Startup Weekend Chennai FinTech Edition

    Friday, June 5 - 7, 2015

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Startup Weekend Chennai FinTech Edition

Friday, June 5 - 7, 2015

Friday, June 5 - 7, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

PayPal India Development Center
334, Futura IT Park,
OMR Road, Sholinganallur
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600119

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Startup Weekend Chennai is back, bigger and better.

Welcome to Startup Weekend Chennai Fintech Edition. Tickets available at -

1 - What is Fin-Tech ?
Fin-Tech refers to Financial Technology. It encompasses organizations and applications that provide financial services through the engagement of technology.  Global investment in FinTech more than tripled to $3 billion in 2013 from $930 million in 2008 and it's one of the most rapidly growing sector. It's an emerging space that is having a global impact on how we are live and do business. 

#FinTech is a very broad term and is not related to just payments. Some possible ideas for FinTech:
  • E-Wallets - Can there be some innovation in how we store money, coupons, loyalty cards in wallet. Can we have some secure online place to store money, credits, points and redeem it at several places. Check  Mobikwik, PayTm
  • Mobility 
  • Risk Management
  • Insurance
  • Trading Platforms
  • Peer to Peer Lending
  • Innovative Payments Solution - We do have big payments giant but it doesn't stop new payments platform from coming up. Can there be a yet more effective way to send money, checkout or give merchants a simple solution to accept payments - BrainTree, Venmo, RazorPay
  • CryptoCurrencies - Does bitcoin make you think, why you didn't think of it ? It's unique and great and is not the only player in market. Litecoin, Ripplecoin are some other worth looking for. Can we have some better crypto-currency to disrupt the market ?
  • Virtual Currencies - Credits, Airtel money, Paytm credits, Freecharge credits and so many other credits. Many startups have started to included virtual money and a lot can be done still.
  • Authentication and Authorization - Simple yet effective methods to secure payments and money.
  • Asset management
  • Biometric devices for authentication - FinTech is the space after defense that will require this level of security.
  • Social media collaboration 
  • The list is not exhaustive and there are hundred more dimensions to FinTech. So think and explore the area.

This is the second time PayPal will be sponsoring Startup Weekend Chennai. The very first event last year was beyond expectations and this time we plan to make it better. To read more about last years event click here.

Be prepared to drown yourself in the perfect aura of awesomeness and creativity. Meet the best minds of city working and create the next revolution. 

How does it work? 
We aim to bring together enthusiasts like you to share ideas, form teams, build products, and, most importantly, launch startups.
  • Friday: Attendees pitch their ideas and inspire others to join their teams. Teams are therefore created to work on the best ideas.
  • Saturday and Sunday: This is where you debate, build, pitch. And build some more. Teams will focus on building a prototype of their idea/product. During this period teams will also focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies and building a minimum viable product.
  • Sunday: In the evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
Who can Participate ? Think of a typical Startup Weekend session as a hackathon with a strong emphasis on business and design. Your prior educational qualifications or stream doesn’t matter at all. We are only looking for a passion to innovate. Typical crowd of Startup Weekend consists of
  • Hackers and Nerds who can code with speed and skill.
  • Domain experts and Business guys who know the market need on the tips of their fingers.
  • Designers with a strong aesthetics and strong UI, UX skills.
  • Hustlers who can drive the project and can pitch their idea with passion looking to build a fantastic team around their idea.
Teams at Startup Weekend are formed in such a way that they have a good mix of technology, design and business. 

Why should you join Chennai Startup Weekend ?
  • Build a strong network of young aspiring entrepreneurs, well established CEO’s of Chennai and a network amazing angel investors.
  • Think, conceive and deliver a product over a weekend. It’s just the energy in the Startup Weekend environment that makes you superproductive. Make your dreams a reality.
  • Get one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community. Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges.
  • Startup Weekend alumni span across several continents and scores of cities.
Receive some amazing entrepreneurial goodies. Each Startup Weekend Chennai Team gets
  • 300$ worth of Google Cloud Platform credits to build mobile and web apps.
  • Free .co domain.
  • Food! No compromises on that. Complete meals during the 3 day event.
We cover you well and give you everything you need to start. Life’s short Just StartUP. 


Annual TiE membership to winners and runners up (1 member from each team).

