Startup Weekend CEG

    Friday, February 24 - 26, 2017

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Startup Weekend CEG

Friday, February 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, February 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

College of Engineering, Guindy
Anna University
Sardar Patel Road
Chennai, Tamilnadu 600025

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Startup Weekend CEG | Chennai, 2017

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Team Enantra is extremely happy to host Startup Weekend Chennai edition as a part of Enantra Management fest, South India's Biggest Entrepreneurship Festival conducted by Centre for Entrepreneurship Development(CED), Anna University.

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 2015.

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 super productive. 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.
  • Demo Pod for winning team and 2 complementary passes for first 3 team at August Fest
  • @Works - Incubation call for top 5 teams.
  • 1-Year Annual TiE Membership for the winning teams.
  • Meetings with Mentors and Investors ( after the event ) for taking the prototyped product forward.
We cover you well and give you everything you need to start. Life’s short Just StartUP. 

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!

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Friday February 24th

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 25th

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 26th

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
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Balaji Chakravarthi
Founder of ScoVelo

Event Judges

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.

Ponarul A.P
Technopreneur and Venture Investor|Unitus Seed Fund

Pradeep Kumar
Ecosystem and Outreach, PayPal India

Venkatarangan Thirumalai
Entrepreneur, Inventor & Microsoft Regional Director, Founder & CEO of Vishwak Solutions

Navera Waheed
CEO - Cygnus Solutions

Navera Waheed is the co-founder and CEO of Cygnus Solutions. She has been running the company along with the other co-founder, Wajiha Habib, since 2014. The company is currently working on an Augmented Reality based Educational application which has received globally won awards. Prior to starting up the company, Navera Waheed was employed at Telenor Global Shared Services where she worked for 2.5 years. She is a computer science graduate from FAST NU, Isb. She is am IVLP alumna and has lead multiple sports team at regional level. She has also been a regional debating champion.

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

Ashwin Shankar
Co-Founder and CEO of @works

Ravindran Natarajan
Business Development Director at Trimble

Balaji Chakravarthi
Founder of ScoVelo

Suresh Radhakrishnan
Chief Tea Officer at Chaiking

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.

Isaac John Wesley
CEO, Co-Founder at Inkmonk

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.

Ramprasath Krishnakumar
Co-founder & CEO at ProtoValley

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.

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. 

Kevin William David
Head of Community, Siftery

Ravichandran D
Ex- COO at SGT India Pvt Ltd

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend CEG 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

  • Janani
  • Elanchezhiyan
  • Vijay
  • Pragatheeswaran
  • 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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