Startup Weekend FinTech Edition

    Friday, June 5 - 7, 2015

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Startup Weekend FinTech Edition

Friday, June 5 - 7, 2015

Friday, June 5 - 7, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Indian School of Business (ISB)
ISB Road, Gachibowli
Hyderabad, Telangana 500032

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Startup Weekend FinTech Edition

What is Fin-Tech ?
A contraction of "finance" and "technology" - refers to companies that provide financial services through the engagement of technology.

What is Startup Weekend FinTech ?

A 54-hour event for developers, designers and entrepreneurs to hack on your latest fintech idea. You will be able to present your own concept and form a team around it or join forces with someone else. Over the weekend, you will be putting the foundations of a business case, designing and building a product prototype, testing your assumptions with a potential customers, and, on Sunday night, pitch the results of your weekend's work to a panel of investors and industry titans from across banking, insurance and payments. What's more, over the weekend, you will have access to over ten industry experts and mentors to help you bring your ideas to life. 

Who is it for: 
Anyone with a passion for fintech is welcome! If you've been toying with an idea, but need a final push to make it happen, if you are looking for ways to form a great team, or if you are simply excited to get involved with a fintech startup at its conceptualisation, this weekend is for you. 

Who can apply :
Any technology-focused startup, with an innovative FinTech proposition. If you’re passionate about digital and have some radical FinTech concepts that you believe could instigate a new era in financial services innovation, we want to hear from you.

Ideas Encouraged for FInTech:
( Any Idea with a FinTech angle to it )

• Big-data analytics and predictive modelling
• E- Wallet 
• Mobility
• Payments
• Risk management
• Insurance
• Security & Authentication
• Capital Markets 
• Lending
• Asset Management
• Crypto-Currencies
• Social media and collaboration
• Infrastructure and operational technologies (hosting, data bases, storage, networking, IT management).

STUDENT: Flat 50% off for all students use Code "STUDENT" (Students must carry and show their ID at the event).
EARLYBIRD :  Use code "SWEARLYBIRD" to avail 30% discount. (Limited Seats)
For Women Entrepreneurs : Use code "WOMEN50" get 50% off for Women only (Limited Seats)
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Friday June 5th

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 June 6th

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 June 7th

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!


Krishna Lakamsani
CEO, IPay Tech

Krishna is a serial Entrepreneur with 16 years of experience in the field of IT services, E-commerce and Leadership. He is a Harvard Business School Alumni. He grew up in Hyderabad, India and later moved to Australia and from there to USA. He has worked extensively with US companies since then. Krishna founded his first business in “Telecom & E-commerce” domain at the age of 23, the same business was acquired by a New York Based Telecom Company. Krishna started his second business venture “Infovision” at the age of 27 i.e towards end of 2005 and in 4 short years the company has achieved 1500% Growth. ‘Inc magazine’ recognized Infovision as the 16th fastest growing company in the IT Services category across the USA. Krishna is the Finalist of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. NJBiz of New Jersey awarded Krishna as One of the Best Entrepreneurs under the age of 40 . Krishna started his third business venture at the age of 29 called ‘Infovista Technologies’ which caters database IMS support. In 2012, Infovision and Infovista were acquired by the publicly traded IMS Company. Krishna invested in 18 startups through his investment fund called ‘ The seedfund’. Krishna also seats as board member in 3 companies in India and 2 companies in USA. He is a member of Mumbai Angles ,Hyderabad Angels , Harvard Angels of India and Harvard Angles of New york . Krishna believes in creating business, which will bring value to every stakeholder without compromising business ethics. Specialties: Microsoft Technologies ,Oracle,Remote DBA Services, E Commerce, Payment Systems and Fulfillment Technologies and solutions.

Event Judges

Satyen V Kothari
MD & Founder Citrus Pay

Satyen drives the consumer apps businesses at Citrus. His 20 years of experience in UX, products, and strategy in Silicon Valley and India include founding companies in marketing automation, social E-Commerce, strategy consulting, and consumer payments, working with several start-ups as an advisor/investor/consultant, as well as with Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, SGI, Yahoo, First Data. He has a Masters degree from Stanford University in CS, with a focus on HCI and tech entrepreneurship.

