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1What is 10,000 Virtual Program?

The Virtual Program is a 3 month program based on the principles of F.A.M.E. It offers access to Funding, Acceleration, Mentorship and Enterprise connect. 

The program also offers a series of benefits such as Startup Kit ((Know more at Start-up Kit FAQs)), Workshops, Mentor 1O1, Investor 1O1, Other 10,000 Startups Programs.

2Who is eligible for Virtual Program?

Following are the eligibility criteria:

Type of Startups Startups should have their product ready with some early traction
B2B – Enterprise
B2B SAAS
B2C - Mobile Apps
B2C - Aggregators, portals, website
Evaluation Criteria Product in Pilot/PoC
Product being used by customers
1,000-5000 Downloads
1000+ Users/page views/hits
Full time founders

3How are start-ups selected for the programme?

The Virtual Program has a 3 month selection cycle and includes two categories wherein selected start-ups are absorbed in the parent programme while other promising start-ups, which have the potential to scale but need mentorship, are included in the Nurture Programme.

During the 3 month cycle, we accept application from tech start-ups from across India. At the end of the cycle, the applications are reviewed by a team of mentors and ranked by them. Those falling within the criteria and selection ranking are absorbed within the programme. 

Under the main programme, selected start-ups are connected with investors, angels, accelerators, Seed Funds etc. to help them grow and expand. A series of events are organised to help them ‘Konnect’ with the right mentor/investor/corporate etc. 

Nurture Programme is a mentorship programme for early stage start-ups that have their products in development stage. They are connected with mentors who help them develop strong products.

4If my start-up is selected, what will happen next?

Based on the category for which you are selected, you will get an opportunity to attend various events. 

If accepted for the Virtual Program, your journey with 10,000 Start-ups will kick off with a high-powered networking or pitch session with top investors, mentors, angels, corporates from the start-up ecosystem. Post this, a series of events are organised during the 3 months where one-on-one training sessions, workshops, mentoring sessions, womenprenuer-focused sessions take place. These sessions are headed by top industry experts and thought leaders who work with start-ups on a regular basis to help them achieve their goals and milestones.

If selected for the Nurture Program, you get to be a part of mentorship sessions where mentors/ enterprises engage and interact with nurture start-ups.

The mentorship programme forms a strong foundation at 10,000 Start-ups. Our aim is to support early stage start-ups which have products in development stage. Through the program, we seek to help young start-ups develop strong products by facilitating and matchmaking mentor connects.

5How is the pitching session structured?

The pitch sessions are organised in two slots - morning and evening. Start-ups are allotted the slot beforehand. The session is structured in investor speed dating format, where investors meet start-ups at their allocated table and the latter pitch their product for five minutes. Each start-up is given a table and two chairs.

6When can I apply to the program?

You can apply for the Virtual Program anytime of the year, but we only accept start-ups in phases. These phases are announced four times a year. Typically, the pitch sessions are conducted in April, July, October, January.

7If I am not from India, can I apply?

The NASSCOM 10,000 Start-ups initiative has been launched to further the interests of Indian start-ups and help them scale up. Start-ups incorporated in India are eligible for the program.

8How do I apply?

Please apply by filling out the application here. For FAQs on F6S, please click here.

9Can I view my application post submission?

Sure you can. You will need to login to your F6S profile.

10Can I apply if I am a student?

For students, we have Code for the Next Billion programme running, in association with Facebook. It is an immersive 6 month program to inspire, encourage and fulfil internet innovation among the developer community in India. It is aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of mobile internet applications across India.

The program involves access to cutting edge technology, social impact and business mentors; workshops and webinars to receive hands-on training; investors and enterprises to help validate and scale the selected start-ups.

Under this, we have two programmes targeting developers and students to build applications in four different sectors. Please visit http://nextbillion.10000startups.com/ for more information.

11What does the selection process look like?

To begin with, you must fill out the application form. Next, we will evaluate your application and filter start-ups that do not qualify for the programme based on the listed criteria. A second round of filtration is done where mentors associated with 10,000 Start-ups give rating to the shortlisted start-ups. Finally, start-ups are selected.

12How much time will I have to wait before you let me know if my start-up was selected?

As the program takes place in phases and has a 3 month selection cycle, start-ups which apply for the program are sent communication at the end of the phase, informing them of their selection. Status can also be checked at http://10000startups.com/results/

13How will I get to know of my selection status?

A communication mail is sent to all the start-ups that apply for the program, even if rejected, at the end of the phase. Start-ups can also check their status here.

14Where are the warehouses based?

The warehouses are located in Bangalore, Gurgaon, Noida, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Mumbai, Pune, Vizag and Chennai.

15What are the commercials for the programme?

The programme comes at no cost to the start-ups.

1Why do we require F6S?

NASSCOM 10,000 Start-ups receive a high number of applications each day. F6S helps us in collecting, reviewing and tracking start-up applications.

2How do I create a F6S Profile?

