Startup Weekend Chennai

    Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019

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Startup Weekend Chennai

Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Tag Auditorium
CEG, Anna University
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Let's connect our minds, solve problems and make our lives easier.

Here is your chance to change the world. No Talk, All Action !

We're back in town! Startup Weekend Chennai | CEG Edition (15 Feb - 17 Feb)

What is Startup Weekend Chennai?

The goal here is to build out a complete startup idea and examine its marketability and feasibility. Start the event with Friday night pitches and team creation, get down to business plan development on Saturday, and pitch your final prototype creation to the crowd and panel of experts on Sunday evening. Ideally you are ready to take your idea to the market right after Startup Weekend Chennai.

Who can participate?

Startup Weekend Chennai is for everyone who wishes to make a difference. 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 entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, fun and learning.

As already mentioned, anyone and everyone is welcome! Typical crowd of Startup Weekend consists of:
 1.Developers and Hackers who can code with sublime tempo and expertise.
 2.Domain experts and Business people who are proficient on the market needs.
 3.Designers with impregnable aesthetics and strong UI & UX skills.
 4.Hustlers who can steer the project and can pitch their idea with ardor, looking to build a team around their idea. 

Why join Startup Weekend Chennai?

You get a chance to meet smart and passionate people from different backgrounds. Following the start of the event, you get your idea validated with the very best industry mentors and get to equip yourself with the right tools to help build your startup idea. You’ll find yourself working towards creating a business at the end, and connecting with the right people and resources to begin your entrepreneurial journey. All of these happen over the 54 hour Weekend!

Each participant will get:
  • An exclusive .co domain including the hosting for a year- FREE!
  • $3000 worth Google Cloud Platform credits to build mobile and web apps.
  • Exclusive Startup Weekend goodies and SWAGS.
  • A well designed community inspired T-shirt.
  • Official Startup Weekend Certificate!
  • Coffee, Snacks-available all day to power up your brain.
  • Unlimited gourmet buffet food over the course of the weekend (that's 7 meals!)
The Winner Teams get🏆🎁🎉
  • 'Startup Weekend Chennai 2019' Title Winner. 
  • Incubation space at 'Atworks' for two months
  • Tie-Chennai Membership for the winner team
  • $150 Digital Ocean Credits and exciting merchandises.
  • Mentorship program from SPI Edge
  • Web Development and Brand Identity support from 'Ankor' Digital Agency.

Follow us on social network!Read our blogs here:At Startup Weekend Chennai, we firmly believe that the most ground-breaking products are created at night, when the rest of the world is in deep slumber. Join us to experience what its like to work on ‘a single idea’ that could change your life forever.

Come, experience the best weekend of your life.

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Friday February 15th

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 February 16th

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 17th

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!


Dorai Thodla
Founder, iMorph, Inc.

Dorai Thodla is the Founder/CTO of Technology Strategies LLC. They are an organisation specializing in building Intelligent Conversational Agents (aka Chabots) and conducting seminars/workshops. He is a startup enthusiast and Advisor to KCG Technology Business Incubator. He can provide great insight into creating startups and has been providing help to students to turn ideas into prototypes.

Event Judges

Akhila Rajeshwar
Executive Director, Tie Chennai

Akhila Rajeshwar is the Excective Director at TiE Chennai. She comes from a background of education and healthcare and aims to propel entrepreneurs in these domains. She was the Vice-President at a leading hospital and comes with a natural leadership skill. She has coached and mentored numerous students and corporate executives. She has played a pivotal role in employability enhancement along with government agencies and NGOs. Her experience in the education and healthcare sectors is a major booster for TiE Chennai.

Kritik Abiram
Co-Founder & COO, Anjana Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd. COO, Vishwak Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

A result driven, self-motivated and resourceful Director with a proven ability to develop and strengthen management teams to maximize company profitability and efficiency. Experienced in leading and growing all sectors of business to make it a dynamic and progressive organization. Reorganized the technical services team to improve service levels and expand career opportunities. Transformed the applications team to properly align skills with ongoing duties.Kritik has 24 years of IT experience in BSFI Sector.  Worked more than 5 years in U.S.A. for Farmers Insurance Group as a senior consultant.  Managed large size projects consists of over 140 software engineers. Apart from Anjanasoft India, Kritik serves as a Chief Operating Officer in Anjanasoft USA, and Vishwak Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Vishwak USA and Director in KAG Homes Pvt. Ltd. Kritik is an angel investor in The Chennai Angels (TCA) and a charter member of TiE, Chennai. He is also part of SRM Alumni Advisory Committee and Secretary of SRM Alumni Chennai Chapter.Kritik has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from University of Madras. He is married and the couple have two lovely boys.

Rajalakshmi Srinivasan
Product Manager & Evangelist, Zoho Corporation

Rajalakshmi Srinivasan, or Raji as she’s fondly called, has been with Zoho for 19 years. 

The wealth of experience that she has earned working on various high-tech products in the company has given her rich knowledge in the field of software product management. Her expertise covers a huge range, from database scaling and network monitoring to application performance tracking and end-user-experience analysis.

Rajasekharan V
Mentor / Executive Coach

Mr. V M Rajasekharan is a Charter member of TiE. He worked at ITC Ltd. for 32 years, retiring as the CEO of the Matches & Agarbatti Division in 2018. He has been the Chief Executive of ITC’s Agarbatti business since its inception in 2003. He was also the Managing Director of WIMCO Ltd. Amongst other involvement in social and business forums, he has been the Chairman of CSR committee of Madras Chambers of Commerce since 2016.

