Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Announcing the Hyderabad Edition of HeadStart Higher

Headstart Higher is a one of its kind event where startups and rockstar candidates speed date each other. If you are a startup, you might not find this quality of "startup ready" candidates from any recruiter. Our team has shortlisted 30+ candidates (Tech and BD/Sales combined) who would be an ideal fit for startups.

Register now at http://higher.headstart.in/register/user and purchase your ticket (1000 INR) from our very own MeraEvents here - http://www.meraevents.com/event/hhhyds
You can use the code HYDSTARTUPS for a 30% discount.
The event has had an overwhelmingly positive response in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore where every startup shortlisted an average of 4 candidates.

Its an intense event, I recommend you read about how it works here - http://higher.headstart.in/how-it-works


Monday, November 26, 2012

Introducing Headstart Higher - Hyderabad's first startup hiring event

Hey there!
Introducing Headstart Higher, India's first National speed dating event for startup hiring. Headstart Network Foundation, in partnership with TiE-Hyderabad, ISB and IIIT-H , bringing you a unique job search program. At this event, top 50+ startups in Hyderabad and around will be looking to recruit rockstar talent. If you are a go getter, looking to perspire, learn and take on challenging roles in the industry, this might well be an opportunity for you.
The last decade has seen a wave of unprecedented job creation in India created by entrepreneurs in Software, Retail, Financial Services, Healthcare and Education. Joining a new business when it’s still a startup provides for an exciting opportunity of rapid learning and growth. It breaks the monotony of a 9-6 job giving you a chance to make a visible contribution to your organization – something that satisfies your creative hunger like nothing else.
Hyderabad now has almost 1000 startups in various stages of growth. Our startups need nothing but the best talent to make them truly world class. Over the past few years top talent from IIIT-H,BITS and ISB have made efforts at startup placements prior to main placements. In the past five months, more than 130 startups have participated in the Headstart Higher event in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. While media has found us both newsworthy and interesting, startups and candidates have loved us alike, telling us how happy they were to participate at a Headstart Higher.
If you are a fresh grad, experienced engineer, UI designer, business exec/marketing/strategy register (http://www.meraevents.com/event/hhhyds) and tell us more about yourself and your accomplishments at Headstart Higher site. If we think you make the cut, we will invite you to buy the candidate ticket (INR 200) to participate in a speed-dating with startups. Early bird discounts (50%) are available for all registrations on or before Dec 5th.
This event will start at 1:30 pm on 15th Dec 2012 (Saturday) at Indian School of Business, Gachibowli, Hyderabad.
So, what are you waiting for? Join a startup today!

Startups looking to participate in this event can register here (http://www.meraevents.com/event/hhhyds ).

Monday, September 17, 2012

SS Hyd October 13th 2012/ Theme 'Women in Entrepreneurship'

SS Hyd  October
Theme 'Women in Entrepreneurship'

Where are the women entrepreneurs? While we haven't had much luck in getting enough of them to the StartupSaturdays, we do know there are a lot of women leaders in business and starting up new enterprises. A discovery and showcase event around women entrepreneurship. 

Date: October 13th 2012. 10am
Venue: LaMakaan, Near GVK One, Banjara Hills

10:00 Opening Comments- Volunteer Team 
10:10 Introductions 
10:25 BestHands India, Founder-Dharuni G
10:40 Aarti Joshi, Foudner- Modak Analytics
10:55 Megha More, Identity Wellness center
11:10 GalvanizePR, Shalini SIngh
11:25 InternFever, Founder-Arpita Soma
12:10 Dr.Aruna Reddy, Wadwani center for Entrepreneurship, ISB 
Meet The Investor 
12:30 TBD
Open Networking 

If you are interested in a pitch or a lightning pitch, pls do revert back to one of the volunteers.  Ruchita Agrawal <ruchita212@gmail.com> or Ajay R <ajyrds@gmail.com> or Rameshl@progress.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SS Hyd September 2012 Theme: Opportunities and Traction in the Education space

SS Hyd September 2012 Theme: Opportunities and Traction in the Education space

A dekko at the startups in the education space. From tools to learning platforms as a service to even plain business models offering services in education space. Will have angel investor an dan accomplished entrepreneur-leader in this space share their insights on the space. And have six emerging startups on education space talk about what they are building and the opportunity they are going after.  

