ESpark-Viridian in association with Headstart Network are committed to promote entrepreneurship in India and are proud to launch Smartup 2017 to empower your Entrepreneurial dreams


Globally recognized programme and mentorship

Seed Investment

Potential to raise Seed investment upto 20 lacs.

No Limits

Age, Education, Experience, Economic Background no bar

All you need is an idea and a passion for entrepreneurship

Pan India Business Plan Contest

Smartup 2017

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”- Buddha

Smartup 2017 offers a unique opportunity to validate your ideas, learn nuances about business from mentors and receive constructive feedback. Calling all young and bright minds to submit their business plans and see their dreams come to life with Espark-Viridian Accelerator in association with Headstart Network’s Smartup 2017, a national level contest to realize your dreams.

Our event would culminate with two full days dedicated to one to one mentoring from national level mentors which would broaden the thought process of your innovative mind and a live/video pitching to top rated investors from India and abroad.


Major Highlights of the event include

On-the-spot prize money:
Winner ₹ 1 Lac;
First runner up - ₹ 50,000;
Second runner up- ₹ 25,000

Top 25 startups will get showcased on ESpark-Viridian and Headstart Network's Youtube channel and get access to online mentoring

Top 25 startups will be given access to high quality one to one mentoring and acceleration assistance to help transform their ideas into successful enterprises

Why You Should Apply

Top 25

Top 25 startups will be short listed and will gain:

  • An opportunity to pitch live at the Finale in Delhi
  • Top 25 startups will be given access to high quality mentoring and acceleration assistance, to help transform their idea into a successful enterprise and a potential to raise seed investment of upto INR 20 lacs* each, provided they fulfill certain terms and conditions
  • Great chance to network with many known professionals and who’s who of the community


  • Vibhuti Channa

    Director, Viridian Ventures

    Director, Espark-Viridian Accelerator

  • Amit Singh

    Founder & CEO, Wow Labz

    Co-Founder and MD, Headstart Network Foundation

  • Arpit Agrawal

    Principal, Blume Ventures

    Co-Founder and Director, Headstart Network Foundation

  • Ashish Taneja

    Managing Director

    GrowX Ventures

  • Paresh Gupta

    Founder, Global Centre for Entrepreneurship and Commerce

    Core Team Member, Headstart Network Foundation

Finalists Announced



Early and growth stage ventures are eligible to apply

Enterprise having a prototype of its product or service and those who have conducted a significant number of pilots in the field are encouraged to apply

Startups at pure Idea Stage should have done significant market research and should have clearly defined business model

Espark Viridian and Headstart Network reserve the rights to modify the terms and selection criteria as per their discretion

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register as an individual?

Yes you can, to be a part of the accelerator program, we would help you develop the core team.

How do I register?

You can register by filling up the registration form through the link mentioned below: Smartup 2017 Registration

Registration Closed

What is the fee for registering for the event?

There is no registration feefor applying to Smartup Contest 2017.

What if my startup doesn’t get selected for the funding round?

If you have a great startup but it unfortunately does not get selected for funding, we have got many other benefits for you such as recognition in a wide network, a platform to build connections, mentorships from experts to help you cover up all the issues in which your business lags behind. Also Top 25 Startups will get a chance to be featured on Espark-Viridian and Headstart Network’s YouTube channel and get Pan India visibility India and much more.

What should be the time duration for the video Pitch and in what format should it be filmed and sent?

The specifications are as follows: - Video should not exceed 3 minutes- treat it as an elevator Pitch - Video can be animated, video recorded or any another format, use your creativity- Upload it on YouTube as a private video and share the link in the form.

About Us

Espark-Viridian is a startup accelerator for early and growth seeking startups. We offer an Upto 18 month multi-centre, multi-sector accelerator programme through 5 centres spread across Bangalore, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Mumbai and Delhi-NCR. To know more visit:

Headstart is one of India's oldest and largest startup ecosystem development organisations established with the vision of 'changing the world with entrepreneurship'. It is a non-profit, run almost entirely by passionate volunteers across 22 cities.
Since 2007, Headstart has helped numerous startups showcase their offerings and get feedback on their products. It has facilitated tens of thousands of connections to potential co-founders, customers, vendors, mentors, investors and employees. Companies that have demoed at Headstart have collectively added over 30,000 Crores to the Indian economy and created 4 Lakh jobs. Headstart is committed towards building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country through its initiatives like Startup Saturday, Higher, Women Entrepreneurship (WE), Mentor and Kickstart.

  • India’s largest Community of Early stage entrepreneurs across 16 cities
  • Successful startups like Freecharge, Ola, Flipkart and many others made their early Pitches on Headstart Network
  • More than 30,000 entrepreneurs impacted and more than 150 startup events organized annually pan India
  • More than 150 startup events organized annually pan India

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