Techstars Startup Weekend Baddi

    Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Baddi

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Chitkara University
Atal Shiksha Kunj, Pinjore-Nalagarh
National Highway (NH-21A)
Kalujhinda( Baddi),, Himachal Pradesh 174103

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Join The Global Movement!

Startup Weekend is back! If you're not familiar, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend.  It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build your community and launch your next startup!     
We would be honored if you attend our Startup Weekend which will be held on 20th-23rd September 2019 at Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh.   

What is Startup Weekend?  

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event, which helps to educate, support, and empower people to become entrepreneurs. Feel free to check out this video for more information.

Here attendees will pitch ideas, form teams and start companies. These events are very community focused and provide a place for budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors and momentum for their ideas.   The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.  

Special Attraction

1 member of the winning team + 1 member from the organizing team from participating #globalswwomen cities will automatically qualify and be awarded a flight+hotel+ expenses-paid trip to participate, in person, at our global finals in Singapore, 12th & 13th October 2019.

One representative from the winning team will be allocated a slot to join us for the GLOBAL SW WOMEN FINALS in October @ Singapore!

  • Team should have women to lead/pitch idea.

Why should you participate in Startup Weekend Baddi.

-  Brings together global Startup Entrepreneurs.
-  Excellent platform to enhance networking possibilities.
-  Exceptional experience & exposure to diverse domains.
-  Explore the opportunity to further woo future in Entrepreneurship.
-  Enjoy our warm hospitality with most memorable experiences & make lifelong friends.  

Startup Weekend Attendees can redeem $3k in Google Cloud credits, (instructions to apply will be provided during the weekend). Best practices, tools and other Google resources for attendees, can also be found at

Techstars Startup Weekend participants access to a free .CO domain. 

We shall happily host & provide the following facilities to all the participants: 

- Accommodation for the entire duration of the event.
- Local transportation with all necessary ground logistics support.
- Three meals each day (Included in ticket).
- Welcome gala dinner & departure parties.
- All possible support facilities & related tools.
- t-shirt to each participant.
-We shall also ensure that throughout the event participants would be accompanied along with our respective Mentors.
- Not missing to mention, immense fun & self-learning experience as well.  

Bootcamps will be organized which will benefit them in the following ways:
  1. Helps you learn to pitch our idea.
  2. Team building activities.
  3. Know more about the Techstars Startup Weekend.
  4. Meet the previous winners and learn from their experience.

Book your seats at: (Ticketing Link)

We’d love to get the community more involved so we’re spreading the word and we’d appreciate participation from your city.

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Friday September 20th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

9:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:30 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 September 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
Tea Break

12:30 pm
After-Tea check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm

3:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:30 pm
Hi Tea

6:00 pm
After-break check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm

9:30 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 September 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
Tea Break

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm

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
Go Home!


Ritu Singal

She is currently the M.D. of Raglan Group and Winner Nippon Leatherite with more than 300 employees .Mrs. Ritu Singal, L.L.M. Gold Medalist and recipient of prestigious award of “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2011” for Leaders of Tomorrow Awards by ET Now Pan India, is Managing Director of Raglan Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., a pioneer of Real Estate Business in the region and Winner Nippon Leatherette Pvt. Ltd. manufacturing PU/ PVC Synthetic Leather and PP Non-woven textile.

Ø  ‘Outstanding President’ for the Year 2012-13 by Rotary Distt. 3080.
Ø  Awarded “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2011” for Leaders of Tomorrow Awards by ET Now Pan India.
Ø  Nominated for the ‘Woman of the Year Award 2010’Dainik Bhaskar Group
Ø  ‘Outstanding Secretary’ for the Year 2009-10 by Rotary Distt. 3080.
Ø  ‘Management Excellence Award’, awarded by the Management & Industrial Development Institute, Jallandhar in March, 2009.
Ø  ‘Gold Pin’ (an award) awarded by the Soka Gakkai International for her valuable contributions in 2004. Gold Medalist in Bachelor & Masters of Law from Punjabi University, Patiala (Punjab) in 1989 & 1991.

