRYPT HUNT

24th-26th July

Competitive online level based quiz. Progression through the quiz awards contestants with points mapped onto a leaderboard to gain a competitive edge at the hackathon.

Register

WORKSHOPS

29th July

We will provide the developers with key resources such as data and frameworks to successfully implement frontier technologies into their projects. The hackathon will be witness to talks and workshops curated by experts in these fields.

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HACKATHON

29th-30th July

Participants will receive expert mentorship as they build and compile their ideas, which will be judged by 'investors' in a shark tank format. Points will be awarded in real time on an online leaderboard along with crypt hunt scores.

Register

SCHEDULE


DAY ONE

29th July

10:30AM : Register, Socialize, and Welcome Speech

11:00AM : Keynote/Workshop 1

11:30AM : Keynote/Workshop 2

12:00PM : Lunch

12:30PM : Keynote/Workshop 3

01:00PM : Coding Starts

05:00PM : Refreshments

08:00PM : Dinner

DAY TWO

30th July

08:30AM : Breakfast

12:30PM : Lunch

01:00PM : Coding Ends

01:30PM : Demos and Keynotes Begin

06:00PM : Judging Ends

06:30PM : Awards and Closing Ceremony


OUR PARTNERS


Amazon Web services
Presenting Sponsor

Facebook
Co-Sponsor

HackerEarth
Hackathon Platform

Y Media Labs
Co-Working Space Partner

RazorPay
FinTech Partner

InnerChef
Food Sponsor

Inc42
Media Partner

NightStay
Hospitality Partner

YellowAnt
AI Partner

SilverSparro
Deep Learning Partner

HeyMojo
AI Partner


WORKSHOPS


Machine Learning
by Anandamoy Roychowdhary

BlockChain & UPIs
by Shashank Kumar

Alexa & AI
by Gaurav Arora


GSF HACKATHON TEAM


ARJUN SAWHNEY

KARTIK MATHUR

SAUMYA MATHUR

RAJESH SAWHNEY


TECH ADVISORY TEAM


SHASHANK KUMAR

VIVEK PRAKASH

ABHINAV GUPTA

TALVINDER SINGH

ROHAN SAWHNEY

SAHIL NARAIN

VISHWA KRISHNAKUMAR

JAGDISH RESPAWAL


JUDGES


RAJESH SAWHNEY

GAURAV ARORA

SHASHANK KUMAR

ANANDAMOY ROYCHOWDHARY

NAO MURAKAMI

BRIJ BHASIN

VIVEK PRAKASH


FARM TO FORK ACCELERATOR BY MISTLETOE AND GSF


FORBES: MISTLETOE TIES UP WITH GSF ACCELERATOR

Mistletoe has tied up with GSF Accelerator and Infobridge, to launch startup accelerator Gastrotope.

BUSINESS STANDARD: GSF AND MISTLETOE SET UP AGRI-FOOD TECH ACCELERATOR 'GASTROTOPE'

Gastrotope aims to invest in startups in agriculture and food processing sector

LIVEMINT: TAIZO SON'S MISTLETOE, GSF INDIA TIE UP FOR START-UP INCUBATOR

Gastrotope aims to fix key food and farming industry problems through the new start-up incubator programme.

GASTROTOPE: THE BET IS ALWAYS ON THE NEXT BIG WAVE

The agri-food tech bet marks a new beginning for Taizo Son's involvement with India.

GASTROTOPE IS THE NEW JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN MISTLETOE AND GSF

The newly launched accelerator Gastrotope will focus on sustainable ideas and models in the 'farm-to-fork' value chain.

GSF AND MISTLETOE'S JOINT VENTURE TO INVEST IN FARM TO FORK STARTUPS

Gastrotope's aim is to work as a catalyst for the new movement of 'Farm To Fork' permaculture.

WHAT GASTROTOPE CAN DO FOR AGRITECH AND FOOD STARTUPS THAT VCs CAN'T

VC model is ill-suited for tackling world's big issues. Intelligent farming, and distribution and consumption of food, with the use of AI, IoT, and robotics can be transformative.

MISTLETOE TIES UP WITH GSF ACCELERATOR TO LAUNCH GASTROTOPE

"We will build a community of entrepreneurs, designers, investors, and importantly look at ventures through long lens."

AGRIFOOD TECH ACCELERATOR GASTROTOPE LAUNCHES IN INDIA

Aims to invest in startups that can add value at various parts of the value chain, from farming, food transportation, processing, delivery, to consumption by customers.