Startup Weekend Rajkot Youth

    Friday, July 13 - 15, 2018

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Rajkot Youth

Friday, July 13 - 15, 2018

Friday, July 13 - 15, 2018
Event starts at 4:00 pm

GloCal CoWorking Space
3rd Floor, Dwarkadhish Complex,
Tagore Rd,
Rajkot, Gujarat 360001

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No Talks & All Action

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. And this time again we are organizing Techstars Startup Weekend Rajkot Youth Edition. In which youths from different institutes and universities will participate and execute their ideas.
Dates : July 13, 14 & 15.Venue : GloCal CoWorking Space, Rajkot 
Age criteria : 12 - 22 Years

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 8 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend.
  • Benefits and discounts from our Local partners. 
  •  Get : Free .co domain and hosting. 
  • Get : 300$ Google cloud platform credit. 
  • Meet amazing mentors.
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • Get :  swags like T-shirts  & Stickers. All the internet that you can use.


Friday July 13th

4:00 pm
Registration & Networking
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. Ice breaking & get pumped up for the weekend

6:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, discuss ideas to work upon, get to know fellow participants, Decide the ideas for voting

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Let's Go Home & Wrap-up
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Exchange mobile numbers, emails & make your own group online to discuss.

Saturday July 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:45 pm
Enjoy Lunch & feel free to drag mentors with you during the lunch and discuss if you wish to.

1:45 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!

5:00 pm
Quite Yummy Bite. !! Feel free to discuss with mentors while eating.

7:15 pm
'F5' & Pitching Guidelines
Post mentorship check-in, status reports, call for help. Take a breath & reflect. Pitching Guidelines

8:00 pm
Enjoy delicious dinner, interact with team & others. Have meaningful fun.

9:00 pm
Post Dinner check-in
60 minutes final team work before we go home. !!

10:00 pm
Let's go home again & Wrap-Up
Finished for the day.

Sunday July 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrives
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions. It might be in line to marketing, pricing, financials, pitch presentation etc

12:30 pm
Enjoy Lunch & Life

1:30 pm
Coach check-in
Post Lunch final interaction with Coaches … ASK QUESTIONS

2:30 pm
Mock Pitch & Presentation Prep
Mock Pitching with coaches, team wise independently. Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations.

4:30 pm
Quick Bite

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:45 pm

9:45 pm

10:00 pm
Go Home!
Final Good Bye for the day. Welcome to the world of entrepreneurs.


Mohit Patel
Founder, The Northstar School

Mohit is an educator, engineer and entrepreneur who strives to create engaging and insightful learning experiences. He designs and executes learning experiences for teachers and students based on learning theories and cognitive neuroscience. Mohit has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Systems from the University of Cambridge where he went on a scholarship from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. He completed his second master’s degree at Harvard University focusing on education and technology. He has been a cross-registered candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he focused on institutional management. His program was funded by a scholarship from Harvard University. 

Gopal Khirsaria
Managing Director ,Wiptech

Event Judges

Deep Moteria
1. Co-Founder, Elluminati & Pixidee. 2. Managing Director at App Emporio Pvt. Ltd. 3. Manager at Google Developers Group Rajkot

Deep is a serial entrepreneur supporting new ideas & innovations as a Co-founder of Elluminati & Pixidee. He is a Computer Engineer who started his career as a Developer and then moved on to Quality Assurance as a part of his three years Job Career at Argusoft & Vivantech Inc. He is the community man who has served several communities like OSUM (Open Source University Meetup), GDG (Google Developers Group), StartUp Weekend. He started GDG community in Gujarat and had served GDG Gandhinagar & GDG Rajkot and participated in the growth of GDG in Gujarat. As a token of appreciation towards his contribution to the community he was sponsored by Google for several technology talks and events like Google I/O, Devfest’s at IIT’s and several other countries like USA  & Sri Lanka. Deep and his team were the winner at 3rd place of StartUp Weekend held at IIM Ahmedabad in 2013.

Ramkumar H. Barchha

Educational Qualification :
Completed Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.) from Rajkumar College, Rajkot and Higher Secondary Education (I.S.C.E.) from Rishi Valley School (J. Krishnamurti Foundation).

Technical Qualification : Associated with Engineering Industries

Dr. Nilesh Kalani
Director, RK University.

Coaches and Mentors

Denish Patel
Executive Vice President - RK University, Chairman- The Northstar School

 I am a person who believes in enjoying my work more than worrying about the results." Working in areas your are passionate about " is the most critical factor for me while making choices. My journey of entrepreneurship began with the inception of "Technogold coats"- A decorative coating unit applying vacuum coating technology. It was the first of its kind in Gujarat. I have been involved in RK University in various roles , since its inception as RK College in 2005. Recently we have come up with The Northstar School which has Harvard Alumnis as the founders and has a very unique approach towards learning.

