Startup Weekend Chennai - CEG Edition

    Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

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Startup Weekend Chennai - CEG Edition

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Tag Auditorium,
College of Engineering Guindy,
Anna University
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025

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Startup Weekend CEG | Chennai, 2018

Event Wrap up!

  • 1st Prize: Bozzy 
  • 2nd Prize: AMAC 
  • 3rd Prize : Meetception


BOZZY address the vital concern prevailing around traveling experiences on busses. They differentiate themselves as a wholistic one stop end to end service providersin the busses’ segment and guarantee a premium business class travel experience to all their customers.They are planning to tie up with credible private bus operators and other vendors to offer various amenities. Also their unique subscription model in this segment may prove to be a game changer.The team had done an extensive market research and is setting up a micro management team to offer unmatched customer experience soon. 

AMAC - Air Modulating Air Conditioner:

AMAC, an alternative product idea to the existing Air Conditioners, uses desiccant material to remove the humidity from air. The air is sent through a heat exchanger for further cooling down. Then evaporative cooling is done in the evaporative cooling section. The working is efficient and commercially applicable. Nowhere in the process there is any usage of harmful gases. The power consumption, maintenance costs and the installation costs are lower when compared to the normal AC. It is obvious to make this a B2B (Business to Business) model.Partnering with any established industries in this sector with the technology idea can help make it into a manufactured product. 


location based local connectivity app that matches users in the same business event or conference (within a radius of 3km) looking for productive professional networking opportunities based on complementing interests. Meetception uses controlled viewing and anonymous chatting to help strangers break ice without compromising their identities. Users can choose to reveal their identity & location selectively to people they trust after chatting and are then encouraged to meet physically at Meetception Hubs

Techstars Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, the event culminates in Sunday night demos and presentations.

The Startup Weekend Drill | No Talk, All Action !

Anyone and everyone is welcome to pitch their ideas and receive feedback. Teams are formed 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. All teams are presented with the opportunity to hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, fun and education.

Who can participate?

As already mentioned, anyone and everyone is welcome! Typical crowd of Startup Weekend consists of

  1. Developers and Hackers who can code with speed and skill.
  2. Domain experts and Business people who are well-versed on the market needs.
  3. Designers with strong aesthetics and strong UI & UX skills.
  4. Hustlers who can drive the project and can pitch their idea with passion looking to build a fantastic team around their idea.
What do I get by participating in Startup Weekend?

You get lots of goodies by just participating in Startup Weekend Chennai

  • 300$ worth Google Cloud Platform credits to build mobile and web apps.
  • Free .co domain.
  • 15% off on Vimeo Business.
  • Startup Weekend T-shirt
What do Winner Teams get in Startup Weekend?🏆

  • 'Startup Weekend Chennai' Title Winner
  • Free Incubation call for the winner teams.
  • Product Development Mentorship from Hasura and free use of Hasura Platform for three months.
  • Free digital transformation support (.com domain, Server Hosting, Dynamic Wesbite, Creative Minimalist logo and business card) from ProdUX Designs and Technologies.
  • One-year Tie Chennai Membership for First Winner team Member.
  • Mentorship Support from SPI Cinemas 
  • Access to disruptive network of companies, experiences and learning organized by SPI Edge
  • Free digital marketing support from Pickmyslot.

It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning environment. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekend Chennai is the perfect environment to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. Register now and make the weekend count!

Come prepared to jump in with both your feet!

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Friday February 9th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in and meet other fellow participants and guests.

6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:10 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:40 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches.

8:00 pm
Networking & Team Forming
Network with the fellow participants for forming the team and discussing ideas

8:30 pm

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 February 10th

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 February 11th

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!


Rajendran Dandapani
Business Solutions Evangelist, Zoho Corporation

A brilliant programmer and an alumni of IIT Madras, Rajendran is currently the Business Solutions Evangelist at Zoho Corporation. He has great knowledge and is extremely passionate about technology. He has been the CTO of two different companies. An enthusiastic and a professional leader with a sharp intellect, he is definitely the one who inspires people around. 

Sathya Natarajan
Quality Manager - Hewlett packard Enterprise

Sathya Natarajan is currently the Quality manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise(HP). Her extreme passion for quality got her this role, which she handles to perfection. She is a woman of intellect. She is a proud alumni of many prestigious institutions and has also occupied the top positions in many reputed organisations. Sathya will make you put on your thinking caps by talking about interesting and thought provoking ideas of inducing technology into your startups.

