Business Plans, Mentoring, Motivations, Networking

Google to Offer ‘Launchpad’ to Digital Startups in India

After testing its startup mentor programme in Israel, search giant Google is now turning its focus on Indian startups. The company has picked India to kick-start its startup mentorship programme Launchpad this year, signalling its growing interest in Indian startups.

On Monday, it launched the first of four such week-long programmes, during which a set of mentors from Google and other companies will coach startups looking to grow. “This is one of our large scale new programme offering,” said Sunil Rao, who heads the startup initiative for Google India. While Google has an interest in growing India’s digital economy, the startup programme could also turn into a pipeline for Google’s investment arm.

The company’s venture capital arm had recently picked up a stake in real estate portal Commonfloor and Freshdesk, a Chennai-based customer support tool. In India, Google plans to mentor close to 100 companies through Launchpad, which was started on a small scale nearly three years ago in Israel. Last year, it was conducted in 20 different cities.oogle benefits from the growing digital economy, as companies spend on Google to acquire customers. In the year ended March 2014, Google’s revenue crossed 3,000 crore, up 47% YoY, helped by increasing online advertising spend.

All the “bits and pieces” of Google’s startup programmes will be consolidated under Launchpad. “It will be like one offering to the developer from a startup perspective,” said Rao, country head, start-up ecosystem India, Google India.

“It will be like one offering to the developer from a startup perspective,” said Rao, country head, startup ecosystem, Google India. The company plans to take Launchpad to 50 cities this year but in India, most of its activities will be focused in Bengaluru. Rao, who heads the developer relations team for Google in India, has grown the Google developer community to one of the biggest with 45 chapters.Google Developer Relations was set up in India about five years ago in Hyderabad.

The team now has four people and operates out of Bengaluru, the largest among such teams for Google. It mainly focuses on creating Google developer groups, focused around Google technologies such as the Android operating system.

India is one of the largest Google developer ecosystems, with a large number of Android developers.

Increasingly, India has become core to Google’s vision of getting 7 billion people or the world’s population to use the Internet.

Many top executives of the $60 billion search company have been visiting India over the last few months, signalling its increasing interest in India’s growing Internet economy. Last September, Google launched its Android One programme to make smartphones affordable in India and other Southeast Asian countries.

http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/startups/google-offer-launchpad-to-digital-startups-in-india/46103773

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Business Ideas, Mentoring, Motivations

TiE Launches ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ Project for Startups

The Indus Entrepreneurs’ Hyderabad chapter launched Dec. 18 its Billion Dollar Babies project for startups.

An initiative of TiE’s Silicon Valley chapter, the B$B project will select a few startups from India which have a potential to become a $1 billion company. The program aims to help select Indian product startups reach $1 billion in global enterprise value through this ambitious initiative that promises to leverage the reach and resources of TiE Silicon Valley, said a statement.

With its first class next month, the program will bring selected startups to Silicon Valley. It will help entrepreneurs go global, connect with mentors, potential customers and venture capitalists.

The companies will be able to participate in the TiE CIO Forum and other educational events, and receive help with legal, accounting, HR/benefits, hiring, marketing, and other company-building tasks. The project was unveiled by Venktesh Shukla, president of TiE Silicon Valley. “The program represents a unique opportunity for young Indian companies aspiring to break through into a competitive global market,” the Indian American entrepreneur said.

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Business Ideas, Business Plans, Calendar, Innovation, Marketing, Mentoring, News, Startups, Technology

Eureka 2014 – International Business Plan Comptetition

Eureka! – An International Business Plan Competition

Aimed at encouraging people all around the world to unleash their inventive potential and flesh out ideas spanning multiple dimensions, Eureka! is Asia’s largest B-Plan competition as acknowledged independently by CNN and Thomson Reuters.

Designed to emulate the process of the growth of an idea towards a full-fledged startup. Eureka! prides itself on providing a 360 degree, holistic experience in the 5 month period that it spans. Right from acknowledging that your idea has potential, to writing a B-Plan, and pitching in front of an investor- this platform has it all !

Over the 15 years of its existence, Eureka has grown from a competition in which 50 teams competed for INR 50,000 , to a competition which sees over 6000 entries competing for prizes worth INR 4.5 Million with excellent networking opportunities in India and the Silicon Valley !

Eureka! now serves not only as a launch pad for budding ideas, but now has moved to be recognised as a platform for intensive learning of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by interactions and mentorship from the leaders of this field.