Easy! When you apply to 10,000 Startups, you will automatically get directed to the link. Alternatively, once you log into F6S, click the "ADD YOUR" drop down on the main menu and select start-up. You can create your profile here https://www.f6s.com/nasscom10kstartupsapp/apply

3What is the dashboard that I see once I log into my F6S profile?

The dashboard shows your activity on F6S. You'll be able to track which organization you have applied to and also take part in discussions taking place in your groups.

4 I have forgotten my password. How do I login now? Or, how do I update my F6S password?

Click on the 'Forgot password' option in the login popup.

5How do I work out with the investors on F6S? How can I search them, contact them and know my status for the same?

There are many investors who use F6S for identifying start-ups to invest. The best way to utilise the platform is to complete your profile on F6S so that the investors can find you. You can also use the F6S apply page to find VCs, other accelerators and competitions that are open for applications.

6What if I get stuck anywhere?

Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] and the F6S team will be there to support you.

1What is the start-up Kit that 10000 Start-ups offer?

Start-up Kit is a little gift of encouragement to the budding entrepreneurs. It consists of numerous value-added services and credits worth $25000 from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and other partners. Starbucks coupons are not included.

2Who is eligible to get the start-up Kit?

All the shortlisted start-ups whose founders can prove that they can pull off the Cobra Asana in Yoga with aplomb get the startup kit! If you have the fire and the zeal in you to make it to the pitching stage and are one of the lucky few who get shortlisted at the end of the process, then we guarantee you a startup kit!

3What does this Start-up Kit include?

Start-up Kit offers a package including credits, support etc. from companies like Google, Microsoft & Amazon. As mentioned before, despite a lot of pressure we are unable to hand out Starbucks coupons.

4When is the Start-up kit given?

The Start-up Kit is given to all the ‘Cobra Asana’ eligible start-ups at the end of each phase. Just Joking. If you happen to be one of the lucky few who are shortlisted at the end of the pitching phase then the lucky gift for you is the startup kit!

5How do I avail the credits?

An executive will email you about how to use the credits!

6Is there anything to keep a note of?

Yes, you must pass t he biometric security exam of the startup kit!

7I have already availed the start-up kit in the past. Is there any way I can get it again?

Let’s not be greedy!

1What is the 10K Nurture Program? Why is my startup selected for Mentoring Sessions?

We see potential in your startup and that is why it was selected for the mentoring phase. With a capable mentor and apt implementation, the idea can make you a billionaire!

2What does it mean to get selected for Mentoring?

A mentor would evaluate your idea and then process feedback for the same. Based on the feedback you would be getting access to the hot and happening startup kit!

3Will there be any Internet or laptop provided at the venue?

We wish it were a free-Wi-Fi country!

4When will the invites be sent to the start-ups selected for the Nurture Program/Mentoring Sessions?

We might have already sent out! Did you check your Spam folder?

5As part of the 10000 startups program does my company get any start-up kit such as credits for cloud platform etc.?

Clear the final exams and take home the trophy! Not before that.

6What will be the format for nurture sessions?

Industry mentor, legal experts, accounting experts and design experts will evaluate your idea and determine whether it is worth to move forward with it, or not.

7What happens after the 10K Nurture program?

If you make it to the final shortlist then lets party the night away!

8Will I get to select the mentors with whom I meet?

No, we are the experts. Let us do our job!

9Is it important to update the Gust profile?

Updated details are always welcome.

10Who all can attend the mentoring session? How many members from a start-up are allowed to attend the session?

Friends, Family, and far-flung relatives are welcome. Oh come on, just joking!

11Are facilities like accommodation, projector, and to-fro travelling tickets provided?

We only provide travel and accommodation facilities for inter-galaxy travel, with preference to aliens, who we feel were quite tortured after watching "PK.”

1What is the 10,000 Startups Nurture Program? Why is my startup selected for Mentoring Sessions?

Nurture Programme is a mentorship programme for early stage start-ups that have their products in development stage. They are connected with mentors who help them develop strong products. A startup is selected under the Nurture Program is because it has the potential to scale but need mentorship. With a capable mentor and apt implementation, the idea can reach new heights.

2What does it mean to get selected for this Program?

A mentor would evaluate your idea and then process feedback for the same.

3When are the invites sent to the start-ups selected for the Nurture Program/Mentoring Sessions?

The announcements for the shortlisted startups under the Nurture Program is announced alongwith the batches for Virtual Program. The cycle batch-wise for Virtual Program is

January-March

 Batch1

April-June

 Batch 2

July-September

 Batch 3

October-December

 Batch 4

4As part of the 10,000 Startups Program does my company get any start-up kit such as credits for cloud platform etc.?

Startups shortlisted under the Virtual Program and Warehouse Program are eligible for Startup Kit.

5What is the format for nurture sessions?

Industry mentor, legal experts, accounting experts and design experts evaluate your idea and determine whether it is worth to move forward with it, or not. This happens over a pitch session.

6What happens after the 10,000 Startups Nurture program?

Once the idea is evaluated by a mentor, it is determined whether the startup can be absorbed in the Virtual Program or not.

7Will I get to select the mentors with whom I meet?

No. The mentors are selected by us in consultation with the respective mentor.