Target Accelerator Program

about the program

The Target Accelerator Program is designed to help early stage startups develop concepts that could improve Target’s business and the broader retail industry. Through the four month intensive program, we focus on transformative and technology-driven ideas to create solutions for today’s rapidly changing retail environment. Fostering a culture of Innovation, we are looking to tap into the startup ecosystem while providing them a unique opportunity to work with the Target leadership team in a specially designed, energetic and creative hub at Target India’s office in Manyata Tech Park, Bangalore.

application process

The Target Accelerator Program is looking for innovative ideas that are relevant to Target’s business and the broader retail industry. We have a customary screening and selection process that will include multiple stages such as completing an online application followed by a face-to-face pitching. The final selection will be based on the team and its talent and most importantly, the relevance of the idea to Target.
 

program benefits

  • Onboarding by Target leaders about the organization and the retail industry.
  • Mentorship from Target leaders, top entrepreneurs, investors, academicians and global experts in technology and design.
  • An opportunity to pitch to Target, and other potential investors at the end of the program. Funding may also be provided by Target.
  • Co-location space at Target India Bangalore office with infrastructure such as high speed internet, business hour IT support, cafeteria and transportation services.
  • Thought leadership for all selected companies in enterprise business areas including Finance, Legal, HR, Marketing and IT Services.
 

location

Gregg W. Steinhafel Center, Manyata Embassy Business Park, SEZ Unit, Rachenahalli & Nagwara Village, Outer Ring Road, Bangalore, 560 045

participating startups

First cycle: February – June, 2014
Themes: Mobile, Content, Social, Search, Data and Analytics
 
  • muHive A work flow management tool to associate sentiment classifiers real-time, attach internal segment definitions and dynamically route workflow to simplify social conversations.
  • Konotor Enables an in-app two-way communication with seamless integration with existing apps in both iOS and Android.
  • Unbxd Enables personalization in search, product recommendations, landing pages and navigation with its SmartEngage platform.
  • InstaClique Helps integrate social media conversations online and through mobile apps to increase customer engagement.
  • Turnaround Innovision Automates generation of rotating 3D images through their patent pending turntable and image processing software.

 

Second cycle: October, 2014 – January, 2015
Themes: Omnichannel, digital marketing, mobile, supply chain and data
 
  • Twiddly Enables mobile marketing on lock screen. The content can be filtered based on user feedback, social signals and human curation.
  • Whodat’s Spaces An app that lets guests visualize and experience furniture and home d├ęcor products using a handheld device.
  • Wazzat Enables visual search for online and mobile applications, specializing in pattern, color and style match for apparels and accessories.
  • Torch A retail sensor that smartly measures store traffic through silent monitoring of smartphone movements, allowing better understanding of guests while they are at the store.
  • Visarity The Elbe 3D platform creates rich 3D images that are lightweight, highly immersive and require no programming.