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.

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.

Tejas Jasani
Founder and CEO

Tejas Jasani is a 24x7 experimenter, avid reader, sports-lover, speaker at various tech events, blogger and Founder-CEO of TheAppGuruz, a mobile game development company with 300+ games and over 10 million global players. 
He holds the Masters degree in computers from Nirma University, Ahmedabad.  He likes to dabble into every field of game making process, be it game designing, programming or artistic stuff.

Dhrupad Bhatt

I am currently an Educator and a Team Leader at The Northstar School, Rajkot. My prior experiences include being an educator for different age groups, both in India and abroad, as well as non-academic experiences in different industries / countries. I also am the co-founder at Ardent Manpower Solutions, Ahmedabad and was actively involved in its activities during its inception years. Given the social and economic struggles of our nation, I think that entrepreneurship, like education can be very liberating, especially for a young country like India. I see the youth of India having tremendous potential, and they can surely bring a positive change through their enterprises, not only for their communities but for the entire nation.

Udit Sheth
Founder and CEO

Udit is co-founder at Cretto Labs Private Limited. He  designs, manufactures and markets games for kids. His aim is to make kids active content creators instead of just passively consuming content available on various media. A ICT Engineer by education, he started this venture during 3rd year in college to engage kids in creative activities. He and his team were runners up in Nasscom's 10,000 Startups 20-20 startup event held at IIM Ahmedabad. He was also granted project sponsorship by iCreate through their Spark-up idea fund to fund the development of programmable robotics kit for kids. When not working on his venture, he is busy exploring new business ideas and learning new technologies. 

Vivek Sonchhatra
Founder Selfcraft Media

"Old Hands" in Online Marketing - Vivek has 5 years of experience in online marketing, started
the journey from personal blogging in 2012. He has spent healthy time researching ways to market his blogs online and have driven this experience in learning tactics of online marketing. He has keen
experience in Inbound Marketing tactics to drive clients through Sales Funnel Techniques. He is currently managing end to end online reputation and marketing of various high end generating firms.

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 .....

Vatsal Marvania

Vijay Raichura

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Rajkot Youth team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Strategic Venue Partner

Community Partner

Ice Breaking Partner

Incubation Partner.

Design Partner

Makerspace Partner

Bevrage Partner

Swag Partner

Food Partner

Photography Partner.

Organizing Team

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

  • Harshil
  • Dhrumil
  • Krishna
  • Harishree
  • Palak
  • Nisha
  • Jatin


Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria is known as the GloCal, Serial & Missionary entrepreneur who represented India more than 10 times, worked with people from 33+ countries, having a network in 100+ countries, featured into 35+ print & digital media platforms, received many awards including 4 United Nations related awards including WYS Award to convert Millennium Development Goals (MDG) into action in the category of education, Karmaveer Chakra(s) and also been into 100 South Asian youth leaders.

He met President/Prime ministers of 5 countries, discussed & interacted with Ambassadors, Diplomates & influencers of many countries, closely worked with global leaders & youth leaders globally. He is actively involved into global startup ecosystem since 8+ years, locally since 5 years, mentor to many StartUps locally + globally and also became the very 1st customer of 79 startups.  

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 Founder of WE Group – Volcano of GloCal Solutions which is into Strategic business & management Consulting, Startup mentoring, Training, Social project management, Community & ecosystem development. He is CoFounder of GloCal CoWorking Space, CoLead of GrowR (Alpha, users from 85+ countries), founder of early-stage ventures like Smart Failures, Screwing Your Startup, Alumni Achievers etc.

He is Advisor to global Think-Do-Tank “Challenge: Future - KIDS TED-Ed Club - GBG Rajkot - Voice of Slums, Support team of NRI Startup India, TEDx licensee, Startup Grind Chapter Director, Executive council member of Rajkot management association (RMA) & Screening Committee member of a NIs/TBIs for the scheme of Startup India, SSIP & Nidhi Prayas.

He is a mentor for many organizations like Entrepreneurs Face, Google - Solve for India, Techstars Startup Weekend, 180 DC SRCC, RK University, iCreate 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 200,000+ 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 corruption.


Jayson Ganatra
founder, sattardas makerspace

Jayson is a thinker, maker and a community builder. He has a background in mechanical engineering and is incredibly passionate about open-source hardware technologies and frameworks! 
Jayson's venture, Sattardas, works towards enabling and empowering the Maker community by setting up and establishing Makerspaces/Tinkering Labs in Tier II and Tier III cities! With several makerspace being setup, he believes that HardTech is the future! 
Being a traveler and having bias towards action, Jayson always tries to make sure that he creates and spreads positive impact wherever he goes. 

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