Mumbai 30th Jan, 2013: It has been an exciting time in the Indian start-up eco system. Emergence of many accelerators started by Angel groups, Corporate and Serial Entrepreneurs are set to create many blooming start-ups. VentureNursery, India’s first angel-backed start-up accelerator revealed the names of start-ups who have joined their 2nd Acceleration program. These are INTERVIEW MASTER, KLIP, SMART SAMPLE and THE VENTURATOR. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, EVP, VentureNursery said “Over 150 applications were received from 15 cities for the second Acceleration Program between September and November 2012. While majority of the applications were from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune, nearly 30% of them were from tier- 2 cities like Lucknow, Kanpur, Bhopal and Nagpur. Retail, consumer technology and e-business sectors have drawn the most interest.”

VentureNursery’s second batch of start-ups is currently under acceleration and is likely to graduate in the first week of April, 2013. These start-ups are undergoing intense and customized mentoring by an elite group of serial entrepreneurs, charter angels, VCs, technologists and senior corporate managers. They will be presenting to a group of Charter Angels on the ‘Pitch day’ for raising seed investment.

The second batch of participating start-ups, in alphabetical order, are:


Interview Master, the next generation Hiring Application, is an innovative web application based on the concept of Automated Video Interview Solution which allows you to create, administer, evaluate interviews online using pool of pre-recorded video questions and structured evaluation tool. Using Interview Master for recruitment can lead to 90% savings in time and cost compared to traditional methods.
Interview Master is cofounded by a group of dedicated enthusiasts from I.I.T. Bombay, NMIMS with experience in MNCs like National Instruments, KPMG and Larsen & Toubro.

KLIP is a social shopping curation platform that helps users make better buying decisions and personalize their shopping experience. It provides a community where users can discover new products and do relevant products research through their social connections. KLIP aims to simplify users’ shopping experience by creating visual KLIP boards of products they like, ask questions and post quick comments and opinions.
The start-up is founded by professionals having vast experienced in Social media space.

SMART SAMPLE is an evolving community of new product enthusiasts. The platform enables the user to not only voice their feedback and experience directly to large corporate at the launch and pre launch stage of the product. Marketers generate trial, awareness and advocacy through the SMART SAMPLE community of more than 50,000+ trained volunteer brand evangelists by providing them free samples.
The start-up is founded by a professional having experience in marketing assignments with leading FMCG majors along with a serial entrepreneur from BTL space.


The Venturator is an online marketplace that connects start-ups with eco-system enablers. It aspires to be the first of its kind media portal that helps early stage start-ups to connect to the right resource pool available in the market there by accelerating their growth in the shortest time span.

The Venturator is founded by an experienced start-up media professional.

About VentureNursery [@venturenursery]

Venture Nursery (VN) is India’s first angel-backed start-up accelerator. It was established in March 2012 by two like-minded Angel Investors -Shravan Shroff, Founder and former MD, Fame Cinemas and Ravi Kiran, former CEO-South East & South Asia, Starcom MediaVest Group and Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Friends of Ambition.

Based on its belief that the angel ecosystem must focus primarily on maximising the success potential of the start-ups, VentureNursery undertakes an intensive and immersive coaching and mentoring role in the chosen start-ups and helps each with end-to-end infrastructural and learning support.

VentureNursery conducts a minimum of two boot camps in a year in Mumbai and targets to accommodate up to eight start-ups in each program. At the end of each boot camp, successfully graduating start-ups will be evaluated for investment by a group of committed angel investors. In addition to the Boot Camp method, Venture Nursery also accepts start-ups for acceleration through its PARALLELTRACK process.

Although designed to be sector agnostic in the long run, at present, VentureNursery focuses on six sectors – Media & Entertainment, Retail, e-Commerce, Consumer Technology, Education and Clean Tech.

In addition to the Angels-in-Residence and Charter Angels, Venture Nursery works with a group of Advisors-in-Residence and Executives-in-Residence to complete the support to the start-ups.


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