Unlocking scale up opportunities for D2C startups!


About the Program

An immersive 12-week growth accelerator tailored to support early-stage, high-potential direct-to-consumer (D2C) startups in their journey towards scaling and building a recognisable brand.

This comprehensive program offers participants the necessary platform with mentorship from stalwarts in the D2C space,networking opportunities, tech tools  and avenues to secure funding, all aimed at fostering sustainable business expansion and success.

Why D2C Blaze?

An outcome-focused, curated program prioritizing experimentation over theory, driving tangible results throughout its duration.

Access to Headstart Booster up to Rs. 5 Crores from top companies like - Zoho, Razorpay, Notion, Canva and many more

Access to Netcore credits up to $30,000

Access to domain experts from successful startups, or corporations in different sectors of the D2C domain. 

Access to Top Investment Professionals to get funded / increase the probability of investment.

Connection with Top Players in the D2C ecosystem to establish critical partnerships - for shipping, e-commerce / marketplace, banking, payment, and many more.

Sectors / Themes

Food & Beverages

Beauty & Personal Care

Health & Wellness

Consumer Electronics

Home Decor

Fashion Apparels

And More...



August 28

Launch of the Program


Aug 28 - Sep 20

Outreach Phase


Sep 20 - Sep 29

Selection of the Top 30 D2C Startups


September 30th

Showcasing the Cohort at HSX'23 (Annual Summit)


Oct - Dec

Accelerator Program


January 6, 2024

Demo Day / Grand Finale

Meet our mentors

Zoeb  Ali Khan

Zoeb Ali Khan

Sauce VC

Ajrun Vaidya

Ajrun Vaidya

V3 Ventures

Sanil Sachar

Sanil Sachar


Sanmaya Biswal

Sanmaya Biswal


Deepak Krishnan

Deepak Krishnan


Avadhoot Revankar

Avadhoot Revankar

Netcore Cloud

Sudhaamshu M

Sudhaamshu M

Netcore Cloud

Amit Mehndiratta

Amit Mehndiratta

The Good Glamm Group

Ritu Mittal

Ritu Mittal

Community & Growth Strategist

Deepanath Chinnathambi

Deepanath Chinnathambi

Nykaa Fashion



Headstart Network Foundation, has been supporting early stage startups for over 16 years and presence in over 30 Indian cities looks forward to supporting Netcore in managing and executing the accelerator program. With years of experience in enabling the startup ecosystem, Headstart has deep roots within the startup community: a strong 150+ volunteer network, 20+ chapters across India and 3 international chapters, a solid working relationship with the Government, corporates, investors and incubators in India and abroad.


Netcore Cloud is an AI powered engagement and experience platform that helps E-commerce/D2C brands grow revenues and become profitable. Making successful strides for 25 years, Netcore Cloud today powers experiences for 1000+ Ecommerce brands and serves over 6500+ clients spread across 40+ countries. It also manages 75bn messages every month across channels like email, whatsapp, app notifications, sms and many others. Global brands like Crocs, Pepe jeans, Nykaa, Plumgoodness, Woodland, McDonald's trust Netcore Cloud to improve retention and conversion. We proudly call ourselves a Proficon = Profitable + Bootstrapped startup.


AIC-Nalanda Institute of Technology Foundation is a Technology Business Incubator supported by Atal Innovation Mission, a flagship initiative set up by the NITI Aayog, Government of India to promote innovation and entrepreneurship across the nation. AIC-Nalanda has extensive in-house resources and academic-industry collaborations to develop applications and plans that best suit our incubatee need, budget, value, and plan.

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