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PVC Partners (P: Passion, V: Vision, C: Capital) has been working with entrepreneurs since 2007.

PVC Partners Accelerateam supports business innovators, inventors, and dreamers to start their own venture using a structured pre-acceleration program, using a comprehensive set of critical tools, facilities and services across multiple industry sectors. We prefer to work with first-time, first generation entrepreneurs.

Accelerateam intensively engages in two complementary areas simultaneously:

  • Helping to building the Entrepreneur
  • Helping to develop the Business from concept to investment-readiness

Accelerateam takes a cohort-based approach i.e. each entrepreneur will benefit not only from his or her own experiences, but the collective experience of other entrepreneurs who are at similar stages in their entrepreneurial journey. In our structured program, the entrepreneur is constantly challenged to get out of his/her comfort zone.

The program covers the following areas that are critical to developing a solid, sustainable enterprise: identification of motivations and opportunities, business modelling, design thinking, execution, sales & marketing (including digital presence development), finance (the mechanics of money, fundraising) and perspective development. The learning experience is actively supported through mentoring and proprietary frameworks to fine-tune the business strategy and plan. The Accelerateam framework comprises of four main components:

  1. Knowledge Lab: It is important for an entrepreneur to understand every aspect of a business. We cover topics that are critical to developing a solid, sustainable enterprise: identification of motivations and opportunities, business modelling, design-thinking, execution, sales & marketing (including digital presence development), finance (the mechanics of money, fundraising) and perspective development in a workshop format which is exclusive for Accelerateam’s cohort.
  2. Experience Lab: Exposure to first-hand experiences that push the entrepreneurs outside their comfort zone as well as learning from others’ experience are intrinsic to creating a solid foundation for the enterprise.
  3. Application Lab: One-to-one clinics specially designed for each individual help the entrepreneur apply the frameworks and the knowledge gained practically on-the-ground, create hypotheses and validate them on a regular basis, and push the entrepreneur over and above their limits.
  4. Investor Readiness: Proprietary processes (Minefield) prepare our entrepreneurs for the toughest questions asked by top investors in the ecosystem.

Team

Devangshu DuttaDevangshu Dutta has had wide-ranging international experience, and has worked at and with ahead-of-the-curve businesses through his career since 1990. After three stints as an entrepreneurial senior employee, he co-founded a web-based supply chain solutions company in 2000, founded Third Eyesight in 2003, and co-founded PVC Partners in 2007. Devangshu has led initiatives related to strategy, operations and organizational change for businesses from Asia, Europe, and the USA. He is regularly invited to speak at premier industry events internationally, quoted frequently in media, and he also writes regularly for print and electronic media. Devangshu is a post-graduate in Marketing & Merchandising, holds a B. Sc. (Hons) degree from the University of Delhi, a certification in Venture Capital Development from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and a certification from the European Venture Capital Association.


Rohit LuthraRohit Luthra
has worked across technology, investments and consumer products domains since 1990. He formally became an entrepreneur in 1996 when he co-founded a technology infrastructure and cloud computing company, Progression Infonet. He co-founded PVC Partners in 2007, being passionate about turning entrepreneurs into winners. Rohit feels that India’s economic growth story is still being addressed incompletely, and that creating entrepreneurial opportunities is the quickest, most productive and self-sustaining way of harnessing this potentially explosive energy. Rohit’s strengths are in identifying new areas of business and technologies early, and designing flexible and robust business models. Rohit holds a specialization in Venture Capital Development from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and Bachelors in Economics from Delhi University, and is a post-graduate in Marketing.

 

Sector-Agnostic Support by the PVC Team

The companies that the PVC Partners team has supported together over the last few years have come from diverse sectors including:

  • Drug Discovery
  • Renewable Energy
  • Ecommerce
  • Retail
  • Women’s Enterprise
  • Telecom innovation
  • Social enterprise enablement

Mentors

These are some of the the mentors, coaches and facilitators who would be working with the Accelerateam cohort.

