Startup Weekend Baddi hosted by Chitkara University at a Glance
Esha September 26, 2018
What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekends actually are weekend-long, practical involvement where entrepreneurs and aspirant entrepreneurs have an opportunity to realize if the startup thoughts really are feasible. Nearly half of Startup Weekend’s participants possess technical backgrounds, the other half encompass business backgrounds. Beginning with great enthusiasm on Fridays, the participants carry their best propositions and instigate others as well to become a part of their team. On Saturdays and Sundays, the teams talk about the customer expansion, demonstrating their notions, working Startup Methodologies and housing up to a least viable product. On Sunday evenings, the various teams are asked to exhibit or demonstrate their prototypes and are provided with feedback from the experts.
Startup Weekend held by Chitkara University
So, a similar Startup weekend was hosted by Chitkara University from September 21 to September 23, 2018 in Baddi from 5:30 P.M. onwards. It was completely led by volunteer community leaders – Sumeer Walia, Abha Sharma, Tushar Bansal and Sarthak Gupta. The coaches and mentors included Sumeer Walia, Dr Adarsh Kumar Aggarwal, Pankaj Sehgal, Akshay Ahuja, Rajesh Batra, Shubham Kumar, Sameer Sharma, Shubham Goyal and Aniket Bhardwaj. The Startup Weekend was a 54-hour event where the worldwide Startup Entrepreneurs including the Techies, developers, designers and experts from all domains were invited to carry out some astounding things.
The team of judges:
- Ankush Khera, Founder and CEO at Fox My Box
- Jagdeep Kumar Sharma, CEO at Technology Business Incubation Foundation (TBIF) Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar (Pb.)
- Vineet Khurana, Vice President – Chandigarh Angels Network
Participants were asked to raw pitch their ideas for 60 seconds and around 40 ideas evolved. Later, the attendees were asked to cast their vote for the pitches that appeared valuable to them. So, the top 10 ideas that got the highest votes were selected. These pitches were:
- HAPPY DUMPLINGS
- TRANS RAW
– HOSTEL BITES
Teams were formed and ideas were discussed. The night ended with a musical session.
The teams started working with their business idea in teams and were provided the guidance. Each team was given some time with every mentor.
A session was hosted that aimed at clearing up the business canavs ideas that the teams were to build for their startup.
The evening was spent playing some games like Rock Paper Scissors to relax the participants. After the dinner, they were asked for their status reports and were provided the assistance if needed. The teams worked till 4:00 am at the venue.
The teams were guided to prepare the presentations to pitch their idea to the jury. Around 12:00 P.M. the raw pitch pitching session took place and the teams were guided about the improvement areas that needed to be worked upon.
It was around 5:00 P.M. that the final pitching took place. The winners were announced by the team of judges.
The top 3 winners of the Startup Weekend were:
What the Winners Got:
- A co-working space for 1 year
- Counselling for space allocation
- Structured Mentoring Process for the startup founders and feasible potential ideas
- Apt Execution guidance
- Team Building and Skill Sourcing Guidance
- Space and Fund as required
- Technical Mentoring for 1 year by IIT Ropar
So, the event was a huge success! We are going to organize our next Startup Weekend from 28th – 30th Sept 2018 at our Rajpura Campus! See you there!