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




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:



Pannel Discussions

Eminent Speaker Sessions

Tech/Business Talks

Pitch to Investors

One to one with Startups

Pitch for Incubation

Startup Showcase

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

*Srikanth Velamakanni

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


Samir Shah

Sattva Investment Advisors Pvt Limited

Chintan Bakshi

Startup Oasis

Saurabh Jain


Sapna Arora


Bhavesh Manglani


Rhea Singhal


Gitanjali JB

Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh

Raghav Gupta

Director - India and APAC at Coursera

Anshu Bhartia

UnLtd India

Kartik Desai

Asha Impact
(Investors and Speakers)

Vinay Mittal

Strategy Investment Advisors LLP.
(Investors and Speakers)

Anuj Sharma

Impact Investing | Transaction Advisory
(Investors and Speakers)

Mahavir Pratap Sharma

Angel Investors| Rajasthan Angel Innovators NetworK

Gagan Gupta

Angel Investor, Kyt Ventures

Dr Anu Gupta

Angel Investor, Kyt Ventures


  • 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.

  • 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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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