Bring your most innovative ideas to the table and watch them turn into reality!
GET. SET. HACK. BY RISE presents “Runway” for hustlers in the making!
We will help you take your ideas to a whole new level with the event brought to you by RISE & VF!
As Mark Twain has rightly said,
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
We are looking for go-getters who are adept at taking risks, passionate and innovative towards achieving their startup goals.
We bring you the opportunity to get inspired to showcase your business ideas and pitch them to a remarkable jury.
Win an all expenses paid 5-week Hero Training Program with Draper University
Win an all expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley along with a $12,000 course in entrepreneurship!!


Why Join?

Study free-of-cost in the Silicon Valley, the hub of innovations and technology for the best ideas Opportunity to get your idea funded by angel investors
Access to Top Mentors and Investors from the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.
Develop entrepreneurship skills to launch and sustain a successful startup venture
Be part of a global network of like-minded successful entrepreneurs and angel investors
Test your business ideas with your peers at DraperU


Pannkaj Chopraa
Managing Partner | India Accelerator
Pannkaj is an entrepreneur at heart, with a deep commitment to adding value to the startup ecosystem and revolutionising entrepreneurship in India. As a mentor & investor for multiple successful ventures & angel backed startups, he has worked closely with some of the world’s most brilliant minds in finance, technology and product. He brings his mission to life by playing different roles from heading the angel network vertical at India Accelerator to fund raising to being a serial Angel Investor to over 100 + Startups
Deepak Nagpal
Managing Partner | India Accelerator
Deepak strongly believes entrepreneurs are a great force in fuelling India’s growth story and in making the world a better place. He is very passionate about enabling collaboration (& powerful relationships) among ambitious founders, corporations, family businesses, academia and government to drive innovation. He leads the AgriTech, Energy and B2B SaaS verticals and is business head for partnerships with corporates and academia at India Accelerator and has over 23+ years of experience in leadership roles with Publicis Sapient and Fidelity across client-facing sales and large-scale delivery.


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Investment Partner

Knowledge Partner

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Open for students of all educational backgrounds from age 18-24.

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply, click on the Register Tab and apply for Round 1 by filling in the required details in the questionnaire related to your business. Only the team leader has to register the team on the portal.
There is NO registration fee to be paid.
To view details about Runway please check the tab “Timelines”.
The team strength can be anywhere between 1 to 4. No more than 4 members can participate in the competition.
An individual can also participate in Runway.
Yes, there is no compulsion on having a team from a particular college. A team can consist of members from any college or city in India.
The first two rounds will be judged by the internal team at Viral Fission and Rise. Final participants will be judged by the panel on the spot at the finale.
Last year participants can register again although we would suggest you apply with a different idea this season.
You will receive an official communication from our team Runway on your registered email address.
Teams must answer all questions in the registration form. If any application is found incomplete then it won’t be considered for further evaluation.
You can find all information about the requirements of each individual round by clicking on “Timeline”.
No, it will be managed by the management.
Once you are shortlisted in the Top 100, upto 3 people from your team can attend the course. We recommend the Founder to nominate who from the team can attend.
One person from the team can attend the all expenses paid Hero Training Program. We recommend the Founder to attend, or he/she can nominate someone else from the team.
Usually it's one batch in a year as they are selective about who gets the admission. Once you get the Visa processed, you will be informed about the batch start dates. Note that the current timelines for USA VISA is by 2024.