Startup Weekend Hyderabad

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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Startup Weekend Hyderabad

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Amazon Development Centre India Pvt. Ltd
Jayabheri Orange Towers, Sy No: 116 & 117, Road No: 02,
Financial District Nanakramguda
Hyderabad, Telangana 500032

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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?

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!

  • Build your network: Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
  • Actually launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekends are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
  • Get face time with thought leaders: 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.
  • Join a global community: Startup Weekend alumni span across several continents and scores of cities.
  • Learn: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go.


Friday November 21st

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 November 22nd

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 November 23rd

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!


Manish Bhatia
Sr. Software Development Manager, ECPS Product Management & New Services Incubation, Amazon

Manish is a Sr. Manager with eCommerce Platform (eCP) and currently heads the New Services Incubation (NSI), Product Aggregator and Tenancy Configuration Teams in eCommerce Platform (eCP). An entrepreneur at heart, Manish has been a part of a team responsible for successfully incubating 3 businesses within Amazon. This involved identifying and driving platform-based, disruptive, flywheel-accelerators for Amazon. Prior to this Manish owned critical tier1 eCP systems like Amazon Cart and Ordering Storage. Before joining Amazon, Manish was a part of 3 startups and has also worked with Fedex and Chase as a Principal Engineer.

Ramana Gogula

Ramana Gogula is a serial entrepreneur who  founded companies in areas of eLearning, Entertainment and Clean Energy. He has over two decades of international experience in sales, product marketing  technical support & product design in the Information Technology space. Having worked as MD of Sybase - South East Asia and as Founder/CEO of an eLearning Company called Liqwid Krystal,  he is currently the CEO and founder of Earthen Glow, a Clean Energy StartUp that focuses on developing Indoor & Outdoor Lighting Architectures for OFFGRID villages in India & Africa.

Besides focusing on Earthen Glow, he is also part of the Investing  & Operating team at Unitus Seed Fund, managing the Incubator Acceleration Program. Unitus Seed Fund is a US $20 million seed fund investment company that invests in start-ups innovating for low-income, undeserved masses. 

During his sabbatical from the Corporate world, he has composed music for 25 films in Telugu, Tamil & Kannada. During his stay in the USA he has produced numerous world music albums with musicians from the Bay Area, California.

As a serial entrepreneur he, has focused on leading teams to success through employee empowerment interlinked with organizational vision, and extreme customer satisfaction. 

Gogula received his BE in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University, his first MS in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur and his second MS in Computer Science from Louisiana State University.

Event Judges

Naidu Darapaneni
Founder & C.E.O at

Naidu Darapaneni Founder & CEO of Versant Online Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Started his career as Software Engineer and currently leads the team at MeraEvents and its products - Moozup and Venues. MeraEvents. With a chequered career he sets the overall direction and is actively engaged in product strategy and implementation.With a vision of making a difference in the way business is conducted, Mr. Naidu has carved a niche for himself. He leads from the forefront ensuring that his dream is a reality to all those associated with him. Mr. Naidu mentors young entrepreneurs and is an active member of Professional organizations.

Bipin Chandra
MD at iKeva and Co-Founder at SuVitas Holistic Healthcare

Bipin is currently MD at iKeva Venture and Co-Founder & MD at SuVitas Holistic Healthcare. 
He has help various leadership roles including VP & Site Manager at CA Technologies, COO and Board Member at Knoah Solutions, GM at PortalPlayer (nVIDIA) and has held senior engineering positions with MBT (Tech-Mahindra). 

Bipin started his career as a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Air Force and worked on Surface to Air Missiles, Surveillance Radars and Electronic Warfare. Bipin was awarded the “Best Outgoing Officer of the 10SSC Course” during Indian Air Force tenure.

Bipin is Secretary of ITsAP, Charter Member of TiE and was the Board Member of
NASSCOM, AMCHAMindia, and CII. Bipin is the founder member of, and Hyderabad Angels and also the founding India Advisory Council member at

He regularly delivers guest lectures at ISB, and IMT. He is the proud recipient of "Personnel Manager of the Year" award from Hyderabad Management Association in 2005.  Bipin has done his BTech in Electronics & Communication Engineering and was the recipient of Faculty Council Gold Medal in MBA from Xavier Institute (XIMB).​ 

Raj Janagam

Raj Janagam is leading the social entrepreneurship movement in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana through the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the region. Prior to UnLtd Hyderabad he co-founded and led Cycle Chalao!, the pioneering bicycle sharing system of India. Raj has also worked with several notable non-profit, for-profit, and government institutions at local and national levels.  Featured by Forbes, Fast Company and Outlook Business Magazines, Raj has been an acclaimed social entrepreneur & fellow at Unreasonable Institute and a former UnLtd India investee. Raj has a clear vision for how to accelerate the impact of change-makers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. UnLtd Hyderabad is on a mission to find, fund and support over 100 early stage social entrepreneurs by 2018.

