SMF 2017 with Google AdMob – Register now

GBG Mumbai is organising Startup Marketing Fest (SMF) 2017 during first week of June. This year, we have forged special partnership with Google India to organise a day long program to help you monetise your apps using Google AdMob. 
Signup if you have a b2c app, content/entertainment app or game apps. 
in partnership with Zone Startups India 
Quick agenda:
  • Hands-on sessions and talks about monetization and earning revenue.
  • How to deploy it, optimise for better eCPM, Mediation, etc.,


  • Anand Dubey and Shefali Arora – Google India
Limited seats. Apply now and await for confirmation.


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Getting started on Google Cloud – Event on 18th March

The Google Cloud Next event held earlier this month at San Francisco saw over 100 new announcements! Check out the super fast edit under five minutes here.

This month, we are organizing an event for helping startups in Mumbai to get a introduction on what’s Google Cloud, what’s new, how can you build your product on Google Cloud and what are the advantages you can get.

Speakers include a Google Expert and a successful startup who’s building on cloud.

Register now for free. Limited seats.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 18th. 3pm to 5pm

Venue: Zone Startups, 18th Floor, Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai

Event – Jan 14th. Building apps for Android in the age of Machine Learning

As 2017 began, we witnessed Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai talk at IIT Kharagpur about how they are betting big on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

We are organising our first event of the year on the topic ‘Building apps for Android in the age of Machine Learning

Topics and Speakers:

Register below or click here.

Date: 14th January, Saturday. 3pm to 5pm. Entry free.

New Venue: Barclays Rise, 19th Floor, Tower B, Peninsula Business Park, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013

#Gday16 Agenda and Startups list

Google Day is happening on Dec 17th 2016. The agenda is true to the theme we promised – Tech Carnival.

Here’s the agenda for the day and list of startups from hottest areas of technologies who’ll be giving live demonstrations.


Time Topic Speakers
9am Registrations & Selfies
10am Welcome note Sreeraman Thiagarajan, Chapter manager, GBG Mumbai
10.30am Keynote Address Gulzar Azad, Country Head – Connectivity at Google India
11am Will Skynet ever be real? Dr N R S Raghavan, Global Chief Data Scientist at Infosys
11.30am Day in the life of a Venture Capitalist. What does a VC do after writing a few cheques Adhiraj Banerjee, Executive Director – IvyCap Ventures
12pm Demo booths open (scroll down to see the startups list)
1pm Lunch counter opens
2.30pm Demo booths & Lunch counter closes
2.35pm Panel talk:
Founder’s tales – What is it to live with an entrepreneur spouse?
Bhageswari Sreeraman, Lika Jain, Foram Dhruve, Vishal Soni, and Moderator by Tanish Thakker
3pm Reimagining the future with VR Moshin Memon, CEO – Memcorp Immersive Learning
3.30pm Startup comedy – state of the union Ajeet Khuranna, Angel Investor & Startup Guru
4:05 PM Special mentoring session for participating startups (Closed door event)


Our hand curated list of participating startups at the demo booths.


