Startup Weekend Coimbatore 2019

It is my fourth edition of  Startup Weekend Coimbatore. Full of energy and learnings. This is small report of #SWTVM

76 aspiring entrepreneurs(50 non-student and 26 students) took part in the 54-hour startup marathon. Startup Weekend is an adrenaline rush of epic levels from the first pitch through to the last presentation. Coming in alone with an idea on Friday night and leaving on Sunday evening with a startup company, and a bag full of new network contacts is a unique experience only found at a Startup Weekend.

The weekend was hosted at Karpagam College of Engineering, Coimbatore. around 75 aspiring entrepreneurs turning up for the weekend. With the attendance levels, we anticipate between 14 “mini startup companies” formed.

The 4th edition of Startup Weekend  Coimbatore started with Ebin Ephrem Elavathingal, Cofounder Trip Jodi, the facilitator briefing the participants about startup and entrepreneurship. The event which is a part of a global initiative powered by Techstars and Google for Startups, aimed at giving the participants a glimpse of the starting up in 54 hours.

The participants then pitched their ideas, leading to about 40 ideas in total from which the final 14 ideas were selected. The teams were formed and their agendas set at the end of the first day.

The second day started off with the teams working towards building their product as well as validating their business model. Their work was supported by mentors who were domain experts in multiple fields.

Prizes were Distributed to the winning teams by judges

Google for Startups, dotCo were the global partners for the event.
Servercake, Jayavilla, WRKPOD, Simplicity Coimbatore, AIC-IIIT Kottayam were the local partners for the event
More on Mentors – http://bit.ly/swcbe19 
Facilitator Profile : https://www.linkedin.com/in/ebinephrem/ 








How Techstars is solving global challenges?

Do you have an idea but don’t know how to build your startup?

Well, the Startup Weekend is going to happen this month in Rajkot on 28th-30th June.

What is Startup Weekend?

It is an event on delivering an awesome entrepreneurial experience for people who have ideas and want to make the business or product out of that. It is 54 hours actionable framework where participants can execute on their ideas from pitching it to team building and finally making the minimal viable product.

This time Techstars has brought the Startup Weekend edition Global Sustainable Revolution. In this edition there are 15 global challenges is chosen which we are facing. So in this edition entrepreneurs and problem solvers will try to solve these challenges through their ideas by creating sustainable products and solutions.

More Exciting about Startup Weekend is…

All around the world, more than 50 cities have hosted these Startup Weekends with the help of local organizers and startup weekend facilitators. Local initiatives are together creating a global impact – a big movement towards a sustainable world!

Encouraging disruption for a much better future :

Startup Weekend is an overall network for entrepreneurship and the ideal method to achieve these objectives. This version will rejoin a great many members driven by the will to make, venture up, motivate and be propelled. Besides, it will likewise offer them the chance to understand that they are all change creators.

For creating better and quality future participants will develop solutions around the major challenges proposed by  #GSWSR

1) Build eco-conceived products & reverse planned obsolescence

2) Change from a consumer business model to a user business model

3) Extend Products’ Lifetime

4) Upcycling

5) Substitute the disposable by the sustainable

6) Foster local production and local distribution

7) Reduce food waste

8) Build sustainable agriculture and a sustainable food industry

9) Build highly energy efficient products and systems

10) Produce sustainable energy

11) (Re)Build sustainable buildings

12) Design resilient, smart and inclusive cities

13) Design Fintech for inclusive sustainable finance and markets

14) Build the future of sustainable transportation

15) Foster education on sustainability

Let me brief you about some of the challenges :

Challenge 1:- Build eco-conceived products & reverse planned obsolescence

Creating products with materials which are sustainable, as nearby as could reasonably be expected, and extend the lifetime of these products however much as could reasonably be expected.

Challenge 2: – Change from a consumer business model to a user business model

Build a business model that satisfies more needs with fewer resources using two main concepts:

   i) The sharing economy which is about sharing the use of assets often facilitated by a community based online platform.

  ii) The functional economy which is about selling a service instead of selling a good.

Challenge 3: – Extend Products’ Lifetime

Extending products’ life by three methods:

   i) Repairing products

   ii) Reconditioning products

   iii) Second-hand marketplaces

Challenge 4:- Upcycling

    Replace disposable items by a logistics using long lasting returnable items, or biodegradable items.

Challenge 5:-  Substitute the disposable by the sustainable

     Transform by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality.

Creating sustainable and future problem proof solutions are the core of startup weekend global sustainable revolution.

