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ISB Gachibowli

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!

Startup Weekend is back. For the first time in a Hyderabad which is part of the new state Telangana. Thanks to ISB for agreeing to host the venue. ISB has been in the fore front in supporting startups in Hyderabad.

How does it work? We aim to bring together enthusiasts like you to share ideas, form teams, build products, and, most importantly, launch startups.

  • Friday: Attendees pitch their ideas and inspire others to join their teams. Teams are therefore created to work on the best ideas.
  • Saturday and Sunday: This is where you build, build, build. And build some more. As this is a Maker Edition, teams will focus on building a prototype of their idea/product. During this period teams will also focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies and building a minimum viable product.
  • Sunday: In the evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Why should you register?

  • Build your network: Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
  • Actually launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekends are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
  • Get face time with thought leaders: Get one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community. Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges.
  • Join a global community: Startup Weekend alumni span across several continents and scores of cities.
  • Learn: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Why should you attend?  To answer that question, let us ask you two questions:

  1. Do you have that killer idea that can change the world and make you rich?
  2. Do you have the startup bug and want to know what it takes to become an entrepreneur?

If your answer to any of the two questions above was “Yes”, then trust us ISB is the place for you to be. So, get your tickets before they sell out and get your startup dream started! Register now!

Past Events – No Talk, All Action!




Jul 18
  • 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


Jul 19
  • 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


Jul 20
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Nitin Jain

Co-Founder & COO at NowFloats   |   LinkedIn

Nitin is the Co-Founder & COO of NowFloats which helps small and medium businesses get and maintain an online presence through simple channels like SMS and Mobile App. NowFloats received the best innovative company award by Microsoft in 2012 and was selected amongst the top 16 coolest start-ups of India by Business Today in 2014
Prior to doing this start-up, Nitin was with Microsoft where he played multiple roles which include leading delivery for Dynamics CRM & ERP, Sales and Marketing for International markets like LATAM, EMEA and South East Asia. He earlier worked with mid-tier IT Companies like Intelligroup(now NTT) and Birlasoft. He started of his career as an embedded systems engineer for General Electric. Nitin holds a B.Tech Degree from Delhi Instt. of Technology (now Netaji Subhas Instt of Technology) and a MBA from Indian School of Business where he was also the President of the Entrepreneurship Club
His passions are technology and travel and he aspires to scale NowFloats globally through a new age business models while leveraging existing industry best practices.

Venue Sponsor

Dheeraj Batra

Head of DLabs, ISB   |   LinkedIn

Dheeraj Batra is a serial entrepreneur having launched multiple organizations including Arogya Finance, a disruptive healthcare lending venture. He was formerly a Business Designer at IDEO and a business builder at Innosight Ventures. He has a passion for helping new ideas take shape and believes that a human-centered approach has the potential to help unlock tremendous value. He has worked with several companies - ranging from start ups to Fortune 500 - helping them develop innovative ideas and concepts, prototype new businesses and build organizational capability. Has incubated businesses across sectors ranging from medical devices to financial services to agriculture.
Dheeraj holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School and BS degrees in both Finance and Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Murali Bukkapatnam

MD & CEO of Domestic Workforce   |  

Murali Bukkapatnam is the Managing Director & CEO of Domestic Workforce Pvt. Ltd. Founded in 2011, is India's first internet-based platform providing comprehensive domestic help solutions to households, corporate’s and expatriates. He is the founder of The Capitol Projects Private Limited, a company focusing in real estate in Tier II markets, and the founder CEO of Mandava Spas & Hotels Pvt. Limited until December 2011. He is the Managing Director of BSP Systems (“BSP”), IT consulting and Services Company based in Fairfax, VA USA. BSP was incorporated in 2002 by a team of technology professionals who had formerly worked for companies such as Oracle, SAP and Siebel. Murali sets the strategy, acquires major customers, and initiates quality practices which have helped grow BSP into a premier IT company in the Washington D.C. area.

After a 16 year stay in the U.S., Murali returned to India to head Mandava Spas & Hotels Pvt.Ltd as a full-time CEO & Co-Founder, a hospitality start-up. He brings extensive experience in operations, strategy, and finance.

Murali is the President of TiE Hyderabad Chapter & helps and invests in startups. A founding member of Hyderabad Angel Network and is serving currently on it board!

Amardeep Lakhtakia

CEO & Co-founder, MilkorWater   |   LinkedIn

An Engineer from BITS Pilani and an MBA from IIM Bangalore, Amardeep is an accomplished entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience, who loves to code and market his creations.

