Techstars Startup Weekend Bengaluru

    Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Bengaluru

Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019

Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Bangalore, Karnataka

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Friday April 12th

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 April 13th

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 April 14th

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

Sanil Chorinchath
EVP & Regional Business Leader

Regional head for transaction banking group for South and East for yes bank. Commerce graduate with an overall experience of close to 20 years in Banking, Broking and related realms.

Experience in the business of financial institutions, capital market participants etc. has given me a better perspective of the overall economy with which I would be able to garner better business ideas for the future.

Saravana Mani
Head - Open Innovation

Saravana Mani Heads Open Innovation at Future Group, ($ 5 Bn Enterprise, Presence - 255 Cities in India, Customer Base - 300 Mn, Store Count ~ 2000 +, Retail Space - 22 Mn Sq.Ft) India’s Leading Retail Conglomerate with listed entities – Future Retail, Consumer, Lifestyle and Fashion, Supply Chain & Future Enterprises Ltd. 

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Ravindra M K
Co-Founder, Bhive Workspace

Senior management professional, thought leader and Influencer with over 13 years of experience across Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Community Management, Sales, Business Development, HR, Finance, CRM, Public Relations, Relationship Management, Fund raising, Events, Startup Ecosystem, Real Estate, IT, Operations, Consulting, Analyst, Project Management, Angel investing, Speaker, Writer, Visiting faculty, Training, Mentoring & Networking with people. 

I have successfully run teams, profit centres & SBUs managing P/L. Being a startup founder, played an instrumental role in building the organization from scratch & have been responsible for developing strategic plans for business growth, scaling, branding, customer success, customer engagement, customer retention, market expansion, building company culture, product development and technology adaption; have led teams of diverse employees and have a proven track record in building teams, best practices, new revenue streams & delivering business results.

Strategic thinker with analytical bent of mind, and strong execution bias. Possess very strong communication skills and people management abilities. Bring a high level of energy, dedication and integrity to the job. 

Vivek S P
Co-Founder, StyleTag

Experienced Chief Operating Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Strong professional with core competencies in the following areas
1.  Building high growth organizations
2. Fund raising
3. Putting together high performance teams
4. Ecommerce
5. Fashion tech
6. Sales and Growth
7. Operations
8. Product management, Program and project management
9. Trend Analysis.
10.  Human Resources specialist  - setting up performance based compensation and benefits, org structure , OKR framework

Mentor to several deep-tech (AI/ML) companies. Currently focused on building GTM, sales strategies and product roadmap for a leading startup in the video face recognition (using deep neural networks(DNNs) ) space 

Sai Krishna V K
Founder, Scapic

Sai Krishna is often described as an accidental entrepreneur. As an engineering undergrad, Sai built his first startup in the education technology space to power thousands of students to better use tablet PCs. Since then, he's founded, invested and mentored startups all through, particularly in the technology space. He is also an alumnus of Stanford university graduate school of business, and the founder of Scapic, a cloud based virtual and augmented reality content platform helping businesses and users generate AR/VR experiences without coding. Scapic was a part of Y combinator startup school, and was recently recognized by Facebook as one of India's top VR/AR startups, in their India startup awards

Dinesh Seemakurty
Co-founder & CEO

Dinesh is Co-founder & CEO at Stasis Labs

Anand Br
Co-founder & CEO

He has created and driven profitable business lines from scratch, that has gone on to become mainstream; thus creating shareholder value. He is a multi-disciplinarian who brings strategy development and execution, business and product development, as well as innovation.

As a Startup evangelist with 18 years of diverse and progressive experience specializes in developing business and transformation strategies & has worked with the senior leadership of a number of global & local organizations in helping them transform their businesses in preparation for the future. He has been helping organization layout their future roadmaps against an agenda of constant change. He frequently shares his experiences at industry forums.

The great insight of Retail Business in multiple markets, product categories, and consumer behaviour through hands-on experience in India and the overseas market. Recently he was honoured with the citation of '100 Top Retail Minds of India ' from Asia Retail Congress at the 14th Edition of Asia Africa GCC Retail & Shopping Centre Congress.

His last corporate assignment was as Business Lead & Vice President for the Apollo’s newly formed Joint Venture between Lycos Internet under the name Apollo Lycos Net commerce Ltd, helping brands to go online through their end-to-end e-commerce capabilities under one roof.

Previously he was a part of the first team which set up an i-mint, now Payback. He was instrumental in launching the first coalition loyalty program across India. Prior to Telibrahma, he was part of the senior management team which established Pinpoints unique rewards program along with multiple banks called Extra, which eventually took over by MasterCard.

Ganesh Nayak
Director - LetsVenture

Organizing the Indian Startup & VC asset class for global investors

Akash Agarwal

3 decades of progressive experience in the Sales & Marketing of Premium Brand Retail Products.
 Proven track record of driving aggressive growth and exceeding revenue and profit goals.
 Expert relationship builder, channel developer, negotiator and sales strategist.

Organizing Team

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

  • Aayush
  • Aayush
  • Vijetha
  • Arun
  • Viraj
  • Vedant
  • Sarthak


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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Zeeshan Islam
Digital Marketing

Educationally an engineer but interested in learning about every possible thing under the sun with an open mind.

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