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South Park Commons enters India in collaboration with Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal

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South Park Commons enters India

South Park Commons (SPC), a technical community and early-stage venture fund, has announced the opening of its first international location in Bengaluru, India.

The expansion is in collaboration with Binny Bansal, co-founder of Flipkart.

Founded in 2015 by Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook, and Aditya Agarwal, former CTO of Dropbox, SPC aims to provide a supportive environment for India's most talented founders, technologists, and researchers to navigate the -1 to 0 stage of their careers, the stage when their primary task is figuring out what to work on next.

Why Bengaluru?

SPC's decision to expand to India is driven by the country's burgeoning startup ecosystem. With over 820 million internet users and more than 100 tech unicorns, India has solidified its position as a global tech powerhouse.

"You can feel the tailwinds here. The Indian startup ecosystem has matured to the point that it can sustain the incredible talent density that makes SPC work. Founders don't have to move to the US to build world-class, category-creating companies," said Aditya Agarwal.

SPC's unique approach

Unlike traditional incubators like Y Combinator, SPC also focuses on individuals even before they have a concrete business idea. 

"A lot of people who come to SPC come even before they have an idea or that they want to start a company. This is quite different than a YC or any other incubator, where the currency of your status is how much money you have raised," explained Ruchi Sanghvi.

SPC aims to build on its reputation as a top destination for early-stage AI researchers and founders.

Plans for India

SPC plans to replicate its successful model in India, leveraging Bengaluru's vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

"Our long-term goal at SPC has always been to bring our philosophy of ‘negative one to zero’ phase to anywhere where there is talent, ambition, and a hunger to explore new ground and build companies. India is perhaps the most dynamic and interesting country for technology entrepreneurship in the world right now," Agarwal noted.

The firm has already closed its third fund and is planning an India-dedicated fund to support emerging startups.

What did Binny Bansal say?

For Indian entrepreneurs, SPC's entry into the market means increased support and resources during their ventures' critical early stages. 

“I'm passionate about helping founders in various stages of their journey. What we are working on here is inspiring more founders in India and helping them navigate the journey from -1 to 0 phase,” said Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal, during a media roundtable.

“I'm going to be involved in everything, especially in India, including helping build the team, mentoring the founders, and bringing other founders into the network," Bansal said.