After a grueling process of more than one month through which the firm received over 450 applications, met or spoke with more than 30 companies, India’s venture capital firm Lightspeed India Partners has selected eight startups to take part in their training and mentorship programme called Extreme Entrepreneurs.
The eight-week programme which started on September 11 will be hosted every Tuesday in Bengaluru, India.
“No terms, no contracts, but a 100% pure community initiative,” is how Lightspeed describes Extreme Entrepreneurs.
The eight lucky startups are:
Culturegrade: founded in 2018 by Abhinav Chugh and Alagu M, Culturegrade targets productivity and performance in employees, with learning and insights that collect feedback and translate it to better manager-worker relationships and personalized micro-learning.
Dose FM: In 2017, Mumbai-based Dose FM was founded by Abhishek Damodara, Akhil Appanna and Rishabh Harit and is a shot of engaging audio, sent straight to your headphones via its free app. Dose curates uniquely desi songs, news stories, even shows, in easily digestible clips.
Kubric: Based in San Francisco since 2017, Kubric was founded by Kausambi Manjita and Barada Sahu and is making new headway in SaaS content marketing, driving sales and engagement and shaking up the status quo in the staid category of business-to-business marketing. The company has been funded by Accel Ventures.
Kutuki: Bharath Bevinahally and Sneha Sundaram founded Kutuki in 2017 in Bengaluru. The startup specialises in pre-kindergarten learning – words, numbers, pictures – making for intuitive app-based learning experiences for the pre-KG crowd.
Squadcast: Headquartered in New York, Sisir Koppaka andAmiya Adwitiya founded Squadcast in October 2017. The startup enables tech companies to do the best work of their lives, through Squadcast smarts applied to all aspects of internal workflows and customer service.
Trell.co: Based in Bengaluru, Prashant Sachan, Pulkit Agrawal, Arun Lodhi, and Bimal Kartheek Rebba founded Trell in 2016. Trell is a local discovery platform which enables people to create visual collections of their travel and local experiences and share it as a classic slideshow video or copyrighted-images on other platforms.
Waani.io: Mohit Srivastava and Lakshay Thareja-founded Waani.io is working on democratising voice assistance for Indians in an array of vernaculars –including Hinglish, Waani heralds the future of interaction with machines and devices.
Yellow Messenger: In 2016, Raghu Ravinutala, Rashid Khan and Jaya Kishore Reddy founded Yellow Messenger in Bengaluru. The startup deploys AI to help some of the world’s largest enterprises converse intelligently with customers and engage with them in myriad ways.