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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 is back in the city of Nawabs. After a fabulous event last time, this time we are back with more energy(and more prizes :))

So come on, get your tickets before they sell out and get your startup dream started.

Since you are now at this page, you must be asking yourself, “Should I attend?”. To answer that question, let us ask you two questions:

1. Are you doing a startup?
2. Are you planning on doing a startup?

If your answer to any of the two questions above was “Yes”, then trust us ISB is the place for you to be on July 13th.

Get your tickets and give us a chance to show you what startups are all about.

Special thanks to Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (WCED)-ISB, for hosting the event.

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.



Jul 13
  • 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 14
  • 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 15
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Dinner
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors

Srini Koppolu

Angel Investor, Chairman of Setu Software, Former -MD of Microsoft's India Development Center

Srini Koppolu is the chairman of Setu Software and an angel investor based in Hyderabad, India.

Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Microsoft’s India Development Center in Hyderabad and a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft.

He joined Microsoft in 1989 as a software engineer and worked on various first generation products.

In 1998, he moved to Hyderabad, India to start what eventually became Microsoft’s largest development center outside. He left Microsoft on September 24, 2010 after working there for 21 years.

Samir Jain

Director, Green Gold Animations

Started his career setting up a small scale chemical plant in Mumbai while studying and successfully ran it from 1982 to 1989. In the year 1989 he set up S.B Organics Ltd , a JV with APIDC ( Govt Of A.P.) and set up a plant in Medak dist. This company is still running and is the worlds largest producer of Guanidine Salts , which is used by bulk drugs , Defence application and also export to various countries.

In 2001, along with Rajiv he started Green Gold to produce animated content and then formally partnered with him in 2003 to incorporate Green Gold Animation P ltd.,
which is into production of original content for specifically Indian kids . GG has now more than 5000 minutes of content and has successfully created many I .P, amongst which Chhota Bheem is the most popular IP. GG has now diversified in licensing & merchandising , they have already launched more than 400 products through organized retail , distribution network , GG online store and the latest in a Green Gold store , which has in 6 months 18 stores running across India.

The First Theatrical movie was released on May 18th 2012 , and was a huge success. The vision is to make GG get into events , amusement parks and further launch its own T V channel.

Janakiram MSV

Cloud Specialist

Janakiram MSV is the Principal Consultant of Janakiram & Associates. Through his speaking, writing and consulting, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. Founder and driving force of an initiative called, he enables Architects, Developers and IT Professionals to be ready for the Cloud. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called where he analyzes the latest trends from the world of Cloud Computing. Janakiram has worked at world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. His last role was with Amazon Web Services as the Technology Evangelist where he joined them as the first employee in India. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools. At the time of leaving Microsoft, he was a Technical Architect, Cloud focusing on Windows Azure.

Venue Sponsor

Atreya Rayaprolu

Director, Investment Banking at Intellecap   |   LinkedIn

Atreya has over 13 years of experience in handling strategy consulting engagements, financial structuring and investment facilitation and technology in microfinance. He leads the Investment Banking Services at Intellecap and manages a team that has intermediated over USD 180 Mn into double and triple bottomline businesses in India.

Vidhya Shrivastava

Associate, and Head, South India Ops at Indian Angel Network   |   LinkedIn

Vidhya has been executive director with two companies - a senior executive search firm, and a hospitality venture.

Her specialties include
- Hunting Investible Start-ups
- Incubator, business management
- Entrepreneurial Eco-system
- Elevator Pitches, Business Plans
- People Search

Dr. Krishna Tanuku

Executive Director of the Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (WCED)

Dr Krishna Tanuku took charge as the Executive Director of the Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (WCED) in July 2008. As Executive Director of the WCED, Dr. Tanuku’s current focus is to help create an effective and holistic ecosystem for broad based entrepreneurial development in India. His mission is to promote purposeful entrepreneurship that fosters equitable socio-economic growth in the country.

