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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!

Startup Weekend Hyderabad : Global Startup Battle 2013

It’s finally here. After a long wait, Startup Weekend is back at the city of Nawabs. And this time it’s bigger. And like 2012, this time also, we are going to be a part of the Global Startup Battle. So what are you waiting for, sign up immediately and tell your startup story to the world. This time the prizes are bigger and the event is bigger. I know, every event says that :), but this time we have proof. Just have a look at a sample of the prizes you will be eligible for. Here is a taste of some of the prizes GSB teams can win!

Grand Prize (Battle Champion)

  • $20,000 USD in match funding from Google for Entrepreneurs for an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (Custom campaign creation and support from Indiegogo included)
  • Visit to Google Headquarters for 3 team members, flight and lodging included
  • Mentoring with Google experts
  • Google Hangout with entrepreneurial celebrity
  • Industry specific introductions (We’ll make introductions to people and companies that can help you be successful)

Runners UP (2nd and 3rd Place)

  • $10,000 USD in match funding from Google for Entrepreneurs for an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (Custom campaign creation and support from Indiegogo included)
  • Visit to Google Headquarters for 3 team members, flight and lodging included
  • Mentoring with Google experts
  • Google Hangout with entrepreneurial celebrity

These prizes are just a start, there are plenty more ways to win and more prizes that we’ll reveal from now up until GSB kicks off!

Trailer of GSB 2013

SW Hyderabad at GSB 2012

    

Sign up now to get your chance to enter the global startup battle.

Schedule

Friday

Nov 22
  • 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

Nov 23
  • 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

Nov 24
  • 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!
Speakers

Pankaj Jain

Venture Partner & Chuck Norris Impersonator at 500 Startups   |   LinkedIn

Pankaj has 15+ years experience in the financial services industry providing technology and management services around back office processes, technology, and management for the financial services industry in the US, Europe and India, specifically, hedge funds.

He loves new technology and new business ideas in various domains. Interacting and working with people in implementing these ideas and technologies is his passion.

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…

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Judges

Ramesh Loganathan

Center Head (& VP – Products), 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/ frameworks, Common Technology and innovation for the SOA/RPM and Data integration products. Prior to joining Progress, he was the Vice President of Middleware

Mohsin Khan

General Partner at Utthishta

Mohsin Khan holds a Masters in Engineering from US and has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Indian School of Business
Started his career in General Motors (Delco/Delphi division), USA as an engineer and grew to a management position, where he handled strategically important projects with sales of millions of dollars and spread across different countries
Joined CNO Financial Group (previously known as Conseco Inc) in US (a Fortune 500 company) as Managing Director for its India Operations and grew the company from 1 person to 370 people
Started his entrepreneurship journey by negotiating a minority stake in CNO India, which he sold back to the parent company CNO Financial Group, Inc on mutually agreed terms
Till recently headed the operations of the subsidiary – CNO IT Services (India) Private Limited at Hyderabad in the capacity of a Managing Director. Resigned the same and started Utthisha Seed Fund. He is a Charter Member of the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Member of Hyderabad Angels, and a Member of The CEO Clubs Hyderabad.

Srinivas Kollipara

COO at IIIT-H Foundation   |  

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.

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…

Contributing Sponsors
Coaches

Srinivas Chilukuri

Hyderabad Angels & MD at Flexeye IT   |   LinkedIn

Srini is a prolific innovator and energetic entrepreneur. He is Managing Director for Flexeye IT Services, Hyderabad. Prior to Flexeye, he was part of senior management team at Catalytic, Founder and CEO for Blually Software. He is also a member of Hyderabad Angel Investors.

He has an encyclopedic understanding of practical and theoretical of technologies and highly just as importantly, business and management. He is a seasoned professional in Media and Entertainment vertical, delivering High Quality applications and products across many channels including Web, RIA, Mobile and Wireless, Games for Mobile/Console, Futuristic UI, Digital Content Creation for TV and Motion Picture for corporate giants and technical leaders like Viacom group of companies, France Telecom, Microsoft, Verizon Wireless, AOL, NASA, Cisco, Autodesk etc. He was a Producer for ground-breaking implementation of a World’s Top Rated Mortal Kombat game for the first Linux based mobile phone.

Naveen Gattu

Co-founder & COO of Gramener (A Data Visualization Company)   |   LinkedIn

Naveen is the Co-founder & COO of Gramener (A Data Visualization Company), handles Sales & Operations of the firm and proud recipient of Lufthansa Pioneering Spirit Award-2012

Naveen is a seasoned executive with deep experience in industry that has predominantly been in the Technology consulting and Outsourcing. He has been with IBM for a decade in various technical,leadership roles in North America and held strategic leadership roles at Birlasoft. He has been responsible for delivering number of complex technology led business transformation programs in his professional career

Naveen is a regular speaker at Various Nasscom conferences and startup events.

Nithin Baalay

Founder & CEO of SayShaadi.com   |   LinkedIn

A product guy, loves the web, believer of the lean startup idea and a computer science engineer. Nithin is the founder and CEO of SayShaadi.com, a one stop online wedding planning portal. He is extremely passionate about everything related to the web and is responsible for leading the product design and end-to-end activities at SayShaadi. After moving back from the U.S in 2010, Nithin served as the Chief Technology Officer at BuyThePrice.com, an eCommerce venture, which was later acquired by Tradus. He played a key role in creating one of the fastest and slickest ecommerce portals in India and was instrumental in increasing the traffic and revenue multi-fold. Previous to Buytheprice, Nithin worked for World Media Group, a web startup which owns some of the best web properties in the world. He was the Managing Director at India.com, a horizontal web portal along with @india.com email addresses and also worked on travel technology. He comes with a strong Ivy League educational background from Columbia University where he pursued his Masters and holds a Bachelors Degree from CBIT, Osmania University in Computer Science and Engineering.

Sandeep Dev

Director & Creative Head at 17dnorth   |   LinkedIn

Sandeep has done his Bachelors in Architecture from JNTU (Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University) and his Masters in Product Design from NID (National Institute of Design). Carrying an experience of more than 5 years as a User Experience Designer he is quite the expert and utilizes the same in delivering the User Centric Design requirements.
He has worked in a variety of Design Practices, ranging from User Experience Design for Mobile Applications, Operating Systems Design, E-Commerce & technology applications.
Along with his Design background, Sandeep brings a keen understanding of User Behavior to the table, which contributes towards his approach to effective user experience.

Sachin Hejip

Director of Engineering at Progress Software India   |   LinkedIn

Sachin has several years experience with developing and designing software, across a broad spectrum which includes servers, tools, libraries, etc. He gets a thrill out of building software and seeing it do what it was designed for. Some of the most enjoyable things have been building language features in the Pramati IDE and managing the Pramati Web Server.

He has managed large teams (30-60) with multiple teams and deliverables (>5) for several years and has experience with growing teams and building them and getting them to succeed in a global environment.

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