Startup Weekend Other Ahmedabad

    Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

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Startup Weekend Other Ahmedabad

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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Friday November 3rd

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

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

9:00 pm
Voting and Networking Dinner
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:30 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 November 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm

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

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

8:50 pm

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

Sunday November 5th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm

10:00 pm
Go Home!


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Event Judges

Jatin Chaudhary

Sunil Parekh

SUNIL R PAREKH, a B Tech from IIT Delhi is currently Strategic Corporate Advisor to Zydus Group & Jubilant Bhartia Group. He has over 40 years of industrial & professional experience including 15 years as CEO of a group of companies abroad, doing international business in Africa, Europe and the US. He is the founder member of the State Level Start Up Implementation Committee of Gujarat Government and was involved actively for the creation of the State’s Start Up Policy in 2014-15. He is also actively involved in helping Start Ups in the Business Incubators Program at the National Institute of Design (NID), IIC@PDPU and a mentor at CIIE@IIMA. He is deeply associated with the biannual Vibrant Gujarat event since 2003. He has recently become a member of the prestigious global ‘The Value Web’. He is a senior national committee member of Ficci and several industry bodies incl GCCI, IDMA, AMA. His research work on the industrial development of Gujarat has been published by Oxford Press & by Foundation (Brookings Affiliate).and he is interested in alternative models of economic development & personal reflections. He is a member of several Governing Councils, Research Institutions, University & Educational Trusts; and is the founder Chairman of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association (Gujarat). He is the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Initiative Ahmedabad, an initiative of World Economic Forum WEF, Geneva. He is on the board of several leading NGOs, Institutions, Academic bodies. He is Vice President of the Gujarat Institute of Development Research.

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.

Manasvi Thapar

Experienced Lawyer with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. Skilled in Entrepreneurship, Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Legal Writing, and Corporate Law. Strong legal professional and passionate entrepreneur, mentoring young minds

Hiranmaya Mahanta

Mr. Hiranmay Mahanta cofounded Techpedia in college to showcase innovations across universities in public domain to build a strong innovation culture across youth. He is passionate to develop and harness inclusive innovation and start-up ecosystems, processes, pedagogies, institution building involving youth, academia, industry and other actors to create sustainable innovation driven enterprises. He has been instrumental in conceiving & deploying youth centric innovation; start-up ecosystem for universities and helping various state govts and universities to shape policies and deploy them. He is a member of Global Shaper community an initiative of world economic forum at Ahmadabad. He acts as honorary director of GTU Innovation Council and Student Start-up Support System which caters the needs and support process of innovation and start-up efforts of half a million youth across GTU covering more than 500 professional colleges. For unique honorary contribution in last 5 years in building student innovation and start-up ecosystem in the state of Gujarat, GTU awarded him a special Gold Medal for his contribution to the State of Gujarat during GTU Innovation Sankul day. He is also a Member, University Start-up policy committee, Govt. of Gujarat .As a member of AICTE start-up policy implementation committee; he is making national strategy to take the innovation and student start-up movement across 10,000 plus colleges affiliated with AICTE across all states to harness creative potential of students across disciplines. He has been nominated to contribute to a dozen Technology Business Incubators to support young start-ups. He is a graduate of SVNIT Surat in Electronics & Communication Engineering class of 2010.

Coaches and Mentors

Anay Mashruwala
Director @ M/s. Venus Engineering Works


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.

