Cloud tech shines as NetApp’s 7th startup cohort graduates


Bengaluru: Data management and hybrid cloud services provider NetApp on Wednesday announced the completion of the seventh demo day of the company’s flagship startup accelerator programme, NetApp Excellerator. The seven graduating startups – BlinkIn, Litmus Automation, CloudHedge, SynctacticAI, BrainSightAI, Arintra, and Sn126 – have the potential to disrupt fields such as clinical AI, mental health, data management, edge computing and remote customer service.
The demo day offered the seven graduating startups the opportunity to showcase their solutions to investors, customers, venture capitalists and industry leaders.
Arintra and BrainSightAI are healthcare startups. Arintra is an intelligent medical assistant that helps reduce overload on clinical providers. BrainSightAI is building a SaaS platform to bring the power of advanced imaging and AI to clinicians and patients to help ensure better brain health.
Some of the graduating startups are developing enterprise software. SynctacticAI’s smart data science platform extracts insights from structured and unstructured data for verticals like fintech and retail. CloudHedge uses AI and ML, coupled with DevOps and cloud, to achieve enterprise-wide IT automation.
Ravi Chhabria, MD, NetApp India, told TOI that the focus on data-driven innovation is only accelerating. “We not only clearly see it in the healthcare startups, but we also see it in some of the infrastructure startups that are actually enabling this whole multi-cloud infrastructure that NetApp is at the core of. With access to our technology and business experience in hybrid cloud data management, the startups are better prepared to create a robust homegrown technology ecosystem,” he said.
Madhurima Agarwal, leader, NetApp Excellerator and director of engineering programs, NetApp, said: “After the success of a completely virtual programme for the last cohort, we rode on the momentum for this batch as well. This has enabled participation from four international startups, which has further validated the global outlook of the program.”
Registration for the eighth cohort is now open for a 4-month program that offers a fully paid PoC (proof of concept), or an equity-free grant of $15,000. B2B technology startups with products in the areas of cloud, AI, IoT, DevOps, Kubernetes, and data management can apply.


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