Microsoft Appoints Bala Girisaballa As Accelerator CEO


Mumbai: Microsoft on Tuesday said Bala Girisaballa will be leading Microsoft Accelerator in India as CEO-in-residence.

Prior to this, Mr Girisaballa was with globalisation and market expansion advisory Zinnov as partner and practice head helping MNC R&D companies.

He took charge of Accelerator’s India operations with effect from August 1.

Microsoft also announced that Ravi Narayan, director, will now assume the role of global director at Microsoft Accelerator.

Mr Girisaballa will lead Accelerator’s efforts to help market-ready start-ups and entrepreneurs to scale up and become successful businesses through the technology enablement, global go-to-market efforts and deep business advisory in the form of Hi-Po and Scale-Up programs, Microsoft said in a statement here.

Ravi Narayan, in his new role as global director, will help Microsoft Accelerator in eight locations around the world to become market-ready, focused and accelerate these start-ups that have or will raise institutional funding from venture capitalists.

He will also focus on scaling the start-up acceleration model through global partners, it said.

Early last year, Microsoft Accelerator in India redesigned their programs to cater to market-ready start-ups. Since then, it has graduated three cohorts which include start-ups like iBot, CustomerXPs, Altizon, CloudCherry and Reverie Technologies.

It has also formed partnerships with Temasek, TCS, Citi, Reliance Industries and other multinational corporations under its corporate engagement program #CoInnovate, to help the start-ups in their go-to-market efforts and global expansion.