KickStart 2019- Pitch your startup to top investors of Delhi

We are celebrating "A Decade of Fostering Entrepreneurship" at Headstart Delhi and Here's your best chance to find out if you are investment ready.

Kickstart is an initiative by Headstart Network Foundation where startups pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and battle it out to convince the jury of their fundability quotient. After inviting applications, the startups are shortlisted after careful scrutiny by Headstart.

On the day of the event, the startups battle it out in a fiery pitch session in front of a jury. The day ends with networking and the announcement of the winners.  

What we are looking for in the Top 10 Startups:

1. Does the startup solve a big problem in a big, fast-growing market?

2. How good is the traction?

3. Does your team have the vision and skills to become a market leader?

4. Does the product have a sustainable competitive advantage?

5. How is your idea influencing society or making an impact in your target segment?

Will be communicated to all the shortlisted applications over email.

Winners Get:

  • One Year free membership of Headstart Delhi.
  • Pitching in front of other Industry Experts, Mentors at 125th Startup Saturday. 
  • $20,000+ worth of Google Credits. 
  • Exclusive Entry to our National Conclave where you get a chance to raise for your startup.
  • Get up to Three Month Free Co-Working Access.
  • Get One Month Free Co-Working Access.
  • Exclusive one-on-one mentoring with industry leaders to expand your startup.

Time to fill the form: 30 mins (If you are ready), Otherwise it would be a great exercise to get ready.
Register now to get more details about the event and registration.

Date: 18th May 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Book your slots here:

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Note: The information you provide will be safe and will be shared with the judges on request only.

Also, we are celebrating the 125th Startup Saturday and delighted to invite you there. Here you can register:

Rajeev Talwar

Mentor & Investor



Rajeev Talwar is associated with a mentor with a leading consulting firm as a Mentor and Advisor for upcoming Start-up Services looking for guidance and support to the next level. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India and a Masters in Finance from Symbiosis University Pune, holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi.
He has held a number of leadership roles across various companies in the Information Technology / ITES space over the last 17 years. A beginning that started in 1995 as an Assistant Manager in a upcoming ITES education Company and culminating the journey by heading a Global Software Development Organization as Director Of Finance, finally to quit and set up his own venture as a Partner in , a Chartered Accountant firm with presence in India and the United States of America later on making a mark as a Mentor and Advisor of a leading consulting firm. Has held mentor position in various companies who have made their mark in their various fields of specialization.
Experience encompasses a global arena across multi-discipline in the Finance Industry, with expertise in Financial Control, Taxation, Business Advisory, Cross Border Taxation, Corporate Laws and Risk Management. A trusted advisor and mentor to develop and manage high-performing, finance professionals. An accomplished leader, known for his excellent work ethics and habits. A member of the eminent International Fiscal Academy of the Netherlands.

Soaib Grewal




Soaib Grewal is Venture Partner with the venture investment arm of Times Internet. At Times Internet he looks after early-stage investments and works closely with the portfolio on product and growth.

As a designer, entrepreneur, and technology investor he had worked closely with a diverse set of technology companies across Asia and the US. Prior to Times, he was a Venture Partner at 500 Startups a global venture capital fund, the founder of BOLD Ventures- India’s first design-led investment firm and WaterWalla an award-winning social impact startup.

He picked up his skills and learned a few things at Stanford, Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jeetender Singh


Tessellate Ventures



Prajakt Raut


The Growth Labs


Prajakt is the founder of Applyifi and the founding partner of The Growth Labs

Applyifi helps startups create a comprehensive business plan and a powerful investor pitch deck. Applyifi's proprietary startup scorecard assesses the venture on its business and investment readiness, providing actionable insight that helps them improve their chances of success.

The Growth Labs helps corporates manage their corporate innovation programs.

Before starting Applyifi, Prajakt was the head of operations at IAN, a founding member of a leading incubator, and the Asia-Director for TiE (2004 - 2007). Previously Prajakt had co-founded Orange Cross, a healthcare services company, and was part of the founding team member of Idealake Technologies. While in college Prajakt had founded a printing business and has spent over 10 years working in leading advertising agencies.

Prajakt’s book, ‘Starting Up & Fund Raising’, helps startups understand an investor’s perspective, and helps them improve their odds of getting funded. The book also helps entrepreneurs understand the building blocks of a business.

Arpit Agarwal


Blume Ventures


Arpit Agarwal has been actively involved with the promotion of startups since 2006, his first brush with it being at the first BarCamp in Bangalore. He later joined hands with fellow campers to start Headstart Network, today India's leading early-stage entrepreneurs' network with over 20 city chapters.

He got introduced to the power of taking academic research to market as an MBA student at IIT Bombay which led the start of Academic Ventures, a consulting firm in technology commercialization space. Before Blume, He worked with TLabs, the accelerator program of Times Internet, as its second employee and discovered the joy of working closely with early-stage startups.

At Blume, He leads science-led and hardware investments, particularly keen at proposals from Biotech, CleanTech, Energy, Electic Vehicles, Robotics and Electronics sectors. Companies He manages include Cashify, MechMocha, Tricog, MilkBasket, Spinny, Unocoin, BeatO, RailYatri, Mettl, and E2E Networks.

Rahul Narvekar


Scale Ventures Fund


An Alumnus of Harvard Business School, IIM Calcutta, and ESSEC business school Paris, Rahul Narvekar has had an interesting life journey so far.