So what are you waiting for let’s participate and build solutions for global challenges?








TSWMadurai Follow-up Meetup

After Techstars Startup Weekend Madurai,what’s next?

We are not build the relationship just for event,let’s meet again with in a week as well as every month as a community and drive the spirit with in Madurai and get global products with global community support.

Don’t miss it. June 1st 2019 is our follow-up meetup.








Techstars Startup Weekend Madurai

“She is the modernity that villages lack

and the tradition

long forgotten by cities.

You come, you see, she conquers you.”

Writes Indhumathi about Madurai.

What could serve as a better testimonial to these lines than the opening of Marriott International a premier global hotel chain spreading its wings to Madurai. International firm Honeywell called Madurai its home more than a decade ago followed suit by the Indian IT firm HCL Technologies.

All these goes on to prove that this 2500 + yrs old city has been reincarnating itself to be a city to reckon with over all these years. With a slew of startups calling this city its home, its now time to up the game. The rise of people from this region going on to to lead international giants like Google is well known. This is what makes Madurai a special city that connects modernity with tradition, technology with humaneness, cutting edge next-gen products with native crafts, business with tourism.

The start-up ecosystem is getting vibrant in this part of the world with a host of events happening in the last 5-6 months addressing venture investments, social media & digital start-ups etc. The Techstars start-up weekend is slated to happen from May 24th upto May 26th and hosted at ELCOT IT Park, Madurai. The objective of the start-up weekend is to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs, by providing all the necessary support to bring an idea to reality. This unique platform is a place to meet a new co-founder, marketers, established business icons, designers and developers and get advised by a brilliant lineup of mentors and judges to validate the idea and take the idea to market ready product/service.

How the Start-Up weekend works ?

As metros and tier-1 cities get saturated in terms of quality of life, inability to catch up in terms of infrastructure, traffic woes, threat of looming environmental impact, increasing crime incidents it is only sensible to look at the next set of cities that can catapult the state and the country in growth path. From that perspective, Madurai offers more reasons to be the next business hub after the capital city of Chennai & textile town Coimbatore.

Each participant will get:

  • An exclusive .Co domain including the hosting for a year- FREE!
  • 3000$ worth Google Cloud Platform credits to build mobile and web apps.
  • 5000$ worth AWS credits for all the startups golive with in a month by Madurai Startups Community.
  • 6 Months startup planner tool
  • Exclusive Startup Weekend goodies and SWAGS.
  • A well designed community inspired T-shirt.
  • Official Startup Weekend Certificate!
  • Coffee, Snacks-available all day to power up your brain.
  • Unlimited gourmet buffet food over the course of the weekend (that’s 7 meals!)

The Winning Team gets

  • Startup Weekend Madurai‘ Title Winner
  • Free Co-working space By 625001.in
  • Free Legal & Compliance Support
  • Cyber security support for Product By ServWing
  • Winners Weekend Trip Sponsored By The Holiday Navigator
  • Mentors Connect 
  • Investors Connect & Funding from Blaze Ventures & Madurai Angel Networks

Registration Link : http://bit.ly/swmadurai2019/

Venue : CVIAC,Elcot IT Park,Madurai

Date : May 24 (5PM) – May 26(9PM),2019

Point of Contact : 91-7010328830

Mail : madurai@startupweekend.org

Written By Krishna(meetkrish21@gmail.com) & Posted by Siva.








Reason why startups and professionals should take part in Startup Weekend !

What would you prefer? Spending years doodling your idea on a paper, going and calling companies and searching contacts for resources and guidance? Or, in just 54 hours, experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help 

Techstars Startup Weekend attendee backgrounds are approximately half technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or a professional, if you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in.

I know the question must be popping in your head, what do I do if I already own a startup? The answer is simple. If your startup is interested in picking an adjacent project to extend their business, Startup Weekend is the place to be. Here they would get mentorship and guidance for the project, along with a team to work on it.

For professionals and building startups, learning never ends. They get to interact with the new generation and their thought process. Picking out quality teens and offering them internships in their company will help in bringing a fresh mindset to the working environment of their business.

Professionals get to know about the new ideas and better ways of solving a problem which might prove to be more effective than the standard process being used and thereby help to bring about upgradation in the present working of the company. The working professionals along with their employees will get more exposure and face challenges which would build their working persona exponentially.