Vijay Anand
Founder & CEO, the Startup Centre

Vijay Anand is the Founder CEO of The Startup Centre. He has been an active member of the Indian Startup Ecosystem for close to 14 years and has played a vital role in where it has evolved to, nationwide. He founded - the first startup showcase platform in 2004, and spent close to six years as the head of Incubation at IIT Madras. He tweets at @vijayanands.

The Startup Guy aka Vijay Anand, a dreamer, an optimist all set to make an appearance as speaker at Startup Weekend'18.

Vishal Vasanth
Founder & CEO, Warhorse Innovations

Vishal Vasath, CEO of Warhorse Innovations, likes to identify himself as a teacher. He enjoys reading and teaching topics related to policy, philosophy and debate
Furthermore, he's one of Chennai's budding entrepreneurs, revolutionizing education.
Warhorse is an educational enterprise that helps students and working professionals overcome communication barriers thereby empowering them in all social and professional interactions. Warhorse got incorporated and are in operation since December 2015, and they have already trained over 2000 students successfully.

Event Judges

Suresh Sambandam
CEO at KiSSFLOW | Founder at OrangeScape

Suresh Sambandam is the Founder and CEO of OrangeScape, one of the top 10 platforms as a service company globally. OrangeScape’s Visual PaaS helps create business applications quickly and easily. He is also the CEO of KiSSFLOW, a software company that creates software to sort out chaos in workplaces.He is a man with great knowledge of startups and entrepreneurship.He is a man of vision with great intellect.

Arun Natarajan
Founder & CEO, Venture Intelligence

Arun Natarajan is the Founder and CEO of Venture Intelligence, a media entrepreneur with over a decade of research and business journalism experience. Arun was earlier a senior research analyst with The Hindu-Business Line, a leading Indian business daily. Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider of news and information on Private Company Financials, Transactions & their Valuations. Their offerings include online databases on private company financials; Private Equity/Venture Capital, and M&A transactions.

Rajaraman Santhanam
Co-Founder, Chargebee

Rajaraman is one of the Co-Founders of Chargebee.Chargebee is a PCI Level 1 certified recurring billing platform for subscription based SaaS and eCommerce businesses. Chargebee integrates with the leading payment gateways like Stripe, Braintree, PayPal etc. around the world to let you automate recurring payment collection along with invoicing, taxes, accounting, email notifications, SaaS Metrics and customer management. Chargebee handles all crucial workflows from lead to ledger with power packed integrations that include Salesforce, Xero, Quickbooks, Avalara, Slack, among others.

Kingshuk Paladhi
Business Head & Director at Royal Bank of Scotland, Services, India

Kingshuk Paladhi has 20+ years of experience in strategizing and delivering technology-led enterprise transformations at RBS, Citigroup. He worked extensively in London, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, and is an alumnus of London Business School - thus having access to strong professional networks globally. He is also a Charter Member of TiE.
While he has a background in electrical engineering and software development, he has strong domain experience in Capital Markets/ Transaction Service business of global banks. He is looking forward to engage with the entrepreneurs taking some of the grand challenges (e.g. healthcare, education, financial services, sustainability etc.) head on.

Suresh Krishnaswamy
Head – CoE – Big Data and Analytics, 361 Degree Minds

Suresh has experience of about 30 yrs in Information Technology Consulting, Transition, Transformation & Applications Development with leading IT Services companies like IBM, EDS &  Cognizant Technology Solutions. He also has Experience with contemporary technologies, platforms, methodologies, software products and program / project management methods.•Led multinational, multicultural and multi-location transition and delivery teams.
He has Created and headed Delivery Centres for EDS in China – Shanghai and Wu Han – Operational, Process, People and Delivery integration responsibilities for these centres.

Abdul Rahman Farooqui
Managing Partner, Artisans Lab

Abdul is the managing partner at artisans lab.He has held various positions as customer service executive in aspire telecommunications and infotronics pvt ltd.

