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Startup Kashmir is a movement to bring the state of Jammu & Kashmir on the global startup network. It has been established with the purpose of fostering the cooperation and exchange between startup companies, students, entrepreneur’s, scientists in the state with a wide network of mentors, startup accelerators, domain experts, VC and angel funding investors. It is an effort to build an ecosystem that is sustainable and long lasting.


Any company (less than 4 year old), Students, graduates, entrepreneur’s, and scientists from universities and research institutes who want to start-up and develop their innovative business idea. The start-up projects should be technology or knowledge-based projects with significant unique features and good commercial prospects of success.


After applying, there will be a due diligence process, and then the selected companies will be announced. Shortly thereafter, the acceleration programs will begin.

About Startup Kashmir


Startup Kashmir is an initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship and build a strong entrepreneurial culture in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Build a strong technology bridge between the budding entrepreneurs in the state and seasoned entrepreneurs globally. Helping entrepreneurs to work together to build a Kashmir for entrepreneurs and give a voice to the Kashmiri startup community.


Through various programs and projects we strive to airlift the startup ecosystem in Kashmir by catalyzing and inspiring first time entrepreneurs to build ventures; accelerating and growing them to successful business by providing mentorship and access to global network.

Advisory Council

Dr. Haseeb Drabu

Dr. Drabu, a renowned economist has PhD in economics and has served in the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister and with the Tenth Finance Commission. Subsequently, he served as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank. He was Chairman and CEO of Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd. between 2005 and 2010. As an economic advisor to J&K Government in 2003, he planned tax reforms, methods of expenditure compression and attempted to reduce the debt stock of the state government. He was also National Editor at Business Standard based in Mumbai, where he set up a research bureau. In the current PDP-BJP led government, he is the Minister for Finance, Labour, Employment & Culture.

Wajahat Habibullah

Wajahat Habibullah, an upright Indian Administrative Service officer has served on different important positions throughout his service. He was the chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities and held the position of the first Chief Information Commissioner of India. He was also Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Panchayat Raj (Local Government). He was Divisional Commissioner of nine districts in the state of Jammu and Kashmir between 1991 and 1993. Among several honors, Habibullah was awarded Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Secularism-1994 Gold Medal for Distinguished Service; Governor of Jammu & Kashmir-1996, Lala Ram Mohan History Award and many others.

Nikhil Agarwal

Founder Entrenprenaur Café

Nikhil is working as CEO Innovation, Govt of Andhra Pradesh. He is considered to be India's foremost innovation expert.

He has served as high-level-advisor to United Nations Global Alliance on ICT & Development (UNGAID); board member at World-Entrepreneurship-Forum and Open Mind Foundation respectively.

He was the first Asian to be elected as Co-Chair of prestigious Internet Society Advisory Council (ISOC-AC) for 2008-10. His interviews and work has been extensively covered in international media including HBR, Forbes, CNN Money, BBC Radio, The New York Times to name a few.

Professor Agarwal has traveled extensively around the world and worked with global institutions, corporations and multinationals. He writes his column “Snake Charmer” in Times of India (TOI) and Economic Times (ET). TOI is the largest English newspaper in the world by circulation.

Rajeev Banduni

CEO, Co-Founder – Growth Enabler

Rajeev is a recognised visionary, entrepreneur, start-up leader and a strategist. He has been instrumental in successfully growing and scaling numerous companies, both within India and Globally.

With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and having seen companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes; Rajeev has been instrumental in building growth strategies, raising capital, and thereafter ensured flawless execution and successful exits for leading tech Start-ups. His work includes transforming an Infrastructure Company to a complete IT Solutions and Services provider, which was later acquired by IGate Technologies. Rajeev has been a growth enabler for companies such as Ilantus Technologies, Computer Associates, Symantec and Gartner Inc, among others. As Head of Gartner India for over 10 years, Rajeev was instrumental in building and growing a successful business and leading a dynamic team.

Rajeev received his Bachelors of Engineering – Computer Science Degree from Pune University. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and two daughters. He is a passionate ultra runner, an avid reader, yoga enthusiast, and continues to write about how Start-up founders can attain total balance by adopting Zen Leadership.

