Frequently Asked Questions

Flipkart Leap is a startup accelerator program by India’s leading e-commerce giant Flipkart, aiming to create an ecosystem of strong startups in the Technology and Consumer Internet space focused on the India Market.

While we are happy to support virtual engagement, we will prefer to have you in Bangalore for some of the pitching/ co-working sessions if feasible.

There is no cost to the startup for joining the program.

No. Startups would need to make their own lodging and travel arrangements.

For any queries, you can reach out to us at leap@flipkart.com

Flipkart Leap Ahead (FLA) will focus on investing in and growing early stage startups in multiple sectors.
Flipkart Leap Innovation Network (FLIN) will focus on working with startups that are in various stages of their journey, and are building products in areas of interest to Flipkart.

You can apply to one or both of the programs. However, the programs have different objectives and goals. We would typically end up considering you for selection into one

Flipkart Leap Ahead

FLA is slated to kickoff on 1 May 2022 and the program will spread over 16 weeks

This is a merit and opportunity based selection. The cohort will be not limited by numbers but by quality and the ability of the startups to exchange value.

Yes, Flipkart will invest an amount ranging from $150k – $500k in exchange for equity. The investment will be structured in the form of convertible notes valued at a future FMV.

Pre-seed and seed stage startups, that are looking at having Flipkart as an equity based investor and benefit from the growth acceleration that Flipkart can provide

Flipkart Leap Ahead will invest in pre-seed and seed stage startups across varied sectors, which have disruptive and innovative business models.Early stage startups working in the following sectors can apply to this program – Social/ Content, Fintech, Gaming, B2B/ SME, EdTech, New ecom categories, Healthtech, Technology (Consumer Tech/ SaaS), Agritech, Logistics/ Supply chain.

Startups fill the application form online. The applications are then evaluated and shortlisted startups are called for an interview in order to select the final cohort

The shortlisted startups will stand to receive an equity investment from Flipkart. Based on the stage of their journey, they will also undergo a program with customised curriculum in addition to master classes with industry experts. Additionally, they will also get access to 1:1 mentorship from Flipkart business and technical leadership and an opportunity to co-develop their product and its corresponding strategy.

Flipkart Leap provides access to technology and business mentors both from within Flipkart and from the ecosystem. Each startup will be assigned technology and business mentors who share their expertise and connections within the organization and the ecosystem. Startups will also gain access to various Flipkart learning modules, specific training, and industry specific insights.

This is an investment by Flipkart Ventures, the investment arm of Flipkart

Flipkart Leap innovation network

FLIN is slated to kickoff on 1 May 2022 and the program will be a continuous engagement over 12-36 weeks

For the startups to make the most out of the program, it is suggested that they dedicate 3-4 hours a week

There is no cost to be borne by the startup for joining the program

Startups have sole ownership of their existing IP as well as any IP that the startup develops during the program. If Flipkart, chooses to sign-off on a deeper partnership with a startup then intellectual property ownership might be re-visited to arrive at a mutually beneficial outcome

The Flipkart Leap Innovation Network is the company’s initiative to create a community of local entrepreneurs and foster an exchange of innovation with tech startups that are building products in areas of interest to Flipkart. The aim of this program is to help a wider pool of startups navigate through the various challenges faced by entrepreneurs

The Innovation Network is an exclusive, invite-only community of startups.Through this program the startups will have the opportunity to network with eminent members of the startup ecosystem. The startups will also have exclusive access to specialised sessions and talks with industry experts, Flipkart leadership and prominent investors. The startups in the Innovation Network will have an opportunity to interact with relevant BUs within Flipkart to help solve for product market fit. Flipkart will also do pilots with select startups and evaluate longer term partnerships thereby increasing their attractiveness to customers and investors alike.

Flipkart will also do pilots with select startups and evaluate longer term partnerships thereby increasing their attractiveness to customers and investors alike. Furthermore, they will also get the opportunity to connect and pitch their business for consideration for investment by Flipkart

You will have life-time access to this exclusive invite-only community and consequently all the perks associated with it
The program is best suited for startups that have a viable product and are already shipping products / solutions to consumers in the areas of focus mentioned.
The themes for this cohort are: Rethinking Supply Chain, Building for the Retail Ecosystem, Accelerating Digital Commerce, Future of Fashion and Redefining Customer Experience. We are looking for startups that are building products to change the face of digital commerce
Startups fill the application form online. The applications are then evaluated and shortlisted startups are called for an interview in order to select the final cohort

This is a merit and opportunity based selection. The cohort will be not limited by numbers but by quality and the ability of the startups to exchange value.