Startup Weekend Ahmedabad 2017

    Friday, May 26 - 28, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Ahmedabad 2017

Friday, May 26 - 28, 2017

Friday, May 26 - 28, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

GUSEC - Gujarat University Startup And Entrepreneurship Council
Near Department of Botany,
University School of Sciences,Gujarat University
Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009

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Are you someone who likes to come up with new innovative ideas that shape into business in the future? This is an event for you. We would love to have you at Startup Weekend Ahmedabad.

 Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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Friday May 26th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday May 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Mentoring session starts

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Sandip Tarkas
Director, Songdew Media (Ind) Ltd.

Sandip has had the privilege of creating, transforming and working with some of the most exciting businesses and brands in nearly 30 years of working, in areas as diverse as Oil production, Sales, Marketing, Media, Retail, Sports team management and Music publishing.   Sandip recently started an entrepreneurial innings with Songdew Media (Ind) Limited, an online music publishing company that boasts the largest single resource of musical talent in India (over 25000 artists registered with the site). In addition he works as a consultant with Future Group looking after the Bengal Warriors Kabaddi team.   In his previous avataar as a full time employee at Future Group, Sandip looked after many diverse portfolios, including Group Marketing, Group Media investment, Loyalty, T24, Future Media, Bengal Warriors Kabaddi Club, Special Projects and many more.   Prior to Future Group, Sandip was with Reliance ADA Group as the Head (Media) for 2 years.  Prior to that, during his stint in Advertising media investment management, Sandip was involved in three successful start-ups on the agency side (MindShare Fulcrum India, MindShare Fulcrum Sri Lanka and MPG).   Sandip has been actively involved with industry bodies and is currently a director with Audit Bureau of Circulation. He has been a past Management Committee member of the Ad Club Mumbai, Director with Market Research User’s Council, Chairman of Indian Outdoor Survey, apart from many other engagements at Industry level initiatives. He is also a past board member of IIT Bombay Alumni association.   Sandip is a postgraduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay and Business Management from IIM Bangalore.   As an avid reader and movie, cricket and now Kabaddi buff, one of his lingering passions in life has been music. He has been singing and performing with light Indian music for many years, including with the IIT Bombay Alumni orchestra Y Point Orchestra and is learning Hindustani Classical music now for over a decade.   His wife Ranjan is the Managing Director of an export firm that manufactures and exports brass builder's hardware mostly to the US and they have two boys, the strong and silent type Kshitij, who wants to pursue a career in Music and the wonderfully naughty Shrey, who just wants to have fun and maybe become a chef someday.

Nadeem Jafri
Founder & Chief Mentor of Hearty Mart

Nadeem is the founder & Chief Mentor of Hearty Mart, which is a chain of supermarkets in rural Gujarat. He is a management graduate who worked in advertising and media industry before turning entrepreneur in 2004. Since then he is actively involved as a mentor to his own company and to other startups.Hearty Mart business model is a part of case study in prominent B-Schools like IIMA and MICA and research institutes like SPIESR. It became a global case study when the research paper which Nadeem co-authored with a professor friend, got published by ECCH. He is invited by B-Schools like IIMA, EDI, Nirma to deliver an interactive ‘My Story’ sessions with their students and aspiring entrepreneurs on a regular basis.His entrepreneurial success story has been featured in leading business and general magazines and television channels like Forbes India, Fortune India, Open Magazine, NDTV, ANI News, CNBC Young Turks etc.

Coaches and Mentors

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria is known as the Serial & GloCal entrepreneur who represented India 11 times, worked with people from more than 33 countries, having a network in 100+ countries, received many awards including 4 United Nations related awards & featured into 35+ print & digital media platforms globally.
After completing his Engineering & MBA, he did corporate planning & project management in PSU. He completed 16 online certification programs on Startup Valuation, Design thinking, Business innovation, Blended learning, Financing new ventures etc.
He is Advisor to global Think-Do-Tank “Challenge: Future, KIDS TED-Ed Club, Google Business Group Rajkot, Executive committee member of Rajkot management association (RMA) & Screening Committee member of a nodal institution for the Startup India scheme.
He is Founder of WE Group – Volcano of GloCal Solutions which is into Strategic business & management Consulting, Startup mentoring, Training, Social project management, Community development & ecosystem creation. He is CoFounder of 1st ever CoWorking Space of Saurashtra-Kutch region i.e. GloCal CoWorking Space (GCS), Rajkot. He is CoLead of peer-to-peer mentorship project benefiting people from 50+ countries in its alpha version. He is also the founder of early stage ventures like Smart Failures, Screwing Your Startup etc.
He was Global VP of Strategy for Challenge Future Chapters network, award-winning President of CF India chapter. He was program manager of multi-country Youth in Action initiative. He worked as solutions generator with Ministry of Slovenia during a Strategic initiative of EU. 
He shared his Entrepreneurial, strategic & managerial expertise and experience with 100,000+ people across the world as a trainer, speaker, panel member, and/or judge. More than 20 of his articles are published globally and he is writing 2 books i.e. Does the world really understand youth? & Innovation in

Sohil Patel
CTO at Oziom

Sohil is an international speaker, author and technology evangelist.