With the vision of promoting both business and social innovations, we follow two tracks:

  • Eureka! Business
  • Eureka! Social

Eureka! Business

The trademark of Eureka!, the business track of Eureka! is aimed at helping ideas develop into businesses that have the potential to revolutionize the world.

Eureka! Social

Now into its 4th successful year, Eureka! Social aims at helping build innovative enterprises and technology to aid the strata at the bottom of the pyramid and/or build a greener tomorrow. With associations like NSEF, Ashoka and Villgro, Eureka! Social runs as a parallel side track to Eureka! Business.

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Finance, Innovation, Mentoring

Microsoft Ventures

CaptureMicrosoft Ventures is a strategic partner for promising startups around the world focused on business growth & development, industrial strength technology and beautiful usable products. Build locally, scale globally. We help smart companies take flight.

Every startup is unique. Microsoft Ventures has programs to help, no matter what stage of development your startup is in.

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Mentoring, Startups

First time in India, Google to directly mentor 25 startups

Till date, Google has been active in the Indian startup scene through its sponsorship of the Nasscom 10,000 Startups programme.

For the first time in India, Google will directly mentor 25 startups on topics like design thinking, marketing and business development. The five-day event called Launchpad-slated for the first week of November- will see Google employees across the globe share their industry expertise with the startups who will be housed in Google’s Bangalore office.

Earlier this week, the search company announced a similar program in Brazil. “It will be a first of its kind in Asia. It may then be rolled out to places like Tokyo,” said Sunil Rao, country head of startup ecosystem atGoogle India. The Launchpad program already exists in Israel as a one-week pre-incubation program for early stage startups where each day is dedicated to a specific subject and includes presentations, one-on-one mentorship and focused work.

Google executives said the focus of the Launchpad is not to pick companies for future investments. Till date, Google has been active in the Indian startup scene through its sponsorship of the Nasscom 10,000 Startups programme. So far, Google Ventures has not invested in an India-based company. Google Capital, the growth equity arm of Google has invested in Chennai-based Freshdesk, which is headquartered in San Francisco.

http://m.economictimes.com/news/emerging-businesses/startups/First-time-in-India-Google-to-directly-mentor-25-startups/articleshow/38984635.cms

Business Plans, Education, Legal, Mentoring, Social Entrepreneurship

FAQ on Trusts Act Income Tax and FCRA

FAQ on Trusts Act, Income Tax and FCRA

Are you planning to start a new NGO and wondering what would be a good choice of registration – Trust, Society or Company and also wondering what should be the minimum and maximum number of trustees you should have on your Board?

 

Are you already registered but wondering how unspent income of your organization can be carried forward to the next year or accumulated for up to 5 years?

 

Are you planning to receive funds from a foreign source but confused if funds received from an NRI would be allowed even without FCRA registration?

 

If these and a myriad other questions keep cropping up in your mind in the course of running your NGO and if you ever wondered or prayed if there would be a handy reference book to refer to at such times or just simply to brush up your working knowledge of the Trusts Act, Income Tax (exemptions and deductions) and of course the FCRA, … the answers are all there in Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy’s latest book “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) – the all new and revised 2014 Edition.

 

Written by Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy’s CEO, Mr. Noshir H. Dadrawala and a foreword by Bahram N. Vakil (Founding Partner, AZB & Partners) this book has been written keeping the layperson in mind. However, professionals would also find it to be of value. Devoid of legal jargon and written with clarity and depth, this book should be on the bookshelf of every NGO/NPO seeking ready answers to common questions pertaining to the Bombay Public Trusts Act, Income Tax Act and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.

 

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Bank Address: Central bank of India, Mumbai Main Office Branch, Mumbai 400 023.

Name of Account Holder: Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy

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We will send you the book and receipt for the payment via speed post/ Courier immediately on receipt of your payment.

We would also offer 20% discount on bulk purchase of 20 or more books.

 

Our contact details:

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Tel: 022 22846534 / 22029945

 

Business Ideas, Mentoring, Motivations, Networking

What’s Hot: Media & Entertainment

Key Topics

  • Speaker focus introductions in the media and entertainment space
  • Opportunities for startups in media and entertainment space
  • Who are the various buyers of the various media focused businesses that are coming up? What are they looking for?
  • How can the start-ups gear themselves for more fruitful sales meetings?
  • Who are the investors in the media and entertainment space?
  • What are the recent deals that have happened? What are the investors looking for?
  • How can start-ups beef –up their pitch better?

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