Paritosh Sharma
Head, Long Tail Growth at PayUMoney

I am fascinated by technology changing the world and how humans are adopting and evolving. 
Currently I am part of PayUmoney. My mission is to build India’s most valuable enabling ecosystem for small businesses, helping them go online and accept online payments via PayUmoney. 
I authored “Do You Collide With Your Customers?” a book about how businesses can create incredible relationships with customers without spending a lot of money.  I was consulting India’s largest e-tailer,, taking customer engagement to a whole new level. My last startup, Hashtaag was chosen amongst 14 interesting startups by the Intel & UC Berkeley T2MA.  It was exciting to be awarded the ‘Young Communicator 2009’, for the work in the New Media by the Symbiosis International University. And to be featured by Bloomberg UTV, the Times Group and LiveMint in India.  Blogging is a passion, lucky to be featured at the NASSCOM EMERGE community.  I enjoy interacting with the next India, across colleges and universities. Love the excitement and energy. IIMC, Symbiosis, Jamia, Amity and more… part of the same is my interaction with IIS cadre folks, AIR FM and also communication directorate of the GOI. 

Ravi Kumar Jain
Director Symbiosis Institute of Business Management - Hyderabad

Dr. Ravi Kumar Jain, is Doctorate in Business Management and holds Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and PGD in ICT management. He has more than 17 years of experience in the area of family business management, teaching and training, research & consulting and academic administration.   He has held various academic and administrative positions at Icfai Research Center, Hyderabad; Symbiosis International University, Pune; and in the faculty of Finance at IBS- Hyderabad campus. Presently, he is working as Director Symbiosis Institute of Business Management- Hyderabad Campus.    Dr. Kumar has more than 90 international and national publications to his credit including several authored and edited books in the area of business management, banking, finance and ICT management. He serves on the editorial boards of a few reputed international refereed journals. He has conducted several successful international conferences, and has been actively engaged in faculty training and executive training programs at various organizations including Indian railways, Canara Bank, SBI, IDBI, corporation banks and several other banks and IT services companies, Indian armed forces to name a few. He is an expert trainer in case method teaching and is a resource person for several AICTE sponsored faculty training program at various universities including Hyderabad Central University.
Well exposed to international universities and education system in the USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia among other Asian and middle eastern countries by engaging in teaching assignments, joint research projects, and facilitating institution level collaborations. He is also presently serving as President for Indian Sub-continent region of Decision Sciences Institute (ISDSI).

Manoj Krishnan
Head, Startup Studio at MobME / Startup Village

Oxford MBA with over 7 years of combined experience in Business consulting, Aerospace & Defence and IT sectors.

Have worked with various clients including global firms, startups in varied sectors to drive assignments in areas like strategic consulting, innovation management, technical consulting and project management.

Currently working as Head - Startup Studio at MobME, setting up a business accelerator to complement the Startup Village Incubator, India's first incubator in PPP space ( and on initiatives to harness the power of Open Innovation in solving key challenges faced by different industries.

Rohit Narang
Founder, 314 Capital

As a Founder of 314 Capital, Rohit invests across traditional asset classes and venture investments. With nearly two decades of experience in financial services across investment banking firms (Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank) & private equity, he has held leadership roles in capital markets, fixed income & currencies.  Rohit enjoys working with founders in the early stages of building a company and has a keen interest in fintech startups, particularly those involved in trading, insurance, lending, real estate and personal finance.  Based in Singapore, Rohit enjoys reading & playing tennis in his spare time. 

Ravi Korukonda
COO & Co-Founder, [x]cube LABS

Ravi knows startups. His expertise in mobile + new tech is highly-diversified from Telecom and Hosted/Enterprise to SaaS applications and gaming. As an early adopter of Mobility, Ravi played a key role in Enterprise Mobility, bringing casual gaming to the market, Gamification and has been a consistent leader in mobile marketing across ventures. 

