Startup Weekend is all about sparking your imagination. It is an action oriented program in your community that would power every step of the entrepreneurial journey. A diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact in the entrepreneurial world get together.
Meet the organizers of the 2nd ever Startup Weekend Rajkot Youth Edition happening in India.
Having done her schooling from SNK in Rajkot, Palak has a come a long way in building a strong portfolio at a very young age! She is a National level Squash player! Currently she is an Organizer of Second edition of Startup Weekend Youth.
She attended the first Startup Weekend at Gandhinagar. It was an eye opener for her in context of knowing the real business world and the startup ecosystem.
At Startup Weekend, she came in contact with Jatin Kataria, who mentored them at the event. Post the event, under his guidance she decided to get associated for organizing startup weekend youth edition. This youth edition was happening for the very first time in India. It was a very proud moment to be a part of an organizing team of this unique youth edition.
As her 12th grade had begun, there was a lot of pressure handling things and managing time. Yet she decided to do her internship with WE Group. Her passion sparked! She wanted to do something and achieve lot of things in life. She believed in herself, learnt lot of things, took up the challenges, dug deeper into her love area and kept going!
Her passion and hard work took her to become TGES TEDEd Club Leader and a speaker as well in the same year. In spite of many roadblocks, her determination helped her resolve things!
Though having her 12th Boards, she took up to organize various events in this region at a very young age. Palak’s attention to detail, creative imagination, curiosity, determination and contagious enthusiasm have earned her a reputation for unparalleled excellence as a youth. She executes each task flawlessly while maintaining a pleasant, calm and helpful demeanor to ensure an amazing experience for the community.
Palak believes in giving back to the community through volunteering and creating standards of excellence, thus raising the bar of professionalism. It is also proud to know that she is the Co-Founder at Alumni Achievers, which is in planning stage.
Dhrumil Dhanesha, a student and Founder of Dhrumil Dhanesha Technologies, cracked the code to success at the age of 13 years. His expertise, connections and vision to lead his goals helps him exceed his expectations.
He was born in Gujarat, after which he shifted to Mozambique with family. Right from the age of 5 years, he only had gadgets to play with! He felt that the gadgets were solely made for him.
Becoming extremely user friendly with technology, he went on to explore more about gadgets then from the age of 6.He developed an interest to develop a game and from the age of 9, he mastered that art of developing games and applications At the age of 12, he went on to explore making webistes.
His Mentor, Mr Jatin Kataria, suggested him to register his company and now he has his own venture in the name of Dhrumil Dhanesha Technologies. This company provides IT support like app and web development and chatbot development. This is surely an achievement that made him beam with pride.He set his goals which was the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
Talking about his startup journey, before participating at Startup Weekend Rajkot Youth Kids edition in 2017, he was unaware about the entrepreneurship world. After attending it, he got to know what entrepreneurship actually is in real world, what marketing strategies, business ,models, finance models are etc. This event helped him boost his venture and fortunately his team was the second runner up at Startup Weekend youth kids edition at Rajkot. The best part was that he got to work with his age of people.
It was truly an awesome experience because he came with an empty mind and gained a lot more than he anticipated!!
Everyone’s path to success is different. Born and brought up in Rajkot, there was a time where Harishree was unable to stand and address my classroom. Considering the fact that you grow with time,5 years from then, today she is able to address the crowd, irrespective of the number of people present.
They say that you measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you need to overcome. Having a fear of public appearance and stage fear initially, she overcame her fears with determination and courage. She has overcome the ability to handle a sudden change without making it a distraction.She has rushed the fear of what people think and then participate in Startup Weekend Youth edition ,Rajkot in 2017.She was amazed to meet the people of her age. She feels that the age bound created by society are outdated !!
Harishree groomed herself by reading several books and by keeping herself in the place of narrator, she understood the different dynamics of the world! She realized that when you read, the challenges the narrator faces, somehow becomes the challenges that you want to solve. And hence, you resort to deal with different situations. Known as “the percolator,” she listens and digests information. Then her creative ideas are always brewing, giving new energy to every step she takes or plans.
Talking about the startup weekend journey in Rajkot, when she entered she did not have any idea about anything. It’s only after getting the schedule in hand, did she get to know. She was really excited though, she was in a dilemma as well as to which team to choose and be in. With lot of amazing creative ideas flowing around, she had to think through. Once the mentors started coming in, she felt it was not as difficult as it sounded. It was a life changing experience. Everyone had their own perspectives of seeing the problem.
So in all, Harishree feels that you should participate to explore the community as well as the experts in different fields. Interact with them as much as possible and this will definitely help you grow personally.
Born and brought up in Rajkot, Harshil started his journey at the age of 9 years old.
One day he was trying to download a song from the internet and was not aware of the process .He tried to explore the whole day and waited the whole night there was 2G internet service available in those days.
