BootUP CEO Speaks in Kazakhstan

Mukul Agarwal, Founder & CEO of BootUP Ventures, was invited to be a special guest speaker at the International Investment Forum ALMATY INVEST 2018. Primary focus of the conference was on SEZ PIT (Parc of Innovative Technologies) – A Look into the Future.

At the conference, participants discussed development prospects of the free economic zone and its potential, while taking into account the experiences of Silicon Valley.  Mukul Agarwal provided his perspectives on accelerating startups, building a vibrant startup ecosystem, and how Almaty can make its mark as a regional hub of innovation, helping Almaty startups play on the global stage.  Mukul inspired the crowd with this unique and personal views on changing the world through entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial mindset, and innovation. Over the course of the following days, Mukul continued to motivate while speaking at several roundtable discussions with leaders from industry, regional government, academia, local accelerators, and more.     

BootUP thanks our good friend Andrey Kunov from SVIC for providing us with this incredible opportunity, and we look forward to building a strong bridge between Kazakhstan and Silicon Valley.

Startups Learn the 3 Ms at BootUP

Next week, BootUP Venture’s is looking forward to inspiring a new group of startups at our February BootUP Bootcamp.  Our team is ready to help guide the startups through the 3 Ms: Mindset, Messaging, and Model. BootUP’s approach is unique, as our previous Bootcamp participants can attest to.  Take a look at our past two groups of Bootcamp participants.

December Bootcamp:

At BootUP’s December Bootcamp, we had an incredible group of 11 startups who met as strangers and left as friends.  Thanks to: Lussiana, Inc; PaulHardt; BarTrack Inc; Zig4Life; Ebiztie, Inc; OpPop; NoVio Life; MindEDU; IE.LIFE; ASCIINEST; Lincode Labs.  

Take a look at some of the December feedback:

BootUp is the perfect ecosystem for any company, at any stage, to get to the next level of growth. The mentorship, resources, network, investors, and community of other founders is as good as it gets. Would highly recommend BootUp to all entrepreneurs!   (Ronen from NoVio Life)

I  have not seen the opportunity for one-on-one mentorship with successful startup entrepreneurs, marketers, legal advisors that is offered at BootUp. The input I got on my business seems priceless. Now, it’s time to put it into action!  If you’re considering working with Mukul or joining the accelerator, take the leap and go for it. He genuinely wants to bring people together to be more successful – it’s a special gift. (Austin from Paul Hardt)

Mukul is uniquely special…intellectually astute, heart centered and spiritually evolved. He knows how to help entrepreneurs bring their best forward. I loved the week long Boot Up – worth the time and money. (Laura from Zig4Life)

January Bootcamp:

We started 2019 with a bang – eight great startups at BootUP’s January Bootcamp!  Our Demo Day in January coincided with a Pitch Force event at BootUP, providing even more exposure for the startups.   Thanks to: Play Solar Systems; Cool Any P; Photon MD; ShipNext; TransShip; nextToken; Oros; MedForums.

More stellar January feedback:

I strongly recommend BootUP to anyone who is considering starting their own company. BootUP’s Bootcamp is equivalent to spending a year in the valley. Mukul is genuine and passionate about helping others. He has assembled a passionate team of mentors from across the valley, that are honest, genuine and experts in every aspect of the startup ecosystem. I recommend BootUP over [another accelerator’s program] or [another accelerator’s program] with the value they provide over a short span of a week. You will learn not just to grow your company but also how to grow yourself. Never knew one week could make such a big positive difference.  (Attaullah from nextToken)

I highly recommend Mukul’s bootup camp for first time startupers. Had great experience to work together with him to get myself prepared for a new role as startup CEO. It’s never that easy as you could imagine, but would not be that hard as you fear about after attending Bootup camp. (Peng from Cool Any P)

We would love to have you join our BootUP Bootcamp as well!

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Welcome City of Paso Robles!

Groups from all around the world visit BootUP on a regular basis, but recently, we were thrilled to have one of our neighboring California regions visit us –  the incredible group from Paso Robles. BootUP CEO & Founder, Mukul Agarwal, led engaging discussions with the City of Paso Robles and the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce on how to differentiate the city of Paso Robles and find their unique factor. Thank you to Jim Cogan for bringing this wonderful group to BootUP.