His experience building teams, establishing departments, and streamlining procedures define him as a leader. Through his work with The Education for Free Research Center (EFF), great work is being accomplished by bringing educators into rural areas of India by utilizing cutting-edge tele-presence technologies. 

Prior to PurpleTalk, Ravi worked at PanTerra Networks as Director of Network Operations and Quality Assurance. 
Ravi was recently awarded the HR Leadership Award by the Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) and the Asian Pacific HRM Congress, which honors individuals for best practices in the field of human resource development. 

Coaches and Mentors

Rimpal chawla
Founder & CEO of Anitya Ventures

As the Founder & CEO of Anitya Ventures, Rimpal Chawla is an investor, strategic advisor, evangelist and a mentor to start-ups. His advisory and consulting roles to companies and their founders are in diverse businesses like hedge fund, medical devices, mobile technology and healthcare. In addition, Rimpal also coaches, advises and consults senior corporate executives on strategic business matters.Rimpal has over two decades of experience in multi-faceted banking having worked at Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Citibank in U.S., Hong Kong and India. Prior to starting his own venture, he was an MD in the Private Banking & Wealth Management Division of Credit Suisse and has held senior management positions in Private Equity, Fund of Funds, Mezzanine, Distressed Debt and Capital Markets.Rimpal is a CFA charter holder and a Chartered Accountant. He is an active angel investor representing Hyderabad Angels, a TiE charter member, a mentor at Founder’s Institute and is on the Boards of a few companies.

Ekta Bahl
Partner, Tatva Legal

Ekta is a Partner with the corporate practice group of Tatva Legal, Hyderabad.   Ekta has significant experience in corporate and commercial laws, with specific focus on corporate restructuring, project finance, private equity and M&A. Ekta has substantial industry specific experience in the areas of real estate, information technology, biotechnology, education, healthcare and infrastructure (including power and roads). Ekta has also provided legal assistance to various social sector enterprises. Ekta graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons) degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore  in the year 1997. Ekta is qualified to enroll as a solicitors in England and Wales. 

Satya Prakash
Founder, Quantum Data Engines

Satya has worked with enterprise software product companies in various capacities for over 16 years. Over 11 years of his experience have been in enterprise software product management for banks and financial institutions around the world. He has worked in areas including Financial Crime Detection, Counter Terrorist Financing, Anti Money Laundering, Fraud Detection, Transaction Monitoring, Entity Resolution, Risk Management, Compliance, FATCA and real-time transaction surveillance.

Satya, along with 2 co-founders, started Quantum Data Engines in 2011. QDE has built niche enterprise scale software products that enable banks and financial institutions identify opportunities and threats through static and transaction data analytics.

Sainath Gupta
Founder & CEO Aasaanpay

I have been entrepreneurial from very early on. Started out by being part of family business at age of 11 as sales person for GLS bulbs in our family owned retail outlet. Few years later successfully helped in migrating the business from GLS bulbs distribution to Air coolers manufacturing. I became the founding member of a successful Electrical motors manufacturing company as well. 

Currently, I am fully passionate about my work at, which is into simplifying offline payments while creating delight to Merchants and their customers. 

I consider execution, technology and predicting technology vectors evolution to be my forte. I have a strong record of accomplishment in planning and execution of very diverse projects in terms of technology and areas. I have a voracious appetite for learning and teaching. 

Specialties: Value creation, Bootstrapper, Entrepreneurship ecosystems, Product Development and Creative problem solving.

Vinutha Rallapalli
Vice President & Head(South) Lead Angels

A chartered Accountant by qualification, Vinutha comes with over eight years of experience across accounting, finance and transaction advisory. For the last three years she has been closely associated with the startup ecosystems of London and Hyderabad.

