Welcome to Surge, a rapid scale-up program for startups in India and Southeast Asia.

Surge combines $1 million to $2 million of seed capital with company-building workshops, global immersion trips and support from a community of exceptional founders.

Our Goal:

To supercharge your startup. And give you an unfair advantage, right out of the gate.

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Latest From Our Blog

Welcoming Surge 06
Team Surge 25 Jan'22

Three years ago, pretty much to the day, we announced Surge to the world and invited founders across India and Southeast Asia to apply for the program. When we published that first blog post, Surge was still very much an idea in our minds. Six cycles later, we’ve evaluated over 10,000 companies, and the community has grown to 112 startups and 246 founders.

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Launching the Surge Founder Starter Pack: Company building essentials for early-stage startups
22 Jul'21

While successful startup founders may have different backgrounds, experiences, ideas and insights, they share a common desire to make an impact and drive change. Startup founders are fighters, creative spirits and independent thinkers. They're visionaries who believe their ideas can disrupt industries, create new categories and change the world.

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Sequoia Capital India announces new $195M seed fund to double down on Surge
Shailendra Singh and Rajan Anandan 25 Mar'21

Two years ago this week, we launched Surge – a startup of our very own – to help daring founders from India and Southeast Asia build the foundations for enduring companies. It was the first pre-Series A program of its type offering $1 million to $2 million of capital along with company building help and […]

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Tazapay: Creating Trust in Cross-Border Payments
23 Jun'21

How do you build trust between buyers and sellers when both parties are in different locations? Surge 04 company Tazapay’s co-founder Rahul Shinghal talks to Sequoia India’s Aakash Kapoor about why most cross-border transactions break down and how the platform is solving this problem in our region.

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Why Storytelling Matters for Founders
03 Jul'20

"If people can’t tell stories, I don’t think they succeed as leaders". Sequoia Capital's Sir Michael Moritz weighs in on why storytelling is a vital skill for founders to have, in order to successfully build and scale a business.

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Under Construction: Refining Your Business Model
20 Oct'20

“Razorpay, ShareChat, cure.fit, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Atlassian. Everywhere, I see Scaler students.” – Scaler Academy’s co-founder, Anshuman Singh, talks about the startup’s journey from InterviewBit to Scaler Academy, and how Surge helped its founding team pursue a much bigger opportunity to grow Scaler Academy into what it is today.

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Under Construction: Building Growth Loops
31 Mar'21

What are growth loops - and how can you use them to power your company? Surge02 startup InVideo’s co-founder Sanket Shah talks about how working on their loops has seen the subscription service grow over 50x since 2019.

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