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Research & Development

Thapasu, in collaboration with numerous institutions, start-ups & industry expert advisory, is bridging the technology and skill development gap between farmers and research centres. We are working closely in developing value-added products and new innovative technologies for the upliftment of the tribal farming community in three districts of Himachal Pradesh.

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(Indian Institute of Management
Bengaluru - NSRCEL)

Incubated from June 2018 - June 2019 as part of the WSP 2.0 top 100 women.

Selected as top 8 companies from the WSP program an initiative by Department of Science & Technology and Goldman Sachs for building technology partnerships between Israel and India.

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IIT Mandi - Catalyst
(Indian Institute of Technology Mandi - Catalyst)

Pre-incubated as part of technology support startups from the hill regions of Himachal Pradesh.

As part of the business model developed during the incubation period, sustainable skill development and production system have been put in place for the women self-help groups of Kamand region in association with the social wing of IIT Mandi - EWOK (Empowering Women Of Kamand) for the harvesting of Rhododendron, Rose-hip and packaging of Seabuckthorn infusions.

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CSIR-IHBT Palampur
(Council of Scientific & Industrial Research -
Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology)

Incubated since Jan 2020 as part of the CM startup scheme in Himachal Pradesh.

Seabuckthorn being the main produce that we work with, the nutraceutical department has been helping the founder in understanding food science in developing innovative products that will hit the markets by the end of 2021 after clinical and target customer trials.

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Virtual incubated (June 2019) and mentee Alumni since June 2020 in community projects development globally.

Virtual incubated (June 2019) and mentee Alumni since June 2020 in community projects development globally. As part of the global development of community-based projects in developing nations, the platform helps build networks for better scaling up of startups at global levels.

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Dr. Mahesh Gupta

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Principal Scientist in Dietetics & Nutrition Technology Lab, researching in the development of functional food proteins and nutraceutical, Probiotics and probiotics, Ethnic and traditional food of India for healthy life through under-utilised and unexplored food bio-resources. Under guidance of JP Dwivedi for development of functional foods in the space of natural nutraceuticals we work closely in the labs of CSIR - IHBT.

Dr. Reshma Sao

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Women Scientist in the "IIT Mandi Medicinal Plant Lab" working under the DST Supported project "Development and Dissemination of Agri-based technologies being optimised at IIT Mandi: From Lab to Farmers field at mid-Himalayan region" under the mentorship of Dr Shyam K Masakapalli. The Agri-technologies that are being developed in the Medicinal Plant Lab assists this project.


Shwetha Kulkarni

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Shweta is an "AstroPreneur" popularising astronomy since the age of 16. Being the fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of England.

Shweta was selected as one of the top 100 women entrepreneurs of India by the Indian Institute of Management, IIM Bangalore and was incubated by IIM Nagpur.


Kieren D'Souza

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In 2016, he became the first Indian to qualify for and finish the Spartathlon, a 246 kilometre footrace from Athens to Sparta held annually in Greece. He lives in Manali and in June 2020 was the first person ever to run to and back a circle, Mt. Friendship Peak from Mall road. 

His favourite mountain food - Barley Sattu!

Sandhya Menon
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Working on enabling women of the Kamand valley in Himachal Pradesh to achieve a better quality of life.


Building a platform (web/mobile/manual) to connect the local women with certain skill sets to appropriate markets and opportunities. Additionally, the initiative aims to provide training where it will prove to be beneficial.


Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam 

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Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam is a versatile and passionate leader with 27 years of global experience. His personal mantra is “Start-ups should focus on India’s strength – people, problems, Tech (PPT)”. He spearheads Impact thinking in Indian Angel Network and co-founded IAN Impact.


Prof. Sunil Handa

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Sunil Handa is a visiting professor at IIM- Ahmadabad. He is both- an entrepreneur with a difference and a teacher with a purpose. He is an alumnus of BITS Pilani, 1977- EEE batch and an alumnus of IIM-Ahmedabad. He is the founder and is currently serving as the director of Ekalavya Education Foundation.

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Prof. Vaibhav Bhamoriya

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He is a fellow of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Economics of the Rural-Urban Divide, Agricultural Entrepreneurship, Unlocking Rural Potential, Rural Marketing and many more. He is an academic advisory board member for the WeSchool program on emerging Economies and also an advisor for Kaushalya Foundation.

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