Frequently Asked Questions2021-06-17T02:16:50+05:30

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HSI/India?2022-06-22T19:00:11+05:30

Humane Society International India (HSI/India) is an affiliate of Humane Society International (HSI), which, along with the Humane Society of the United States, forms the world’s largest animal protection organization advancing the welfare of animals in over 50 countries. Humane Society International is one of the few global animal protection organizations working to promote the human-animal bond, rescue and protect dogs and cats, improve farm animal welfare, protect wildlife, promote animal-free testing and research, respond to natural disasters and confront cruelty to animals in all of its forms.

What kind of startups do you consider?2021-07-14T20:01:52+05:30

We welcome participants with an early stage prototype of their product, with an aim to turn it into a business targeting the Indian consumer market.​

We are also only looking at entrepreneurs creating futuristic proteins for food, next-generation materials replacing animals and technologically advanced non-animal testing methodologies.

Is this for Indian ventures only?2020-06-14T21:08:42+05:30

Yes, you must be planning to register or already be registered in India.

How do I apply?2022-07-01T09:40:41+05:30

We’re so glad you want to participate! Please prepare a business plan and submit it along with our application form, which will go live in July 2022.

We will review your application thoroughly and be in touch. We will set up a short interview to get to know you and your start-up better. Based on your form and the interview, we will make a decision on the admission into the program.

How much time do I need to commit to the program?2022-06-22T19:02:15+05:30

Participants are expected to participate in extensive workshops, mentoring session and pitch events between the months on September 2022 and February 2023. You will need to commit 3.5 hours a week during this time. Please note that the team that registers for the program must participate in all events and must be available to attend the program from start to finish.

I have submitted the form and completed the interview, when will I know if I have been selected for the program.2022-06-22T19:02:40+05:30

Based on your form and the interview, we will make a decision on the admission into the program by August 2022.

What are the timelines for the program?2021-07-14T20:12:29+05:30
What kind of funding can I expect?2021-07-01T17:14:51+05:30

From HSI/India we will be contributing a grant ₹5 lakhs or more each to all those selected for the program. Furthermore, the program ends with a pitch day where you have the opportunity to pitch to leading investors and secure funds for your venture.

Do I have to travel for the program?2021-07-14T20:12:57+05:30

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are running this program virtually. We would like to exercise the option to host some face-to-face meetings for the pitch day later in the program if regulations and guidance norms permit.

When does the program start?2022-06-22T19:05:03+05:30

September 2022

I would like to come onboard the HEP Network and participate in the capacity of mentor/expert/investor. Who can I reach out to?2021-07-17T08:56:35+05:30

We would be delighted to have a discussion with you. Please contact us at

I have more questions; how do I get in touch?2021-07-14T20:13:42+05:30

Please contact us at:

I am having difficulties in filling out the online application form, what can I do?2022-07-01T09:39:06+05:30

Please download the offline version of the application form and submit it, along with the pitch deck, to by the 31st of July.

What is the deadline to submit the application for 2022?2022-07-01T09:39:34+05:30

Thank you for your interest. Application close on 31st July 2022 . Please apply here!

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