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Six startups present innovative data services at NetApp’s accelerator program

Six deep-tech startups showcased their data services innovations at NetApp Accelerator Demo Day on 28th April. The demo day was the conclusion of the four-month accelerator program created and designed to support startups that are developing disruptive technologies.

Ravi Chhabria, MD, NetApp said, “India is a source of talent for NetApp. It’s been our source of talent for 20 years. India has been a low-cost talent destination for many but for NetApp, that was never it. In fact, we had the kind of talent any company would die for, anywhere in the world. If you look at NetApp, we operate at a fraction of the headcount in comparison to the likes of IBM, Microsoft and Amazon. We are just 3,000 in India. But how do you create a presence for yourself in a big country with that? Through being a brand for innovation. We are living in different times and working with a generation that believes in making a difference, irrespective of size.”

Pullela Gopichand, Indian Badminton player and coach, commented on his mentoring journey and startup success at the Demo Day graduation, he said, “What I witnessed today at the NetApp Accelerator Demo Day will create a huge impact not only in the enterprise world, but in all walks of life. When I began my entrepreneurial journey, the goal was simple – to redefine the opportunities available in the field of badminton, sports at large and fitness.”

He further added, “I realised that technology can be capitalised to make sports accessible to everyone, improve performances, and create new business models to aid sports. Now I believe that technology, like sports, is a great leveler. I am very excited to be here with these startups, and witness them unlock new opportunities.”

The six startups that participated in the program are: Zluri, AppSenitels, RapL, PrivaSapien, Firefly, and Squadcast. Graduating startups received grant of $15k, which is the equity fee. Till date NetApp Excellerator program has mentored 72 deep-tech startups with its first being in 2017.

The startups had been shortlisted out of 100 plus applicants and received support from NetApp’s team of experts in the areas of data management, engineering, and marketing. The accelerator program also provided startups with access to NetApp’s technology, mentorship, and resources helping them to get a kick start for development of their products and services.

Startups were given an opportunity to showcase their innovations to several investors, industry experts, and potential customers. The startups exhibited their technologies through live demonstrations and pitches while highlighting the unique value propositions of their products and services.

With all six startups receiving positive feedback from investors, entrepreneurs etc., the event turned out to be successful.

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