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Delhi, India

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Do you have a brilliant idea and would like to develop a prototype, while getting it critically analysed by experienced mentors and judges?

Are you one of those nerdy coders and designers who can give visionary ideas the required aesthetic appeal?

Would you like to get involved in a 54 hour mission to build a start-up?

The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (eDC) of IIT Delhi brings forward Startup Weekend, 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.

Be prepared to drown yourself in the perfect aura of awesomeness and creativity. Meet the best minds of city working and create the next revolution. How does it work? We aim to bring together enthusiasts like you to share ideas, form teams, build products, and, most importantly, launch startups.

• Friday: Attendees pitch their ideas and inspire others to join their teams. Teams are therefore created to work on the best ideas.

• Saturday and Sunday: This is where you debate, build, pitch. And build some more. Teams will focus on building a prototype of their idea/product. During this period teams will also focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies and building a minimum viable product.

• Sunday: In the evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Who can Participate? Think of a typical Startup Weekend session as a hackathon with a strong emphasis on business and design. Your prior educational qualifications or stream doesn’t matter at all. We are only looking for a passion to innovate. Typical crowd of Startup Weekend consists of

• Hackers and Nerds who can code with speed and skill.

• Domain experts and Business guys who know the market need on the tips of their fingers.

• Designers with a strong aesthetics and strong UI, UX skills.

• Hustlers who can drive the project and can pitch their idea with passion looking to build a fantastic team around their idea.

Teams at Startup Weekend are formed in such a way that they have a good mix of technology, design and business. Why should you join Delhi Startup Weekend ?

• Build a strong network of young aspiring entrepreneurs, well established CEO’s of Delhi and a network amazing angel investors.

• Think, conceive and deliver a product over a weekend. It’s just the energy in the Startup Weekend environment that makes you superproductive. Make your dreams a reality.

• Get one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community. Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges.

• Startup Weekend alumni span across several continents and scores of cities.

Whether entrepreneurs find companies, find a co-founder, 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.

Current event is a general Startup Weekend Edition where participants are required to pitch their raw idea which could be in any vertical/theme like Technology, Education, Health, Disability, Environment, etc. and work on building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) thus propelling them to take their idea to the next stage.

This was probably our largest event in India with over 120 people present, 15 teams, over 15 mentors (including Geeks on a Plane), a couple of VCs and a bunch of angels and accelerators lighting up the Delhi startup scene.


Platinum Sponsors

Dave McClure

500 Startups   |  

Dave uses his uncanny ability to function without sleep and frequent flyer miles to discover amazing geeks and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and around the world. Dave's ominous past includes work at Founders Fund, Facebook fBFund, PayPal,, and SimplyHired.

Sameer Guglani

The Morpheus   |  

At The Morpheus Sameer works with portfolio companies on things like – strategy / product / sales / marketing / boot strapping / plumbing & what ever else is required to make the startup kick ass.

Sameer co-founded Madhouse Media in 2004, India’s first organized movie rentals company, which was acquired by Seventymm in 2007. Post acquisition he was Vice President – Corporate Strategy, Seventymm. In his pre-madhouse avatar he was a hacker for startups like Sonim Inc, Telephia and worked across India, US and Europe.

Sameer is also an independent film maker with film festivals movies to his credit. He loves meeting people, traveling and reading. Sameer managed to get a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Thapar University, India. He blogs at You can also stalk him on twitter @guglanisam

Paul Singh

500 Startups   |  

Paul has mastered the art of the hustle and has the extraordinary ability to extract a business model from a rock. Also from startups. Prior to 500, he was the founder of a handful of his own startups and spent some time at PBworks, AOL and Symantec.

Anurag Nigam

Anurag Nigam is an entrepreneur and is an active angel investor.

He is an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been part of 6 different startups. He was part of the founding teams & leading ASIC efforts at Cerent Corp (bought by Cisco) and Siara Systems (bought by Redback Networks). Anurag switched into the consumer Internet space and was is an investor and founder of, a profitable social networking site with over 20M users.

