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GSF M-Accelerator first batch: Joolz, PocketAd, TalkMore, Magictap, Playselfie and more


Rajesh Sawhney’s GSF Accelerator, which had said last year that it would launch a mobile accelerator program dubbed the GSF M-Accelerator this year, did so last month. The accelerator has selected 8 startup from over 500 applications to incubate in its program. The selected startups will be mentored and coached starting with 7 weeks in India, followed by 4 weeks in SF, 1 week in Germany and 1 week in Singapore. The selected startups include:

joolzJoolz is an app based virtual mobile jewelry store. The platform works like Tinder, where users can like and dislike various jewellery. The app claims to offers discounts on various brands, free shipping, 30 days return and cash on delivery. Jewellery featured includes earrings, necklaces, pendants, bangles and pins in gold, silver and diamond.

pocketadPocketAd is an app-based social network for casual games. The platform provides its users with a handful of new games each week which can be played without downloading. Users can share the game with their friends via a link. The app also claims to give users real money for games they play. It currently counts the Cubix, vangoo, trulymadly, Quikr, Dollar, Woodland, Blue Heaven and Anmol as its clients.

talkmoreTalkMore is an Android app that suggests users the which mobile data plan is best for them. The app looks through user’s messages, calls and mobile data usage to estimate future usage and recommend a mobile plan. The platform currently supports Airtel, Idea, Reliance, BSNL and Vodafone. The app claims to run entirely locally and record no private information

magictapMagictap is a cloud based IOT platform that makes various tools and services that are required to build mobile apps. It offers solutions like secured registrations, cashless payment transactions, ticket fulfillment, NFC posters, smart movie trailers and social media activations for concerts, events, marathons, product launches, theme parks, reducing ticketing queues and counterfeit ticketing. The platform provides clients with insights such as age, gender, education and spending. It enables these features via smartphone based NFC, bluetooth, wifi and RFID.

newsbytes– NewsBytes is an app that aims to reduce the overload and instead provide readers with curated news. It provides users with contextual news and instead of lengthy articles, it only features timelines.

playselfiePlayselfie is an app that lets users take selfies and share them. Users can also customize a ‘selfie’ feed, which displays selfies of people from around the world. The platform lets users use a burst camera mode to take a series of selfies in one go. Pictures can be pinned up on a ‘board’ and shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp as a collage.

rentongoRentongo is a rental information website for various products like freezers, kitchen appliances, air conditioners, air coolers, beds, chairs, sofas, camping tents, rain ponchos, sleeping bags, bicycles, scooters and motorcycles. The platform is currently present in Bangalore, Delhi/NCR, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai. Users can also list their own items for rental, as individuals or as a business.

townistaTownista is a local events, restaurants, places, concerts and food joints discovery platform. This includes food festivals, new restaurants, live music, alcohol tasting, concerts, magicians, street shows, book signing, comedy shows, city exploration, unique shops, museums, forts, tours, hiking, night treks, rock climbing, rifle shooting, archery, volunteer initiatives, Bollywood promotions etc. Events can be sorted based on keyword, category, location and date. Payments for events can be made via the app as well. As of now, Townista is present only in Bangalore.

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