Techstars Startup Weekend Chennai

    Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Chennai

Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020

Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Tag Auditorium
College of Engineering Guindy
Anna University
Chennai, Tamilnadu 600025

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Your idea in 54 hours

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a platform to bring your entrepreneurial ideas to life. It is a 54-hour event where you come in with the ideas and relevant skills, meet people from diverse backgrounds, interact with experienced entrepreneurs and get your idea validated by the panel. Over the weekend, you can transform your idea into a valuable product, find your co-founders and embark on your entrepreneurial dreams.

Who can attend?

Typically, the participants of Startup Weekend include the following:

  •  Developers and Hackers who can code to create an innovative product.
  •  Domain experts and Business people who are well versed with the market needs.
  •  Designers with impregnable aesthetics and strong UI & UX skills.
  •  Hustlers who can pitch their ideas with ease and eventually steer the business. 
If you identify yourself as any of the roles specified above and want to work on a revolutionary idea while networking efficiently, you are welcome to attend the event.

What do you get just by participating in Startup Weekend Chennai?

Apart from the valuable learning, great networking, and the right tools to develop your dreams and skills, every participant in Startup Weekend gets all these:
  • 3000 US$ Google Cloud credits 
  • 5000 US$ Amazon AWS Credits
  • .co domain for a year.
  • 6 full (and delicious) meals throughout the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners.
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors - entrepreneurs from the city.
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • Beverages, delicious snacks, and coffee.
  • Exclusive Startup Weekend goodies and SWAGs.
  • A well-designed community inspired T-shirt.
  • Official Startup Weekend Certificate!
Also, the winning teams get some great rewards that would help them to start their dream company as soon as they go out from the event!

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

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At Startup Weekend, we believe that revolutionary ideas spring to life at night, when the rest of the world is in deep slumber. Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement. You could stumble upon the idea that could probably change your life.

Come and experience the most productive weekend of your life!

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Friday February 21st

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speaker introduction
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

9:30 pm
Eat food, break ice, get to know fellow participants

10:15 pm
Form Teams & 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 you wish!

Saturday February 22nd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. Mentors start arriving to guide the teams.

10:00 am
Mentoring Session
This is the time when mentors come in. Interact with them and refine your ideas.

12:45 pm
Enjoy delicious South Indian meals

2:00 pm
Mentoring Session
Continue interacting with mentors and refine your ideas.

4:00 pm
Resume work
Continue hustling

8:00 pm
Enjoy scrumptious dinner and gear up for the night

8:45 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work all night or catch up on some sleep. The atmosphere here will be electric!

Sunday February 23rd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin work
Start hustling for the day

10:00 am
Mentoring Session
More mentors come in. Ask questions and make changes!

12:45 pm
Have a quick lunch!

2:00 pm
Wrapping up
Take tips for the final presentation and start wrapping up your prototypes!

4:00 pm
Final Presentations
Judges - prominent entrepreneurs from the city come in as panel members. Teams start pitching in order.

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards
The best ideas are selected and awarded.

7:30 pm
Congrats! You have taken a great step towards your startup goal.

Event Judges

Kumar Sachidanandam
Co-Founder and CEO, Ydealogy Ventures

Believes ingenuity of human mind coupled with the advancement of machine intelligence will profoundly transform the way we do things in the future.
Helps individuals, students, institutions, startups, companies and governments to get ready for this transformational journey to Industry 4.0 by "Applying Human and Machine Intelligence" offering innovation consulting, product engineering and Incubation services.
Invests time, efforts and money in founders with promising ideas.
His specialisations can be summarised in 4 lines.
- Innovation and Incubation for 10 years
- Partner Management, Technology Evangelism and Solution Architecture for 10 years
- Designing and Deploying Real-Time Control Instrumentation systems for 5 years
- Teaching Computer Science and Microprocessors for 5 years

Srinath Shankarnarayanan
Cofounder and Resident Travel Hacker at PYT

At present, Srinath Shankarnarayanan is the Co-Founder and traveller at PickYourTrail. Bikes,travel and data are what gives him the high in life. He is an All India True Wanderer 2.0 competition runner up and Flickr motography finalist, and has biked 18000 Km’s across the length and breadth of India. The current endeavor at PickYourTrail is to build an internet consumer product which will change the way people book and experience international vacations.

