Press Release: Hyderabad's first Startup Weekend Education!

01/24/2015 | By Shilpa Gopal

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The previous Startup Weekend Hyderabad

Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is a non-profit, community-building event that brings together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers, and other enthusiasts. They gather to to pitch ideas, form teams and start companies in just 54 hours. The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

In the past 3 years, 500+ startups have started and 15,000+ entrepreneurs have been inspired by Startup Weekend. Teams have even started to generate revenue during the 54 hours event, and others have gone further ahead to raise funds from Business Angels or Venture Capitalists. None of these numbers take into account the networking, on-going professional relationships and amazing experience that takes place at every event. True to our motto, Startup Weekend is all about “Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action.”

Startup Weekend Education:

It is a 54 hour event that puts aspiring entrepreneurs in direct contact with the sharpest business coaches, mentors, investors and panel of judges in the Education Industry. It is specifically for participants who have a potential business idea that can solve a problem in India’s education sector. However, one could also be a collaborator – with skills in technology, hacking, business development, strategy, branding – all the skills that a start up needs or a teacher, NGO worker, parent, student, a tech geek or an idea freak!

SW Education ( aims at leveraging entrepreneurship to improve education. It brings together entrepreneurs, innovators, classroom teachers, artists and any person who has an idea to solve a problem in India's Education Sector.

Startup Weekend Education Hyderabad:

This is the 1st Startup Weekend Education ( in Hyderabad and the third in India. The previous Startup Weekend Education held in Bangalore (August 2014) saw a staggeringly high turnout of 100+ participants. Bangalore’s Startup Weekend Education Event’s highlight was its diversity. Out of all the participants – 60% of them were educators, 20% Business brains, 10% developers, 10% coders.

The three day networking event witnesses the best minds in the startup ecosystem brain-storming for 54 hours and at the end of it walking out with a fully planned startup idea. Startup Weekend Education is a perfect platform for aspiring entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs to showcase, launch their ideas and compete on a global level. To further fuel the excitement, Progress has agreed to be an amazing host and agreed to sponsor the venue.

With an expected crowd of 100 or so attendees with a mix of hustlers, hackers and designers, 60 odd ideas pitched and around 15 ideas are then voted as the best pitches. A team is formed around each idea with the person pitching the idea as their team leader, these teams struggle, hustle and work for a marathon 54 hours to finally pitch their startups to the judges on Sunday evening.

Startup Weekend as part of Hyderabad Hackers( and along with the support of Telangana Government aims to improve the Hyderabad start up ecosystem.

Some startups that have been born in SWHyd:

StoryXpress - Founded by IIT-Hyd students, an app where one can simply upload pictures, videos and words in a chronological order so that it makes a story and the app will publish it in the form of a video.

Kaddy - Founded by alumni of IIT-Hyd, it is a data analytics company focused on education, technology enables stakeholders in education to make informed decisions and a lot more.

PratyEk - It is a web platform that allows individuals to add value through volunteering for the initiatives of NGOs’ across the country in their free time, in a non-disruptive manner.

BollyStock- BollyStock is a platform that allows people to buy "stock" in Bollywood actors and actresses. It works similar to a stock exchange but trades are made through virtual money.

Event Date and Time:

07:00 PM 6th February 2015 – 09:00 PM 8th February 2015

Event Venue:

PROGRESS (Google Maps Link)

Event Details:

Startup Weekend Education Hyderabad

Mentors and Judges:

To name a few esteemed mentors we have,

  • Prasanna Boni - COO/ Co-founder at Edutor Technologies, Hyderabad
  • Pramod Ponnaluri- Co-Founder at kitki, Hyderabad
  • Pankaj Diwan- Managing Director at UPTEC IDEALABS LIMITED, Hyderabad
  • Manish Kumar- ‎Co-Founder & Country Director at SEED Edu Corp, Hyderabad
  • Sowmya Velayudham - Director, Business Development, Gray Matters India
  • Subba Raju Pericherla - Founder & CEO at CrossBorders
  • Raju Vanapala - Founder & CEO,

Our Judges are

  • Ramesh Loganathan - ‎VP (Products) & Center Head, Progress - Hyderabad Labs
  • Karthik Rapaka - City Director, Teach for India- Hyderabad operations
  • Srinivas Kollipara - Chief Operating Officer, IIIT-H Foundation, Hyderabad
  • Mayur Patnala - Co-Founder & Chief Functionary, Nirmaan Organization

Event Sponsors:

Uptec IdeaLabs, Progress, CIE-IIIT(H) Foundation, SERVCORPOzonetel Systems, dabblr, Educators Collective, Sciensation, UnLtd Hyderabad, TiE, Startup Saturday, Hyderabad Hackers, Startup Hyderabad, Teach for India (Partners)




SWEARLYBIRD - 30% off until Jan 27, 11.59 P.M.

SWDES– 30% discount for designers

STUDENT – 50% off for students, registration can be as a Business Professional or Hacker.

SWWOMEN – 30% off for women entrepreneurs, registration can be as an Educator, Hacker, Designer or for Sunday night demos


The registration includes all 7 meals across three days.


Thanks to UPTech Idea Labs, OzoneTel and SERVCORP!

UPTech Idea Labs

Incubating the winning teams for 12/6/3 months and providing expert technology guidance and mentoring, technical resources, office space, and help in finding talent.


KooKoo is the simplest and easiest way to build telecom applications IVRs, office PBX and outbound campaigns.You name it.You build it. is generously offering KooKoo Goldenports(5) for 6 months, a 60,000 value to the winners. We will also be able to offer all teams a KooKoo Silver Egg account, free for 3 months (worth Rs. 7,500) and the CPBX One India plan free for 3 months (worth Rs. 4,500)! With CPBX, you can build a startup in a weekend and get a business phone system for your startup!

A big thanks to KooKoo and OzoneTel for sponsoring these resources!


The top 3 winners are offered the following (Worth INR 33,000)

1.     Virtual office for 6 months complimentary (rent free period)

2.     3 hours of BL usage every day

3.     5 hours meeting room usage (worth INR 18,000) complimentary for first 6 months


3 months shared office (full time business lounge, 9 hours (cubicle space in shared zone) with a dedicated phone number and address for their new company)

All the other participants can avail a one month free virtual offer (worth INR 5,500)

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