Startup Weekend Hyderabad + Global Startup Battle

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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Startup Weekend Hyderabad + Global Startup Battle

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

IIIT-H Campus
T-Hub Foundation
Catalyst Building
Gachibowli, Telengana 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.

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday November 20th

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 21st

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 22nd

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!


Rajive Dhavan
Serial Entrepreneur & Author STFU

Rajive Dhavan, 28, is a serial entrepreneur and an author with a collective work experience of over 10 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication (Journalism). He is the founder of three successful ventures – What’s In a Name Creatives, Namesake Productions & Just Flaunt Salon. A firm believer in the teachings of failure, he witnessed failure pretty early in life. After failing his boards in the 8th standard, he was expelled from his school. He continued his schooling at a state board school. And after 10th, he quit his studies because the financial situation at home was weak, and he had to support his family. A year later, he got back to studies and joined a college. During his college days, he continued working with some good MNCs like GE Capital & HSBC Bank Plc. But around 5 years later, he left his cushy corporate job to join Deccan Chronicle at 1/6th the salary. Post his stint with the newspaper for over 18 months he joined an advertising agency as a copywriter. For three months after joining the ad agency, he didn’t get his salary. As the agency owner was routing all the money to his other businesses. At 22, without a single rupee in his pocket, he decided to start his own advertising agency. Then he took a loan of Rs. 40,000 from a friend, and launched his first startup – What’s In a Name Creatives, in 2010. In 2012, he launched his second venture – Namesake Productions. In 2013, he launched his third venture – Just Flaunt Salon. And in 2015, he released his first book on startups and entrepreneurship. It’s called STFU – Start The F Up!

Event Judges

Vikas Malpani

Vikas Malpani is the Co-Founder of and heads CommonFloor Groups, the Apartment Management offering of that provides apartment residents with hassle-free community living. Vikas completed his degree in Computer Science Engineering from JSS Academy of Technical Education (JSSATE) Bangalore in 2006 and then started working with SAP labs, where he was a part of the NetWeaver mobile Team. During the course of the journey, Vikas has been part of several crucial aspects of establishing the company, right from initial sales to campaign management, campaign execution to product road map and product management.   Vikas is a recipient of prestigious MIT-TR35 “Young Innovator of the year” award. Business World has recognized him as one of the “Hottest young entrepreneurs”, besides these he has received many other accolades.   Vikas believes in striking a good work-life balance by staying in touch with friends. Spending quality time with family is of paramount importance to him. With reference to setting up of a successful business, Vikas feels that it is very important to have an ability and understanding of how to get things done. Apart from this, as per him, business success is also contingent on dedicating time to customers which eventually turns them into brand champions.   Vikas is an avid reader and likes reading fiction as well as non-fiction. In the fiction space, he enjoys reading novels by Dan Brown and Harry Potter series. Besides reading, Vikas also likes travelling to unexplored destinations, meeting new people and making new friends.  

Jai Krishnan
CEO T-Hub Foundation

Successful Start up & MNC Executive (India & the US) Senior C- Level Executive with 15+ years of startup & corporate B2B Experience Worked on large Deals across global customers worth over $50M Successfully founded and ran Product & Services P&L across 10+ verticals and Business Units worth $100M in Start ups and MNCs Spearheaded Global GTMs for Start ups and MNCs and managed clients across different segmetns and different countries Successfully founded and exited multiple startups in the IoT space across the world Successfully achieved revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up & large Business environments Repeatedly produced sustained revenue and EBITDA growth in Startups & Large Multinationals Extensive experience with Product Management, Sales and Marketing, Engineering and R&D

Durga Das
Managing Partner and Chief Catalyst of Das Star

Durga Das is the Founder and Managing Partner of Das Star. Das Star was created as a vehicle to generate a new model of investing, enabling first entrant entrepreneurs to raise money and build expertise, leading them towards additional future funding or buy-out. Ms Das has more than twenty years experience in the critical early stages of startups – with skilled emphasis on creation, management, business development, marketing and sales.
Durga brings to Das Star an amazing wealth of experience from years of managing successful startups. A continuous initiator of revenue generating concepts, she possesses an innate understanding of the market pulse at ground level. All her previous companies have been successfully acquired; a testimony to an amazing track record of her strengths in creation, management and development of valuable startups.

