Netsmartz has spearheaded the creation of the Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce (SACC) with the CEO, Manipal Dhariwal, serving as the Chapter President. SACC is a group of like-minded, selfless entrepreneurs and professionals committed to developing the Startup eco-system in Punjab and Chandigarh, thus encouraging entrepreneurship and creating jobs in the region.
Headquartered in Chandigarh, India, SACC is a non-profit organization that has a strong footprint in Punjab through its vibrant and highly networked community of established entrepreneurs, mentors, professionals, and students. SACC organizes boot camps for awareness, Startup Weekends for budding entrepreneurs, online startup education ,and active mentoring for startups, along with facilitating physical space for startups in the form of incubators like Startup in a Box.
SACC is a regional partner of Up Global, a non-profit organization in the US that holds Startup Weekends in more than 116 countries. Up Global is supported by Google Entrepreneurs and has helped thousands of aspiring innovators on their journey.
SACC regularly holds workshops to guide and mentor the audience on entrepreneurship. Budding entrepreneurs are able to see what’s involved in creating a business and can join SACC to promote their ideas and vision.
SACC provides free, highly relevant content on how to build, market and ,run a business through the online SACC University and social networks.
SACC runs a 54-hour, world-renowned program designed for business idea creation, which helps identify bright ideas and aspiring entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of creating business plans and pitching ideas. Startup weekends have been held in Chandigarh, Dehradun, Landran ,and Tangori.
This 3000 square foot plug and play space were created for new start-ups to use on a month to month basis for a nominal fee. They have access to expert mentoring, a motivating work environment, an Internet connection, conference room, Startup Library ,and more.
SACC's initiative with SACC's investment channels and angel network guides aspiring entrepreneurs on how to promote their ideas to gain funding. SACC helps scrutinize the business plan and helps put startups in touch with potential investors.
SACC encourages women entrepreneurs in countless ways and includes a special team within SACC to help women learn to overcome certain stereotypes that still exist, even in today’s world.