Techstars Startup Weekend Chennai Online
26 - 28 February 2021

chennai@startupweekend.org
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

If you've ever been to a Techstars Startup Weekend, you know it's one of the most thrilling 54 hours you can imagine. You experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you work, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors and sponsors — all who are ready to help you refine your idea.

A Techstars Startup Weekend Online takes the best of our in-person experience and amplifies it with the scope and reach of the best digital tools available.
Learn, Network, Startup
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

If you've ever been to a Techstars Startup Weekend, you know it's one of the most thrilling 54 hours you can imagine. You experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you work, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors and sponsors — all who are ready to help you refine your idea.

A Techstars Startup Weekend Online takes the best of our in-person experience and amplifies it with the scope and reach of the best digital tools available.
Learn, Network, Startup
Ryani Sisca
Facilitator
Ryani Sisca is Program Director of Social Innovation Accelerator Program (SIAP). Since 2019, she has involved in startup and social impact ecosystems, actively engaged with more than 50+ local ecosystem builders across Indonesia. During her venture as National Lead for Startup Weekend Indonesia, she managed to led the biggest Startup Weekend Online COVID in Asia with more than 1500 participants, as well as Startup Weekend Indonesia NextGen with 20 simultaneous Startup Weekend NextGen in 1 month partnering with 30 Universities. She receives her Bachelor Degree in Communication & Media Studies from University of Indonesia and passionate about community development, program design and management, and ecosystem builder empowerment.
Mentors
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Alina Alam
Alina Alam is a social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of MITTI Cafe, which provides people with disabilities a space to be productive and provide opportunities of employment. She is a strong advocate for participatory management and has been honoured with many awards including Mindtree Hellen Keller Award, Tiecon Young female Entrepreneur of the Year Award, etc.
Sridharan Sivan
Sridharan Sivan is a passionate businessman and loves to create and manage new and growing businesses, having managed over 5 companies before founding S10 Healthcare which is his 6th and latest venture. A highly experienced entrepreneur, he has also been the chairman of CII, Chennai Zone.
Geethu Sivakumar
Geethu Sivakumar is a coder, designer and a technology enthusiast. Having entered the entrepreneurial world at a very young age, Geethu founded her company PACE at the age of 19. A dedicated and sincere businesswoman, she has been awarded many accolades including Best Women Entrepreneur of Kerala, United Nations Women Hall of Fame and more.
Piyush Bhanu
Piyush Bhanu is the Co-founder of XOME Life Sciences, a technology company aiming to create a decentralized health system. Currently doing his masters in biotechnology, he is a passionate entrepreneur and innovator and also holds a patent for a new biogas system and wind turbine.
Tathagat Varma
Tathagat Varma is a Software executive, product leader, technology strategist and innovation evangelist with over 29+ years' experience building organisations ground-up and shipping multiple "1.0" products with American, European and Chinese Fortune 1-500 companies and Silicon Valley unicorns. He is also an orator, published author and startup mentor and has mentored over 100+ startups. Tathagat currently heads the Technology Strategy and Business Operations at Walmart Global Tech and has previously played significant leadership roles in major companies including Yahoo, DRDO, Philips, Huawei, McAfee etc.
Gauri Das
Gauri Das is a strategic HR leader with over 14 years of experience in creating and aligning HR strategies with business goals and is the Head of HR at India Factoring and Finance Solutions Pvt Ltd. A recognized HR 100 under 40 and Top HR Mind (India) Gauri Das has been working on enhancing performance through HR analytics and digitization and is passionate about guiding and mentoring students and young professionals and loves a high energy and growth focused environment.
Vedanarayanan Vedantham
Vedanarayanan is currently the Startup and SME Business Head at Razorpay. He consults early stage startups on branding and digital marketing and has helped multiple digital products and brands grow including Health-Tech, Ed-Tech and online travel. Vedanarayanan is also a visiting faculty member and has conducted many programs in top b-schools including SPJIMER, IIM, Flames University and more and has spoken at many international forums and digital conferences.
Dr. Ranjini Manian
Dr. Ranjini Manian currently serves as Founder-Chairperson at Global Adjustments Foundation. Her Championwoman Movement at the GAF has shaped the lives of many women, enabling and empowering them through life coaching workshops to become confident, and fit them better into leadership roles. Prior to this, she founded Global Adjusments, India's leading relocation and cross culture services. She has also served on the Harvard Women's leadership Board and currently serves on the Apollo Hospitals Advisory board and the Madras Management Association's (MMA) Managing Committee. Dr. Ranjini has spent over two decades as entrepreneur, author, philanthropist and speaker, connecting global citizens to India and its business culture.
Akshaya Suresh
Akshaya is a Partner at VB Legal and has over 13 years of experience with focus on the areas of Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology Laws, Privacy & Data Security, Corporate & Commercial Contracts, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to this, Akshaya was the Legal Director at Freshworks and a key member of the core leadership, helping to grow the company into a SaaS Unicorn. She has mentored many startups in setting up their legal and privacy functions and acts as an outsourced General Counsel for many startups in their early-stage and growth stage. She has also presented at various industry events and forums like MCCI, IAPP, and Startup Grind.
Gaurishankar V
An alumni of INSEAD, Gaurishankar V is a cross functional business professional and leader with over 22 years of experience in Finance, Commercial, Retail Operations, Supply Chain, Business Excellence & Sustainablity, across – Retail, FMCG & Infrastructure. He has worked in various top companies including MWH Global, Unilever, and Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. Highly active within the startup ecosystem, Gaurishankar is currently engaged with multiple startups including and as: COO at Ciphercode Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd, Advisor at Cxsphere and many more.
Varatharajan M
Varatharajan is a Venture Partner at iDrive Capital, an investment banking firm looking to help early stage startups in fundraising from seed, angel and VC investors. Prior to this, he used to work as Senior Manager at Venture Intelligence, a data and analysis company, tracking private company financials and transactions including Venture Capital and Private Equity. A highly active entrepreneur and a research driven individual, his research work is often seen quoted in media organizations including Forbes, TechCrunch and Economic Times.
Vivek Kapoor
Vivek Kapoor is the co-founder of DineOut, India's largest dining out and restaurant tech solutions platform in B2C and B2B front with inResto, processing more than 40M diners and $800M worth of transactions for its partner restaurants across its network of 50,000 restaurants in 20 cities.

