NetApp launches NetApp Excellerator in B'luru

NetApp on Wednesday launched the NetApp Excellerator programme, the company’s first startup accelerator in Bengaluru.

Through the NetApp Excellerator programme, the company wants to share its unique perspective and experience around data with startups, and invest in solutions that will help enterprises through this era of digital transformation.

The programme was launched in the presence of Mohandas Pai, guest of honour and keynote speaker, partners, venture capitalists, startups, and customers.

Commenting on the launch of the accelerator, NetApp India Senior Vice President and Managing Director  Deepak Visweswaraiah said the technology industry is going through a transformational shift with data right at the centre. 

“Given NetApp’s rich legacy of innovation in the data management space, and the fact that we were once a startup ourselves, we recognise that some of the most creative, breakthrough ideas will happen within India’s thriving startup ecosystem. Through the NetApp Excellerator programme, we would like to encourage and support these start-ups and provide them with an opportunity to graduate to their next phase of growth,” he said. 

The NetApp Excellerator programme will provide startups with access to collaboration and productivity tools, co-working space out of the company’s global centre of excellence in Bangalore as well as networking opportunities with potential investors, partners, and customers. 

Selected startups will have access to NetApp platforms and technologies, tools, co-working space, HR, marketing, legal and tech support. NetApp will provide an equity-free grant of $15,000 to these startups upon completion of the program. 

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