Startup Weekend Bangalore

    Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

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Startup Weekend Bangalore

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Intuit Technology Services
Campus 4A, PrITech Park (Ecospace),
7th and 8th Floor, Belandur,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560103

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1,000 past events in 110 countries around the world in 2011. More than 100,000 people across the globe are SW alumni!

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas as determined by popular vote and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Current event is a general Startup Weekend Edition where participants are required to pitch their raw idea which could be in any vertical/theme like Technology, Education, Health, Disability, Environment, etc. and work on building a Minimum Viable Product MVP thus propelling them to take their idea to the next stage.

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Friday March 18th

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

7:00 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

8:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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 March 19th

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
Check-in, status reports, call for help

7:30 pm

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

Sunday March 20th

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

Debleena Roy
Director at Unitus Seed Fund

Debleena has over 14 years’ experience in Strategy, Finance and Marketing leadership roles across companies such as GE, Prudential, JPMorgan and Fidelity. Prior to joining Unitus Seed Fund, she was responsible for setting up the Strategic Marketing function for a leading Analytics start-up, BRIDGEi2i Analytics Solutions. She contributes articles to multiple journals including Huffington Post and is a visiting faculty at two leading Educational Institutes in India.  She holds a Masters degree in Statistics from Presidency College, Kolkata and a Management degree in Finance from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi.

Ritesh Dwivedy
Co Founder & CEO at

Ritesh is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Prior to Petoo, Ritesh founded Justeat (earlier known as Hungryzone) was acquired by Rocket Internet in January 2015.

Niranjan Gupta
CEO at Trip38

Niranjan is a travel professional for more than 20 years. He is a serial entrepreneur who before, a mobile app providing travel assistance during travel, funded and co-founded - India's largest B2B travel portal in air tickets. Launched - India's first hotel inventory distribution platform. He was also the COO of Intech Hotel Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Yatra. For almost 12 years he was the Managing Director of Travel Bazar, which has got multiple outlets in Bangalore, catering to the needs of the corporate and the leisure clientele.

Varun Mishra
Investment Professional at SAIF Partners

Varun has experience across management consulting and early stage tech investing. At present Varun is focusing on early stage investments in the technology space. Focus sectors include - SaaS, IoT, E-commerce & Gaming.

Sanjay Shah
CoFounder @ Zapty and Instavan, Fellow @ iSpirit, Angel Investor @ IAN

Sanjay Shah provides the vision, strategic direction and execution for Zapty ( and Before Zapty, he was the Managing Director and Head of Software Delivery Centers for Schneider Electric/Invensys Skelta. Sanjay brings over 26 years of management and product development experience under multiple platforms and computing environments. 

Sanjay sits on the Board of Directors of Sasken Technologies ( He is a member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), YPO (Young President's Organization) as part of the Bangalore chapter's executive committee, iSPIRT (Indian Software Product Industry Roundtable), NASSCOM and several other industry committees and chambers of commerce in India and the US.

Sujay Nair
Mediapreneur, Venture Capitalist, Publisher

Over 23 years in business, IT, finance and strategy areas with hands-on business and technology experience. 

Presently I am the CEO and Editor-in-Chief at Enigma Interactive Private Limited, a new media organization dedicated to catering to the information and content needs of business, banking, finance and technology communities in India and APAC, design and brand consultancy services, education and more... 

Prior to this I was the Editorial Director of a leading technology publication group with enterprise technology and channel magazines. Have regular interaction, deep understanding and close relationship with IT industry and CIO/CFO/COO/CEO community of large enterprises, channel community, SME, etc.

Specialties:Managing large teams of professionals 
Understanding of technology, business, markets and people
Managing multiple projects with multi-team dynamics and locations 
Speaking at various conferences on technology, business, innovation and markets

Coaches and Mentors

Rammohan Reddy
Lean Product Consultant, Lean Startup Coach, Startup Mentor, Founder LeanMantra

Rammohan is a product consultant and a Lean Startup coach. He helps his clients to validate their problem hypothesis by performing primary research and helps them in build products that delight customers. He trains Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs and product managers on new product development methodologies like Lean startup, customer development, Design thinking and Business modelling. Recently he partnered with world renowned Lean startup thought leaders and conducted a workshop in Singapore for a major bank.

