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BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

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The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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SW University is different from a regular startup weekend in the composition of the participants. In a SW University event there are 70% Students and 30% of experienced professionals.



Mar 15
  • 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


Mar 16
  • 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


Mar 17
  • 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!
Gold Sponsors
Venue Sponsor


Hyderabad4Innovation is an initiative from a group of highly accomplished individuals to seed, nurture and grow tech start-ups from Hyderabad. The first initiative is an idea and startup seeding event - IdeaCarnival - targeting students and alumni of IIIT-H, BITS, ISB and IITH, as a pre-cursor to the super-accelerator program jointly offered by these four institutions, TiE and mentorship from the Hyderabad4Innovation group.

Hyderabad4Innovation is a small but highly accomplished group of influential leaders from Hyderabad IT and entrepreneurial ecosystem. It includes well known industry leaders from Hyderabad including Srini Raju, BVR Mohan Reddy, JA Chowdary, Srini Koppulu, Dr. Ramesh Babu, Sateesh Andra & Murali Bukkapatnam, and the Directors of IIIT-H, ISB, IITH and BITS, apart from IT technology leaders/entrepreneurs like Kalyan Manyam and Ramesh Loganathan, and a few others.

P. Ramakrishna, Utthishta

P. Ramakrishna Is a commerce and law graduate from Andhra University and also a rank holder. Fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Has about 3 decades of rich experience across various domains including business development & strategic planning, auditing, accounting, process controls, risk management, corporate governance and compliance, tax structuring and succession planning. Functional expertise in deal making, valuations, due diligence, negotiation support, joint venture structuring and fund raising. Formerly an Executive Director and the National Leader – Entrepreneurial and Private Client Service at PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited. A regular speaker at events conducted by CII, FAPCCI, ASCI, ICAI and ICSI. As a Lead Partner and Engagement Partner for Assurance, has advised and reviewed various companies (business groups) which have grown many folds in a short span like Care Hospitals, Rain Commodities, Greenko, Lanco, GMR

Silver Sponsors

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
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.

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.

Satya Kalyan Yerramsetti

CEO SMS Country   |   LinkedIn

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.

Pankaj Diwan

Founder CEO of Renaissance Softlabs (P) Ltd   |   LinkedIn

Pankaj Diwan is the Founder CEO of Renaissance Softlabs (P) Ltd. He has over 15 years of rich 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 and Communication Engineering from Osmania University.

Varun Reddy

Co-Founder VP-Business Development at Mauka   |   LinkedIn

Varun Reddy is the co founder and Vice President, Business Development at Mauka, a cloud based application that connects colleges and corporate companies for virtual hiring and training. Prior to Mauka he worked at Frost and Sullivan as a Research Associate analyzing disruptive and futuristic technologies in the areas of Advanced Coatings and Surface Technologies, Industrial Bio-processing, High-Tech Materials and Plastics. His interests lie in quantitative finance, management consulting and business development. An ardent fan of Steve Jobs , Varun graduated from BITS-Pilani Hyderabad with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He is also the winner of Panel Discussion on College Start ups conducted by National Entrepreneurship Network, Varun aspires to become a serial entrepreneur in technology and web space. He is a 2013 Fellow in the prestigious Startup Leadership Program.


A group of seasoned entrepreneurs, Angel investors and VCs have come together to create a platform for innovation in Hyderabad. If you are planning on starting up, this is the best group you can have access to.

Contributing Partners
Rahul Sanghi
Raghu Prodduturi
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