Pitney Bowes Inc., a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, called for entries for the second phase of the Pitney Bowes Accelerator Program in India. The program focuses on startups that leverage software for customer information management, mobile, data analytics, location-based services, E-commerce management & Machine learning.

Selected startups will be informed by April, 2015 and invited to present before a jury panel. After the selection process, the names of the selected startups for the six-month long acceleration program will be announced in May, 2015.

Last year, Pitney Bowes named eight startups to the program.  Participants last year included Audianz, Tagalys, Teritree, RetailNav, Heuristics, Ideata, Yo-app and Brown Tape.

More details about the program

  • As part of the program, Pitney Bowes will shortlist entrepreneurs/startups that will have a choice to be located in the PB offices either in Pune or in Noida for incubation and mentorship.
  • Startups in the program will have access to Pitney Bowes’ software, application programming interfaces [APIs] and data for the duration of the program.
  • Training, technical and business guidance and mentoring will be provided to the start-ups from Pitney Bowes engineering and innovation leaders, and from software industry experts.
  • In addition to these strategic connections, start-ups in the Pitney Bowes Accelerator program will also be networking with prospective investors.

Speaking on the of launch of the second batch, Manish Choudhary, Vice President, Global Engineering and Managing Director, Pitney Bowes Software India said

Pitney Bowes guides its clients through the complex worlds of digital and physical technologies to drive growth and create meaningful impact. Startups are vital to technology innovation and India is a hotbed of startups. The talent fostered through the Accelerator Program has the ability to develop disruptive technologies that can be scaled globally.

Pitney Bowes continues to build its presence as a strong organization in India centered on innovation by becoming an incubator partner to NASSCOM’s 10,000 Start-ups initiative. 

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes is a global technology company offering innovative products and solutions that enable commerce in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping and mailing, and global e-commerce.  More than 1.5 million clients in approximately 100 countries around the world rely on products, solutions and services from Pitney Bowes.  For additional information, visit Pitney Bowes at www.pb.com

Every entrepreneur whom we have met or interviewed on this blog has stressed on Mentorship & how getting the right mentor was important for their startup. This video from Phanindra Sama of Redbus shows how mentorship from TiE changed the course of their startup.

Lufthansa in partnership with ET Now & TiE brings an initiative named “Lufthansa Runway to Success”, a celebration of India’s vibrant entrepreneurial base and the extraordinary spirit of enterprise that lies at the very core of our economic success. This is the Season-3 of the series.


About the Program

Runway to Success TV series is a reality programme that celebrates the spirit of Indian entrepreneurship. It is an inspiring programme on ET Now where thousands of contestants compete for a spot on a shortlist of 27 SMEs who compete for top honours in the 11 episode series.

The first 9 episodes showcase and interview a business pioneer each, who then selects a winner from 3 SME contestants on the show. The mettle of these episodic winners is further tested in the semi-finals & the top 3 vie in the Grand Finale. 

Lufthansa Runway to Success kicks off with a nationwide outreach inviting small and medium entrepreneurs to mentorship camps conducted through TiE. The camps offer insightful ‘guru sessions’ hosted by celebrated entrepreneurs as well as individual mentoring sessions by experts.

Why should startups participate in Lufthansa Runway to Success

It is a unique platform which brings together Competition, Feedback & Mentorship under one roof. If your startup is looking out for valuable suggestions, then you should definitely reserve your place for this show. For bootstrapped entrepreneurs, the good news is participation is free 🙂

Participation would provide an opportunity to transform your business. Icing on the cake is “Getting Valuable advice from experts” !!!