Rajan thiyagarajan
Product Leader - Building delightful Saas & Mobile product experiences for global markets

As a Senior Product Manager of Quickbooks Online I am the product owner for compliance(global), India market & new market expansion.
Earlier as Innovation Leader at Intuit ran multiple accelerator programs to power grass roots innovation within the company.

As Entrepreneur built successful global mobile apps & products. 

Deepa Bachu
Co-Founder & CEO at Pensaar

My passion is to transform customers’ lives by creating products that solve their biggest unmet needs. Products that make the customers’ life better! I am open to roles that allow me to create a positive and large impact on the employees of a company, its customers and, its shareholders.

Adarsh Natarajan
Founder at AIndra Systems Pvt. Ltd

With more than a decade's experience working in the IT industry spanning various roles in multiple geographies,mt Entrepreneurship journey started after completing my MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. I later founded AIndra Systems, a Startup that is creating products in the area of Computer Vision, a domain under Artificial Intelligence. Aindra System's Vision is to create products that have a deep impact on the society and believes that this vision can be achieved by the use of Artificially Intelligent technology. The idea for the startup came when I was asked to find a solution to the problem of subsidy leakage in Govt sanctioned schemes for the rural school-going children. 

Natwar Maheshwari
Founder at

Natwar is an entrepreneur who created, a social media marketing and image management tool for online sellers. He believes a product company is only as good as its customer service, and so he puts a lot of effort behind that. 
With advanced degrees in tech, he created as a passion project and now works on it full time. As of now, he is based in two countries and travels back and forth. At times, he does crazy things like going on a 6000 mile road trip to meet Etsy sellers or not-so-crazy adventurous sports like sky diving, and wild caving. Well, he also loves to work with online sellers to help them solve their problems. Feel free to ping him on any social media.  

Arvi Krishnaswamy
Entrepreneur and Tech Executive

Leader with successful track record building energetic teams delivering software products and professional services in a rapidly changing environment.

Seshadri Krishnan

Seshadri Krishnan (Sesh) is senior technology services and product executive with more than 20 years of Consulting, Technology Services and Entrepreneurship expertise. Sesh has  global experience having led businesses in North America, Europe, South East Asia geographies. He have been been involved in start-up eco-system both as an entrepreneur as well as a mentor in the areas of Consumer internet, Online Travel, E-Commerce, Digital marketing and Enterprise SaaS platforms for India and other geographies. He  currently runs a startup in the mobile space, Trip38 as a Co-Founder.
Sesh is a charter member with TiE Bangalore and has been actively involved in mentoring startups with TiE as well as TLabs, Morpheus Gang, NASSCOM,  Numa, Stanford Ignite and other startup initiatives.

Santosh Panda
Founder & CEO at - The Event Platform - Ticketing for Events, Activities & Experiences

After an initial attempt to study medical and being unsuccessful, I did an engineering in Industrial & Production. Always willing to do something different and think differently, picked up a career in software engineering soon after completing Industrial engineering degree. The dot-com boom gave a flying start to the career and later on, I got opportunity to develop/lead mostly B2B products for FTSE 100 companies and startup in London, Helsinki, Los Angeles and Bangalore. 

Subhendu Panigrahi
Co-Founder at Venturesity

Subhendu, also known as chalta firta or perambulating LinkedIn is an active community leader of Bangalore Startup ecosystem. He runs a startup called Venturesity where he helps companies to find right talent through the medium of challenges. Apart from Venturesity he leads India's largest online startups community called Bangalore Startups. A food engineer by education and a foodie by passion, Subhendu is always helping startups through various activities.

Suryaprakash Konanuru
CTO at Ideaspring Capital

Suryaprakash (Suri) has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry and has co-founded three startups (Alopa Networks and Yos Technologies and eDreams Edusoft).
Suri's focus lies in building teams, mentoring and building products. He is very customer focused and process oriented.

Abhay Tandon
Sr. Manager - Innovation and New Capabilities at Anheuser-Busch InBev

Abhay is a startup enthusiast, growth consultant, and evangelist. He is currently working with Tracxn, as the Head for Events and Partnerships. Abhay has closely worked with various startups and funds in India and understands the key issues that startups and various ecosystem players face. He is an upcoming author and is a regular columnist for ‘business growth and strategy’ and ‘Small & Medium Enterprises’ section in a few digital publications. His expertise lies in Investment Consulting, Strategic Growth, Fund Raising, and Strategic Alliances.

