Four years ago, MD Anderson, global pioneers in cancer care announced collaboration with IBM Watson to power ‘Moon Shots’ – a mission aimed at ending cancer by using the former’s cognitive computing system. The ambitious system, ‘IBM Watson powered Oncology Expert Advisor’ would integrate MD Anderson’s knowledge of clinicians and researchers to advance the goal […]
I recently attended the 10th annual Development Dialogue, hosted by Deshpande Foundation, in Hubli, India. As always, there were invigorating discussions among an interesting mix of ecosystem developers, entrepreneurs from both for-profit and NGO sectors, funders, and investors. I participated in a panel discussion that focused on the challenges of scaling the entrepreneurial ecosystem in […]
This past year was pretty rough in Startup Land. Investors held their pocketbooks close to their chests as it was nearly unanimously decided that India’s entrepreneurs needed to take a good, hard look at the fundamental building blocks of their startups. Fortunately, that hasn’t slowed down the excitement and enthusiasm around entrepreneurship in the least […]
Over the past year, there have been numerous articles trying to explain why edtech startups in India are failing. If you believe the rhetoric, the Indian edtech market is in dire straits with little to be optimistic about. Challenges such as long sales cycles, the number of stakeholders, and a lack of differentiated products are all […]
The buzz around FinTech has never been stronger than now. But among the dizzying reports of growth, innovation and funding, that question that isn’t getting raised is — Can there be more such Motifs that can use data innovatively to eradicate the multi-headed monster called ‘Financial Exclusion’?
As a Seed Fund, we come across at least 3–5 new fintech startups every week. Undoubtedly, few of them have path-breaking ideas with true potential for disruption but most of them are me-too companies boasting of swanky tech platforms with very little innovation.
The “base of the economic pyramid” or “BoP” has almost been romanticized in what it represents, both for social change and as a customer base offering a huge business opportunity.
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” — Sydney J Harris The not-so-breaking news: Education, we all know, has the power to change the world. The market size of online education in India is expected to cross $40 billion by 2017. As new government initiatives are being launched and new edu-tech […]
“Listen, if you’re going to perform inception you need imagination.”— Eames, Inception It’s a tough world out there for an entrepreneur, no matter how steadfast and determined one may be. Incubators and accelerators are rising to become key players in the ecosystem that help entrepreneurs develop strong, fundable startups, but even incubators and accelerators need […]
A data-driven snapshot with helpful analysis, informed by some of the most successful incubation and acceleration programs across 5 continents. San Francisco, CA, at SOCAP, October 6, 2015 – Unitus Seed Fund explored the fundamental drivers of success for some of the best known incubators and accelerators around the world in its recent publication. In […]