Investor Readiness Program

Unlock your full potential to attract investment and create working networks with investors and the ecosystem.

Cohort 1 : Jan – April 2022

About the Program

The Investor Readiness Program is a Venture Center initiative under NIDHI – Center of Excellence aimed at connecting, mentoring and enabling startups to enhance their fund raising effort. The program is a customized approach specifically designed to cater the needs of the participating startup. The program also aims to create a powerful ecosystem of mentors, investors and other partners to support and promote the growth of innovative startups. 

Looking to raise less than Rs. 4 Cr in the next 12 months

At least prototyping or PoC validation stage

Technology and knowledge-based startups in Healthcare

Commit 3 hrs / week for mentoring sessions

Program Details

The program is a 12 week long tailored mentoring program ending in a startup showcase where the startups pitch in front of investors and other ecosystem partners.

Dec 18, 21

Dec 18, 2021 : Call opens for Applications

Dec 18, 21
Dec 31, 21

Jan 8, 2022 : Call closes

Dec 31, 21
Jan 10, 22

Jan 18, 2022 : Announcement of Cohort

Jan 10, 22
Jan 10, 22

Feb 1, 2022 : Program begins

Jan 10, 22
Apr 9, 22

April 30, 2022 : Program ends

Apr 9, 22
Feb 2, 14

May 7, 2022 : Startup showcase (Demo Day)

Feb 2, 14
  • Selection
  • Diagnosis
  • Resolution
  • Storyline
  • Startup Showcase

Phase 1 : Cohort is selected and startups are onboarded. A program commitment fee of Rs. 5000 will be collected from startups joining the cohort.

Phase 2 : Assessment of current level of investor readiness and diagnosis. Identification of key areas of improvement via Diagnostic clinics and audits.

Phase 3 : Actions to improve business case (via templates, examples, mentoring, specialist service providers).

Phase 4 : Draft and finalize storyline and pitch deck. Extensive practice (via feedback, mock pitches, expert inputs and so on).

Phase 5 : Startups pitch to a curated panel of investors and other ecosystem players to raise funds, network and get visibility to certain customer groups.

The winning pitches get Venture Center credits worth Rs. 50,000 as well (Credits include Lab services, Analytical services, Prototype services, Tech transfer, Regulatory and IP services).

Cohort size
Mentoring hours
Investor Partners

Startup Benefits

Business Model Review from experienced mentors

Investment Case Preparation

Financial Projections

Impact Storytelling

Professionally designed and developed pitch deck

Extensive pitching practice to various audiences

Access and visibility to curated investors, customers and the ecosystem

Due diligence document preparation

Mentoring, pitching, and funding ! Apply today to be a part of the program. 

Program Mentors

One of the key strengths of the program is the ability to get access to a powerful mentor network. Here are a few notable senior mentors with more being added every day ! 

Srikant Sastri

Chairman, i3g Advisory Network

Premnath V

Director, Venture Center

Rajan Srikanth

Co-President, Keiretsu Forum Chennai

Sanjay Kanvinde

Co-Founder, Lavni Ventures

Sachin Oswal

Founder, Originity LLP

More Coming Soon…

We are always seeking to connect with and increase our mentor and partner network. Sign up to get associated with the program and share your expertise to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.

Investment Partners

Cohort startups will have access to our investor network at the startup showcase


The program is intended to prepare startups for investments and thus participation and completion of program is necessary to pitch at the startup showcase

One of the uniqueness of the program is the customized approach to the program. All of the mentor meetings will be 1-1 meetings and will catered on helping the startup through the issues specific to their organization.

We require the startup to at least be available for 3 hours per week to meet 1-1 with the mentors and work on the action items that come up in those meetings. That being said, we believe that this is a great platform for founders to really get exposure to an experienced mentor network and we encourage startups to make the best out of the experience.