UPSTART North East Startup Challenge & Festival 2016-17, January 20, 2017, IIE Campus, Guwahati



Meet the Change Makers & Experts

Karma Bhutia
CEO & Founder,
Sanjeev Sharma
Founder & Director, WEBX
Prof. Natalie West Kharkongor
Associate Professor, Chairperson, CEDNER, IIM Shillong
Sunit Jain
Publisher and MD, G Plus
Rajesh Keisham
CMD at The Sui Generis Inc, Founder of CC Tea
Rajeev Aggarwal
Director, SM Group
Siddhartha (Sid) Chowdhary
Entrepreneur, Business Executive, Mentor
Dr. Sriparna B. Baruah
Faculty & Head, CIEC at (IIE), Guwahati
Hasina Kharbhih
Founder & CEO, Impulse Social Enterprises
Arindom Hazarika
Co-Founder, Arohan Foods
Atreyee Borooah Thekedath
Founder Director, Web.Com (India) Pvt. Ltd
Mr. Tilak Das
Retired DGM, SBI, Director, GDF Pvt Ltd.
Dr. H. Purushotham
CMD, NRDC, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India

Organisers and Partners


Start Up Fest North East Opening

During this event in the ancient kingdom of Kamrupa in Guwahati, will welcome national and international keynote-speakers and will facilitate match-making between investors and startup entrepreneurs from all over the North East Region at the Startup Garden.

The Startup Future

Get inspired on themes as ‘Create the Future’ and ‘Fund the Future’ and join the festival inspiring event where corporates, startups, scale ups, investors, entrepreneurs and talents connect and interact.

Startup Village

Demo booths for Startups to showcase their work, product or technology and pitch for funding to funders / investors

Awards / Prizes / Opportunities

Chosen from hundreds of applicants, selected startups take the stage to pitch. Startups gain the opportunity to pitch in front of investors and accelerator managing directors. A panel of expert judges will then select startups for cash prizes and awards in various categories.

Startup & Dance!

Imagine 100 + startups, VCs, coders, corporates and students… dancing to the music of the best deejays! This will be the ultimate celebration of the results at the end of this Startup Festival.

Pitch & Launch!

Startups will pitch their ideas in front of investors and funders and enter into collaboration.

‘Startup India, Standup India’

Open session with government officials with existing and new startups on the various policy and government provisions to support Startups in the region.

Startup North East & Make in India

Open session and dialogue with government officials on various provisions in promoting ‘Make in India’ through North East Startups

Policies & Promoting Startup in North East

Open session and dialogue on policy framework in the States and for the region to promote viable startups led by youth innovations and energy.

Start, Invest and Innovate


The Youth is the vibrant force in North East India. And with the region fast evolving hub of new technology, innovation and emerging social and business ventures, this provides unprecedented opportunity and scope for entrepreneurship and startups. A lot of new initiatives are being taken up to make North East India a vibrant entrepreneurial society from the socio-economic perspective. The latest offering is emergence of Startups as entrepreneurial ventures or new businesses in the form of a company or a temporary organisation inventing a business model which is scalable, replicable and sustainable, formed usually by partnership.

The ‘Startup India, Standup India’ plan announced by the Government, and provisions like two years of tax-free facility and three months’ exit period; the special endowment in the form of a ‘venture fund’ as a special incentive under this scheme for new entrepreneurs, so as to relieve them from financial liabilities under the Ministry of DoNER; special venture fund provision in the North Eastern Council (NEC) policy programme, are testimony to the efforts towards a positive transformation in the startup environment in the region. Read more