The Indian Startup ecosystem is basking in a golden period. Many entrepreneurs are swiftly innovating and building in India for the world – thus partaking in the flourishing India growth story. Therefore, it becomes more pertinent that they have the right resources and opportunities at the right time to take the big leap and thrive.

With this intent, IDFC FIRST Bank has joined hands with Moneycontrol and CNBCTV18 to create ‘Leap To Unicorn’ - a one-of-its-kind Founder Success Program that provides mentoring, networking, and fundraising opportunities for India’s most promising startups through a meticulously planned journey. GET FUNDED

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  • Prashanth Prakash

    Founding Partner, Accel, India

    Has invested in and mentored over 200 companies, including Agrostar, BlueStone, BookMyShow, Clevertap, EatFit, and others. Member of the Government of India's National Startup Advisory Council. Recently, he also co-founded the $500 million ACT Grants fund to provide financial assistance to startups.

  • Bhavik Vasa

    Founder & CEO, GetVantage

    Has 14+ years of global experience across FinTech, E-Commerce, Digital Payments, and Mobile technologies. His platform "GetVantage" has funded over 500+ start-ups. He also mentors and serves on the boards of several leading startups, including BnT Fintech, Vested Finance, Blue Tokai, and LivingFood Company.

  • Siddarth Pai

    Founding Partner, 3one4 Capital

    Helped close over 120+ funding rounds and investments into 35+ different funds across private equity and public markets. He is an Expert Council Member at iSpirt, IVAC youngest executive council member and was named in Forbes India's list of "Tycoons of Tomorrow" in 2021.

  • Shanti Mohan

    Co-founder & CEO, LetsVenture & trica

    A serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has funded and mentored multiple startups through her various companies and venture funds. She is also a member of the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission's (KDEM) Advisory Council and is passionate about assisting entrepreneurs in finding the right opportunities.

  • Aakrit Vaish

    Co-Founder & CEO, Haptik

    Invested in over 80 startups in India, the US, and Southeast Asia, including notable names like Unacademy and Pepper Content and Building Haptik, which was later acquired by Reliance. Aakrit has a strong foothold in the Indian tech space.


Sajith Pai

Director, Blume Venture

Anthony Anish

CDO, T-Hub

Amit Singh

Founder & CEO, Wow Labz

Vinayak Hegde

CTO, Microsoft For Startups

Arpit Agarwal

Director, Blume Ventures

Mohit Bansal

Founder, Deck Rooster

Mabel Chacko

COO & Co-Founder, Open Fintech

Arjun Vaidya

Partner, Verlinvest

Deepesh Agarwal

Co-Founder & CEO, MoveInSync

Chetan Bhatia

Founder, Honest Create

Gautham Sivaramakrishnan

Lead | Platforms - Market, Blume Ventures

Sanjay Mehta

Founder & Partner, 100X.VC

Akshay Verma

Co-founder, Fitpass

Akash Gehani

Co-Founder, Instamojo

Hemendra Mathur

Co-Founder, ThinkAg

LS Ravi

Director, Finvisage Treasury Solutions

Ashish Kumar Singh

CHRO, Meesho




Days 1-3

Orientation & Fundamentals Of Starting Up

Amit Singh, Wow Labz

Days 4- 6

Building The Right Culture & Team For Your Business

To Be Confirmed

Days 7-10

Understanding Market Needs & Building What Customers Want

Vinayak Hegde, Microsoft for Startups

Deepesh Agarwal, MoveInSync

Arjun Vaidya, VerInvest

Days 11-12

Customer Acquisition & Expansion

Mabel Chacko, Open Fintech

Days 13-16

How To Raise Funds For Your Startup

Arpit Agarwal, Blume Ventures

Mohit Bansal, Deck Rooster

Your Journey


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Accelerate your entrepreneurial journey with sessions that hone your skills and avenues to build your business network

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Most promising startups feature in the exclusive IDFC FIRST Bank report ‘Top 100 Startups To Watch Out For’

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Top 5 startups compete for raising funds in a finale by presenting their Final Pitch to investors

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Headstart Network Foundation is India's largest grassroots-level organization that has played an important role in supporting entrepreneurship and startups in 20+ cities, since 2007. As the Startup Ecosystem Advisor for Leap to Unicorn, Headstart will support through essential aspects of the overall process (from registration to boot camps to the finale).


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