Volunteer with Headstart
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 entirely by passionate volunteers.
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 48,000 Crores to the Indian economy and created 20 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.
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others, while unsuccessful people always ask "What's in it for me?" - BRIAN TRACY
That said, volunteering is SO much MORE. It's about meeting new people, trying new ideas, sharpening your skills, learning new skills, exploring the startup world from a different angle and making a real and lasting difference to people.
Headstart volunteers are already quite successful people.
They are movers and shakers in their colleges and workplaces.
Be they Introverts or extroverts, their enthusiasm is infectious.
They are smart and get things done. Both at an individual level and within a team.
They do things on time and do it well. Often exceeding expectations by adding a little something extra!
Headstart operates in 23 cities currently.
It seeks to make access to customers, mentoring and funding accessible to every deserving entreprenur in the country. It also seeks to create a culture of "paying it forward" in the startup ecosystem. Simply put, paying it forward means helping another without expecting anything in return.
If you want to know more about 'Why Volunteer with Headstart', then please do read:
or go through this video here:
NOTE: Shortlisting of applications would be solely at Headstart's discretion.
Your Full Name
E.g. Ram Narayan Achrekar
Please mention your title and designation in your company. If you are a student, mention the discipline
Which city are you applying for?
Odisha (Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Rourkela & Cuttack)
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
How well do you understand the startup domain?
Beginner but I’d love to learn
Somewhat of an expert
How frequently do you read (books, blogs or magazines) about startups?
More than once a week
More than once a month
Haven't started reading about startups yet
Have you attended any Headstart event earlier?
You may have participated in Startup Saturday, Higher, Mentor, Workshop, etc.
Yes, a few of them
How many hours a week can you consistently devote towards volunteering with Headstart?
We strive to achieve and maintain high quality standards in everything we do. So volunteering at Headstart requires consistent time commitment.
What is your entrepreneurial goal?
Want to startup soon
Already have a startup, want to make it big
I want to be more entrepreneurial at my day job
Not sure, I just want to explore and learn more
Not sure, I just like the team and want to work with them :P
What are your long term aspirations?
Tell us about your interests and dreams.
Why do you want to volunteer? Why Headstart?
Please elaborate. We love reading.
Have you volunteered before? When was it? Where was it?
Could you highlight your extracurricular activities?
Please share things you have done outside of your work.
What positions of responsibility have you handled in the past?
What do you expect to get out of your volunteering experience?
Don't hide anything - Learn a particular skill? Have Fun? Self-respect? Name? Fame? Money?
List three personal or professional accomplishments that you are most proud of
Please don't leave this blank, our waiting list runs into three digits and the response to this question is your best chance to get invited fast. Don't feel shy, brag a bit, we enjoy reading :-)
What skills do you possess?
Don't get intimidated, we are exaggerating! Click all that you think you are, and then click all that people think you are.
Designer: When I design, people go Wah Wah
Marketeer: Been playing with Fb/Twitter since age 5 \m/
Techie: Can code stuff. Period.
Wordsmith / Writer: I'm just two years shy of being nominated for for my Booker's
Lawyer: Call me when you need bail
Finance Whiz: I even count the number of peas in my matar paneer gravy
Strategy Whiz: I see the big picture and plan things Ocean's 11 style
People's Person: Somehow they all just love me yar
Heavy Lifter: I do 3 people’s work single handedly
Photographer: Just rejected an offer from Nat Geo
Networker: I don’t exchange cards, I exchange hearts <3
Startup Geek: I eat startups, I sleep startups, I breath startups
Well Connected: I don’t know investors, they know me
Runner: Not a pro yet, but give me work and I'll do it
All rounder: Batsman, bowler, fielder, commentator, umpire, cheer leader all rolled in one | Basically most of the above
What startup related activities are you involved with at the moment?
Write "None" if not applicable
What are your key personal commitments to the startup community for this year?
Mention your personal impact goals if you haven't thought of any specific way of contributing to the community in an individual capacity. Just write "Don't know" if you can't think of anything.
What do you think is broken in the current startup ecosystem? How can we fix it?
Just write "Don't know" if you can't think of anything.
E.g. sample @
- we need this till you get your Headstart IDs.
Your Phone number?
Link to your LinkedIn profile
Good time to create one in case you don't have it already!
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