Our Partners & Mentors

Selection Procedure - SAMRIDHI


AWaDH team will invite applications and entries from startups and entrepreneurs through rolling basis or by open innovation challenges.


The Metrics based screening will be done by internal committee. Startups with prior technology, innovation, IP and Patents shall be prioritized.

Internal Pitch

Participants have to go through internal pitch evaluation session in front of the internal Incubator Seed Management Committee (ISMC)

Demo Day

The startups selected in R3 will have to pitch Infront of the external expert committee consist of Investors, VC Firms and External ISMC.


Startups recommended by Incubator Seed Management Committee and Demo Day panel will be funded through Grant, Equity or loan of upto 50L.

Partnership Opportunity

We also invite your support in terms of potential investment opportunities in the showcased startups. We also extend an invitation for your support regarding potential investment opportunities in the showcased startups. We are pleased to mention that we are open to exploring joint investment prospects

Jury Member / Panel Member

We would like your support as a jury member to finalise the startups, and help us to decide on the quantum of funds that may be invested in them.

Collaborative Opportunities

Discussion / MoU / SoI to support and enable deep-tech-focused startups and to launch initiatives at SAMRIDHI.

Tech Storm Exhibition

a total of 50 startups will showcase their technologies & products. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to engage with the startups on a one-to-one basis and explore their innovations firsthand. Also, recommend your startup to apply for the Exhibition

Potential Investment Opportunities

We are open to exploring joint investment prospects in startups that align with your vision, investment thesis and show promising potential. Investment models can be discussed together if you identify any startups during the pitching sessions that capture your interest.

Support in Outreach / Networking

To share in your wide network, communities, social media and recommendations for startups to Pitch / Exhibit.

Let’s collaborate and explore mutually beneficial investment avenues to drive the success of these startups and foster innovation in the industry. For the benefits of the deep-tech R&D focus startups, we have put together a corpus of 4 Cr INR fund to support 12 final shortlisted startups, with a cap of 50 Lakh max, depending on various factors, including requirement, stage, patent, product, revenue, market, team etc during the Conclave.

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Contact Us!

Mukesh Kestwal
Chief Innovation Officer

IIT Ropar - Technology Innovation Foundation (AWaDH)

(+91) 7895830716

Dr Radhika Trikha
Chief Operating Officer

IIT Ropar - Technology Innovation Foundation (AWaDH)

(+91) 9888525038

Our Mentors

Somveer Anand
Mission Director
IM Punjab

Vijetha Shastry
Dexter Capital

Hanisha Vaswani
Founder & Managing Partner
Majority Fund

Shashank Randev
Founder VC

Sweta Tiwari
VP-Venture Building
Alteria Capital

Zaran Bhagwagar
AVP-Startup Ventures

Kiran Joseph
Digital Sustainability PM

Amit Mishra
Co-Founder & Partner
3to1 Capital

Anubhav Tiwari
Lead East & North East India, Headstart

Kiran Vuppala
Head – Mazumdar Shaw
Medical Foundation – TBI

Saurabh Trivedi
Founder, IP Samadhan
Partner, Agility Ventures

Neera Inamdar
Co-founder, Grex & Realx
Director, GAIN Accelerator

Prof. Rupinder Tewari
Mentor, TEC,
Punjab University, Chandigarh

Dr. Hemang Shah
India Engineering Lead
(Director), Qualcomm

Dr Ritesh Kumar
Pr. Scientist

Gautham S
VC Platforms 
Blume Ventures

Varun Gaur

Balaji Ayyangar
Lead Architect

Mamta Bhardwaj
Sr. Scientist C
DST-Centre for Policy Research

Vaniya Dangwal
Head – Partnership 
Headstart Network

Tushar Vadera
Lead, Headstart Investor Circle, Co-Founder, SetMyCart

Nikhil Muppavarapu
AVP (Incubation)
Tamil Nadu Technology Hub

Dr. J.K. Pandey 
Member – NASI, IWRA
Professor, UPES

Mili Kataria
Pandora’s Box

Dr. Jayant Pawar
Assistant Director-IIE
Krishna Vishwa Vidyapeeth

Business Growth Strategist

Harsh Pangi


Dr Pushpendra Singh
Project Director,
IIT Ropar – TIF


Mukesh Kestwal
Chieft Innovation Officer
IIT Ropar- TIF


Dr. Radhika Trikha
Chief Operating Officer
IIT Ropar- TIF