Please read how one of the participants, Lisa Cowell, DAOU Vineyards & Winery Estate Concierge/Ambassador, described her experience at BootUP: “Mukul Agarwal is decisively the most captivating speaker I have yet to meet. I was fortunate enough to visit BootUp Ventures recently while on a trip to Silicon Valley with fellow members of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and city officials. It was an unexpected privilege to meet Mukul and be part of the interactive group session. He does not deal with bureaucracy or democracy in business which respectfully set the tone for our time spent with Mukul. His intelligence, honesty and desire to delve deep within for the answers was inspiring and left us all wanting to return for more. Thank you Mukul for inspiring our group, I very much look forward to seeing you again.”

High Potential Mumbai Startups Meet Investors at BootUP

BootUP has had quite a wave of delegations from India these past months.  At the end of September, we had the Vibrant Gujarat delegation, and this October, we were pleased to welcome 16 high potential, seeded startups from Mumbia, led by TiE Mumbai and AWS, together with USISPF.  

The startups were treated to the famous BootUP “magic” with each receiving individualized storytelling and messaging training from Mukul Agarwal, Founder & CEO of BootUP.  Even though some of the feedback was a bit of “tough love”, the startups took it all in and greatly benefitted. Following the session with Mukul, the startups had the incredible opportunity to pitch to a group of seasoned Silicon Valley investors and experts and have one on one conversations with interested investors.  Many follow up meetings are in the planning, and we saw many of these startups back at BootUP later during their visit, expressing their interest in working with BootUP.

According to one of the entrepreneurs from the group, Prakash Advani from PicoNets:  “Our time at BootUP with Mukul was definitely a highlight of our Silicon Valley trip. I would encourage all the startups from overseas to meet him and get his feedback.”  This showcases how BootUP is providing very tangible value to entrepreneurs from all around the world, helping them with their mindset, their story, and getting them closer to their goals in scaling globally.    

Thank you to US-India Strategic Partnership Forum for bringing this TiE Mumbai delegation to our home!

An Even Stronger Bridge with India: BootUP and iCreate Sign MoU

The bridge between Silicon Valley and Gujarat, India, just became stronger. During the recent Vibrant Gujarat delegation led by Arvind Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat, to Silicon Valley, BootUP Ventures signed a MoU with iCreate (International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology), a Gujarat based incubator.  This MoU seeks to leverage capabilities on both sides – BootUP providing a platform for Indian entrepreneurs to gain exposure to Silicon Valley and reach their next level of growth in the US,  and iCreate providing a landing pad for US based innovators to understand business in India and evolve a model to enter the Indian market.

At  a meeting at BootUP with the Vibrant Gujarat delegation, organized together with USISPF,  the delegation was privileged to hear perspectives on Silicon Valley from leaders in Valley, representing the City of Menlo Park, investors, founders, etc.


During the meeting, Arvind Agarwal, ACS (Additional Chief Secretary)  Finance, Government of Gujarat, expressed great satisfaction with this MoU and said that it would greatly facilitate both the exposure of Indian start-ups to the Silicon Valley culture, as well as offer a platform for Valley innovators to come and explore the Indian market.

Parag Amin, Chief Mentor and a Founding Director of iCreate said that this symbolises the consolidation of iCreate’s journey of bringing best in class innovation to India, following on the heels of a very successful, similar initiative with Israel. He said that he was confident that BootUP would provide global perspectives, mentorship as well as funds to Indian start-ups and iCreate would offer a powerful platform for US innovators to launch their India operations from.

Mukul Agarwal, Founder & CEO of BootUP Ventures, says BootUP has been eyeing India for some time, looking for ways to help his birth country, India, leapfrog ahead to the a new innovation growth path, focused on entrepreneurship and innovation.  It has been his dream, beginning with helping to establish the Sister City partnership between Kochi, Kerala/India and Menlo Park in 2015, to this new MoU with Gujarat, and more. Mukul is very pleased to share with Indian start-ups the wisdom and networks of the Silicon Valley to enable them to scale on the world stage.

Link to article in India’s Economic Times: