Himalayan Startup
Trek 2019

September 14-15, 2019 | IIT Mandi Campus


Hear from startup experts on what is hot in startup space.


Pitch for incubation support and investor funding.


Listen to curated discussions on startup issues.


An indepth workshop: Validating your business model.


Speed dating with mentors, experts and investors.


Display your prototype/product and recruit interns.


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HST is the annual flagship event organized by Catalyst that aims to bring together stakeholders of Indian startup ecosystem. HST 2018 had a footfall of 200 including 40 startups that got an opportunity to meet the investors. Around 35 eminent speakers included investors, industry experts and government officials who deliberated on a range ofstartup related issues.
The 3rd edition of HST will have a larger scale and outreach. HST this year will again bring together a host of startup experts and provide a gigantic platform to

startups to pitch their idea to investors and for incubation support. In HST 2019, we are expecting around 40 speakers/investors and over 50 startup teams from across the country. Startups will get a chance to network with the investors to raise seed funds and get incubation support at IIT Mandi. Mentor meets will be arranged for one-to-one meeting between startups and experts. Special session with faculty is also being planned for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking technical guidance. Catalyst is anticipating a footfall of over 500 in HST 2019.

Highlights of HST 2017
Message from Board | Catalyst | HST 2018
Win incubation support from IIT Mandi Catalyst || Himalayan Startup Trek 2018
Starting up in Himalayas: Catalyst Startup Companies
How to Think About Technology || HST 2017
Product Development Issues || HST 2017
Legal Issues for Startups || HST 2017

How is Himalayan Startup Trek building a startup ecosystem in the hills?

The mountains have been calling all through the summer, but this time around, it is special! Burrowed in the hills of the Shivalik Ranges, away from the city lights and the metropolitan cacophony, a startup ecosystem is slowly budding and preparing to bloom as it gears up for the next edition of Himalayan Startup Trek (HST), a two-day startup event hosted by IIT Mandi Catalyst, held at the quaint and charming campus of IIT Mandi in the serene Kamand Valley in Himachal Pradesh.

The event is an amalgamation of startups, investors, corporate and industry doyens from around the country coming together to boost the startup ecosystem in the hills. The previous editions of HST in 2017 and 2018 have been highly fruitful in the director of . The event unceasingly buzzes throughout two days with the presence of who’s-who of the business world. The power-packed event schedule laden with interesting talks on technology and business, panel discussions, pitch sessions, investor one-on-ones, networking lunches and dinners, and a relaxing cultural evening will leave you inspired, engaged and recharged for the times to come.

HST is a gateway for startups to Catalyst, IIT Mandi’s in-house technology business incubator. As many as 35 startup teams, in various stages of starting up, addressing pressing issues of modern-day world, including problems of the Himalayan region, have gone through Catalyst’s as incubatees in the last two years where they have been hand-held, funded and groomed by industry experts from various domains of the trade.

The portfolio of startups is myriad. While some startups are working keenly on local issues of the Himalayan people like building a framework for sensing and alerting people about landslides in hills, building an apple sorting machine to make life easy for farmers, others are building self-charging electric rickshaws, eco-friendly cook-stove, auto-flush mechanism for toilets to conserve the environment.

HST 2019, promises to be bigger and better with the kind of traction it is garnering in the far reaches of the country. Founders of renowned startups, industry experts and angel investors have been brought onboard to ensure the event is ripe with the right mix of flavours from the startup arena. Discussions on high tech topics ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Social Impact ventures will provide sufficient food for thought during the two days to the budding innovators and entrepreneurs.

The Himalayas have long been regarded as the land of monks, mountains and temples and solely a summertime get-away. HST endeavours to showcase its emerging entrepreneurial potential and spirit as well. In the past two years, IIT Mandi Catalyst has strived to cradle and nurture the nascent startup ecosystem that is silently burgeoning in the valley. With HST 2019 almost at the doorstep, IIT Mandi Catalyst is preparing to host startups from across the country and make the country sit up and take note of how innovation is sprouting and thriving in Hills. Hail the call of the mountains! Startup in Hills with IIT Mandi!


HST 2019 will be held on September 14-15, 2019 at picturesque IIT Mandi campus in Kamand valley by the side of river Uhl in Himachal Pradesh.