This experience brought him closer towards technology. Through a similar process then, he downloaded few more songs and made an amazing collection. He made up his mind to attend a workshop thereafter. He had a good experience learning about technology. His teacher then suggested to search for more advanced courses. Since then he started learning web and app development.he also learnt ethical hacking, google cloud and much more interesting stuffs relating to technology.
His source of inspiration was Parth Devariya. Harshil got to know about the startup world from him and that’s how he started his own venture at the age of 11 in the name of “Dynamic Solutions” which was a serviced based company providing web support to 3rd party vendors.
Due to mismanagement of studies, he had to close that startup and explore more of entrepreneurial skills. Finally at the age of 14 years, he founded a company called Harshil IT’s solutions which was a completely product based company having multiple verticals.
When he was 15, he founded a company called Space Frontier which aims to focus on developing mobile satellites. So facing lot of challenges, he strived through the up’s and downs and created the ability to think outside the box to solve a problem.
According to Harshil, he would highly recommend students to participate in Startup Weekend Youth edition as it is an energy booster with lot of brainstorming for 3 days! With the expert knowledge, precise communications, and problem solving techniques, an extensive network of community can be established through the Startup Weekend team.
Committed to producing high quality design work in a timely manner. His creativity, flexibility to help clients helps him excel in his work.he is adept at responding quickly to change.
Krishna Babani is a Founder and CEO of inSpace. Born on 25th of July, 2003, he is a geek and designer. He got a diploma in graphic designing at the age of 13 at Little Panther. He was inspired from Steve Jobs at 2011 after he left the world. He got more inspiration from his Book – Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. His goal or his life follows the path at the Apple Campus and the wish is to become Apple CEO. Krishna’s dreams and aspires to become an apple employee one day.
From there he got an inspiration to start his company inSpace. inSpace is an app development, web development and graphic designing company. Handled by two geeks -Krishna and Dhrumil Dhanesha (His Business Partner). They earn but earning doesn’t matter to them a lot, as they mainly focus on experience and producing the best quality is what they strive for. And that’s how inSpace was been found on 1 April 2017. Their main message is Work Hard, and Talk Less. No doubt they also have fun but not at the time of work.
Experience at Startup Weekend Rajkot Youth Edition –
He really enjoyed the journey that took him to this age. Initially he was pretty shy that he wasn’t even interacting with anyone, not even his relatives .But first time he experienced how to work in a team and what product do they bring in market to do their startup. Those 3 days changed his life when he met mentors, facilitators which helped to get opportunities in future. These 54 Hours were not only the event to launch a startup but it gave him lots of learning with small small bricks and finally a building. He faced ups and downs when he was forming a team. Mainly his goal was to figure out how he can reach people and can get benefits and also can give benefits or some major plus points.
We learnt how to complete the work which was been allotted. We also worked like the real startup world the way seniors and their parents do.
He feels attending Startup Weekend is a must as it will bring your talent out of your creative mind. Second you would know how a team is formed. Third is the work given to you will let you know that you are capable for it or not. Fourth is how to interact with everyone and build new contacts. Last but not the least, you will have fun, learn and if Foodie (Delicious Food)
These young organizing team set a benchmark by meeting the expectations of the participants and the program as a whole successfully. The remarkable result was the commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort individually and as a team.
It was in the summer of 2007, in Boulder, Colorado that some 70 young enthusiasts, creators and future leaders sat together driven by a common passion to create something, a startup specifically, in just 54 hours. Led by Andrew Hyde, began the journey of what would become over the course of a decade, the leading organization that both leads and is led by the creators of the world.
With their motto: “Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action”; Startup Weekend has grown into a global organization with presence in over 150 countries, and has a flourishing base of above 210,000 entrepreneurs
Startup weekend, a part of Techstars family of programs powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, essentially constitutes what is called a start-up community. It is a 54 hour weekend event during which people from a rich profusion of varying backgrounds come together to pitch ideas for new start-up companies and work to develop a prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening, principally in teams that are formed on the very first day of the event.
In addition to attendees, referred to as “Weekend Warriors”, attracts coaches, speakers, panellists as well as various sponsors and company representatives. With presence of notable names in the local tech industry and well respected members of the local start up community, you get the privilege and opportunity to connect with people driven to build something new.
After a weekend of brainstorming and launching projects, a good share of teams keep the momentum going and work together, beyond the Startup Weekend itself, to build a fully operating start-up. Over 36% of all Startup Weekend teams still go strong after three months. Others take with them the boot camp experience which teaches you more than what any other resource could offer. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their teams or startups after the weekend. “Rich and diverse talent is a Startup Weekend staple”, and you get to walk away with the wealth of a newly acquired membership of a like-minded yet diverse network- like minded owing to the common passion to create, and diverse owing to the varying fields that their skills and talents environ.
Since the program having been found, 3500+ such events have been held in 150+ countries over the globe. Once you have joined a Startup Weekend, you’ll become part of a global community with over 200,000 alumni.