HST Grand Challenge (HGC) is designed for startups, innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs working on cutting edge technology-based ideas that solve the problems of the highest relevance in three thematic areas. In addition to the prize money, the top startups/innovators will be handpicked and supported by IIT Mandi Catalyst. These startups and innovators will have access to grant and seed funding to create prototypes, build products, and commercialize.

Tentative Schedule: Himalayan Startup Trek 2022


Day 1: August 26, 2022 | Friday
Time Agenda
8:30 AM -10:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Pitching Grand Finale (Close Door) (Three thematic panels - Parallel)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Startups for HP, Presentation to state officials(Close Door)
5:00 PM onwards Networking Hi-Tea
7:00 PM onwards Networking Dinner
9:00 PM onwards Track I: Investor Panel for Catalyst Portfolio Startups
9:00 PM onwards Track II: Master Class for Startups
Day 2 : August 27, 2022 | Saturday
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Inaugural Session
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM Keynote address 1
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Keynote address 2
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Networking Lunch
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Thematic areas panel discussion
Panel 1: Human computer interaction
Panel 2 : Build for Himalayas
Panel 3 : Environment and Sustainaility
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Speed dating for startups
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Cultural Evening
8:00 PM onwards Dinner
Day 3 : August 28, 2022 | Sunday
6:00 AM - 8:30 AM Local trek (for interested)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM -12:00 PM Noon Mentors' roundtable (Closed Door)
12:00 PM onwards Lunch
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Prize Distribution & Valedictory Session

Inaugural Session



Sh. JaiRam Thakur

Hon'ble Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh

Dr. Ajai Kumar Garg

Director, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt. of India

Rakesh Kumar Prajapati

Director of Industries, HP

Prof. Laxmidhar Behera

Director, IIT Mandi

Expected Dignitaries



Mukesh Repaswal (IAS)

Department of Information Technology, H.P

Apoorv Devgan (IAS)

Pollution Control Board, H.P

Hemraj Bairwa (IAS)

National Health Mission, H.P

Ashish Singhmar (IAS)

Department of Labour & Employment, H.P

Speakers



Keynote

Kapil Bharati

Delhivery

Panel

Raj Bhat

IIT Mandi Catalyst

Panel

Vivek Venugopalan

Ex-Fantain Sports

Panel

Dr. Varun Dutt

IIT Mandi

Panel

Dr. Amit Shukla

IIT Mandi

Panel

Kumaar Bagrodia

NeuroLeap

Panel

Sapna Arora

OLX

Panel

Hemendra Mathur

Bharat Innovations Fund

Panel

Dr. Shyam Kumar Masakapalli

IIT Mandi

Panel

Dr. Kiran Sharma

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Panel

Varun Rattan Singh

Development Logics

Panel

Dr. Venkata Uday Kala

IIT Mandi

Panel

Kartik Desai

Desai & Associates

Panel

Saurabh Mittal

IIT Mandi Catalyst

Panel

Dr. Arti Kashyap

IIT Mandi

Panel

Anuj Sharma

ALSiSAR IMPACT

Panel

Aakash Shah

Peak Sustainability Ventures

Mentors and Jury Members



Lakshmi Vaidyanathan

Jivass Technologies

Dr. Kiran Sharma

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Raj Bhat

IIT Mandi Catalyst

Saurabh Mittal

IIT Mandi Catalyst

Bhavesh Manglani

Delhivery

Sapna Arora

OLX

Varun Rattan Singh

Development Logics

Sneha Kanitkar

PatentSKy

Dr. Kaustubh Dhargalkar

Potential & Possibilities

Vivek Venugopalan

Ex-Fantain Sports

Saurabh Singhavi

Alsisar Impact

Atul Manohar

Thought-Craft Design Studio

Karan Mehta

Peak Venture Partners

Aakash Shah

Peak Sustainability Ventures

Dr. Puran Singh

IIT Mandi

Dr. Sunny Zafar

IIT Mandi

Dr. Shyam Kumar Masakapalli

IIT Mandi

Dr. Baskar Bakthavachalu

IIT Mandi

Dr. Venkata Krishnan

IIT Mandi

Dr. Prem Felix

IIT Mandi

Deepika Rana

Department of Industries, H.P.

