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iStart Valley, a leading business accelerator for the emerging technology based startups is excited to announce the winning startups from the Third batch of its Accelerator Program. Top seven startups were selected for the six months Accelerator program that underwent an intense and rigorous immersive experience. During the program startups evaluated their Product-Market Fit, gained traction on customer development approach, validated the addressable market and utilized the growth hacking tools. Besides gaining access to the number of free resources, Startup teams received coaching and mentoring by iStart Valley’s Entrepreneurs in residence and several other seasoned serial entrepreneurs.

Top 3 winning startups were chosen from the Final Pitch held at the end of the program based on the criteria such as traction, disruptive power of the Startup, Feasibility, Team Effectiveness etc. Winner of the First place is ProjectMQ, the global discovery platform exclusively for independent video games. Project MQ team has finalized a partnership with Kinguin, the "Ebay of Video Games", to support independent video game developers (indie devs) worldwide. As a top influencer for independent video games (indie games), and Project MQ hand-picks the best indie games from around the world. Project MQ has also been selected for the Tampa Bay Wave's new startup cohort for TechDiversity Accelerator, a first of its kind in the world. Marcus Howard, CEO and Co-founder of Project MQ sharing his experience said “iStart Valley Accelerator program has a one-of-a-kind schedule flexibility that's perfect for bootstrapped and early-stage startups. Their structure helped me fit the meetings and online assignments around my day job, family, and other responsibilities. It covers all the best practices you need to validate your startup solution, and prepare your business for an investment!”

Runner-up is Amazity, an innovative platform that Transforms Smart City into Amazing city. Amazity is built on the emerging concepts of Internet of Things, Big Data and leverages the industry leading platforms such as Tridium from Honeywell and Service Now. Amazity was also short listed as top 500 Startups in India and competing for the Smart-Fifty. MJ Charmani, Founder and Chair of iStart Valley said “We are pleased with the progress of these winning Startups from the current batch. It’s impressive that startups across the border have been able to participate and collaborate with the rest of the startup teams. iStart Valley will continue to work with the startups that have successfully graduated beyond the program to help them accelerate their growth”. Startup Team – Cycloid was awarded as the “The Most Innovative Startup” which utilizes the combination of the built in data of the On Board Diagnostics forecasts about individual vehicles. Cycloid was also a Semi Finalist at the MIT pre-accelerator program. Startup “Root”, an Artificial Intelligence driven Healthcare market focused job portal was chosen as the “The Most Promising Startup”.

Next batch of the Accelerator will begin starting Mid-September and the startup teams can apply at -

iStart Valley, a leading business accelerator is announcing the appointment of Entrepreneurs in Residence. In an effort to better support the needs of aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, innovators and creators, iStart Valley is bringing on board high caliber and best-in-class experts who have deeper and broader experience in making technology ventures successful. Search for Entrepreneurs in residence which started two months back resulted in an overwhelming response.

After reviewing seventy-five applicants, Board Advisors and the Executive Committee have selected Tom Charman as the Global Entrepreneur in Residence and Denis Salins as the Executive Entrepreneur in Residence. Both Tom and Denis started their entrepreneurial journey as teenagers and have rich experience in creating successful startups and mentoring entrepreneurs. Welcoming the entrepreneurs in residence, MJ Charmani, Chairman and Founder of iStart Valley, said “We are very excited to have both Tom and Denis join us at a very important juncture. We look forward to work with them to refine and enrich our Startup Accelerator and Human Capital Accelerator Programs. Tom and Denis will also help us shape our experiential entrepreneurship Programs to position iStart Valley as the #1 Provider of Entrepreneurial Services to early Stage Entrepreneurs and Startups.”

TomCharmani 1Global Entrepreneur in Residence, Tom Charman, is based in London, UK. Named the Future Face of Innovation and Technology in the UK, Tom focuses on areas including artificial intelligence and quantum computing. He’s been featured in international publications such as the TATA Consultancy Report of 2016 and Success Magazine and has advised both the UK and EU governments on entrepreneurship and the implications of regulation within cutting edge technology. He has previously mentored for organizations including Stanford University and was named one of the young entrepreneurs to watch in 2017 by He was named as one of the finalists for the future business leader of the year by FMCG company MARS and has since joined both KAIROS and Founders of the Future, as one of the world’s most innovative young entrepreneurs.

Denis Salins 1Denis Salins, Executive Entrepreneur in Residence, based in Shreveport, Louisiana, is a Chief Technology Officer of EMR Technology Solutions, a fully integrated software platform to help physicians manage the business-practice and documentation of medicine. Over the years, Denis has grown many businesses from offshoring development and back office work, to sales and vacations. Denis has always loved the adventure of taking an 'idea' and find the value-proposition. Personally having developed full-stack applications (C# and Python) for web and mobile, Denis is an expert in helping Startups choose the right Technology Platforms and adopt the successful business models.

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