Manick Rajendran
Founder at iMMi Life

Manick Rajendran is the founder of iMMi Life. This is a noble initiative to provide Heart Attack Advisory in an Emergency to the underserved and unserved population in India. Leading Cardiologists and Thoracic surgeons in the city are a part of this initiative. An IIM graduate, he has served as the Director(Corporate Strategy and Development) at Velammal Group of Hospitals and has been the CEO of LifeLine Group of Hospitals.

Coaches and Mentors

Arul Murugan
CEO, 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.

Nivas Ravichandran
Product Marketer, 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.

Jack Anto
Founder of Madrasters Design Community

Antony Jackson, a.k.a Jack Anto (socially). Founder,  Madrasters - A creative community. Design Manager at XSeed Education. Principle Design Mentor for the multi-domains. Design expert across various platforms like UX, UI, Visual Design, Concept Design, and more. Madrasters is a community for designers powered by Photoshop User Group India. It is a non-profit organisation for designers to connect, interact, explore, learn and create some of the best designs.

Senthil K
Product Director, Freshworks

Senthil K is the COO and Co-Founder of, an IIM Ahmedabad incubated company. It is a part of  the top 25 hot startups in the world. He is a proud Standford University Rajeev Motwani Young Entrepreneur Fellow. He is focused on building a high energy team of engineers, product managers and designers from ground up. He is currently leading Product Strategy, growth planning and program management. Senthil has played a key role in raising investments and managing the overall strategy to grow the company along with his co-founder. His company aims to develop solutions with insights in user experience to work seamlessly on mobile and web platforms.

Yaagneshwaran Ganesh
Top 100 Martech Influencer | Customer Engagement Advisor for Freshchat at Freshworks | TedX Speaker

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 world tours 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.

Varun Raj
Founding Member and Chief Technical Architect, 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!

Arun Prakash
CTO at Guvi

Arun Prakash is the Founder and CTO in Guvi, an online platform that helps engineers learn technical subjects in regional languages . The Chennai based company provides a platform to connect budding technologists with industry experts and bridges the skill gap needed in IT companies, by sharing their technical learning as courses in vernacular languages through a personalised mentorship programme.

Sundar Natesan
Co-Founder, GoBumpr!

Sundar Natesan, an alumni of CEG, Anna University is the Co-founder of GoBumpr- an innovative startup which provides an online platform for automobile service. He has 4.5 years of professional experience in sales, customer support, digital marketing & analytics. He has held leadership roles and has worked closely with the Ganesh Vasudevan, CEO of IndiaProperty.Com & Murali Krishnan B, Former Country Head of eBay India and COO, At GoBumpr, Sundar drives the Growth and Marketing initiatives with a strong focus on Unit Economics at scale.

Magesh Sadhasivapandian
CEO of Hash14 Labs

Magesh is the founder of Hash14, a 5 year old tech consulting startup that helps other companies build and launch products on the cloud. He is also the co-lead of Facebook Developer Circle Chennai, a developer community directly supported by Facebook. Magesh has close to 10 years of experience in full stack web development using open source technologies like Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, MySQL and so on. He also organises corporate bootcamps to help companies upskill their existing tech team by teaching React JS and full stack web development.

Shreya Dugar
Head Of Design

Building the future of deliveries at Pando! Designing and doing everything it takes to build a product for that adds value to the end user and to the larger business.  Before this, she consulted for enterprise clients like Honeywell, Medtronics etc and did extremely grassroot product development with institutions like national Innovation foundation and Centre for environmental education. Enjoys Reading and listening to podcasts

Senthil Nayagam
CEO at Railsfactory

Mr. Senthil Nayagam started Rails Factory/Sedin Technologies in 2006 quitting his MNC job. He has donned a variety of roles in RailsFactory, being a CEO,CTO and an active hustler. Railsfactory is a Ruby on Rails Development company serving many start-ups and enterprises. He has also started Anycommerce, a company to help established companies improve their strategies. He has been working on open source technologies like Ruby,Go and Python and is an established entrepreneur with excellent technical knowledge.

Vardhaman Sakhlecha
CFO, Paperman

Vardhaman is a finance professional with over 9 years of experience globally heading corporate finance, business re-structuring projects, and FinTech implementation.

Shravan Shankar
Co-founder, AtWorks

Shravan has been working in the realm of sustainable development in various capacities since 2009. His work also includes policy and governmental work. He is also the co-founder of @Works, an organization that has developed an ecosystem platform to support startups, small businesses, freelancers, etc. to build more successful businesses. Shravan is also the founding core member of Next Leaders’ Initiative in Sustainability (NELIS), based in Japan.

Akshay Vaidyanathan
Executive - Projects and New Initiatives at TiE Chennai

Akshay is an executive member at TiE Chennai. His job includes conceptualizing new ideas by means of forming curriculum based courses for educational institutions and creating opportunities for startups to promote their products/services to the larger audience by innovative means of promotion.
He also helps form platforms for the better engagement of entrepreneurs at TiE Chennai.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

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Jayson Ganatra
founder, sattardas makerspace

Jayson is a thinker, maker, and a community builder. He has a background in mechanical engineering and is incredibly passionate about open-source hardware technologies and frameworks! 
Jayson's venture, Sattardas, primarily works with organizations towards enabling and empowering the Maker community by facilitating the setup of Makerspaces, Tinkering Labs in Tier II and Tier III cities! Sattardas' frameworks are designed to deliver impact via workshops, courses, events and collaboration to make the lab sustainable over the period of time!
He firmly believes that HardTech is the future! 

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