Dr. Arnav Bhavsar

IIT Mandi

Dr. Amit Shukla

IIT Mandi

Dr. G. Shrikanth Reddy

IIT Mandi

Dr. Siddhartha Sarma

IIT Mandi

Dr. Varun Dutt

IIT Mandi

Amarjeet Singh

Zenatix

Dr. Rahul Shrestha

IIT Mandi

Hemendra Mathur

Bharat Innovations Fund

Shantanu Srivastava

Compliance Support

Dr. Venkata Uday Kala

IIT Mandi

Kartik Desai

Desai & Associates

Dr. Arti Kashyap

IIT Mandi

Anuj Sharma

ALSiSAR IMPACT

Malika Pande

Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying

Vishal Mehta

Lok Capital

Kumaar Bagrodia

NeuroLeap

Ashwin Patil

Skit.ai

Thematic Areas


Like last year, this year too HST will feature the ‘HST Grand Challenge’ - startup pitch competition in three thematic areas. The grand challenge is focused on identifying and catalysing ideas and innovations that will amplify startups’ efforts and impact.

The New Age Alliance - Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

The new age alliance through Human-computer interaction (HCI) is all about enhancing humans’ cognitive and decision-making capacity through the use of technology without disrupting the natural order of events. This challenge aims to promote the use of intelligent interfaces and technologies in daily order of routine as well as in the complex business and social decision-making processes.

The multidisciplinary field of HCI focuses on the design of computer technology and, in particular, the interaction between humans (the users) and computers. While initially concerned with computers, HCI has since expanded to cover almost all forms of information technology design. The focus of HCI is to use computer’s intelligence and computation capabilities in decision making, prediction, estimation, communication, and processing.

Expert Panel :


Raj Bhat

IIT Mandi Catalyst

Vivek Venugopalan

Ex-Fantain Sports

Dr. Arnav Bhavsar

IIT Mandi

Dr. Varun Dutt

IIT Mandi

Amarjeet Singh

Zenatix

Dr. Amit Shukla

IIT Mandi

Dr. Rahul Shrestha

IIT Mandi

Kumaar Bagrodia

NeuroLeap

The critical element of HCI is the interaction and feedback loop between the machine and humans that result in enhancing the cognitive abilities of the humans. One may note that computer systems are primarily used as a communication medium. For an innovation/product to qualify as HCI, it has to have the elements of interaction and feedback with the humans. While most mobile/web applications are for mere communication between buyers and sellers, integration of recommendation systems, predictive analytics, decision automation qualify an application as the HCI-relevant solution.

As the applicability of HCI is very wide, it is difficult to give a single example that can represent the HCI area or its meaning. However, HCI has use cases in agriculture, landslide monitoring, farming applications, air pollution monitoring, digital pathology, neuroradiology, and body area networks.

Problem areas in this thematic area are devised in consultation with iHub and HCI foundation at IIT Mandi (iHub), and the Indian HCI foundation.

Problem Statements in Human Computer Interaction thematic area

  • Assistive technologies to aid and enhance human functioning and decision making
  • Use of advanced technologies to enhance the cognitive abilities of humans
  • Use of computer’s intelligence to aid human decision-making, prediction, communication, and processing
  • Brain computer interaction based solutions for economic and social betterment
  • Robotics and AI based solutions for high business and computing performance
  • Cost-effective diagnostic tools/equipment/services as an alternative to costly tests such as MRI
  • Electric vehicle and hydrogen based technology solutions for mobility
  • Application of deep tech and high tech solutions that cut across industries including health, agriculture, clean energy, sustainable economy, etc.
  • Autonomous and remote computer interaction based systems that enhance humans’ interaction with computers
  • Augmented and virtual reality based solutions for sectors including education, health, and skilling

Important Dates


HST 2022 will be hosted on campus.
August 26-28, 2022


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


Burrowed in the hills of Himalayan foothills, away from the city lights and the urban din, exists a startup ecosystem slowly budding and preparing to bloom! Here at the IIT Mandi Catalyst, we are ready to host the 6th edition of the Himalayan Startup Trek (HST), a two-day startup event hosted by IIT Mandi Catalyst.

The previous editions of HST since 2017 have proved to be highly impactful, with unceasing buzz throughout the two days with the presence of who's-who of the entrepreneurial and business world. The robust HST event schedules have invited pitch sessions from across the country, with opportunities to have investor one-on-ones. The events proved to be an amalgamation of startups, investors, corporations, and industry veterans from around the country to boost the startup ecosystem in the hills. With the current edition, we aim to leave the entrepreneurial minds inspired, zealous, and recharged for the times to come!

HST is a gateway for startups to Catalyst, IIT Mandi's in-house Technology Business Incubator. More than 250 startups, in various stages of their journeys, have gone through IIT Mandi Catalyst's processes as incubatees in the last three years. While addressing pressing issues of the modern-day world, these teams tackle problems, including those of the Himalayan region. They have been hand-held, funded, and groomed by industry experts from various trade domains.

