Startup Weekend Rajkot (Youth Kids)

    Friday, July 28 - 30, 2017

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Startup Weekend Rajkot (Youth Kids)

Friday, July 28 - 30, 2017

Friday, July 28 - 30, 2017
Event starts at 4:00 pm

GloCal CoWorking Space
3rd floor, Dwarkadhish complex,
Tagore road
Rajkot, Gujarat 360002

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Friday July 28th

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

4:30 pm
Snacks & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:45 pm
Ice Breaking
Get to know everyone & get pumped up for the weekend!

6:15 pm
Info Session
Learn what it takes to make the most of the weekend

7:30 pm
Dinner & networking, Discuss ideas, do networking

9:00 pm
Day 1 over
Wrap-Up & Go Home!

Saturday July 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Pitches
Pitch Your Idea

10:30 am
Team formation
Form Teams & Brainstorm

12:20 pm
Eat Food, Brainstorm and work

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

4:15 pm
Take a quick bite and focus on discussion with mentors & work

4:30 pm
After-snacks check-in, status reports, call for help with mentors

7:30 pm
Have meaningful fun while discussion with mentor during dinner

9:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may discuss the division of work so you can go back home, think & work if needed for productive Day 3

Sunday July 30th

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
Quick Bite.. !!

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:45 pm
Wrap-Up & Dinner

8:45 pm
After Party


Maulik Chauhan

Event Judges

Chetan Kothari
President, Rajkot Management Association

Chetan Kothari is a senior Lawyer of 28 years experience He also works as Legal Auditor/ Advisor for Most of Banks and NBFCs. He is President of Rajkot Management Association affiliated to All India Management Association, New Delhi. He acted as Vice Chairman-Skill Development Council –GTU and Advisory Board Member of RK University and KSPC. He was nominated for presenting paper on Venture Capital held at Osaka–Japan by Asian Productivity Council. He also holds Certificates of AMFI, IRDA and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. He is Winner of National Merit Certificate from Gujarat. He is Life Member of RMA, Rajkot Bar Association, Rajkot Commercial Tax Bar Association, Rajkot Tax Consultant Society and All Gujarat Tax Consultants Society. He is Advisory member in Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Associate of Lok Vignan Kendra. He is Invitee in India MSME Advisory Team, Kochin. He was special Invitee in Shri Narendra Modi led Vibrant Gujarat summit. He is regular speaker at National management Conclave of AIMA-Delhi. His writes a Regular column on Legal matters named “Kaydo ane Kanoon” in Sanj Samachar Daily and RMA Bulletin. His diversified interests including singing, Drawing, Public Speaking and Nature Photography

Dr. Nilesh Kalani
Director, RK University.

Vijay Raichura

Coaches and Mentors

Reena Kataria
Entrepreneur, Ghostwriter, Psychotherapist, Healer, Poet.

 Reena Kataria, a microbiology graduate and a DMLT gold medalist, did medical transcription for few years who turned into ghost writer. She is also a published poet, voice over specialist and is currently writing her own novel. She, being a single mother, manages social norms, takes care of her 9-year-old son, and is making a difference as social entrepreneur and inspires others through writing & social media. Reena is certified psychotherapist & healer.

Bijal Damani

Bijal Damani is an educator who brings lots of innovations and perspectives to the traditional education system. An experienced Business Teacher with a demonstrated history of working with major focus on integrating 21st Century Skills along with the prescribed syllabus – giving her students an opportunity for holistic development and career/life readiness. A firm believer in education which has less content and more of context , Bijal has been spearheading many projects and activities. 

One such project is Social Entrepreneurship Project Galaxy Bazaar. Her students have earned more than INR 1,00,00,000 ( One Crore Indian Rupees Equivalent to USD $ 1,66,000/-) Bijal and her students have donated these money to provide FREE quality education to girls from underprivileged section of the community. Bijal has received many accolades from institutions like Forbes, UNESCO, Microsoft, Wharton, ShareAmerica, Teach A Man to Fish Foundation, Varkey Foundation etc.

Another project which has been founded by Bijal is called Innovative Product and Marketing Competition. In this competition, students team up, look around their own community , spot a problem and come up with a solution to the problem in form of an innovative product. Her students have been winners at Maker’s Faire, Junior Achievement competition, SSIP Gujarat etc. 

Located in Rajkot, Gujarat – Bijal has always overcome the geographical boundaries to wow the world. Bijal has been the receiver of some of the most prestigious teacher awards in the world. She is the recipient of ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award, ISTE Outstanding Teacher Award, Microsoft Fellow, Google Certified Innovator, HP EdTEch Innovator Award, Forbes Good Samaritan Award, two Presidential Awards for Education and ICT and last but not the least – She was the part of the Top 50 finalist for the most prestigious $ 1 Million Global Teacher Prize Award. 

Raj Shah
Founder and CEO

Raj Shah is Co-founder at K.I.D.S (Kids Intelligence Development System) a venture whose core vision is to create effective tools and channels which can support life skills development and emotional well-being of any individual.
An entrepreneur with a vision to enrich life long learning the experience of students and adults through different methods.
Raj Shah is also the facilitator and club leader at K.I.D.S TED-Ed Club, one of the first TED-Ed platforms in Saurashtra region.
He was selected to be a part of Jagriti Yatra 2016, which is 8000Kms in train around India.
He has also conducted training and ideation session for Intel Tech Challenge Semi-finals, an initiative of Intel Foundation.
K.I.D.S was selected by Google Business Groups as one of the top 24 start-ups globally.
Raj Shah also has a wide range of professional experience in various fields like branding, event management, and strategic business development.

