Startup Xperts acted as one of the Mentors at the Startup Weekend event, organized for the first time in Chennai, at the PayPal office. 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. Startup Weekend Chennai event was managed by Bethun, and organized by Anurag, Abhishek, Jigar and Deepan.
Startup Xperts was requested to act as one of their Mentors for this entrepreneurship drive program. Shyam Sekar S, Chief Mentor and Strategist, represented Startup Xperts at this event. This event had about 130 attendees, in which 52 ideas were pitched, and finally 18 teams formed. These 18 teams pitched with the jury and finally 3 teams were picked up and awarded prizes. They are likely to pick up the incubation facility sponsored by PayPal. Glad to participate as one of their mentors, supporting about 10 different teams in refining their ideas and business plans.
After attending the event, Shyam Sekar S said, “We have been mentoring many companies now but those were all on different engagement terms. This event is kind of contributing back to the society in building the entrepreneurship wave. I had a great satisfaction in contributing a bit to the community by way of supporting many young minds and ideas, and I am sure some would take shape as startups. This will create an eco-system wherein entrepreneurship breeds and helps in building up the overall economy, in India as well as Global”.