Six Futuristic Technology Startups Power the NetApp Excellerator Cohort 4 Series 2019
NetApp, a leader in data management and hybrid cloud, has announced the graduation of NetApp Excellerator’s fourth cohort at a demo day event. NetApp Excellerator is the company’s flagship startup accelerator program. As part of the demo day, six technology startups – QuNu Labs, SecurelyShare, Zappy.AI, Ecolibrium Energy, Eder AI and UniQreate, showcased their business models, market opportunity and projections to an eminent panel comprising of venture capitalists, industry leaders and NetApp top executives. Innovations ranging from quantum-resistant cryptographic systems, AI-based data extraction solutions, to smart predictive maintenance systems, and RPA (Robotic Process Automation) were presented by these entrepreneurs. This batch comprised early stage as well as mature startups, including an international startup, Zappy.AI, headquartered in the U.K.
So far NetApp Excellerator, a unique corporate accelerator program with a focus on data-driven technologies, has mentored 24 such startups through four cohorts. The NetApp team, as well as external mentors, coach these startups on data-driven technologies, platforms, tools, business acumen, and offers access to customer and investor connects. NetApp also provided an equity-free grant of $15,000 to each of the participating startups.
Ajeya Motaganahalli, Senior Director and Leader of NetApp Excellerator said, “Our vision with the NetApp Excellerator program has been to unleash greater possibilities and each edition reflects our commitment to speed up the delivery of advanced technologies. This demo day further validates our program’s strengths and is the start of a deeper engagement for enhanced business alignment in future cohorts. We envision aligning the next cohort with stronger go-to-market opportunities by funding proof-of-concepts.”
Marking another milestone for the program, Prakash Baskaran, Founder and CEO of SecurelyShare says, “Our flagship product Vault.Direct is now available on NetApp’s reference architecture. This strategic alliance will further improve our product and help us explore new ways to leverage NetApp technology.” With this, the NetApp Excellerator has formed eight strategic alliances through its cohorts. These include FirstHive, CardioTrack, BlobCity, SigTuple, Nanobi, Scalend and ZScore from the previous three cohorts.
The NetApp Excellerator Program alumni continue to have access to mentorship and go-to-market opportunities with NetApp. As a success story from the previous cohorts, Adya (an alumnus from the first cohort), recently got acquired by Qualys, a leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions. Additionally, LightMetrics, provider of advanced video telematics (also an alumnus from the first cohort) secured a new series of funding.
Deepak Visweswaraiah, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, NetApp India commented, “We have understood some of the trends that are defining the B2B startup eco-system. Using this understanding, and our 25 years of data legacy, we are able to potentially redefine the direction of our startups. ArchSaber, a graduate from the second cohort is being acquired and this is the second company from our alumni to be acquired. The success of the NetApp Excellerator program lies in our ability towards establishing the business and technology viability of the startups within a strong B2B ecosystem.”
NetApp Excellerator has now opened registrations for its fifth cohort. Startups with interests in the areas of hybrid cloud, AI, IOT, data management and adjacent technology domains are invited to apply. To know more, please visit http://startup.netapp.in/ and look us up with #NetAppExcellerator on social media.
- 1. QuNu Labs: A quantum-safe internet and cloud security company
- 2. SecurelyShare: Trusted, secure and intelligent platform for delivery of sensitive data
- 3. Zappy.AI: Cognitive Robotic Process Automation (Implement RPA 30X faster)
- 4. Ecolibrium Energy: Industrial IOT – Empowers enterprises to improve asset efficiency using predictive analytics
- 5. Eder AI: Helping enterprises scale AI adoption securely, with data privacy
- 6. UniQreate: Smart data extraction from documents
More specifics of the 6 cohorts passing out on July 23, 2019 include:
QuNu Labs: QuNu Labs helps CXOs who need to protect their critical data assets in transit to accelerate their transition to Quantum safe data security solutions by building hardware products that deliver unconditional data security.
SecurelyShare: SecurelyShare helps Wealth Managers/Bankers improve customer experience with a mobile app that empowers their customers to receive, organise and share personal information with convenience, security and privacy controls.
Zappy.ai: Zappy is a desktop application that helps operations, accounting and back office employees doing manual business processes automate these processes within a minute without any technical knowledge.
Ecolibrium Energy: Ecolibrium Energy is an Industrial IoT company that empowers enterprises to improve asset efficiency using predictive analytics.
Eder AI: Eder AI helps Enterprise tech leaders to collaborate with third party solution providers in leveraging AI on sensitive data, thereby making privacy, AI and policy work together.
UniQreate: UniQreate helps business users of Data Provider organizations automate high diversity data extraction with intelligent workflow and adaptive learning system.
Blog Source: Silicon Village