Amardeep has an excellent track record of building disruptive Internet-based startups at each stage of the technology evolution from Application Service Provider (ASP) to SaaS to Cloud. His latest startup, MilkorWater is a financial analytics company that ranks analyst recommendations on the web to provide smart investment ideas to consumers. His first company, AristaSoft was an ASP pioneer that was funded by marquee VC firms in Silicon Valley. AristaSoft was merged with Cymbal Technologies leading to its acquisition by Patni Computers for $70m. His second start-up, Webify was a web-services based product company that was acquired by IBM for over $100M. Earlier in his career, Amardeep held various technology and business development roles at Wipro.

Amardeep has received several industry accolades such as IBM Global Entrepreneur, Microsoft Bizspark Startup Challenge, Nasscom Emerge50, CNBC Youngturks Emerging Startups, Upside Hot 100, Bloomberg UTV Top 50, Economic Times Power of Ideas. Amardeep is a startup evangelist, a frequent speaker, filed patents and co-authored a book.

Srini Chandupatla

Co-Founder and COO Manjeera Digital Systems and Angel Investor   |   LinkedIn

Srini Chandupatla is an angel investor and a serial entrepreneur with more than twenty years of global experience primarily building technology startup businesses. Srini is an experienced strategist, innovator, and a mobile technology expert recognized by TiE Hyderabad.
Srini is also the Co-founder and COO of Manjeera Digital Systems based out of India. He was responsible for managing global operations, corporate strategy, business development, product management and delivery teams in multiple mobile startup companies such as Motivity Labs, JP Mobile, Defywire, and Antenna Software.
Srini is a mentor and advisor for several emerging technology startup firms. Srini’s accomplishments include enhancing top line growth, ensuring market profitability, fund raising and acquisitions.
Previously, Srini has either worked in or sold to the technology and financial companies such as IBM, Sybase, Research In Motion, Moody’s Investors, Goldman Sachs, and New York Stock Exchange. Srini was the CEO of Innocore Solutions and successfully completed its acquisition.
Srini earned his MS degree in Computer Science from NYIT, New York, U.S.A. and holds a BS degree from Osmania University, India. Srini is a charter member of TiE Hyderabad as well.

Subramonia Sarma

Head of SEAL at ISB

Subramonia Sarma is a head of SEAL and helps drive a majority of the entrepreneurship programming at the school. As head of ISB Special Programs, he oversees the ELP, the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum and the ISB’s business plan competitions (including the Global Social Venture Competition). Sarma also personally mentors ISB students and alumni who seek to create and grow their own businesses.

Silver Sponsors
Contributing Partners

Vijay Gummadi

Founder & CEO of Carz (multibrand car expert)   |   LinkedIn

Vijay is the Founder & CEO of CarZ, a network of independent car service centers where any make and model of car can be serviced. The company specializes in all kinds of electrical and mechanical repairs, accident repair – denting and painting, wash & detailing services, tyres and battery. CarZ operates in 14 cities across 4 states.

Vijay’s passion for building things and the automobile started very young. In school, he would often concoct school projects involving robotics & mechanics to get funding from friends and family. In college, he signed up to wash cars at a premier car dealership for a month to convince the service manager to allow him access to the car repair and service area during summer. His passion for automobiles took him to the car-capital of the world – Detroit, where he studied the automobile and built a firm that developed technology for leading car makers and suppliers. The same passion brought him back to India to found CarZ. He believes, this was planned way before it began…

Pankaj Diwan

Founder CEO of Uptec Idealabs Ltd

Pankaj Diwan is the Founder CEO of Uptec Idealabs Ltd. He has over 15 years of experience in ICT Industry and has been responsible for delivering solutions to global leaders. He is an avid follower of technology and has a broad range of technology expertise in domains such as Mobile Apps, Auto ID technologies and Cloud computing. Pankaj is an IT advisor to several large Business groups in India in conceptualizing and implementing their overall IT strategy.

Pankaj has a strong passion for Education for Employability. He has been the founder of IDEALABS-The Incubation Programme, an incubation centre to build Industry ready resources which has trained and placed over 10,000 candidates. He has been an advisor to Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education and is on the board of several prestigious Engineering and Management Schools. He holds a degree with distinction in Electronics from Osmania University.

Jaideep Singh Bachher

Founder and Director of School Sports Program

Jaideep is the Founder Director of School Sports Program, one of India's foremost school sports education companies. He holds a degree in law from the NALSAR University of Law. Pursuant to his graduation in 2009, he worked as a Securities Markets Lawyer in India's biggest law firm, Amarchand and Mangaldas. He founded SSP in 2011.

