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Facebook announces partnership with NASSCOM

Mumbai, 15-October, 2015: Facebook announced its partnership with  NASSCOM’s 10,000 start-ups initiative. This initiative by the country’s premier IT body is an attempt to scale up start-up ecosystem in India by 10x.

Under this partnership, Facebook and NASSCOM will be launching a new program for developers and students called ‘Leaders Building for the Next Billion’. The program will help developers and students who are building large-scale innovative apps and mobile websites for new-to-internet users by providing them with technical and financial support and resources.

Developer Leaders Building for the Next Billion

Program highlights:

Through an application process, 10 developers who have demonstrated a commitment to build for new-to-internet populations will be accepted to a six-month program. As part of this program:

  • They will be provided with technical, marketing, and financial support, and leadership skills, to build their applications and businesses.
  • They will also be connected to industry leaders (CEOs, thought leaders, VCs, ecosystem evangelists, social change leaders, etc.), funders and the media to bring public attention to their commitment, solutions and impact such that they inspire many other developers to build innovative solutions for new-to-internet users.

Facebook will fund the creation of this track at NASSCOM 10,000 Start Ups and welcomes partnerships with  other technology leaders to strengthen and expand the program. The participants will also qualify for $80,000 worth of support through our FBStart program and additional ad credits to build their business.

Student Leaders Building for the Next Billion

As a part of the program, students (4 students per college across 10-15 colleges) will be selected through an application process, to build mobile applications relevant to the next billion and lead engagement with engineers, designers, and other students on campus interested in applying their talent to build mobile applications that are relevant to the next billion people coming online. For details on registration please visit- http://10000startups.com/next%20billion/

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Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He is Editor-in-Chief of Digital Creed, which he founded in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 27 years of journalism experience (since 1994). He is sound and confident about his knowledge of business technology concepts. And he is a believer in continual education/learning. Brian is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines (India). He has written hundreds of technology articles for India's leading newspaper groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers (among others). And he has conducted more than 300 industry interviews during his journalism career. Brian also writes on Aviation, cybersecurity, startups, and topics directed at small and medium businesses. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn.

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