Startup Weekend Bengaluru (Fintech/Blockchain)

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bengaluru (Fintech/Blockchain)

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

4th Floor, No 22, Salarpuria Towers-I
Hosur Road, Koramangala
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095

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No Talk, All action. Launch a startup in 54 hours!

Startup Weekend Bangalore: FinTech/Blockchain

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Blockchain is an innovative and foundational technology that has the potential to create new foundations for our economic and social systems. Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Come with or without an idea but the passion to build a million dollar Blockchain/ Fintech company. And what you take back is product, one-on-one mentoring, long hours of discussions with likeminded people, make new friends, a startup ready team, pitch to investors, seed funding opportunities to build your product, business network, some amazing goodies and resources and your own startup.

Participation is strictly limited to 65 participants and we are looking for the perfect mix of blockchain developers and FinTech professionals who aim to innovate using blockchain.
Starting up is never easy. We make it all possible just over a weekend!

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Friday September 29th

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 September 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

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 October 1st

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

Nitin Sharma
Tech investor | US & India

US VC - Investor @ NEA
India VC - Principal & Founding Member @ Lightbox (ex. Kleiner Perkins India and Sherpalo) 
Startup ops in the US - VP, Bus Dev and early employee @ EverFi (one of the largest edtech networks globally)
Startup ops in India - Key projects or interim leadership responsibilities at 4 Lightbox companies

Sneha Rajan
Investment Professional, Unitus Seed Fund

Sneha brings six years of private equity investing experience. She was a part of Apollo Global Management’s India team and has evaluated and invested in companies across power, pharmaceuticals and chemicals sectors.

While at Apollo, Sneha worked across its global fund and its India-focused fund, AION, a strategic partnership with ICICI. Sneha is an MBA (Finance) and received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai. Previously, she also worked at Boston Analytics in the Financial Research department and at Thomas Cook in the Foreign Exchange department

Asutosh Upadhyay

Head - Programs at Axilor Ventures

Coaches and Mentors

Viswanadh Akella
Co-Founder & CEO at SimplyFI SoftTech

CoFounder & CEO at SimplyFI SoftTech

Blockchain and IOT specialist

Mani Madhukar
Ecosystem Development Team, IBM

Part of Ecosystem development team at IBM, works with Startups, ISVs, Incubators and academic institutions towards adoption of Cloud.

Bhasker Kode

Problem solver with an appetite for big markets & world domination.

Nitin Narkhede

VP & Head Blockchain & Innovation at Mphasis, Speaker, Member ASSOCHAM National Council on Fintech, DA & Blockchain Tech

Narayanan Lakshminarasimhan

Co-Founder & CTO at SimplyFI SofTech India Private Limited Director at Tradezy Ltd

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bengaluru (Fintech/Blockchain) 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.

Signature Sponsors


Organizing Team

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

  • Anurag
  • Sumukh
  • Arun


Aditya Patro
Program Manager,Corporate Innovation & Strategic Alliance

Program Manager | Corporate Innovation & Strategic Alliance | Community Lead -Global Startup Programs | The Silent Entrepreneur

In 12+ years I have helped large companies and SMEs increase operational efficiency with technology. During the same time I have engaged communities in India for leading global startup programs and established valuable partnerships for corporate accelerators.

My experience with different corporates helped me build insights into:
• Business Operations Efficiency
• Implementing technology across multiple stakeholders and functions
• Build value by engaging different user communities

My stints in Africa, Australia and Europe helping global customers with successful ERP implementation.

I have worked on complex projects that involved data collection across functions and from functional leaders to generate critical business insights to build operational efficiency.

I am passionate about how startups are changing the world. I have been an active community lead in India for leading global startup programs eg: Techstars, Startup Weekend, The August Fest, The Founder Institute.

I see the next level for myself as the scout and program manager for a global corporate startup accelerator. I am keen about FinTech, Agriculture and ideas that engage the rural India.
India is an unparalleled opportunity for global startups.

Aditya lives in the world of Wildlife,Nature.Through his initiative "Project Spand",A No-profit many animals have been rescued & after successful rehabilitation with care, love now they are back to the wild.He has adopted many orphans animals and have been supporting their daily care. Spand is currently operating across Africa, Australia, New Zeland & Other countries.He is currently researching on how the wildlife can be saved from poachers with technology like Robotics and AI.He has been involved with Startups since 2011 and have been part of the ecosystem.

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