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Bala Girisaballa becomes the New CEO-in-Residence for Microsoft Accelerator in India

Ravi Narayan

Microsoft Accelerator in India announces strategic revamp to its leadership team by appointing Bala Girisaballa as its new CEO-in-Residence. Bala took charge of the Accelerator’s India operations, with effect from August 1, 2016.

On the heels, Microsoft also preferred existing Ravi Narayan, Director, to the role of Global Director at Microsoft Accelerator.

To its new role, Bala will lead the Accelerator’s efforts to help market-ready startups and entrepreneurs to scale up and become successful businesses through the technology enablement, global go-to-market efforts and deep business advisory in the form of Hi-Po and Scale-Up programs.

Prior to this, Bala was with Zinnov as Partner & Practice Head helping MNC R&D companies.

Ravi Narayan, in his new role as Global Director, will help Microsoft Accelerator in eight locations around the world to become market-ready, focused and accelerate these startups that have or will raise institutional funding from VCs. He will also focus on scaling the startup acceleration model through global partners.

Early last year, Microsoft Accelerator in India redesigned their programs to cater to market-ready startups. Since then, it has graduated three cohorts which include startups like iBot, CustomerXPs, Altizon, CloudCherry and Reverie Technologies. It has also formed partnerships with Temasek, TCS, Citi, Reliance Industries and other Multinational Corporates under its corporate engagement program CoInnovate, to help the startups in their go-to-market efforts and global expansion.

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