Nokia India, AppCampus & Harvard Business School Alumni Angels India Chapter launch "AppCelerate-India"
April 26, 2013, Bangalore: Nokia India, in collaboration with AppCampus (Finland) and members of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels (India Chapter), today announced their initiative, ‘Appcelerate-India’ to boost mobile app development on Nokia Lumia &Windows platform. As a part of this unique initiative, AppCampus and Harvard Business School Alumni Angels India will invest in excess of $500,000 in ‘Appcelerate-India’ and provide a combination of grants, seed funding, mentoring, incubation resources to discover disruptive applications and nurture talented Indian mobile start-ups.
The most promising ideas from the Nokia’s first consumer app reality television show, Your Wish Is My App, as well as submissions from the local ecosystem will be considered for investment and incubation. This initiative combines the best of AppCampus’ global acceleration model with the hands-on mentoring expertise of Appcelerate-India.
Highlighting the essence of the collaboration Gerard Rego, Director- Developer Experience, Nokia India said, “At Nokia, our aim is to support Indian app developers to drive path-breaking innovation on our platform. We believe that this will open up countless opportunities to shape the app ecosystem, giving developers the chance to give new and innovative experiences to consumers”.
Pekka Sivonen, Head of AppCampus said, “It’s exciting to build this type of start-up collaboration, tailored for the Indian market, where we truly get to reach developers and start-ups locally and help them evolve into the next Big Thing. This collaboration between AppCampus and Harvard Business Angels can bring significant and sustainable new opportunities for mobile-focused entrepreneurs and their businesses”.
Ravi Gururaj, Co-founder, HBS Alumni Angels India Chapter, said,“ India has strong technology credentials and a renowned entrepreneurial background. The successful evolution of the technology industry in India presents a great opportunity for mobile app developers. We are now seeing a massive spurt in passion from the local ecosystem towards entrepreneurial ventures in mobile products. Through our collaboration with AppCampus and Nokia India, we want to support app entrepreneurs in their development work and create an innovation-led start up culture”
Nokia and Microsoft invested 18 million euros to form AppCampus, a mobile application accelerator program managed by Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. AppCampus is aimed at fostering mobile application development on Windows Phone.
To involve consumers in the exciting world of mobile apps, Nokia India had created the world’s first app reality TV show, Your Wish is my app (YWIMA).With this campaign, Nokia opened up the world of app development to consumers which resulted in over 38000 suggestions of what they felt would be app ideas relevant to them. The promising ideas of YWIMA campaign will get an opportunity to see their app come alive through this grant.
AppCampus is a global mobile application development program led by Aalto University, Finland. Funded by Microsoft Corp and Nokia, the AppCampus program has been set up to foster the creation of innovative mobile applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem to create a new generation of self-sustaining mobile startups. AppCampus is aiming to attract thousands of application proposals from students and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Within the AppCampus program, mobile entrepreneurs can benefit not just from award funding, but also comprehensive coaching, marketing support, training in mobile technology, design and usability to create innovative new mobile apps and services.
Harvard Business School Alumni Angels
Harvard Angels India was founded in 2011 in Bangalore, India and consists primarily of India-based Harvard alumni, as well as a select number of non-alumni, who are interested and engaged in India's rapidly growing start-up ecosystem and committed to investing in early-stage businesses. Our vision is to provide the next generation of India's most promising entrepreneurs with the right level of financial capital, strategic guidance and mentorship and in many cases, deep technical advice. We accomplish this by leveraging our strong domestic and global investor base, which equips our entrepreneurs with access to new international markets/customers, top-tier venture capitalists of global repute and sector expertise that proves invaluable to India-based entrepreneurs.
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia