Techstar's Global Startup Weekend Pune

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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Techstar's Global Startup Weekend Pune

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
Dr. Homibhabha Road
Guest House, 1st Floor
Pashan, Maharashtra 410206

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Learn the fundamentals of building a successful startup and work with your choice of collaborators to launch a business in 54 hours!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? 

Startup Weekends create the perfect environment to test your idea, explore developments, collaborations and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. At Techstar's Global Startup Weekend you will be immersed in the ideal setting for startup magic to happen.

The event takes place over a 50-hour period, wherein business-minded students, designers, entrepreneurs and skilled professionals connect, 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, a balanced team working experience and the confidence to grow your startup.

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 judges who will help you get started.
  • And the winning teams gets exciting prizes to help them get a booster 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!
We have organized Startup Weekend Pune every year since 2016 and last year's GSW produced 13 new startup teams who were mentored and judged at the glorious event. Techstars Global Startup Weekend 2018 event is set up for you!

Your tickets include:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event 
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @PitchFire 
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the local Pune startup community 
  • Meals all weekend 
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout Pune 
  • Master 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 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 16th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Let's break the ice and get to know the people you'll be working with. Review of the weekend's agenda

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Have the stage to present your ideas, all pitches are optional and appreciated

8:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Share ideas and network over dinner

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches that they'd like to work with

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Review the votes and discuss ideas to create balanced teams

9:30 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 with your teams as late as you desire

Saturday November 17th

8:40 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams assemble and set up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Mentors arrive!
Coaches for idea validation, design and functionality

1:00 pm
Take a break, re-energize your plans and ideas

3:00 pm
Coach Meetings II
Mentors are here to help, learn business planning and strategies

5:45 pm
Take a little break and get ready to work harder

6:30 pm
Coach Meetings III
check-in after snacks and work discussion. work with mentors to create MVPs and business models

9:00 pm
Relax and recollect

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

Sunday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:20 am
Compile your work and review progress

10:30 am
Coach Meetings IV
Coaches for marketing, revenue models and sales arrive

1:00 pm
Pace yourselves!

1:30 pm
Coach Meetings V
Final opportunity to get clarifications from business experts, and pitching mentors

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm
Final Presentations
Presenting the growth of your startups and professional after-pitch Q&A with judges

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards
General feedback and SW Pune winner selection by the judges

8:00 pm
Let interactions grow with all the skilled participants and our esteemed judges

8:30 pm
Look back at the experience of Startup Weekend, and aim to move ahead with your ideas. We hope you learned more than what you came for

Event Judges

Keerthi Kadam
Founder and CEO at Myyn Tech Pvt Ltd

Keerthi Kadam is Incubator Head of Pune Institute of Buisness Studies, Editor&Director of Pune Open Coffee Club and Chair of Startup Ventures.His is a Global Network for all agriculture people - Agri students, teachers, experts, farmers and entrepreneurs. He is a serial entrepreneur with a passion to help grow startups.

Satyajit Suri
Chief Operating Officer at Raintree Ventures

Satyajit has over 20 years’ experience in impact investing, development finance, management consulting and technology development across public, private and multi-lateral sectors.He has been involved in leadership and managerial roles in the planning and implementation of crucial ICT transformation projects of the Indian Government, such as the Unique Identification (Aadhaar) Program. He is also the recipient of the UK Government's Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence in 2015.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Nitesh Rathi
Innovation & Disruptive Technology Specialist@Symphony Solution Inc.

Nitesh Rathi is the Head of Buisness devlopment at Symphony Solution Inc. He has experience as Buisness Growth manager at Sphinx Solution Pvt.ld.He loves to help businesses with their technology challenges and build solutions that achieve their goals for ease of use, operations, productivity, marketing or overall revenue.

Manali Mitra
Director - Design & Experience at Extentia Information Technology

With over 19 years of experience in design, Manali heads the Design and UX practise at the Extentia Experience Studio. With her initial years spent in advertising, Manali has a clear understanding of brands, storytelling and crafting design strategies, which gives her customers an upper hand in the competitive marketplace.  Her key skills are user research, product thinking, ideation, design and strategy. She is also the founder of Keeva Studio - a retro lifestyle product design studio. 

Sudin Baraokar
Global IT Innovation Advisor and Industry Expert in Blockchain and AI

Sudin Baraokar is chairman and CEO at BankChainAsset and AI on the Fly AIOTF.He has over two decades of Industry Experience in Product Engineering and Development. He can take companies and startup’s to the next level with his enormous expert in Blockchain, Cognitives, Digital Technologies, Building Industry Alliances and Networks, Industry Consortium Builder,etc.

Ashish Dashrathi
Co-Founder at Armoks Group

Ashish Dashrathi is founder Pune Digital Marketers .He is improving digital sales and marketing of leading national, global brands.His recent activities are: Keynote Speaker -Tata TeleServices DoBig Forum: 2018 Online Trainer - Pearson Education and Wharton School, Online Program -2017

Faizan Ansari
Digital Strategist, Marketing & Sales Consultant, Social Media & Digital Marketing Trainer

Faizan Ansari is the Chief Digital Strategist at Beyond Billboards. He has experience of working with brands, startups, and SMEs to help them grow with digital solutions. With his technology partners, they have developed cool digital products integrated with Mixed Reality, AI & ML for retail, real estate & auto clients.He is a digital entrepreneur with a decade of experience in various domains.

Atul Dhakappa
Founder and CEO of Xenia Consulting

Atul Dhakappa has expertise is in leveraging innovative digital and content based marketing to drive lead generation and business growth. He was the Vice president in Marketing at SLK Global and ATPR Inc. His key specialties are Digital Marketing, demand generation, competitive/business research, sales, strategic account management and many more.

Anant Govande
Director- Offshore Accounting and Taxation Services Pvt. Ltd. and Consultant to eMerge

Anant Govande is expert in financial management, managing information systems, international taxation, GAAP reporting, and the intelligent use of information technology for enhancing business performance.He was the Director of Finance and Purchase at Geometric Software Solution Co. Ltd.

Rostow Ravanan
CEO @ Mindtree

Rostow Ravanan has spent over 20 years in the technology and financial industries driving innovation and ROI. He is currently on the Executive Council of NASSCOM and was named a top CFO in India, four years in a row. He is most passionate about new digital business models and investing in Mindtree Minds.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Pune is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Kaustubh
  • Prasanna
  • Abhishek
  • Aysha
  • Ankur
  • Satyam


Amod Deshpande

Exploring possibilities is what life is all about. Trying out new and different things becomes a habit when one starts to think like that. It has enabled me to explore music, acoustics, filmmaking, teaching, research, entrepreneurship etc. Every project then becomes fun and every relation you make on the way is a long lasting one.

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