The portfolio of startups is myriad. While some are working keenly on the local issues of the Himalayan people, others are building solutions to conserve the environment. From building sensors that predict landslides and alert residents of the area well in advance to making eco-friendly cook-stoves, the desire to help the community flows through their veins.

HST 2022 promises to be bigger and better with the kind of traction it is garnering in the country's far reaches. Founders of renowned startups, industry experts, and angel investors have been brought on board to ensure the event is ripe with the right mix of flavors from the startup arena. Mentoring 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 endeavors to showcase its emerging entrepreneurial potential and spirit as well. In the past five years, IIT Mandi Catalyst has strived to cradle and nurture the nascent startup ecosystem silently burgeoning in the valley. With HST 2022 almost at the doorstep, IIT Mandi Catalyst sets out to invite startups from across the country and have the world witness the growth taking place in these hills. Hail the call of the mountains! Startup in Hills with IIT Mandi Catalyst!

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.



Glimpses From Previous Editions


Highlights of HST 2018
Highlights of HST 2018
Highlights of HST 2017
Highlights- Himalayan Innovation Challenge (HIC) 2019
Message from Board | Catalyst | HST 2018
Win incubation support from IIT Mandi Catalyst || Himalayan Startup Trek 2018
Starting up in Himalayas: Catalyst Startup Companies
CATALYST PORTFOLIOS 2020
How to Think About Technology || HST 2017


Sponsors


FAQS



The Himalayan Startup Trek is the flagship annual startup event hosted by IIT Mandi Catalyst (Catalyst) to bring together the stakeholders of the Indian Startup Ecosystem and connect them on a single platform. New venturing startups and seasoned mentors get to meet each other and pick each others' brains that help formulate new relationships and turn the ideas and innovations into products and services for the global market.
In its sixth edition, HST 2022 will host the ‘HST Grand Challenge’ - startup pitch competition in three thematic areas. The grand challenge is focused on identifying and catalysing ideas and innovations that will amplify startups’ efforts and impact.

IIT Mandi Catalyst was launched in 2016 by IIT Mandi as the first Technology Business Incubator (TBI) in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Away from pollution, long commute, noise, and other big-city problems, it offers a low-cost, peaceful, and high-tech destination to early-stage startups.

In only six years of its existence, Catalyst has emerged as one of the leading incubators in the region and is among the more active incubators in the country. In its short journey, Catalyst has supported over 250+ startups in a range of sectors including clean energy, healthcare, enterprise management, agriculture, manufacturing, biotech, education, and consumer internet. The incubation program of Catalyst plugs the skill gaps of the startup founders through its mentoring and training programs. Catalyst has hosted over 100 such programs to date. Further, the funding needs of startups in the early stages are also met through the funding schemes hosted at Catalyst. Catalyst, to date, has disbursed or committed over INR 7 Cr for prototyping and commercialization purposes to the startups.

Amidst the pristine hills in the foothills of the Himalayas, the IIT Mandi Catalyst is the breeding ground for innovations within the Himalayas. A one of a kind Technology Incubation Center brings to the world the indigenous frugality of the mountain world and vice versa.

HST Grand Challenge (HGC) is an effort of Catalyst to identify and support innovative technology based solutions in three different broad categories. In addition to the prize money to top startups, Catalyst will pick a handful of most feasible ideas and enable willing innovators/entrepreneurs in prototyping, testing and implementing to create an impact in the ecosystem.
  • Theme 1: The New Age Alliance - Human Computer Interaction
  • Theme 2: The Foothill Innovators Challenge - Build for Himalayas
  • Theme 3: The Habitable World Challenge - Environment and Sustainability
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs, college students, young professionals at ideation and prototype stage
  • Registered startups as well as unregistered teams/individuals
  • Startups in early stages of building their venture (pre-seed stage)
  • Innovators/researchers having a validated technology and willing to convert it into a startup
  • Startups from anywhere in India
  • Each thematic area will have a prize money to be distributed between the top startups in the given theme.
  • Top startups will be provided incubation support and access to funding schemes at Catalyst.

Competent jury panels in each of the thematic areas will evaluate the applications in a multi-stage screen and selection process. The jury will include representatives of sponsoring agencies, incubation center, thematic expert, and technology experts.

  • Alignment will the advertised thematic areas
  • Alignment with the technological areas as applicable
  • Nature and extent of innovation and use of technology
  • Intention to build and implement the solutions
  • Marketability of solutions: stage of venture/idea, technical feasibility, market demand, idea or product validation, team
  • Incubation fit with IIT Mandi Catalyst
  • Alignment with IIT Mandi Catalyst’s overall vision and intent

PARTNERS



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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