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Airtel launches program to support startups

Airtel also announced the induction of Bengaluru based tech startup Vahan into its Startup Accelerator Program.

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Updated: Oct 25, 2019, 11.45 AM IST
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In pic: Madhav Krishna, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vahan with Adarsh Nair, Chief Product Officer, Airtel.
NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of its Startup Accelerator Program to support growth of early stage Indian tech startups. With the advent of its Start-up Accelerator Program, Airtel aims to support the creation of a startup ecosystem that contributes to “Digital India”.

Through Airtel’s Startup Accelerator, early startups get access to its online and offline distribution network. Airtel also announced the induction of Bengaluru based tech startup Vahan into its Startup Accelerator Program. The company will acquire a stake in Vahan and partner with them to achieve their vision of enabling jobs for the next billion internet users.

Founded in 2016 and backed by YCombinator and Khosla Ventures, Vahan leverages advanced Artificial Intelligence to match job seekers with employers inside messaging apps such as Whatsapp. It is focused on finding blue collar jobs for millions of young Indians in Delivery, Driving, Retail, BFSI, BPO and Hospitality sectors with companies such as Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo as clients.

In a statement, Adarsh Nair, Chief Product Officer, Bharti Airtel said, “Early stage startups in India face multiple challenges in scaling up. With this program we have the potential to drive accelerated growth of emerging startups that are solving hard problems.”

Madhav Krishna, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vahan, in a statement said, “Most blue-collar job seekers are unaware of the opportunities that exist in the market, especially new-age on-demand jobs. Airtel’s distribution channels will help us reach the depths of the country and in turn, help them take control of their economic destiny.”

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