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WHAT IS COMMENCE
About Us
Commence Mint is a venture development firm helping early-stage startups prepare for global markets.
We believe that the Internet makes it possible for startups to become globally competitive and it also forces them to be so. We also believe that products are shaped by early markets they serve. Serving evolved markets early on helps to build more evolved products. Disruptive tech startups serving regional or less evolved markets tread on thin ice as customers eventually discover better, faster and cheaper global competitors. If today’s startups expect to attract global capital and talent, they must build for global markets. At Commence Mint, startups bring their product ideas, entrepreneurial energy, and global dreams. They gain an understanding of advanced markets through first-hand market experience and through one-on-one mentorship from our global mentor network.
What About Funding?
Funds are always cool to have but your venture needs more than funds. It needs efficient use of funds that sustains your idea. It needs support in accounting, legal, infrastructure and marketing and more. And it needs reasonable time to grow legs. Then there is you! You need to build knowledge of the turf, a network where you can meet potential co-founders, key-employees, mentors and collaborators.


WHAT WE OFFER
Three C's of Commence
COACHING

World class mentor network and structured inventions in the Commence Program fuel the pace of the venture in right direction. And Founder Development Program nurtures the entrepreneur to build business and leadership capabilities.

CAPITAL

Every venture needs funds to sustain, grow and then scale. Commence funds the venture with a pre-seed investment and with the house funds for best performing startups. Also, investor showcases are conducted for our startup cohort at regular intervals.

COMPASS

An entrepreneur is as good as his network! Commence exposes the founders to opportunities to build their network with investors, mentors, startup community, corporates etc. through investor showcases, masterclasses and meetups.


Investor Showcase
When you have to prove the value of your idea by persuading other people to pay for them, it clears out an awful lot of wooly thinking. ~Tom O'Reilly

Commence Mint makes way for you to pitch to investors by conducting investor showcases for its home ventures!
This helps in boiling down of the frighteningly ambitious long term plans to real answers to questions like:

WHO
is the target
customer?
HOW
to make
money?
HOW
to scale for the
masses?
WHY
an investor should
bet on you?

Global Exposure
New market creating innovations come from re-imagining businesses and delivering products and services that unexpectedly delight the consumer.

It is important for startup founders to keep their eyes and ears open to the ‘business buzz’ around the globe and seize the right opportunities. And that is where global exposure plays a key role in keeping you ahead of others in the race. Commence collaborations provide opportunities to in-house ventures to discover global markets for their ideas.
 

WHAT WE DO
1
Mentoring at Commence
From creating an entrepreneurial advantage to providing the direction to focus on critical business issues, mentors are of immense value add. Commence brings in a rich network of Mentors who are industry experts, entrepreneurs and professionals.
2
Global Exposure
The only way to win is to learn quick! Exposure to international markets becomes critical when we support startups with global vision. Commence just doesn't support your venture but also works on you to leverage opportunities by experiential learning.
3
Business Support Services
Do one thing everyday that scares you! Everything else that a business needs to kick off, is right here:
  • Cloud based technology infrastructure
  • Accounting and Legal support
  • Investor agreements and contract drafting
  • Key employee hiring support
4
Venture Promotions
We help promote your venture while you build your unicorn:
  • PR for Founders / Venture promotion
  • Digital Promotions
  • Facilitation for print mediag
  • Electronic media promotions
MEET THE TEAM
  • SUBHASH DHAR SUBHASH DHAR
  • ARUN K SINGH ARUN K SINGH
  • NEHA BAHL NEHA BAHL
  • SANJAY DUTT SANJAY DUTT

  • DEVEN VED DEVEN VED
  • RAJIV THULASIDASAN RAJIV THULASIDASAN
SUBHASH DHAR
SUBHASH DHAR

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SUBHASH DHAR
Co-Founder

Subhash is the Founder of Enterprise Nube that runs India’s leading impact consumption network - Gudville. Earlier, he was the global head of sales and member of executive council at Infosys, where he worked for 14 years. Prior to that, he was the founding team member of India’s pioneering web portal - IndiaWorld. Subhash also serves on the Board of Governors of his alma mater IIM Bangalore. In 2007, the World Economic Forum selected him to its prestigious Young Global Leader group.

