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The American Center, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi

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.




Apr 5
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome
  • Speakers Talk
  • Pitches Start
  • Dinner
  • Voting on Ideas
  • Results and Team Formations
  • 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


Apr 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches Arrive
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Lunch
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Tech Checks & Practice Pitches
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner
  • Wrap Up & Go Home
Platinum Sponsors

Hitesh Oberoi


Hitesh is a co-promoter, MD and CEO of Info Edge India Limited. Apart from the country's leading job site,, Info Edge also owns, and the recently launched and has investments in various internet startups as well.

With 11 years of experience in the internet industry, he is part of various industry forums. He is a charter member of the TiE, New Delhi and also the Chairman of IAMAI – The Internet and Mobile Association of India.

Prior to Info Edge, Hitesh worked for almost four years as the Regional Planning and Distribution Manager (North India) for the Ice Cream Division of Hindustan UniLever Limited, the Indian arm of Unilever Plc.

An alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Bangalore, he won the Prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award along with his Partner Sanjeev Bikhchandani for Business Transformation in 2008.

Ajay Lavakre

Sr Vice President & MD India, RMS

Ajay Lavakare is a Senior Vice President with Risk Management Solutions (RMS) and Managing Director of its India office. After returning from California in 2009, Ajay established the RMS India Data Center of Excellence in Noida. Prior to that, Ajay developed a new business initiative for RMS in the US, focused on creating a range of data services, products and solutions to help insurance and reinsurance companies improve the quality of their exposure data used in catastrophe risk modeling
Ajay is also the founder of RMSI Pvt. Ltd, one of Indiaís leading geospatial information services and solutions companies. He established RMSI in 1992 as a joint venture with RMS. RMSI was sold to the Daily Mail, one the UKís leading media enterprise, in 2002.
Prior to founding RMSI, Ajay worked in Tokyo with Kumagai Gumi Ltd., a leading Japanese architecture/engineering/construction company.
Ajay has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (New Delhi, India) and a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University (California, USA).
Ajay is an active member of the Indian Angel Network (IAN) and a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Delhi chapter. His investment interests include information businesses that use data and analytics. He lives in New Delhi, and enjoys tennis, jazz and good wine and coffee.


Sanjeev Aggarwal

Senior Managing Director, Helion

Sanjeev Aggarwal is a co‐founder of Helion and serves on the Boards of IndiaHomes, Amba Research, Eye‐Q, MakeMyTrip, Global Talent Track, Azure Power, Nine dot Nine Mediaworx and Vienova. Prior to Helion, Sanjeev was the Founder and CEO of Daksh, having been with the company from its inception in 2000 to its acquisition by IBM in 2004. Sanjeev ran the company as its CEO till June 2006. Daksh was a pioneer in BPO sector in year 2000 and had over 20,000 employees by June, 2006. During this period, Daksh was rated as the World's Best Managed BPO company (Black Book of Outsourcing) and was ranked as the #1 employer in Indian BPO market by IDC. Sanjeev was chosen "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year" in 2002.
Prior to founding Daksh, he worked for 15 years with leading technology companies serving the domestic Indian market. Sanjeev led the Strategic Initiatives at Motorola India. He worked with Digital Equipment Corporation in delivering technology solutions and was recognized as the "Decathlon Winner", a recognition given to top 1% managers worldwide. He also served as the CEO of 3COM India.
Sanjeev has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

Vivek Agarwal

CEO, Liqvid

Vivek is the founder and CEO of Liqvid. The company derives its name from two words – ‘vid’ for ‘to know’ in Sanskrit and ‘liquidus’ for ‘fluid, flowing’ in Latin. The idea is to provide personalised learning that takes the shape of the learner.

Liqvid is focussed on providing English language learning solutions – English Edge – to individuals and organisations. Liqvid follows a unique technology based, blended learning methodology that leverages the power to technology to make learning scalable. The English Programs are offered on PCs, Tablets and Mobiles. Liqvid has more than 250,000 learners across schools, colleges, vocational institutes and corporate for this program and its customers include IIT Delhi, Jamia Milia, British Council and Educomp. Liqvid also has a tie-up with BBC Active.

Before starting Liqvid, Vivek had co-founded egurucool. eGurucool emerged as the pioneer in the field of elearning in India, combining a unique learning methodology and a huge infrastructure of technology and content creation processes. The Investors included Newscorp and IFC, Washington. eGurucool was subsequently sold to NIIT.

Vivek has done his MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, where he was awarded the B C Roy memorial prize for organisational ability. He has been a regular feature in conferences and seminars in India and has also spoken in the UK, USA and Latin America.

He has a passionate interest in education and is committed to exploring how technology can be used to make high quality education and training available to a very large number of people at a cost that they can afford and at a place they can reach.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Founder & CEO, One97

is the founder & CEO of One97 Communications – one of India’s fastest growing mobile Internet companies. Vijay also invests in early stage mobile internet startups from his company’s One97 Mobility Fund. An avid admirer of great design, Vijay believes his ultimate moment is yet to arrive. He says and that too with a straight face, if not in his current job, he would have been singing along with Bono.