It’ll be a room full of insightful ideas flowing and prototypes being iterated. A very meta experience where an experienced professional multi-generational, cross-sector community come together to solve problems for each other and society.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick your idea from your study table and turn it into a company with the help of Startup Weekend.

BUY TICKETS: http://go.startupweekend.org/swj

 

 

 








Why UN is pushing so hard for sustainable development goals

Sustainable development has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

All systems and societies naturally develop. However, In this day and age, development is moving at breakneck speeds, thanks to advancement in technology.

It’s about improving the well being of everyone wherever they are and achieving this milestone collectively. Sustainable development goals also want companies to expand, people to have the best jobs, everyone to afford nutritious foods wherever they live, quality and affordable education for everyone, freedom of speech without violence, and our economies to grow exponentially. They want to develop innovative technologies while keeping the environment safe.

Two decades ago, close to 40% of the population of the developing world lived in extreme poverty. Since then, the world has halved extreme poverty, with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals greatly contributing to this progress.

UN has adopted an ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the next fifteen years, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

UN is helping in adopting global goals which in turn is helping individuals, organizations, and governments worldwide to agree on the direction – essentially, to focus on what really matters for our future.

Population is the main factor driving up sustainable development campaigns. So let’s have a look at the perspectives of why UN is pushing hard for SDG’s :

  • To provide adequate essential human needs – With the explosion of population, people will have to scramble for the limited life essentials like food, shelter, and water. Renewable & sustainable options should be utilized more
  • Agricultural requirement – Finding ways to feed more than 3 billion people can be staggering. Sustainable development focuses on sustainable agricultural methods such as effective seeding techniques and crop rotation to promote high yields while maintaining the integrity of the soil, which produces food for a large population.
  • Manage climate change – Sustainable development practices seek to reduce the use of fossil-based sources of fuel like oil, natural gas, and coal. Fossil fuel sources of energy are unsustainable since they are responsible for the emission of greenhouse gasses.
  • Financial stability – Sustainable development practices have the ability to create more financially sustainable economies across the globe. From the development of renewable energy technologies, development countries can create sustainable jobs
  • Sustain Biodiversity – Life ecosystem is designed in such a way that species depend on one another for survival. For instance, plants produce oxygen that humans need for respiration. Humans exhale carbon dioxide that plants need for growth and production. Unsustainable development practices like emission of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere kill many plant species. This is not good for humans. Therefore, Sustainable development practices encourage the use of renewable energy resources, and organic farming practices that do not emit any greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.

So, understand the importance of Sustainable Development goals, understand their framework and their agenda to help the nation.

Be a part of this wonderful Startup Weekend at Ahmedabad and help your nation and city grow , globally, nationally and locally!








Survival Guide to Startup Weekend

Blog Post ContentThere’s just one week to D-day! We figured that before you’re launched into the Hunger Games of startups, you might as well have a few tips and tricks handy, just in case.

Don’t worry, these are on us!

1. Dress to impress.

Startup Weekend is definitely no fashion contest– kind of tough to rock a pair of skinny jeans when you’re curled up on a beanbag working for hours on end! But you have to make sure that you attract the kind of people you want in your team. Business collaborators, investors, future partners … the possibilities are endless when you’re exposed to the right network!

2. Refuell often.

One of the best ways to boost your productivity is to eat on time. Small meals every two hours not only keep your tummy from grumbling and distracting everyone in the room, but make sure you feel awake and alert, and capable of focusing on the task ahead of you.

3. Don’t panic.

No matter what happens, DO NOT PANIC. Approaching deadlines can make even the best feel ill, so it’s okay if you feel a meltdown approaching. What you need to do at this point is to let some steam out. Scream, shout, cry, kick (a non-living object)– do whatever you want to do, except giving up. Giving up is not accepted.

4. Liquid luck.

Pick your poison carefully: Redbull for the hardcore, coffee for the lightweights, or O2 for the health-conscious (this is what we would personally reccomend). If you want refills, carry your own bottle!

5. Science of power naps.

There’s no room for 9 hours of beauty sleep here, but try to squeeze in power naps to reach optimum efficiency. 5 minutes for a quick system refresh, 20 minutes if you need tape to keep your eyes open, and 1.5 hours for a full cycle of REM (reccomended for late nights).

6. Love thy neighbour.

Your team members are your family for the next 54 hours. You work with them, you chill with them, you eat with them, you sleep (or pull an all-nighter) with them. Take that extra step to get along with each other, it’ll make your experience so much more pleasant.