The former corporate lawyer has a wide range of interests, from sports to music. When not busy trying to expand SSP, he moonlights as a legal advisor to companies, an Ultimate Frisbee player and a drummer for a couple of local bands

Manish Grover

Founder of   |   LinkedIn

Manish is the founder of, a Global Talent Referral and Crowdsourcing Platform that helps companies from startups to enterprises to add speed and reach to their hiring. is currently privately held. Manish also works closely with a fast growing Recruitment Process Outsourcing Business and advises a couple of startups in the internet space. He has 15 years of experience in Internet, New Media and the IT and ITES Sector. Prior to, Manish worked at PartyGaming plc, joining them at an early stage and helping them grow to the world’s Leading Listed Online Gaming Company as Business Head for one their Gaming Business Units.

Manish also worked at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting on various Management Consulting engagements for Banking, Utilities and Industrial Clients. Manish has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and a Bachelor of Technology Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

Prashant Agrawal

Sr. Software Development Manager at

Prashant is currently with Amazon as Sr. Manager Software Development - working on launching a new business. His domain knowledge spans Financial services, cloud computing, healthcare and retail business. He started his career by co-founding a startup in 1996 focused on developing ERP solution for Lease and Hire Purchase domain. After 2 years, he joined another startup building back-office and front-office products for equities domain. Moving on after 6 years, he delved into healthcare domain and cloud computing.

Before joining Amazon, Prashant worked on launch of Microsoft's cloud computing platform - Windows Azure. He is an avid reader and follows technology trends closely. He holds an Executive MBA from SP Jain Mumbai and Bachelor of Commerce from Osmania University.

Srinivas Kollipara

Chief Operating Officer of the IIIT-H Foundation   |   LinkedIn

Srinivas is the Chief Operating Officer of the IIIT-H Foundation, which runs the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. CIE is one of the largest incubation centres in the country with 24,000 sq. ft. of space and around 45 startups on site. He is an active startup consultant and mentor, and advises startups on building viable, fundable and profitable companies by refining business models and strategies in order to build sustainable competitive advantages.

Srinivas has over 20 years of international management experience in strategic planning, business development and product management, ensuring the creation of long-term value for organizations from customers, markets, and relationships.

Ramesh Loganathan

VP (Products) & Center Head, Progress Software   |   LinkedIn

Ramesh is responsible for leading the product development at the Hyderabad Labs, providing strategic guidance to the product teams. Specifically led the transformation from offshore dev to a product engineering lab, with focus on cross-product capabilities, Common Technology and innovation for the SOA/RPM and Data integration products. Prior to Progress, he was the VP of Middleware Technologies at Pramati. He helped setup the team that built the Sonic Workbench on Eclipse, which eventually transitioned to Progress Software- India. At Pramati, he started the Technology consulting division offering high value consulting around middleware infrastructure & Web2.0 collaboration in the enterprises.

An accomplished Technologist, has over 20 years product engineering and R&D leadership experience. Regularly speaks at tech workshops and seminars in India. Recently co-authored a book on ‘SOA approach to Integration’. He's an Adjunct Faculty at IIIT-Hyderabad, and teaches courses on middleware technologies and distributed systems. He's the Chair of ACM Hyderabad Chapter since Jan 2012, Regional council member at Nasscom & Managing committee member at ITsAP & TiE. He's a part of the National program team for Nasscom Products conclave and ITsAP Hyderabad Software products showcase.

Sudhir Mantena

Founder Bizgain   |   LinkedIn

Sudhir is an engineer by education and entrepreneur by choice. He is extremely passionate about technology driven products on Web/Mobile/Social to solve real world business challenges. He is a founder of BizGain and he also incubated and successfully ran (Yelp like in India) and (Digital Marketing Training).

Prior to this, he worked at various Fortune 100 organizations in the US including Wall-Street Media giant Bloomberg. He is also an active member of TiE-Hyderabad.

Saurabh Verma

Founder of RealBox   |   LinkedIn

Saurabh is the Founder of RealBox who created a technology to use google like targeted advertising technology for offline business and increase sales upto 20%

A Microsoft Alumnus, Data Scientist, Growth Hacker, Architect >15yrs Business Intelligence, Social Commerce, Data Mining & Digital Branding, Developer and a certified Scrum Master with more than a decade of experience in designing and developing variety of business applications.

Ipshita Sinha

Founder of Startup Wave

Ipshita is a Manager at the Consulting team at Intellecap - a pioneer in supporting early stage entrepreneurship. Ipshita is currently involved in developing a virtual incubation platform - StartupWave. StartupWave is being built as an infrastructure for the Indian start-up incubation ecosystem - conceptualized partnership with DFID and GIZ. She is currently working with more than 100 entrepreneurs in refining their business ideas through this platform and make them incubation ready.
Prior to Intellecap, Ipshita worked as an Analyst at McKinsey & Co. She has an MBA from ISB, Hyderabad and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Miranda House, Delhi University.

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