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Wadhwani Venture Fastrack

Customized 1x1 support to startups to enhance their investment readiness

About VFT

Wadhwani Venture Fastrack (VFT) is a pro-bono program enabling startups to enhance their investment readiness.

VFT provides customized 1×1 engagement and support to startups for up to six months:

  • Outside in review/refining of Business Model
  • Preparing a compelling investor pitch
  • Connects with angel networks and investors (demo days)
  • Knowledge Repository: Access to exhaustive case studies and videos.

Who is eligible for the VFT program?

Startups looking to validate their business model before going to investors for funding their growth and fulfilling the below criteria are eligible to apply to the VFT program:

  • Been in existence for at least 2 years
  • A well-developed MVP with customer traction in paying customers/active users
  • A Serviceable Obtainable Market of at least INR 500 Crores for your products/services
  • At least 2 full-time founders with relevant technical and business experience and a full-time team of at least 5 members
  • Received external funding of INR 20 Lakhs+ and have a funding runway for the next six months

VFT Approach

VFT provides customized 1×1 support and engagement to startups for up to six months:

  • Developing a robust business model
  • Enhancing Investment Readiness
    • Pitch Readiness (Pitch Deck and storytelling skills)
    • Access to mentors, angel networks and other institutional investors (demo days)
    • Access to Masterclasses
  • Frameworks, case studies and solution kits
Looking to validate your business model before going to investors for funding your growth?

VFT ‘Startup Enablement’ Framework

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Consultative Approach:

  • 1x1 support from VFT startup consultants
  • Evaluating and refining a robust business model
  • Enhancing investment readiness

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Investment Support:

  • Pitch Deck enhancement
  • Pitching/storytelling skills
  • Connects with angel networks and investors

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Ecosystem connects and access:

  • Mentors and industry experts
  • Masterclasses by experts

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Rich online repository:

  • Proprietary ‘startup support’ tools
  • Frameworks and solution kits
  • Case studies, articles and videos

Looking to validate your business model before going to investors for funding your growth

Testimonials

VFT Beneficiaries

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VFT Mentors

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“Given the magnitude of resources, networks and wisdom that the Wadhwani VFT brings to the table, there is a lot that can be accomplished in creating and scaling startups”
Ravi Narayan
CEO, T-Hub
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“Wadhwani VFT provides growth companies with mentoring and network support in hiring senior talent, acquiring customers, going international, raising private equity or going public.”
Samir Kumar
MD & General Partner, Inventus India
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“The AI-led technology platform of the Wadhwani VFT program facilitates collaboration with peers and investors. Also, the quality of mentors that VFT has on-board is a huge asset.”
Ish Anand
Investor, Founder CEO, Mentor

VFT Mentors

Looking to validate your business model before going to investors for funding your growth

FAQs

Ravi Narayan

  • CEO of T-Hub
  • A seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience building high-performance teams
  • Has helped Microsoft build the Accelerator Program for later-stage startups

Sanjay Anandaram

  • Seasoned entrepreneur, corporate executive, VC, angel investor, advisor, and mentor
  • Involved with companies like redBus and Instahealth
  • Founder of a VC backed Silicon Valley startup
  • Co-founder of JumpStartUp

Samir Kumar

  • Managing Director and General Partner at Inventus India
  • Member-Advisory Council, Center for Corporate
  • Governance and Citizenship, IIMB
  • Member Advisory Board, FabCI
  • Member-Governing Board, SINE (Incubator at IITB)

Narayanan Shadagopan

  • Has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and asset management
  • Risk Committee Chair at My Community Credit Union
  • Ex-MD Pragati Fund, an emerging market-focused private equity firm
  • Ex-Partner Toscafund Asset Management, a London-based fund manager

Pankaj Bhatia

  • Over 20 years of experience in advising Corporates on business strategy and nurturing early to growth stage ventures
  • Partner, Consumer and Private Equity Practice, Boston Consulting Group
  • Venture Partner, Equanimity Investments, an early stage Venture fund
  • On the Board of Mentors, IvyCap Ventures
  • Former Founder and Managing Partner, Aumentis Consulting

Sashi Chimala

  • Cofounder of Popmart
  • Serial entrepreneur with three successful companies and exits
  • Instrumental in launching several innovative e-commerce ventures in India
  • Featured in several national and international publications as well as on CNBC and BBC news programs

Ish Anand

  • Corporate Executive, Seasoned Entrepreneur, VC, Advisory Board Member, Mentor & a passionate advocate of “Make In India – For The World” with experience across 3 continents
  • Two successful exits from Startups with one company eventually being taken to IPO
  • A 3 time Entrepreneur, currently running an SME Business Consulting Practice (Part of a large global brand present in 16 countries)
  • Advisory Board Member at – LogisticsNow (a Shell Investee Company), Signum Hotels & Resorts (managing assets across 3 continents), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University – Institution Innovation Council, India Advisor – Bluetown (an Indo-Danish Rural Broadband Venture), Fund & Portfolio Advisor at Dallas Venture Capital (India & US)

Here is what we mean by a Validated Idea:

  • You have identified a ‘customer type’ that you are dealing with.
  • You have identified a problem that is critical for the that customer type
  • You have validated this problem with a ‘sizable’ set of customers so you know that it is a ‘real problem’
  • Your research and customer discussions shows that There is a large enough number of customers that are looking for a solution to this particular problem, and the venture can be financially viable and feasible
  • There are no apparent existing solutions or good enough solutions that are serving your customer type at this time for the problem
  • May have started working on a website/facebook/Instagram page to get customer reactions
  • May have worked on a prototype solution already
  • May have early traction with some customers