Note:Registration Closed

Who should apply?


  • Startup should be registered in India.

  • Startup focused in Gaming/Animation/VFX.

  • Start-up should be an original entity and should not be formed by splitting up or reconstructing an existing business.

  • The date of registration/incorporation should not be beyond 10 years.

  • If a company is not registered, the promoters/founders must ensure that the company is registered within a period of 3 months from the date of selection for CoE.







MENTORS

Mr.Sridhar

CEO & Co Founder-YesGnome

Mr. Rajat Ojha

CEO – Gamitronics Mentor of Change

Mr. Sanath P.C

Co-Founder VFX Supervisor - FireFly Studios

Mr. Pete Drapper

 

Mr. Ravi Kiran Polimera

Gaming Industry Veteran from India

Mr. Imtiaz Hussain

COO @ Yesgnome

Ms. Vaishnavi P

Managing Director - BigCode Games.

Mr.Anuj

CEO - Yoozoo Games India

Mr.Rohith Bhat

CEO – 99Games

Mr. Deepan Chakravarthy

Co-Founder - HashCube

Mr. Kashyap Reddy

CEO and Co-founder - Hitwicket

Mr. Rajesh Rao

Pioneer of the Indian Games Industry. Founded & lead Dhruva Interactive for 22 years before it was acquired by Rockstar

Mr. Sumit Mehra

CEO - Moonfrog Labs

Mr. Rituraj Behara

Founder,Cympl Studio

Mr. Manvendra Shukul

CEO - Lakshya Digital

FAQs


If the start-up get selected for the accelerator program they need to pay one time registration fee of INR 20,000/-. The start-up will be charged Rs.3,000/- per seat, up to 5 seats, during the six-month accelerator program and additional seats thereon will be charged as per STPI tariff.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed and invited to the pitching session at IMAGE CoE, Hyderabad. The applicants will have to pitch to a panel. The selected startup will be on boarded to the accelator programe.

Yes, funding is one of the key offering of this programme. Depending on the development stage as well as the pitch deck along with the tech validation, seed funding will be provided. Start-up will be eligable for additional credits from ECO System partners.

For further information drop an email to ramakishore[dot]babu[at]stpi[dot]in

The cohort is conducted twice a year and each cohort runs for six-months.

No, the primary focus is on product companies

Last date of application has been extended to 03rd May 2020 and the first cohort date will be informed soon.

Rs 5 Lakhs Seed fund and access to investors (Angel + VCs) will be provided by CoE. Ecosystem partners will provide credits to the startups selected to the CoE program. Apart from this, right now, few active funds are interested in the seed round. The exact amount that a startup will receive, will be announced soon.

Preferably. CoE will allot up to 5 seats per startup at concessional rate. If more than five seats are needed, the same can be allocated on standard charges subjected to availability.

Startup can be registered as LLP/Partnership/Sole Proprietorship/Private ltd/Registered Partnership Firm. If a startup is not a registered company, then it should register within 3 months from the date of selection.

Yes. The startups that are selected for the coe program need to sign “incubation cum share subscription and shareholders’ agreement”.

  • IMAGE CoE has a good Mentor Network for Gaming, VFX, Animation & CV, AI. Mentor Network will provide Technology Mentoring, Domain Mentoring, Strategy Mentoring, End to End market support.
  • Mentoring is a balancing act between providing specific subject matter expertise and challenging ventures to see their work from different perspectives.
  • In addition to offering relevant professional experience and expertise, mentors are good listeners and know how to give constructive feedback that includes actionable suggestions. The mentors provide advice drawn from the wider business community.
  • Mentors also might provide emotional support to startup founders. However, a mentor also injects a dose of realism into the conversation by pointing out planning or execution flaws that an entrepreneur might not notice.
  • A mentoring relationship is based on sharing ideas, techniques, visions, or criticisms. These relationships can frequently develop into funding opportunities, business contracts, or even employment. Mentors provide mentees with introductions to key players and decision-makers, such as venture capitalists or other industry investors, and provide access to people or organizations that may be difficult for startups to access on their own, such as potential beta testing sites and industry leaders.
  • Companies at different stages need different types of mentoring. Similarly, the professional backgrounds and experiences of the entrepreneurs also impacts what type of mentoring is most effective for them.

Yes. IMAGE CoE will provide access to MoCap Lab infrastructure to the startups which are selected for the IMAGE CoE program for free of cost, during the six-month accelerator program. After the six-month accelerator program, the startups can still access the lab by paying the approved charges.

Yes. ESports startups also can apply for the IMAGE CoE program.

The mentoring sessions will be both classroom environment and one-to-one depending upon the topic / subject of the mentoring.

Yes, if it gets qualified for the CoE program.

Following will be analyzed to select the startups for the CoE program:

    1. Innovative Business Idea / Technology leading to product startup
    2. Years of Establishment
    3. Team Size
    4. Product idea and current stage of development (PoC readiness, IPR status etc.)
    5. Detailed Business Plan & Management Structure
      1. Founding team's experience & strength, founding/core team's talent mapping, passion
      2. Nature of problem being solved & Value proposition of solution
      3. Cost structure, Profitability, Scalability and Market Size being targeted
      4. Execution plan
    6. Fund availability
    7. Partners and Customers

The selected startup should preferably work from the CoE to get the maximum benefit of the program. However,this subject can be discussed during the selection interview.

This subject can be discussed during the selection interview.

Documents submitted by the start-up W.R.T. the program will be confidential and protected and the information will be used for screening purposes only. The Start-ups selected for the program will sign a mutually agreed NDA  with CoE which will protect each other's IPs and employees.

Documents submitted by the start-up W.R.T. the program will be confidential and protected and the information will be used for screening purposes only. The Start-ups selected for the program will sign a mutually agreed NDA  with CoE which will protect each other's IPs and employees.

The milestones are clearly defined for this accelerator program. The selected start-ups will undergo an orientation program during the onboarding phase.

Startups will receive the funding after reaching set milestones.The selected start-ups will undergo an orientation program during the onboarding phase.

Yes, they are allowed to work from the same coworking  space during the accelerator program.

The selected startup should preferably work from the CoE to get the maximum benefit of the program. However,this subject can be discussed during the selection interview.

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Contact us

  • Mr. Rama Kishore Babu Koppula
  • +91 989188833
  • ramakishore[dot]babu[at]stpi[dot]in
  • imagecoe[at]stpi[dot]in

Locate us

Software Technology Parks of India (IMAGE Incubation Centre)
14 & 15, Software Units Layout

HITEC City,Hyderabad,

INDIA-500081