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LHC (Lecture Hall Complex), IIT Bombay

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

May 2
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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

May 3
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

May 4
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Venue Partners
Judges

Adit Parekh

Adit has spent over 8 years in the startup world both as an entrepreneur and investor. His passion is to work closely with early stage ventures (mainstream & social) and build them into successful /formidable companies. He spent the initial years working with unfunded/funded & family run businesses in operational/ technology & marketing roles. The various industries include Healthcare, Telecom, Logistics and Travel. The later years were spent in the investing space with both Early Stage & Mature Venture Capital Funds (Aavishkaar and currently Blume Ventures) primarily in identifying investment opportunities and working closely with portfolio companies on technology, operations and financials. The sectors that closely resonate are Education, Travel and Gaming with SaaS and Mobile being the primary distribution mediums. In his spare time he runs a travel company that works closely with rural entrepreneurs in building boutique home-stays in the Himalayas. His eventual goal is to combine design, technology and business inorder to create/be part of homegrown innovative ventures that can positively change the face of India.

Mentors

Siddhart Shah

LinkedIn

The focussed, knowledgeable and intelligent guy known for his passion and drive. And the 'coolest boss'

Biren Mehta

Biren offers a solid combination of operations and risk mitigation when solving strategic innovation challenges for clients. His arsenal of skills has been fine-tuned over a career diversified in both, function and geography. He has been a pharmacist, technology entrepreneur and manager of retail, supply chain and distribution in the US, India, Netherlands, and South Korea. Equipped with strong user observation skills and high customer empathy, he is capable of finding unique opportunities for innovation in any kind of business.

Palak Dalal

LinkedIn

Palak is part of the investment team at Nexus Venture Partners, a leading India focused venture capital firm. Previously, Palak worked as a Software Engineer in Bing at Microsoft, USA where she helped develop and maintain a platform for capacity planning and performance testing for Bing. Before Microsoft, she did an internship at IBM Research Lab in developing and validating models for personalized marketing of mobile applications. Palak graduated from IIT Bombay in 2012 with a B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering and a minor in Management.

Yash Shah

LinkedIn

Yash is co-founder of Areysun, his third startup. Since Yash was 13, He picked up the habit of turning sugar and caffeine into binary code. Apart from coding around on his broomstick, He Design, Cook, and Gossip. Third year B.Tech student. Google Summer of Code Intern. Winner at SW Ahmedabad'13.

Sponsors
Organizers
Sheikh Shuvo
Himanshu Pandey
Shevika Mishra
Amit Singh
Sudhanshu Mishra
Shruti Singh
Abhijeet Dhope
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by Nikhil Wason

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