Venue: La Makaan, Near GVK One mall
Date: 10 am. Saturday. September 8 2012 


10:00 Context setting
10:10 Intros 

Startup Speak

10:20 Satya Ganni, Learnsocial
10:40 Ripul, Kern Learning
11:00 Suman Rangabhashyam, Capsim
11:20 Vamsi Krishna, Yardstick

11:40 TBD

Investor Speak

12:00 Shantanu Paul, CEO, Talent Sprint

12:30 Wrapup

Startups in the education (technology or services) space, interested in pitching at the startup Saturday, pls do revert back to one of the volunteers.  Ruchita Agrawal <ruchita212@gmail.com> or Ajay R <ajyrds@gmail.com> or Rameshl@progress.com or swaminathan.moorthy@gmail.com

Thanks and Regards,
Swaminathan Moorthy

Monday, July 23, 2012

SS August/ TiE SmashUP edition #2. August 11th. (Venue Hotel Avasa)

SmashUP - A TiE & Special Startup Saturday event
Startup Mashup event by TiE Hyd Angels, IIIT-H, ITsAP & Startup Saturday
August 11th. Venue: Hotel Avasa 

A startups' mashup event, bringing together early stage startups, successful entrepreneurs, business/product leaders, incubation centers, angel investors and VCs together onto a common platform with the shared objective to spot, nurture and grow early stage startups. In four parts:
  • Power breakfast: A chance to connect and interact with leading entrepreneurs, investors & successful CEOs at a power breakfast
  • Business Guidance Camp: Mentoring program by Tie Hyderabad 
  • Bootcamp: Startup-101 pedagogy- insights & experiences from accomplished entrepreneurs, investors and mentors from the startup eco-system. 
  • Pitch for Acceleration (incubation): A formal pitch to an acceleration+incubation program for tech startups (Tie Hyderabad Incubator Program).
Be there to meet the VCs, Angel Investors, and our featured entrepreneurs.


8:00: Power breakfast (invitation, by registration)
9:30: Tea & Networking
9:45: Opening 
  • Welcome by Murali Bukkapatnam, President, TiE-Hyderabad
  • Context setting  
10:00: Plenary Talk: Making Startups Successful 
  • Mr. Srini Raju, Chairman of  Peepul Capital Advisors Group
10:45: How critical is Mentoring for early-stage startups?  

  • A panel of mentors, angel investors and incubators, discussing the why, how and who of mentoring.
  • Panelists:  Ananth Rao (Focus Ventures & Chair TiE-ISB Connect), Kalyan M (Founder, Mojo Street) , Chandra Kiran (Coordinating Investor Hyderabad Angels), and Pradeep Mittal (Serial Entrpreneur/Hyd Angels/TiE Board member)
  • Moderated by:  Sachin Tummala, Chair- TiE-Mentors (and CEO of Corpus Media)  

11:45: Early stage startups- how best to seed-fund the startup

    • After the founding team in place, quit jobs, started the startup, few months in, bult a prototype. And now need funds! When is a good time to seek the first funds? What are the sources. What works. What doesn't. Pitfalls and risks. Valuation traps.   
    • A panel of Angel investors, early stage VCs and programs like iAccelerator 
    • Speakers: Prashanth Meka (VP, Incubation Center (CIE), IIIT-H), Kishore Karnam (Co-Founder, TeleDNA- a series B funded Telecom platforms startup)
    • Moderated by: Ramesh Loganathan, MD ProgressSoftware and Chair-TiE-Startups

      12:45: Open Discussion 
      1:30: LUNCH
      2:15: Startup Pitches 
      • Startup pitches. 6 minutes each. (very early stage. Looking for angel funding. Must have atleast one customer). To TiE Incubation program, supported by  Hyderabad Angels.
      • Very early stage startups (pitch for TiE Incubation; with support from Hyd Angels) 
      • Pitches from very early stage (just prototypes and biz plan) startups pitching to Tie Incubator (6+6 months funded accelerator program to end with consideration by Hyd Angels)
      3:15: Tea
      3:30 TiE Mentor Camp for Startups seeking 1:1 mentoring
      • 20 minute 1:1 session with a mentor from TiE-Mentors (most of whom are also angel investors).   
      5:30 Closing Comments

      Register now
      You can register for:

      Questions: Contact organizers @ smashup@mrmwrites.com or any of the SS-Hyd volunteers (Ramesh, Prashanth, Ajay, Harish or Mamtha).