ARUN K SINGH
ARUN K SINGH

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ARUN K SINGH
Co-Founder

Arun has worked in the Indian Equity Markets for over 2 decades which provided him a ring side view of the transformation of Indian economy. His last stint was at Alchemy, a boutique equities brokerage firm focused on Institutional and Ultra HNI investors. He was also part of the founding team at a startup before embarking on his journey of curating emerging businesses to bootstrap in his individual capacity.

NEHA BAHL
NEHA BAHL

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NEHA BAHL
Co-Founder

Neha has diverse experience in Technology and Business Consulting from her stints at Infosys and Ernst & Young. She had her first tryst with entrepreneurship while doing her MBA from Warwick Business School, UK, where she started her own venture and then moved on to join Gudville with Subhash. She has dabbled in various product and marketing roles in startup teams before venturing into Commence Mint.

SANJAY DUTT
SANJAY DUTT

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SANJAY DUTT
Team

Sanjay has crafted and advised businesses for 15 years at Infosys, AT Kearny, Accenture, Wipro and P&G. As a business leader, he has worked in various roles to proactively shape organization's actions for markets and key stakeholders. Since 2006, Sanjay has been an Independent Leadership Coach and Consultant. He has partnered with leaders and organizations in their journeys of realizing their potential - both in terms of business value and human growth.

DEVEN VED
DEVEN VED

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DEVEN VED
Venture Advisor

Deven Ved is a Venture advisor at Commence Mint. He is a post-graduate in Actuarial Science and has worked for over a decade in the Indian Insurance Industry. He is a seasoned Business Analyst with core competencies in business planning and finance analysis.

PARTNERS
Strategic Partners
NSRCEL
Platform Partners
Platform Partners
PROGRAMS
Commence Program
Under the flagship program Commence, participating startups visit one developed market (preferably the USA) to discover what would it take for their products to succeed there. In this curated visit, they meet with peers and influencers to help their understanding of the market. They also engage with potential customers and partners to learn a new market context. The program at Base Camp in Bangalore is for creating test hypothesis for product and the market. The time for Global Discovery Program is for implementing the learning and refining the venture pitch. By the end of the 12-week program, startups have the opportunity to build their global advisory board and get ready to raise the next round of funding.
 


BASE CAMP
BASE CAMP
GLOBAL DISCOVERY PROGRAM
BASE CAMP
FUNDING
BASE CAMP



PROGRAM FEE
Every participating startup pays 8% of its
equity towards program fees.

PROGRAM FUND
Pre-seed fund of INR 3 Million against equivalent
CCPS, convertible at the next liquidity event
Commence Fellowship
Commence Fellowship is to support the entrepreneurs still at campus!
We don’t only invest in startups but are also invested in supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs at campus who will shape the future of an our innovation economy. Commence Fellowship is to kick-start their careers in the startup world.
 


Free office space at Commence Centre
Free Access to Events and Master Classes
Access to network of Mentors and Advisors
Access to startup cohort at Commence
India Immersion Program
India Immersion Program aims to offer a platform for early-stage startups to venture into global markets. With India being one of the fastest growing economies in the world and having a massive consumer base, it is a great market for product test, new market entry as well as tech talent. With the youngest tech resources among all startup ecosystems, India assures a bang for the buck. With the India Immersion Program, startups become a part of the bigger community and will have access to Network, Investment and Tech talent pool for venture's growth.
 

