Startup Weekend BITS Pilani

    Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend BITS Pilani

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Birla Institue of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani
Pilani, Rajasthan 333031

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Startup Weekend BITS Pilani

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1,000 past events in 110 countries around the world in 2011.

BITS Pilani, one of the premier institutes for engineering in India, has played a phenomenal role in fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship in the country. Centre For Entrepreneurial Leadership, BITS Pilani brings the second edition of the Startup Weekend on 24th and 26th March. Startup Weekend in its premier year led to the formation of Dextra, that ventured out to get incubated in Delhi.

Startup Weekend BITS Pilani will bring startup enthusiasts and entrepreneurs in contact with experts such as developers, marketers, product managers, so that they can learn, share ideas, form teams and drive their startup from ideation to implementation.

Unlike any other Startup Weekend, SW BITS Pilani offers a plethora of events Pre-SW and Post-SW ranging from talks, discussions, workshops to fun games and tech competitions,  as a part of E-Summit 2017.

Perks of Startup Weekend BITS Pilani :-
  • The top startups will get incubation opportunities at BITS Pilani 
  • The top startups Premium licenses from Google. 
  • The top startups will get a .CO domain. 
  • The winner is entitled to a wildcard entry in Conquest and thus a chance at a million dollar worth of marketing tools, legal resources, feedback platforms and more.
Registrations for Startup Weekend are open from 20th February 2017!
You can also refer the following links for further details:
Documentation | SW Pilani Video  Poster | Registration Link 

You can also contact us at "+91-72401-05158" or ping us at our facebook page (@celbits).

More on Startup Weekend

Startup weekend is a non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington which has organizers and facilitators, found in over 200 cities around the world.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form 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.

Current event is a general Startup Weekend Edition where participants are required to pitch their raw idea which could be in any vertical/theme like Technology, Education, Health, Disability, Environment, etc. and work on building a Minimum Viable Product MVP thus propelling them to take their idea to the next stage.

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Friday March 24th

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

4:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

6:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:30 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 March 25th

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 March 26th

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

2:00 pm
Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion between judging panel and mentors

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!


Prakhar Bindal
CEO at NameKart

Prakhar Bindal is a young entrepreneur and the founder of NameKart, India's largest domain name & website marketplace and brokerage. Based in Gurgaon, India, NameKart specialises in the representation and acquisition of premium domain names. 

Prior to this, Prakhar worked in the Re-Insurance industry pricing multi-million dollar contracts for US Insurance majors. Prakhar also served as the Chair of the 7th International Entrepreneurship Summit at IIM Calcutta, and also founded C.Start, the mini Incubator at IIM Calcutta. Prior to that, he worked at Microsoft as a Student Partner for three years and was also the Founding Chair of the ACM Chapter at BITS-Pilani. Prakhar is also credited with organising the first ever TEDx event in India. 

Specialties: Business Strategy, Internet Investing, Domain Acquisition & Liquidation, Brokerage & Trading, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Bootstrapping, Brand Consulting, Marketing, Re-Insurance, Fund Management

Lee Keshav
Co-Founder, Hello World Labs

Lee Keshav is one of the youngest and leading Creative Directors in the country. He was the first hire of Hike Messenger back in 2011 and was an integral part of building Hike from ground up as the Head of Design and UX. He also lead the product and experience design at Airtel's Wynk Music.

Keshav's experience in the deep end of modern startups gives him an excellent perspective on how to build great products and teams. He has also been a guest UX adviser for companies like Nokia, Microsoft, Yahoo Japan and more.

After leaving Hike in 2015 Keshav has been busy building his own ventures. Most recently he's co-founded a new technology startup called Hello World Labs. Alongside his co founder Shrivatsa Somany (ex Zomato) they are now focused on building a new ecosystem of smart apps.

On the weekends Keshav is usually busy racing cars or working with BMW India as a performance driver and brand ambassador. He is a former national championship runner-up and now also races internationally. He's planning to race an Aston Martin GT in the European Championship in 2016.

Event Judges

Saurabh Srivastava
Chief Marketing Officer at Jabong

Marketing & Product Lifecycle Management Specialist, having an overall experience of 14+ years with 6+ in leadership roles
Multi-Industry exposure ranging from Start-ups, Automobile Industry to Media House & Media Strategy and Planning for Telecom/FMCG/Pharmaceuticals
Having spent more than 14 years in media, marketing and retail have a ‘history’ of building brands
Excellent conceptual and analytical skills, ability to lead cross functional multi-geography teams; attention to detail and ability to see the “BIG picture.”

Anand Thakur
CTO Koovs

An entrepreneur, technology leader and computer scientist with over 12 years of experience and expertise in the areas of e-commerce, managing start-ups, team management, website development, project execution, product management and software development on Linux, Windows & Mac.