At Lead Angels, she heads the South operations with chapters currently in Hyderabad and shortly in Bangalore.She is accountable for deal origination, due diligence, execution post investment support and member relations.An active Tie Volunteer and a strong evangelist of Hyderabad start-up ecosystem.Her last role was as a Manager with Hyderabad Angels.

Suresh Perugu
Vice President, QISON Software Pvt Ltd

Mr. Suresh Perugu brought a consulting culture while teaching in Sri Venkateswara University   College of Engineering contributing quite a bit to the University Revenue. He taught many students who are now in Administrative, Police Services and in Engineering in India and abroard.  Suresh pursued his doctoral work at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. During his Ph D Suresh published many research papers in International Journals including ASCE. Mr Perugu has a patent to his credit along with his research team for his thesis work.  Mr Perugu was part of key team in a start-up that was acquired by IBM in US. His work and contribution played a key role in the company being acquired by IBM. After 15 years in US he decided to come back to serve India and stated with Microsoft India, Hyderabad.  Suresh has a great passion for academics and improving learning capability of students in engineering colleges. He is a great personal coach to many students and colleagues. During his work in Microsoft he started helping engineering colleges creating centres of excellence that enhances student’s learning towards employability. Suresh addressed 10,000 students in about 60 sessions at various engineering colleges and business schools. His interest in education and career planning for engineering students was portrayed in the form of Job Point programs in HMTV and a couple of other regional TV Channels. Some of his videos are available on You Tube.  Mr Perugu wanting to become and entrepreneur joined Qison in Hyderabad. Using Qison Mr Perugu is helping government to create a scalable and repeatable skill development mod. He is also helping develop systems for tribal development department to improve the data availability about students and their health.  Mr Suresh is a product of 2nd batch of AP residential School, Kogenahalli. His experience from corporations he worked at in US and India, his travel to his clients and his global experience helps others to learn from his experience. 

Bhavanishanker Chitoor
Co-founder and CEO Posidex Technologies

Bhavanishanker Chitoor is Co-founder and CEO of Posidex Technologies. At Posidex, Bhavanishanker is focused on building great team and  maintaining strong customer relationship. Apart from product conception, he is guiding direct sales, forging partnerships with leading system integrators and developing OEM partnerships with other technology companies. He has over 20 years of combined experience in domain of financial services, research and Information Technology. Prior to founding of Posidex, he specialized in architecting various products based on web and client server technologies for a startup and a midsized company. Previously he worked for one of the leading housing finance company in India and also served as Senior Research Fellow in engineering at Osmania University. Bhavanishanker holds Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from BITS, Pilani. 

Posidex is recognized as leader in India in providing customer due dilligence solutions to large enterprises . Its solutions are implemented in some of the topmost banks, financial services companies , insurance companies , mortgage companies, telecom companies and government organizations in India. Posidex won many accoldades including, ITsAP Research and Innovation Award,  and was finalist for NASSCOM Innovation Award  for market facing innovation.   

Viiveck Verma
Coach, Investor & Philanthropist

Viiveck has 30+ years of work experience in well-known corporate houses, with a proven track record for excellence and dynamic leadership. He has successfully executed key positions of diverse nature and capacities during his career before turning into a thriving entrepreneur. He has effectively handled operational and strategic responsibilities. He is a result oriented individual and has seen immense success at managing profit center operations, corporate planning and business development.
He has rich experience in building brand equity for products, organizations and at setting up policies and processes in start-ups as well as exposure to multi industries viz. Yellow Pages,Travel, Telecommunications, Office Automation, BPO, Insurance, Logistics, and Document
Storage & Management.

Viiveck is known for high levels of integrity, professional loyalty, and maturity. His leadership
skills, strong commitment to ethical and professional standards whilst maintaining flexibility in changing socioeconomic conditions were duly recognized by being awarded for “Best Ethics in
Business”. He was recognized by the “Travel Industry” as a thought leader as well
Viiveck’s portfolio includes amongst other things: Director - Anaptyxi People Consult (a people development company), Director - Hyderabad Angels (a group of venture capitalist providing venture capital to start-ups), Investor with 50K Ventures and Lead Angels, Co-Organiser–TEDxHyderabad and President - Rotary Club of Miyapur.