Name of Startup Nature of technology Brief Summary
Actofit Wearables IOT, wearable Wearable device for comprehensive data for athletes and fitness enthusiasts
AutoTranz IOT AutoTranz makes your car smarter and securer.Seamlessly connect to your car and transform it into a smart car, in an instant.
BleeTech Innovations Haptic Technology, AI / Machine Learning Blee is a wearable band for deaf and hard of hearing individuals
Cutting Chai Technologies IOT, VR/AR Ohai app connects you with other users in proximity, in a serendipitous almost magical way
Ekraft BLE / Gaming Digi dice is an Bluetooth enabled Smart dice which communicates with your Smart phone
Enverde Urban Farming Self-reliance through Urban Farming.
Demo of Altifarm unit with Self-watering and Growlight system for Urban dwellers to grow their own nutritious food at home with minimal effort.
Faclon Labs IOT, Cloud / SaaS Equitable water distribution through advanced technology
FT Cash Fintech FTcash is a fast growing financial technology company which aims to empower micro-merchants and entrepreneurs with the power of electronic payments and loans with zero upfront cost and no monthly rentals
Gocollab Cloud / SaaS An innovative way to enhance work culture
Indus OS Language Technologies Operating System for India across 12 native languages
IntuitThings IOT / Home Automation Home automation products that are high on tech and low on costs. Chatbot, AI / Machine Learning Powerful Social media POS for Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp Sellers
LiftO Travel LiftO lets you share your ride with fellow professionals in a completely flexible and convenient way. Trusted and secure,
mCanvas VR/AR, Haptic Technology, Advertising It’s a platform that delivers highly engaging mobile creative (rich media and video) on top rated content websites in India through an invite-only publisher marketplace.
Memcorp Immersive Learning VR/AR VR Technologies for immersive learning
Oizom Instruments Smart city We are an environment big-data company. We monitor environment and make it understandable. VR/AR Providing end to end solutions in VR/AR
PGI Online Solutions B2B2C payment hub B2B Payment Hub for Retailers (RE’s) to offer services to their customers on real time.
Phynart IOT / Smart Home We at Phynart are building the future in the field of Home Automation.
Piconergy Social Enterprise – cleantech Piconergy exists to address the pressing issue of energy poverty in rural and urban India.
Project Mudra Hardware Ed-tech Project Mudra puts Braille within reach of all visually impaired people.
Quidich Drone Working at the cutting-edge of aerial technology we provide tailor-made solutions for your business needs.
Quifers Logistics Cloud based enterprise solution that helps businesses manage and optimize their logistics
Robolab Robotics Perfect platform to learn and build robots
Sahas 3D 3D Printing, Bio technology 3D printing and services
SoundRex Sound technology. Wearable SoundRex opens up a completely new dimension of creativity for artists and sound engineers to interact and create experiences for their fans! ChatBots / AI SuperFan Bot Demonstration
TypeLead Language Technologies First of its kind industry-grade programming language of India called the Eta.
underDOGS Gaming Studio 3D Game Game servicing studio
vPhrase AI / Machine Learning We are revolutionising the way insights are communicated from data.
Zabuza Labs Gaming Immersive gaming experiences

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See you on 17th!



The Rise Accelerator Program

What is the Rise Accelerator?
The Rise Accelerator, created by Barclays, in partnership with Zone Startups, is an 18 week cohort program, that offers industry connections, customer validation, investor access, and a global reach. Startups will get an opportunity to do POC’s and co-create products & services with the guidance and support of experts from Barclays.
What is Barclays Innovation Agenda?
The idea for Barclays is to get early access to cutting edge technologies, by partnering with disruptive startups. The goal is to do a POC with startups and help the startup co- create products and services with Barclays. Barclays will also help scale your ideas to their global network of clients and partners.
Is there any fee or equity involved? 
Nope! The program is completely free and startups will not be parting with any equity. The IP of your product/service is solely yours.
Other benefits of the program?
Apart from the opportunity to have a ready customer in Barclays, the program offers a host of other benefits:
  • Access to Barclays technology, expertise and insights
  • Help from Barclays and its corporate partners to find your Product / Market Fit
  • Access to international markets through the Zone Startups and Barclays networks
  • Dedicated access to onsite mentors and advisors
  • Introductions to key industry experts
  • $100,000 plus worth of cloud credits
  • Residency in Rise Mumbai – a world class co-working space with state of the art facilities 
  • Opportunity to present to investors, industry experts and strategic partners at the Rise Accelerator Demo Day
We encourage you to go ahead and apply to the program at: We are accepting applications until September 15th, 2016.
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The Business of Chatbots – July 30

From Apple to Amazon, Microsoft to Google, everyone is investing on chatbots, it is touted as the next app like revolution. Success of chatbot based business in China through WeChat has shown a clear precedence for rest of the world to tap this potential.

As millennials  are increasingly preferring to chat with a brand as opposed to speak on phone or write an email, the ecosystem looks favorable for startups to start investing their time and energy on building for bot-stores.

This month, we bring you an exclusive event that covers the Business of Chatbots, we’ll cover essentials that you need to know. We have two speakers, an entrepreneur and a tech expert, both having substantial experience in dealing with bots as an enabler for business.

Join us and lets discuss more.

Speaker details:

  • Apurva Nagvenkar: Machine Learning Scientist at Haptik
  • Maninderjit BindraSr. Technical Evangelist, Microsoft will talk about Why should you care about Bots? A look at conversations as a platform, cognitive services and Microsoft bot framework

Date & Time: 30th July, Saturday. 3pm to 5pm.

Venue: Zone Startups, 18th Floor, BSE Building, Dalal St. Mumbai.

