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Aspire Labs

Capital, co-working space and deep-engaged mentoring to help companies build the foundation of solid, scalable, profitable businesses.

We are a sector-agnostic, multi-stage accelerator that provides high-potential startups with adequate capital and mentorship to take their ventures to the next level. Our lineage and experience in India, Africa, South East Asia, US and Europe help tech as well as tech-enabled, operationally intensive start-ups to significantly reduce their learning curve for scaling up businesses.
Our ability to provide seed as well as follow-on capital, including co-investments with institutional investors, allows start-ups to focus on their core business rather than worrying about raising capital for growth. For start-ups that require space, our co-working centre in NOIDA provides a conducive, high-quality and happy working environment, and access to resources & shared-services that allow founders to focus on building their business.

Our
Programs

We are a multi-stage business accelerator, with a cool co-working space.

We run a 100-days program , which includes deep-engaged mentoring by a super-experienced in-house team and a panel of industry experts.

Our biggest differentiator is that our programs are customized for the stage the start-up is at and tailored to the specific requirements of the start-up, i.e., some start-ups may need help with their product development; some may need help on refining their concept, while some may need advice on sharpening their go-to-market plans or their business case. While all start-ups get the benefit of our mentoring framework, the program deliverables are custom designed based on an early-assessment of the venture’s need gaps.

The program offers to fund from Rs.25 Lakhs to Rs.2 Cr depending on the stage and need of the venture, for up to 10 - 20% equity. The program is designed to take the ventures to the next stage of their journey, and make them better prepared for follow-on capital.

What We Offer to Startups @ Aspire Labs

Concept Stage Startups

  • We help founders sharpen their business strategy, and make them better prepared for funding and building a business. This includes helping them sharply define their business, build the MVP, positioning, pricing strategy & business model, and overall go-to-market plans.
  • Up to Rs.50 lacs of funding, in two tranches – Rs.15 lacs at the beginning of the program, and Rs.35 lacs on meeting defined milestones.
  • Access to stage-appropriate follow on capital from us, as well as other investors.

MVP & Pilot Stage Startups

  • We help founders build the foundation for scale, which includes refining their strategy, marketing program, sales program, organization building, go-to-market plans and funding strategy.
     
  • Rs.50 lacs to Rs. 1 cr. of capital for up to 20% equity, which is decided on a case-to-case basis.
     
  • Access to stage-appropriate follow on capital from us, as well as other investors.

Early Growth Stage Startups

  • We work with founders in sharpening and executing their scaling up plans. This includes helping them with market expansion beyond pilot stage, scaling up the team & technology and refining their processes.
     
  • Rs. 1 cr to Rs.2 cr of capital for up to 20% equity, which is decided on a case-to-case basis.
     
  • Access to stage-appropriate follow on capital from us, as well as other investors.

Why Choose Us

Conducive working environment, support services and resources

Co-working space in NOIDA (if required by the startup).
Access to service provider partners, including HR, finance & accounts, legal, web-design and marketing.
Introductions to potential initial corporate customers (on a best-effort basis, but leveraging out deep connect with industry across India, South East Asia, Africa, US and Europe.
PR & media outreach support

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Stage Appropriate Capital

Multi-stage funding – Initial stage-appropriate capital.
Access to follow on capital which could be our own investments as well as investments/co-investments with/by our network of institutional investors.
Firmed up business plan that is sharp on strategy and solid on the business case. This will include the readiness of the product/service and the organization to move to the next level/scale up.

Advice & Mentoring to take your venture to the next level

Super-customized programs as per stage and need gaps of the startup.
Sector Agnostic. In fact, our in-house experts as well as mentor panel bring significant experience across sectors.
On-campus learning sessions that are part of the program, as well as invitations to industry events organized by us and our industry partners.

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Selection
Process

Startups are reviewed within 10 days of receiving applications.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a telephonic interaction with our review team. (Startups that are not shortlisted will be provided feedback on why we are not able to proceed further).

The startup will then be asked to make an in-person presentation to the selection committee (outstation candidates can present via video conference).

Post the final presentation selected candidates will be offered a term-sheet outlining the terms of engagement.

After the startup accepts the term sheet, basic due-diligence will begin.

Post a successful due-diligence report, the startup will be accepted into the program and the investment process will commence.


To begin with we are starting with our inaugural cohorts focused on Clean Tech and All Sectors

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