Shiprocket partners with Invest India to build D2C 2.0
Rocketfuel D2C Accelerator X Startup India Initiative at Invest India invites new-age D2C startups to apply for 3-month programme
Startup India Initiative at Invest India, the guiding vision maker for India's entrepreneurship ecosystem, has partnered with Shiprocket, India's latest unicorn and leading e-commerce enabler, to build D2C 2.0 together, backing the next generation of consumer products built by founders from across the country. The programme will help accelerate D2C and e-commerce startups who have delivered early success and on-ground impact with products built in India.
D2C startups can apply for the Rocketfuel D2C Accelerator hosted exclusively on the Startup India portal. Shiprocket will be offering ₹1 lakh in cash grants to each of the shortlisted startups, in addition to the ₹50,000 provided in shipping credits on an immediate basis and provide an opportunity to get investments up to ₹50 lakh from Shiprocket and its fund partners.
During the three-month accelerator program, Shiprocket will support the D2C startups with top-tier privileges for logistics and e-commerce services, providing shipping credits that can be used on its platform. Additionally, startups will gain access to D2C Verse, a pan-India D2C community of key startups and investors and receive one-on-one mentorship from the leading minds of the industry.
Saahil Goel, Co-Founder and CEO of Shiprocket, said, "Startup India is one of the largest platforms for startups and entrepreneurs in India. With their support, Shiprocket can further propel the growth of early-stage D2C and e-commerce startups across the length and breadth of all emerging markets in India. Our aim is to create a support system that caters to not just the monetary requirements of companies but one that encompasses all aspects of the business. This collaboration with Startup India is one step towards achieving that goal."
Deepak Bagla, MD and CEO, Invest India, said: "The excellence of Indian ingenuity has been at the forefront who are developing impactful frugal solutions as India's strength. As we move towards Atmanirbhar Bharat, it becomes imperative to ensure that India builds on these strengths, and this challenge will help D2C founders to distribute their impactful products in more and more households across the country."
Applications for the program are open till September 15, 2022, and the results will be declared on September 28, 2022.