Registrations: Free. Click here

Ycenter brings its Entrepreneurship and Incubation program to Mumbai

Ycenter, a global experiential learning organization, is launching India’s Next 40 – a 4 week Entrepreneurship Program – in August 2016.
You have the opportunity to build your startup from the ground up and prepare your pitch for potential investments and seed funding. The 4 week program ends with a pitch day, where investors will pick ideas to invest in.
  • 1 Month of Entrepreneurship Program by international faculty from the USA, with top investment bankers from India.
  • Real Time Guest Lectures and One-on-One Interaction with a United Nations Official and Rutgers Business School Professor.
  • Demo Day with investors from the Wadhwa Group, Fundtonic, Sequoia Capital, Microsoft, Blue Ocean Global Technology (TVF website creators) and more.
  • Chance to win 4 months of free Incubation space at BKC, with access to seed capital and Ycenter’s local and global network.
  • 100,000 USD for 3 years worth of Microsoft Bizsparks membership, to kickstart your technology needs.
  • Work in Ycenter’s  USA office, rent-free for 1month. Network with top technology startups and entrepreneurs in New York, Philadelphia and the east coast (We will provide the USA Visa invitation letter)

Click here to Apply to the program.

PS: Check out a lecture by Dhairya Pujara – Founder CEO Ycenter (Also a Faculty for this program) – Wharton Business School 2014

NEXT BIG IDEA contest 2016

Do you want to take your startup to North America?

Zone Startups India is launching the 4th edition of Next Big Idea Contest in Mumbai on 1st July and 11 cities across India in the month of July. We will like to invite you for the same. Please RSVP here

NEXT BIG IDEA contest is a joint initiative of Ryerson University and Government of Ontario, Canada. We seek to discover India’s 5 most innovative technology companies who are looking to leverage a presence in North America. Five winners of this competition will be taken to Toronto for an all-expenses paid, 2 week bespoke accelerator program. The program will use Digital Media Zone (DMZ), #1 University Business Incubator in North America in Toronto as a hub where the winners will receive mentor ship, business development advice and valuable international experience.

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Some of our past winners include CitrusPay, AdSparx, Vidooly, Shield Square, Konotor, Light Metrics, Plackal, FlipTech and more.

Please find the registration form below or click here


Road Show Dates and Cities:

Mumbai 1st July, 2016
Ahmadabad 4th July 2016
Pune 5th July 2016
Bangalore 7th July 2016
Hyderabad 8th July, 2016
Chennai 9th July 2016
Delhi/NCR 12th July 2016
Chandigarh 13th July
Jaipur 14th July
Goa 15th July
Kolkatta 16th July, 2016
Kochi 20th July

Job post: Marketing Lead at

eBZaar combines the comfort of buying quality groceries from your trusted nearby store with the conveniences of online shopping.

Knock Out Punch eBZaar
eBZaar’s core team is less then 5 people, with representation from people from varied academic and corporate background [IIT, IIM, Infosys, Cadbury’s, JPMorgan] and we are looking to expand this to have one or two more people to help us in our forward march. The Advisory board constitutes people from HDFC, Cargill, Fullerton etc. is looking for an astute consumer marketing person.

You will be someone with 6 to 8 years of experience across FMCG / retail businesses across sales & marketing functions and/or should have worked in an advertising agency managing clients in the FMCG/Retail/eCommerce space. You would be well versed with defining marketing & communication strategy, preparing and executing a go to market plan.

You should have a strong desire to grow a start up. You are someone who is extremely versatile and adapt to the changing business environment and consumer requirements.

You will be part of the core leadership team working with a talented bunch of people bounded by eBZaar vision and will contribute significantly to transform it into a reality.

If this is you, ping ebzaar to have a chat. You may also consider sharing your profile at [email protected].

Location is Mumbai, compensation will be in cash and equity.

EVENT – Customer acquisition for B2C Startups – April 23rd

Zone Startups India is organizing a full day program, focusing on Customer acquisition for B2C Startups. This be a full day event, open for all B2C startups from Mumbai. The program includes a panel discussion on how to drive lower customer acquisition cost for B2C Startups by experts followed by founder’s hack on attaining lower CAC for B2C.

The second half is a speed dating format, where you  can pre-book meetings with mentors, investors,  and technology / cloud services providers and  professional services.
When: Saturday, April 23rd.
Venue: 18th Floor, BSE Building, Dalal Street. Mumbai
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Please register (free) to attend: