NetApp Excellerator Panel Discussing India’s Start-Up Ecosystem

Last Thursday marked graduation day for the six start-ups from the second cohort of the NetApp Excellerator Program. As part of their graduation, the six start-ups who were selected for the program, ArchSaber, SigTuple, Nanobi, BlobCity, Anlyz, and DataKen, came together to pitch their start-ups to a host of attendees, including venture capitalists, NetApp executives and other prominent industry leaders.


The six start-ups who participated in the second cohort were carefully selected from over 450 applications, and our mentors and in-house technology experts took great care in creating custom programs for each of them.


Our six start-ups found some early successes as part of the NetApp Excellerator Program. SigTuple received funding, Anlyz and BlobCity initiated multiple proof-of-concept projects, and our other start-ups had some big customer wins as well.


By the end of the program, each of our start-ups had fine-tuned their approach, products, target markets and cloud strategy based upon our recommendations. BlogCity, SigTuple, and Naobi also become strategic alliance partners with NetApp, which will allow them to co-create solutions and bring them to market.


The event also included an interesting fireside chat between Deepak Visweswaraiah, Sr. Vice President at NetApp, and Rajesh Raju, Managing Director at Kalaari Capital regarding the advent of B2B startups and investing in tech. This was followed by 6 high octane startup pitches, judged by a panel of internal and external jury members. Following that was a panel discussion about learnings from India Startup Ecosystem that was moderated by Pari Natarajan, CEO of Zinnov, featuring Sheila Rohra, Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at NetApp, Sampad Swain, Founder of InstaMojo, and Brij Bhasin of Rebright Partners.


Just last month, the NetApp Excellerator Program was awarded the Best Corporate Start-Up Accelerator Program Award at the Zinnov Confluence 2018 event.


We will officially be accepting applications starting immediately for the third cohort till August 5th. Start-ups working in areas such as IoT, cloud, big data and analytics, machine learning, virtualization, data security, storage, data management, and other areas are encouraged to apply.

About the NetApp Excellerator Program

The NetApp Excellerator Program helps start-ups create innovative market-ready products and solutions. For more information about the program or to apply, visit or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NetAppExcellerator.

Ajeya Motaganahalli

Ajeya Motaganahalli works as the Director for Engineering Programs, Strategy and Business Operations with NetApp with global responsibility for driving NetApp’s manageability product releases. Other responsibilities include formulation of strategy, management of business operations and program management functions. Ajeya is additionally, responsible for NetApp’s Bangalore site governance and has recently over leadership responsibilities for NetApp’s Startup Accelerator called NetApp Excellerator –

Ajeya is a well rounded engineering leader with 17 years of experience in software product development in data management as well as network management. Ajeya is responsible for leading several complex innovative product releases to help NetApp realize the vision of the Data Fabric and win in the cloud. Ajeya holds a B.Tech degree from Bangalore University and has worked both in the US as well as in India with renowned MNCs such as EMC and Infosys-Finacle and Caritor (NTT Data) prior to joining NetApp.

In this era of digital transformation, Ajeya aspires to provide leadership in transforming product strategy and execution by providing high quality engineering inputs to gain top quality outcomes. Ajeya is passionate about giving back to the ecosystem by nurturing innovation through helping and enabling start-ups and building future leaders.