“Global Startup Battle” – Startup Weekend Hyderabad

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I’m sure everyone has heard about Startup Weekend Hyderabad, if not please refer to our previous article about the event or visit our website to get all the information (give below).

Global Startup Battle(GSB) was created by the community and for the community. It is the your chance to compete against teams from across the globe! First you take part in the Startup Weekend at Hyderabad and then the winners will be contesting against those in the region of Asia Pacific, and then globally! In the GSB you represent your city/region and bring home the startup glory, joining the legacy of the GSB winners!

GSB has several themed tracks that offer different prizes, sources and judges! These tracks are as follows:

  1. Champions Track– The best of every city/region.
  2. Great in the Making(Made great by Mr.Coffee)– Products, technologies and solutions that improve the lives of others in one or more areas – Home Life, Work Environment, Transportation, Organisation, Convenience.
  3. The Innovators(Powered by .CO)– For all Startup Weekend teams launching their brilliant ideas on a .CO domain.
  4. Disruptors and Big Ideas(Powered by Transpose)– For inventors and entrepreneurs who naturally think outside the box, pushing innovation forward by tackling industry wide problems, not just small scale solutions.
  5. Mobile Growth Track(Sponsored by Branch)– Mobile Apps that have Branch’s SDK integrated, dashboards collecting data with links team’s create and with sharing switched on.
  6. Open Track(Sponsored by The Company Corporation)– For teams outside GSB Startup Weekends, unlocking and providing the benefits and value of GSB to all.

..More coming up soon, http://www.globalstartupbattle.co/tracks

Prizes for each track vary, ranging from access to conferences like GEC(in Milan), CES, launch conference, etc. to incorporation services and mentoring; The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam to memberships in WeWork and Founder Institute; Business consulting, testing of devices to meeting with the media; Branch Technology access to working out of their office space; And many many more prizes! Check each track’s page and all the prizes are listed http://www.globalstartupbattle.co/tracks

– Varun Mallapragada.

Startup Weekend Hyderabad (GlobalStartupBattle) will be held on 20th – 22nd of November, 2015 at T-Hub, Gachibowli. To participate, please register at www.swhyd.co.in

Startup Weekend Hyderabad

One weekend to start a business? Is it even realistic? Hell, yeah! At Startup Weekend Hyderabad we present you the challenge! In fact our slogan is “I started a company in 54 hours, what did you do last weekend?!”, and trust me – it doesn’t get any better than this!

It’s simple event. Participants are of various kinds – you have geeks/developers who know nothing else but coding, Designers, hustlers/communication experts who are good with marketing, and then there are the guys who are bored to death in their job and think “Entrepreneurship?! That’s fun!”.

For the first two days, it is only the participants, mentors and the organisers! Third/Final day, the judges come in to pick the winners! So, first we have the participants pitching their ideas to everyone in one minute (elevator pitches). Then, we have everyone voting for the ideas/pitches they love the best – 25 of the top voted ideas are chosen to be worked upon! Participants, then form complementary teams and work on making a prototype/business plan for the chosen ideas! Mentors will guide all the teams and offer plenty of advise!

After all the task completions, working like hell through days and nights, yelling at each other, giving everything they’ve got, in short, the teams, eventually sell the dream! And that is, the final day presentations of business plans/prototypes to the judges(5 minute pitches) who criticise with passion and the verdict is finally out! Winners are announced, we have top three places and a crowd’s favourite!

The winners getting amazing prizes that range from free office spaces to software licenses for limited periods of time! And the upcoming event is a part of our beloved “Global Startup Battle” which gives winners the chance to participate at a global level and win even bigger!

For most of us, Startup Weekend Hyderabad teaches a lot about startups and how to go about them! And for a handful of us, it might still not be as clear – but then it is true that above everything else, Startup Weekend Hyderabad is filled with fun, networking, passionate people, adrenalin rushes, massive loads of food, lots of coffee, and wonderful experiences!

– Varun Mallapragada.

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Startup Weekend Hyderabad (GlobalStartupBattle) will be held on 20th – 22nd of November, 2015 at T-Hub, Gachibowli. To participate, please register at www.swhyd.co.in

Entrepreneurship – Global Startup Week


The first time I heard the word “Entrepreneur”, it was said by a fairly older gentleman, who frantically walked on the stage, waved his arms about and kept saying the word like it was a sort of mantra. We all laughed, my friends and I. Frankly, we never had the intention of paying attention that morning.We just found him to be someone we could point our fingers and laugh at. That was 12 years ago and I didn’t know it back then, but astoundingly, I find myself in a similar position the man on the stage was in. Figuratively, I find myself trying to convince a sceptical audience of the concept of a start up or an idea, and figuratively, the criticisms and questioning feels like the audience pointing a finger and laughing at me.

I suppose I can finally understand what the old man was on about. The feeling of bringing an idea to life is an exciting prospect. It’s a promise of a dream you can provide yourself with and an intangible sense of purpose that is finally, potentially, attainable. But beyond all the ‘fairy-tales’ and ‘lofty ideals’, start-ups aren’t a very novel concept obviously. The fruition of our imagination and our ideas is one of the fundamental characteristics of our species. The man who invented the wheel, the first farmer and the first carpenter could all be considered entrepreneurs. Being entrepreneurs is who we are. We are living in a wonderful time, full of challenges that need to be addressed and full of problems waiting for ingenious solutions. While the industrial revolution and the software bubble were the great start-up generators of our recent history, never in our collective memories as a society, have we faced the scale of challenges we face today, challenges that have the potential to affect every single person’s life. As potential entrepreneurs we are the answer to these challenges.

At the Global Start-up Week, we will provide entrepreneurs with every resource they need, expose them to ideas from across the world, have veterans put their ideas to the test and eventually select the team that may have the answer to questions we may not have even thought of yet.

As a potential entrepreneur, you will have everything you require to leave your mark on this world. All you need to do is use your imagination.

– Anirudh Valluri.

Startup Weekend Hyderabad (GlobalStartupBattle) will be held on 20th – 22nd of November, 2015 at T-Hub, Gachibowli. To participate, please register at www.swhyd.co.in