Uber Launches uberEXCHANGE, A Startup Mentorship Program



Uber, the global leader in Taxi aggregation & booking space today announced launch of uberEXCHANGE, a program that will help Indian Startups get off the ground. The program aims at not only providing mentorship, but also introduce selected startups to investors and successful entrepreneurs from across the world.

This program is conducted in partnership with Invest India, a Government of India initiative that aims at increasing foreign investment in India.

Under the uberExchange program, series of six leadership talks will be conducted by senior Uber executives, including from our headquarters in San Francisco.  Each session will address a different challenge that entrepreneurs face when founding their own company.  For example, fundraising, product design, engineering and how to scale a business.

Travis Kalanick, Co-Founder and CEO of Uber will also be one of the senior Uber executives who will be giving a leadership talk.

At the end of the program, Uber will fly 10 startups to San Francisco, where they will introduce startups to global investors, fellow entrepreneurs and the team at Uber.

uberEXCHANGE is interestingly a public-private initiative that aims at enabling students, entrepreneurs and industry leaders to learn from each other. In a press release sent to us, Uber has said that the program was also launched to support Prime Minister’s vision to make India a global startup hub.

Speaking about the partnership, Travis Kalanick said:  “Today more and more people aspire to be entrepreneurs and build something themselves.  It’s why Prime Minister Modi’s start-up India initiative is so important–and why we’re excited to share our experience with hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs as they begin their journey.”

Amitabh Kant, Secretary, DIPP said, “This unique mentorship program will be immensely valuable to Indian entrepreneurs and I am excited about the exchange of knowledge and ideas between the startup cultures in India and the Silicon Valley.  This is just one step towards stronger ties with the international startup community, and the possibilities are limitless.”

If you are a startup and would like to attend this series, fill up this online form.  Uber will then select the startups and provide more information on how startups can attend this program.

For Indian startups and entrepreneurs, it is definitely a great opportunity to learn and at the same time expose their startups to Global investor community!

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