Techstars Startup Weekend Madurai 2020

    Friday, January 17 - 19, 2020

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Techstars Startup Weekend Madurai 2020

Friday, January 17 - 19, 2020

Friday, January 17 - 19, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Dot Com Infoway Limited
Plot No 3, Vaigai Colony I Floor, Anna Nagar,
Landmark: Opposite to Ambiga Cinemas
Madurai, Tamilnadu 625020

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Techstars Startup Weekend Madurai 2020

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

We're in cITy ! Startup Weekend Madurai (17 Jan - 19 Jan) 2020

What is Techstars 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 Techstars 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.
  • $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
  • Cyber security support for Product By ServWing
  • Zero Equity Incubation Support from AICRaise. 
  • Incubation space from PSYEC Incubation Center  
  • Mentors Connect 
  • Investors Connect 
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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.

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Friday January 17th

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 18th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 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 19th

8:00 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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:15 pm

9:30 pm

10:30 pm
Go Home!


Sethuraman Sathappan

Chief Operating Officer- India at ‎Emirates NBD بنك الإمارات دبي الوطني

SETHURAMAN SATHAPPAN, M.Com., CAIIB., CDCS., CiTF., is currently working as Chief Operating Officer – India with Emirates NBD, Mumbai.  He has 36 years of banking experience with one Nationalised Bank and 4 foreign banks (Scotiabank, Commerzbank, MayBank Group, Doha Bank) in India.He is a regular columnist in a popular Tamil Daily “Dinamalar”, one of the largest circulated dailies in Tamilnadu and writing articles related to Exports, Imports, Economics, Start-ups for the last 19 years.  He has written more than 1500 articles in TAMIL on the above subjects till now.
His Start-up columns are very popular among Tamil Readers.He has also conducted  seminars at various places in Tamilnadu  on Exports and Imports. One such seminar in Karur has attracted around 1700 participants. Conducted two seminars in UCP (the International rules for Export / Import documentation)  in Tamil for the benefit of Tirupur Exporters. The first one was attended by 660 and the second one was attended by 1200 participants.
Delivered lectures in more than 50 seminars in India and International relating to exports. He has been invited for International Export Documentation Seminars by Kenyan Government for the last 12 years.
He has also written 17 books, 6 in Tamil on Exports, Imports and Savings and 11 in English. Translated UCPDC 600 (the rule book for export documentation) in Tamil for the benefit of Tamilnadu Exporters which has become really useful to the exporters to make the export documents without mistakes.
In the last three years, he has mentored / advised many youngsters in new businesses / start-ups.  
Recently he has been conferred "Advocate" title by London Institute of Banking and Finance for his work on Exports Documentation in the last 20 years.

Event Judges

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.

David Edwin
Architect With business acumen

Technologist, student of money, marketing and marriage. 2 Startups done and still learning. Current focus is on hardware and software product development mainly B2B, LED lighting and IoT in buildings. 

Coaches and Mentors

Priya Vardheesh


Sakthi Vel

Sakthi is Rain water harvesting specialist in practically offering eco-and economic friendly solutions. A Social Entrepreneur with long journey and have remarkable accomplishments.

Amernath V

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

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

Ramnath Babu

Inventor/ Entrepreneur 

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.

senthilkumar m

Founder of GeoMeo

venkatesh thayappan

CEO of AquaDrop

Shylendar Murali
Lead product Designer

A Product Designer with an eye for detail and Full Stack design capabilities. With over 50+ projects Experience design B2B Saas products ranging various domains. With Abilities to design for Web, iOS, Android experiences. His Skills would include User Research, Interaction Design, Visual Design, User Testing, Product Management. And A Connoisseur of Coffee 

Suraj Sundara Shankar S.V.
Managing Partner

Managing Partner - SVS Foods

Manikandan S T
Head,Curriculum & Learning Design

Miyav Learning Pvt Ltd

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Madurai 2020 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Deliverable Partner

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Organizing Team

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

  • Kishor Kumar
  • jai
  • Sivakumar


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' . 

Event Staff

ashwin prabhu

Right Choice,Madurai

Lakshmi M

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

Stalin J

Event Staff come Volunteer from Vaigai College of Engg & Student Supporting Pro.

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