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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Startup Weekend Education is an innovative, non-profit, community-building event that brings together entrepreneurs of all backgrounds including software developers, designers, marketers and educators to build teams and credible businesses over an intense 54-hour weekend. Attendees have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down and teams form around the top ideas. Next the teams proceed through a rapid roller-coaster of idea refinement fueled by expert coaching and customer validation. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations of sustainable solutions to education problems in front of a panel of judges and potential investors. We tackle big problems like communication, access, cost, delivery methods and content availability all in the pursuit of making the act of teaching and learning more effective and accessible to all.

You can contact us at!


Tom Hall

Head of Partnerships at Pearson   |  

Tom is Head of Partnerships at Pearson, where he works with businesses around the world on digital strategy for their educational and consumer products, and with technology communities to open more doors into Pearson content and services. With a background in licensing and sales, he is motivated by innovative consumer experience, business models, and the ever-changing digital commercial landscape. When not plotting his next flight connection, he is probably cooking in his kitchen, asking his wife about her startup, or chasing after a 3 year old.

Arvind Jha

Director & Co-Founder, Movico Technologies   |  

Arvind is a senior technology professional with over 22 years of software product development and business experience in senior management roles with leading Indian and US software companies. Over the years Arvind has built, managed and led significant engineering teams, has spearheaded business and technical development of multimedia brand products, and has been involved in all aspects of remote engineering from component delivery to full product engineering and solutions implementation.

A recognized software product expert and innovation leader, Arvind is recognized by his peers across the globe as an innovative visionary with an eye on the future. Arvind has the distinction of leading the first software product developed in India – PageMaker 7.0


Amit Rai

Chairman - Radcliffe Schools

Amit is the CEO and Chairman of Radcliffe Schools, a network of schools providing holistic education to children across India. Radcliffe school believes in value-based education that encourages children to be independent and socially responsible. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Espire Infolabs, a leading software and business process outsourcing company. Amit also serves as a Trustee of NIILM School of Business and Rai Foundation and is a founding member of Children Care-Rai Foundation.

Max Gabriel

SVP & Chief Technology Officer, Pearson

As CTO of Pearson India, Max leads the Digital and Technology Initiatives across the Indian subcontinent . He brings with him over 13 years of global experience and thought leadership in several domains such as Technology Innovation, End-user experience, Mobile & Social Media and Cloud based consumption models. Max is passionate about technology and innovation. He strongly believes in a seamless fusion of technology with business as a strategic advantage in today's competitive world. His expertise also includes Enterprise Architecture and Strategic Planning.

Prior to joining Pearson, Max has held senior technology leadership positions at several well-known Global Companies such as Diageo, Pfizer, JP Morgan Chase and Ernst & Young and.

Max holds a BS degree in Computer Science.

Shailesh Vikram Singh

Executive Director, Seedfund   |   LinkedIn

Shailesh Vickram Singh has over 16 years of experience in Venture Capital / Private Equity investing and in Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship.

Shailesh brings a strong entrepreneurial and operations perspective to investments having co-founded one startup in community space in early 2000 from where the team made a successful exit in 2003 and helped create another startup in agricultural commodities spaces which was acquired by a media conglomerate in 2005.

Shailesh is at present heading Seed Fund Delhi office and is responsible for SeedFun Investments in Northern India. Prior to SeedFund, Shailesh was MD with 2i Capital ( A mid market Private Equity Growth Fund) and has earlier worked with Unit Trust of India ( the largest investment manager in India) and Gujarat Venture Finance Limited ( investors include CDC and World Bank) and was involved with investments in logistics, technology, telecommunications, media, and internet companies. Prior to his MBA, Shailesh had worked for four years in manufacturing (Heavy Engineering and Machining) with Tata Motors and ATV.

Shailesh is a B.Tech in Production Engineering from G.B. Pant University, Nainital, and holds an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He is on the advisory board of MICA’s (Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad) Com-Cubator program.