Vandana Sharma
Chief People Officer at HolidayIQ,Traveller, Fashion and startup enthusiast

A senior industry leader offering nineteen years of rich and diverse experience across Strategy, HR,
Resource Management, General Management and Operations. A highly experienced professional who has unique competencies owing to conscious selection of unconventional career options and personal pursuit of excellence based on continuous learning and growth.

Navin Rungta

Navin is a passionate Entrepreneur committed to ease out pain points existing in Legal, Taxation and Business compliance domain using technology as a major disruptive force to change some of the dominant age old practices.

Having worked on both sides of the table - Customer & Service Provider, it has offered Navin a unique opportunity to experience the pain points on either side and work towards addressing it.

Navin has a specialisation in  Legal & Taxation domain, Technology

Pankaj Sharma
CEO and Co Founder at LeadInvent

Pankaj is a life science startup tech entrepreneur with over 13 years of experience in drug discovery and molecule simulations. Track record of growing startup from lab to being awarded as Asia Pacific Emerging Company of the Year within 4 years. Expertise in bootstrapping. Strong track record of securing multiple Govt. grants and fund raising. 

Vijayakumar N.R.R
Founder of Aequitas Global

Vijay, Entrepreneurial Evangelist, Change Catalyst with Micro, Small and Medium Industries over two decade. His passion for mentoring start-up’s naturally aligned him to work with organsiation’s like NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network) , Native lead Foundation an Organisation which works with Rural Start-ups, Goldman Sachs; 10K Women Entrepreneurs, IIHR, etc. Vijay’s most recent body of work includes the design, visualization and implementation of an indigenous Start-up Acceleration program with focus on ‘Non-Metro Impact’ Start-Up’s. He has helped Start-up’s to secure Angel Investment. His portfolio includes Agriculture, Education, Electronics, Engineering and Manufacturing, Internet businesses, IT Product/ Services, Outsourcing, Retail, Rural Businesses, Seed Industry.

Arunima Choudhury

Arunima is a sales professional in the B2B space with 15 years of experience in strategic business 
partnerships and alliances, sales strategy, consultative selling and business development, revenue 
growth and client retention in Telecom, Enterprise Data and Social Media space. 

A keen believer that there are two key aspect to any business, Employees and Customers. Looking 
after both will ensure long-term success to any organisation. Arunima has worked in multi-national
companies focusing on forging business partnerships with medium to large enterprises across 
industries to ensure enhanced and sustained business. 

Outside of work, Arunima pursues her interest in theatre as an actor and is part of Center of Film 
and Drama, a keen traveller and very passionate about animal welfare. She plans to start an animal shelter in the future.

Arun Jagannathan
Founder at CrackVerbal

I run CrackVerbal, a company that focuses on test prep and admission services to top MBA and Graduate programs across the world. I have no clue how I ended up here. At various points in life I have been an English teacher, a software engineer, a project manager, a soft-skills trainer, and a technology consultant. Perhaps what was most important was I have always loved helping people in one way or the other. Today I also mentor other startups and entrepreneurs in bootstrapping and growth-hacking. I am always glad to make new connections! 

Arvind Nadig
Cofounder at Brahma3

Arvind Nadig is Co-Founder & Managing Director at Li2. Li2 is a nation leader in applied training on emerging technologies with a reach of over 2 lac students across 20 cities. Li2 with its strong R&D wing provides design and development consulting solutions to leading MNC. 
In 2013, he ventured into 3D printing and pioneered the building of India’s first indigenous desktop 3D printer Brahma3. Brahma3 is exploring the infinite future of 3D printing through powerful hardware and creative community. Brahma3 is now the leading maker of desktop 3D printers in India. He currently holds the position of Chief Executive and heads business and strategy.
He has expertise in embedded systems. product design, robotics and 3D printing technologies. He has strong passion for innovation and is a proponent of open source. He supports the entrepreneurship ecosystem through active investments, mentoring and incubating several student startups. Since his college days Arvind has been involved with social activities, NGOs and actively follows politics.

Praveen Jhajhria
Running incub@TE program: A Start-up initiative from Tata Elxsi

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