Ms. Khair Ull Nissa

Executive Director World Trade Centre Noida

Khair is spearheading the World Trade Centre Services Vertical VERBIND and represents World Trade Centre in Delhi/NCR, Gujarat, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh etc. She is responsible for forging new Strategic Partnerships while maintaining old. Her main responsibility is identifying new opportunities for revenue growth and achieving annual plans along with instituting and implementing strategies & plans (long term and short term). She provides inputs on potential acquisitions and new developments, critically analyses current operations and cascading them respectively.

Versatile, results-oriented business professional with broad-based experience in international trade in both private and non-profit sectors. Special expertise in business development, tactical and strategic planning, alliance and team building, and customer relations. Recognized for strong interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills that build consensus among disparate groups. Energetic, dedicated leader and team player with the ability to motivate high levels of performance by others. Adept at cross cultural communications.

Khair is a Master’s in Business Management with specialization in International Marketing from University of Leeds, UK. She has worked in diversified sectors such as Real Estate, Leasing, FMCG, Retailing, IT and Fashion, across countries like US, Europe, Middle East and South East Asia and India.

Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam

Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam is a versatile and passionate leader with 2+ decades of global experience (decade in the USA and a decade+ in India). As a full time angel investor, invested in 16 start-ups and seen 3 exits. Spearheaded Impact thinking in Indian Angel Network and co-founded IANImpact. Partner at Acumen – New York based $100M impact venture fund and founder Chairman of Native Angels Network (NAN). Mentor-in-Residence at NSRCEL, IIMB. Board member of Action for India. Served as President of Atlanta and San Diego Chapters for the Association for India’s Development (AID). AID received Times of India Social Impact award in 2011 from the Prime Minister.

Sivakumar Krishnamurti

CFO - Zenataur Creative Systems

Ex Senior VP - Finance and Systems in Maruti Ltd, Advisor to Chairman and MD Maruti Group, MD M-Point Insignia Pvt Ltd. Specializes in Project Management, Financial Control & Accounting Systems implementation, ERP applications, integration with statutory compliances for direct and indirect taxes. Project report documentation for financing through VCs, Bankers, FIs, FIIS. Financial Management, Planning and Monitoring Due diligence for funding -Debt/Equity/IPO.

Rajiv Mukherjee

CEO - FHS Accelerator Pvt Ltd

Expert in “Customer centric” Product Management Process from Idea to Monetisation. Well networked with 100+ investors.

FHS platform brings the entrepreneurial ecosystem together to enable Aspiring & Early stage entrepreneurs to seed their business.

Fortnightly Startup Sprints with Mentors & Early adopter helps validate assumptions, open blind-spots & give directions to reach the next milestone.

Rajiv also runs Incubate Hub that is a whitelabelled Community engagement & mobilization platform, it enables organizations to design and run - Pre-Hire & Post-Offer engagement programs, Idea Incubation Programs and Hackathon. With presence in 560+ top colleges in India through our campus ambassadors help activate your programs in matter of weeks. Creating an enterprising talent ecosystem who can solve problems, bring new ideas & get discovered through innovation challenges.

Rakesh Mishra

Co-Founder Excubator

Founder at Excubator - working closely with the best minds in the world of entrepreneurship and with some of the most talented and amazing start-up teams globally. Rakesh is closely involved with IIT institutions and IIT alumni in the capacity of global co-chair of 'IIT Mentors.

Earlier, Rakesh was the head of Innovation Center and Program Head Strategic Services at Infosys.

Subranil Gangabasi

Co-Founder Startup Builders

Leading and driving initiatives to bring the rural and grass root innovations to the national and Global Level. A startup and Innovation Evangelist, Subranil has been in many judging panel namely Amrita University TBI, BangaloreGLobal Event etc.

Mentoring and Coaching more than 10 startups with more than 300 start-ups associated with Subranil.

Budhaditya Sengupta

Head of Global Ops EC

Budhaditya is a dynamic and young entrepreneur. His last startup is about creating employment in semi urban and rural India. He is passionate about creating new value driven businesses with higher impact. He has played many roles in his professional life and in multiple industries like telecom, IT, training, rural development, outsourcing and presently mentoring few startups.

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