Idea Validation in Indian startups

Trying new ways at making ideas into startups and into viable businesses.

Times of India reports that Shabaz Ahmed has attended over 40 hackathons and won at least 13 of them. But the hackathon that happened in January 2015 was going to be life changing. After the usual idea pitch, the Science Inc team loved it. Ahmed's hackathon 'idea' was chosen to become a 'product'. Ahmed's app 'Simply' helps users keep track of their prepaid mobile spending. Science Inc, which is run by Michael Jones, the former CEO of Myspace, has set up a base in Bengaluru so as to extend their US incubator model which rapidly builds on ideas and brings out a product. Science India is among one of the few new-age incubators or 'startup foundries' in the country.

Instead of only providing mentorship or infrastructure assistance, like the traditional incubators or accelerators, these setups become co-founders in a venture and provide help to the entrepreneurs in idea validation, building a team, branding, technology, marketing, legal, finance and also in raising further funds. Simply is now a complete product, in less than eight months, and has already crossed 10,000 downloads and is preparing for its Series-A raising.


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