Himalayan Innovation Challenge

building solutions for Himalayan region

May 25 - 26, 2019 | Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi (H.P.)

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Inviting Entrepreneurs and Innovators. | Pitch your idea to win incubation support. | Cash Prizes for innovative ideas. | Create an impact in the Himalayan region. | Solve socio-economic problems in Himalayas.


Himalayan innovation challenge (HIC) is an initiative of IIT Mandi Catalyst to actuate a series of innovative technology based solutions designed specifically to solve social and economic problems in the Himalayan regions of the world. HIC 2019 will bring together a range of individuals and organizations that care about building such solutions and are willing to ideate, deliberate, debate and innovate to this end. IIT Mandi Catalyst will pick handful of most feasible ideas and enable willing innovators/entrepreneurs in prototyping, testing and implementing to create an impact in Himalayan region.

We invite passionate entrepreneurs and innovators with their cutting edge ideas to build solutions for the Himalayan region.


Catalyst aims to create impact in a range of relevant areas that bear importance for Himalayan region. There are three tracks in which ideas can be submitted:

Track I
Resources and Sustainability

Natural resource management, Renewable and clean energy, Climate change, Waste management, other relevant themes

Track II
Disaster Management and Safety

Disaster prevention, Mitigation and management, Road safety, other relevant themes.

Track III
Agriculture, healthcare and inclusive growth

Agriculture, Biotechnology, Inclusive healthcare, Financial inclusion, any other area with strong application in Himalayan region.


Financial and non- financial support to the impactful ideas to be implemented in Himalayan region.

Director, IIT Mandi

"IIT Mandi Catalyst is essentially a win win propositions for IIT Mandi, and for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs get the access to our faculty, labs and sophisticated instruments. One of our commitments is to develop the technology that is useful for the society and one way of taking it to the society is through Startups."

- Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves
Director, IIT Mandi


April 10

  • Call for application from startups/innovators opens

May 15

  • Applications close

May 17

  • Final intimation to selected startups

May 25

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Registrations and Stall installation

10:00 AM - 12:30 pm

  • Inaugural session

12:30 PM – 01:30 PM

  • Networking lunch

01:30 PM – 03:30 PM

  • Pitch Session I (Trackwise)

03:30 PM – 04:00 PM

  • Tea break

04:00 PM – 06:30 PM

  • Pitch Session II (Trackwise)

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

  • Dinner

May 26

08:30 AM – 09:30 AM

  • Breakfast

09:30 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Pitch session III (Trackwise)

12:00 PM – 01:00 AM

  • Lunch

03:00 PM

  • Closing Ceremony followed by tea


  • Innovative technological solutions/ideas for social or economic problems in Himalayan region will be presented by individuals/teams/startups that have a clear and stated intention to build and implement the said solutions in a timelined manner.

  • Innovators and to-be entrepreneurs/established entrepreneurs can find the missing partners/collaborators to build the solutions relevant for Himalayan region.

  • IIT Mandi Catalyst will commit financial and active mentoring support to individuals/teams/startups that bring forth promising ideas and commit to implementing them on the ground.

  • Entrepreneurs/to-be entrepreneurs working/having intention of working towards solutions for Himalayan region.

  • Students, researchers and academicians of institutes of higher learning in India.

  • Corporates and non-profit organizations interested in collaborating for/funding the technological initiatives in Himalayan region.

  • Officials of government that work on regulations relating to sustainability and natural resources.

  • Yes, certificate of participation will be provided to all startup teams.

  • Registration Fee: Rs. 2000 per person, includes participation and food.

  • Accommodation: Rs. 500/person/day.

  • Display Stall: Rs. 500/team/day.

  • No, TA/DA will not be provided to attendees.


    By Air:
  • The nearest airport to Mandi is the Kullu Airport at Bhuntar, Dharamshala Airport at Gaggal and Chandigarh airport. Flights to Kullu are restricted to only from Delhi, and Shimla.

    • Distance from Bhuntar Airport to Mandi - 75 KM

    • Distance from Gaggal Airport to Mandi - 145 KM

    • Distance from Chandigarh Airport to Mandi - 185 KM

    By Bus:
  • From Delhi or Chandigarh, one can catch the bus from ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus). There are different varieties of bus facilities from Delhi and Chandigarh - ordinary, deluxe and AC buses. Alternatively, One can also plan to hire a cab or come by personal vehicle.

  • This distance to Mandi can be covered in approximately 12 hrs from Delhi and 6 hrs from Chandigarh (it depends on traffic on the roads or weather conditions) by bus.

    By Taxi:
  • Taxis are stationed outside Mandi main bus stand 24 x 7. The cost of a one-way trip to the IIT campus is about Rs. 600/-

    By HRTC Buses:
  • Himachal Road Transport Corporation/Local buses also ply between Mandi and Kamand. Please note that these buses sometimes can be crowded.




Pitch Deck Template

Pitch Deck Template

HIC Poster

HIC Poster

HIC Track I

Track I

HIC Track II

Track II


Track III

Last Date Extended

Last Date Extended


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