Startup Weekend Chennai - Kurukshetra Edition

    Thursday, January 29 - 31, 2015


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Chennai - Kurukshetra Edition

Thursday, January 29 - 31, 2015



Thursday, January 29 - 31, 2015
Event starts at 4:30 pm

College of Engineering Guindy
Anna University
Sardar Patel Road
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600092

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
This time Kurukshetra team is extremely happy to host Startup Weekend Chennai edition as a part of the Kurukshetra, an International techno management festival of CEG conducted under the coveted patronage of UNESCO.

What is Startup Weekend ?

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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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 cofounder, 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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, Register now for the best weekend of your life!

For accommodations please register here, http://kurukshetra.org.in/#/hospitality

For further information, reach us at,
Mithul, +91 9677658722
Senthil Ramasamy, +91 9500154950
Nivas Ravichandran, +91 9840549915


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday January 29th


4:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


5:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


5:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


6:45 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


8:00 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

Friday January 30th


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday January 31st


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


3:30 pm
Refreshments


4:30 pm
Final Presentations


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards


7:30 pm
Wrap-Up


8:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Gowrishankar TS
Senior Product Manager, New Traffic Initiatives at Amazon

Internet enthusiast & technophile with specific interests in Digital marketing, Product management and Web analytics. Currently leading specific 'new & experimental' traffic initiatives at Amazon India.

At his previous role at Myntra.com, he was working on Myntra's mobile strategy (both mobile web and apps). In addition, he used to also handle Myntra's digital marketing strategy and user acquisition.


Rajagopal Natarajan
Entrepreneur | Product Manager | Startup Advisor

Rajagopal founded a company which was backed by YCombinator and Start Fund, and also advices two startups.

He is a seasoned Product Manager and Engineer, with over 8 years of experience spanning across SuSE Linux, Yahoo, Zynga, Amazon, Myntra and Olacabs. He lead the shopping experience for Myntra, and parts of the shopping experience for Amazon across the globe. He is currently doing Product Management for Olacabs.

He has also been a speaker at events such as MetaRefresh, FossConf, etc.


Deepak Krishnan
AVP - Product & Growth at FreeCharge.in

Deepak is an alumnus of IIM-Ahmedabad. He is currently an Associate Vice President at FreeCharge, driving product and growth efforts. He joined FreeCharge in December 2013 and set up the growth team at FreeCharge which went to grow the user base 10x in under 8 months.Prior to FreeCharge, Deepak was working as a Product Manager across some of Zynga's most popular games and primarily focussing on Revenue and Growth. Earlier Deepak had been running his own start-ups. 

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.


Murugavel Janakiraman
Founder & CEO, BharatMatrimony

Mr. Murugavel Janakiraman firmly believes that the Internet’s power lies in its enormous flexibility and reach. He decided to leverage this power to provide a life changing service and launched BharatMatrimony.com in 1997. Starting off with a member base of 4000, today the portal is recognized as the No. 1 Indian Matrimonial Portal. It has within its folds 15 regional linguistic portals and has won the trust of over 15 million members worldwide. The company has been recognized by Limca Book of Records for record number of documented marriages online.


Coaches and Mentors


Senthil K
Co-Founder & COO of Frilp.com

Senthil is a fellow of Stanford University Rajeev Motwani Young Entrepreneur program which is hosted by Rajeev Motwani's family of Google, and he is also a Young Leaders World Summit fellow. He was instrumental in taking his company to the top 25 hot starups in the world as rated by Global Entreprenurship week & CNBC.

He started off as an early member of education technology company - Globalscholar and was involved in building its core platform from the scratch.


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.


Karthikeyan Vijayakumar
Founder and CEO, twenty19.com

Karthikeyan (KK) is the Founder & CEO of Twenty19. A firm believer in new technologies, he works at the intersection of technology and business. He co-founded Deepam, an NGO that provides opportunities & access to the less- privileged children through education. Deepam currently reaches out to over 220 children every weekend, in Chennai – India. Karthikeyan holds a degree in mechanical engineering from BITS, Pilani (2000 Batch). He was awarded the BITS Global 30 under 30 award in 2009.


Gokulraj G K
Go-to-Guy / CEO , MyCopie

Gokulraj GK is a fellow @ Startup Leadership Program. His inspiration to become an entrepreneur has been his dad. His first venture was ZAPstore.com which he successfully exited in late 2012. He is the CEO of MyCopie Notebooks based out of Chennai. From just a proven concept in few colleges in Mangalore, he sketched and executed a plan to make it available in 10 cities across India covering more than 1000+ stores. The vision of MyCopie is to be the next generation stationery firm building products for students with focus on Design, Technology, Utility, Value and Quality. 

Gokulraj GK advices some startups through 'Startup Leadership Program' and other startup groups.


Vish Viswanathan
CEO at UBICS Inc.

Vish is a seasoned global executive with over 27 years track record of successful business leadership in Travel, Transport and Information Technology industries. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UBICS Inc., an UB Group Company with offices in US, UK, Mauritius and India.Prior to this, Vish had served in leadership roles at various organizations - as an executive management consultant at UB Holdings, as the Managing Director and Principal Executive Officer of Sabre Holdings in South Asia, as Vice President at American Airlines and Sabre Holdings in the United States and IndiaVish is an Angel investor/mentor with The Chennai Angels, was elected to the Governing Council and a charter member with TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), and an executive committee member of the Alumni Association of the College of Engineering, Guindy (AACEG).


Rajagopal Natarajan
Entrepreneur | Product Manager | Startup Advisor

Rajagopal founded a company which was backed by YCombinator and Start Fund, and also advices two startups.

He is a seasoned Product Manager and Engineer, with over 8 years of experience spanning across SuSE Linux, Yahoo, Zynga, Amazon, Myntra and Olacabs. He lead the shopping experience for Myntra, and parts of the shopping experience for Amazon across the globe. He is currently doing Product Management for Olacabs.

He has also been a speaker at events such as MetaRefresh, FossConf, etc.


Madhumitha Viswanathan

Madhumitha Viswanathan is a Hacker School alum, and is on the pathway to becoming a geek. She started writing code 3 years back during her under-graduation, when interning for the Gnome Foundation as part of Google Summer of Code, and has been hooked since. Before her recent stints at Hacker School in New York, she worked as a Web Developer and built hobby projects on the side for fun. She also helped organize geek events and hackathons as part of the Chennai Geeks community. Reading fiction, binging on television drama, travel, and long pointless strolls, catch her fancy outside of code. She also loves to blog and writes at http://blog.madhuvishy.in.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Chennai is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Priyadarshan
    Veerarajan
  • Monisha
    Anandaraj
  • Harita
    Padmanabhan
  • Mithul
    Mathivanan
  • Nivas
    Ravichandran
  • Senthil
    Ramasamy
  • Sanaja
    Jain

Facilitators


Abhishek Bhardwaj

Abhishek Bhardwaj is a seasoned startup weekend organiser and facilitator. He established the foundations of Startup Weekend Chennai Chapter and has been holding the fort since. He loves startups and also advises young startups in his free time 

Abhishek is also an environmentalist and has represented India at UNEP USA in 2004 and did few projects for Volvo. Abhishek has been invited by WebSummit Ireland (the biggest tech and startup conference) in 2015 for his active role in startup community. Abhishek also represented India at Global Young Leader Academy Jordan in 2016, South Asian Youth Conference Sri Lanka in 2015.

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