Is Participating in Start-up Weekend Varanasi worthwhile?

Being in a start-up, it’s a rough road, filled with nibbling obstacles, your bones hurt, your mind is tired and every single part of your conscious tells you to quit but the one to pass all these hurdles is amidst the one in the hall of fame.
The hardest part of starting up is starting out. And the ideal platform for your startup magic to happen would be Startup Weekend. “Startup Weekend is a 54- hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new
startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening”. Well, that is how Wikipedia briefs about the Startup Weekend. Read on to know our version.
In those thrilling 54 hours, you will experience every nuance of bringing up a business model, every high and low and every bit of pressure to be handled to begin a startup. What all do you think will be the benefits of being a part of this “magical platform”? Let us walk through!
There are some pretty smart people out there!
The most important advantage of participating in such an event is you get to connect yourself with a lot of people. You get to meet and get personalized mentorship from founders and co-founders of various ventures, and successful entrepreneurs. Who knows you might even end up meeting the investor or
co-founder of your startup!
You get to know where you belong in just three days!
This event will be the right platform to judge your position on the path to become a successful entrepreneur. You will leave the place knowing the next steps to take on your road to the sunshine!
Just 3 days?
The experience of creating something new in just three days will help you realize how much is possible with limited time and resources. The compressed time frame drives action and puts the focus on building, measuring and learning, unlike a typical brainstorming session or planning meeting.
That’s pretty much it! But will these explanations suffice? Are these enough to bring you to the arena? We don’t think so. Let’s discuss two companies which didn’t exist till a Friday evening but got onto the list of startups just two days later.
Divshot, a team that came together at Startup Weekend Kansas City, built a prototype in its first 48 hours of existence, three months later it went on to win a Los Angeles pitch competition. The next month, it entered San Monica startup accelerator Launchpad LA. As soon as graduating from the accelerator,
it announced it closed a $1.1 million seed round. Boasting more than 40,000 users, Divshot is an interface builder for web apps that allows users to drag and drop components onto a canvas and export. It could be called the cleanest HTML and CSS users have ever seen. This is a satisfying, isn’t it?
Let’s just have one more!
Four strangers meet at Startup Weekend Phoenix, go through Arizona State University’s first Rapid Startup School class, and launch an app – FindMyTrain. Adam Mann is a Phoenix designer who has done work for Seed Spot, Urban Beans and Sit Stay. Of the 51 ideas pitched, his idea was voted to the top 10. A team
formulated around FindMyTrain – an app that tells when to expect the next Valley Metro light rail train and the team secured the second position in the end. Today, FindMyTrain is a product, and it has launched. You can download it from the App Store for $1.99.
Elaborated enough, we think this will be sufficient to see you as a participant in our event – Startup Weekend Varanasi scheduled from August 25th to August 27th, 2017.
Get ready to write your name in the hall of fame.

Vetri Selvan

“I’m the one who knocks.”

Mark Twain once said, “Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” 

Kashi, the spiritual capital of India and the “City of Moksha,” is a place on the banks of the Ganges in the Uttar Pradesh state where the golden orb sinks beyond the silver horizon. It is a major religious hub in India.

Ghats here can please your heart and placate your mind. It is the holiest place where you can find the aggregation of diverse religions just separated by a wall- a Mosque and the Vishwanath Temple. The fort on the other bank- Ramnagar Fort, BHU – a legacy that is standing even after a century, hand-woven Banaras Silk, the famous “Paan” and the list continues…

“Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.” – Aristotle

Are you one of the budding entrepreneurs out there waiting to grab an opportunity to turn your ideas into reality? Then here comes the most incredible opportunity- The Google Start-up Weekend, Varanasi Edition – an initiative by Google For Entrepreneurs where all the young and creative minds will be provided a platform to get close to their start-up dream. This 54 hours (3 Days) boot camp will give you a chance to meet a group of diverse people, holding an expertise in their respective fields, who will be ready to help you out, clear your doubts, show you the most effective way for opening a start-up and will help to build your business from scratch. It is one thing to keep looking for opportunities, and quite another to make use of it at the most opportunate moment for we know time is of the essence. These group of diverse people consists of the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors who will be ready to help the young minds to cradle into something phenomenal. It will be quite an enriching experience to meet and get to learn from these best minds in the country. It’s a golden opportunity to start building your networking right from now. A chance to create something on your own, and we’ll ensure that the process is hassle free. From food to various goodies and merchandise, it’s all arranged. You’ll see, you’ll experience, you’ll learn, and you’ll get started.

All this event needs from you is enthusiasm, zeal to get yourself ready to come up with fresh and creative ideas. It doesn’t matter even if you are just a school pass out, experienced somewhat or not, for we believe ideas are not limited to age. Creativity has no boundaries. Team or no team, it doesn’t matter, just get your ideas ready, and you are welcome. To be able to meet and be a part of consummate peers and be one among them will be an experience of a lifetime.

Get ready to muse, to devise, to share, to present all your top-drawer ideas.

And what better place is there to start-up than Banaras itself.

So, here is your chance to write your name in the hall of fame for the Varanasi Edition of Google Start-up Weekend!

-Reetik Abhishek