Event Judges

Vidushi Malhothra

A development professional and entrepreneur, Vidushi has designed and implemented projects in India, South Africa, Israel, Vietnam and Bhutan at organizations such as Development Alternatives, Tarayana Foundation, South African Institute for Entrepreneurship and Creative Consulting & Development Works. Through her roles in project management, business development and communication, she has impacted various learners, as well as, marginalized communities across all five countries.

As the Co-Founder & Chief Strategist at Ingenious Faces (previously Startup Safari), Vidushi is responsible for curating and executing strategic initiatives to disrupt the perception of success through travel-based learning. She has led global programs for entrepreneurs and students across Europe, UAE, South Africa, Israel, Singapore and India.

Shivdeep Brar

Post Graduate Marine Engineer, 
Founder & CEO: Agvisi Technologies Pvt Ltd. Agvisi is working from soil health to consumer health by developing farm to fork model, with farmers from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. It is bringing Honest Produce - chemical free to consumer at the fair prices i.e. at the price point of inorganic produce, under its brand Humble Farmers Co.
Work experience ranging from Marine Engineering to Information Technology to Political Campaign Management. 

Avelo Roy

Avelo Roy is currently:
MD, Kolkata Ventures (Kolkata)
MD & CEO, Nearify (Delhi & Chicago)
Director, ECC Engineering Pvt. Ltd (Kolkata)
Former Startup Advisor, Prime Minister of Nepal
Guest lecturer: Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar, Goa, Hyderabad and Guwahati).
As the great great grandson of Sarojini Naidu, Avelo continues the legacy forward by tirelessly serving the Indian youth through entrepreneurship education using lean startup methodology and principles of Bhagavad Gita.

Nalin Singh

Nalin Singh leads a boutique strategy & financial consulting company that also specializes in coaching leaders and crafting business strategy. He has held several leadership positions in India, Asia, Europe and the US; in leading corporates of the world. He has experienced the high and lows of entrepreneurship first hand and believes that advisors should be forthright and direct in their inputs to leaders. He frequently speaks about the need for advisors and experts to demystify difficult situations and choices for leaders and not to mystify simple ones.

He has dabbled in film making and produced animation and live action movies. He has also authored four non-fiction books. He is the author of the bestselling book, Reboot to Reconquer – Navigating the Afternoon of Life. This book deals with the very real issue of mid-life crises and ways to cope with them.

His fourth & latest bestselling book “Get Funded Now” has won the National Book Honour. It helps to guide Entrepreneurs and would be Entrepreneurs in mastering the rigors faced in the path to achieving successful entrepreneurship. He has also recently launched the India Fund Fest & Indonesia Fund Fest for startups that seek funding away from the chaotic carnival like startup events.

Nalin frequently speaks & writes on issues relating to outsourcing, BPO, cultural matters, diversity, aspirations of the youth of India and a variety of other topics related to the startup ecosystem. He has also been on the Advisory Board of leading corporates, various Industry Associations & publications. With more than twenty five years of diverse experience he provides life & strategy coaching to leaders and boards of Fortune 500 companies, celebrities and startup Founders. He is in the process of launching an investment fund in partnership with a leading angel investor.

He is now featured on the startup funding web series, Horses Stable. He is also expecting the release of his first co-authored fiction novel, TripTease.

Coaches and Mentors

Dr Anjuman Arora Ahuja

Dr Anjuman Arora Ahuja
Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Business Development - DataToBiz
M.Pharm (BITS, Pilani)
PhD (Pharmacology), PGIMER, Chandigarh
Pharmacovigilance Scientist - Quantum Solutions (2012 - 2014)
Senior Demonstrator (PGIMER) & Guest Faculty - UIPS, PU, Chandigarh (2014 - 2016)
Post-Doc Researcher - CSIR-IMTECH (2016-2018)
Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Business Development - DataToBiz (2018 to present)

Namita Satija

Founder PLapp
Started an initiative - PLAPP - with a vision to make this world social in the real sense, by connecting people with shared interests over a cup of coffee, and honing their long lost coveted skills.