Ishwar Sridharan
Co-Founder & COO of Exotel Techcom Pvt Ltd,

One of India's leading cloud telephony companies. Exotel helps businesses of all sizes manage their customer communication over calls and SMS without investing in infrastructure. Ishwar finished his Engineering in IT from SASTRA University. He then did his masters from IIIT Bangalore after which he joined Yahoo! as a Principal Engineer. He worked on a bunch of things at Yahoo! including creating and implementing video search algorithm for which he has a couple of patents. It was there that he met Shivku, the CEO of Exotel. And when Shivku pivoted from Roopit (a C2C marketplace) to Exotel, he asked Ishwar to join him. Since then Ishwar has donned different roles across Exotel. Mostly, it involves being cool! Ishwar loves startups, building stuff, hacking, science, music, sketching, and problem solving the order is up for debate.

Coaches and Mentors

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. 

Phanindra Sama

Phanindra Sama was recently selected by Endeavor as a high impact entrepreneur. Also, Businessworld voted Phanindra Sama as one of the top 5 most promising entrepreneurs in India. He co-founded redBus, also known as, is India’s biggest online bus ticketing company. The company also sells tickets through offline outlets. It was taken over by the Ibibo Group, a joint venture of South Africa’s Naspers and China’s Tencent in June 2013 for $138 Million (INR 800 Crore).

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.

Murli Bukkapatnam
Managing Director and CEO of GDH Workforce Pvt Ltd

A committed entrepreneur, mentor, orator, angel investor and start-up evangelist. · Managing Director and CEO of GDH Workforce Pvt Ltd, a private sector enterprise creating the workforce the world needs. · Immediate Past President of TiE Hyderabad, an organisation for fostering entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking and imparting education. · Member on the board of Hyderabad Angels, Identis Solutions, Rockwell International School and MyLabYogi. Murali provides leadership to TiE Hyderabad & GDH Workforce Pvt Ltd, His focus is on their operations, acquisition of major customers, and initiating of quality practices and growth strategies. Murali is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs and ensuring their success. He takes keen interest in facilitating knowledge transfer in the areas of education, technology and social enterprises. He loves teaching, as he believes in transferring what he has learned to young minds. He occasionally teaches business plan development at IIT Hyderabad and entrepreneurial leadership at IMT Hyderabad. Murali loves experimenting with new business ideas. It was this trait that made him to invest in a gas station in the early years of his career, something quite different from what he was doing at that time, and relocate to India after 17 years in the US to venture into hospitality business. Ever since Murali ventured into entrepreneurship in 2002, he has forayed into multiple sectors providing employment to a sizeable number of people, guiding several people into entrepreneurship and generating more than US 8 million in the process. He is a good orator gifted with the skills to effectively communicate and keep the audience fully engaged. He is also an avid golf and cricket player, sports enthusiast, extensive traveller and connoisseur of food and wine. He loves reading books, especially autobiographies of great and successful people and inspirational books.

Tom Thomas
Chief Operating Officer of IIIT-H Foundation

Tom Thomas is the Chief Operating Officer of IIIT-H Foundation. An Engineer from NIT Warangal and an MBA from IIM Kozhikode, Tom Thomas has worked as a consultant/mentor with a variety of startups during various stages of their growth. He was an integral part of the initial team of Startup Village- Kochi, where he partnered with the Kerala State Electricity Board to set up one of the first innovation zones partnered by a PSU in India. He also launched the Startup Village’s Academy program to train and nurture the talent pipeline of the state. In his current role he is redefining IIIT-H Foundation as an incubator focused on next generation technology startups. IIIT-H Foundation has recently launched an accelerator program to invest in and fast track startups in the AI and robotics space. He volunteers regularly for various ecosystem building activities in Kerala and Telangana and is passionate about contributing to organisations working towards social development.

Sanjay Jesrani
CEO of Go North Ventures

Sanjay Jesrani is the Founder & CEO of Go North Ventures.  Go North is an angel investment and advisory firm, focused on investing in & mentoring Startups. It also provides Strategy inputs to high growth Early stage companies and SMB’s moving to their next orbit.  Sanjay, an active member of the Indian Angel Network, the premier national group of Angel Investors – has investments in startups across the Healthcare, Education, Impact, Consumer and Tech sectors. He was the Executive Vice President & Head – India, Global Delivery Center,  Hitachi Consulting. As CEO and Head of the Global Delivery Center at India, he led the company’s global delivery team of 1800+ across the centers at Hyderabad, Pune and Bangalore.  As a member of Hitachi Consulting’s Exec Leadership Team, he was actively involved in the company’s Growth strategy and M&A programs targeted at reaching the $1B + size. He was an active member of the India and South Asia Hitachi group company CEO network. Sanjay brings over 20 years of solid execution experience from his previous role at Sierra Atlantic, as the Senior Vice President of Finance & Operations, Asia & China.  He has managed a wide range of strategy, finance & operations functions including the P&L responsibility, Corporate Finance, the company’s India  IPO & Investor relations. In his Operations role, he provided a solid  leadership to the HR & Corporate teams, through the company’s rapid growth to over 1800 team size, expansion into its own 7 acre SEZ campus at Gachibowli, Hyderabad and multiple Best Employer awards in India & China.  Prior to joining Sierra Atlantic, he ran a family owned industrial venture and headed his  Chartered Accountancy  practice. He holds a bachelors degree in Commerce and  is a fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). A keen golfer and art enthusiast, he was also a founding member of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative at India.