Academically astute, Viiveck is armed with a PGDBA (Marketing) from the Institute of
Management Development and Research in Pune and is an LLB in Labor Laws and Taxation
from Pune University. He is a university topper in his graduation studies in Geology. The Neuroleadership Group certified Viiveck as a professional “Coach”. He has also been a Zenger
Miller Frontline Leadership Certified Trainer.

Viiveck recently gave up his corporate innings to focus on Social causes among other thingsand runs a society called SAHE (Society for Advancement of Human Endeavour), which focuses on social impact actions. He brings to the table understanding of the corporate world, network he built ver years to be able to connect the players in social space and create social impact.

His interests are Business Networking, Travel, Music Reading and Philanthropy

Deepak Sawhney
Executive Coach , International Coach Federation

Deepak is a credentialed coach , Associate Certified Coach ( ACC ) & member of International Coach Federation (ICF). Deepak is currently pursuing his next level credentialing with more than 650 hours of coaching experience.   Deepak is associated as coach trainer with Coach4 excellence, an organization, based in India, which conducts an approved ACTP, ACSTH coach training program. Deepak has coached CXO / Senior executives in large companies / MNCs. Deepak comes with 25+ years of corporate experience, including national leadership roles in last 15 years in domains of sales, marketing , operations & HRD. He worked with Bharat Petroleum & subsequently handled national leadership role in Reliance rolling the first ever private fuel station, fully automated, network. This network achieved a sizable market share in record time. He then moved his career & focus to Learning & development and changed sector to BFSI. As Group Head in both Karvy & Magma Fincorp, he conceptualized & created L&D Function, introduced E Learning, Led OD interventions, managed senior level trainings, development of leadership competencies & restructuring & reorganization of businesses successfully.   A citizen of India, Deepak lives in Hyderabad. A keen Blogger, contributes articles on coaching in magazines, with a book in pipeline, Deepak also conducts in-house coaching skills program for leaders and managers. Among various models of coaching, executive coaching being one, he also handles group & tea m coaching sessions.   Deepak’s passion is leadership coaching, which to him is an experience in mindfulness. He combines group coaching with that of individuals to maximize value to the individual, team and company. He counts coaching legend Marshall Goldsmith as his influence, having been trained by him at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad on “Executive Coaching”.

Prashant Vijay
Director , Markit

I've started my career in technology at Goldman Sachs in New York, working with the commodities trading desk, working on Trading Technologies, Risk, PNL, and systematic trading. Subsequently I became a trader, trading electricity derivatives.
I came back to India after 11 years in the US, and then worked with Goldman in India, and did some consulting with IEX and MCX.
After working for about 10 years, I went to ISB, and subsequently joined Markit, a NASDAQ listed fintech firm as Director, Indices and Valuations. 

Pavan Kumar Korlepara
Manager, Finance Operations Technology, Amazon

Pavan Kumar heads the Finance Operations Technology (Vendor Payment Systems) group at Amazon Hyderabad. Pavan has 16 years of IT experience primarily in enterprise product development. Prior to Amazon, he worked at CA Technologies, Symantec, Impetus and Pavan is an MBA from IIM Bangalore (EPGP 2012-13 batch).Pavan Kumar has extensive industry experience in B2B payments, Enterprise Storage Management, Disaster Recovery and High Availability solutions.

Siddhartha Vinjamaram
Sr. Manager, Finance Operations Technology, Amazon

Siddhartha (Sid) leads Document Management and Business Intelligence wings of Finance Operations Technology group at Amazon Hyderabad. Sid has 15 years of IT experience primarily in enterprise application management and Business Intelligence. Prior to Amazon, he worked at General Electric and Genpact. Sid is a Graduate in Industrial Chemistry from Osmania University.Sid brings expertise in Project Management, Lean and Six Sigma. Sid facilitates a variety of leadership development programs at Amazon.

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