Mi­crosoft ap­points Bala Giris­a­balla as CEO-in-Res­i­dence

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US tech gi­ant Mi­crosoft an­nounced that Bala Giris­a­balla will be lead­ing Mi­crosoft Ac­cel­er­a­tor in In­dia as CEO-in-Res­i­dence.

He took charge of the Ac­cel­er­a­tor’s In­dia op­er­a­tions, with ef­fect from Au­gust 1, 2016. Mi­crosoft also an­nounced that Ravi Narayan, Director, will now as­sume the role of Global Director at Mi­crosoft Ac­cel­er­a­tor.

Bala Giris­a­balla will lead the Ac­cel­er­a­tor’s ef­forts to help mar­ket-ready star­tups and en­trepreneurs to scale up and be­come suc­cess­ful busi­nesses through the tech­nol­ogy en­able­ment, global go-to-mar­ket ef­forts and deep busi­ness ad­vi­sory in the form of Hi-Po and Scale-Up pro­grams. Prior to this, he was with Zin­nov as Part­ner & Prac­tice Head help­ing MNC R&D com­pa­nies.

Ravi Narayan, in his new role as Global Director, will help Mi­crosoft Ac­cel­er­a­tor in eight lo­ca­tions around the world to be­come mar­ket-ready, fo­cused and ac­cel­er­ate these star­tups that have or will raise in­sti­tu­tional fund­ing from VCs. He will also fo­cus on scal­ing the startup ac­cel­er­a­tion model through global part­ners.

Early last year, Mi­crosoft Ac­cel­er­a­tor in In­dia re­designed their pro­grams to cater to mar­ket-ready star­tups. Since then, it has grad­u­ated three co­horts which in­clude star­tups like iBot, Cus­tomerXPs, Al­ti­zon, CloudCherry and Reverie Tech­nolo­gies. It has also formed part­ner­ships with Te­masek, TCS, Citi, Re­liance In­dus­tries and other Multi­na­tional Cor­po­rates un­der its cor­po­rate en­gage­ment pro­gram #CoIn­no­vate, to help the star­tups in their go-to-mar­ket ef­forts and global ex­pan­sion.

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