      Join us on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/StartupSaturdayHyderabad

      Friday, June 1, 2012

      Announcing Startup Weekend Hyderabad

      Startup weekend is back in the city of Nawabs. After a fabulous event last time, this time we are back with more energy(and more prizes)
      So come on, get your tickets before they sell out and get your startup dream started.
      Since you are now at this page, you must be asking yourself, “Should I attend?”. To answer that question, let us ask you two questions:
      1. Are you doing a startup?
      2. Are you planning on doing a startup?
      If your answer to any of the two questions above was “Yes”, then trust us ISB is the place for you to be on July 13th.
      Get your tickets and give us a chance to show you what startups are all about.
      Special thanks to Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (WCED)-ISB, for hosting the event.
      Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

      Startup Saturday Hyderabad - June 9th

      Hi all,

      SS Hyd/ June 2012
      Theme- 'B2B(2C) or B2C?'
      For consumer facing products, is B2B an opportunity or a dampener?

      Many start-ups today face the dilemma of whether they should structure their products to sell to other companies who would in turn reach consumers, or to reach out to consumers directly. This session has speakers from start-ups across a variety of verticals who have faced this dilemma, so they can share their situation and their thought process that eventually led to a decision.

      Any startups in the consumer or B2B space, or those with products, are invited. Pls do let one of us know if you are open to speaking and sharing your experiences. 

      Venue: LaMakaan, Near GVK One, Banjara Hills
      Date: June 9th 2012. 10am (Saturday)

      10:00 Opening comments 
      10:10 Intros
      (..brief on the startup, and share experiences)
      10:20 Prasad Pingali, Founder, Setu
      10:35 Amardeep Lakhtakia, Founder, MilkOrWater
      10:50 Mamtha Banerjee, Founder, Investment Yogi
      11:05 Kiran Kumar Yellugari, Founder, SV Soft
      11:20 Phani Raj, Founder, Privilege Corner
      11:35 Kiran Kumar, Founder, Fortuity Infotech
      Featured Speaker
      11:50 Raghu Bathina, Senior Director of Products, Citrix Systems

      Anyone interested in pitching, pls do send in a note to one of the organizing-volunteers. Ajay (Founder, TripNaksha.com, ajyrds@gmail.com)  or Ramesh (rameshl@progress.com) or Prashanth (prashanth.meka@iiit.ac.in).

      Thursday, May 3, 2012

      Chennai Photography Club announces Basic photography workshop on 19th and 20th May 2012

      Dear Members

      Chennai Photography Club announces its Basic Photography Workshop (Level 1) on the 19th and 20th May 2012 (Sat and Sun).
      The Basics of Photography Workshop is aimed at beginners who are interested in photography and are looking for professional guidance to improve their skills. This workshop will help you learn the ropes behind the better shot.

      Who should attend this workshop
      - anyone who are looking to learn the ropes in photography
      - If you dont have a camera we will help you decide whether you need a camera and which one (well we dont sell and dont recommend brands )

      What do you need to bring along
      - Any camera that you have (its fine if you do not have one)
      - The best of your pics (max 20) on a pen drive (its ok if you dont get them)
      - Your interest in photography
      - Questions on photography 

      This workshop will the cover the following basics
      1. Photographic introduction
      2. Welcome to light
      3. Technical basic such as Exposure, Focus,Depth of field and many more
      4. Composition basics - how to kick start your creativity,etc
      5. How to choose your kit, what will you need to have to start with ?
      We have held this a number of times but this time around with a more detailed and revised material
      This workshop is also open to those who have some experience in photography and would like to get back to active photography

      Work shop fees - INR 2800/- ( Payment will need to be made through bank transfer at the time of registering)
      ( Fees is inclusive of Lunch and Two Tea/Snacks each day on 19&20th May, You will also recieve workshop materials during the workshop)

      Venue - Banquet Hall, Hotel Shelters, Mylapore

      Date - 19th and 20th May 2012

      Timing - 9am to 5 pm

      Number of Participants - 15-20 Max

      Registration Process (you may want to call and talk to me at this stage - feel free !)

