Startup Weekend Pune

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Pune

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
C201, Guest House, IISER Campus
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan
Pune, Maharashtra 411008

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Learn how to take ideas from concept to creation in one weekend!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Techstars Startup Weekend you will be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

The event takes place over a 54-hour period, wherein business-minded individuals, coders, designers, and other professionals meet, pitch their ideas, break up into teams and develop a plan for making that business possible. The end result being the validation that your idea could work in the real world, a plan on how to make that a reality, and the confidence to do something with it.

By Participating in Startup Weekend Pune:
  • You get the chance to build your idea into a startup in 54 hours...
  • You get to work on your strategy, validation, market research, and leadership...
  • You get the opportunity to meet like-minded entrepreneurs, coders, designers, mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors who will help you get started.
  • And the winning teams get prizes to help them get started on their entrepreneurial journey...

Who is Startup Weekend for?

Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including. Whether you are:
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs, 
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types, 
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.) 
  • students from universities and high schools, 
  • professionals looking to switch careers, 
  • passionate visionaries, 
  • and learners from all around Pune and the surrounding area!
the event is made up for you!

Your tickets include:

  • Access to the full weekend-long event 
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire 
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the local Pune startup community 
  • Meals all weekend 
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout Pune 
  • All-star judges ready to listen to your final presentations and providing expert feedback 
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni) #SWMafia 
  • And over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend.  If you don't have an idea, that's quite all right!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and from your peers.  If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Come join us for a very special weekend hosted at IISER Pune Campus!

To know more about offerings and prizes of Techstars Global Startup Weekend Event visit this link.

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Friday November 10th

6:00 pm
Registration and Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:50 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

8:45 pm
Eat Food and Network

9:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:15 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 11 PM

Saturday November 11th

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!

4:00 pm
Snack Time

4:30 pm
Coach Meetings

7:30 pm
Check-in, status reports, call for help

8:00 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you want.

Sunday November 12th

9:30 am
Begin Work

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Wrap Up & Go Home!


Kapil Shelke
Founder/CEO @ Tork Motorcycles

Founded in 2009 by Kapil Shelke, Tork is currently focusing on creating practical electric mobility solutions in India. In the past, the firm has proved its mettle on international circuits, by finishing third at the prestigious Mecca of Electric Racing, The Isle of Man TT, and has also won the world’s premier electric motorsport race series, TTXGP.

Event Judges

Amol Chaphekar
Managing Director @ Strata Group

A first generation Serial Entrepreneur currently Managing Director @ Strata Group - working towards future innovations and betterment of the environment. His other successful startups include Miracle Infotainment, Seconds Stores and ProfileClips. He has worked in more than 10 countries on challenging assignments for Government & Fortune 500 companies.

Akash Sureka
Serial Entrepreneur and Global Startup Advisory

Akash Sureka, serial entrepreneur, comes with a strong background with more than 16 years of varied technology products and business leaderships experience in Global technology companies – having worked with companies like NVIDIA, Nokia and Motorola. Akash , was also Founder & CEO of Hoopz; a global product startup company in mobile internet ecosystem, now acquired by Persistent Systems Limited (BSE Listed company, billion dollar market cap) last year having built world class products and solutions in mobility, artificial intelligence, search & discovery, machine learning, digital advertisements and personalization .

Satyendra Gupta
CEO @ Geeky Works; Serial Entrepreneur and Investor

Satyendra Gupta is the CEO of Geeky Works. Geeky Works is a fast growing company and has already carved a niche for itself as a global provider of mobility solutions. It provides high quality & cost effective solutions to help companies to leverage their mobile appearances, to improve their competitive advantage through improved services to their customers.

Coaches and Mentors

Ankita Shroff
MD & Co-Founder @ SAV Chemicals

A management graduate from Imperial Business School London, Ankita Shroff has been a project consultant for companies such as Rolls Royce. She is the co- Founder and Director of SAV Chemicals Pvt Ltd a manufacturer of instant adhesives for the retail and industrial segment. In a little over 3 years, SAV has crossed a turnover of 7crores! 
In 2017, She founded Shroff Consultancy which focuses on career, Education and Start Up consultancy. 

Amit Rawat
Startup Mentor & Technology Consultant

Amit Rawat is a Startup Mentor who has been associated with startups across all sectors, right from Ideation to Funding stage. Currently Team Leader (Pune) for Headstart Network Foundation, India's largest grassroots level organization that supports entrepreneurship and startups

Sowmya Iyer
Founder & CEO XEBEC

As a CEO of Xebec, India’s leading integrated digital marketing company she leads a team of over 100 young professionals.
Sowmya is well recognised for her pioneering efforts in creating digital marketing models for the education sector, and her company today owns a significant market share of the digital business from leading universities in India. A few of her clients are Cox and Kings, Maharashtra Tourism, Indian Badminton League and Manipal University.