7. Do your research.

Mentors and brand coaches are kind of like power cards– they offer you so many advantages, but only if you know how to use them right. Look them up and see who is most relevant to your startup category, and target them when game time comes.

8. Perfect your pitch.

Though it is not compulsory to have a pitch idea ready before the weekend, in the case that you do have a particular business idea in mind that you need to work on, make sure that you prep right to make it the best pitch of your life. Check out this video to learn from the masters!

9. Stock up on tools.

If you’re a designer get your laptop/tablet/whatever device has all your software. If you’re a business honcho, get your diary and your favourite pen. Carry whatever helps you do your best work along.

Well, those are all the tips we can give out without revealing our trade secrets. But if you have confidence in yourself and a solid game plan, this is more than enough.

Haven’t booked your slot yet? If not, then guess you might find these useful for the next Startup Weekend, because our seats are filling up really fast. Click here to book now.

See you soon, try not to lose your calm while waiting.








Why Sustainable Development Goals aren’t working and how can we work around it

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.

The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals came into effect in January 2016. They are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that each person enjoys peace and prosperity.

But there are lot of challenges in achieving these goals, which can be categorised into 3 main heads:

  • Instability, such as conflict between nations
  • Implementation, such as ensuring programmes fit the local context
  • Governance, such as political will to transform development programmes into sustainable long-term practices

The growing insecurity in our lives is due to lack of protection. The effects of these processes are most in the developing countries, where problems such as hunger, poverty, community stability and access to education and health are most accused.

While these goals show the complexity of attaining them , have you been wondering what they actually mean or how they work?

Let’s take an example here:

To get grade A+ in maths exam, what do you do?

You set a goal. Now this  goal can be achieved by studying all of the notes first, then sitting with somebody and carrying out the multiplication, division and addition process. So the same way these goals are attainable if people across the globe sit together and bring out an integrated approach.

The vision for a better world can be achieved by trying out these reflections:

  1. Don’t be disheartened or frightened

SDG’s aren’t about reinventing the wheel in any organisation, Every business is already fulfilling some part of SDG in the daily context like Goal 1,2,3, 5, 8 and 12

What you have to take care is which goals will impact the most and how? Getting an answer to how to any given situation will help out.

  1. Do not Focus on all 17 goals at a time

Don’t miss the meaningful action by applying all 17 goals at a time. Try finding out the relevant ones and exactly which SDG’s makes a massive difference.

  1. SDG’s adds value

The fact needs to be accepted that sustainability adds business value! Few organisations are better financial performers because by creating value for others, they create value for themselves and for their shareholders.

  1. Make small changes within yourselves

The most challenging global goal has to do with the over consumption by those that have more. Try reducing consumption of unnecessary things , eat and shop more responsibly and reuse as much as possible.

  1. Get the best possible skills

The biggest barrier to global progress lies in lack of access to skills.

If every organisation has an accountant to manage money, marketers to sell the product in the right way, engineers to improve the functioning of the product, videographers to help them document their work and data analytics person to help them measure their impact and improve.

If the right skill set is hired, a better organisation can be build.

  1. Give out money and donate

Set up monthly recurring donations to educational institutions, hospitals and charities which enable them to plan effectively for the needy kids and patients.

 

  1. Volunteer your free time

Volunteer in any capacity you can for any kind of local & international projects. Volunteer for the special skills you possess. This way you can grow your network strengthen your skill set and thus stay happier and healthier.

You are the difference! By following these goals, you are creating a better future. You are creating the world you want for yourself, your families and the next generations to come.

Be a part of the solution and not the problem!