StartTank - The top three teams will have a chance to enter the Start Tank Incubation Challenge organised by PayPal, which provides early-stage start-ups a world-class incubation space and access to global mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists

August Fest Perks
1. All paid trip to the winning team The August Fest - India's Largest Startup Conference, to only One Winning Team (2 Team Members) chosen from all the Startup Weekends happening across India before August 2015.
2. The Winning Team (3 Team Members) from each city will get Complimentary Tickets to The August Fest 2015 - India's Largest Startup Conference
3. Complimentary Demo Pods @The August Fest for Winning teams (3 teams) with great products related to Internet of Things/Wearable/Health Care Tech.
         Special discounted delegate passes to The August Fest 2015 for the SW India Alumni.

Contact - 
Phone - 09840625276
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STUDENT: Flat 50% off for all students (Students must carry and show their ID at the event).
OTHERS :  Use code "EARLYBIRD" to avail 20% discount. 
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Friday June 5th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Welcome and Speakers
Opening address by Anupam Pahuja. Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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 June 6th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
Speech & Check in
Short speech by Harshal Deo VP Data Technology PayPal. check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm
Network or continue working

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 June 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Continue working. Final opportunity to ask questions. Pitch order is decided

11:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Harshal Deo
VP, Data Technology, PayPal

Harshal Deo is a strategic technology and organizational development leader, seasoned in driving small to very large teams  in start-ups and large corporations.   As Vice President of Data Technology at PayPal, his team is responsible for various analytical and big data platforms. Before becoming VP of Data Technology, Harshal led engineering, analytics and product groups at PayPal and eBay. His team delivered eBay’s first neural network-based fraud detection platform and built Paypal’s first big data platform. Prior to eBay and PayPal, Harshal played various technology and management roles at Silicon Valley startups, KPMG Consulting, and CitiBank. 

Anupam Pahuja
GM APAC Technology at PayPal

Anupam Pahuja is a global executive with multi-cultural and cross-continent experience in Technology, Consulting, and Entrepreneurship. He has incubated and sold businesses, managed large-scale multinational enterprises, and serves as Board member for several companies. At PayPal, Anupam manages over 2,000 R&D engineers at its centers in Chennai and Bangalore, from where emanates nearly 55% of all product development work for the company. Anupam has been instrumental in making PayPal one of the best places to work in India, 4 years in a row, according to surveys conducted by the Great Places to Work Institute and The Economic Times. Prior to PayPal, Anupam was the India Managing Director for the NASDAQ listed SumTotal Systems, the largest eLearning company in the world. In this role Anupam managed the company’s global product development and led sales, marketing, and professional services for the APAC region.

Event Judges

J Krishnan
MD & CEO, Unimity Solution

Alumnus from IIT Madras & IIM Calcutta. Was part of Core Team - Computer Point, Promoter Director - Microland, Advisor - Sify, Promoter - NetLink Technologies Ltd (acquired by Deccan Chronicle in 2010).

Subra Iyer
Executive Director, SmartKapital

Subra Iyer brings in over 21 years of experience in M&A advisory and transaction services, audit, restructuring and forensic investigations. Subra has advised and conducted due diligence services for global PE firms including KKR, Carlyle, CVC, Standard Chartered Private Equity, Southern Capital and Navis Capital.
Subra graduated from NUS with a B.Acc(Hons) and completed his professional year with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.He has also completed the General Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
helps entrepreneurs on their journey in a number of ways - (1) angel investing, (2) mentoring those companies, (3) training entrepreneurs through workshops in areas such as business model and start-up finance, and (4) fund raising.

Rajan Srikanth
CMD at SmartKapital

Rajan Srikanth brings over 20 years of experience in management consulting. A recognized thought leader in strategy, leadership and human capital, he has published and been quoted in the business media.
Srikanth has been actively investing in and mentoring startups for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with a US-based healthcare compliance startup, and an India-based predictive analytics startup.

Srikanth leads the Golden Jubilee Alumni Fund activities of IIT Madras. He is a Founding Member of the United Way India board, and also serves on the board of United Way, Chennai.

