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?
“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
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