DRISHTI - an acceleration and incubation programme 

The term ‘acceleration’ has a broad definition within the startup community. Moreover, as accelerators are still a new and innovative way of developing startups, the model is in flux and this means that precise definitions can be difficult to pin down.

• An application process that is open to all, yet highly competitive.
• Chance of pre–seed and seed investment, usually in exchange for equity.
• A focus on small teams not individual founders.
• Time–limited support, usually between one to three months, comprising programmed events and intensive mentoring.
• Cohorts or ‘classes’ of startups rather than individual companies.

Services Offered

Angel networks – groups of individual investors who invest their own capital into small or growing businesses and provide mentoring and business expertise.

Business competitions – aim to stimulate innovations and find talented entrepreneurs.

Co-working spaces – offer flexible desk and meeting space, opportunities to meet other ventures or entrepreneurs, and a programme of events or learning to support ventures.

Entrepreneurship courses – usually run by business schools to teach the theoretical basis of entrepreneurship, although some may also include a practical component.

Hackathons/Startup weekends – very short, intensive, hands–on programmes designed to encourage collaborative development, and test whether an idea may be viable as a startup.

Maker spaces/hacker spaces – community-style spaces where people can come together to collaborate and share knowledge.

Mentoring schemes – focus purely on mentoring and are designed to share expertise and experience.

Seed funds – provide initial equity funding to startups.

Social venture academies – offer programmes to help accelerate learning for social ventures and entrepreneurs, whether they are already working on a venture or just in  the planning stages.

Entrepreneurship Course:

  1. Basics of Entrepreneurship and Startup.

  2. Innovation and Creativity

  3. Validating ideas!

  4. Design thinking

  5. How to approach/choose the right target audience?

  6. Starting with Digital Marketing

  7. Scaling up with Advance marketing

  8. Legal registrations of a startup Company

  9. Secure your idea with IPRs

  10. Power of creating community/branding

  11. What Investors want?

  12. A parallel support of Govt. to startups

  13. Let play a game of valuation

  14. How to represent your startup idea to stakeholders?

  15. Role of Incubation centre in a startup

  16. Building a scalable business model

  17. Why a startup fails?

  18. How to retain your customers?

Targeted Domains for Program (Focus Area):

There are no restrictions on selections of a domain but startup should have early tractions stage:

  1. Agritech

  2. Travel & Tourism

  3. FinTech

  4. HealthTech

  5. Edutech

  6. Advance Technology (IoT, ML, AI, etc.)

  7. FoodTech

  8. E-commerce

  9. Women Safety

  10. Waste Management

Who can apply:

Those startups who have
- Registered Entity
- Early tractions
- Ready for seed funds
- Tech solutions

Why Startups should join us:

From a startup's perspective there are several reasons why Drishti program might be an enticing option:

• They may provide initial funding to help get one’s idea off the ground.
• They offer access to experienced mentors.
• They provide opportunities to connect with potential customers and investors.
• The cohort structure encourages peer learning and support.
• The intensity of the programme gives startups the chance to really develop their idea.
• They provide hands–on experience and an alternative to entrepreneurial education.
• They may provide (or been seen to provide) validation of the startup

How to apply:

Startups may apply by filling Google form present on

  • Website

  • Social Media Platforms

  • Startup India portal


Applications Closed

Last date to apply: 30th Jun 2020