Pune: The Pune chapter of this global event, hosted and facilitated by The Daftar and Trawork witnessed great energy and a huge turnout. From university students to seasoned professionals, this event saw some unconventional ideas and sharp minds.
Techstars is currently holding the Startup Weekend in 18 countries. It boasts of 450k+ alumni, 15k+ organizers and it has been a success in 1800+ cities globally. This initiative has given birth to a number of success stories like Easy Taxi, Rover, Foodspotting, Giftstarter, Rover, Launchrock, Hidrate, Zapier, Beardbrand, Haiku Deck, etc.
54 hours of experiencing the highs and lows, fun and pressure that goes into building and operating a startup, kept The Daftar, Baner buzzing with activity this weekend. From meeting the experts from the industry, forming a community and associating with investors, co founders and sponsors, the aspiring women entrepreneurs got to connect, discover, learn and start!
Staying in the Daftar facility, they interacted and ideated for 54 hours straight without any outside interference. After picking the suitable project ideas, the participants formed teams and started the brainstorming on Friday. They were provided special assistance on Saturday, as they got to pick their mentors for the day and receive their expert guidance. After getting a brief on how start ups function and how to present, they performed a mock presentation in front of the mentors on Sunday morning.
Sunday evening was the final day of judgement with an impressive panel of judges including Dharini Turakia, public speaker and owner of Fahrenheit chain of salons. She has been conferred with several awards in her career, the most prestigious being the Femina Power List. And Neeraj Shah, founder and director at Silver Bright. He is also an avid reader and a fitness enthusiast. A firm believer that the best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.
Startup Weekend helped the women entrepreneurs to network, work on a project, pitch an idea in 60 seconds and create a cross-functional team to work in a women’s inclusive environment. The weekend culminated with a dinner celebrating all the hard work and success in the company of the mentors, judges and other teams. This learning experience also pronounced a winning team and two runner ups.
Winning Team: LeanLytics
Team members: Sailee Kulkarni and Pratap Basatkar
Idea: This startup idea helps grow your business in the US by helping with data analytics and predictive insights. They also help companies working with or wanting to work with the US government.
First Runner up: PCOS Virago
Team members: Anushka and Purva
Idea: They plan to launch a portal that provides health coaches to all PCOS patients and connect them with experts in all concerned fields. This will be backed by doctors as well.
Second Runner up: Nuts – don’t get baked…
Team members: Rajeshwari Birajdar
Idea: Her startup ideas is all about facilitating baking! She plans to make DIY Baking Kits that include everything from recipes to baking instruments to measure ingredients.
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