Anand Chauhan
Founder and CEO

Anand Chauhan, a serial entrepreneur with experience in Technology, Environmental Services, FMCG, Food & Beverages and Retail has founded and ran many good business in various countries. 

Currently involved with three projects

1. The Startup Hub India ( A platform for entrepreneurs connect, collaborate, share and learn about the nuances of the business from Mentors, Incubators, Accelerators, VCs etc. The goal behind The Startup Hub India is to create a wide knowledge and resource network that can be helpful to entrepreneurs.

2. Gormetius Foods Pvt Ltd: ( It is a Gourmet Food Products Company based in India that makes Nut Butters, Sauces, Dips, Marinades, Spice Rubs, Fruit Preserves and Marmalade. The company has two business verticals - Retail Segment and HoReCa Segment and has been a major support provider to upcoming chain restaurants in India.

3. PureJoy - Juicery & Eatery: A healthy food and beverage QSR Chain in India with focus on expanding to national scale by 2022. It is a first company in India to launch a QSR format that focuses on health prospect of its consumers. The product involves Cold Pressed Blended Juices, Smoothies, Subs, Wraps, Sandwiches, Salads and Meals. Many of these products are also offered under subscription model that makes it very sustainable.

Specialties: Decision Making, Project Management, Business Expertise, Branding.

Professional Goal: 
# To help Entrepreneur's and startup companies to get Acceleration and assist in building a successful business.
# Learn, Gain experience and offer services in Environmental and Renewable Energy Projects.
# To work on Developing Sustainable Resources in Water, Agriculture and Energy Sector.
# Developing Good FMCG Brands.

dhruv sodha

We Found VD- COMFORT in the year of 2015, with some market survey related to the product. 

In starting we operate the company at home on the basis of try n error model. But eventually we got sucess in that model and then we had  starting up a model ita call dealership model. 

Now a days we have 26 + dealer in saurastra region only.

So lastly we would say that its are sucess not a benchmark.

Vishal Vora

Vatsal Marvania

Ravin Bhadja

Ravin Bhadja is Engineering & management professional having  14+ years of experience in High-End technology businesses. He carries, more than decade experience is in Aerospace and Defence industry working with Global companies like Rolls Royce, Boeing, BAE System, ISRO, TATA,.... and many more. In his versatile experience he carries proficiency in design, manufacturing, supply chain, quality(QMS) and business management processes(BMS). As leader, he has proven track record for building, training, developing capabilities & delivering exceptional outcome between multi location – cross function teams across India and abroad. 
On Personal side he love working on advance technologies,travelling and making-meeting friends. He is passionate working with industries & academic institutions for bridging the skill gaps, mentoring young engineers for deciding career directions. In his last initiative this summer, he launched “ Raja ni Maja” - Young kids fun learn summer camp, providing motivating platform as Wings to Fly with stress free fun-learn activities. Ask him about advance technologies and building skills in youth, he has lot to share .....

Mayur Patanvadiya

I’m a software engineer and explorer, I have 3 years of experience building Awesome Android Apps.
I Have worked with Startups in various industries like Travel, Sports, Education, Event Management and few others.
I'm a fan of music, innovation, technology & design.

Vivek Sancheti
Co-founder, EYUVA Technologies

Happy go lucky web app dev. Love to make various different kinds of web applications.

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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria is known as the Serial & GloCal entrepreneur who represented India 11 times, worked with people from more than 33 countries, having a network in 100+ countries, received many awards including 4 United Nations related awards & featured into 35+ print & digital media platforms globally.
After completing his Engineering & MBA, he did corporate planning & project management in PSU. He completed 16 online certification programs on Startup Valuation, Design thinking, Business innovation, Blended learning, Financing new ventures etc.
He is Advisor to global Think-Do-Tank “Challenge: Future, KIDS TED-Ed Club, Google Business Group Rajkot, Executive committee member of Rajkot management association (RMA) & Screening Committee member of a nodal institution for the Startup India scheme.
He is Founder of WE Group – Volcano of GloCal Solutions which is into Strategic business & management Consulting, Startup mentoring, Training, Social project management, Community development & ecosystem creation. He is CoFounder of 1st ever CoWorking Space of Saurashtra-Kutch region i.e. GloCal CoWorking Space (GCS), Rajkot. He is CoLead of peer-to-peer mentorship project benefiting people from 50+ countries in its alpha version. He is also the founder of early stage ventures like Smart Failures, Screwing Your Startup etc.
He was Global VP of Strategy for Challenge Future Chapters network, award-winning President of CF India chapter. He was program manager of multi-country Youth in Action initiative. He worked as solutions generator with Ministry of Slovenia during a Strategic initiative of EU. 
He shared his Entrepreneurial, strategic & managerial expertise and experience with 100,000+ people across the world as a trainer, speaker, panel member, and/or judge. More than 20 of his articles are published globally and he is writing 2 books i.e. Does the world really understand youth? & Innovation in

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