Coaches and Mentors

Ratheesh Krishnan
Manager of L&D at SPI Cinemas

Ratheesh,a graduate from University of Madras, is the manager of Learning and Development at SPI cinemas, a very reputed multiplex chain operating in many cities in India. He is responsible for the end to end training and the development requirement of the organisation. A man with sound knowledge of people, he is an ideal mentor for learners and professionals alike. He is also the founder of iChange, a company that collaborates with client organisations and individuals to apply relevant learning to aid growth.

Hari Ganapathy
Co-Founder, Pickyourtrail

Hari is the co-founder of PickYourTrail - a platform for personalised vacations. His passion for travel and the belief that travel can change the way we perceive the world is what led to PickYourTrail. He enjoys taking up lead roles and has worked and excelled in mature as well as high growth companies. His area of interest include travel, cricket, philosophy, photography. He is a specialist in the analysis of market entry, sales process/ops, relationship management, customer engagement, brand building/recall, sales strategy, team building/management, GTM Strategy, business development and strategic sales. He has held various managerial roles in InMobi, a global mobile advertising company. He started working as a sales manager in Britannia Industries limited after his MBA from IIM-Bangalore. Hari is also a part of the Global Shapers community.

Jack Anto
Founder of Madrasters Design Community and Founding Team of ReportBee

Jack Anto, is the founder of Madrasters and from founding team at Report Bee. He is currently the chief design officer at Report Bee. He is an information designer and architect and an expert in usability engineering, user interface and web design and development. He is the founder of Madrasters Community, a non profit group for designers with vibrant members, all of whom showcase, promote, discover, and explore design stuff, niche articles with open mind and spirit to learn on a regular basis.

Arul Murugan
CEO at Snackexperts

Arul Murugan is a horticulture graduate from TN Agricultural University. He also holds an MBA in food and agriculture management from Anna University. He comes from a family of farmers and naturally he is quite passionate about farming and food. He successfully went on to become the first generation entrepreneur from his family. He gained experience by working at International Agricultural Processing private ltd from 2008 to the beginning of 2015.He has been the CEO of, an online snack store from October 2014. He has quite a rich knowledge of India’s snack industry and the demands of the market. He aspires to create an ecosystem of self-sustaining healthy snack business.

Varun Raj
Founding Member and Chief Technical Architect at Skcript

Varun Raj is a man who handles multiple different roles with ease. He happens to be a multi platform programmer, a technology evangelist, a  technical Speaker, a business analyst, a software architect and one of the most wanted technical speakers in Chennai! He is the brain behind most of Skcript's web and mobile platforms. He is fond of crunch days - can sit in one place for countless number of hours, break his head and come out with some of his best work. He is one of the most talented tech celebs in town!

Senthil Nayagam
CEO at Railsfactory

Senthil Nayagam is a passionate and a professional leader. With many technical skills such as proficiency in php,python and more to add to his credentials, he is definitely a person with sound knowledge of his domain. He gave up his high paying corporate job at Broadspire and started RailsFactory . The company has come a long way from there. They have created more than 400 apps since 2006.After taking up different roles like CEO,CTO for 8 years in the company, he has started AnyCommerce to help companies improve their strategies beyond technology.

Thirukumaran Saravanan
Co Founder at Metarvrse Technologies

Thirukumaran Saravanan is a serial entrepreneur,a quizzer, a thinker and most importantly a doer. He is fluent in domains like augmented reality, virtual reality, game development, hardware development, infotainment, design, multimedia, and 3D asset creation. He has co founded two startups, Underblu Studios : A multimedia studio and MetARVRse. MetARVRse (formerly DreamWare) is a fast growing company that develops products and solutions based on augmented Reality and virtual reality to solve problems in the real world. Their products and solutions presently give more power to industrial trainers, data analysts, industrial service technicians, engineering designers, sales team and creators in general.

Archana Stalin
Founder at myHarvest

Archana Stalin was a Geo informatics student at the College of Engineering Guindy who passed out in 2009.Being a woman who is passionate to bring about a change, she co-founded Geoverge technologies in Virudhunagar. She is also the founder of Jollyevents, a web platform to connect event planners and venue owners. Archana didn’t stop there. She then went on to establish another startup, myHarvest, a company that helps people to set up a garden in their terrace or balcony. She loves to innovate,experiment and break barriers. 

