Techstars Surat Startup Weekend - Social Innovation

    Friday, June 15 - 17, 2018

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Techstars Surat Startup Weekend - Social Innovation

Friday, June 15 - 17, 2018

Friday, June 15 - 17, 2018
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Auro University
Ichapur Road, Opp ONGC Next to Toyota, Bhatpore, Limla, Gujarat 394510
Surat, Gujarat 394510

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TechStars Startup Weekend Surat (Social Innovation)

Social innovations are new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet the social needs of different elements which can be from working conditions and education to community development and health — they extend and strengthen civil society.

What is social innovation?
“Social innovation is the process of developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress”. Social innovation can be new strategies, concept and ideas that meet the social needs of different elements which can be from working conditions and education to community development and health.

How Social Innovation is different from social entrepreneurship?
Although social entrepreneurship has become a popular rallying point for those trying to improve the world, social change can happen outside of them. As a matter of fact, solutions have historically come from the nonprofit, private, and government sectors.The concept of social innovation focuses attention on the ideas and solution that create social value- as well as the processes through which they are generated, regardless of where they are coming from.

Why do we need social innovation?
Social innovation aims to increase human well-being. It responds to societal demands that markets or existing institutions do not traditionally address. Through social innovation, different actors including civil society, entrepreneurs and policy-makers create or reconfigure social arrangements or networks, with the goal of enhancing development outcomes with respect to the economy, society and the environment. Social innovation can introduce new solutions to challenges faced by rural areas, especially those considered as marginalised.

Example for social innovations are:
1. Sink faucet nozzle
The Altered:Nozzle is the worlds most extreme water saving nozzle. It installs easily into your existing tap. By atomizing water we can use 98% less water and still retain full functionality. And if you need a little more, then you switch to our regular saving mode. Still 75% savings, but all the water you need.
  • Fits into your existing tap.  
  • Super easy installation. 30 sec.
  • Pays for itself in a couple of months! 
  • Multiple finishes and sizes 
  • Lead Free Eco Brass
2. Algae water bottles
Product design student Ari Jónsson debuted these biodegradable water bottles at the Reykjavik design festival in Iceland. He created the bottles out of red algae powder and water, so they're naturally made and even edible — if you're into that kind of thing.Jónsson was inspired to create this bottle after finding out that more than 50% of plastic is used only once and then thrown away.

What can not be consider as social innovations:
  • Bloof Donation App, NGOs etc
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.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend Surat is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday June 15th

4:00 pm
Registration High tea and Check in
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Ice-breaking and Contact setting

6:00 pm
Key-note Speech

7:00 pm
Short Pitches & Voting
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Dinner and Team Formation
Attendees vote for the top pitches and Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Learning Shots
Design Workshop by Rohan Nanavati.

10:30 pm
Commence 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 the venue will allow

Saturday June 16th

7:00 am
Decathalon Activities

8:00 am

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Learning Shots
Business Model Canvas

2:30 pm
Working hours & Mentoring sessions

7:30 pm

8:00 pm

9:00 pm
Working hours

Sunday June 17th

12:00 am
Standup Comedy
Ankit Baid

12:45 am
Working hours

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Demo pitch

11:00 am
Preparation for final pitching

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Learning Shot
How to pitch by Mukul Goyal

2:30 pm
Final Preparations

6:00 pm
Final Pitch

8:00 pm
Dinner and Networking

9:00 pm
Prices & Thank you note :)


Anil Chhikara
Keynote Speaker

(Serial Entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker, Chairman - Startup India Foundation and Anchor Judge in India's First Startup Reality TV Show)

Anil is a serial entrepreneur at heart and believer in power of dreams. Anil loves mentoring budding entrepreneurs and innovative startups on building business plans, successfully pitching to investors, go-to-market strategies & scaling up businesses.

Anil is founder and Chairman of Startup India Foundation, an non-profit initiative by a group of successful and experienced entrepreneurs to help grow the early stage startup ecosystem in India. Anil is a well-regarded startup mentor in the Indian startup ecosystem and a TEDx speaker. Anil was the anchor judge for Haywards 5000 Haunslay ki Udaan, India's First Startup Reality TV Show and the official startup coach for The Vault Show, India's answer to Shark Tank. Fondly known as Katappa of the Indian startup ecosystem, Anil is admired for his outspoken no-nonsense views about the startups and the ecosystem. He is most sought after judge for startup pitching events and hackathons. He has judged over 1000 startups in the last 12 months.