Yash Shah

Yash did his Mechanical Engineering from NIT-S where he also became a Kairos fellow and an MITx Bootcamper. He later worked as an investment banker with a nationalized bank and founded Gridle, a productivity suite for enterprises where he today serves as its chief executive officer. He currently sits on mentor board of NIT-Surat, VGEC and Silver Oak College of Engineering and Technology. He blogs at and is a guest author at Yourstory & The Tech Panda

abhishek desai

Abhishek Desai  mentor
Abhishek is a founder of CricHeroes and co-founder of Digicorp.
The CricHeroes App allows cricketers to score their Local Cricket Matches and Tournaments digitally and broadcast scores LIVE ball to ball just like an International Match.
In less than a year, 200,000+ cricketers have registered on the platform; More than 10000 matches, 700 tournaments have been scored in 350+ cities/towns of India and abroad. And we have 5 State Cricket Associations using our platform to score all their official matches.
Digicorp helps startups and small businesses build software products. Focused on design and engineering, its solutions outsmart the competition.
Abhishek started his career as a programmer slowly transforming himself into a technology entrepreneur. He has been responsible for creating various large-scale software solutions for Digicorp’s clients and partners. He has also worked with numerous startups from an idea to launch to exit.
During his tenure at Digicorp, Abhishek oversaw the gradual increase of the design and development team from 4 to a strength of over 100 developers.
Abhishek completed his B.E. in Computers from Nirma Institute of Technology, Gujarat University.

Nikunj Thakkar
Founder & CEO, DataOne Innovation Labs

Mr. Nikunj Thakkar is the Founder & CEO of DataOne Innovation Labs, a business solutions company started in 2016, with a strong focus in analytical solutions, product development, and IoT implementations. He holds a degree for Master of Science in Information and Technology from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and communication technology (DA-IICT). Nikunj is also the Lead at the Gujarat Chapter of Headstart Network Foundation where he leads initiatives like Startup Saturday and the Mentor program, while managing the teams in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat and arranging city wide entrepreneurship events.

keyur punjani

Keyur Punjani is a BE Mechanical engineer with work experience in an air-conditioning MNC. He always wanted to work in future-tech which can impact lives of millions. 3D Printing technology made him leave his comfortable life and take a plunge into completely unknown field. He started Stardust in April-16 and has till now  developed 3 different 3D printer variants catering different class of customers from educational institutes,startups, bio-tech companies, automobile ancillaries, product designers etc. with repeated customer base of 90%. Stardust is incubated at GTU Incubator and is the only 3D printing based startup to get funding from Govt of Gujarat.

Deepak Bhatt

Deepak Bhatt is Manager Communications, Public Relations and Digital Marketing at IIM-A. 
A graduate from Stanford University, he has an overall experience of over 13 years and has worked with many reputed companies like BW, Havmor and Zydus.

Keyur Bhalavat

Graduating from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and being the co-founder of Plutomen & Flashtr with a mission in mind of bringing together the best talent pool in the country. With a belief of enabling an environment where the best quality outputs can be created.

Mehul Shah

CA Mehul Shah heads the Taxation Division of firm Rasesh Shah and Associates and started representating as legal counsel for taxpayer before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Ahmedabad and Commissioner of Income Tax Appeals at young age of 21 and has more than 500 Judgements to his name till date.He is also managing statutory and tax audits of various corporate and non‐corporate entities and also provides handholding to many Innovative Startups and young Entrepreneurs. His Interests include Travel Planning and Writing Blogs and His recent blog on “Open Letter to Arvind Kejriwal on demonetization” reached the masses and became massively viral on Social Media which was also featured on Yahoo Homepage and all National Media like Indian Express, ABP , Zee News ,etc and had more than 20,00,000 views

Neel Shah

Having graduated from Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode.
He is the founder of GOOD FOOD FRIENDS (HOBBYCOOK) and also Spoxchange.
Having been associated with companies like Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular Ltd.he encapsulates all the characteristics to guide young entrepreneurs.

Shrijay Sheth

Shrijay manages a LegalTech company,, where they help startups and SMEs with company registration, intellectual property protection, and legal compliance matters. LegalWiz has more than 3,000 clients with virtual presence across India through a state-of art online portal.  

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Pratik Machchar

Pratik is the founder of Vyaap technologies Pvt. Ltd., the mobile app development company exclusively focused on educational apps for kids. 
His applications have got more than 14million downloads and over 32000 positive reviews. 
Pratik loves technologies and management.
Prior to Vyaap technologies, Pratik was co-founder and COO of Aruhat Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 

Pratik has more than 20 years of experience in product development, delivery management, operations management, sales, marketing, and customer support. 

