NetApp Excellerator

NetApp launches cohort 3 of the NetApp Excellerator program, selects six startups
Six data-driven AI startups ranging from detecting cardiovascular diseases to cyber security join the third cohort of NetApp’s accelerator program

NetApp Excellerator

12 September 2018, India:

NetApp today announced the third batch of startups chosen for NetApp Excellerator. Six startups were selected from over 300 applicants from across the continent through a rigorous iterative selection process focused on product capability, depth in technology, performance in the boot camp and their alignment with the program’s objectives.

With 12 startups graduating from the last two cohorts of the program, the stage is set for another batch of startups to accelerate their journey. This cohort has seen an increased interest in technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and the cloud.

The startups selected for the third cohort are CloudOptimo, FirstHive, InstaSafe,, Uber Diagnostics, and ZScore Technologies.

Each of these startups will now receive access to collaboration and productivity tools, co-working space out of the NetApp’s global center of excellence in Bangalore as well as networking opportunities with potential investors, partners, and customers. These companies will also have access to NetApp platforms and technologies, tools, HR, marketing, legal and tech support. NetApp will provide an equity free grant of USD 15,000 to these startups upon completion of the program. In the past, NetApp has forged ties with startups offering them a future relationship opportunity with the company. Past participants of the program include Scalend, BlobCity, SigTuple, and Nanobi, all of whom now are NetApp Strategic Alliance partners.

Ajeya Motaganahalli, Senior Director, Engineering Programs and Leader of the NetApp Excellerator program said, “We are seeing a steady rise in the quality and maturity of startups, making the selection process tougher. A great problem to have! I’m delighted to welcome the startups that are participating in the third cohort. We are applying our learning from the first two cohorts and the program is maturing as a result of the same. We find that there is a bigger need for startup mentoring, especially on the technical side, which NetApp is uniquely positioned to offer.”

Deepak Visweswaraiah, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, NetApp India said, “The NetApp Excellerator is focused on the development and growth of data-driven startups, thereby enabling an ecosystem that can help our customers realise the potential of their data. A strong focus on go-to-market efforts with our sales team makes the startups market-ready and helps improve their financial viability. The biggest boost in a competitive technology landscape that a startup can hope to receive is technical and business mentoring. We are putting our best foot forward on both fronts.”

NetApp Excellerator is NetApp’s flagship accelerator program dedicated to helping startups operating in the data space.

In Cohort 2, SigTuple, Nanobi, ArchSaber, Anlyz, Dataken and BlobCity were selected.

Let’s take a look at the startups which are selected for Cohort 3.

CloudOptimo is an intelligent cloud-cost-optimization platform that reduces the cost up to 80% while ensuring high availability and consistent performance.

FirstHive is a customer-data platform that builds unique customer identities by aggregating data from across all sources of customer interactions and customer transactions.

InstaSafe is a cloud-based Security-as-a-Service solution provider delivering comprehensive and uncompromising protection to mobile and remote workers enabling them to safely and securely access enterprise apps, email, and web from anywhere on any network. It provides a medical artificial intelligence engine for tertiary care hospitals to autonomously drive hospital operations.

Uber Diagnostics provides Cardiotrack, which is a complete IoT and AI solution for cardiac patients with patients, primary care and tertiary care on the same platform.

ZScore Technologies is a data quality and management company with its own proprietary platform and algorithms that help users of AI/ML in enterprises with the cleansing of data and usage of that for deriving analytics.

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