      Step 2- You will recieve a mail with the Bank Transfer Details from events@chennaiphotographyclub.org (before the end of each day)
      Step 3- You will make the payment and confirm the same by email
      Step 4- You will get the confirmation over email along with workshop details (after confirming with the bank)

      If you have any challenges in seeing any of the content visit http://chennaiphotographyclub.org/

      Thanks and Regards
      Kaushik Krishnan
      +91 98414 10250

      Wednesday, April 25, 2012

      Update on Nominations to ITsAP Startups/Products Showcase & Awards

      Hi all,

      Last date for nominations to the ITsAP Startups/Products Showcase & Awards event is the May 15, 2012. Nominate your startup today- http://www.itsap.org/events_inner.php?id_inner=224&id=19  

      Pls nominate today. Now. We will benefit collectively by demonstrating the scale of startup traction in Hyderabad. If the TiE/StartupSaturday's SmashUP event on April 7th was a hit, the June AdvantageAP event will be much bigger. With nearly 15 times the number of attendees!  3000 attendees expected. Hundreds of industry leaders, Abt 50 VCs/investors/angels/mentors, 10 CEO/CIO, 250 companies at the Expo with over 100 startups, spread over two days. Lot of buzz, media an investor attention. This year the event is bigger with a planned CEO conclave as well. 

      And is all around startups: As startups is a major focus for the event, there is a very strong startup focus. The panel discussions and talks are mostly around startups and SME businesses. Only two tracks, and one of the two is startup showcase presentations to VCs/Angels/Product Industry leaders. Plan is to get at least 50 investors to the event and the showcase. We expect over 3000 visitors to showcase- including many local and national leaders form the industry including 20-30 major company CEO/CIOs. Government is also looking at ways to further encourage startups in the city and state- so more visibility likely. A software startups/products directory is being compiled and will be released at the event (about 5000 copies to be circulated).

      So all startups must be there! Both to directly benefit from the visibility and access to investors and markets. And equally important, also demonstrate the scale and intensity of startup traction and activity in the state. This year we must ensure at least 200 startups at the event (in the expo). 600-800 startups in the Directory. And at least 10 major startup announcements at the event (either market wins or funding commitments). 
      Further, good incentives as well: All startups nominating their startup for the award will get stalls for free. (The 40 award finalists will get for free. And the other nominees will get 50% discount). 

      To start it all.. You must nominate your startup!! :-)   http://www.itsap.org/events_inner.php?id_inner=224&id=19 

      Hyderabad, the most happening place for early stage startups!!!

      Monday, March 26, 2012

      SmashUp - A TiE & Special Startup Saturday Event at Hyderabad

      SmashUP! - A TiE & Special Startup Saturday event
               Startup Mashup event by TiE Hyd Angels, IIIT-H, ITsAP & Startup Saturday
                   April 7th. Venue:Taj Deccan  

      A startups' mashup event, bringing together early stage startups, successful entrepreneurs, business/product leaders, incubation centers, angel investors and VCs together onto a common platform with the shared objective to spot, nurture and grow early stage startups. IN three parts:
      Power breakfast: A chance to connect and interact with leading entrepreneurs, investors & successful CEOs at a power breakfast
      Bootcamp: Startup-101 pedagogy- insights & experiences from accomplished entrepreneurs, investors and mentors from the startup eco-system. 
      Pitch for Funding/Acceleration (incubation): A formal pitch to an acceleration+incubation program for tech startups (IIIT-H's HydCubator) and to angel investors (Hyderabad Angel Network).

