Microsoft Appoints Bala Girisaballa To Head Its Accelerator Program

Bala-Girisaballa-MicrosoftMicrosoft Tuesday appointed Bala Girisaballa as CEO-In-Residence to head its Accelerator program in India with effect from  August 1, 2016. Prior to this, Bala was with Zinnov as Partner & Practice head helping MNC R&D companies.

Bala will lead the Accelerator’s efforts to help market-ready startups and entrepreneurs to scale up and become successful businesses through technology enablement, global go-to-market efforts and deep business advisory in the form of Hi-Po and Scale-Up programs.

The Microsoft Accelerataor has already 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

Microsoft also announced that Ravi Narayan, the current Director of the Accelerator program will now assume the role of Global Director.

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 helped startups like iBot, CustomerXPs, Altizon, CloudCherry and Reverie Technologies.

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