Sri Peddu
Managing Director, Powerhouse Ventures (PV)

Sri Peddu is the founder and Managing Director of Powerhouse Ventures (PV), a US venture capital firm with an investment focus in India.  He leads the Investment Advisory Team, tasked to source innovation, conduct deep market and company specific due diligence and execute investments.  He is on the board of Sports365 and is a superangel in the Global Superangels Forum (GSF).  He is a member of the Business Advisory Council – essentially its board – of the Woxsen School of Business. PV supports early-stage companies in high-growth sectors, where technology is the driver.  PV enables its entrepreneurs to execute in dynamic markets, and, more importantly, places a premium on integrity and accountability.  PV’s team works to foster entrepreneurial aptitude by supporting peer-to-peer learning, building enduring partnerships, and by encouraging entrepreneurs to use its network of exceptional business managers and domain experts as sounding boards. Before starting PV, Sri worked for the World Bank (WB) in Washington, DC, most recently in its Governance and Anti-Corruption Practice.  He also served as a Portfolio Manager for the East Asia Region of the WB.  Additionally, he has seven years of private sector experience in the areas of strategy and management at various companies in the United States. Sri graduated with honors from The New School, New York City with a Masters degree in International Affairs and received a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University, Chicago.  He has served as an entrepreneurship and business strategy mentor to the Startup Leadership Program, Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Machine and TiE-DC's The Young Entrepreneurs program.

Ramesh Loganathan
Professor @ IIITH


Pankaj Diwan
Founder CEO of Uptec Idealabs Ltd

Pankaj Diwan is the Managing Director at UPTEC IDEALABS LIMITED, Hyderabad. He holds an engineering graduate with distinction from Osmania University. He has been worked and delivered large scale solutions to several Industry leaders like HP, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Quest and Verizon. He is an ardent follower of technology and he was interviewed by BBC for his work on Digital certification. He is very passionate about skill development and employment generation and has been the founder and chief mentor of IDEALABS programme. He is currently on the board of several engineering college boards as a key member of curriculum development and training methodology.

Coaches and Mentors

Hemanth Satyanarayan
Founder and CEO, Imaginate and

Hemanth Satyanarayana is a serial entrepreneur who holds experience of more than 10 years in high-tech Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) platforms in USA and India. He holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Madras, a Masters in Research from State University of New York at Buffalo, and a PG Diploma in Patent Law from NALSAR. He is also an alumnus of ISB Center for Executive Education. 
Hemanth pioneered the development of an image guided liver surgery apparatus that essentially aided open liver surgeons in tracking tumor positions using device like Google Glass. He won the prestigious MIT TR35 Innovator of the Year award, and was featured as a technology pioneer on Pioneering Spirit TV show by Economic Times NOW. He also participated in the prestigious Stanford managed Start-Up Chile accelerator program, and has served as a mentor, judge, speaker and investor on multiple offline and media platforms. He served as a global judge most recently on Google Cloud Developer Challenge. He is also a co-inventor of a couple of patents filed in US and India.

Ashok Varma
Founder & CEO of Report Garden, Inc

Ashok is the Founder & CEO of Report Garden, Inc. ReportGarden builds client communication products for digital marketing agencies. Prior to ReportGarden, he has worked on several products like AppStark, GharPay and King of Trivia. Apart from his vast startup experience, Ashok was part of the 9th batch of Startup Chile and 1st batch of SLP Hyderabad.