Shoaib AhmedShoaib Ahmed is an Indian Software Evangelist. He is founder of Catalystor and a fellow and founder-member of the iSPIRT Foundation. Until recently he was President of Tally Solutions, the leading Indian Financial ERP system with over 1 million clients and a worldwide presence in 100 countries. Shoaib started as an entrepreneur by co-founding Vedha Automations in the early 1990s, which developed a unique Point of Sale (POS) retail product – Shopper. The business was acquired by Tally in 2005. Shoaib was nominated by his peers in the Indian retail industry and received the Economic Times Now ‘Retail Leadership Award’ in February 2013. Shoaib is actively involved in mentoring technology products businesses and entrepreneurs in India. He has been a member of the Regional Council of NASSCOM, and a Fellow of iSPIRT, the Indian Software Products Industry Round Table, the think tank for the Indian Software Products Industry. Shoaib has also acted as an angel investor in the last few years. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Josephs College, Bangalore, and his post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

 

Ronald van het HofRonald van het Hof has a broad retail experience in design, sourcing, sales, supply chain management, multi-channel management and change management. He has worked as CEO for a number of leading retail-chains in the Netherlands, and has received several Retail Awards. Ronald has been working for Women on Wings since 2008 and supported many enterprises in their growth with his broad management experience. Early 2013, Women on Wings established an office in India with the aim to build up a strong Indian organization and partner-base to achieve its goal: create 1 million jobs for women in rural India. Women on Wings strongly believes that if you create a sustainable job for a woman, it will benefit her entire family, the community, the next generations and thus breaking the cycle of poverty. Since early 2013, Ronald is Managing Director of Women on Wings India.

 

nitin_khannaNitin P Khanna is an innovator and an entrepreneur since 2001 and has been actively involved in conceptualization and creation of two companies in the field of training and skill development. During this period he invested in an energy & infrastructure startup and also founded a not-for-profit organization focused on education. He regularly engages with organisations and entrepreneurs as a consultant, corporate trainer, and leadership & development coach. Nitin specialises in entrepreneurship, growth and design of strategic learning & development initiatives. He has pioneered training and educational films in India. His film based teaching methodology, FBTM®, has been a breakthrough innovation in achieving quality and access in education and training.

 

Subinder KhuranaSubinder Khurana has successfully taken several enterprise analytics and mobile platforms to market. He most recently founded BankSmarts, an analytics platforms company. He was earlier President of marketRx India, which he helped grow into one of the largest analytics companies globally, and was acquired by Cognizant in 2007. Subinder was Founder and CTO of EZPower systems, a Philadelphia-based product company acquired in 1998 by Docucorp International (now a part of Oracle). He has been on the Advisory board of several emerging companies. Subinder is a member of the TiE Delhi Board, Chairman-Emeritus of NASSCOM-Gurgaon, member of NASSCOM Product Council, and was earlier Chair of TiE Entrepreneurship Nurturing Program and a NASSCOM-Emerge Mentor. He has a B.Tech from IIT Delhi.

 

prajakt_rautPrajakt Raut is the founder of Applyifi, an online platform that helps startups create a comprehensive pitch deck, and provides startups and investors a 36-point scorecard and assessment report on the startup’s investment readiness. Prajakt personal goal in life is to encourage and assist a 100,000 people to become entrepreneurs. Before starting Applyifi, Prajakt was the head of operations at IAN, founding member of a leading incubator, and the Asia-Director for TiE (2004 – 2007). Previously Prajakt had co-founded Orange Cross, a healthcare services company, and was part of the founding team of Idealake, a CRM solutions company. While in college Prajakt had founded a printing business and has spent over 10 years working in leading advertising agencies.

 

Abhinav-SahaiAbhinav Sahai is a founder of Niswey (a Digital Marketing Services company) and Irayo (SEO automation tool) with over 8+ years experience in technology, startups, marketing, blogging and web analytics. He has previously co-founded Moneno, which was voted ‘Top 10 upcoming products in India’ at the Nasscom Product Conclave. Abhinav is an active speaker on topics related to Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship and has been covered in the media by The Week, Careers360, The Telegraph, SocialSamosa, Indipreneur, IndiaPost and others.

 

 

digbijoy_shuklaDigbijoy Shukla has over 13 years of wide ranging experience across diverse sectors. He started his career in education marketing and then joined the advertising and events industry to execute several projects including a state election campaign for a national party, conceptualizing and running a restaurant chain in Delhi and others. Subsequently, Digbijoy worked with the Delhi chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE Delhi) and drove various key initiatives like mentoring, deal flow, marketing, sponsorship’s etc. Thereafter he had entrepreneurial forays with techTribe (Career Networking platform) and TenMarks (an online supplemental education start-up later acquired by Amazon). He then worked with Ennovent, a social enterprise accelerator, that has worked with around 60 clients to accelerate over 250 innovations in 15 countries. Currently he is engaged at Amazon Internet Services to drive adoption of cloud infrastructure for VC/Angel/Accelerator backed companies in India.

