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
Startup Weekend BITS Pilani
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.
You can also contact us at "+91-72401-05158" or ping us at our facebook page (@celbits).
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.
Friday March 24th
Saturday March 25th
Sunday March 26th
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
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.”
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.
Coaches and Mentors
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.
He has worked on the entire stack of Products - SaaS application, Android App(Gaana & Smartapp) & Core tech(Gaana Search).
He took charge as Executive Director and CEO of iDecorama - a technology-enabled platform engineered to take building, designing and remodelling industry online.
Worked at both MNCs and startups thereby having a good variety of experience.
• 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
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.
Startup Weekend Pilani is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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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