Suresh Kochattil
General Manager - Corporate Social Responsibility at Apollo Foundation

Suresh Kochattil is a graduate of Osmania University, Suresh Kochattil and went on to do his hotel management course from Institute of Hotel Management, Chennai. He started his career with ITC hotels in Hyderabad and then moved onto Taj Group of Hotels in Bangalore. He spent close to 16 years in The Times of India in Bangalore and Hyderabad both in the marketing and editorial sections.   Suresh is presently with the Apollo group of hospitals and involved in the mentoring of startups and established companies associated with digital healthcare products and services. He is also involved with Apollo Foundation which seeks to create a meaningful difference to the lives of the downtrodden. Suresh is also a part of the team which was mandated with the task of building the National Health Portal under the aegis of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Govt of India. A guest lecturer at some of the leading management colleges, Suresh teaches Business Strategy to MBA and Mass Communication students.  Suresh is also a part of Organizing Committee of the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club, India’s most active adventure club. An avid quizzer from his school days, Suresh conducts quizzes in various schools and colleges in the twin cities. Suresh does a lot of writing on social media platforms and brings forth both his political and social views. Take the pledge to save your heart. Spread the message, you have the power to touch over a billion lives.

Diyanat Ali
Founder & Director,

Diyanat Ali is the Founder & Director of the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club - GHAC a not for profit company that promotes adventure to enhance youth development, leadership, community building and healthy lifestyle among the youth in India. Diyanat founded the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club -GHAC in May 2008 and nurtured it to become the Largest and most Active adventure club in India with over 18000 members and 150 certified and trained Outdoor leaders conducting about 600 adventure and nature related events all over India across the year. 

Diyanat also runs a startup "OutLife" - An Adventure Travel and Behavioral Training Company that assists businesses and Teams all across India break their monotony and develops high performance workforce by participation in adventure, Outbound and experiential learning activities.

Diyanat was a member of the National Cadet Corps - Army Wing holding A,B & C level Certificates. He did his Bachelors in Computer Science and MBA in Marketing. He is a fellow of the Startup Leadership Program and a Founder with the Founders Institute, California - Hyderabad Chapter. Diyanat was a speaker at the TEDx Deccan in July 2011, He also got featured in the Limca Book of Records in 2013 for his work with the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club.

Chandra Prakash Balani
Regional Business Development Manager, Amazon

Chandra is currently responsible for business development of Amazon Web Services. He works with startups closely helping them adopt AWS platform during development as well as scaling out phase to ensure high availability and scalability for their applications. He helps startups choose the most cost effective pricing models to ensure they make the most effective use of their funds. Chandra has 16+ years of Sales, Business Development, Partner Management experience with BE & MBA from premier institutes. He has more than 10 years of experience in selling solutions like Oracle, MySQL, EPM, EBS, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, Siebel, SAP in North American and Indian markets. He has led and managed teams of various sizes and compositions successfully.

Pawan Gupta
Sr. Software Development Manager, Associates Products & Platform, Amazon

Pawan is an Entrepreneur, Technologist and Product Manager who enjoys a role which blend these skills toward strategic product planning, hiring and building motivated teams to create innovative products. He has worked with management teams in identifying opportunities and risks to deliver product/service, including identification of competitive services, opportunities for innovation and assessment of marketplace obstacles and technical hurdles to the business success. Pawan has deep domain expertise in digital media monetization solutions including premium and freemium models, covering web, mobile apps, smart TVs and connected devices as well as broadcast workflows and digitalization including storage – online and archives, editorial flows, advertising and newsrooms. He has the ability to interpret technology and market trends as a foundation for technology and product roadmaps. Pawan regularly shares knowledge, mentors and educates the organization’s investors, management, staff, partners, customers and stake holders on the company’s technological vision, opportunities and challenges.

Suman Rangabhasyam
Chapter Director, BNI

Suman helps you turn your Contacts into Contracts. She wears a couple of hats professionally – One, as a Professor of Management and Second as a Internet Marketing Coach. She facilitates sessions on Personal Enhancement & Effectiveness.

In her role as a Management Professor, she has wide experience in enhancing the employability of Students especially MBA & Engineering students, by training through Simulations. This is akin to doing an internship in a Fortune 500 Company. Her strength is in motivating and inspiring students. She has been a Professor of many subjects like Marketing Management, Strategic Business Management, and of course. Digital/Online Marketing. 

She facilitates workshops through Simulations which is an excellent platform of learning - catering to all audiences, senior management and middle level executives. It is pitched accordingly.

Suman specialises in 
Inbound Marketing, Customer Evangelism, Professor of Management, Corporate Coaching, Training and Development, Management Education, Executive Education, Digital Marketing Audit & Strategy, Community Marketing, Business Networking, Networking Coaching and Career Coaching

Aditya Vuchi
Founder & CEO, Media Mint. Founder, Zippr.