In his past roles he has been a high capacity business analyst, change agent and revenue generator with a solid record of multi project management across various geographies.

Shyam Sekar
Chief Mentor and Strategist, Startup Xperts

Shyam Sekar, a global catalyst leader with over 24 years of professional experience is the Founder, Chief Mentor and Strategist at Startup Xperts, a Business Consulting and Digital Marketing firm aimed at supporting Startups and Enterprises in India and abroad. Startup Xperts has been featured under the ‘Emerging Company of the Year’ category, in the Silicon India Entrepreneur Year Book 2014. He also acts as mentor, for Startup Connection, SMB Connect - Delhi; for Startup Weekend, a Seattle based, globally spread initiative, mentor for IIT-Kharagpur's E-cell, IIT-Madras, Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute (EDII), and also the Chairman for the Mentor Advisory Panel-MAP of BYST (a 25 year young, not-for-profit initiative), Chennai. Startup Xperts is also the Ecosystem Partner for CII - Startupreneurs initiative.

He is an International Accredited Mentor (City and Guilds, UK).

His passion is to build our entrepreneurship ecosystem, and scale up our Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)!

Shyam has scaled up businesses in IT and ITES, across global markets encompassing North America, UK, EMEA and APAC. He has successfully built enterprises both from start-up to business steady mode, and expansion of businesses for large multinational conglomerates. Shyam has travelled across 25 countries, and had lived in the US for a few years, till 2012. After returning back, he started to pursue his passion in supporting entrepreneurs to build and accelerate their business growth. He continues to mentor, does executive coaching, leadership development, act as Virtual CMO, and as advisory to Board.

Shyam acts as a Startup coach, Startup accelerator, and Startup builder! He coaches entrepreneurs through workshops/boot camp.

He also writes cover stories, column articles, in the ‘Small Enterprise’ Entrepreneur business magazine, and also contributed for Business Standard's newsletter.
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Chandran Krishnan
Chief Executive Officer at The Chennai Angels Network


Karthik Renganath
Private Equity Investor & Business Advisor, Co-Founder, adqvest capital


Coaches and Mentors

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.

Isaac John Wesley
Founder & CEO of Inkmonk

Issac is the Co-founder of Inkmonk, where they are building India's Biggest marketplace for printing. Inkmonk is the largest marketplace for custom printed products. Inkmonk helps customers customize their products, design online, place orders with print shops across India.He is a passionate designer, who has his hands full with responsibilities such as being Product Strategist and Designer in companies such as WalletKit, InterviewStreet, etc.

Sithartha Gowtham
Co-Founder, Upshotly

Sithartha Gowtham is the founder and CEO of Upshotly, a people-centric performance management software that enables leaders to build a higher and more efficient performance culture in their companies. Sithartha is an enthusiastic SaaS product entrepreneur who is very passionate about technology, design, startups and entrepreneurship. He started Upshotly with a motive of helping modern companies tap into the full potential of their employees through a performance management software which uses OKR framework, continuous feedback and recognition, periodic check-ins and 1:1 meetings with their employees.

Srinath Ravichandran
Co-Founder and CEO - AgniKul Cosmos

Srinath Ravichandran, an engineer turned finance professional is the co-founder and CEO of Agnikul Cosmos, a company that works on designing, manufacturing, testing and launching orbital class rockets for micro and nano satellites in a very cost- effective, compact and efficient manner. After completing his bachelor degree in engineering, Srinath went on to pursue masters in Financial engineering and then came back to start Agnikul, following his childhood passion- aerospace engineering.

Varatharajan M
Senior Manager at Venture Intelligence

Varatharajan is the Senior Manager at Venture Intelligence, India’s first data company, tracking private company financials and transactions (including Venture Capital, Private Equity, M&A and Real Estate). He is a research driven individual highly passionate about the 'Why' of Deals, spotting trends in Private Equity and Venture Capital investing, and his research work is frequently quoted in media organisations including Forbes, TechCrunch, Economic Times, and many other top media organizations. A dedicated and highly focused entrepreneur himself, he is also known to volunteer at TiE Chennai Chapter and the Entrepreneurship Development & Innovation Institute of Tamil Nadu Government to encourage and promote various other up and coming startups and entrepreneurs, mentoring and guiding them with his wide knowledge about the Indian startup community. He is also known to write a weekly segment on LinkedIn titled The Startup Draft that covers new age startups that get funded and corporate moves in the Indian startup Ecosystem.

