Kalaari Capital accelerator Kstart signs up Google as tech partner

Kstart, Kalaari Capital’s seed fund-cum-accelerator programme, has roped in Google  as technology partner for its seed-stage portfolio companies, the company announced on Monday.

With this partnership, Kstart’s portfolio will gain access to Google’s mentorship, extensive global network and products.

The selected Kstart portfolio companies will join Google Launchpad Program and also get grants of up to $50,000.

“Google is one of the most admired technology companies by entrepreneurs. Google’s various programmes to invest into the startup ecosystem is noteworthy. We applaud Google’s efforts to make it easy for startups to leverage their extensive global resources. We are pleased that Kstart companies will be able to benefit from Google for continuous learning, scaling and access their key technologies and mentors,” said Vani Kola, MD Kalaari Capital.

Kstart is an accelerate programme for early-stage startups, started early this month. It will have a new batch every quarter of up to five startups.

“Kstart team will play a big role in hosting the incubatee by providing world class infrastructure, access to funds, legal and marketing help which the early stage startups can benefit immensely. Indian startup ecosystem is exploding and we will continue to partner and accelerate the growth in India with meaningful synergetic partnerships like the one with the Kstart team,” said Sunil Rao, country head, strategic partner development, VCs and Startups, Google India.

Kalaari Capital, which has $650 million in assets under management, has backed companies like Snapdeal, Myntra and Urban Ladder.

It plans to invest about $20 million in 40 startups over the next two years as a part of its seed and incubation programme Kstart.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.