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Application

Who can apply?

We're looking for technology-focused startups (India or globally based) with an MVP along with a growing customer base currently innovating in payments, lending (Consumer + SME), Trade Finance & Forex solutions, Wealth Management, Reg-Tech, Fin Education and other areas of the financial services industry.

Can I apply if I'm not in India?

Yes. But, program requires onsite interventions in Mumbai over 3 weeks spread out during the cohort period. So, you will need to be able to travel as necessary.

Can I apply if I'm already funded by any other organization?

Yes, all startups with an MVP along with a growing customer base are encouraged to apply. YES FINTECH Accelerator program provides an opportunity for startups to scale-up with speed in different aspects such as Strategy, Business Plan, Design, Operations, Marketing, Technology and Sales.

Does my company need to have a website to apply

No. However, it does help in the evaluation of your company

Do I need to submit a business plan?

No. Just fill in the fields in the Application Form

How does the Application process work?

a) Startups can fill in the Application Form online where you can let us know about your team, product and the market currently operating in. All the questions are targeted to understand the startup in totality
b) Shortlisted startups will be invited for in-person presentation in Mumbai.
c) Post this, final selection of startups for the cohort is announced.

Do you have a preference for the stage of companies you bring into the YES FINTECH Accelerator Program

We're looking for technology-focused startups (India or globally based) with an MVP along with a growing customer base. You may also have first few clients in your portfolio

When do I apply? What is the overall timeline?

Please visit our Program Structure and Key Dates to know more details on the timelines for various initiative

When can I expect a response after filling the application

We will reach out to you should you be shortlisted. Please visit our Program Timelines Infographic for important dates for various initiatives

What is the evaluation criteria to compare my startup vis-A-vis others?

YES FINTECH Accelerator program is looking for startups that possess -
a) Innovative product/ technology solution capable of disrupting traditional banking
b) A Scalable product with a sustainable design/ architecture
c) Long-term viability of the product
d) Team's technical & business expertise
e) Passionate team: Background of Founders & their vision for the startup

Program Details

Why Does YES BANK Have an accelerator program for startups

Since inception, YES BANK has been at the forefront of technology innovation and endeavors to continue its focus on delivering world class banking services to its institutional and retail clients through best-in-class technology.
YES BANK, has adopted a unique - Alliances, Relationships & Technology (ART) approach to Digitized Banking to Deepen Mindshare and Grow Marketshare among its consumer base. In today's dynamic and ever changing financial landscape, YES BANK realizes that all Innovation cannot come from within the Bank.

Furthering the ART ecosystem, YES Bank has established a Fintech focused Business Accelerator program - YES FINTECH, which will provide a fillip to the ART model by creating a platform for the bank and Fintech startups to interact besides partnering to create innovative solutions for financialservices industry.

What is duration and structure of the cohort?

YES FINTECH ACCELERATOR program will be launched on March 13, 2017 and the cohort is expected to run for 14 weeks. The Accelerator is a non-residential program with 3 onsite intervention weeks - 2 in Mumbai.During these onsite sessions, you'll be surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs, and will be frequented by mentors, investors, YES BANK'S senior management and technical experts. This will give you an excellent opportunity to build strong working relationships, learn from others' experiences and share your own.

Is there an equity stake component or cash grant involved?

No equity or cash grant is involved for you to participate in the Accelerator program. Should your business require equity funding, YES FINTECH will facilitate the same through our partner Anthill Ventures.
YES FINTECH ACCELERATOR program provides an opportunity for startups to scale-up with speed in different aspects such as Design, Operations, Marketing, Technology and Sales. If your product scales-up well in the 15-week Accelerator program, you stand a chance to grab a Commercial Contract with the Bank.

What are the unique aspects of the YES FINTECH program

YES FINTECH Advantages

1. Test & Validate
Opportunity to test and validate solutions: Test your solutions by accessing our 200+ APIs and validate it via CUG testing with our 2 million+ retail and 10,000+ corporate customers

2. Focused Mentorship
Continued engagement with industry experts and 3 week onsite intervention from global mentors. The detailed mentorship plan can be accessed here

3. Access to India Market
Enterprise customer in YES BANK and joint go to market to YES BANK and PwC's customer database to scale up your business and build a robust network of 15,000+ corporate and 2 million+ retail customers

4. Global Market Access
Take your solution to the top 20 global fintech markets through our ecosystem and accelerator partners and our cohort

5. Funding
Zero upfront equity Commitment , but funding access of USD 1 million+ through our VC Partners Anthill Ventures and Marvelstone Capital

6. Community Outreach and Access
Create, share, exchange ideas and fine-tune your solution with global FINTECH community through LTP. LTP, the world's number 1 FinTech insights platform will offer outreach and visibility to startups across the widest and deepest network of players in fintech and traditional finance in the world. MEDICI will offer access to global FIs, angel investors, FinTech VCs and sector focused advice on your product and business

Is there an equity stake component or cash grant involved?

No. You need to arrange for your accommodation/travel for all onsite intervention sessions.

Does YES BANK offer working space during for the startups in the program

SalThe YES FINTECH program through its space partner - AWFIS will provide access to its co-working spaces in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad at highly discounted rateses

Can participating startups work with multiple business units at YES BANK?

Yes, startups may have the opportunity of working with multiple business units during the cohort.

Legal

Do startups need to sign any Terms & Conditions for participation?

Yes. Your online application requires you to accept YES FINTECH ACCELERATOR program's Terms and Conditions. Additionally, startups finally selected will enter into a mutually agreed contract with YES BANK.

Do I need to share the IP?

We suggest you only share non-confidential information. You will retain ownership of all protected IP included in your application. We want to evaluate how your idea will mutually benefit our interests.

Yes Fintech Autumn Cohort Application

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