Startup Weekend Kochi

    Friday, January 19 - 21, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Kochi

Friday, January 19 - 21, 2018

Friday, January 19 - 21, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Kerala Technology Innovation Zone
Kinfra Hi-Tech Park,
HMT Colony P.O. Kalamassery
Kochi, Kerala 683503

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Startup Weekend supported by Google for Entrepreneurs

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, students, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence.
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Friday January 19th

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 January 20th

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 January 21st

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!

Event Judges

Narendra Singh Negi
Head of R&D at VGuard

Highly experienced in the Electonics Industry, he is currently working as the head of R&D at VGuard since June 2016. His specialities are Product Innovation, Product Design & Development, System Engineering, Embedded Software and Hardware development etc.

Ranjana Varghese
Professor at XIME

Assistant Dean at Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, she has previously worked as asst manager in Idea Cellular Ltd and as a software engineer at Infosys. Her specialities are Team Management, Training etc

Prasad Balakrishnan
CEO of Maker Village

CEO of Maker Village, Kochi. He has pilotedthe creation of a host of partnerships and network of associations, both Domestic and International with Industries, Accelerators, Suppliers, Investors, Academic Institutions,Market Developers and other related agencies as part of the creation of a strong start up ecosystem.

Vasanth J
Head of Kerala for OYO

Head of Kerala for OYO

Coaches and Mentors

Jofin Joseph
Head of Operations, India at FullContact Inc.

Entrepreneur and dreamer. Co-founder at Profoundis. Building Vibe (

Started off as a web programmer in the dorm rooms, where I started my first company, Openode Labs. After college, I had a short stint at Infosys, further which I started my real journey as an entrepreneur. 

Building Vibe ( at Profoundis. Intrigued about solving the data management problem for people focused professionals.

Aronin P
CEO at Sastra Robotics India Pvt Ltd.

With an ambitious goal of creating a perfect robotic companion for humans, Mr Aronin P (along with his co-founders) started the company Sastra Robotics India Pvt Ltd. in 2012. An award-winning robotic startup company. Sashtra is now an innovative forerunner in providing cost-effective advanced robotics and automation services.

Jijo Paul
CEO at Resnova Technologies Pvt Ltd

Mr.Jijo Paul is the CEO of Resnova Technologies Pvt Ltd, a company that designs and develops custom electronic products and special purpose machines in the sectors of Advanced Electronics, Robotics & Automation and Internet of Things (IOT) etc. He has also worked as a  technology partner for Jetpack and Sigma Consultants Ltd.

Jayakrishnan T
C.E.O at ASIMOV Robotics

Founder and C.E.O of ASIMOV Robotics Pvt Ltd, Mr. Jayakrishnan T leads a company provides engineering products solutions and consultancy in the areas like robotic simulation and control, machine-vision, training, virtual reality, and navigation applications.

Amarnath Sankar
Cofounder at TastySpots, CEO at CAT Entertainment

Cofounder at TastySpots, a free and simple platform for foodies, Mr.Amarnath Sankar is also the CEO of CAT Entertainments Pvt Ltd.

Girish S Prabhu
Co-founder and CEO of Instio

Co-founder and CEO of Instio, a SaaS platform that helps clients improve their customer experience and client retention, Mr.Girish S Prabhu has a varied experience working in managerial positions at Tata Consultancy Ltd, Nielson Audio, Arbiton India and many more.

Anoop Balakrishnan
CEO - Agrima Infotech

Designer, researcher and entrepreneur himself, Mr Anoop Balakrishnan is the CEO of Agrima Infotech PVT LTD, a prominent company that works closely in the fields of Computer vision and Artificial Intelligence.

Charles Anand
Head - Regional Ad Sales at Daily hunt

Head - Regional Ad Sales at Daily hunt,a company that uses machine Learning, deep learning and AI to deliver smart curated, real-time, personalised content it’s app users, he has also worked as the VP in Sales and Marketing at Alapatt GLobal.

Rohan Kalani
COO and Director of Operation of Maker Village

COO and Director of Operation of Maker Village at IIITMK, Mr.Rohan Kalani has also served as the COO of Startup Village for over 2 years. He has a vast range of experience working with  Synthite Industries Ltd, HPCL, Telcon and similar. reputed companies.

Rajesh Johnny
Founder, inQ Innovation Global Startup Ecosystem

Principal & Founder at Pulin Hill Advisory & Holding llc, His specialities are in the field of Open Innovation, Business Strategizing and Startup Frameworks. His current project is InQ Innovation which is a Global Startup Ecosystem.

Daniel Jeevan
Technical Officer at Kerala Startup Mission

Daniel is an innovative person and is exceptionally skilled to work on ideas and bloom it to success. He is detail oriented and fully dedicated to work.
He loves to work closely with startups and nurture the ecosystem.

Chandra Vadhana R.
Founder, Prayaana

An Entrepreneur, Trainer and Voice Artist, she is the Founder of Prayaana which is an exclusive finishing school and career support mission for women who wish to make an impact in the world. Prayaana gives wholesome career support services right from Career counseling, training, mentoring and recruitment services under one umbrella.

Sanjay Nediyara
Founder of Sieve, Inc.

A developer turned entrepreneur currently building Sieve, a platform which brings together the finest freelancers in the world as a team. He is  a part time consultant at SV.CO (previously Startup Village) working with startups in Android domain. He is  best known as the Community manager of Google Developers Group Cochin, a community initiative by Google and founding member of Kerala Startups. He mentors various students and teachers on technology adoption and serve as a technology evangelist.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Kochi 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 Kochi is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Nasif
  • Ashok
  • Sumi


Anurag Maloo
Regional Manager APAC (South & Central Asia), Techstars

Anurag Maloo is an Indo-Asian startup innovation Community Architect. As a Regional Manager for South & Central Asia with Techstars and Startup Weekend, he is 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. With his proven track records 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 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 deserts of Antarctica.

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