Program being held globally in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Africa between July and September with 80 selected startups
Chennai, India – August 10, 2018 – Samsung Electronics has organized the Global Startup
Acceleration Program in Bangalore in partnership with the International Institute of Information
Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) to mentor startups in varied fields in order to support the sustainable
growth of local entrepreneurs in the country.
Thirty one employees from Samsung’s global headquarters in Korea and five university students from
Korea have been mentoring 20 shortlisted startups remotely for the last two months as part of the
Samsung Employee Volunteer Program. These volunteers are using their own vacation time for this
From August 6, the startups and their assigned mentors came together for a five-day bootcamp at IIIT-B
to better understand the hurdles faced by the startups in developing their products and services.
The startups and their mentors showcased their business models to several Venture Capital firms that
were present at IIIT-B on August 9. On August 10, the startups gave individual pitch presentations to a
panel comprising Dr. Aloknath De, Chief Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore, Mr.
DV Jagadish, CEO, Outreach at IIIT-B and representatives of two venture funds.
Hexpressions, which offers affordable, ready to assemble homes made out of Composite Paper
Honeycomb panels, was the winner of the Global Startup Acceleration Program award and was given a
prize of INR 200,000. The first runners up Ziroh Labs that works in the area of privacy engineering and
runtime encryption of data was given a prize of INR 150,000 while the second runners up Olly Credit,
with a business model around mobile micro credit cards for millennials was given a prize of INR
Social enterprise Geriatric Care Network, which provides preventive and wellness focused healthcare
solutions for the elderly, and BrownPacket, a mobile app for hyperlocal medicines and wellness
products delivery, won the Best Improvement Award for showing the most improvement through the two
month mentoring process.
Geriatric Care Network also won the Best Potential Award, which was also given to Mr. Susurla VS
Suresh of Startoon Labs, which offers a solution that assists physiotherapists to accurately measure
recovery of mobility and muscle strength of patients undergoing physiotherapy.
The Best Social Impact Award was given to Avidia Labs that offers immersive learning experiences for
schools using augmented reality and virtual reality
“At Samsung we strive to encourage young minds and nurture the spirit of innovation. With the Global
Startup Acceleration Program, our experts and engineers from different domains are volunteering to
support the sustainable growth of local entrepreneurs in the early stage,” said Dr. Aloknath De, Chief
Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore.
Since 2010, about 1,500 employees have joined this program in 43 countries. This year, Samsung is
focused on supporting local entrepreneurs and helping them build their businesses for a sustainable
impact on society.
This program is being held globally in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Africa between July and
September with 80 selected startups. Among winners in four countries, five startup will be invited to
Samsung headquarters in Korea.
The 20 selected startups in India work in a wide array of areas such as security for cloud data, AI
powered solutions for educators and students, information management systems for schools, AR, VR,
healthcare solutions for the elderly, use of IoT for healthcare, energy efficient IoT devices and ready to
assemble homes, among others.
Samsung employees who are mentoring the startups as part of the Samsung Employee Volunteer
Program bring their global business experience and expertise in domains such as B2B market
research, pricing strategies, strategic planning in the area of IoT, AI, cloud, data, strategic investments
and planning, databases, machine leaning algorithms, Android programming, healthcare business,
computer vision technology, biomedical engineering, among many others.
In India, IIIT- B invited applications from startups for the Global Startup Acceleration Program starting
May. Of the applications that were received, Samsung Electronics and IIIT-B shortlisted 20 startups
based on the problems that they were trying to solve, their business model, motivation levels of
participants and their passion towards their venture, amongst other factors. Based on the domain of the
startups, mentoring teams were allocated to address their business problems.
As part of its corporate social responsibility, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore (SRI-B) signed a MoU
with IIIT-B under which three startups will get extended support from the local incubation center at IIIT-B
for the next 24 months.
“The kind of support a startup receives in its initial phase can define its success. As a company that
strongly believes in co-prosperity as one of our core values, we are proud to partner with a prestigious
institution such as IIIT-B to provide best infrastructure and mentorship to early-stage startups, helping
grow the local startup ecosystem,” said Mr. Dipesh Shah, Managing Director, Samsung R&D
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