Startup Weekend Madurai

    Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019

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Startup Weekend Madurai

Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019

Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

CVIAC Consulting
Elcot IT Park
Airport-Mattuthavani Ring Rd
Madurai, Tamilnadu 625020

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Startup Weekend Madurai

Here is your chance to change the world. No Talk, All Action !

We're in cITy ! Startup Weekend Madurai (24 May - 26 May) 2019

What is Startup Weekend Madurai?

The goal here is to build out a complete startup idea and examine its marketability and feasibility. Start the event with Friday night pitches and team creation, get down to business plan development on Saturday, and pitch your final prototype creation to the crowd and panel of experts on Sunday evening. Ideally you are ready to take your idea to the market right after Startup Weekend Madurai.

Who can participate?

Startup Weekend Madurai is for everyone who wishes to make a difference. Teams are formed 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. All teams are presented with the opportunity to hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, fun and learning.

As already mentioned, anyone and everyone is welcome! Typical crowd of Startup Weekend consists of:
 1.Developers and Hackers who can code with sublime tempo and expertise.
 2.Domain experts and Business people who are proficient on the market needs.
 3.Designers with impregnable aesthetics and strong UI & UX skills.
 4.Hustlers who can steer the project and can pitch their idea with ardor, looking to build a team around their idea. 

Why join Startup Weekend Madurai?

You get a chance to meet smart and passionate people from different backgrounds. Following the start of the event, you get your idea validated with the very best industry mentors and get to equip yourself with the right tools to help build your startup idea. You’ll find yourself working towards creating a business at the end, and connecting with the right people and resources to begin your entrepreneurial journey. All of these happen over the 54 hour Weekend!

Each participant will get:
  • An exclusive .Co domain including the hosting for a year- FREE!
  • $3000 worth Google Cloud Platform credits to build mobile and web apps.
  • Startup Planner offer 3 months of free membership for all the visitors & 6 months membership for all the hackathon participants.
  • $5000 Worth AWS Credits for each teams go live with in a month
  • Exclusive Startup Weekend goodies and SWAGS.
  • A well designed community inspired T-shirt.
  • Official Startup Weekend Certificate!
  • Coffee, Snacks-available all day to power up your brain.
  • Unlimited gourmet buffet food over the course of the weekend (that's 7 meals!)
The Winner Teams get🏆🎁🎉
  • 'Startup Weekend Madurai' Title Winner
  • Free Co-working space By
  • Free Legal & Compliance Support
  • Cyber security support for Product By ServWing
  • Winners Weekend Trip Sponsored By The Holiday Navigator
  • Mentors Connect 
  • Investors Connect & Funding from Blaze Ventures & Madurai Angel Networks
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  • At Startup Weekend Madurai, we firmly believe that the most ground-breaking products are created at night, when the rest of the world is in deep slumber. Join us to experience what its like to work on ‘a single idea’ that could change your life forever.

Come, experience the best weekend of your life.


Friday May 24th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:45 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 May 25th

7:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

12:45 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!

7:00 pm

7:20 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:45 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 26th

7:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Nagaraj Krishnan
Managing Director

Nagaraj Krishnan is the Managing Director of Aparajitha Corporate Services Limited. Aparajitha is the market leader in HR Compliance Services with Pan India presence. Compliance operations are managed through own resources and infrastructure in all States and Union Territories with complete expertise in labour laws and industrial licensing services. Focus areas are Consulting, Due Diligence and Outsourcing in labour compliances domain.

Mr. Nagaraj was part of the CII - YI’s 25 young entrepreneurs represented India in the G20 Young Entrepreneurship Summit held at Niece – France (2011) and Mexico City – Mexico (2012).
Mr. Nagaraj was the Founder Chairman of Young Indians - CII, Madurai Chapter. He was the National Chair for Employability & Skills in Yi – CII and the Vertical Chair for Education & Skills in CII Madurai Zone. Currently, he is active member of the CII National HR Committee and CII Tamil Nadu Panel on Special Initiatives.