Startup’s get to win the coveted Grand Prize:

  • A seat at Stanford University’s prestigious Design Thinking Boot Camp
  • A Lufthansa Business Class ticket to the US
  • Mentorship from TiE

Registration information

Registrations are now open for Season-3 & interested startups can sign-up for the program here
You can also visit their Facebook page here

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With World-Cup & IPL fever hotting up, more & more consumers are glued on to television. It is interesting deal for companies who advertise during that time slot since the ROI would be much greater as compared to advertising during prime-time.

coupon_logoMany e-commerce companies have also joined the band-wagon of advertising on TV in order to grab more eye-balls which further helps in customer-acquisition !!! However, if you are an online shopper, just shopping from these e-commerce websites would only fetch discounts which are offered by them. But as we have mentioned in one of the earlier articles, rise of e-commerce has opened up opportunities for Last Mile logistics, Automation, Analytics, Online Coupon & Deal websites. Along with Coupon & Deal websites, massive growth has been observed in the “Price Comparison” space. Now consumers are not only interested in deals but before they purchase a product, they want to “compare prices” across different e-commerce websites. This is also gives a Human Feel to shopping 🙂

Lately, there has been an explosion of Coupon websites & as per recent analysis, it is observed that consumers mostly search for Amazon & Flipkart coupons !!! While looking out for discount for a tablet on Amazon.in, we came across some interesting Amazon India Coupons & we could buy that tablet at a much better price !!! If as a consumer, you are looking out for Vouchers which offer deals on specific categories; you can have a look at some interesting line-up of Amazon India Vouchers

As consumers, it becomes important that we shop from known e-commerce websites & at the same time, get a pie of extra discount through these deals & coupons 🙂

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As per one of the recent aviation report, the aviation sector contributes INR 330 billion [0.5%] to Indian GDP.

This total comprises:

  • INR 147 billion directly contributed through the output of the aviation sector [airlines, airports and ground services, aerospace]
  • INR 107 billion indirectly contributed through the aviation sector’s supply chain
  • INR 77 billion contributed through the spending by the employees of the aviation sector and its supply chain.
  • In addition there are INR 582 billion in ‘catalytic’ benefits through tourism, which raises the overall contribution to INR 912 billion or 1.5% of GDP.

More details in the report below:

In terms of employment, aviation sector would support total 1.7 million jobs across different sectors & there would be a growing demand for engineers as well in the aviation sector. One of the issues that students normally face is shortlisting of the right colleges. Well, for a student CollegeDunia might come to your rescue !!! CollegeDunia has a wide list of colleges across different sectors & acts as a Helpful Guide for students.

If you are an aspiring engineer in the aviation space, you can have a look at top aviation colleges in India. Colleges are listed as per the rankings & reviews and for a student, this acts as a boon !!! You can use filters like “Full-Time/Part-Time Courses”, Course Duration, Degree etc.

If you are aspiring engineer in aviation space, do give CollegeDunia a spin & give Wings to your dreams !!!

Information technology has brought with it a revolution in the job sector. Though the recent stint with recession had hit this industry badly, but it is reviving fast. With the government announcing friendly schemes for entrepreneurs, along with entrepreneurship, there would be a rise in number of potential job seekers as well.

As per the recent news, Flipkart alone would create nearly 2 million jobs in 2015. As the economy bids adieu to economic slowdown, more and more opportunities are opening up for those seeking a fast career in the IT industry. Bachelor’s of Computers Application [BCA] followed by a Master’s in Business Administration [BCA] or Master’s in Computer Application [MCA] is one of the favored paths for those seeking a career in the field of Information Technology [IT].


IT has become an integral department in almost all corporate offices and this makes having an MBA/MCA a viable choice. MCA opens gates to a wide variety of careers in the field of IT and ITES. US Bureau of Labour statistics has predicted a 68 per cent increase in output growth rate of the IT industry between 2002 and 2012. Not only in India, there is a huge demand for IT professionals throughout the world too.

With the board exams nearing an end, students would be interested to choose the right career path. MCA & BCA would definitely be on the hit list of many students. CollegeDunia, an online portal is a sort of Yellow Pages for Colleges.