Published multiple papers and a US patent issued.

Experienced across a diverse range including data center migration, tech outsourcing, setting up and managing multiple development centers, improving architecture/performance, infrastructure cost optimization, analysis of various providers like CDNs, payment gateways, app developers etc.

Specialties - Leadership, Architecture, Technology and Product Engineering.

Sumit Jain
CTO at Jabong

Coaches and Mentors

Dinesh Vernekar
Product Manager at Walnut

Leading User Acquisition & Retention strategy at Gaana - India's Fav Music app.
1. 3 years of diverse product management experience - the Growth strategy at Gaana building a mobile app -      Smartapp(Smart Recharge app) and building ClickDesk - a live chat product. 
2. Data & User centric Product Management - In love with Android
3. Search & Recommendations for Gaana - Working on Tech problems & APIs. 

Product Management:
He has worked on the entire stack of Products - SaaS application, Android App(Gaana & Smartapp) & Core tech(Gaana Search). 

Bharat Sethi
CEO & Co Founder at iDecorama

A start-up enthusiast with a lot of interest in building marketplaces, content led platforms, and online communities. He started selling art on Ebay at age 16 while still in school. He founded PosterGully in early 2012 as a side project to continue with my interest in solving the monetization problem for artists & designers. Since then, he has played an integral part in getting over 8 million users to the unique marketplace with an unusually high conversion rate, gross margins & profitability. The company got acquired in Aug'16 by ABEC promoters.
 He took charge as Executive Director and CEO of iDecorama - a technology-enabled platform engineered to take building, designing and remodelling industry online.

Priyanka Prakash
Product Manager at Snapdeal

She has 8+ yrs of experience in launching mobile and web applications across the entire product lifecycle right from assessing market opportunity and detailing product requirements to app launch, customer feedback and competitor analysis. 

Worked at both MNCs and startups thereby having a good variety of experience.

Pratyush Kukreja
Co-Founder and COO at YuMiGo Webservices Private Limited

Key skills:
• Business Development: Developing new clients and negotiating with them for securing profitable business; 
• Data analytics: Torturing data, slicing and dicing MIS to develop insights and trends to recommend actions and solutions;
• Project management: Working closely with technical team to offer complete solution and innovative new products as per the customer requirements and future market trends; 
• Negotiations: Work with suppliers and OEM’s at back end and dealers/end user at front end to ensure smooth, time-bound and profitable relationships;
• Creativity: Love to design vivid and communicative print media and videos; and 
• Entrepreneur at heart: Already co-founded a start-up and a manufacturing unit. Willingness to learn by doing and ability to wear multiple hats while on job

Rohit Goyal
CEO at Tookan

He has worked as a Product Manager and VP at ClickLabs.
He has been the COO at ClickLabs. Presently,he is the CEO at Tookan

Sandro Stephen
North and South India Operations at Indian Angel Network

Currently positioned as Head: North and South India Operation at Indian Angel Network, mainly focused on scouting for startups/ entrepreneurs across India and Investors.
This included, structure and process development, deal sourcing, deal management, investor relations, partnerships and community outreach.
Pan-India deal management: Review of applications to assess their completeness, and first level screening and evaluation to shortlist applicants to showcase to the Investment committee. 
Entrepreneur interaction: Helping entrepreneurs articulate their vision and value proposition to improve their chances of getting shortlisted by investors. Also, to help entrepreneurs who are not shortlisted, to understand the reasons for the decline, so they can change their plan to improve their chances for success.
Deal sourcing: Outreach to seek potential applications across the board for all regions in India.
Represent IAN on Industry platforms by, speaking at university and early stage entrepreneurial events, participating in reverse pitches and panel discussions, and managing community outreach programs.
Have done partnerships and supported many big and small ecosystem players to name a few: Nasscom, 10K startup, TIE, VC Circle, NEN, CII, Tlab.

Organizing Team

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

  • Nilesh
  • Radhika
  • Nalin
  • Kaushik


Ankur Mehta
Analyst Corporate Innovation at T-hub

Started my Journey with a Forex Trading Firm the trading platforms which based in Cyprus & London based companies. I am Certified Six Sigma by British Standard of Institution & ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor Certified by Bureau of Indian Standards.

More than 3+ years in Hyderabad Startup Ecosystem being a part of TechStars -Startup Weekend, Founder Institute and CIE IIIT-H Incubator & now T-Hub Foundation which is a unique partnership with Govt. of Telangana. India’s Biggest Incubator & Catalysing In Innovation, Scale & Deal Flow. I am passionate about enabling startups to make positive differences and adding value to the startup ecosystem in the workplace and the economy at large; I believe Playing rock paper scissors not only limited to the company as well as for an individual growth i.e. think B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow).

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