About the Program

To work with and support Prototype/MVP Stage Start-ups in the Drone Tech domain channelized through Startup Stairs.

  • All the selected Entrepreneurs will be taken through WEN LIFTOFF: a 14-week, structured experiential program, offered and facilitated by Wadhwani Foundation in collaboration with Startup Stairs.
  • An outcome-based program - WEN LIFTOFF: MVP to Launch Ready – enabling Prototype Stage Entrepreneurs to take their validated ideas to early traction and investible ready pitch stage.
  • Startups would be supported by curated structured content, frameworks, Expert Masterclasses, Mentors, and network support, Infrastructure support, followed by an Investors Demo Day.
Who is eligible for the Liftoff Program?

Early-stage startups fulfilling the below criteria can apply for the Liftoff program:

  • Having a customer-validated idea
  • Having a sizeable Total Addressable Market (TAM)
  • Having a sustainable business model
  • Should be a DPIIT-registered entity
Program Benefits
  • Learn from the best: Learn what it really takes to innovate, disrupt, and start a company from people who’ve been there. It’s deep experiential learning guided by experienced hands as part of 360 degrees Startup Support from Startup Stairs and Wadhwani Foundation.
  • Connect with Peers: Connect with other creators, and passionate innovators driven to build something new and create an impact. There is no better place to meet & collaborate with new friends, colleagues, mentors, and even co-founders and build something meaningful!
  • Start something great with the Venture: The WEN Program is designed to get the Entrepreneurs going. Fast. The WEN program team along with the facilitators and mentors from Startup Stairs, will set up the ideal environment for Entrepreneurs to be successful and learn as much as possible in the 14 weeks and help them take their ventures to the next level.
  • Dedicated Mentorship from mentors and experts across different domains and industries;
  • Top-notch curated content, resources, tools, case studies, and expert Masterclasses;
  • Milestone-based journey with real-time evaluation and feedback on your entrepreneurial journey.
  • Learning and Measurement Platform: An online learning and engagement measurement system that enables participants and mentors track their progress.
  • Global Mentor Connect and Community Platform: An app-based connect and community platform consisting of mentors, experts, early-stage investors, service providers, and entrepreneurs across the Globe, for entrepreneurs to connect and network for their Startups

Program Timeline

Call for applications

18 Oct 2023


26 Oct 2023

1:1 Pitches

26 Oct 2023

Last Date to apply

07 Nov 2023

Platform Onboarding

15 Nov 2023

Program Start

16 Nov 2023

Program End

1 Mar 2024

Investor Demo

11-12 Mar 2024


Startup Stairs was awarded the Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS) a flagship funding program by Startup India, Govt. of India to provide capital at the seed and ‘Proof of Concept’ development stage. This grant enables Startup Stairs to provide financial assistance to startups for proof of concept, prototype development, product trials, market-entry, and commercialization for life sciences startups.
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