He has given more than 10 talks around different cities in the world, conducted 100 workshops all over India and has 5 patents to his name.

At a young age of 21, Sohil Patel had already published his first book on computer vision. He opened the first hackerspace in Gujarat and followed that by organizing India's leading maker festival MakerFest.

This impressive feat was followed by founding Circuitricks( which manufactures low cost educational electronic kits and has empowered 10,000 students since inception. Sohil played an instrumental role in setting up a special technology & innovation based museum in the President of India house in New Delhi, India. Quite recently he has created an IoT environment tracking kit and also educated 500+ working professionals about it.

Currently he is involved in creating an ecosystem across India for monitoring air pollution with his latest enterprise - Oizom. It works on creating IoT products to monitor natural resources like air, water and soil. Oizom made an open platform to gether air quality data across globe.

Abhishek Baghel

Abhishek has completed his graduation in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, New Delhi. He has held the presidential position for the International Society of Automation (ISA), BVP Collegiate Club for two consecutive years. His team was awarded the- ‘Outstanding Student Project Award’ by ISA Asia-Pacific at the Automation India Week (2015) held at New Delhi. His love for Embedded Systems, Image Processing and Machine Learning has bagged him the Student of the Year as well as the Best Graduation Project award in 2016. He has worked with the Indian Oil R&D department as a research intern and is currently working as an innovator at Digital Impact Square (DISQ) – A TCS Foundation Initiative. Environmental sustainability and Social needs are the causes he cares about which drives his urge to innovate for the masses.

Ramesh Sinha
Founder - Shark Identity Pvt. Ltd.

Owns e-Procurement Technologies Ltd, a company that offers end to end eProcurement & eAuction solutions via platforms like,,, etc. ETL employees more than 650 People, enables 100,000 procurement & auction Transactions/Year worth Billions of Dollars. It's 11 years old company & is based at Ahmedabad. ETL helps government & private companies & buying & selling anything using it's procurement suite.

Own SharkID - The smart phonebook app. The idea is to make biz cards a thing of past. SharkID is a phonebook that auto updates itself, merges duplicates, removes dead entries, & much more. We all are carrying multiple identities i.e. Mobile, Phone, Fax, Address, Email, URL, Social Handles, etc. User can share all the contact coordinates personal & professional by sharing their 6 characters SharkID. For individuals, their name becomes their SharkID or whatever 6 characters word they fancy. For corporate, their brand is their SharkID. So next time you want to order pizza, just dial ~Dominoes. Sirf naam hi kaafi hai.

Ramesh Sinha is avid Cyclist, Biker & Bonsai artist. He is also founder of Cyclone Cycling Club & Indian Bonsai Group. He has plans to green the earth by throwing seed laddus across the world. He believes money has outlived it purpose & money in all forms will become obsolete by 2050 as Technological singularity/AI  & robotics become main stream.

Sahil Jain

Sahil joined us at CIIE in May 2016. Enterprising as a Manager for the Agri & Healthcare vertical in the organization, he is responsible for a range of activities including Eco-System Development, Sourcing and due Diligence. He earned an MBA (PGDRM) from IRMA, Anand and has gained first-hand learning experience working with grass-root level organizations. A Teach India fellow, Sahil was also earlier involved with startups before joining for his graduation.

Prateek Diwan

Prateek joined CIIE in January 2017. Working as a Startup Consultant for Startups in the Startup Consulting and Incubation vertical in the organization, he is responsible for a range of activities including Ecosystem Development, Business and Financial Modeling, Go-to Market strategy, Valuation Analysis. He has earned an MBA in Marketing and MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from University of Texas at Dallas has 2+ years of experience, ranging from incubation processes and Angel Fund investments.

Pankaj Bhimani

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Ankur Mehta
Analyst Corporate Innovation at T-hub

Started my Journey in Management college read Marketing and Operations but joined a Forex Trading Firm which is too diverse worked with the trading platforms which based in Cyprus & London based companies. I am Certified Six Sigma by British Standard of Institution & ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor Certified by Bureau of Indian Standards.

More than 3+ years in Hyderabad Startup Ecosystem being a part of TechStars -Startup Weekend, Founder Institute and CIE IIIT-H Incubator & now T-Hub Foundation which is a unique partnership with Govt. of Telangana. India’s Biggest Incubator & Catalysing In Innovation, Scale & Deal Flow. I am passionate about enabling startups to make positive differences and adding value to the startup ecosystem in the workplace and the economy at large; I believe Playing rock paper scissors not only limited to the company as well as for an individual growth i.e. think B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow).

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