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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!



Nov 15
  • Registration and Networking over Chai/Kaapi
  • Introduction to Startup Weekend and important instructions for this event.
  • Keynote address by Nipun Mehta, Founder of ServiceSpace
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote and selection of top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Formalise teams and submit names of team members
  • Dinner
  • 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


Nov 16
  • Group Meditation (Voluntary)
  • Simple breakfast & Chai/Kaapi
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Hands-on workshop on the Lean Startup Framework
  • Keep building! (Coaches help teams one-on-one.)
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Keep building! (Coaches help teams one-on-one.)
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day. You may continue working at your residential area or other spaces that the venue may allow


Nov 17
  • Group Meditation (Voluntary)
  • Simple breakfast & Chai/Kaapi
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Hands-on Workshop on Delivering an Effective Presentation
  • Keep building! Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & Awards
  • Wrapup
  • Live Music
  • Dinner
Venue Partners
Contributing Sponsors

Nipun Mehta

Founder, ServiceSpace   |  

Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly CharityFocus), an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. What started as an experiment with four friends in the Silicon Valley has now grown to a global ecosystem of over 400,000 members that has delivered millions of dollars in service for free.

ServiceSpace community also runs projects like,,,, and many more on a gift economy basis. Nipun has received many awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the President's Volunteer Service Award and Wavy Gravy's Humanitarian award. He is routinely invited to share his message of "giftivism" to wide ranging audiences, from youth in Ahmedabad to academics in London to international dignitaries at the United Nations.

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Aditi Shrivastava

Head - Intellecap Impact Investment Network   |   LinkedIn

Aditi heads Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I3N or I-cube-N), which is India’s first angel network focused on impact enterprises. With the ambition to create a widespread culture of impact investing, Aditi engages with HNIs, family offices and funds, and brings them the most scalable and impactful young enterprises for mentoring and investment. She works closely with entrepreneurs as well, advising them on their investment approaches, business models and pitches.

Prior to joining Intellecap in 2011, Aditi was at Goldman Sachs in New York, specializing in quantitative equity research, trading and portfolio management. She also served as a board member on American India Foundation's young professional's board where she discovered a passion for the development space.

Aditi has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, and is a CFA (USA) charter holder.

Kanchan Kumar

Executive Director, TiE Mumbai   |   LinkedIn

Kanchan Kumar has over 2 decades of experience in software product industry and 10+ years as an entrepreneur. He is the Founder and CEO of Fluous - leader in Enterprise HR Solution for large enterprises (see and Co-founder of Emportant - HR Software-as-a-Service for Small & Medium enterprises (

He is also the Executive Director at TiE Mumbai and an active mentor to start-ups in diverse domains. He is the man behind many new initiatives at TiE to support early stage startups, ranging from the Smashup events to the most recent TiEbootcamp.

Sachin Kelkar

Head for Scale Software Program, Intel   |   LinkedIn

Sachin Kelkar is the Head for Scale Software Program for Asia Pacific of the Intel Software and Services Group – Developer Relations Division. In this role , he focuses on developing the software solutions market across Asia Pacific by working with key software companies and software developers. Sachin drives business relationships and developer engagements with Independent Software Vendors ( ISVs) , Startups and software developers in the region across consumer and enterprise segments.

Sachin has worked with Intel for 9 years in the areas of developer engagement, software marketing and solutions engineering. He has worked on key projects of local language enabling , mobile application development and partner marketing.

Prior to Intel, Sachin has worked in Microsoft and Citrix and has an experience of 18 years in the software and telecom industry. Sachin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Shivaji University in 1992 , followed by a Masters’ degree in Management from Mumbai University.

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Annkur Agarwal

Founder, PriceBaba   |  

Annkur P Agarwal started his career with online retail In India 2002. He founded a media company under the brand OnlyGizmos which went on to become a happy and profitable lifestyle business. Currently he is squeezing his experience of media and retail to nurture A 500 Startups alumni, PriceBaba is a local product search engine for India. Easiest way to catch Annkur's attention is to talk Startups, Marketing, Consumer Internet or Mobile.

Dayson Pais

Co-founder and CEO, Webly   |  

Dayson is the co-founder and CEO at Webly - a commerce centric digital agency that is known for its exceptional work.
He is a hardcore programmer and web maven who has been spending the last 7 years of his life incubating services & products in the web/mobile space. From the groundwork & technology required to build web services and running up to managing the business operations, marketing, analytics & iterations required to make it a success, he's always wearing multiple hats in every operation he's a part of. Previously, he founded consumer products - Textme, Mumbai Local, Meter Down.