Nicolai Bezsonoff

.CO   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Nicolai Bezsonoff is the Chief Operating Officer of .CO Internet S.A.S, the registry operator for the .CO top level domain. Nicolai has been with .CO Internet since its beginning, architecting and building .CO from the ground up. Under his tenure, .CO has seen an incredible growth and has become one of the most successful domain extensions in history, with more than 1 million domain names registered by people and companies in 200 countries worldwide.

This growth could not have been possible without the impeccable attention to quality and dedicated oversight provided by Nicolai. From ensuring a smooth transition of the domain and a successful launch, to overseeing the ongoing operations every day to provide a secure and reliable experience to our clients and partners

Abhishek Gupta

TLabs   |  

Abhishek is currently heading TLabs, Accelerator. An IT-BHU Computer science graduate Abhishek has spent most of his professional life as a technologist and architect till the Entrepreneur bug bit him in Late 2006. Since then he was responsible to setup the India center of an MNC where he built and sold two internet businesses and founded an education venture that got shut down prematurely. At TLabs, Abhishek is responsible for finding and funding startups in Technology, Internet and mobile and helps them in execution by advising and connecting them to mentors, advisors and investors from the industry.

Jaime Ignacio Ravirosa


Jaime is an electronic engineer with specialty in Mechatronics from Argentina. Jaime lived in Hyderabad for 15 months back in 2005, that is where he met two of his current business partners. He was working with Satyam, for the Corporate Strategy group at the time.

Later, Jaime returned to Argentina to work as a Project Leader for a Process Automation company.
In mid-2008 he went to Silicon Valley with his business partners to start their company. They ended up in Mexico and built a technology company, OVIA, aimed at changing the recruitment process. They have developed an online platform to perform online asynchronous video interviews. They are working with Adidas, Manpower, BMW, Walmart, etc., in US, Latam and Europe. They have reseller partners in countries like Switzerland, South Africa, Mexico and US. OVIA just raised 3M USD in investment.

Jaime has managed the company operations and finances for 3 years and, now, he is switching to Sales and Customer Success.

George Kellerman

George has spent the past year supporting numerous technology companies and startups in cross-border transactions between the US and Japan. His support has ranged from market research and product development to licensing and joint ventures. George's clients have included Zynga, SurveyMonkey, Copia, and Yahoo! Japan. From 2008-2010 George ran Dell's consumer business in Japan, a $500M P&L with over 220 headcount spread across Japan and China, and during that time it was the most profitable consumer division within Dell globally. Previously George served as VP of International Business Development at Yahoo! Japan, as SVP of Asia Business Development at Experian Interactive, and as a Corporate Counsel at Yahoo! Inc. George received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Silver Sponsors

Dave McClure

500 Startups   |  

Dave uses his uncanny ability to function without sleep and frequent flyer miles to discover amazing geeks and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and around the world. Dave's ominous past includes work at Founders Fund, Facebook fBFund, PayPal,, and SimplyHired.

As a 500 Startups Mentor, Dave guides our companies with Consumer, Customer Acquisition, Finance, Financial Services, Fundraising, International, Marketing, Product Management, SMBs, and Social expertise.

Nishant Verman

Canaan Partners

Nishant Verman has 8 years of operational, finance and entrepreneurial experience across Asia and the US. Prior to Canaan, Nishant was co-founder of Groovebug, a personalized music platform for the iPad. Nishant was part of team since inception and focused on multiple aspects including product development, venture funding and launch. Previously at Microsoft, Nishant was a Senior Business Development Manager for the APAC Online business.

Nishant focused on strategic partnerships in India and China, including Microsoft’s partnership and investment in Affle, a mobile ad platform. Nishant joined Microsoft in their Corporate Development team in Redmond where he was involved in acquisition of aQuantive and Tellme. Nishant started his career in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking group in Silicon Valley, where his clients included Google, eBay and Zappos. Nishant has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University and Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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