Now, students can hop on to this website & get trusted informaiton on colleges of their choice. This exhaustive list provides information on the Top BCA Colleges in India. If you are looking out for MCA as a career option, you can find the list of colleges offering MCA here & if BCA is a career option, you can find the information about BCA Colleges in India. I remember when I had opted for engineering in 2001, there was not much clarity on the college to choose, course to select etc.

Now students & aspiring engineers can make use of this great choice available to them & make mature career choices. Hop on to CollegeDunia & turn your aspirations into reality !!!

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Citrix announced the successful culmination of its Innovators Program, where nine graduating teams completed its Startup Accelerator’s intensive three-month business model validation program guided by Citrix executives and industry experts. The program ended with a Demo Day, where each of the startup teams presented to a panel of industry veterans and potential investors.

The first group included five internal teams & four external companies. Citrix awarded a $10,000USD fellowship seed funding to the four external companies.


Launched in August last year, the Innovators Program attracted hundreds of company entries of which nine teams were chosen by an Executive Council, to become part of the Innovators Program. Designed with the objective of blending leading-edge leadership, team building, design thinking and lean startup approaches, teams were trained to validate their business models around customers’ needs. Additionally, participants also received mentoring & guidance from seasoned business executives, industry leaders & venture capital investors.

Commenting on the program’s culmination, John McIntyre, Managing Director, Citrix Startup Accelerator said

The core focus of the Startup accelerator program is to enable entrepreneurs create the next wave of disruptive technologies and great new products that will pave the way for the future of the workspace. India is a gold mine of talented startups, and these nine teams are a testament to this very fact.

We are excited for what these teams will achieve & eagerly awaiting the next cohort of the Innovator’s program, what we plan to launch later in 2015.

Rakesh Singh, Vice President and General Manager, Citrix India added

We extend our warmest congratulations to the path-breaking and first ever graduating batch of the Innovators Program. Our aim had been to handpick startups that showcased innovation and potential, and subsequently help them to accelerate their growth manifold through a series of workshops and mentoring. I can safely say that each of the nine teams graduating from the first edition of the Innovator’s Program in India are better prepared to bring great products to the market, and have attracted tremendous investor interest, making us extremely proud of the outcome.

Graduating Batch of the Citrix Startup Accelerator Innovators Program

  1. Maxerience
  2. Karmasnap
  3. Parablu
  4. Instasafe
  5. Sharecard
  6. Oppcee
  7. Buzzybee
  8. Zipzapdata
  9. 140 Bytes

Tata Consultancy Services [TCS] , India’s leading IT services, consulting & business solutions organization, has partnered with Startupbootcamp FinTech, the leading accelerator focused on financial innovation, to host the Pitch Days in India.

The Pitch days will be held in the TCS campuses on February 24 in Mumbai & February 26 in Bangalore.


Focused purely on FinTech startups in these regions, the one-day event is open to innovative early stage startups in the financial technology sector to help participants gain exposure and recognition.

Ten startups will be chosen and shortlisted for their cutting-edge and innovative solutions. These firms will be offered an opportunity to participate in the 13-week long Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerator program in London or Singapore.

The event is open for all early stage startups in FinTech. The shortlisted FinTech startups on the Pitch Day will get an opportunity to connect with local mentors, investors and banking professionals in the community. Startups applying for Pitch Days will get access to the Startupbootcamp FinTech global community and be on the accelerator’s radar.

The participants will also be provided with feedback on how to improve their offering, business model and pitching skills.

Speaking at the occasion Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer of TCS said

As part of our Co-Innovation Network [COIN], we have been working with start-ups across the world. It’s great to bring a new initiative to India and host the Startupbootcamp Pitch Days in Mumbai & Bangalore. India has a rich history of promising start-ups and we believe that programs like this will benefit the thriving technology start-up community in India and help to showcase the country’s tremendous enterprise to the global investing community.

Speaking at the occasion Markus Gnirck, Co-founder & Global COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech, said

It is an exciting time for FinTech right now, not only in London and Singapore, but also in India, and we’re delighted to be here for the first time.  Being a part of our Pitch Days means that startups are on the Startupbootcamp FinTech watch-list for life, giving them a greater chance of being selected for one of our global programs.