Event Judges

Vijay Anand S
The Startup Guy

Vijay is the Founder and Managing Partner at The Startup Centre and has been working in the Startup arena for more than 14 years. His Experience spans from his own ventures, to heading the Incubation Centre in IIT Madras, Founding - India's first launchpad for Startups and currently with The Startup Centre. He is also actively involved in Policy advocacy for Startups and Innovation both in the State and National Level. Vijay was one of the few chosen by the Israeli government as a Young Leader, and active is involved in building ties between the ecosystem in India and Israel. Areas of Expertise for Vijay are mostly in the B2B and B2G space, with a little bit of B2C Products and services.

Venkatesh C.R.
Angel Investor and Entrepreneur

Venkatesh C.R. is the
Co-Founder of Magzter & Managing Director and CEO of Dot Com Infoway (, one of India’s premier IT services company.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to head an IT company, but it takes an entrepreneurial mastermind to transform obstacles into opportunities in the software industry.When Venkatesh C.R. entered the web space in 1996, the Internet was still a distant new technology in India. It was a time when Google was just born, Microsoft was still crawling and Apple was learning to walk. Internet was unheard of in tier II cities like Madurai. But passion makes headway through any thick and thin, and Venkatesh’s interest in emerging web technologies made him pioneer the Internet revolution in Madurai. As President of Internet Users Community of India (Madurai Chapter) for four years from April 1996 to June 2000, Venkatesh C.R. was instrumental in bringing Internet access to Madurai.

Venkatesh Chandrasekaran

“Go for it” - these are the three words that ,VC- Founder trustee, Schools for India, offers as his message to wannabe entrepreneurs. Just go for it, he says. “Do not worry about what you will gain from it. Rather, pursue it till you can’t go any further. Then, stop; and, then, again, start going forward; so, there is no other way except just pursuing whatever you want to do. Thus, I think, the simple thing is, just go for it, whatever you believe in.”
VC, A student of Avichi High School, and the Institution of Engineers (1984-1989), Venkatesh worked as Manager in Megatech Control P Ltd (1989-1996); Manager Automation in SRA Systems Ltd (1996-1998); Managing Director of CVIAC (1998-1999); Manager in Cimac (2000-2001); and Head R&D Automotive in Satyam Computer Services Ltd (2001-2012). Venkatesh is Founder Trustee of Schools for India Trust, started in December 2004. After serving as Co Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry’s Chennai Aero Park Committee (2009-2010), he is currently Co-Chairman of TN Manufacturing and Services Task Force.

Samson Vetharaj
Senior Technology Leader - Digital Transformation

Senior IT leader and presently supporting primarily customer facing applications in Coats Group Plc globally. Managing a global technical team having expertise in the current cutting edge technologies.

Balaji Sundararajan

Have been part of, lead, managed, mentored and formed efficient software development teams for 19+ years. Building Life Sciences enterprise applications on Blockchain.
Expertise in Healthcare Systems, Internet Technologies, Mobile Technologies, User Experience, Digital Streaming, Analytics & Big data, Customer Support and Marketing Functions.

Coaches and Mentors

Vivek Kannan

Director & Customer Success Officer

Murali Selva

Murali Selvaraj started Visual Media Technologies in the year 2007. He was inspired by the technology and the possibilities it brings to people.

His goal, vision and dream has been to build that gap between the immense technical possibilities and desparate needs of people, businesses and organizations. Murali has an excellent exposure to emerging technology. He constantly identifies technical advancements and has an innate ability to connect such advancements to every day needs of his audience.

Here is the reason for his success. He is quite fast with his R&D, quite nimble to adopt to the changing needs, and absolutely professional to take the right steps to arrive at solutions. Today, Murali is a seasoned professional with hands – on experience to develop excellent solutions.

He is able to conceive unique, cost-effective and practical solutions for not just MNC’s and large corporates, but also for the common man, whose needs are hardly addressed by the technology companies. That is his vision and his goal and he strives to achieve it.

Ebin Ephrem
Startup Evangelist

Senior Manager, Atal Incubation Center RAISE, Coimbatore. 
India's 1st Startup Incubation Center focusing on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. Atal Incubation Centre Supported by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog

Mentor of Change for Atal Innovation Mission by NITI Aayog and give back to the nation.

