Jaarvis Accelerator, based in Gurgaon, focuses on mentoring early stage technology based startups to help them build sustainable businesses. During Jaarvis’ four month long residential programs, startups receive guidance and mentoring from their panel of experts, in addition to access to investors, business process services, office space and supplies, and free wi-fi.
Networked India speaks to Vice President of Jaarvis Accelerator, Brett Stevens, who is also Director of Jaarvis Labs in Australia. He is a member of the senior leadership team in the Jaarvis group, and one of the core mentors in Jaarvis Labs. Brett provides leadership support and mentoring to the Jaarvis Accelerator team and incubatees, and is active in building the startup ecosystem across India, particularly in less mature metros and smaller cities. Before joining the Jaarvis group, Brett has held various roles in sales, marketing and management for major ICT companies like Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Hewlett Packard.
In this first of two part series, Brett shares with us his journey to being involved in an accelerator and his views on Indian startups and the Indian startup ecosystem, the customisation required in mentoring startups from differing socio-cultural backgrounds as well as the changing face of Indian technology led by the country’s youth.