1
Access to Mentor/Corporate Network
On-demand access to network of Mentors & Advisors for:
  • Understanding of the Indian Market
  • Exploring potential partners / associations
  • Test market Strategies
2
Master Classes & Pitch Events
Understanding the market from experts and feedback:
  • Master Classes on Licences / IP
  • Master Classes on Govt regulations / Grants
  • Pitches to Investors / Corporate / Mentors
3
Peer-to-Peer Learning
Peer-to-Peer learning is initiated through events like:
  • Peer Pitches
  • Startup Clinic - Fish-Bowl Sessions
  • Startup Mixers
4
Access to Tech Talent
Access to tech talent for the venture for:
  • Product Development
  • Market Entry | Test market
  • Tech co-founders | Internships | Universities
WHO SHOULD APPLY
IDEA & YOU!
Ideas fueled with passion make the best of businesses!
We are looking out for innovative solutions for global problems that have the potential to touch millions of lives and make an impact.
 

Well articulated business idea
Working prototype
Early adopters or users
Crazy and a fabulous Team


 

Have an idea that doesn’t let you sleep? APPLY



STARTUPS @ COMMENCE
Loanstamp

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Arjun
ARJUN MISHRA
Dharmveer
DHARMVEER S
LOANSTAMP
Founded in 2016

ABOUT LOANSTAMP

Loanstamp is a smart P2P Lending platform that allows people and businesses to invest in each other in a way that it is financially and socially rewarding. Loanstamp handles contracting, forgery detection, repayments, escrow management using Blockchain Technology.

USP
  • Blockchain Technology based security.
  • Automatic Tranching for lenders.
  • Complete autonomous process fastens the results for users.
UNCVR

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Mittul Desai
MITTUL DESAI
Akash Govani
AKASH GOVANI
UNCVR
Founded in 2016

ABOUT UNCVR

Uncvr aims to bring a fair price on the live gigs based on the feedback from the patrons. We believe the artist should be paid for what value he brings in and there should be a quantifiable way for the organizer to judge it. We at Uncvr are creating a platform that enables the organizer to judge what benefits the artist brings in and help them choose the best fit artists for their venue. It also helps better artists get more work while making their fees justifiable Let's gig together!

USP
  • Performance feedback platform for live gigs.
  • One stop shop for discovering artists and booking gigs.
PLATO

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Garvit Pahal
GARVIT PAHAL
Siddharth Srivastav
SIDDHARTH S
PLATO
Founded in 2015

ABOUT PLATO

Plato aims to democratise mentoring as a prominent way of career development. 81% of undergraduates are deprived of quality mentoring because current solutions do very little in making the process structured, less sluggish and valuable for mentors. Plato is an AI assisted community that is one-stop solution for career mentoring from discovering mentors to achieving goals.

USP
  • Tools for professionals to manage their mentor personality holistically.
  • AI assisted mentoring sessions.
  • Capturing excerpts from sessions as Mentor generated content to drive engagement.
Refermee

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Nishant Sogani
NISHANT SOGANI
REFERMEE
Founded in 2015

ABOUT REFERMEE

Refermee was founded on the notion that the best and most reliable knowledge should be accessible to all. It has been designed on the understanding that readers must have the luxury of reading and learning from the best reference books available in the market, regardless of the price. To facilitate readers in having universal access to the reference books and materials, we at Refermee have developed a novel product which we hope will make learning, reasonable and cost effective for all!

USP
  • Metered reading for reference books.
  • Efficient learning platform at very low cost.
ZAFFINGO

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Shikhar Saxena
SHIKHAR SAXENA
ZAFFINGO
Founded in 2016

ABOUT ZAFFINGO

Zaffingo helps people collaborate and create memory books in an incredibly simple and fun way. It started as India's first yearbook making website and helps users to seamlessly collaborate to make the entire yearbook making process not just easy but fun for everyone. It serves as a one-stop solution for all colleges and schools.

