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Startup Weekend is very excited to announce that we are holding our first two events in India this March.  After months of collaboration between the Operations team and the local organizer Pankaj Jain, Startup Weekend Delhi and Startup Weekend Bangalore will kick off early next month.  Shane Reiser, Startup Weekend COO, is particularly pleased, “The startup scene in India is blowing up. We want to provide the same high-energy, collaborative environment designed to inspire entrepreneurship from the ground-up in India, just like we’ve done in hundreds of cities across the world.”

Startup Weekend Delhi and Startup Weekend Bangalore

Startup Weekend Delhi will be March 4th-6th at the American Center;  Startup Weekend Bangalore will be March 11th-13th at the Microsoft Signature Building.  Sanjeev Bikchandani, Founder and Vice Chiarman ofNaukri.com will be a key speaker at the Delhi event.  The lead organizer for both events is Pankaj Jain, co-founder of the HeadStart Network in India and organizer of Startup Saturdays.  The events have already generated some great press in India’s Startup News.

Getting Ideas off the Ground

As the lead organizer for both upcoming events, Jain is extremely pleased to see Startup Weekend in India. “I’m very happy to be a part of the Startup Weekend team working towards bringing this high energy entrepreneurial bootcamp to India. I believe the Startup Weekend model is ideal for a country like India where ideas are plenty but it is sometimes difficult to execute the ideas,” said Jain.

As Jain sees it, “”Startup Weekend solves two very important pain points in India. First, it’s easier to find a co-founder for a business when there are so many entrepreneurs, designers, and developers working over the weekend to launch an idea. There’s a tremendous amount of camaraderie that develops, even between competing teams. Second, Startup Weekend gives people with ideas a risk free opportunity to test out these ideas and potentially build a prototype in just one weekend, while also being able to present the idea and the minimum viable product (MVP) to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Third, it gives people a chance to experience what a high-octane startup experience is like without risking their day jobs.”

More Startup Weekend India Events to Come

The Delhi and Bangalore events are just the beginning  of Startup Weekend’s goals to promote entrepreneurship in India.  As Reiser says, “We hope these first two events will be a springboard to do at least another four or five events in other cities throughout India later this year.” Given the great team headed by Jain and made up of an awesome group of volunteers, the future looks bright for Startup Weekend India!