Toshiba Tewari
Freelance Corporate Facilitator and Mentor

Ms Toshiba has over 12 years of diverse professional experience in corporate training, marketing, sales, product development and entrepreneurship
Having lived in various countries including USA (10 years) and the Middle East (15 years), before moving to India in 2009, the rich exposure to various cultures gives her first-hand experience to conduct cross-cultural training 
Proven competence in Behavioral Training, Executive Coaching, HR Assessment, Sales Training, Talent Management, and Marketing and Business Development

Ganesh Lawande
Founder @ Protostar Consulting Services

Ganesh is passionate about application of IT to business needs having distinguished 15+ years’ experience with leading IT companies.Currently, he is helping Indian firms (small and large) adopt Google Cloud Technologies and Solutions.

Shetall Natuu
Principal Consultant @ Umber Learning Facility

Shetall Natuu is an Industrial Designer from NID. She has been practicing and teaching design for 23 years now. Through her initiative Umber UX Facility they help corporates and firms to improve their UX quotient.

Vaibhav Jain
CA, Trainer and ICF Approved Business & Startup Coach

Vaibhav Jain, CA, is India's youngest ICF certified Life and Business Coach.
He has mentored more than 5000 CA students and coached many entrepreneurs.
He has a proven track record of tutoring entrepreneurs and empowering them to achieve their goals.

Priyanka Kachalia
Founder & Director @ MOODBOARD

Priyanka Kachalia is a  Digital Marketing Professional with 8+ years of experience. She is the Founder of MOODBOARD a Digital Media company. Social media campaigns, influencer engagement, content marketing, are some of the strategies they rely upon.

Nikhil Kumbhar
CEO @ Aphron Infotech

Nikhil Kumbhar is the Founder & CEO of Aphron Infotech. Aphron Infotech is a leading IT Company providing Business Solutions across the globe. It has broad experience in developing enterprise level products, website and mobile applications.

Sandeep Bhat
Serial Entrepreneur, Founder @ MindSpeak

Sandeep is a techno-preneur and an avid problem solver passionate about people and business development with 24 years of entrepreneurial, consulting and product development experience across diverse domains.He enjoys leadership & business coaching and leverages his experience to consult and mentor startups/SMEs for growth.

Laveena Laitonjam
Founder of Rent An Attire

Laveena Laitonjam has 14+ years of professional experience in IT industry in the areas of Learning & development; Talent acquisition and resource management. She is the founder of Rent An Attire. Rent An Attire is an online and offline fashion rental service that allows consumer to rent occasion wears.

Jasveer Singh
Founder of Sense It Out

Jasveer Singh has expertise in the upcoming technologies of Internet of Things (IoT) and has a thirst in allied technologies like Machine Learning and AI. He is passionate about using technology to solve socially relevant problems in the field of Agriculture. His startup Sense it Out helps solve inefficiencies and increase crop yield by 3 to 4 times. Sense It Out is recognized by IARI and is the recipient of a DST grant to further its goals.

Pravesh Dalia
Cofounder & Director @ Personified

Pravesh Dalia is the Cofounder of Personified. Personified works on & around the various marketing strategies to help clients achieve business objectives. They focus on Brand Development Solutions, research oriented content strategy with creatives and Lead Management Infrastructure solutions.

Omkar Kulkarni
Global EdTech accelerator, Entrepreneur, Speaker

Omkar Kulkarni is working with 25 early stage Startups providing them with the know-how of fundraising, product development, business development etc. to launch new products and achieve global success. Closely works with Technology Business Incubator in VIT University, BITS Pilani, Goa & Hyderabad to help student startups. Previously Founded which got acquired in November 2016.

Vikas Kumar
Co-Founder @ Loantap Financial Technologies

Vikas Kumar has 16+ years of experience in the software industry with the majority of it as CTO of Brainvisa which he founded along with his partners in 2000. Post Brainvisa he has been advising startups and small business to get to the next level in technology and strategy and has invested in a few of these startups. His specialties  are strategizing,technology expertise, and investing.

Kunal Sarpal
Founder & Partner @ White Collar Legal LLP

Kunal Sarpal is recognized as a writer, trainer, speaker and a consultant on specialized Corporate Law Subjects, viz. start-ups, their funding, M&A, FEMA & RBI Compliance, Business Structuring & Advisory and Intellectual Property. He is Practicing Company Secretary, Lawyer (From ILS Law College) and a Founder Partner of White Collar Legal LLP, an award winning multi-state law firm specializing in Corporate and Intellectual property law and especially early stage companies.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Pune team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Prasanna
  • Wridhdhisom
  • Kaustubh
  • Aditya
  • Sankalp
  • Ameya
  • Tanayaa
  • Atharva
  • Tomin
  • Amey
  • Mahesh
  • Satyam
  • Bhumika


Arun Philips
Consultant, Public Speaker, and Social Impact Entrepreneur

Arun Philips is a Social Impact Entrepreneur, Community Leader, Public Speaker and Blockchain Investor.

He runs, a blockchain based non profit, and works with Oracle on Cloud Technologies.

Arun is also a Global Facilitator for Techstars Startup Weekends, and an avid Toastmaster in the Motivational Strategies path. He also writes for BitcoinForBeginners, a cryptocurrency publication.

He loves singing and playing the guitar and is also a professional Table Tennis player. He enjoys building communities and sharing stories.

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