8 Reasons to Attend Startup Weekend Healthcare Edition

Startup Weekend healthcare edition will be here in some days. If you are still not sure whether you should attend it or not, go through these 8 reasons to make sure you are there on 2 september 2016.


1. CO-FOUNDER DATING

You might find your co-founder for your upcoming startup here. You have all the chances in the world to do so.

2. IT’S FAST

Experience energy like never before, it’s fast and happening. 54 hours of non-stop fun with learning from the mentors and judges is a great deal.

3. PRIZES

There are lot of exciting prizes to be won as well, so all in all it’s a win-win.

4. FOOD

We all love food, isn’t it? Get free food and alot more stuff.

5. CHALLENGE YOURSELF

Push the envelope. Prepare yourself for the future by knowing the nitty-grity details and meeting the people you might need as your co-founder.

6.EXPAND YOUR NETWORK

Meet various coders, designers & hustlers, the more people you know the more resources you have to develop knowledge and build a solid network to thrive on.

7. NASCENT STAGE OF HEALTHCARE STARTUPS

Healthcare sector startups are still in their nascent stage making it a great field to work on and succeed.

8. VENUE-AMAZON SAKET

Spend a whole weekend at Amazon’s office, which supports and empowers the budding entrepreneurs. Come and feel the energy and get inspired.

 




Startup: The What and How

What exactly is a startup, you ask?

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Well, a startup is a young company that is just beginning to develop. Startups are usually small and initially financed and operated by a handful of founders or one individual. These companies offer a product or service that is not currently being offered elsewhere in the market, or that the founders believe is being offered in an inferior manner.
There are people with exquisite sense of notions that works for them, while some need to refine them to reach the masses and attain success.
For facilitating your ideas, your burning desires to change the things around you with your entrepreneur skills, Startup Weekend holds 54-hour startup creation events, bringing together entrepreneurs from engineering, product, design, marketing and business backgrounds.

Participants gather on Friday, and by Sunday afternoon, they launch a company. A startup that can prove its potential may be able to attract venture capital financing in exchange for giving up some control and a percentage of company ownership. People have ideas, enthusiasm and the skills but lack the guidance to execute their work in a requisite manner and inexplicable things hinder their success.

This is where the idea of Startup Weekend comes into the picture.

 




Judging Criteria

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The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighted equally):

  • Business Model
    • How does the team plan on making this a successful business? Have they thought about (either solved or identified problems) competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, their revenue model etc?
  • Customer Validation
    • Are teams building something that people actually want? How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs. Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers?
  • Execution & Design
    • Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Were they able to demo something functional?



Rise of women entrepreneurs

Women-entrepreneurs

“Because you are a girl!” – end of talk, end of discussion, end of opportunities and end of dreams. A harsh crude reality for many women in India, who have the wings of dreams but are not able to take flight. But in this flock of feathers, there are some bravehearts who not only pan the skies, but also carve out new paths. And these torchbearers are the hope for our further generations.
These are the newly emerging women entrepreneurs, who are breaking the moulds of the society and setting their own trends. Fighting against all odds, they aspire to bring about a change and are victorious in their effort. Women are slowly gaining a stronghold in the entrepreneurship sector, with increasing participation and worthier positions of responsibility. But all this has not been child’s play. Fight for equal pay, equal rights in workplaces and equal levels of respect still ensues in many sectors of employment.
In a recent talk on entrepreneurship, a women panellist described her ordeals as a married woman, striving to make a mark in the male dominated industry, to bring up her company. One of the major setbacks, she said, was when people chose not to recognize your ability and plainly refused to believe you, simply on the grounds that as a woman, it is highly unlikely that you would be able to sustain and manage yourself. Such rudimentary mindset needs to be revolutionized to bring about that drastic change which we wish to see in the business sector, wherein women will hold key positions and will be respected for their job.
Not everything is dull though. A quantum of change has already been initiated with the government promoting start-ups and business ideas, and preferring women to come forward and take the front seat in planning and decision making. Examples of successful women entrepreneurs and their inspiring success stories are also a huge factor for the motivation of budding entrepreneurs. For the same reason eDC IIT Delhi is offering discounts for women to participate in Startup Weekend, IIT Delhi.
So come out of your cocoons young ladies, and dare to take that first step to success! As Ganon Baker said, “Stars can’t shine without darkness. To be great you will have to work. You don’t always see the results right away but keep fighting. You are shining.”

Coupon Code : SW-SHE




The new age entrepreneurs

Student Entrepreneurs

With the likes of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates who on the quest to follow their hearts set to tread on the ’road not taken’ at an early age and strike it rich when they were college students, the trend since has always been on the rise. In India, as the government is coming up with schemes like Make In India and Start Up India and earning a degree becoming more flexible, starting up is no more the cliched risk but a very viable option for those who want to be independent.

Talking about the Ritesh Agarwal whose awe-inspiring story of Oyo Rooms’ rise, which completely revolutionized the hotel business in India, offering predictable and affordable rooms across India. Ritesh started his business when he was seventeen, overcoming many challenges, imitators, skipping college, learning along his journey to build an immaculate business model.

Universities and college environment adds up to the enthusiasm, with entrepreneurship cells and incubation centres coming up inside campuses students can make the best out of the available opportunities being in a safe environment.

Realising that it’s the youth that can imagine and innovate to change the way we live, and set out early unfettered by the fear of failure, eDC IIT Delhi is offering discounts for students to participate in Startup Weekend, IIT Delhi where students get their first exposure towards the Entrepreneurial World where they blend in with other entrepreneurship enthusiast for various backgrounds.

Coupon Code: STUDENT

 




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