Serving as a Senior Consultant at Infosys, Chandigarh.

Bhavish Sood

Bhavish is the General Partner at Exponential Innovation Fund, a cross border fund
that invests in HealthTech, and Enterprise Software sectors with a focus on IoT,
Digital and AI/ML. Prior to this, Bhavish spent more than 10 years as a Research
Director with Gartner’s (NYSE: IT) with it software markets advisory service where he
advised tech providers as well as large technology companies around the
transformational impact of digital, analytics and data. Previously he worked with
Virtusa (Nasdaq: VRTU) as Chief Research Lead with its R&D centers in Colombo and
Mr. Sood also holds position on the Board of Directors and has Advisory positions in
the below mentioned companies: -
- Co-Founder of Modulor Capital an investment advisory focused around
Indian Public Equities Markets
- Investor and Board Member at Medimetry a leading Indian telemedicine and
digital health platform
- Investor and Board Observer at Backpacker Holidays A Digital Travel and
OTA focused on backpacking millennials
- Investor and Board Observer at Point 54: a sales and marketing advisory

Aakarshan Sethi

Aakarshan is an Entrepreneurship Enthusiast and is in the entrepreneurship ecosystem since 7 years. Currently he is working with an MNC as an Entrepreneurship expert and has worked on various entrepreneurship related projects highlight of which being is Government project that is Startup India Yatra(an initiative of Government of India) where he encourged the budding entrepreneurs about entrepreneurship in specially to tier 2/tier 3 cities where he scouted the best ideas among them and provided full support of Government & mentored them personally to turn their dream ideas into potential startup businesses. At such an age he has already mentored more than 10 startups and have provided them with mentorship/ pre-incubation / incubation offers and few of them got angel investments as well. He is currently on advisory of 3 startup communities, member of TiE-Delhi NCR and as a board of advisor and mentor of 4 different startup companies. He has been part of several events as Judge, Mentor and B-Plan Advisor.

Aaquib Hussain

5+ years of business and software development experience plus CAMSS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobility, Security, Social) integration specialization in developing web applications, mobile experiences, creative IT decisions and business road-mapping of projects, initiatives, startups and events  . Creative Head @ i&We and involved in redefining the way we behaviorally change the facelift of the Indian Education System. Ran a team of 42 professionals , leading them to annual turnovers of 0.5 million U.S.D as a completely bootstrapped initiative impacting a total of 1,34,700 learners in the Indian Subcontinent , growing annually at 19 %.

Abhilasha Sidana

A Mass Com post-grad with 12 years + experience, Abhilasha is gifted with the art of expression through words. Her life and work led her to her current role as an Entrepreneur. Professionally, she creates and curates socially relevant viral-worthy content for ShoutLo - a one-stop platform for exploring Chandigarh. 

Shoutlo is a Local Content Discovery Platform, covering a wide spectrum of interests that includes food, events, travel, adventure, lifestyle, and shopping, among other things. Shoutlo curates recommendations across categories, providing unique local discoveries in innovative formats and provides the best city deals and offers to the audience at discounted prices. 

Harit Mohan

Harit Mohan is Founder & CEO of Signicent LLP in India and Signicent
LLC in Delaware, USA. The company employees 80 full time experts
in the area of IPR (patents, trademarks and copyrights). As an IIT
Madras 2008 post grad, research and technology has always been
close to his heart. He has also done course on ‘entrepreneurship –
launching an innovative business from University of Maryland
College Park. He has given 12 years of his career solving problems
and overcoming hurdles faced by research companies and institutes.
He with his company has been a technology and IPR consultant to
over 400+ businesses globally spread across 15 countries. He has
been a member of PIUG (USA), LES, (USA), CII, TiE, AIMA & PHD
Chamber (India).

