Preparing To Apply
Not at all – GroTog is a Talent Investor which means we invest in you before you have a co-founder or incorporated company. We choose people based on their potential and their desire to make an impact, and our team spends hundreds of hours screening individuals to give you the best shot at finding the right cofounder. If you do have a cofounder or team already we ask that each of you apply individually outlining your team status.
Yes, just apply twice, with one idea per application.
Yes, you can, as long as the new scope is agreed upon by all stakeholders.
No – you don’t need an idea to apply to GroTog. Insights, strong convictions and beliefs about the future are encouraged, though. If you do have an idea, that’s great, but its strength and weaknesses won’t affect how we assess your application. We care most about the size of your ambition.
We do our best to select diversified ideas during each cycle, but if this scenario happens or if any team changes the scope during the cycle, we will always look for ways of cooperation between the concerned teams rather than pitting them against each other. This should be easy, especially since there is no way any two ideas can be that identical in the world of technology.
Yes, approximately 20% of our batch is non-technical. If you don’t come from a technical background but have strong beliefs formed from working in industry we’d welcome an application from you. Some of our most successful companies have been built by cofounders with a combination of technical and domain expertise. Again, we care most about the size of your ambition.
Absolutely – we’re strong believers that technically-skilled individuals can make some of the best founders. The GroTog team will work with you to help you understand customer development, validate your idea and figure out the go to market strategy. We’ll help you develop core founder skills every step of the way. You can view the backgrounds of some of our technical founder alumni.
You are still eligible to apply if you have taken a very small amount of investment or been awarded a grant. However, depending on the arrangement, it does sometimes prevent us from being able to invest in your company and therefore prevent us from offering you a place. We deal with these situations on a case-by-case basis and you should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We recommend that you apply to the batch located nearest to you, or where you have an existing connection, as relocation can be difficult, but ultimately it should be determined by what makes the most sense for your business.
Yes – GroTog is based in Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi (whichever is closest to you). People we select relocate to join us from all over the world. We offer support to help you apply for an accommodation if required and to help you settle into the regions. There’s no commitment to stay in any of those locations after the program, though most of our alumni do.
No. Building a successful company requires full-time commitment from day 1 and is almost impossible to do if you’re simultaneously working on something else. We fund you in order to enable everyone to be able to focus on GroTog without the need to work elsewhere.
Many people considering joining GroTog attend our invitation-only events. If we make you an offer to join we’ll invite you to a batch meetup and give you a login to your batch dashboard loaded with everyone’s searchable profiles. We take batch composition seriously – every offer is made based on degrees of likelihood that you’ll meet a suitable cofounder, if needed.
No – at this point we do not allow deferrals. There are two reasons for this; one is that each batch is carefully composed based on the backgrounds and skills of the strongest applicants meet during the selection cycle for a batch – this means we can optimise for strong cofounder combinations. The second is that we believe in urgency and not delaying building the company you believe should exist. You can read more about our thoughts on the opportunity cost involved in not starting now.
Working On The Programme
No – we don’t tell you what to work on or give you ideas. We’ll facilitate team-building and ideation and have several frameworks and tools to help you reach the strongest founder-idea fit. We’re most interested in building companies which are technically defensible and can become globally significant
On our Launch programme you will have a VP check in once a week. Prior to that, on our Form programme you’ll have a check in weekly with someone from the Form team or an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR). These check ins are a critical part of your development throughout GroTog.
The company you create does. GroTog does not own any IP that belongs to your company, and does not take a proportion of your profits. If you have further questions about IP or a current project you’re working on please contact us at email@example.com.
Yes – we have co-working spaces in each of our three locations, which are accessible 24/7 to batch members. The buildings have wifi, coffee and tea facilities and events space.
No – we invest based on talent not sector, so we’re technology and sector agnostic. We’re most excited by applications of new and emerging technologies applied to hard or underserved problems.
You will gain invaluable founder experience which will equip you with many transferable skills for whatever you choose to do next. Many of our alumni join existing GroTog portfolio companies and we help with introductions. Some return to academia, others to industry. We will work with you to help you figure out what the best next steps might look like and support you along the way. Regardless of what you choose to do you will always be part of the GroTog community – and perhaps even re-apply to join a later batch, as many have done. There is also no need to give the stipend back – that is yours to keep.
No, though many companies choose to stay in these locations. For any company the most important thing is to be close to its customers and sometimes this means relocating to where these customers are. We are coming up with more locations in the US, South Africa, Australia, UAE and China as well as many other locations.
Absolutely – we can share with you a list of roles our companies are hiring for and make introductions where appropriate. Some GroTog alumni first worked for our portfolio companies before joining the programme. It’s a great way to gain experience of working in a startup and engage with the GroTog community. There are hundreds of roles open in our portfolio companies.
It usually takes few weeks to process every application and contact you for an interview. If you think it has been taking too long, or something may have gone wrong, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (based on location you are applying to) to ensure that everything is in order.
If you’ve yet to graduate but are thinking about building a company once you leave university we’d still like to hear from you. We have a number of ways of getting involved with the GroTog community before you’re ready to join. You can get in touch with us regarding becoming one of our Student Partners on campus at email@example.com