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Progress Software, Madhapur, Hi-Tech City

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 16
  • 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


Nov 17
  • 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


Nov 18
  • 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!

Santanu Paul

Chief Executive Officer at TalentSprint   |   LinkedIn

Santanu Paul is the founder and CEO of TalentSprint, a NSDC partner company, which has recently raised Rs 20 crore in Series A funding from Nexus Venture Partners. Prior to TalentSprint, he was the SVP and Head of Global Delivery at Virtusa. Santanu was the Co-Founder and CTO Viveca which was later acquired by Openpages. He started his career as a research scientist at the IBM and has published more than 20 technical papers and 2 United States patents. He did his Ph.D. from University of Michigan, and B.Tech from IIT Madras. Santanu is a Distinguished Fellow of the IDRBT, VP of ITsAP (formerly Hysea), and a Board Director of TiE Hyderabad.

Abhishek Nayak

CEO of Gharpay   |   LinkedIn

Abhishek started working on Gharpay while finishing his degree in biological sciences from BITS Pilani. He founded with the company with a mission to simplify consumer payments. Gharpay works with over 300 internet companies and is backed by Sequoia Capital. He focuses on hiring, product and business at Gharpay. At college he spent two semesters working for Bloomberg and a leading genetics lab.

Venue Sponsor

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.

Lax Gopisetty

Hyderabad Angel

Lax is a business management leader, responsible for building, developing and managing market demand, managing business P&Ls efficiently. Alliance and partner driven business growth, marketing, strategic planning, sales management, client relationship management, project delivery and operations management are his key traits.

Lax has over 20 years of experience in Business & IT industry in business development and client engagement streams. Lax has broad range experience covering sales management, consulting practice management, development center operations, strategy planning and execution for corporates spanning multiple industries such as Hi-Tech, MFG, Retail, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Media & Entertainment, and Emerging Markets.

He leverages strong cross-industry, cross-geo experience to hunt and farm business across the spectrum of solutions. He has led multiple global large-scale engagements from sales to program management in his career tenure.

Satya Kalyan Yerramsetti

CEO SMS Country

Satya Kalyan Yerramsetti is one of the very successful serial entrepreneurs in India. He grew up in a middle class family in a small town in southern part of India. After receiving his Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, he moved to Australia to pursue Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of western Sydney. Upon returning from Australia, Satya worked on his first big dream - to connect enterprises with mobile channels - by founding SMS Country Networks in 2003. SMS Country Networks quickly grew to 12000+ customers, with offices in 8 countries. 4 years later, Satya pioneered the concept of Free SMS in India, by founding, an innovative, add supported free SMS service that has 12 million registered users and sends 1.2 billion messages per month. was recently acquired by Satya also founded, a leading health care portal that is used by millions of users across the globe. Currently, Satya has incubated 3 new online consumer centric companies with focus on the Indian market.
1) is a mobile based party invitation service
2) is a gamified online campus recruitment platform
3) is a online complaints and reviews platform

Satya is very passionate about using mobile, local and social to simplify day to day lives of people. He is not only a true visionary, but is also known for his many innovations in building and running successful companies that attract great talent and produce innovative, winning products! He speaks frequently at conferences and workshops all over India about entrepreneurship and has mentored several entrepreneurs in India.

Silver Sponsors

Pradeep Mittal

Board Member at Truthlabs   |   LinkedIn

Pradeep Mittal is a Board Member at Truthlabs which is the first people private forensic lab in India, Not for profit NGO and has resolved more than 2000 cases across India. He also serves as a Director at Magna Infotech and Goose Technologies with over 20 years of industry experience including 12 years in USA. He is a member of Hyderabad Angel Ventures and is a member of the Executive Council and Finance and Mentor Committees at TiE Hyderabad. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communications from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University, India and a Diploma in Management Information Systems from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Abhishek Nayak

CEO of Gharpay   |   LinkedIn

Abhishek started working on Gharpay while finishing his degree in biological sciences from BITS Pilani. He founded with the company with a mission to simplify consumer payments. Gharpay works with over 300 internet companies and is backed by Sequoia Capital. He focuses on hiring, product and business at Gharpay. At college he spent two semesters working for Bloomberg and a leading genetics lab.

Srinivas Chilukuri

Managing Director at Flexeye IT Services

O V L Kiran Kumar

Strategy Planning & Execution specialist   |   LinkedIn

O V L Kiran Kumar is a seasoned entrepreneur and management professional with over 7.5 years of experience in various sectors. He has been a management consultant in areas like Clean Energy, Software Products, Telecom VAS, Building & Packaging Materials, Healthcare and Gaming. He has extensive experience across Business Analysis, Business Development, Marketing, Sales, Product Management, Alliances & Channel Development, Business & Financial Planning and Fundraising.
He is currently an entrepreneur pursuing an opportunity in Digital Gaming Technology. He holds a B.Tech from IIIT Hyderabad and an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Y Ravi

Head - Data & Devices at Bharti Airtel Limited   |   LinkedIn

Y is an innovative sales and marketing professional from the tech and telecom industries. He specializes in telecom pricing, communication, innovation and marketing strategy. Prior to joining Airtel, Y held positions in Microsoft and Nokia. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Ripul Kumar

Founder Director at Kern, CTO at LionSher Tests   |   LinkedIn

Ripul has over 16 years total experience. 8 years with startups. Was one of the first employees at Pramati Technologies and - understands startups well. Set up design & usability practices at both companies.

Co-founded Kern and leads usability innovation at Kern Communications, a leading ethnographic/design research and usability consulting company in India. Kern was mentioned in a Forrester Report on usability in India. As an entrepreneur, he consults with several Fortune 500 clients in Europe, USA, and Asia.

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Rahul Sanghi
Jeevan Reddy
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