Startup Weekend Indore 2018

    Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Indore 2018

Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018

Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya
Gram Baroli
Indore, Madhya Pradesh

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No Talk, All action! Launch a startup in just 54 hours!


The hardest part of starting up is starting out

What’s Startup Weekend All About?

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.

Events are 54-hour long events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts alike come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Startup Weekends are where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Participants begin arriving at 5pm on Friday, begin networking, and eat dinner. After an ice-breaking game and a short introduction by the facilitator, there will be a short speech on practical topics ranging from pitching best practices to lean startup methodology and more. Then the “Pitchfire” will commence: anyone intending to pitch will have 60 seconds to give their best pitch. No presentations or props, it will just be you and the microphone on stage. After pitches are finished, all attendees will vote on their favorites, and using these votes the top ideas will be selected to be worked on over the weekend. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working.Teams will work all day on Saturday, with the occasional breaks to eat or listen to a couple of short speeches. Mentors will be circulating to provide advice in the field of their expertise for the teams that want it.Teams will work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon on Sunday. They’ll begin wrapping up their product/prototype and begin presenting around 3pm to do tech-checks and practice their demonstration. Shortly after the presentations will begin. Each team presents for five minutes followed by two or three minutes of Q&A from the judges. The judges will select the top teams, give out prizes, and the event ends, with a celebration immediately after. If you want to continue working on your startup idea after the weekend it's up to you. 25% of Startup Weekend participants continue working on their idea with the team they created at Startup Weekend.

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Friday April 20th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:15 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

8:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

9:00 pm
Voting & Forming Teams
Attendees vote for the top pitches.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 April 21st

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

8:30 pm

9:00 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 April 22nd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am

12:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech check
Coaches arrive, ask questions. Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place.

1:00 pm

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm
Wrap-Up followed by dinner

8:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Neelesh Jain
CEO, DCNPL Pvt. Ltd.

An engineering graduate & able administrator with a successful track record of building technology companies and innovative platforms. Accomplished Executive with high caliber general management qualification gained through hands on experience in each core business functions (Marketing, Sales, Operations) in start up, largely grown environments. 
During the past 16 years, Mr. Neelesh Jain has created & founded many businesses in several industries including Telecommunication, EPC & Infrastructure, Real Estate and Information Technologies Services Industries. 
He is the founder member of DCNPL Pvt. Ltd. & Hvantage Technologies Inc. USA, companies having focus on Telecommunication, EPC & Infrastructure, Real Estate and Information Technologies Services Industries. He is successfully heading & operating since their inception as CEO and under his skilled leadership DCNPL & Hvantage has penetrated and evolved as an international player in rapidly evolving sectors like Telecommunication, EPC & Infrastructure, Real Estate and Information Technologies Services.
He has significant experience in the development of Telecommunication & Internet technology solutions as well as extensive knowledge in Technologies like GSM, 3G, VAS, Wireless, Managed Services, LTE, Web Design & Development Technologies & frameworks. 
• Creating, Developing & Scaling Startups. 
• Adept in Strategic Partnerships, Business Modeling & Networking. 
• Excellent in Project Planning & Management, Program & Operations Management, Competitive Analysis, New Business Development, Pre Sales etc. 
• Thoughtful Leadership to Finalize Business Strategies & Planning, Global Business Development Plans, Negotiations & Strategic Alliances. 
• Business Intelligence
• Merger & Acquisitions

Navrajvir Singh
CEO, Raletta

Growth Hacker | Entrepreneur | CEO, Raletta

Coaches and Mentors

Sonali Bhope
Founder & Director, AdAge Media | BizMentors

A first generation entrepreneur, a speaker and a mentor. An MBA in Finance & Marketing, Sonali is an experienced banker with over 9 years of experience in handling large corporate clients. The tenure of over 9 years which she has served with one of premier institution of project financing and being in the financial capital, Mumbai, she has gained deep insights into financial management, trade tactics and achievement of sales targets. She is an entrepreneur by choice and runs a Content Marketing firm based out at Mumbai along with a legal and financial consultancy company. She aims to deliver all round services with experienced team and with her passion to excel. Currently, she is also representing India as a leader for the 'Nexus Program' which is funded by US government for promotion of entrepreneurship in South East Asian countries.

Mayank Pratap
Co-founder of EngineerBabu & Columnist for, HuffingtonPost

I am Mayank, Your friend at EngineerBabu, By luck, I am co-founder also. 
Started by two members now we have 1200+ Happy developers. 
Three times I thought to close my company, I didn't give up, and now we help 700+ Startups by providing technology.

Abhinandan Gupta

A result-oriented professional and a big fan of getting things done in the right way. A lifestyle entrepreneur who thinks about change, creation and much more than business. With his coworking space venture, Adited, he has a vision of creating an ecosystem where culture and lifestyle is equally important as business. Currently Adited has three coworking spaces in Indore where startups, entrepreneurs, corporates and students from almost every domain is the part of their community. Worked as a media planner in Madison Communications and gained a good experience and learning in marketing, client servicing, media planning and buying, ideation and strategizing the campaigns for both new and already existing brands. As a brand custodian, helping both national and local clients in providing them visual identity, main stream advertising- campaigns, outdoors and printing solutions.