Vivek left his successful career in the merchant navy, to start Dineout with his friends as a simple idea to offer a better dining experience and within a very short time, became one of the biggest and most successful restaurant tech platforms in the country.

Judges
Ashok.G
Ashok G is the Co-founder and CEO of Startup360 India, an Accelerator & Innovation platform for Corporates, Institutions and Startups enabling business scale-up by bringing enterprise relations, mentors, and Investments for Business Growth. A highly passionate entrepreneur, Ashok has rich experience and exposure in the entrepreneurial ecosystem including Setting up, Scale-up, Fundraise, Partnerships, Collaborations, Accelerators, Downtowns, Winding up & Exits in Startups. An alumnus of INSEAD, he is a mentor at the Atal Innovation Mission (NITI Aayog) and was in the Top 15 Change Makers of India (2018) and has over the years mentored many startups, helping them scale up and grow.
Varad Rajan Krishna
Varad is an Executive turned Serial Techpreneur and Angel Investor with a stellar record in a career spanning over 25 years. He has been part of start-up communities that have developed products and IP ranging from Embedded Software, BPM, Telecom, and Cleantech and is currently engaged in building open innovation communities worldwide through Induct. Varad is actively involved in various startup initiatives in India and worldwide as a mentor and jury as a way to give back to the global entrepreneurial ecosystem and is part of global Start-Up programs including the notable 100 Open Start-Ups. He specializes in Innovation, R&D, Sustainable Innovation Models, Patents, and more.
Rajalakshmi Srinivasan
Rajalakshmi Srinivasan is the Director of Product Management at Zoho Corporation, a software company crafting unique solutions to various business intricacies, enabling growth and progress. In her 21 year career with the company, Rajalakshmi has gained extensive experience ranging from database scaling and network monitoring to application performance tracking and end-user-experience management. Rajalakshmi is an exceptional example of someone with deep insight on how to innovate and improvise ideas, create team synergy and execute the idea to completion while staying ahead of the competition.
Raman Govindarajan
Raman Govindarajan is the CEO of Perfsystems, a consulting and IT services company, offering services in database administration, security & performance and is also active in Technology Advising to Startups along with Angel Investing. Raman has a vast array of experience having worked in top companies in Silicon Valley including IBM, Oracle, and Siemens. He was also a Governing Council Member at TiE Chennai and the Chairman of Indo American Chamber of Commerce, TN. In addition, Raman is currently a member/investor at the Indian Angel Network, Venture Catalysts.
Tech Tools
Here are the tech tools you will need during this online event!
Event Schedule
26 - 28 February 2021
Friday
Kick off session Link here
Saturday
Livestream link
Sunday
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Global Startup Weekend Partners
Google for Startups
Google Cloud Platform helps startups build web/mobile apps and is offering participants $300 in credit to build their apps (link can be found here). Teams can use Google Trends + Market Finder to test if there is a growing demand for their product and in which markets.

> $300 USD in cloud platform credit
> Register at cloud.google.com/free
GoDaddy Registry
GoDaddy Registry provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy Registry (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organizing team.

> 1 x free GoDaddy Registry domain, per person
> Participants can redeem the code from: startup.co

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to support@porkbun.com.
Local Sponsors and Partners
The Techstars Startup Weekend Chennai team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.

Contact
Questions? We are here to help!
E-mail: chennai@startupweekend.org


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