Born and Bought up in the Chawls of Mumbai and studying in a small local school called Sardarni Pratap Singh Janta Vidyalaya , Rahul Leveraged his early love for reading and sheer luck in finding a Scrap Dealer , who gave him access to Fortune , Time , Newsweek magazines , into a successful multifaceted career which has been a rollercoaster ride so far .

Starting as a Ward boy in the night shift in a hospital in Mulund, to door sales, he has the singular distinction of being selected and then getting Expelled from the first formal entrepreneurship programme of India in 1994, for asking too many uncomfortable questions and being a troublemaker.

The joke is that he is the ONLY entrepreneur from all the batches that have passed out of this institution.

Starting his first venture in 1994 in the advertising space, he co-founded Asia's first interactive music channel in 1998 called Channel Oxygen in Mumbai.

It went from zero to 2 crores revenue and came back to zero within 3 years and then moving to Delhi.

Starting from scratch again he was a senior manager with Ansal Plaza for a place called District centre Janakpuri, where he built an Amphitheatre with DDA.

Having cracked a Crazy Sales deal with Radio Mirchi, he got the fastest promotion in Ansals history, moving from sr. manager to Vice President.

Having worked for various Retail Real Estate companies including DLF, Rahul Co-founded in 2009. It became the first luxury e-commerce company to Raise $ 8 million from Sequoia Capital, then $ 40 Million and then $ 128 Million.

In 2013 he set up with NDTV with a seed capital of Rs.84 lakhs which became an $ 85 Million company in 2 years.

Sunil Kalra


BSLG Pvt Limited


Founder Partner, Managing Director BSLG Pvt Limited (1992-2001)
Founder Member, Board of Governors, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)(2003- 2103)
Director, MPower Pvt. Ltd (2003-2013)
Director, Innoveda Biological Solutions Pvt Ltd
Director, TaxSpanner Pvt, Ltd
Director, FTK Technologies
Director, Via Projects Pvt., Ltd
Director, Gateway Investments Pvt., Ltd
Member HERS (HydroCarbon Energy Research Society)

Member, Indian Angel Network
Member Harvard Business Angels
Angel List

An active investor in Startups

Specialities: Investing in Startups

Ridhish Talwar




Sandro Stephen


Indian Angel Network


An entrepreneur at heart, Sandro Stephen started his career as a sales executive in 2005. Having worked with brands like Max New York Life Insurance, Airtel and Petersons Travel Services, Stephen was always keen to explore his entrepreneurial side, in a quest to build something credible. It was then that he started on his own startup journey by establishing Dossier placement, an HR/recruitment company serving global clients. Lack of funds forced Stephen to shut his startup back then but he always had his heart in the startup world. It was then in 2013 that Stephen joined Indian Angel Network, India’s first and World’s largest network of angel investors known to be supporting and mentoring new businesses. At present, Stephen is the Regional Head of North India operations for IAN.
In less than a year at IAN, he initiated and started the Hyderabad Chapter for the network and helped grow its member base in the city from just 7 members to up to 30 odd members.
Stephen primarily looks at sourcing and evaluating deal for fundraising, building relations with existing and new potential investors and building partnership with Startup ecosystem enablers across India such as IIT’s and IIM’s, TiE, Nasscom, NEN and VC Circle to name a few. He has successfully sourced many startups including Gadgewood, SP Robotics, SmartVizx, DesignBid, Squareplums, Peebuddy, Night Stay, Wedmegood and many others in which IAN has invested in and have got successful exits in few.
Today, Stephen not only source deals for the network, but is actively involved in mentoring young entrepreneurs on how to pitch to investors and helps them in developing their business ideas at a much early stage.

Subhadeep Sanyal







ID8 Ventures


Amit is a pro networker and strategist who believes in the mantra of doing and giving back to society. He works closely with relevant government and private agencies working in the space of entrepreneurship in India in supporting their startup-related initiatives. He is also a TEDx Speaker and has been strategically involved with some of the renowned Startup reality TV shows in India.

The objective behind starting ID8 is to create a handholding and soft landing mechanism for foreign companies for connecting them with the extended startup ecosystem in India.

During the last 3 years, he has spent travelling across India and identifying different startup ecosystems across geographies. He has been working with at entrepreneurs in colleges and at grass-root level. This has helped him in offering relevant advice while getting involved in specific state-level policy interactions across a few states.

During his previous stint as the Country Head of F6S, which is the largest startup discovery platform worked with most of the accelerators/VCs in the country. Amit has also been associated with InfoEdge India and works within different platforms in the company. Amit has tried his hands at entrepreneurship multiple times in the past as well.

Having started his career in sales, Amit has a got quite a knack at connecting the dots for different organisations, their target audience and possible revenue channels. He uses this skill for helping fellow entrepreneurs in his network by making the right connections and business insights.

He consults startups on sales, PR hacks, influencer marketing and fundraising.

Devendra Agrawal


Dexter Capital Advisors


Devendra Agrawal is deeply passionate about Investments and Entrepreneurship. After spending about 5 years in investments & 2 years in a senior operating role in corporate finance, he now donning the hat of an entrepreneur with Dexter Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Rohit Krishna


WEH Ventures



Hemendra Mathur


Bharat innovation Fund


Over 23 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, management consulting and investment banking industry in India, South Asia, Europe and USA.
- About 10 years of experience in early-stage and growth capital investing. Working as Venture Partner with a deep-tech sector-agnostic fund. Raised a private equity fund earlier and managed a portfolio of mid-sized companies in the food supply chain.
- About 12 years of management consulting and investment banking experience in the food, agribusiness, retail and consumer goods industry for corporates as well as the Government of India / state governments.


Event Details

18 May, 2019
10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Delhi - 110032

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