Bangalore: Netcore Cloud, a global martech and customer experience company, has announced the launch of its $1 million accelerator program for D2C startups in India. Netcore Cloud has launched its 12-week ‘D2C Blaze‘ accelerator program in partnership with Headstart Network Foundation and AIC-Nalanda Institute of Technology Foundation.
The D2C Blaze accelerator program aims to provide focused guidance to select early-stage D2C startups and turbocharge their growth. Netcore’s program specifically invites early-stage startups, offering them a platform to grow and thrive.
Under the leadership of Nanda Kumar, who has a decade-long experience working intimately with startups, the three-month-long program will run from October to December 2023. Tailored to foster startups with strong growth prospects, it will aid them in scaling effectively and carving out a robust brand identity.
Applications for the accelerator program for D2C startups are open until 20 September 2023. As a culmination, a demo day will be held where 30 select startups will spotlight their progress and innovations to a distinguished audience of potential investors, opening doors to prospective funding avenues and benefiting from a holistic experience.
This includes access to essential platforms, mentorship from D2C industry stalwarts, networking opportunities, and a suite of technological tools to further their growth. Moreover, entrepreneurs will receive Netcore credits worth up to $30,000 along with an additional $3,500 for consulting and onboarding. Startups can also access Headstart Boosters up to Rs.5 crore from top companies like – Zoho, Razorpay, Notion, Canva, and many more.
“Indian startups have been increasingly making their mark globally, achieving new milestones year after year. And yet, early-stage startups often grapple with challenges such as securing funding, finding product-market fit, navigating intense competition, acquiring the right talent, and understanding complex regulations to name a few. Through the ‘D2C Blaze’ program, we intend to empower entrepreneurs in their early stages, steering them towards profitability,” Kalpit Jain, Group CEO – Netcore Cloud commented on the initiative.
“Through our partnership with Netcore Cloud we are working towards fostering innovation and propelling D2C startups toward unprecedented growth, and industry leadership. We aim to harness the collective potential of these brilliant minds and provide them with the necessary tools and resources to create sustainable success stories in the ever-evolving business landscape,” added Vaniya Dangwal, Head of Partnerships – Headstart Network Foundation.
The D2C Blaze program is designed to offer participants an unparalleled platform for growth. Short-listed startups will receive guidance from a distinguished group of mentors including Avadhoot Revankar and Sudhaamshu M from Netcore Cloud and external brands like Sanil Sachar, Huddle; V3 Ventures’ Co-Founder Arjun Vaidya and and Myntra’s former Product Director Deepak Krishnan.
Additionally, partners such as Plotch.ai, AIC-Nalanda Institute of Technology Foundation, and Kerala Startup Mission, Innovation Mission Punjab, Sauce.VC, GetVantage, and more will extend their support to ensure concrete results.