XR Startup
Program

A program to discover, nurture, and accelerate
XR technology startups across India.

Implementation partner

Accelerator

The Accelerator will nurture and foster 10 early stage startups working with XR technologies through a well-designed 6-month program. It is a part of the XR Startup Program, a collaboration between Meta and MeitY Startup Hub, and will be run and managed by the Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC).

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Application end date:
October 13, 2022, 11:59 PM (IST)

Why should you apply?

Grant of ₹ 20,00,000 during the course of 6-month program

Mentorship by industry experts and researchers

Access to a network of potential strategic partners and investors

Opportunities to participate and present at industry events

Access to technology and infrastructure support

Who should apply?

  • Early stage startups building products or solutions (software applications, services, or hardware) based on XR technologies
  • The startup should have at least 1 full-time founder
  • The startup should be in the prototype/ minimal viable product/ pre-revenue stage
  • Startups registered with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) or eligible and willing to be registered with DPIIT
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Application end date:
October 13, 2022, 11:59 PM (IST)

Key target outcomes

  • Increased revenues
  • Increased valuation
  • Follow-on investments
  • Refined version of products

Program timeline

Application Start Date
August 29, 2022, 9:00 AM (IST)
Application end date
October 13, 2022, 11:59 PM (IST)
Notification of results
Mid-October 2022
Commencement of 6-month accelerator program
End of October 2022
Note: Dates/ timelines are subject to change. Kindly check this site regularly for the latest information.

Mentors

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Sanjeeb Behera

Metaverse Evangelist & XR Lead based in Berlin, Germany

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Ankit Sahni

Intellectual Property & Technology Lawyer

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Achyut Chandra

Manager & Lead (Open Innovation)

HCL Technologies

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Anant Saurabh

AVP – Digital Consulting,

Tata Technologies

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Abhinav Khare

Head, Technology Venturing and Ecosystem Innovation, HCL Technologies Ltd.

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Ravisankar Venkatachalam

Vice President & Global Lead - Consumer Hi-Tech HCL Technologies

Amit Rajput

Amit Rajput

Managing Director- Digital Transformation office, PwC

Knowledge partners

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligible startups can click here to submit the application form and provide the required information such as startup details, a pitch deck (link to an indicative format can be found here) funds raised etc. Reference copy of the application form can be downloaded from here.

Startups working on Extended Reality (XR) technologies that fulfill the eligibility criteria mentioned above and detailed in the terms and conditions, available here can apply.

T&Cs of the Accelerator can be found here.

GUSEC will establish a 3-member panel to evaluate and select the applications. Applications will then be discussed with the steering committee established by Meta in collaboration with MSH. Selected startups will be informed by GUSEC. For detailed information, refer to T&Cs.

Applications will be evaluated based on the below criteria:

  • Does the product/ solution have a high degree of innovation/ novelty compared to any existing products/ solutions?
  • Will the product, if commercialized, achieve a positive societal, economic, environmental impact and business opportunity at scale?
  • Capability and potential of the startup team in XR technology

In the event of a tie between two applicants for one spot, capital raised from external sources will be considered. For more details, refer to T&Cs.

10 startups will be supported and provided with the program benefits. In order to avail them, the selected startups must attend, participate, and complete the 6-month accelerator program.

For any further information, drop an email to [email protected]

Yes, pitch days will be organized as part of the 6-month accelerator program to provide access to potential strategic partners and investors to all the startups.

No, you can apply to only 1 implementation partner under the XR Startup Program. For further details, refer to T&Cs.

All the program benefits mentioned on this page above shall be made available to the selected startups by GUSEC. For further details, refer to T&Cs.

About GUSEC

Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC) is one of India’s leading startup support systems, which has set an unprecedented benchmark by facilitating startup support at zero-cost. Right in the heart of Gujarat University with an ever-growing infrastructure & having supported 400+ innovative tech and non-tech startups, GUSEC has played a pivotal role in shaping and nurturing the startup ecosystem in Gujarat.

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Phone - +91 8896 262 262
Hours of contact - 11:00 AM - 6:00PM