Startup Weekend Pune

    Friday, September 2 - 4, 2016

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Startup Weekend Pune

Friday, September 2 - 4, 2016

Friday, September 2 - 4, 2016
Event starts at 6:15 pm

Dr. Homi Bhabha road,
Near NCL innovation park
Pune, Maharashtra 411008

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Launch a Startup in 54 Hours!!!

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which individuals pitch ideas for new startup companies, receive feedback from their peers, form teams around those ideas, and then it's a frenzy of business model creation , coding, designing and market validation.

Startup weekend aims to bring together enthusiasts like you to share ideas, build products, and, most importantly, launch startups.
  • Friday: Attendees pitch their ideas and inspire others to join their teams. Teams are therefore created to work on the best ideas.
  • Saturday and Sunday: This is where you debate, build, pitch. And build some more. Teams will focus on building a prototype of their idea/product. During this period teams will also focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies and building a minimum viable product.
  • Sunday: The weekend culminates on Sunday evening with presentations in front of judges with entrepreneurial backgrounds. We have NH7 Weekender with us to make our Sunday night rocking!!!
  • On Sunday(04/Sept) , we have Startup Showcase and Exhibition  also, where startups who aspire to acquire customer and sell their product can set up a stall
Receive some amazing entrepreneurial goodies. Each Startup Weekend Pune participants gets
    • 500$ worth of Google Cloud Platform credits to build mobile and web apps.
    • Free .co domain.
    • Free Lunch and Dinner
    • Free Breakfast and Snacks
    • Free SWAG
    Get a group discount!! For every 5 tickets, get a ticket free. Mail us your list of 6 participants on to avail the offer  !!

    No Talk. All Action.!!!!

    The game is ON!!!!

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    Friday September 2nd

    6:15 pm
    Arrive at the venue and get checked in

    6:30 pm
    Snacks & Networking
    Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

    7:00 pm
    Welcome & Speakers
    Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

    7:45 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

    9:30 pm

    10:00 pm
    Begin Work

    Saturday September 3rd

    9:00 am
    Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

    9:30 am
    Begin Work
    Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

    10:00 am
    Mentors Arrive
    Mentors specialising in ideation arrive

    1:00 pm

    2:00 pm
    After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

    2:30 pm
    Coach Meetings
    Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

    5:00 pm

    8:30 pm

    9:30 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 September 4th

    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

    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
    Final Presentations

    6:00 pm

    6:00 pm
    Startup Showcase

    7:30 pm
    Judging & Awards

    8:30 pm

    9:00 pm
    Go Home!


    Balaji Vishwanathan
    Quora Topwriter, VP at Invento

    Balaji is working on building a new venture in India to revolutionise engineering education through Invento. He has launched a series of talks across different cities in India under the brand name of "Ideas for India". 
    He has been a top writer on Quora in the year
    2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 and have almost 185.6K followers. He writes about the subjects ranging from politics, economics, history, society, policies, development and many more.
    When I don't dream of work or family, I dream of solving some of India's problems - Balaji 

    Coaches and Mentors

    Ajay Aggarwal

    An, Electronics and Communication Engineer worked built his professional skills in companies like DCM Data Products, Networks Ltd, Pertech Computers Ltd and Fujitsu ICIM for 20 years. In 1995 turned to entrepreneurship by starting India’s first dedicated Retail Solutions enterprise, Seacom Technology.

    Ajay Hiraskar

    An experienced International Business Director and Change Manager with expert know-how supported by a proven track record of achievements and successful delivery of diversified projects.
    Experience in building, developing & motivating teams, strategic planning, business consultancy initiatives, resource management & profitability initiatives. 

    Enjoy networking, helping, connecting and meeting other people, identifying opportunities and help developing them from visionary stage to successful implementation, deployment and roll-out. 

    Anil Pillai

    Spanning a professional career of over two decades, Anil Pillai, co-founder of Terragni Consulting, is an experienced engagement strategy expert. His area of expertise is in building and executing customer engagement, customer experience and customer centricity solutions for organizations. His strength to connect seemingly unrelated dots helps in creating unique solutions to complex customer pain challenges.

    Devesh Chawla

    Devesh Chawla is the Founder and CEO of Chatur Ideas. Chatur Ideas is a ONE STOP Solution for startups pan India. Devesh has been a seasoned wealth manager managing ultra HNI clients including some of the most reputed CXO’s and wealthy family business owners in India and overseas. He is an investor and mentor to various startups.

    Vikrant Bhujbalrao

    Helping Startups and Entrepreneurs evaluate,validate their ideas, guide them in developing business plans, pitch deck and strategy formulation.Helping Students, Professionals, Startups and SMEs in training workshops, events, shows and personal coaching in the areas of Motivation,Stress Management,Life Skills and Success Coaching.

    Kaushik Gala

    Kaushik has 17+ years of experience as a B2B technology sales, business development & venture investment professional, including stints in US & India at MNCs, incubator-accelerators, science-focused seed fund, boutique consulting firms, and IP-driven startups. He holds BE (Instrumentation), MS (EE) and MBA degrees from India & the US.Kaushik’s skills and expertise include the ability to evaluate, package & market science and technology IP / assets / products for commercialization, drive business development including strategic relationships, sales pipelines and channels to market. Kaushik has a strong aptitude to work across technologies and markets, having done business in diverse sectors such as semiconductors, LCDs, ICT, cleantech, biotech, advanced materials/chemicals and advanced engineering.

    Bhushan Vishwanath
    Director at Mindfarm Novatech Pvt Ltd

     Mindfarm Novatech (MNova) has morphed into innovation company as final target destination. En route it passed via consultancy, and services route, gathering valuable insights in to industrial marketing as well, while representing ITT for their UV Interests in India.

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