      Be there to meet the VCs and Angel Investors- Satheesh Andhra (DFJ), Ananth Rao (Focus Ventures), Ranjith Menon (IDG Ventures), Raghu Bata (Ojas), Utkarsh Palnitkar (Centrum Capital), Karthik S.(Song Advisors), Deepanwita Chattopadhyay (ICICI Knowledge Park). Academic incubation centers- Dr. Krishna Tanuku (ISB) & Dr. Vasudeva Varma (IIIT-H). 

      Featured entrepreneurs- Satish Madira, Founder Dealivore.com & earlier founded Yasu (acquired by SAP) , Bhat Dittakavi, Founder VedicSoft


      8am- Power breakfast: 10 select entrepreneurs get a chance to  pitch to and discuss with VCs, angel investors and successful entrepreneurs. Seeking feedback, advise and continued engagement. (A paid event).

      Seminar registration: 9:00 am. 
      • 9:30 Tea & Networking
      • 9:45 Opening 
        • Welcome by Brig. Harikumar, ED, ITsAP  & TiE- President-Elect, Murali Bukkapatnam
        • Context setting by Ramesh L.
      • 9:55 Plenary panel: Making Startups Successful
        • BVR Mohan Reddy and Dasaradha Gude - Two very successful entrepreneural industry leaders- sharing their journey in their founding years
        • Discussion led by: Satheesh Andra (DFJ)
      • 10:50 Distilling 'winning Ideas'- right at the start. Angels/VC Panel
        • Angel investors discussing how ideas can be refined upfront to get a winning idea & startup
        • First prototype- Refining the idea, positioning and competitive advantage. How?
        • Ranjith Menon (IDG Ventures), Raghu Bata (Ojas), Utkarsh (Centrum), Karthik (Song)
        • Moderated by: Ananth Rao (Focus Ventures) 
      • 11:45 Early stage startups- is our support system mature? 
        • Is it easy to "start"? Challenges an impediments? Lack of calibrated successes and paths?
        • Why Angels are risk averse? Who no non-academic accelerator programs?
        • Dr.Vasudeva Varma- IIIT-H, Dr.Aruna- ISB, Deepanwita Chattopadhyay,CE, ICICI Knowledge Park;
        • Moderated by: Mamtha Banerjee , Founder, InvestmentYogi
      • 12:45 Prototype to that first customer- GTM, positioning, prospecting, avenues to connect. Success stories, from successful recent startups
        • That first customer- positioning, GTM and winning over. Bhat Dittakavi, Founder, Vedicsoft
        • Winning the investor- Startup messages that resonate. Satish Madira, Founder Yasu (acquired by SAP), & now Founder Dealivore.com 

      1:30 LUNCH

      2:15 Startup Pitches 
      Startup pitches. 6 minutes each. 15? (very early stage. Looking for angel funding. Must have atleast one customer). Two sets- one for HydCubator program. One to Hyderabad Angels.
      • 2:15 Startups seeking Angel Investment
        • Pitches from more advanced early stage startups (Atleast one customer) pitch to Hyd angels and VCs for funding. Or to be considered by more mature incubation centers 
      • 3:30 Tea
      • 3:45 Very early stage startups (pitch for HydCubator accelerator; with support from Hyd Angels)
      Pitches from very early stage (just prototypes and biz plan) startups pitching to IIIT's HydCubator (2 month partially funded accelerator program to end with consideration by Hyd Angels)
      5:30 Networking over tea


      First things first. Register for the pitches. Two opportunities:
      Very Early stage (with just a basic prototype): If you are a very early stage startup, pitch for the acceleration program at IIIT-H – HydCubator. A program offered by IIIT-H for tech entrepreneurs, with support from TiE Hyderabad Angels & ITsAP Product Forum. A two month residential acceleration program, where the startup team will be based at IIIT-H's incubation center (CIE). Will be provided advisory and guidance on the product, the biz opportunity, tech architecture, market opportunity validation et al, with easy access to other startups and entrepreneurs in the center. Experts/Entrepreneurs/investors will be invited every week to interact with and guide the startup. The refined pitch wand prototype will be presented to the angel investors (from HydAngels) at the end of the two months.
      Early Stage (some biz traction): Startups with a solution built and some market/revenue/customer traction can pitch for angel funding.