Srikanth holds a PhD from the Stern School of Business, New York University and a Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

sriram Vijayaraghavan

Sriram has over 8 years of buy side experience. Sriram joined Veda from IFC, the private sector financing arm of World Bank, where he worked on several investments in the real sector.- Prior to this, Sriram worked with Standard Chartered Bank, in its corporate banking business and IDFC, in its project finance business.- Sriram earned his engineering degree from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and management degree from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai.

Kanumury Radhesh
Country Lead, IBM Global Entrepreneur Program

Radhesh leads the Global Entrepreneur Program for IBM India and South Asia. 
He mentors Startups to see how their Business Models can be enhanced, identifying  areas where technology can play a role. And lastly guide them if  IBM would have a role to play in Technology and Go to Market. He is  mentor to  several Accelerators. 

He has been responsible for driving many first of its kind initiative  for the Startup Ecosystem, like the Smartcamp, CIO Startup Connect, Technology Bootcamps. 

Prior to this  he  has been a Software IT Architect in IBM Software Group for over 12  years. He has developed complex architectural solutions involving a broad array of technologies including:  Portal, J2EE, Content Management, Business Integration, Security, Database, Analytics, Smarter Cities, and Infrastructure Monitoring leading in many key wins for IBM.

Radhesh also writes articles on technologies which are published in YourStory and Swarajya Magazines.

Coaches and Mentors

Deepak Krishnan
AVP - Product & Growth at

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. 

Ashwini Asokan
Co-founder, CEO at Mad Street Den & Mad Street Labs

She left Silicon Valley to come to India to start an AI company. Ashwini is very vocal about women in tech on social media. At Intel, Ashwini was driving the mobile research agenda for their lab. 
Ashwini has a MS in design from CMU

Ramanathan RV
CoFounder at

Ram is a rock star engineer and also an astute businessman. He was the engineer #1 at and played a pivotal role in building their systems. He had also worked at and got his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from NIT Trichy

Venkatesh C.R.
Angel Investor and Entrepreneur

Venkatesh C.R. is the
Co-Founder of Magzter & Managing Director and CEO of Dot Com Infoway (, one of India’s premier IT services company.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to head an IT company, but it takes an entrepreneurial mastermind to transform obstacles into opportunities in the software industry.When Venkatesh C.R. entered the web space in 1996, the Internet was still a distant new technology in India. It was a time when Google was just born, Microsoft was still crawling and Apple was learning to walk. Internet was unheard of in tier II cities like Madurai. But passion makes headway through any thick and thin, and Venkatesh’s interest in emerging web technologies made him pioneer the Internet revolution in Madurai. As President of Internet Users Community of India (Madurai Chapter) for four years from April 1996 to June 2000, Venkatesh C.R. was instrumental in bringing Internet access to Madurai.

Alladi Ram
Director - Consulting Sales at Oracle Financial Services

Client Relationship Management and Domain Consultant in Banking & Financial Services vertical with experience of more than 18 years. Respected professional with experience in working for Large Multinational Global Banking and Financial Services organisations across geographies 

Vijay Babu
Head- India Operations, Altiscale. Managing Director, Start Smart Labs India

Prior to joining Altiscale, Vijay was previously CEO of Vortex Engineering, the developer of the world’s lowest-power-consuming ATMs. He joined the company at its very early, pre-revenue stage and grew it to become a leading player in the ATM industry. He successfully built the team, created new market segments and built strong partnerships & businesses with banks & service-provider customers. He also raised multiple rounds of funding from marquee VC firms. Prior to that he was Head-Technology, Networks Systems Group, Sasken. He joined Sasken when it acquired iSoftTech, where he was its Co-founder and COO.  Vijay did his undergrad in Electronics and Communication Engineering in Guindy Engineering College, Chennai and Masters in IIT-Madras.

Krish Subramanian
Co-Founder & CEO - ChargeBee

Chargebee is a SAAS Subscription Billing Solution for Online Businesses. Chargebee provides Software as a Service billing solution for over customers in 48+ countries. They are backed by Accel Partners and Tiger Global. Before founding Chargebee, Krish worked in various capacities primarily as techno-functional consultant with TCS, Cognizant & Matexnet serving Fortune 500 customers for over 10 years.

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The Startup Weekend Chennai FinTech Edition 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.
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  • Raman
  • Jigar
  • Abhishek
  • Nivas
  • Deepan
  • Senthil


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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