Abhishek Mishra
GDG Chennai Co-organizer | Google Cloud Study Jam Facilitator | Software Engineer at Essentia SoftServ LLP

Abhishek Mishra is a tech geek who loves to code in Python. He is an organizer of developer events in Google Developers Group Chennai and Pycon Chennai. He is a knowledgeable mentor and guide who is ever ready to jump in and help clear technical doubts. A software engineer by profession, he is also a speaker passionate about the cloud and open source.

Ratheesh Krishnan
Chef du Adventures, SPI Edge

Ratheesh is the Chef du Adventures of SPI Edge , a for-profit entity that nurtures a new breed of disruptive businesses built to benefit from the emerging technologies. His formative experiences in social entrepreneurship include working with the founding teams of Teach for India (TFI), Make A Difference (MAD), Bhumi College, Punnagaiyin Mugavari and the Headstart Foundation. He is a mentor and a coach who provokes measurable change in the pattern of how individuals, teams and organisations work. He is involved with start-ups and several communities in India. He is an enthusiastic and an energetic person who will make sure that the energy catches on to the ones he interacts with.

Akshaya Suresh
Partner at VB Legal

Akshaya is an experienced legal counsel with a demonstrated history of working in SaaS and information technology and services industry. She is skilled in Privacy Law, General Corporate Commercial, Transaction Advisory, Competition Law, and Dispute Resolution. She is a strong legal professional with a Data Protection Officer Certification, European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC) from Maastricht University Faculty of Law. She can guide businesses and answer queries related to legal aspects. She is a partner at VB Legal and has also been the Director, Legal at Freshworks in the past.

Thiyagarajan Balasubramanian
Senior Software Analyst, Agilysys.

Thiyagarajan is an alumnus of Anna University. He is a senior software analyst at Agilysys and can guide participants with their tech stack and can help them in building their tech prototypes.

Vivek Reddy
Area Channel Manager at OYO WorkSpaces

Vivek is an Area Channel Manager at OYO WorkSpaces. An alumnus of IITK, he is skilled in marketing, machine learning and can help participants figure out their next step in starting up.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Chennai team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Print Partner

Chai Partner

Deliverables Partner

Co-Working Space Partner

Gold Sponsor

Community Partner

Ecosystem Partner

Juice Partner

Organizing Team

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

  • Ranjani
  • Bharathi


Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria 
Serial & GloCal Entrepreneur | Strategist | Trainer | Thinker | Connector | Mentor | ChangeMaker | Inventor | Facilitator

Jatin Kataria is known as Serial & gloCal entrepreneur who represented India 10+ times, worked with people from 33+ countries, having a network in 100+ countries and was amongst 100 South Asian youth leaders. He received many awards including 4 UN-related awards & featured into 40+ print & digital media platforms globally. 

After Mechanical Engineering & MBA (Oil & Gas), he worked with PSU into corporate planning & project management. He also did 20+ online/offline certification programs.

He is CEO of We Group which is into Strategic Business Management consulting, Startup Mentoring, Trainings, Social Project Management, EcoSystem empowerment. 

CoFounder of GloCal CoWorking Space & early stage ventures like GrowR, Alumni Achievers, Screwing Your StartUps, Smart Failures, Early adopters etc. He is actively involved in global startup ecosystem since 10+ years, locally since 6+ years and 1st customer of 86 ventures.

Youth advisory board member of Challenge Future, Global facilitator with Techstars Startup Weekend powered by Google for startups.

Screening committee members for Startup India funds under Nodal Institutions, SSIP, Nidhi Prayas scheme(s) etc. Mentor at Google Solve for India, incubation centers like IIC Pdpu - iCreate – RKU etc, iKoVerk, GCS, Entrepreneurs Face, GrowR, Mentors’ & Founders’ Intern, 180 DC SRCC, Voice of slums & many startups in India & abroad. Jury of OpenGovDataHack, Startup Pad, Vibrant Gujarat Startup Summit etc.

Licence of TEDxKotechaChowk, Director of Startup Grind Rajkot, Advisor to Google business group, Executive council of RMA, Advisor of kids TEDed etc.

He was program manager of multi-country Youth in Action project & solutions generator with Strategic initiative of European Union etc. He was global VP for Challenge Future Chapters network, award-winning President of CF India.

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