Mentor of Change is strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students in thousands of Atal Tinkering Labs that Atal Innovation Mission has established / is in the process of establishing across India. 

Cofounded Tripjodi , Two young adventurous souls from India bounded together in the name of arranged marriage. 
Our lives started off as strangers were made stronger with our common interest called travelling. 

City Lead for Coimbatore, Headstart Network Foundation, Headstart is one of India's oldest and largest startup ecosystem development organizations with the vision 'changing the world with entrepreneurship'

Previously worked with Karpagam Innovation centre,The centre aims at fostering innovative research and Entrepreneurial activities in technology and engineering based areas. It provides a suitable platform to start up project for Entrepreneurs and top convert their innovative ideas into high quality student project works. 

Helping early stage startups in the process of validating assumptions and creating repeatable business models.

He volunteered for lot of initiatives to froster entrepreneurship in the ecosystem 

One who believes entrepreneurs are new-age freedom fighters. Startup evangelist who wanted to help aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage startups working on sustainable development goals, yes its obviously lobbying for the future generation. A common man concerned about climatic change and life on the planet. One who cares about 'network' than 'net-worth' . 

Ashwin Desai
President & CEO

A Video communication, Telemedicine & Tele Education evangelist, handling overall operations, Business Strategy & Business Development at A & T VideoNetworks

Manikandan S T
Head,Curriculum & Learning Design

Miyav Learning Pvt Ltd

KarthiKeyan Ponniah
Serial Entrepreneur

KarthiKeyan is passionate about brainstorming ideas into reality. Transforming business logics into UI/UX and Tech implementation are his core strengths. Ideation of "Made in Madurai" logo, Winning in IBM Blockchain Hackathon, Seed investing in Startups founded by Tamilnadu founders are notable accomplishments along with his contribution in following organizations. 
Co-Founder & CEO of Blaze Web Services Pvt Ltd
Managing Partner of Blaze Ventures
Head of Blockchain Development in TokenMagic LLC
Director of Development in Impro Corp
Editor of

Paim Pozhil

Grossman Interactive Inc.

Praveen C
Solutions Architect

A self-made Technopreneur & Mentor carved out of in-depth experience across all stages of startup lifecycle; starting from ideation, architecture, product roadmap, implementation, marketing, client acceptance and sales.
He also carries tremendous experience in worked with various world's number one firms from different domains, helping them in end to end software product development & delivery. 
He contributes his expertise in getting various startups build up their idea from scratch to full-fledged product for funded startups.

Sivakumar P

A Self-Initiating,Passionate towards Agri+Tech Innovation with value additions Soul from UPSouth & CEO of MABIF which is initative of of NABARD and TNAU to promote Agripreneurship

venkatesh thayappan

CEO of AquaDrop

Arul Murugan
CEO & Co-Founder

Arul co-founded Snackexperts, after worked in food processing he picked direction based on the best available information and evangelizing the vision of Snackexperts to stakeholders ; meaning he is pretty much  glued to thinking and sharing part of Snackexperts. Being an excel lover and cheerful co-worker, he makes sure each process align with the vision and culture of the company.

Krishnakumar KK
Business Development Professional

Fascinated with what could be achieved when one operates at the intersection of technology solutions, marketing and sales in the B2B world.

Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy

Founder and Chief Copyediting Executive
 @ VirtualPaper

Subbiah Rathinagiri
Chartered Accountant

Open Source Software Creator

Shankar Krishnan

Effective Coach

Ram Kumar
Regional Lead at NASSCOM 10000 Startups

Regional Lead @ NASSCOM 10000 Startups

Jayapradeep Jyothis

Entrepreneur & Professional with experience in Technology , Sales , Finance & Operations. Specialties:QA,Technology , Building Alliances , Mentoring

Muralidharan Kendai
Senior Engineering Manager

• 15+ years of engineering leadership with experience in driving and developing Engineering Applications that are Human Centric design with latest and emerging Technologies. Driven strong Software testing, database and DevOps practices.
• Delivered 20+ Productivity Applications from Ideation, Concept, Design, and Execution to Maintenance for Aero Engineering Mechanical and Avionics domain.
• Strong product & domain skills – Product Lifecycle Management(PLM) (1 year till date), Software Verification and Validation Automation (3 years), Testing and Database practices (3 years), Aerospace Mechanical tools (10 years)
• Experienced in building and leading large teams (65+ members) with diversified skills including system, platforms and DevOps practices across multiple locations
• A dynamic leader, built teams from kick start to seasoned execution - Experienced the opportunity to build teams and systems from scratch. He loves books.

