Waterloo Community to Welcome Indian Startups for GSF Global Accelerator Tour

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Several India-based startups are spending time in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor this week as part of GSF India’s 13-week Global Accelerator Program.

In February, Communitech’s Iain Klugman and Jon Baker travelled to India to sign a partnership agreement between Communitech and GSF, the largest accelerator in India. The first deliverable out of this agreement is the arrival of the GSF Global Accelerator Program. That means 11 startups from India are on a global tour of startup hubs, including  Bangalore, Delhi, San Francisco, Waterloo/Toronto, New York City, Boston and Singapore.

The teams go through an “intense mentoring and coaching program” starting with five weeks in India, four weeks in San Francisco, two weeks in New York, one week in Toronto and finally a week in Singapore. “The selected startups have diverse business models and target markets. However, the common factor between all the startups selected for GSF Global Program is their vision to go global,” said GSF Founder, Rajesh Sawhney.

Currently the group is in the Waterloo region for three days, and on Thursday and Friday they’ll travel to Toronto, followed by New York.
Communitech said their time here will be spent learning from local companies  like Thalmic, Desire2Learn and BlackBerry as well as having access to Communitech’s Executives in Residence for one-on-one mentoring sessions and workshops.

“We are delighted to welcome GSF India’s Global Accelerator startups to Canada,” said Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada to India.  “Canada is a partner of choice in innovation, science & technology, and Toronto and Waterloo are recognized as some of the most vibrant technology hubs in North America.  By working together, we can encourage more innovations and better support our entrepreneurs.”

On Thursday in Toronto the teams will host a “DemoPLUS Day: Toronto” at Fasken Martineau’s offices.

Here’s a snapshot of each of the teams:

TripMD connects patients to trusted healthcare worldwide.

Greymeter is an interactive talent community where organizations  crowd-source real world challenges to get innovative solutions while students earn exciting rewards

GuideTrip is a global content driven online platform which helps in connecting travelers with guides; to search for, interact with and book travel experiences with directly

GigStart is a marketplace that provides quick and transparent connect between entertainers and party planners

pxifyis building a free graphic design program that’s focused on being as easy-to-use as possible, which integrates collaboration features so that design teams and clients can work alongside one another.

WhatFix is a SaaS customer engagement startup that helps business on board their customers seamlessly and provide interactive knowledge flows to enhance product adoption.

WizenWorld is a gaming startup that teaches math & science concepts to middle school students through engaging multi-player games.

Daily Rounds is a mobile app learning platform for doctors to review clinical patient case studies

Cuztomise helps field service businesses to reduce their operational costs by its workforce scheduling and optimization, through our App and Platform as a Service offering.

AirStream enables accessing files & streaming media from multiple computers and multiple cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive through a single app on any Mobile device.

Hashtago we are developing core technology for hashtags mining, tracking, targeting and analytics for B2B solutions and customer-oriented services.