In 2001, Anil founded 24x7 Learning and led its growth over a decade to become India’s largest e-learning implementation company besides successfully raising multiple rounds of investments including $4m from Network 18. Prior to founding 24x7 Learning, Anil had successfully setup and launched businesses for two large multinational companies in India.

Besides his engineering from NIT Kurukshetra, he has studied sculpting at New York Academy of Fine Arts and about art markets at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.

Binali Suhandani
Keynote Speaker

She has over 19 years of experience in not for profit sector in India and UK.Her last seven year stint as a country head was with Akshaya Patra Foundation. She helped Sense International, UK set up it's base in India and with the Women's World Bank working in the area of Micro finance for women.She has been a speaker and trainer on Indian and International forums on Resource Mobilization and Strategic Planning.She is also a consultative member on the United Nation's SUN Group headed by UN Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition.

Event Judges

Kashyap Pandya
Chief Guest

A writer of heart & an entrepreneur in spirit, Kashyap is the Founder & Director of Syncoro Ventures Pvt Ltd -an integrated startup accelerator platform. Kashyap has over 18 years of experience in providing brand strategy & business planning. Kashyap has authored a book titled "From Idea to Action: The Art of Writing a Business Plan", a practical business planning guide for entrepreneurs / startup founders.

Ravin Sanghavi

CEO of Surati iLab,a section 8 company incorporated by Surat Smart City Development Ltd to support innovation, incubation etc.Ex head coach, venture studio, Ahmedabad University.31 years of professional career,28 years with reputed corporates .active in startup ecosystem for last 3 years as coach, mentor, angel investor

Parag Shah
Director at K Girdharlal International Pvt Ltd

Director at K Girdharlal International Pvt Ltd

Geeta Shroff

Mrs. Geeta Shroff is a well-known name that is synonym of ‘Social Work’ in the Southern part of Gujarat, India. She leads mainly by example, always doing her best and encouraging others too to do the same. Easygoing by nature, yet direct and decisive when she needs to be defines her best. She is respected not only in the social domain of Surat, but by her peers and also the top leaders of the nation. She is a woman of integrity and able to make tough calls when required.
Mrs. Shroff completed first year of her LL.B from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and holds a blue print for Success from Qualified Learning System (India). She has special interest in the field of motivational and inspirational programs, organizing events and social work for reforms in society.

Coaches and Mentors

Parth Amin

I am parth Amin founder & CEO of City Broadband, Leading & Innovative ICT & Internet Service Provider having licence of Category ‘B’ from Department of Telecommunication to provide multiple Network & ISP based services across Gujarat. I am currently serving as director at South Gujarat Information Technology Association. I thing the new source of power is not money in the hands of few, but internet in the hands of many.

Rohan Nanavati

Rohan Nanavati is a communication designer with over a decade of experience in crafting brand identities for large companies as well as start-ups. He is a believer of honesty and authenticity in branding, and regards consumers as the sincerest investors of any brand. After being awarded an MA in Graphic Design from SCAD-Atlanta in 2008, Rohan worked in the United States for a year; after which he decided to move back to his hometown Surat to begin his own practice in the field of communication design—something that the city was lacking at the time.

Mukul Goyal

Mukul Goyal is a Management Consultant with 7 years of industry experience and a co-founder of Stratefix Consulting. It is a growing Management Consultant firm which caters to SMEs and helps them in formulating and executing the strategies in HR, Sales and Systems & Processes. He believes that “It is 80% Implementation and 20% innovation” which drives a business towards success.Mukul is also member of Global Shapers Community and has attended various forums hosted by World Economic Forum. Co-working spaces according to him provides young entrepreneurs a platform to network, learn and extend their expertise.

Akshay Sharda

Director of, , BhumiX - "The Real - Real Estate" , Life Skills Classes, Udghatan Printing press, Cheetah Courier Services , Screen Addiction Clinic, Dorf Enterprises, Mata Rani Bhatiyani Investments , Dtouch Screens as well as Former National IT Head of All India Maheshwari Youth Organization.
Expert in E-Marketing, IT Development, Business Planing & Validation.
I Believe - "Life is All About The Next Step" & so is our Business / Startup. 

Pratik Sethia
Tech Mentor

Tech Mentor

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Surat is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Vishwa
  • Meghna
  • Bhautik
  • Vijayita
  • Sunny
  • Amit
  • Anand
  • Dhiren


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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