Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution: Bengaluru Edition

    Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019

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Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution: Bengaluru Edition

Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019

Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

91Springboard JP Nagar
175 & 176, Bannerghatta Main Rd,
Dollars Colony
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076

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54 Hours to build Sustainable Businesses for our Earth!


💡 What is Startup Weekend ?
Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?
Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. The last decade, we’ve organized more than 4,000 in over 150 countries, consolidating Startup Weekend as the biggest incubator for the world!

🙋‍♀️ An event open for all ages, experience levels and backgrounds, of motivated people with ideas or willing to join other teams and improve the sustainability of their communities and the world. If you’re looking for a team, co-founder, mentors or an idea to leave your mark in the world, Startup Weekend is the event for you.

🌳 This edition will be part of the Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution, a global initiative led by volunteers in order to put sustainable development at the forefront of the world stage.
Here in Bangalore the Startup Weekend will take place on 21st - 23rd June 2019
At the same time, more than 60 cities around the world will organize their own Startup Weekend on sustainability!
After that, a final round online will be held where each local winner will pitch its idea in a one minute video. The 5 best projects elected by the public will get special prizes to help them launch their startups in real life!

🌎 Why a Startup Weekend on sustainability ?
🌿 Because environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges humanity is facing, it’s our duty to help entrepreneurs find the best solutions to overcome it.

✅ The challenges of entrepreneurship in sustainability you can work in during this weekend are diverse:
- Build eco-conceived products & reverse planned obsolescence
- Upcycle
- Substitute the disposable by the sustainable
- Reduce food waste
- Foster local production and local distribution
- Build a sustainable agriculture and a sustainable food industry
- Build highly energy efficient products and systems
- Produce sustainable energy
- (Re)Build sustainable buildings
- Design resilient, smart and inclusive cities
- Design Fintech for inclusive sustainable finance and markets
- Build the future of sustainable transportation
- Foster education on sustainability

🙆‍♂️ Don’t be shy and join us to experience an exciting weekend full of all the highs and lows of the life as a startup founder. Even if you think you might be lacking some skills, your ideas and motivation are worth more than you think!

🤔 What do you need to bring?
⚡️ Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
🎈Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on and needs to be related with sustainability.
Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, build a viable business model and likely pivot your approach entirely!
☝️Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

How to participate ?
🎟 Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience.
Your ticket includes:
- Hands-on chance to learn the process for going from concept to creation.
- Opportunity to meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in your city.
- 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend.
- Benefits and discounts from our global partners.
- One-on-one time with amazing mentors.
- Focused time to learn and practice new skills to take back to your job or to take your own idea from concept to creation.
- A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
- All the internet and coffee you can consume.
- Time to present your final pitch to a select panel of judges and investors.

📼 Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!


This event is organized by volunteers, teams are coached by professional mentors, and all is possible with the support of great partners ♥

✉️ Still have questions? Feel free to reach us at
🔥 Don’t wait any longer and join the Startup Weekend movement! No talk, all action!

* Be careful: participating in a Startup Weekend presents a risk of resigning on Monday morning to set up your Startup, live your dreams and make the world a better place!

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Friday June 21st

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 June 22nd

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 June 23rd

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

Nagaraja Prakasam
Angel Investor, Mentor, Fund Advisor

Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam is a versatile and passionate leader with 2+ decades of global experience (decade in the USA and a decade+ in India). As a full time angel investor, invested in 14 start-ups and seen 3 exits.  Spearheaded Impact thinking in Indian Angel Network and co-founded IAN Impact.  His personal mantra is “Start-ups should focus on India’s strength – people, problems, Tech”

He believes in hands on approach and travels extensively in rural areas understanding the need first hand. Sought after as thought leader in Impact space and inspired many students as a motivational speaker in number of colleges. Delivered C.K.Prahalad memorial lecture at WorldCoCreationDay. Chaired “Green Revolution 2.0 – Food Security and the role of innovation” at 10th CII Innovation Summit.  Spoke at launch of Bank of Innovations and Ideas (BII) by Ministry of Rural Development along with Dr.Abdul Kalam. Awarded “Successful Person 2015″ by Sangam4, Chennai.

Kumar Ranjan
Mentor, Fundraiser, Investor & Entrepreneur

Managing Director, Unitus Capital

Melissa Hayes
Manager, Leadership and Innovation Training Amani Institute

Manager, Leadership and Innovation Training Amani Institute

Coaches and Mentors

Vijetha Shastry
Nasscom - Innovation Lead

Possessing 24 years handling challenging assignments in the service industry- Hospitality,retail ,travel, co working. Currently engaged with NASSCOM CoE - IoT as Lead- Open Innovation

Sahar Mansoor

Founder/CEO of a zero waste company

Tom Sebastian
Program Director of NORDIN Accelerator

Program Director of NORDIN Accelerator

Navratan Katariya
Director, Startup Engagement & Innovation, Clean Energy

Director, Startup Engagement & Innovation, Clean Energy

Sowmya Keshava
Head-Strategic Partnerships, TKN Advisors

Strategic thinker and leader with 13+years of experience in successfully penetrating global markets w.r.t startups, accelerator and consulting. Founded a boutique consulting firm ‘The Mustard Tree’ with focus on Strategic Business Solutions, Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing. A startup pragmatist with a strong competence and know-how of Startup and VC ecosystem.

I was previously Head- Marketing Strategy & Partnerships at Kyron Global where I handled go-to-market strategies as well as key strategic partnerships.
I have experience in startup ecosystem where I have worked closely with some of the top VC firms as well as startups where I consulted them on business and marketing strategies.
I am the Founder & Chief Strategist at 'The Mustard Tree'. My experience in Digital Marketing, Brand Architecture & Corporate Strategy across various sectors from Gaming to luxury retail. My interest and desire to work closely with Startups and entrepreneurs made me quit my corporate job to start on my own.
My latest approach has been 'Build.Operate.Transfer' model for startups.
I have also worked as independent brand consultant for ‘Blend Inc’ for close to a decade mentoring startups.

In 2006, as Senior Manager(Strategy), I was instrumental in accelerating India’s largest knowledge services company into the top 30 Tata NEN hottest startups in the first edition amongst 572 companies. Working with O&M, in 2009 , I managed campaigns and product launches for a Global IT Consulting powerhouse targeting the C-suite of top companies. When I joined the top online gaming company in 2012, I made a mark with my ability to manage the difficult facets of “the community” of top online games.

Wilma Rodrigues
Founder, CEO, Saahas Zero Waste

Founder, CEO, Saahas Zero Waste

Vedant Johari
IB Analyst, Unitus Capital

IB Analyst, Unitus Capital

Varun Kashyap

Nitya Kumar
Head, Design at NUMA

Head, Design at NUMA

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution: Bengaluru Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Arun
  • Aayush
  • Mikkel
    Beyer Mogensen
  • Priyanka
  • Ishitha
  • Tripti
  • Sonal
  • Gowtham


Arun Philips
Consultant, Public Speaker, and Social Impact Entrepreneur

Arun Philips is a Social Impact Entrepreneur, Community Leader, Public Speaker and Blockchain Investor.

He runs, a blockchain based non profit, and works with Oracle on Cloud Technologies.

Arun is also a Global Facilitator for Techstars Startup Weekends, and an avid Toastmaster in the Motivational Strategies path. He also writes for BitcoinForBeginners, a cryptocurrency publication.

He loves singing and playing the guitar and is also a professional Table Tennis player. He enjoys building communities and sharing stories.

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