Subhash Chandra Foundation aims to scale the start up and incubator ecosystem by embracing new ideas.

Esselerator is an initiative to give entrepreneurs an environment to discover the power of their ideas. Early and growth stage startups to benefit from the programme as they will receive knowledge & guidance from the best in the industry and Essel group. Esselerator is powered by TiE Mumbai, an organization whose sole purpose is to help entrepreneurs.


Let's fuel ideas to think beyond.

A 12-week intensive programme to help fuel early and growth stage start-ups.

Step 1:


Once you -submit your application, we will shortlist start-ups that match our parameters.

Step 2:


After a round of personal interviews, upto 10 start-ups will be selected.

Step 3:


An exclusive collaborative cohort will be designed for each start-up.

Step 4:


Access to Essel Group’s reach, expertise, technology and personalised approach.

Step 5:

Proof of concept

An expert committee will prepare you for the demo day.

Step 6:


An opportunity to showcase your product/solution to an investment panel

Focus Areas


Products/Solutions that can make an impact on the fast evolving world of media & entertainment.


Technology based start-ups for a real-world problem in the media technology space can apply.


Solutions that will help break down some of the obstacles, and complexities of the education industry.


Start-ups with IoT, AI, ML, Cognitive Computing, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Blockchain concepts for Media and Education can also apply.


We are looking for solutions that fundamentally change how we do business. It can relate to innovations such as blockchain and other technologies.


Every start-up is unique and has the ability to create sectors on its own. Calling all start-ups who cant be defined by a particular sector.


Mentors to help fuel your ideas.

Amit Goenka

Chief Mentor of Esselerator & CEO

Mihir Modi

Chief Business Officer

Sidharth Balakrishna

Group Strategy, Essel Group

Punit Misra

CEO - Domastic Broadcast Business

Anand Desai

Managing Partner, DSK Legal | President, TiE Mumbai

Ankit Goel

Founder, Manotr

Ashok Agarwal

Whole Time Director & CEO ( New Businesses) -Essel Infra

Chamli Tennakoon

Vice President & Chief Digital Officer

Rohit Paranjpe

Director - Strategy, Technology & Media at Digitainment

Sanjay Mehta

Angel & PE Investor Director CORE Media, Investor in Cryptocurrencies, Board member TiE Mumbai

Prathyusha Agarwal

Chief Marketing Officer, ZEEL

Rajesh Kachroo

Business Head - Education Vertical

Manish Aggarwal

Chief Marketing Officer

Mukund Galgali

Executive Vice President & Finance Controller

Rohit Chadda

Founder @ PayLo, Co-founder @ foodpanda, Fortune 40 under 40

Shaurya Mehta

Chief Operating Officer – Living Foodz.

Siddharth Narula

Chief Revenue Officer – Digital ZEEL

Applications now open for Cohort 2

Deadline for application: 7 June,2018

SACH Impact

The foundation aims to launch SACH Impact program with an objective to equip promising social enterprises with the necessary mentorship, knowledge networks, technology, market access for pilots, financial support and more, to take their solutions to the next level and prepare them to scale for social good. Through this program, the foundation aims to achieve its core objective of supporting social entrepreneurship and social change makers to bring smart, effective & innovative solution to solve India’s biggest challenges.