Why entrepreneurship is the next big thing

“[In] the last century [the thinking was], if you wanna grow, you should find a good
opportunity. But today, if you want to be a great company, think about what social problem
you could solve.” – Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba
Today more and more people are choosing the path of entrepreneurship. Rather than the
road less traveled, entrepreneurship seems to be something that everyone wants to give it
a try!
Why is that so?
The most important thing in becoming an entrepreneur is that you must be ready to hear &
accept a new idea! Yes it does take time for people to accept the new ideas but you can
always give them some hints & clues that will help them to come around to your way of
thinking eventually.
Entrepreneurship brings a new solution to old human problems. An Entrepreneur is the
visionary and solution provider who not only has the power to solve the crisis but to create
an amazing business model.
As technology continues to enable innovation, and passionate people around the globe are
able to connect and create, lot of good things are in the realm of entrepreneurship. People
choose to become an entrepreneur to explore all of their interests & share their skills with
the world.
According to Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT
Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs must have the 4H Club characteristics : heart, head, hands
and home.
To be an entrepreneur you have to have heart. You have to understand what the process is
and you have to be willing to fight through the hard parts you inevitably will face.
You also have to have the head, the knowledge and framework for your idea. But having the
head and the heart is insufficient if you can’t put it into practice.
You need to use your hands and make it work.
Ultimately, it’s the last “H”,that is about building a community."
So there is a huge mass of crowd in the world with these characteristics who take up
becoming an entrepreneur. They are the folks who discover what’s missing in the market,
they take risks, they show drive & initiative and most of all they identify such group who can help them achieve such goals. Statistics reveal that there are more than 2 million start-ups
in our country.
Every person wants to be creative and want to come up with a better idea. Look at this at an
environmental perspective. Good ideas generally come by collaboration between smaller
hunches. It often happens that the thing that turns into a hunch in a real breakthrough in
one’s mind, is another hunch that’s lurking into somebody else’s mind. So, you have to find
a system that allows these hunches to collaborate and come up with something bigger.
That’s why we have this program Startup Weekend , where they created the space where
ideas could mingle , swap and create new business models. This place is full of energy &
possibilities. They promote & encourage entrepreneurship in real sense.
So Entrepreneurship is the next big thing because it brings in tremendous amount of
creativity, learning, freedom & accountability. They believe not in changing the lives of
people, but to change the world!!

Author- Nisha Kotecha








Startup Story: Muffin Man- The Coal Gaadi

A warm cool village, dredged up never before in the city. The muffle, unclear and not so wise; but it’s the muffin man you look for, a cup cake, to see a cup cake seeded over your table. A lose bale bottom pant and hairs long and speckled hastily over loud noisy colours of his shirt. Running over thin slippers, catching shadows as a wise wild child. The muffin man has a story, I am here to tell.

In those eyes, dreams in streams blows, “GAUTAM BHAGAT” is what they spell to call, the muffin man. It’s the muffin, it’s the muffin. Like a breath alive and living. But now, the young mustache over the face, shaved and sometimes dusty, drops of sweat falls, as gentle as muffin.

Walking over the dead weed and leaves, he turned to me to speak; I cared less for him. Nothing on the face of God’s great earth impresses me, if not legacy. Holy Grail must be a quest, but the Muffin man turned down all the systematic chaos and chose to walk alone for the cups of cake. Brushing his hairs, the glitter in his eyes had its own plan. He rubbed his palm twice or thrice maybe, and kept them over his eyes, to feel the warmth. Rolled down few stones from the stone he sat and sing.

They then one day, when the bell used to rang; teacher said:” you can’t have muffin if you can’t eat your meat, jhad jungle ka ladka(boy from jungle).” I thought Mougli was a hero”, said the boy and laughed. Sand of time got empty in no time. The boy turned out to be a Muffin Man. Life, my friends, is more sarcastic than any mock epic.

In the kitchen of his own, in the woods where no path can take you for a walk, he walked alone. He got the ingredients and made few friends and shared honey while making muffin. Then it was dawn, and dusk was a night away. The wolves bite, and the muffin man was about to die.

Sages foretell, the wounds heal. They healed but changed the muffin man, he grew his mustache , and time made him wise. He opened his secret box and took out his wisdom again. Muffin was again on the table, he thought to take it to the city and share with the ones he love.

Time has got wheels; the dusk bows, if you think you can make muffin, you can! Says the Muffin man.

Revolution! Revolution! They all exclaimed, as the words passed to different eyes and ears. The dread world of “coal and corruption:, got a face to fear. The time they are now a-changing, they say in fear. Coalgaadi.com was born. But it was the muffin.

The idea behind coalgaadi.com is to bring the age old outdated “road sale coal business” to online platform. He once, to my surprise, said; “I am twenty five years old having thirty years of experience, so he did at many other platforms; its family business he meant, fearless and wise at the same time of course he is. Rajrappa, a holy land, by Goddess’s grace he, the Muffin man shares his cups of cakes with twenty five other individuals. The company did business of one crore rupees this 2017 February, it was the first month of business.

Some people like to have a cup of cake; he chose to make his own muffin, over the roof above the mountain, a home of hope and dream, he built and feeds her every day. The Tomorrowland awaits with its wings wide open, he takes his flight up above in the sky. But it’s the muffin that makes the muffin man.

 

P.S. This post was originally written by “Vijyata Singh” and it was unpublished.