 

Arjun Surya is the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Curadev Pharma. He has more than 25 years of research experience and has held leadership positions of increasing seniority in the industry for more than a decade. He has extensive experience in the assessment of drug molecules against several target classes across a range of therapeutic areas and specializes in building high performance research teams. His past organizations include SmithKline Beecham, Ranbaxy, and TCG Lifesciences (Chembiotek). Arjun has an integrated Masters in Physics from IIT Kanpur and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Syracuse University, (USA).

The initiative also pulls together the experience and efforts of several other professionals with exposure to entrepreneurship and innovation.

Testimonials

Partner in a Big 4 Firm (co-investor): “PVC Partners provided a great platform for me to understand and invest in sunrise sectors and companies with promise. I would not have had the confidence to invest directly without advisors who understood the sector and could provide guidance to a technepreneur on commercial aspects of building a business. And it felt good to have a meaningful stake (unlike say in the mutual fund route) and play a part in building an organisation.”

Founder & CEO, leading Digital Marketing Company (entrepreneur mentored by PVC Partners): “When you are a struggling company or a start-up with a barely-there product or service, you need someone like PVC Partners to help you see the light. As a company trying to find its bearing after a beating in the 2008 recession, PVC Partners’ mentors gave me the hope and direction I could work towards. Now when I look back, I wish I had moved faster on their reading of the market, upcoming gaps and how we could fill them. Because they were so right on dot. And not just in our domain, but in many industries as well. They are my go-to people whenever I am stuck and need a different view of the problem I am faced with. They will show you a mirror when you need to see your blind spots, which are usually the obstacles in your business growth. And most importantly, once they get behind you they will root for your success, even more than you probably yourself will.”

Managing Director, innovative Renewable Energy Company (Founder of a PVC Partners’ investee company): “For any start-up, PVC Partners are a one-stop solution for all the doubts that normally plague an entrepreneur. The major contribution of PVC Partners is that they don’t get carried away by the “great opportunity picture” normally painted by all entrepreneurs, and get down to identifying the intrinsic value proposition in any proposal. In short, PVC Partners are a great asset to have on your side wherein they will be simultaneously playing the role of a coach, referee and a player.”

Partners

Our supporting partners include:

Up to US$ 1000 worth of AWS credits for qualifying StartupsTechnology Partner - Custom Enterprise Hosting & Managed ServicesKnowledge Partner - Specialist Management Consulting Firmlogo_wow_1 Tally Logo Digital Ocean

 

 

 

 

Application

Whether you are currently a student or have just completed your education, whether you are in a job and want to explore entrepreneurship, or have already committed yourself full-time to your venture, be assured that the structure of the Accelerateam program and the rigor applied will be beneficial to you. (The next cohort is expected to start in September 2017.)

Application and Shortlisting Process: 

  1. Please use the application form below to send us information about yourself and your venture.
  2. You’ll get an acknowledgement from Accelerateam of having received the application.
  3. We’ll set up a conversation on phone / Skype to understand more about you and the venture you are proposing. This is important for us to get a sense of whether you would fit the program and whether the program will deliver the requisite value to you at this stage.
  4. After the first conversation, we will shortlist applicants for a personal meeting.
  5. Based on the outcome of the personal meeting, we will send out acceptance letters to selected applicants.

Stage of Enterprise: Idea to Pre-Seed

Sector Focus: Open

Location: Delhi-NCR (Please note that personal meetings during shortlisting will also be held in Delhi-NCR.)

Duration: 3 months

Time Commitment: 2 in-person sessions per week, each of up to 3 hours, including skilling, mentoring, experiential and investor clinics.

Start Date: Applications are open for the next cohort (commencing September 2017)

Application Deadline: To be announced

Discounts: While the program cost is nominal, significant further discounts will be available for co-founders from the same business attending, and also for those that are qualified as social enterprises during the selection process.

CONTACT US, IN CASE OF ANY DOUBTS OR QUESTIONS:

Email: rnd [at] pvcpartners [dot] in

To participate in our forthcoming program, please provide the details through the form/link.

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