Dr Tanuku has an illustrious career that spans over 25 years of global experience covering the US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His expertise covers from R&D to product management to marketing and also includes new markets expansion and management including JVs in Europe, S. Korea, Japan and India.

His current passion is to help build next generation global enterprises based on innovative business and customer models of partnerships. Dr. Tanuku has received an MS in Computer Science and PhD in Electrical Engineering Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago. He also received advanced executive management training from INSEAD, France.

Ramesh Loganathan

Center Head (& VP – Products), Progress Software

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
Technologies at Pramati.
Ramesh brings with him over 20 years of Products & R&D leadership experience.

An accomplished technologist and evangelist, regularly speaks at various tech workshops and seminars. As an active member in industry organizations (Nasscom, ITsAP, headStart & TiE), Ramesh drives the product forum and startup events/workshops. Ramesh recently co-authored a book on ‘SOA approach to Integration’. He is also an
Adjunct Faculty at IIIT-Hyderabad, teaching courses on middleware technologies and engaging in research/exploratory work in the area of distributed systems.

Silver Sponsors

V. Laxmikanth

MD of Broadridge Financial Solutions   |   LinkedInGoogle+

V. Laxmikanth has been working in the IT industry since 1982. Prior to Broadridge, he was the Director of ADP Private Limited, Hyderabad, a wholly owned subsidiary of the US based Automatic Data Processing, Inc (ADP). Prior to ADP, he was the Director of D. E. Shaw India, a wholly owned subsidiary of the US based D. E. Shaw & Co.

Mayank Gour

CEO, Stravis IT Solutions   |   LinkedIn

Mayank Gour has over 20 years experience across a spectrum of industries. Starting with his initial days in Engineering Consulting, he has handled multiple roles during his long career across various geographies. During his tenure at Intelligroup, he conceptualized and setup a Global Support Center which scaled up to work with large customers like Hitachi, GE, Exxon Mobil, Coke and several other Fortune 500 companies. He also headed the sales operations for Intelligroup for the Western US region. He has also handled BPO operations for Knoah Solutions as Chief Operating Officer where he multiplied the productivity and profitability of the organization.

Rahul Pratti

AVP, Emerging Business Accelerators – Cognizant Social   |   LinkedIn

An Information Technology professional with extensive experience across the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle). On the technical front, a certified professional on IBM Mainframes, AS/400 and Java Technologies. From a functional proficiency point of view, a PMP (from Project Management Institute) with more than a decade and a half of experience managing projects of all types, technologies, sizes and complexity. A certified tester from ISTQB, who understanding Quality Assurance inside-out given the role of the Healthcare Testing Head and Hyderabad Center Testing Head played at Cognizant. A keen “Lean” methodology exponent trained by McKinsey. On the domain front, a certified expert in General Insurance from Insurance Institute of America/AICPCU. Well versed in Healthcare and the Information domains given the roles played in these verticals during his career.

Prashanth Meka

VP, Incubation Services & Industry Outreach

Prashanth Meka currently runs the incubator, CIE @ IIIT Hyderabad, and helps start-ups through their early stages. In the past, Prashanth has managed various aspects of Marketing for Nokia in the Middle East & Africa. With an MBA from INSEAD and an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Prashanth has experience working with a boutique ad agency in New Jersey as well.

Sulakshan Kumar

Founder and Director   |   LinkedIn

Sulakshan is a Mechanical engineer with interests in technology, design, innovation and man-machine interaction. He has previously worked with Oracle Corporation in product development and with Infosys in Consulting and Pre-Sales.
Sulakshan is a graduate of NIT Rourkela.

Sitakanta Ray

Founder and Director   |   LinkedIn

Sitakanta is a Mechanical Engineer and MBA with interests in computing technologies, data analysis and algorithms. He has previously worked with Oracle Corporation in product development and ICICI Bank in Investment Banking.
Sitakanta is a graduate of NIT Rourkela and IIM Bangalore.

Contributing Partners
Pankaj Jain
Chidambar Kulkarni
Sudeep D'Souza
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