Himalayan Startup Trek 2018

A platform to learn, network and startup

April 28-29, 2018 | 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 an annual event organized by Catalyst that aims to bring together stakeholders of Indian startup ecosystem. HST 2017 had participation from large number of startup enthusiasts, investors, industry experts and government officials who deliberated on a range of startups related issues. 15 handpicked startups out of over 100 applications pitched to a jury and five selected teams were offered incubation support at Catalyst.

The 2nd edition of HST will have a much larger scale and outreach. In addition to curated panel discussions on varied topics, HST this year will feature ‘MVP Boot-Camp’ for Idea stage startups, ‘Investors’ Den’ for startups looking to raise seed funds, ‘Meet a Mentor’ for one-to-one Q&A with tech-business experts, and ‘tête-à-tête’ with faculty for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking technical guidance

Himalayan Startup Trek 2017 - After Movie
Leadership: How to Build Organizations of Tomorrow || HST 2017
Capital & Fundraising || HST 2017
How to Think About Technology || HST 2017
Product Development Issues || HST 2017
Legal Issues for Startups || HST 2017
Minimum Viable Business Primer (Part 1) || HST 2017
Minimum Viable Business Primer (Part 2) || HST 2017


HST 2018 will be held on April 28-29 at picturesque IIT Mandi campus in Kamand valley by the side of river Uhl in Himachal Pradesh


HST 2018 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:

Message from Board
Message from Catalyst Incubated Startups


April 27

05:00 PM

  • Pre-HST Event (for Shortlisted Startups): Idea to Market Bootcamp by Prof. Bringi Dev [A1-NKN]

08:30 PM

  • Pitch to Catalyst (Closed Door) [A1-3]

April 28

08:00 AM

  • Registrations [A1]

08:45 AM

  • Inauguration [A1-NKN]

09:00 AM

  • Welcome Address by Director, IIT Mandi [A1-NKN]
  • Welcome Address by Director of Industries (HP) [A1-NKN]

09:30 AM

  • Keynote by Mr. Hemant Kanankia [A1-NKN]

10:15 AM

  • Special Address by Mr. HK Mittal, DST [A1-NKN]

11:15 AM

  • Inspiring Innovation: Special Session by Mr. Sonam Wangchuk [A1-NKN]

12:00 PM

  • Panel 1: Cracking First Generation Entrepreneurship: Rules of the Game [A1-NKN]

02:00 PM

  • Panel 2: Landing the Right Investor: Is it only about the Money? [A1-NKN]

03:00 PM

  • Panel 3: Technologies of Tomorrow: Technologies that will shape up Future Businesses [A1-NKN]
  • Catalyst Teams Presentation to Investors (Closed Door Session) [A1-3]

04:15 PM

  • Mentor Speed Dating + Investors Den (One to One) [SC NKN/A9]
  • Exhibitions Open [Ground]

05:00 PM

  • IT Companies Round Table (Closed Door Session) [A4 Conference]

05:30 PM

  • Track: Tech Hack - Dr. Santanu Bhattacharya [A1-NKN]

06:10 PM

  • Track: Clean Tech - Mr. Samir Shah [A1-NKN]

07:00 PM

  • Cultural Evening [OAT]

08:30 PM

  • Pitch to Catalyst (Closed Door Session) [A1-3]
  • Elevator Pitch - Chintan Bakshi (only for Catalyst Teams) [A1-NKN]

April 29

08:00 AM

  • Pitch to Catalyst + Investors (Closed Door Session) [A1-3]

10:00 AM

  • Panel 4: Make for Customers: Why experience matters? [A1-NKN]

11:30 AM

  • Panel 5: Startup Ecosystem in Himalayan Region: Opportunities in remote locations and creating impact at Bottom of Pyramid [A1-NKN]

02:00 PM

  • Track: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Mr. Vignesh Ramanujam [A1-NKN]

02:45 PM

  • Track: Agro Tech, Mr. Hemendra Mathur [A1-NKN]

03:30 PM

  • Catalyst BoG [A4 Conference Room]

04:00 PM

  • Accelerating Product Development: Google Cloud for Startups [A1-NKN]

05:00 PM

  • Mentor Speed Dating [SC NKN/A9]
  • Investors Den (Closed Door Session) [A1-3]

April 30

08:00 AM

  • Trip to Parashar Lake (Optional)


Investors' Den

Early stage start-ups will get an opportunity to pitch their venture for funding from pedigree investors from funds including Bharat Innovation Fund, IvyCap Ventures, Ankur Capital, Waterbridge ventures, Sangam Ventures, CapAleph, Omnivore partners.

Anand Batra

IvyCap Ventures

Manish Kheterpal

WaterBridge Ventures

Yashwanth S.

Ankur Capital Fund

Hemant Kanakia

Kanakia Ventures

Samir Shah

Sattva Investment

Hemendra Mathur

Bharat Innovation Fund

Pitch to Catalyst

Idea stage startups will get a chance to pitch for incubation support from IIT Mandi Catalyst that involves infrastructural support, office space, grant and funding upto 15 lakhs, mentoring and much more.


Meet investors, tech experts, entrepreneurs and faculty and ask your burning questions one-to-one. Great opportunity to find money, advise and mentoring to for your idea.


In this two hour hands on in depth session, Prof. Bringi Dev will take start-ups through the Need for Lean, importance of articulating the Core Business Idea, the Lean Canvas, Testing and Validation of Business Idea, establishing value proposition and testing the idea through MVP.


Show everyone how you are going to shape the world of tomorrow with your solution. Set up your startup display booth in the event area to display your prototype/product and gather valuable feedback.

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.


Hemant Kanakia

Kanakia Ventures

Mr. Kanakia has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, mentor and investor. He is currently serving as president at Kanakia Ventures. He is focused on mentoring young entrepreneurs in India and has invested in 18 early stage companies since January 2010. He is an alumus of IIT Bombay, Case Western Reserve University, and Stanford University.

H K Mittal


Mr. Mittal heads NSTEDB division of Department of Science and Technology, GoI. He has been instrumental in giving a new vibrancy to promoting innovation and entrepreneurial acumen among a wide section of Indian entrepreneurs. ranging from simple rural industries to high end technological enterprises. He is an alumnus of IIM-A.

Sonam Wangchuk


Sonam Wangchuk, awardee of "Global Award for Sustainable Architecture", is an engineer, innovator and education reformist from Ladhakh. He is the founding-director of the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), founded in 1988. Known for designing the SECMOL campus, he is also the founder of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh.


Karthik P.

Google India

Shalini P.


Bhavesh Manglani


Saurabh Mittal

IIT Mandi Catalyst

Prof. Bringi Dev

IIM Bangalore

Manish Kheterpal

WaterBridge Ventures

Saloni Malhotra


Chintan Bakshi

Startup Oasis

Vineet Neeraj


Kapil Bharti


Hemendra Mathur

Bharat Innovations Fund

Kshitij Chopra


Gaurav Agarwal


Dr. Amarjeet Singh


Abhinav Gupta

Advisor to Startups

Anshu Gupta


Sumeer Walia

CEED, Chitkara

Samir Shah

Sattva Investment

Shailesh Goswami


Anuj Kapoor

Five Benches

Vivek Sharma

Gandhi Fellowship Program

Dr Santanu Bhattacharya


Lakshmi Vaidyanathan

Jivass Technologies

Krishnachytanya Ayyagari

Google Cloud

Varun Rattan Singh

Development Logics

Vignesh Ramanujam

Investor & Blockchain Researcher


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

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HST 2018

Contact Information

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