Satyam Darmora

Head -Michael and Susan Dell Foundation India

Satyam leads the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation’s work, catalyzing sustainable and large scale models to help transform lives of urban poor youth through employable skills and sustainable livelihoods. His other areas of work at the foundation include large-scale improvement programs focused on educational quality, public private partnerships, and technology-based interventions. Additionally, he has been working for the cause of education and environment protection in Uttarakhand, as well as with advocacy and activist groups like People’s Action based out of Delhi. He was the runner up of “Lead India” in Delhi, a campaign organized by Times of India group to identify future leaders of India.

Prior to joining the foundation, Satyam worked with American Express, managing new products and portfolio risk in various international markets including Japan, Hong Kong and Germany. Satyam holds a Bachelor of technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India and an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bangalore, India."

Mohit Chhabra

Business Head, Skillment   |   LinkedInGoogle+

A Masters in Management, Mohit has over 14 years of work experience, in his present role as Business Head, Skillment Edu Private Limited is leading a team of professionals to deliver training and coaching services to corporates and academic institutions.

Mohit has also co-founded, KNOLedge Learning and Training Services, a boutique consulting services firm that provided end-to-end services to corporate bodies and academic institutions. Its clients include Verisign, Ballarpur Industries, Babycenter, RadioDesiBeat, Beyond Codes Inc, QAI Institute among others.

In his responsibility as Director – India (Mobile TV Platforms), MIH Group ( he was spearheading the company’s foray into Mobile TV, a new technology that allows viewers to view television on the their mobile phones.

In his previous assignments as Principal Consultant at FiNoble Advisors ( and as Consultant at Tecnova India (, Mohit successfully assisted multinationals incubate and grow their businesses in the country.

He is a regular speaker at Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater NOIDA


Mark Hand

Investment Associate, First Light India Accelerator

I work with the First Light India Accelerator, a joint effort of Shell Foundation and First Light Ventures. First Light Ventures, in turn, is a part of the Gray Ghost Ventures family.

First Light has made two equity education investments in Indian education companies, Bookbox and MadRat Games. Our sister foundation, Gray Matters Capital, has been involved in education for some time, in large part due to the efforts of one Steve Hardgrave. Today, our founder Bob Pattillo is increasingly interested in the use of tablets as educational tools, as well.

Looking forward to meeting you all in Delhi.

Steve Hardgrave

Creator   |  

A crazy man making some awesome shit happen in the affordable private school space.

Varna Sri Raman

Research and Digital Initiatives Manager at Sesame Workshop

I work with Sesame Street and our much loved muppets in India. I largely work on education research and Sesame Street's digital initiatives including ways to optimize data collection, mainstreaming design research methodologies in education research, large-scale quantitative evaluations to measure learning outcomes and a whole variety of ways to bring education to marginalized populations (caregivers, teachers and children aged 0-8) using low-cost technologies such as mobile/tablet and web-based applications.

Looking forward to being part of this totally awesome weekend on education!

Rashi Thakur

Founder at Mentor Mpact

Rashi is the Founder of Mentor Mpact, an MBA application consulting venture for applications to all global B-schools. Alongside, working on another project, she is spearheading an e-literacy program for rural and sub-urban sectors.

Her interest in the area of education and counseling dates back to her undergraduate years when as part of the NGO experience with The Society for Working Life, she was involved in teaching and counseling slum children in South-West Delhi.

Rashi earned her MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB) and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Delhi University.

Divya Viswanathan

Senior Design Researcher at IDEO   |  

Divya is a Senior Design Researcher at IDEO. She is naturally curious about people, their motivations and how they make decisions. As a researcher, she works with people to understand their explicit and implicit needs and helps articulate them in actionable ways. As a designer, she works as a problem solver – bridging the gap between user and solution. Combining the two fields, she enjoys designing new ways of interacting with people through cultural probes and contextual inquiry.

Ishan Gupta


Ishan is a passionate education entrepreneur, investor, speaker and a published author. He is currently leading, one of India’s leading online education portals, that provides high quality and industry relevant certificate courses at affordable price points.

Prior to launching, Ishan managed the One97 Mobility Fund, a $100 million venture fund and worked as the first hire for Facebook in India. He is also a published author - he published the book "Make the Move - Demystifying Entrepreneurship" in 2007 which has a foreword by Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail and a message from then President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.