Fahad Azad

Managing Partner , Robosoft Systems   |   LinkedIn

Fahad Azad is Co-Founder of Robosoft Systems, creating educational & mobile inspection Robots since 2008. Robosoft uses bots as tools to teach science and engineering to school/college students through experience based learning and exports Duct inspection robots used for cleaning air ducts from the inside. Fahad was awarded Innovator of the year award TR35 by MIT technology review Magazine also ranked as top 20 innovative start up by Thehelka and voted one of the Hottest Start-ups of India by Proto in 2010. He has done the Ignite Program from Stanford Graduate School of Business
& Automobile engineering in Mumbai University.

Neil Patel

Founder, Awaaz De   |  

Neil Patel is co-founder and CEO of Awaaz.De. Born and raised in California, his Phd dissertation on a mobile voice-based social platform for the digitally disconnected in India to access and share digital information became the idea behind Awaaz De which he cofounded with UC Berkeley Prof. Tapan Parikh. Awaaz De is now a revenue-generating company. Awaaz.De is a 2013 Action For India Growth Prize Winner, Sankalp - Artha 2013 Award winner, 2011 Tech Awards Laureate, and a 2011 Startups for Good finalist. Neil holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Nischal Shetty

Founder, JustUnfollow   |   LinkedIn

What started as a weekend project, has now turned into one of the fastest growing social media products - Self-funded and profitable, it went from 1 million registered users to over 5 million in one year! He started his career as a programmer and is now learning the nitty gritties of building and managing a fast growing startup. Prior to building JustUnfollow, Nischal was part of the core development team at, the biggest restaurant review site in India that was subsequently acquired by Network 18.

Pravin Jadhav

Co-founder, Wishberg   |   LinkedIn

10+ years experience & exposure on Internet. Extremely passionate about building Web Products in diverse domains including eCommerce, Online Advertising, Search, Social & Mobile. Built both - consumer & enterprise internet products.

Taken different and diverse paths - exposure & experience in various industry domains & fields of Technical Operations, Research & Analysis, Human Resources, Mobile-Web and eCommerce Product Management.

Excited about 'making a difference' and 'conquering challenges.'

Sandeep Todi

Co-founder and CEO,   |  

Sandeep was born with a passion for software products, having worked on products like FACT accounting and founded the community site in his early days. Sandeep's experience ranges from developing HR/Payroll software for largest enterprises in India including banks and BPOs, to building, a leading HR/Payroll cloud platform for mid-market companies.

Shital Shah

Global Strategy Group Coordinator at Enclude   |   LinkedIn

Born in Ahmedabad, raised in the US, and now back, Shital Shah is bringing together varied experiences and global exposure to her birth city's entrepreneurial culture. Immediately after university, Shital worked in Gujarat for a year as an Indicorps Fellow and has since worked in different capacities with organizations like the United Nations, Oxfam, the World Bank, and Acumen Fund. She now serves as a global strategy consultant with Enclude, focused on mobile money and social enterprise. Enclude is an advisory firm dedicated to building an inclusive and prosperous global economy. Along the way, Shital helped start ThinkChange India (TC-I), the one-stop website for keeping up with social entrepreneurship and social innovation in India. TC-I is now run through Social Story.

Shweta Sharma

Founder, Karmany   |   LinkedIn

Shweta Sharma moved from the states to India about a year and a half ago to start Karmany, a platform aimed at driving human capital and awareness to the social enterprise sector. With an educational background in Finance & Accounting and one folded startup under her belt, she also has over 7 years of corporate experience managing teams of 100+ at a US-based Fortune 10 Company, AT&T. In 2008, she also co-founded an educational NGO, Vidya Grants, based out of New Delhi, India, supporting assessment-based scholarships for children at the high school level hoping to drive vital change in the educational ecosystem. Shweta has been an active member of the Chicago/Silicon Valley startup ecosystem spearheading many events to bring together investors and entrepreneurs, and she serves as an advisor to many startups based in the US. An active volunteer for an Ahmedabad-based NGO, Manav Sadhna, Shweta loves her new home in Bangalore. She is also is an avid learner of a Kashmiri instrument, Santoor, and a certified aerobics instructor.

Talvinder Singh

Founder & CEO, Tushky   |   LinkedIn

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