Mausumi Acharyya

Mausumi Acharyya is an expert imaging and AI professional and passionate social tech entrepreneur focused on disruptive, affordable, equitable healthcare. Her objective is to is to bring in innovative vendor agnostic AI based healthcare solutions for rapid, consistent diagnosis of chronic health conditions in resource limited, high burden care and emergency units.

Mausumi has founded Advenio (brand: ChironX) with an aim to democratize healthcare for the next six billion. Mausumi is a PhD in Computer Science, from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and Post-doctorate from University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has 25+ years of rich experience in the domain of artificial intelligence, machine learning, image processing, medical diagnostics. Mausumi has been in the IT and health-tech industry for over 17 years and have worked in global leadership roles in med tech giants like Siemens Healthcare and GE and as a Senior Scientist in a prestigious defence lab (DRDO) in India. She has been instrumental in developing several key products in these businesses and generated over 11 patents. 

Rajeev Agarwala

Rajeev is an astute business professional and an entrepreneur.  He is responsible for profitable business growth for Indian and International organizations across the globe for over 38 Years.   He has lead organizations and businesses and enjoyed doing business with High Price and High Customer Value – High Margin products and services.   Working in and with cross-location and cross-cultural teams of fresh graduates and seasoned professionals has been his hallmark. Making the individuals and teams productive and energetic for the common goal while keeping their personal passions and life lively makes him ecstatic.   He was responsible for setting up businesses in Countries like China, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore Turkey, Bahrain, Malaysia, Dubai, UK and Mauritius.   He Coaches qualified professionals between age brackets of 24 to 35 for very high impact areas; including career choices, life, challenges of marital and family, finances and aging parents. Noticing young professionals succeed in their personal and professional life post coaching gives him his adrenaline rush.   Some of his key customers are ONGC, NTPC, SAIL, GAIL, SPMCIL, Bhilai Steel Plant, RITES, Kanpur Telecom and Defense. In private sector few of my customers include Saint Gobain, Ranbaxy, IBM, Coke, Cadbury, Parle Industries, Reliance Industries.   A part time standup comedian and a poet and a 24X7 foodie who loves cooking and can personally cook 56 items - that is Rajeev Agarwala.  

Apoorv Bamba

Apoorv is the Co-Founder & CEO of Ingenious Faces and is currently busy disrupting the perception of success through transformative learning frameworks across emerging economies. He is also a Community Council Member at Silicon Cape and Co-founder at Mashauri. He has previously founded Startup Safari (Acquired by WeeTracker) & Human Circle.

He is also a public speaker and guest lecturer with previous talks at platforms such as PechaKucha, Graduate Women International Global Conference, Ashoka University, University of Cape Town, Ghent University, Bertha Centre of Social Innovation among others. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Baddi team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



Organizing Team

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

  • Abha
  • Sumeer


Aditya Dave
Founder & CEO

Aditya is a Entrepreneur, Maker, Innovator who believes in taking technical innovations to the emerging landscapes through entrepreneurship. His startup ECOLABS thriving to achieve the same with a great user base currently. He currently works closely with the Startup Ecosystem of the City as Community Leader,Techstars , Founding Campus Director,Hult Prize. He is also founder of FermeTester, a social enterprise working with a goal of "for good,for profit".While his startup have made it to top100 in Hult Prize Competiton, Aditya is a design thinking whiz. His core competency is working closely with IOT and Hardware based early stage startups to get them to prototype and product stages in the quick time. He has taken more than 50 workshops across the state in the emerging field of IOT and Electronics based products.

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Membership & Outreach Manager

President E-Cell  
Chitkara University Himachal Pradesh

Anshul Arora
Promotion Head

VP E-Cell 
Chitkara University Himachal Pradesh

Pranav Goyal

Intern at E-Cell and handling all the major activities.
Executive member E-Cell
Chitkara University Himachal Pradesh

Saurabh Sharma
E-Cell core member

Secretary E-Cell 
Chitkara University Himachal Pradesh

Nandini Shahi
E-Cell Core Member

Event Management
Chitkara University Himachal Pradesh

Karan Telang

Core Member E-Cell
Chitkara University Himachal Pradesh

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