Startup Next, the global and top pre-accelerator program comes to Delhi.

Startup Next, the global and top pre-accelerator program – backed by the likes of Techstars, Google for Entrepreneurs, Global Accelerator Network and Startup Weekend – is coming to New Delhi !


The Startup Next program is designed for startups who plan to apply to accelerators or are pitching to investors for funding.

Startup Next is an intense mentorship program consisting of weekly sessions (one session in a week lasting three hours) for five weeks. The program has a structured curriculum and in-depth engagement with one-on-one mentoring, designed to help startups build the foundation of scalable ventures.

Following the program, Startup Next teams that have demonstrated their readiness and progress will have access to a number of value-added resources from the Startup Next global team, including a two day trip to Silicon Valley, that includes investor pitch events, networking events and learning sessions. Startups from the program will also be referred to Accelerator and/or Investor partners of Startup Next.

In 2014 alone, the program has helped over 20 startups to get into top accelerators, including Techstars and 500 Startups, while 8 more startups have collectively raised $5.7M for their initial seed rounds.

Startup Next is fully organized by local volunteers. In Delhi NCR it is being driven by startup evangelist, Prajakt Raut, founder of The Hub for Startups.

Apart from Prajakt, the mentor panel consists of experienced entrepreneurs and investors including –

Vikram Upadhyaya – Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Board Member IAN Incubator and founder GHV Accelerator

Sanjay Bansal – Founder Aurum Equity Partners LLP 

Sunil Goyal – Founder YourNest Angel Fund 

Ankur Dinesh Garg – Consulted and Led Technology, Business, Operations and Marketing for various large digital businesses. Founder – iamWire , wirefoot,, ANMsoft. Presently engaged in founding a stealth mode startup.

Suresh Kabra – Serial Entrepreneur and a go-to-market Strategy Advisor for Startups and SMEs

Jamshed Rajan – Techie, stand-up comedian, and CPO of Nimbuzz Messenger (150+ million downloads) – Jammy, as he is popularly known, was also a mentor for the last season

Shipra Sharma – Entrepreneur and Founder of Tattva Spa – The fastest growing wellness services venture.

Aparna Gupta – Managing Director India, First Rain Inc. 

Dilkash Malhotra – E-commerce Expert and Founder of Asia Konsult 

Arjun Malhotra – Co-Founder at Investopad

Rohan Malhotra – Co-Founder at Investopad

“Programs like these are excellent opportunities for first-time entrepreneurs to understand the fundamentals of building a business, from the experts. Not only does this involve learning but also doing, as the program involves going out into the field and hustling to complete a set of reporting deliverables each week in preparation for the mentorship” – Prajakt Raut

Vikram Upadhyaya added “I volunteered as a mentor for Startup Next as it helps startups focus on the progress they need to make to be accepted into top-notch accelerator programs, or noticed by investors. And that makes all the difference.”.

The program is being hosted at Investopad, one of the most happening co-working space for startups in India.

To find out more and apply, visit Startup Next Application deadline is October 18th!

Startup Next is promoted by UP Global – A non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. UP Global believes that entrepreneurs are the leading drivers of prosperity, jobs, and innovation. Without entrepreneurship, we would cease to move forward within our local economies and in our world.

For further queries, write to

Author: Prajakt Raut

Prajakt Raut is the founder of, and author of the book for startups - ‘Starting Up & Fund Raising’ Prajakt personal goal in life is to encourage and assist a 100,000 people to become entrepreneurs. _____________ Prajakt is the founder of Applyifi - an online platform that provides startups a 36-point scorecard and assessment report on the venture's investment readiness [], and helps them improve their odds of getting funded. Prajakt is also the founding partner of The Growth Labs, a platform where growth-stage companies get sharp, incisive advice from senior professionals and experienced entrepreneurs. [] Before starting Applyifi, Prajakt was the head of operations at IAN, 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.

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