Ishan has a MBA from Stanford University, California, USA and a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Delhi, India.

Harpreet S. Grover

Co-Founder and CEO,

Harpreet is a first generation entrepreneur. Along with his co-founder Vibhore, he has scaled from a concept to India’s largest student engagement and campus hiring platform. 4 of the top 10 IT companies and 400+ corporates hire and engage with 700,000+ students from 2,000+ colleges across India through

Harpreet envisions bringing a paradigm shift in the way employment and employability is distributed in the country by using technology. He has previously worked with Inductis, a management consulting firm, advising Fortune 500 clients in the financial services domain by using data analytics. He also founded an NGO called BePrepared, which looks at bridging the existing information gap among students by creating an online interactive resource of interview, job and career experiences.

Harpreet graduated from IIT Bombay with a dual degree. Beyond work he is a national squash player, published photographer and an amateur mountaineer.

Pooja Sharma Gajjar

Project Manager, Global Business Council at Pearson

Pooja works with Pearson’s Digital Strategy team helping the group companies explore opportunities to work together in response to the evolving digital environment. In her previous life, she supported Pearson’s market entry and expansion strategy in India. With a background in Corporate Finance Advisory, Pooja has spent a large part of her life working with entrepreneurs and is truly inspired by what the passion and commitment of an individual can achieve for the larger industry and even the country! She is most excited by the changing dynamics in Education and is looking forward to seeing some bright new ideas at the Startup Weekend in Delhi.

Jayadev Gopalakrishnan

President – Retail Education, Pearson Education

Jayadev is President – Retail Education at Pearson Education Services, after the acquisition of Tandem, the largest education and test prep company in Kerala. Jayadev was formerly the founder and CEO of Tinfo Mobile, an award-winning company focused on the mobile games development market. Tinfo Mobile won leading industry awards including the NASSCOM, Abby, Reliance, and the E3 USA consecutively. Tinfo Mobile was the earliest player in the m-learning space with the TeachMe mobile series which won the Reliance award in 2006.
Jayadev started his entrepreneurial journey in 1999 with Tinfo, a software development outfit, during his college years which finally morphed into Tinfo Mobile.
Jayadev was the first entrepreneur from Kerala to be featured in CNBC’s Young Turks programme. Enjoys working with start-ups.

Anand Daniel

Principal at Accel Partners   |  

Anand is a Principal at Accel Partners. At Accel, he will focus on investments in Healthcare, Education and Information Technology.

Before joining Accel, Anand was with Flybridge Capital Partners in Boston where he focused on early stage investments across a range of industries. He represented Flybridge as an observer on the boards of CHiL Semiconductor (acquired by International Rectifier), Digital Lumens and Sciformix.

Previously, Anand spent several years in key engineering and product management positions at Intel Corporation working on cutting-edge microprocessor products. He also worked for Intel Capital, where he helped formulate the strategy for investments in the Terascale computing ecosystem.

Anand holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a BE in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Madras.

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Karan Bedi

Director at ContentFlow

At ContentFlow Karan heads up the creation of iBooks textbook creation, managing over 100 people in the content, curriculum, and educational space! He came to us as an attendee and we strong armed him into mentoring!!



Apr 13
  • Gates Open & Registration Starts
  • Kick off
  • Speakers Talk
  • Pitches Start
  • Break for Dinner
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend, teams start working on their idea
  • Mentors arrive & start interacting with teams one-on-one.
  • Lunch
  • Teams resume to work, coding, business plans etc along with mentors
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Checkpoint: Teams to have a live Splash screen, sign up page, social media, web
  • Mentors arrive… Ask Questions!
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judges Arrive, Snacks and Tea
  • Final Presentations Start
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup & Dinner
  • Go home!
Shabnam Aggarwal
Namita Dalmia
Khalid Smith
Yatin Thakur
Nikhil Wason
Pankaj Jain
Dhruv Mathur
Astha Aggarwal
Anurag Agarwalla
Platinum Sponsors
Media Sponsors
Contributing Sponsors

And the winners are…

by Nikhil Wason

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