Ritwick Bhardwaj
Associate Business Manager, Zoomcar

An experienced transportation planner with a demonstrated history of working for ITS and smart transport initiatives. Skilled in GIS, Urban Planning, and Feasibility Studies. Strong information technology professional with a Master's Degree focused in Infrastructure Systems C-TRANS from IIT Roorkee.

Archna Sharma
Founder & CEO., Thought Technologist®

Hailing from a spiritual background and a techie by education, Archna is an Indian Social Entrepreneur
and a Thought Technologist ® helping people learn Art of Right Thinking in different situations of life.
She carries a versatile professional experience of more than 15 years at top notch profiles in the
education and corporate sector. Archna Sharma is a registered Ph.D. scholar in Computer Science
Engineering. She has earned double post-graduate degrees in Master of Engineering and Master of
Computer Applications.
She founded ‘Roccia Bliss – Your Happiness Partner!’, the only thought technology & wellbeing
venture dedicated to Technology-cum- Management of Thoughts, with the vision to eradicate mental
poverty and to raise per capita happiness by promoting sustainable thinking solutions and technologies in
rural and urban India. She believes that people with passion can change the world and thus she took the
road less traveled to make world a better place to live. She was convinced of the fact that it is ultimately
the thought process of a person which either makes him or breaks him. Today she is an acclaimed
‘Thought Technologist’, an unmatched profession where she is helping numerous people, from different
walks of life, in identifying their true self and worth.
While located at Indore but operating PAN India, her venture provides its services in Thought
Technology-cum- Leadership based Trainings, Counseling, Coaching and Consulting.
She conducts various programmes and workshops inspiring Thought Leadership for Corporate, Govt.
Departments, PSUs, Pharmaceuticals, Police Training Centers, Indian Army, Engineering &
Management Colleges, Clubs, Public, Youth, Vidhan Sabha, etc. She has trained and counseled more
than a thousand of people throughout. Her sessions are highly informative and interactive while giving a
breakthrough experience to the attendees. She is appreciated for the positive energy she brings to her
programs. There are many noteworthy credits to her account.
From the plethora of her courses, ‘Thought Technology®’, ‘Performance Boosting’, ‘Conflict
Resolution’, ‘Strategic Thinking’ ‘Students’ Well-being’ and ‘Thought Leadership’ are the most
popular ones which emphasize on reaching the next orbital of self development.

Athar Ali
Founder, Chai Kaapi

An entrepreneur and founder of 'Chai Kaapi'.Chai Kaapi is a Bohemian space that invites people to sip and munch from varied items. Opened at multiple venues in Indore, it is one of the most popular places of the city.

Taniya Khan
Assistant Manager, Chota Hospital Pvt.Ltd.

Experienced Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Educational Leadership, Leadership Development, and HTML. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) focused in Information Technology from Sushila Devi Bansal college of engineering.

Saurabh Shrivastava
Founder, Mangosteen Eco Lifestyle

Gamification & Engagement Expert Interests - Agriculture & Drones.

Saurabh Rajput
Co Founder, MaalGaadi

An entrepreneur and the Co Founder of MaalGaadi, an Intra City Logistics and Fleet Management Solutions

Aditya Joshi
Project Manager, Engineer Babu

Management student with 2 years of working experience and skilled management traits. My varied work experience has given me vast knowledge of different domains that gives me the ability to solve complex problems and handle pressure. Quick adaptability and learner makes me adjust to any new working environment. Avid for technology and computers, thus have a good knowledge of or could quickly expertise any new software/technology.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Indore 2018 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Indore is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Indranil
  • Amaan
  • Oshi
  • Prakhar
  • Vani
  • Himank
  • Praveen


Jayson Ganatra
founder, sattardas makerspace

Jayson is a thinker, maker and a community builder. He has a background in mechanical engineering and is incredibly passionate about open-source hardware technologies and frameworks! He is a passionate thinker and a voracious reader who also loves tinkering with additive manufacturing and automation. Being a traveler and having bias towards action, Jayson always tries to make sure that he creates and spreads positive impact wherever he goes. 

Event Staff

Shivam Sharma

I am a quick learner and an enthusiastic person always ready to learn new things and love to gain some new experiences.

Rohit Panjwani

 I'm Rohit Panjwani, a 19-year-old developer currently pursuing engineering from Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya. Outdoors, I love to play football and make great friends.

Laya Gyanee

I'm Laya Gyanee, student of SVIIT which comes under the university Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya. I'm currently in 2nd year pursuing degree in Computer Science branch from the same.

Raj Kale

Tech enthusiast with great passion of theater acting.

Rohan Jain

I'm an IT aspirant looking forward to make my career in Full-Stack Web Development.

Osheen Jain

Student | Dedicated | Solution Oreinted

Namit Doshi

I am Namit Doshi, a tech-savvy and a passionate person who likes to continuously improve his skills.

Abhijeet Pandey

Workaholic | Enthusiastic 

Bhavesh Bhargava

I am Bhavesh Bhargava. Currently Studying in SVITS, Indore, pursuing computer science from same.

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