We encourage startups, at whatever stage in their early development, to apply to join us for the unprecedented opportunity to connect with the Startupbootcamp FinTech global community and have access to worldwide opportunities. The work that we’re doing with partners like Tata Consultancy Services validates the need for accelerator programs to reach countries like India.

The shortlisted startups from the Pitch Day will get to be a part of   Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerator program and have the potential to be selected for the following:

  • Extensive mentorship from 100+ entrepreneurs, investors & partners
  • Access to top markets in London, US & APAC
  • 3+ months free office space
  • € 15K in cash per team
  • €450K+ in partner services
  • Exposure to 200+ Angels & VCs
  • Invitation to SBC global alumni network

For more information on the application process please visit the Fintech-Mumbai & Fintech-Bangalore links

About Startupbootcamp FinTech

Launched in 2014, Startupbootcamp FinTech is the leading FinTech accelerator and the only program of its kind to attract such wide industry support. Based in London and Singapore, its partners include DBS Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, MasterCard, Rabobank, SBT Venture Capital, Arvato Financial Services, Route 66 Ventures, Infocomm Investments & Intesa Sanpaolo, as well as an extensive mentor and alumni network from more than 30 countries across the globe.

The award-winning accelerator offers FinTech startups access to world class industry expertise during an intensive three month program. At the end of the programme, startups pitch at Demo Day to more than 250 investors.

Other Startupbootcamp programs are currently active in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Israel, Istanbul and London with other cities and vertical programs would be announced soon.

For more information on Startupbootcamp, please visit the following links:

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With the growth of online-commerce in India, there are many businesses that have been built to cater to that explosive growth. With growing demand, there have been more startups emerging in the space of Customer Support, Last Mile Delivery/Logistics, Automation [e.g. Grey Orange Robotics]. This article in Economic Times points out that e-commerce firms are the new drivers for the BPO industry & with more startups emerging in that space, this number would surely see an upward-trend !!!

The following presentation from Accel Partners gives the complete outlook on “online commerce in India”

With the growth of e-commerce & “hefty” discounts being the major driver for sales, what if the consumer gets some more discount than what the e-commerce website is already offering. Yes, We are talking about “Coupon Websites” !!! Coupon/Deal websites are “by-products” of online-commerce.

In the past, we have reviewed multiple “Coupon Websites” but very few provide “Human Touch” to the overall “online shopping experience”. PriceBurp, an online coupon & deals website offers consumers with great deals across different categories [e.g. clothing, stationery etc.] on e-commerce sites like Flipkart, Amazon etc. & site that we recommend for another reason as well.

It has tied up with Akshay Patra Foundation & every time consumer shops with PriceBurp, the startup would contribute to “Akshaya Patra” [Read more about it here]. Definitely bring social angle to the overall shopping experience J

If you are looking for some great deals for your valentine, do give PriceBurp a shot !!!

With the increase of online frauds in India, it becomes necessary that “Shopper becomes Smart” & along with discounts also checks the authenticity of the e-commerce website. Some of the smart shopping tips are:

  1. Shop from “known” websites e.g. Flipkart, Jabong, Shopclues, High5Store etc.
  2. Ensure that “Digital Payment” happens over secure [SSL] channel
  3. Ensure “not to save” the Credit Card is not saved. Since, no matter how renowned, the website is; better to keep CC information to yourself !!!
  4. Compare prices of “existing products” on price-comparison engines
  5. Get additional discounts on products by grabbing coupons from coupon/deal websites
  6. Untrusted app stores will continue to be a major source of mobile malware. Traffic to these stores will be driven by “malvertising,” which has grown quickly on mobile platforms [Source – McAfee]

We hope that these tips help  not only make your online shopping more “secure”, “delightful” but also brings-in good “karma” 🙂

If you want to share any tips, please leave them in the comments section !!!