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Headstart is India's largest & oldest grassroots level organization striving to enable the enablers of the startup ecosystem

Headstart is a volunteer led organization supporting startups and entrepreneurship across India. Since its inception in 2007, Headstart has played an important role in shaping India's startup ecosystem. We strive to enable the enablers of the startup ecosystem in helping the startups and entrepreneurs of India shine! Today Headstarters are fulfilling our founding vision of 'changing the world with entrepreneurship' contributing towards startup policy, venture capital, incubation, startup education and beyond. We have a bold vision for India, and as empowered citizens we do whatever little we can do, to further it.

HS for Entrepreneurs

Headstart exists for you. Explore our initiatives and find the right one for you. Or hit up a Headstarter in your city to get plugged in to the ecosystem.

Initiatives:

Startup Saturday
Kickstart
Mentor
Take Off
WE
Jobs
Wellness
Startup Showers
Starbox

HS for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Looking for knowledge, guidance or inspiration? You'll likely find whatever you are looking for in one of our initiatives. Trivia: Nobody has participated in more than 8 Startup Saturdays and not ended up becoming an entrepreneur. Time to Startup is Now!

Initiatives:

Startup Saturday
Hustlers' Stories
WE Cohorts

HS for Investors

Headstart Investor Circle is designed to help 10k HNIs to turn into angel Investors in India. If you are a VC writing early cheques, we have Kickstart for you where we hand pick startups based on team, market, product, traction and barrier to entry. We also have structured initiatives for Funds, LPs and Family Offices. Check them out.

Initiatives:

HIC Deal Flow
Kickstart

HS for Governments

Headstart has worked closely with various central and state bodies, contributing with strategy, application drives, fund raising activities, capacity building of institutions and beyond. Please check our initiatives to learn more. Trivia: Headstarters have also contributed to India's startup policy, as well as for few of its states.

Initiatives:

ScaleUp
Headstart Grants

HS for Incubators

After spending more than a decade trying to build ecosystems at the grassroots, we've concluded that the most effective way for us to enable entrepreneurs in India's tier 2 and 3 is through incubators. We are working closely with Atal Innovation Mission and over 20 incubators across India and are planning to grow our incubator focused initiatives 10x over the next 3 years.

Initiatives:

ScaleUp
Headstart Hub
Headstart Capital
WE

HS for Accelerators

We have worked with multiple accelerators and helped them with organizing pan India application drives, organizing demo days and also making connection with funds and family offices. Our volunteers also happen to be very well suited to run accelerator programmes, just saying ;)

Initiatives:

Kickstart

HS for Corporations

Headstart has been an operator-partner for executing the corporate innovation programmes for a couple of very well known companies. We have contributed with strategy, execution, connections, content, events and more. We have also helped scout applications and organize demo days for Corporate Accelerators.

Initiatives:

Corporate Innovation
International Bridges

HS for other ecosystem players

Over the years, we have designed over 50 initiatives. Most of them tailored around entrepreneurs. But a majority of the initiatives we are designing now are for other ecosystem enablers like us. If you are running an online or physical startup community, or if you are looking for playbooks, mentor/ investor connections for your community drop us a line and we would be happy to #PayItForward

Initiatives:

Startup September
Mentor

Making an Impact Since 2007

Founders love us

Yellow Messenger started as a consumer App and Headstart chose us to present at the large startup conference in Bangalore that helped us get early customers and customer feedback. We were once looking to get into an accelerator of a global leader which provides great value in terms of go to market but realized we missed the deadline. Headstart with its connects was able to get the organization look at our company and we eventually made to the accelerator. This is of great value for us a a joint partnership with this company can help us reach global customer base. I recommend any startup to be associated with headstart and take advantage of the self-less love that Headstart provides.

Raghu Ravinutala

Founder & CEO, Yellow Messenger

Run by passionate volunteers

Many are surprised to learn that an organization like ours has thrived for over a decade being being run entirely or predominantly by volunteers. We are one big family, bound by our love for startups and our desire to make a difference. Apply now if you think you'll feel at home here!

Global Presence

Headstart is present in over 30+ cities in India, 4 countries across Globe, enabling the startup ecosystem from the last 14 years with fabulous work from our volunteers.

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