Startup Next Mumbai

    Saturday, October 24 - December 12, 2015


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Facilitating Team

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Startup Next
Mumbai

Saturday, October 24 - December 12, 2015



Saturday, October 24 - December 12, 2015
Program starts at 3:00 pm

Bombay Connect 26, St John Baptist Rd, Mt Mary Bandra West
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050


Applications have closed

Startup Next, a Techstars program, is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world.

Startup Next prepares startups for accelerators and seed investment, by providing high quality mentorship and leveraging a global network of investors, mentors and founders.

The program is designed in such a way that founders are able to continue building their product, since it's a part time program, that consists of 3-hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks. The program is free of charge and no equity is taken.

Even though Startup Next is part of Techstars, it’s not exclusively preparing startups for Techstars accelerator programs.  Over time we have built a strong network of accelerators and investors worldwide and work closely with them to refer our accelerator/investor-ready alumni.

Startup Next has helped more than 50 startups get into top accelerators and raise more than $40 million dollars in funding. See our success stories and case studies.

Check out the program overview to learn more, and read FAQs to understand whether Startup Next is a good fit for your startup. Feel free to reach out to mumbai@startupnext.co with other questions.





Program Schedule

Saturday October 24th


3:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


3:55 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors


4:10 pm
Various Accelerator Reps + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Accelerators, followed by a Q&A session


4:40 pm
Session Recap
Learnings and expectations for next session


4:55 pm
Networking

Saturday October 31st


10:00 am
Manish Shah and Gaurav Roy
Speaker on weekly topic - Customer Development, followed by a Q&A session


10:45 am
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


11:45 am
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


12:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Saturday November 7th


10:00 am
Gaurav Sachdeva (JSW) + Q&A
Gaurav Sachdeva on Pitching, followed by a Q&A session


10:45 am
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


11:45 am
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


12:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Saturday November 14th


10:00 am
Vikas Verma + Q&A
Vikas Verma on Market Sizing, followed by a Q&A session


10:45 am
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


11:45 am
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


12:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Saturday November 21st


10:00 am
Sushanto Mitra, Sunil Gupta, Tapan Pati
Speakers on weekly topic - Fundability, followed by a Q&A session


10:45 am
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


11:45 am
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


12:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Saturday November 28th


10:00 am
Archana Awasthi
Speaker on weekly topic - Product/Market Fit, followed by a Q&A session


10:45 am
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


11:45 am
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


12:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the demo day

Saturday December 12th


5:00 pm
Demo Day at ISDI Parsons Mumbai
Final pitches by the Startup Next Mumbai Fall 2015 batch, in front of angels, investors and accelerators. Followed by Q&A and networking/drinks


7:00 pm
Networking and Drinks
Networking and drinks with the Demo Day attendees.


Speakers and Mentors


Venky Hariharan
Director at Alchemy Business Solutions LLP and Outreach Lead (India) at Open Invention Network

To create and execute strategies that grow the Internet user base in India and enable business and e-commerce on the Internet; to work on government and regulatory issues to enable a free and open Internet. My role is to work with industry, academia and government to create the ecosystem to achieve the above goals.

Specialties:Knowledge of the Indian IT industry, Open Source, Open Standards


Tapan Pati
Director & Senior Counsel Legal at Johnson & Johnson

Broad legal background with 15 years experience as a transactional lawyer advising on a wide range of corporate and commercial deals primarily in the Indian market. 

Extensive experience in the practice areas of M&A, Securities Law, Private Equity, Real Estate and Project Finance. Drafted and negotiated an extensive array of commercial contracts across industries. Worked closely with national and international law firms. Provided leadership to the India legal teams of two large US-based MNCs. 

Demonstrated experience in leading in-house lawyers and managing outside counsel.


Yogesh Upadhyaya

Yogesh is a serial entrepreneur. He cofounded and subsequently successfully exited a software product company FinEng Solutions. The company had products in Funds Management, Wealth Management and Credit Analysis. The client list of the company included the 'who is who' of Indian financial system including CICI Bank, HDFC Bank, HSBC and Franklin Templeton. His current venture AskHow India aims to improve the quality of public debate in the country. 

Yogesh also mentors and consults start-up companies in a wide variety of domains. His education from IIT Bombay, IIM Calcutta and Singularity University and his more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience allows him to help start-ups quickly identify and update what are the most crucial tasks at a point of time. Yogesh believes that the most scarce resource of an entrepreneur is her focus and he strives to help her allocate it judiciously. 

Yogesh's other interests include theater - he is an ensemble member of the India's best improv theater group Improv Comedy Mumbai (ICM). Yogesh is also a traveller and a voracious reader with interest in fiction and a wide variety of non fiction including Artificial Intelligence, Genetics and Biology, public policy and communication. 


Keshav Kaul
Entrepreneur

Keshav is a 1st generation entrepreneur with extensive experience in the media and entertainment space.  He has worked for large media companies like Hindustan Times and STAR TV and now owns / is a partner in a few boutique production companies in Mumbai.

He has recently ventured into the food industry and is gearing up to launch a new brand of burgers in the home delivery segment. 

Keshav has experience in setting up projects / project management, business planning, P&L and budgetary management and negotiations.


Mayank Lhila
Entrepreneur

Mayank is currently working on launching his experiential travel startup. Prior to this, he has worked in technology consulting and has successfully executed a turnaround for his family business. He is an Insead MBA and loves to meet other entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs and help solve startup related problems.


Manish Shah
CEO

An IIM Ahmedabad alumnus, Manish Shah started BigDecisions after spending 15 years in financial services. BigDecisions was acquired by News Corp in December 2014. Bigdecisions helps middle income Indians make smarter financial decisions using transparent, data backed tools and related content.

He is an avid sports enthusiast and a devoted father of two when he is not crunching numbers.



Gaurav Roy
Product Head

An engineer at heart, the Product head at BigDecisions is an IIT-B & XLRI graduate. He harbours an obsession for data, detail and accuracy when not fiddling with his camera or watching football.


Gaurav Sachdeva
Managing Partner, JSW Venture Fund

Gaurav has over a decade of Investment Banking, Operations and Investing experience. Gaurav is a graduate of Indian School of Business and has experience of building strategic businesses for various global institutions.


Vikas Verma
Entrepreneur, Business Leader & Start-up Coach

Vikas is an entrepreneur, business leader & startup coach, with nearly 30 years of deep experience. He has had an extensive stint in the Media and Internet industry. 

Vikas is one of the senior partners at X-PM, a benchmark player in Transition Management services, on the board of Smile Merchants, a rural healthcare company, and a charter member of TiE Mumbai.



Archana Awasthi
Co-Founder at Couch Tomato, Angel Investor

Archana is an IT professional, with a combination of Consulting and Business Management. She has been associated with the early Internet adoption especially in Banking and Financial Services sector. At Ramco, she was part of the core team that helped turnaround a product company.  Today Ramco is a debt free company and is taking on SAP and likes in the SAAS world, all across the world.  Her current stint as an entrepreneur with Couch Tomato has given her the exposure to creating her own product right from scratch, defining objectives, processes and customer expectations.


Program Sponsors and Partners

The Startup Next Mumbai team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Facilitation Partner

Outreach Partner


Facilitating Team

  • Ani
    Gupta
  • Monaaz
    Mistry
  • Sushanto
    Mitra


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