USP
  • Collaborative and social book creation.
  • Reduces time and effort substantially.
  • Template-driven creation to eliminate all manual work.
PRAKSHEP

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Avijeet Singh
AVIJEET SINGH
Sameer Kumar
SAMEER KUMAR
PRAKSHEP
Founded in 2016

ABOUT PRAKSHEP

Prakshep is a Satellite Intelligence company, leveraging the power of Deep Learning to extract information at scale. Thorium (Prakshep's product) is powered by a huge data bank of satellite images. The data is widespread in space, resolution and time with a usable archive since 2013. It is our virtual environment for earth data. Thorium's RESTful services are linked with in-memory database to provide a seamless integration into existing deliverables.

USP
  • Deep learning helps Thorium deploy intelligence at scale and extract information.
  • Thorium's construct is at the interface of reality and the machine world.
MINION LABS

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Gokul
GOKUL
Rampraveen
RAMPRAVEEN
MINION LABS
Founded in 2017

ABOUT MINION LABS

MinionLabs is the neural specialist of the buildings which does User-Friendly Energy Analytics by using AI-IoT techniques at an affordable price point. Minion is the world smallest energy auditor that works 24x7 to reduce electricity bills for the consumers.

USP
  • Single Plug & Play device for all appliances/devices inside building unlike many data points or many numbers of CT sensor installations
  • AI engine that acts as dedicated neuro specialist for 24x7 where any users from any background can easily get to know about their electricity consumption
NATIVEBAG

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Bharath
BHARATH
Ravishankar
RAVISHANKAR
NATIVEBAG
Founded in 2017

ABOUT NATIVEBAG

Nativebag is a discovery platform for exclusive regional specialties and native items of India. Products which have regional significance like Tanjore dancing Dolls, Channapatna Toys, Lonavala Chikki, Dharwad Peda, Belgaum Kunda, Kashmir Saffron etc. are catered to people who are in search of these, especially migrants. It covers products from Kashmir until Kanyakumari, Ahemadabad until Kolkata.

USP
  • Products Discovery is location based unlike traditional approach on categories.
  • Artificial Intelligence to recommend the right products based on their hometown or origin.
PAYPLATTER

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Anupam Jeevan
ANUPAM JEEVAN
Aditya Kumakale
ADITYA K
PAYPLATTER
Founded in 2013

ABOUT PAYPLATTER

"It's platter of business" enabling applications aimed at facilitating merchants to receive payments from their customers.

USP
  • Segment-agnostic business platform for customer-facing services.
  • Highly configurable and universal Business workflows.
  • Feather-light mobile app – less than 50 KB.
  • Quick and automated onboarding of product stakeholders.
Realment

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Bhrigu Chadha
Bhrigu Chadha
Akash Govani
Mohith M
Realment Labs
Founded in 2016

ABOUT Realment Labs

Realment Labs provides touchless and gesture control technology solutions in the preventive healthcare space. 100s of people touch the same object in offices, hospitals, factories, and so on, which leads to cross-contamination and spreading of infections among people. Realment Labs aims to solve this problem for the masses. Their first product is MoPure Touchless Taps to avoid infections from the most widely used drinking water dispensers in commercial establishments!

USP
  • Touchless tech to prevent infections and cross-contamination
  • Ease of integration to automate existing manual systems
  • Cheaper, Safer, Convenient
Backbench

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FOUNDER PROFILES

Shwetabh Ranjan
Shwetabh Ranjan
Navneeth Gopalakrishnan
Navneeth G
Backbench
Founded in 2016

ABOUT Backbench

Backbench helps teams to release software quickly, we are a cloud based development and collaboration platform for internet-scale applications. It helps companies achieve fast prototyping and faster time to market/product releases. Backbench is a fully programmable serverless platform, Eliminating the need to deploy and manage servers lets companies shorten the development cycles and minimizing the risk of bugs and increasing innovation.!

USP
  • Build, scale, manage, and run independent micro-services with continuous integration and deployment
  • Bring Your Own Services - Backbench is a playground for experimenting with existing "things" on the internet
WHAT THEY SAY ...
CONTACT US
Find us here:

Commence Mint
Wework Galaxy
43, Residency Rd, Srinivas Nagar
Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar
Bangalore, Karnataka 560025