Swaathi Kakarla
Co-Founder and CTO at Skcript

Swaathi Kakarla is the co-founder and CTO at Skcript and a woman organizer at GDG chennai. She enjoys talking and writing about code efficiency, performance, and startups. In her free time, she finds solace in yoga, bicycling and contributing to open source. She has been running Skcript for more than 4 years. She is working to build a compression server for the enterprise,SHRINK and work management tool Ally. She's a passionate and curious learner and is an expert in server management and has sound knowledge in machine learning. 

Nivas Ravichandran
Product Marketer at Freshworks

Nivas is associated with Freshworks as the Product Marketer for the CRM Software Freshsales. He is passionate about social media and technology. A startup enthusiast, he is also a natural leader and a great orator. He is a volunteer with IEEE and also leads the Entrepreneurship and Internship Initiatives for IEEE in India. A motivated,self inspired leader with great knowledge about technology,startups and marketing,he would definitely be an ideal mentor for the aspiring entrepreneurs.

Ramkumar RS
Co-Founder & Business Head at Smile Settai

Ramkumar is an MBA graduate who is the Founder and Business Head at Smile Settai,a popular entertainment channel in YouTube.Smile Settai was started to entertain people along with doing community service. After working as a Sales Manager and Assistant Manager at two different banks, Ramkumar started the channel which now has more than six hundred thousand subscribers. He is skilled in business analysis,development and digital media and is also a great communicator.

Santhosh Palavesh
Managing Director at UMM

Currently the Founding Director of Ideomind Pvt Ltd, A new age award winning digital transformation firm helping brands with digital transformation ranging from product development, business digitizing to strategic digital marketing.

The Founder/CEO of UMM Digital, One of India's top 20 digital agencies having a presence in over 3 countries. UMM Digital was later merged into Ideomind, with a global digital transformation vision.

With over 18+ entrepreneurial awards, Santhosh has also built successful digital agency model and he is currently holding active directorship in Takeoff Communications & Omnia Digital

Sankara Narayanan
Head of Operations at TechStory

Sankar is an engineer and an avid learner by passion. He was bitten by the startup bug in 2015. After quitting his very short stint in a 9-5 corporate career, he joined TechStory as the Head of Operations and has been very active in the startup ecosystem since then. On his journey to become the jack of all trades, he continues to learn and manage operations at TechStory and has published over 300 stories under his name. He continues to hustle and grow both personally and professionally. He was also one of the co-organizers of Startup Grind Chennai, a part of global Startup Grind community actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 200 cities. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs who are focused on solving real world problems. He is dedicated to fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship in the ecosystem.

Yaagneshwaran Ganesh
Top 100 Martech Influencer | Director Marketing at Fiind Inc | Author | Speaker | Columnist

Yaagneshwaran Ganesh (YG) is an author, columnist and a professional speaker at international conferences, organizations and institutions globally. He is a marketing enthusiast that believes in aligning marketing operations to the organization strategy.He does a world tour to interview CEOs and CMOs globally to explore marketing practices and also conducts workshops. He writes columns for HuffingtonPost, dtNEXT, Techstory, ManagementNext and has been a regular blogger on, the thought leader on marketing practices.

YG is also the author of the worldwide released books:
"Syncfluence" - released August 2017.
"Is your marketing in sync or sinking?" - released January 2016.

His previous books have received great reviews from the UK Daily Morning Star and highly appreciated by Adam Grant, the Wharton Professor and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Give and Take’. 
Specialties: Product Marketing, Marketing Communications, Inbound marketing, Event Management.

Dharaneetharan Durairajan
Director, Social Eagle

Dharaneetharan, an enterprising first gen entrepreneur from Sivakasi, holds over a decade of experience in the fields of Marketing & Information Technology. Having completed his Masters degree in Computer Science, he has worked for Telecom Majors like Telcordia & Verizon. Also, he sphere-headed the Marketing Department at Naturals Salon and Spa where he managed the end to end marketing activities. He kick started his marketing stint as a Brand Manager for engineering colleges and played the key role of strategizing, branding and marketing.

Held key positions in Junior Chamber International and Rotaract Club

His company Social Eagle is awarded as Emerging Social Media Company of the Year 2017 at Asia’s largest Global Mobile App Summit.
Awarded as Best New JC of the year Certifications:
Dale Carnegie Certified Trainer

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