Sanjay Kiran Enishetty
Managing Partner, 50k Ventures

Sanjay Kiran Enishetty is born in Hyderabad. He is a Commerce Graduate, Post Graduate Diploma holder in Advertising & Marketing, Journalism & Mass Communication, IPR and MBA. He is being an Entrepreneur and one of the faces of the Hyderabad startup scene. Sanjay is currently managing partner with 50k ventures (, 50K Ventures is a platform for startups at the earliest stage of their life-cycles, providing access to seed funds. He had so far reviewed hundreds of Business plans, consulted and mentored many startups from different verticals in India and Africa.

Vineel Reddy Pindi
Social Entrepreneur & Community Leader

Vineel R. Pindi, Community Specialist

Vineel is a Social Entrepreneur and Community Specialist helping build communities across South Asia and mentored 50 community leaders. He led Firefox OS India launch as community lead. Founder and community liaison at Mozilla India. 

Vineel is founder at Hive India, Hive India promotes experiential learning through the interests of young people and the creative use of digital media and change the learning landscape in India. Vineel is founder at Collab House, a collaborative community space that empowers hackers, makers, startups and creative people. Collab House engages with both local and global projects like CoderDojo, Xprize, Mozilla and more.

Vineel worked on projects for Mariposa, Yahoo!, Mozilla as a independent consultant.

Ayyappa Nagubandi
Founder , Possibillion Software Technologies & Serial Entrepreneur

Ayyappa is an entrepreneur, and an inventor. He has invented and authored 9 patents over the years. He has about 16 years of experience in different functions across various industry verticals and with core competence in incubating and growing start-ups.

Growing up in a family of limited means was not easy, especially when he had to shoulder the responsibilities of his own education. His family, with their limited resources, helped him as much as they could. But, he knew he was on his own. An unquenchable thirst to win helped him graduate with the help of scholarships.

His first job after graduation was that of a help desk executive for Satyam Computer Services Pvt Ltd. Not satisfied with the status quo, he started learning about web technologies and the Internet. The management at Satyam noticed his dedication, hard work and introduced him to the world of web designing. His assignments took him across the globe (Singapore, UK, USA) and gave an opportunity to work at The World Bank.

He founded NowPos in 2005, with a patented technology. He was featured in CNBC young turks for this success story. He managed to raise multiple rounds of funding from Angel Investors/HNIs and grew the company successfully till 2011 and exited.

He started two companies – Possibillion Software Technologies Pvt. Ltd. And Ideative Digital Pvt. Ltd. Possibillion is a services and products company, while Ideative is an incubator of ideas, helping entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality.

He is a guest columnist on many Indian publications writing on new and emerging technologies and entrepreneurship.

Ajay Jain
Chief Innovation Officer at Gray Matters India

Ajay Jain has about 13 years of experience in both corporates and start-ups. He has an MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB) and Master of Science degree from University of Arizona (USA). He has a keen interest in the start-up space – playing the role of an angel-investor, mentor and coach for start-ups.
He is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at Gray Matters India – an educational start-up for assessments in the K12 space. In his role as a co-founder, he is actively involved in strategy, product development, key customer relationships and fund-raising. 
Before his MBA, he worked in the semiconductor industry in areas of product development and quality control.In this role, he worked with companies such as Intel, AMD and Conexant. 

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.

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Ankur Mehta
Head Community Partnership & Alliances

Started my Journey with a Forex Trading Firm the trading platforms which based in Cyprus & London based companies. I am Certified Six Sigma by British Standard of Institution & ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor Certified by Bureau of Indian Standards.

More than 3+ years in Hyderabad Startup Ecosystem being a part of TechStars -Startup Weekend, Founder Institute and CIE IIIT-H Incubator & now T-Hub Foundation which is a unique partnership with Govt. of Telangana. India’s Biggest Incubator & Catalysing In Innovation, Scale & Deal Flow. I am passionate about enabling startups to make positive differences and adding value to the startup ecosystem in the workplace and the economy at large; I believe Playing rock paper scissors not only limited to the company as well as for an individual growth i.e. think B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow).

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