HST 2019 will be fruitful to Indian startup ecosystem stakeholders. While the early stage startups will get to learn the rules of the game, operational startups will have a shot at raising funds from investors. Industry experts and government will get to interact and guide next generation entrepreneurs.

Following people/organizations should attend:



DAY 1 - 14 Sept

09:30AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Ceremony

10:00 AM

Keynote 1

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM

Keynote 2

12:15 PM

Panel 1:

Technology led innovation and Entrepreneurship

01:15 PM


02:30 PM

Panel 2:

Opportunities and impact of building technology entreprises in remote areas

03:30 PM

Panel 3:

Key strategies for startups to deal with financial needs in vuca world

04:30 PM

Speed Dating

04:30 PM

Startup Exhibition

07:00 PM

Cultural Evening

08:00 PM


09:00 PM

Pitch Session 1

DAY 2 - 15 Sept

07:30 AM

Pitch Session 2

09:30 AM

Panel 1:

Role of Women leadership in building next generation startups and technology enterprises.

10:30 AM

Tech Talk 1 & E Talk 1

11:30 AM

Tech Talk & E Talk 2

12:30 PM

Investor Talk & E Talk 3

01:30 PM


2:00 PM

Pitch Session 3

04:00 PM

Closing Session


Budding Startup Ecosystem in Himachal Pradesh

Among the fastest growing states in India, Himachal had at a CAGR of 10.8% during the decade 2005-2015. With per capita GSDP 1.5 times the national per capita GDP, the state has tremendous potential for business activity in agriculture, horticulture, biotech, food processing, clean energy, thermal energy, tourism, pharma and healthcare. Government of Himachal Pradesh, through CM Startup Scheme launched in 2017, is also promoting already flourishing startup culture in the state.


Anshu Gupta

Founder Director at GOONJ

Anshu Gupta is an Indian social entrepreneur who founded Goonj, a non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered in Delhi. Gupta is an Ashoka fellow and was conferred with the "Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award" by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2015.

Srikanth Velamakanni

Co-Founder, Group Chief Executive & Executive Vice-Chairman at Fractal Analytics

Srikanth Velamakanni is the Co-founder, Group Chief Executive & Executive Vice-Chairman of Fractal Analytics. Srikanth is a recognized thought leader in the AI space and heads NASSCOM’s AI & Data Sciences Council. He has also served on the Government of India appointed AI initiatives.


Samir Shah

Sattva Investment Advisors Pvt Limited

Chintan Bakshi

Startup Oasis

Saurabh Jain


Sapna Arora


Bhavesh Manglani


Bringi Dev

IIM Banglore

Gitanjali JB


Raghav Gupta


Anshu Bhartia

UnLtd India

Kartik Desai

Asha Impact

Vinay Mittal

Strategy Investment Advisors LLP.

Anuj Sharma

Impact Investing | Transaction Advisory

Mahavir Pratap Sharma

Angel Investors| RAIN

Gagan Gupta

Angel Investor , Kyt Ventures

Dr Anu Gupta

Angel Investor, Kyt Ventures

Saloni Malhotra

Reboot Wellness

Prashant Warier


Abhay Vaish


Varun Rattan S.

Development Logics

Saurabh Mittal


Hemendra Mathur

Bharat Innovations Fund

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan

Jivass Technologies


  • HST 2019 will attract startups, investors, government, practitioners and startup/industry associations in large numbers. In addition to panel discussions on varied topics, HST this year will bring together a host of startup experts and provide a large platform to startups to pitch their ideas to investors and for incubation support.

  • Entrepreneurs/to-be entrepreneurs working/having the intention of working towards solutions for the social and economic problems of Himalayan region and the rest of the world.

  • 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 the 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 and attendees.

  • Registration Fee for Startups: Rs. 2500 per person, includes participation and food for 14-15 Sept.

  • Charges for Attendees: Rs. 3000 per person, includes food for 14-15 Sept.

  • Accommodation: Rs. 500/person/day (Only for startups)

  • Display Stall: Rs. 2000/team/day (Table 4X2 ft, Chair, electric point)

  • 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.






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Speakers and Investors

We invite passionate entrepreneurs with their cutting edge ideas to make the best use of support being provided at IIT Mandi Catalyst

Contact Information

IIT Mandi, Kamand Campus, Himachal Pradesh-175005, India