For the last 9+ years, Aditya had the good fortune of working with amazing people and had the opportunity to don multiple roles in establishing business direction, outlining product strategy, building up global technology and business teams and running operations at scale. And the most exciting part is, we're just getting started!

Aditya is the Founder and CEO of Media Mint, a company partnering and working with Online media companies including ad networks, large content portals and DSPs to provide managed advertising services, product strategy consulting and software application layers for Ad servers.

Aditya also founded Zippr, an ambitious project trying to simplify and redefine addresses. Zippr is one of Hyderabad’s and India’s most happening startups.

Sanjay Balachandran
Principal Technical Program Manager, Amazon

Sanjay is a Principal Technical Program Manager at Amazon and is currently engaged in delivering a marketplace initiative involving a new business model for Amazon. In his prior roles at Amazon, Sanjay has been involved in incubating new businesses, and driving global business and technology programs. Sanjay enjoys being at the cusp of technology and business, having played engineering, product management and general management roles at Walmart Global eCommerce, IBM and a couple of startups. Incubating new ideas and being part of the startup community is close to Sanjay's heart, having co-founded a startup in the e-commerce space (when e-commerce in India was still in its infancy) and being part of the leadership team in a startup focused on the educational ERP space. Outside of work, Sanjay is part of the natural history movement in Bangalore and loves to spend time educating school children about the importance of environment conservation. Sanjay holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from IIM-B

Sheshakanth Munagapati
Founder & CEO, Healthouts

Sheshakanth Munagapati is the Founder & CEO of Healthouts. With his amazing career as VP of New Initiatives at Way2SMS and Product Engineering capabilities at Hewlett Packard R$D India, he sets the overall direction at Healthouts and is actively engaged in product strategy and implementation at Healthouts. Sheshakanth started Healthouts with a vision to to build the platform in healthcare that empowers the decision making process in healthcare for patients and easy way to reach the healthcare providers (doctors) using online mediums by mobile and web application. Healthouts is an online Healthcare Marketplace, enabling the personal private messaging/engagement with the best medical experts for the trusted healthcare delivery.

Mr.Sheshakanth likes to mentor, network and contribute in every possible effort to the young entrepreneurs who wants to build things with passion that make positive impact.

Sitakanta Ray
Founder and Director, MySmartPrice

Sitakanta is a Mechanical Engineer and MBA with interests in computing technologies, data analysis and algorithms. He has previously worked with Oracle Corporation in product development and ICICI Bank in Investment Banking.
Sitakanta is a graduate of NIT Rourkela and IIM Bangalore.
Mysmartprice has raised B series funding of $10 Million in July 2015.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Hyderabad is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Rahul
  • Raghu
  • Jeevan
  • Chaitanya
  • Varun
  • Chidambar
  • Asmina


John Beadle
Director of Startup Weekend

Anurag Maloo
Head of Partnerships (Asia), Seedstars

Anurag Maloo is an Indo-Asian startup community architect, and currently works with Seedstars to build right partnerships to impact people's lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Previously, as a Regional Manager for South & Central Asia with Techstars and Startup Weekend for 5.5 years, he was responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in India, SAARC nations (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives) and Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan). He is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystem, grassroots leadership, and building strong collaborative startup communities. He has been involved in various startup initiatives, community empowerment and leadership development programs, and bringing innovation into the corporate world. He has done impact trips to nearly 58+ countries across 6 continents working with startup founders, entrepreneurs, innovators, community builders, investors, and governments to develop their entrepreneurship ecosystems. With his proven track record of experience cultivating key influencers within diverse geopolitical regions, Anurag has succeeded in creating inclusive startup communities in turbulent and struggling, yet developing ecosystems and emerging economies of Asia. His interests range from entrepreneurship to education, startups to sustainability, social impact to grassroots innovations, and peace building communities. Being a storyteller, teacher and life explorer, he can be found having engaging in authentic conversations with friends and random people, sharing life stories, radiating positive joyous happy energies, enriching audiences with his traveling experiences and narrating inspirational humane stories around the world from the hot deserts of Rajasthan to the cold and polar deserts of Antarctica, from travelling along the ancient trade cities on Silk Road to the vast, wild grasslands and virgin landscapes of nomadic Mongolia, and to trekking to the Base of the World's highest mountain, Mt. Everest Basecamp. 

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