He is a passionate creator and entrepreneur who is always discovering new opportunities for business growth and development. 
Pratik holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from L.D. College of Engineering.
Pratik is a voracious reader, he dreams and works to unite compassion and business.

Daxeel Soni
Co-Founder @ DataThinker.AI


Siddharth Bagadia

Chaitya Shah

Co founder and Chief of Operations at Makerfest

Jaydip Parekh

Jaydip Parikh, the CEO of Tej SolPro and a Digital Marketing Strategist, has been a known face in the fields of IT and Marketing. He worked with various known brands and gathered a lot of accolades and appreciation before he became an entrepreneur.Time and again, he has successfully switched and adapted into various roles ranging from web entrepreneur, social media expert to digital marketing speaker and achieved commendable milestones during his endeavor.Having more than 15+ years of experience in Marketing as well Digital Marketing and being an active speaker online as well as offline, Social Media and E-Commerce consultancy are a part of his dominion. He has taken lectures on Digital Marketing at various renowned institutes like NIFT, DDIT, Changa University, C.U. Shah Engineering College, Ahmedabad University, Nirma University, to name a few.He has worked with brands like YourStory, CIIE-IIM, Kevi Rite Jaish, Saptpadii (ABCL Movie),  Shamiana etc.He has co-founded #SEOTalk, a twitter chat series which talks about the latest trends and happenings in the SEO world which happens every Monday 8:30PM till 9:30PM IST.He is also the co-founder of DIIM (Digital Institute of Internet Marketing) which is now a flourishing institute for Digital Marketing, SEO and Social Media courses in Ahmedabad.He has ardent interests in technology and brand innovation, apart from thorough knowledge in business and product promotions.When he isn’t spinning ideas in his brains, he loves to read biographies of successful people.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Ahmedabad is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Aditya
  • Jahnavi
  • Nishit
  • Bhoomit
  • Nandan
  • Dhruv
  • Anwesha


Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria 
Serial & GloCal Entrepreneur | Strategist | Trainer | Thinker | Connector | Mentor | ChangeMaker | Inventor | Facilitator

Jatin Kataria is known as Serial & gloCal entrepreneur who represented India 10+ times, worked with people from 33+ countries, having a network in 100+ countries and was amongst 100 South Asian youth leaders. He received many awards including 4 UN-related awards & featured into 40+ print & digital media platforms globally. 

After Mechanical Engineering & MBA (Oil & Gas), he worked with PSU into corporate planning & project management. He also did 20+ online/offline certification programs.

He is CEO of We Group which is into Strategic Business Management consulting, Startup Mentoring, Trainings, Social Project Management, EcoSystem empowerment. 

CoFounder of GloCal CoWorking Space & early stage ventures like GrowR, Alumni Achievers, Screwing Your StartUps, Smart Failures, Early adopters etc. He is actively involved in global startup ecosystem since 10+ years, locally since 6+ years and 1st customer of 86 ventures.

Youth advisory board member of Challenge Future, Global facilitator with Techstars Startup Weekend powered by Google for startups.

Screening committee members for Startup India funds under Nodal Institutions, SSIP, Nidhi Prayas scheme(s) etc. Mentor at Google Solve for India, incubation centers like IIC Pdpu - iCreate – RKU etc, iKoVerk, GCS, Entrepreneurs Face, GrowR, Mentors’ & Founders’ Intern, 180 DC SRCC, Voice of slums & many startups in India & abroad. Jury of OpenGovDataHack, Startup Pad, Vibrant Gujarat Startup Summit etc.

Licence of TEDxKotechaChowk, Director of Startup Grind Rajkot, Advisor to Google business group, Executive council of RMA, Advisor of kids TEDed etc.

He was program manager of multi-country Youth in Action project & solutions generator with Strategic initiative of European Union etc. He was global VP for Challenge Future Chapters network, award-winning President of CF India.

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