Silver Sponsors
Contributing Sponsors

Ankur Singhla

Founder and CEO, akosha

Ankur is the founder and CEO of Akosha. He is a corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur He left his job in London to start Akosha, an online consumer platform. Akosha gives shape to Ankur's vision of creating a company that helps consumers in getting better customer service. He has built Akosha from scratch to a 50+ organization. A graduate from National Law School of India, Bangalore, he is a classic film buff, and loves reading biographies.

Harinder Takhar

Head, Paytm

Harinder Takhar aged 35 years, heads the Paytm business which was incubated in One97. His association with the company though is way older than his current stint - he staged the launch for One97's first value added service more than a decade ago. Since then, he has worked at Cadence in a software engineering role, at Nokia at a strategy and business development role and at Research in Motion in a product management role.

Harinder studied Computer Science at the Delhi College of Engineering and completed his MBA from INSEAD in 2006.

Ambarish Gupta

Founder, Knowlarity   |  

Ambarish is a dreamer and no-nonsense task-master”. Ambarish come up with the vision of hosted telephony products for enterprises in India in 2008. He looks at the overall strategic direction of the company. On a typical day you can find him segmenting customers in marketing and cheerleading sales.
Ambarish has global work experience in business strategy, marketing, technology and organizational effectiveness. He worked for McKinsey & Company in US as strategy consultant and Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, Germany as researcher. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur with degree in Computer Science in 2000 and MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, USA in 2007. You can reach him at ambarishKnow@twitter

Pawan Goyal

General Manager, Adobe

Pawan's experience spans research to running a business. He is currently the business owner of TechComm business at Adobe. He has responsibility for multi-function teams (dev, qa, program management, product management, business development, product marketing, demand-gen, and inside sales). He has conducted research in networking, storage systems, operating systems, multimedia systems, virtualization, data center management, and has 30+ papers and 15+ patents. He has productized his research at startups and large companies. He has delivered early and late stage projects with multi-geo engineering teams. He has built engineering organizations, lead teams of upto 250 people, and been responsible for organization turn-arounds.

Sid Talwar

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Startup Ass-kicker   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Founded Evolv (sold to @niitltd). Investor: @shopclues, @missmalini, @embibe, @Quandlteam. Advisor: @gsfindia, @magicbusindia

Angad Kingra

Design Lead at Zomato   |   LinkedIn

Believes the best way to add value to a product is through good design. Obsessively compulsive about details. Always learning.

Naval Saini

Founder, Flip Flop App   |   LinkedIn

Naval runs a lean startup flip flop app ( and work on some very niche javascript technologies. He works on Sencha touch and Node JS (if you have heard of them). He has a good experience of Android and Embedded too.

Naval is a regular StartupWeekender and this time he is coming as a Tech Mentor to engage more with various teams and provide them tech support during the weekend. He was running an arts startup ( before Flip Flop App.

Raveesh Bhalla

Manager GDG & Founder, TwoCents   |   LinkedIn

Raveesh Bhalla is the manager of Google Developer Group Delhi Android, a community-led initiative aimed at assisting developers for the platform improve their skills and get the recognition they deserve.

He's also the Co-founder at, a social micro-review platform.

He's crazy about user experience, and a big time data nerd. Building things is second nature to him, so much so that he lives a 7-day work-week because anything else "just doesn't feel right".

Rahul Chandra

MD Helion Venture Partners

Rahul Chandra is one of the earliest members of the venture capital fraternity in India. In 1997, as the first employee for Walden International’s India focused venture fund, he has worked closely with the second wave of IT services companies like Mindtree, Techspan (Headstrong acquired by Genpact) and Sierra Atlantic (acquired by Hitachi). From 2000 to 2005 based in the Silicon Valley with Walden’s Palo Alto office, Rahul invested in startups in the areas of Communications, Storage and Security. Since co-founding Helion Advisors in 2006, a $600M India focused venture fund, Rahul has defined investment themes in Financial Services, Outsourcing and is currently focused on Mobility. Starting from the pre-outsourcing boom period when India had less than $100M of venture capital in 2 technology focused global venture capital firms, Rahul has seen promising ventures fail and failing businesses transform to create multi-million dollar values. At close quarters, Rahul has seen entrepreneurs transform their businesses with day to day implementation of positive thinking, superior hiring and plain good old values. These days, Rahul can be found hanging out at startup events and spending time with early stage tech companies that are placing all their eggs in the mobility basket and who believe like him that Mobility is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create the next business Goliaths. Rahul sits on the Boards of Netambit, Seclore Technology, Shubham Housing Finance and United Lex. He is a graduate of BITS Pilani and has a MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

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Pankaj Jain
Avinash Raghava
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