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My journey with Startup Weekend started in May 2014, when I stumbled on this website – http://bangalore.startupweekend.org/. I was in-between jobs, and had woken up very early on 2nd May. While browsing the internet, I saw that an interesting, new event was to be held that evening, at a fairly exorbitant ticket price. I purchased two tickets – one for my brother and the other for myself.

That evening, I was seated in the Dayanand Sagar Auditorium. Over the next two days, I bonded with many interesting people. On Sunday evening, I was delivering the final pitch for my team. And by the end of the event, I was overjoyed to learn that our team had been placed as a winner!

I had left Bangalore in October 2010. Startup Weekend became the means by which I could re-integrate into my hometown. So much had changed over the last 4 years, that I needed a safe haven where I could mingle and find my identity. 

We didn’t really cash in on the winning prize, which was co-working space at Jaaga plus mentoring. However, soon enough in late June, I was attending a Startup Weekend Creative Edition as a volunteer. My friend, Avani introduced me to Shevika, and sowed the idea of organizing a Startup Weekend Social Innovation themed edition at Bangalore. 

Soon after, we met at Jaaga and had signed up to co-organize the event!

In August, I was invited to be a coach at the Startup Weekend Education event. You can see how it was progressing. Participant -> Volunteer -> Coach and very soon -> Organizer.

Before turning organizer, I signed up to participate at the UP Global India Community Leader Summit 2014 on 27th and 28th September. At the Golden Palms Hotel and Spa, we deep-dived into various aspects of Startup Weekend. It was energizing and enriching.

Nathan, Shevika and I put our heads together for our event. We decided to kickoff with a meetup in December at BeaglesLoft. And it was a super success. You can read the blog with all the details here.

In May 2015, we will be hosting the main event. We are working out the logistics and all else that is required to make the event happen. It’s our way to give back to the thriving Startup eco-system at Bangalore. 

Karthik