Jayasree Suresh

Jayasree is an Engineer and Director of Technology at Techmango Technology Services. She is holding around 14 years of experience in Mobile & Web development. An experienced Software Professional skilled in Requirements Analysis, Agile Methodologies, People Management, Mobile Applications, and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). She holds an Engineering Degree in Computers from Anna University and a Certified Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP).
As a Technical Director in software development, she defines the Technological Strategy in conjunction with the development team of each product. An excellent business strategist who plans and manages the projects aligned with the business goals.
She loves spending time with Family and she is a wonderful Cook.

Srinivasan V

Srinivasan is an UI/UX designer, holding 10 years of experience in Creative design of Promotional Campaigns. As an UI/UX designer he elevated the performance and profitability of diverse organizations through expert alignment of innovative, interactive UI design & Marketing strategies.
His proven ability to conduct creative analysis and design best-fit solutions for multifaceted campaigns including interactive media, product design, digital photo manipulation, web design and web development. He assisted clients from all backgrounds and industries to design and implement thoughtful and impactful Branding tools to grow their business.
As a detail oriented individual with a passion of excellence, I am formatted in listening to client’s needs, then analyzing and implementing the best designed solution.

Prasanna S

Prasanna Soundara Pandiyan is the Associate Vice President - Technology at SMI Group Companies, Madurai. He has more than 12 years of experience in IT Industry. A versatile IT professional with sound expertise in J2EE, Web application development, Integration Technologies, Application Solution Designs, Architecture, AI, Cloud, DevOps, RnDs etc. He is also interested in various cutting edge technologies and worked out a lot of Proof of concepts and personally handles a team of handful Data scientists for Machine Learning related activities.
As the Associate Vice President of Technology, Prasanna is responsible for and taking care of Technology and Architectural Governance across all the assignment in SMI portfolio. He always ensures that the deliveries out of SMI meets and stays above the industry standards in terms of Quality, Effort and Stability.
A person who tries to live by the quote, “The best way to advise someone, is by being an example”.

Amernath V

Experienced IT specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology products and services industry. 

Hemalatha Karthikeyan
Tech Consultant

IT Consultant with 10 Years experience.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

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  • ashwin
  • Poongkodi


Aditya Dave
Founder & CEO

Aditya is a Entrepreneur, Maker, Innovator who believes in taking technical innovations to the emerging landscapes through entrepreneurship. His startup ECOLABS thriving to achieve the same with a great user base currently. He currently works closely with the Startup Ecosystem of the City as Community Leader,Techstars , Founding Campus Director,Hult Prize. He is also founder of FermeTester, a social enterprise working with a goal of "for good,for profit".While his startup have made it to top100 in Hult Prize Competiton, Aditya is a design thinking whiz. His core competency is working closely with IOT and Hardware based early stage startups to get them to prototype and product stages in the quick time. He has taken more than 50 workshops across the state in the emerging field of IOT and Electronics based products.

Event Staff

Radhika Raj
Design Expert

Event Volunteer With UI Skills

D jose
Event Evangelist

Event Evangelist

Lakshmi M

Co-Founder & COO of,MaduraiStartups Community co-work space 

Limton X
Volunteer @ Madurai Startups

Limton is a Cloud Solution Architect and love to volunteer community always from wherever he is 

Keerthana M
Event Evangelist

Management Student  & Volunteer of startup community and this weekend warrior

Bharadwaj Giridhar

Experienced Video Producer-Editor & Startup Enthusiast with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Strong media and communication professional with a Bachelor of Engineering - BE focused in Computer Science. Focusing on getting into Y Combinator S2020.

jai Aravindh

Young & Vibrant Volunteer Turned as Organizer. Showing Results By Doing.He is a man for minimal words.

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