Startup Weekend Dharamshala

    Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Dharamshala

Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017

Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

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Friday October 6th

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 October 7th

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 October 8th

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!

Event Judges

Narendra Rana

Chairman and MD at Himachal Institute of Engineering and Technology

Saurabh Mittal
Executive Coach | Adviser to Start-ups

Extensive global experience over two decades of working with senior executives in defining strategy, providing thought leadership, creating new business solutions and leading large multicultural, cross functional teams to implement improved business processes in global businesses

Specialties: Industry: Retail, Consumer Products, Media, Internet, Transportation, Hospitality, Services, Government, Education, Textile and Apparel

Functional: Customer Experience, Loyalty, Ecommerce, Multi Channel, Social Media, Mobility, Digital Transformation, Digital Marketing, Analytics, Sustainability

Coaches and Mentors

Ashish Bhagoria
Founder and Managing Director, Ashnet Consulting Pvt Ltd

Author of the Book, Managing Business through Human Psychology | Management, Technology and Training Consultant | Vedic Astrologer

Ayush Ghai
Director at Midgrep Technologies

I have been into computing and coding since 2002. Entrepreneurship since 2009.

As a software engineer, I know full stack development. I like to teach that too. I like building databases, information discovery and search engines. Javascript, elasticsearch and react is my preferred stack. 

As a creative soul, I like building products. These days I am busy in launching ElasticGraph - a multipurpose extension of ElasticSearch, especially tuned for Graph storage, search and analytics. it comes with add ons especially useful for Digital and Media asset management. It is being tested at His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's archive., and also are some of my past co-creations.

My opensource contributions can be found at

I have helped kickstart different community initiatives in Dharamsala/Himalayas -,,, Codecamp.

My mission is to benefit humanity -

I am walking along the path of constant Self improvement, being of value to Life and spreading joy and success: through mind, body, knowledge, skills and network.

Phuntsok Dorjee
Co-founder Help With Books

Organizing Team

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

  • Prabhu Shiv
  • Vittal


Prabhu Shiv Singh
Project Manager at gai Technologies Pvt Ltd

Prabhu has been working in the web space as a project manager. His skills inlcude - Product Management, User Experience, User Interface and Data Visualizations. He is also a tech conference presenter / organizer, loves events, music and plays drums / percussion. Fitness and sports will always be a passion for him.

Event Staff

Narinder Sharma
Journalism post-graduate from Central University of Himachal Pradesh

Yasser Ayaz
Journalism persuing post-graduation from Central University of Himachal Pradesh

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