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The power of an idea is only realised when it is met with the right opportunities.

Most people with great ideas have to make long and onerous travels to make their idea a reality, but for the budding and vibrant startup community of Hyderabad opporunities are raining down this weekend at the Startup-a-thon 2016.

Spearheaded by and, Startup-a-thon is being held on the 29th and 30th of January kicking this year off to a great start. AskMentor is a collaboration between startup enthusiasts and industry veterans building a strong mentee-mentor relation around the world and AskFunding is a early stage funding platform interested  in the areas of Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Aeronautical), IoT, Healthcare & BioTech, Social Impact, Consumer Products and Mobile & Tech Platforms. Both of them have come together to give Hyderabad a one of a kind startup event with more than 40+ budding startups already registered  and eager to pitch their ideas in front venerable judges this weekend.

The panel includes: 

Aashish Malve, Founder, Angaros Management Co, the management consulting division of Angaros Group focused on building fundamental building blocks and frameworks for businesses

Sachin Tummala, MD, Corpus Group, an investment firm incubates, invests and help the portfolio companies to scale

Sanjay Darbha, Founder,, a crowd funding platform to meet the demand of hand loans in India.

Suresh Rayudu Chitturi, MD, Srinivasa Hatcheries, a leading firm in its domain.

Varun  Reddy, Director Intersoft &, a Human Resource management solutions company 

Venkat Reddy TC, Founder & Director, Emug Technologies, a concept development and manufacturing firm with a global presence

Viiveck Verma, Coach &Angel Investor and also one of  the principal organizers of the TEDxHyderabad 2015

Abhay Dixit, Founder, Tarang Engineering and a visiting faculty at IIM-A

Atal Malviya, Founder & CEO, Spark10, India’s  leading European Accelerator.

Chennapanaidu, Founder & CEO, MeraEvents, Innovative event management solutions provider

Kiran Gali, Founder & CEO, Number Mall, an e-commerce platform focused on small merchants

Sanjay Enishetty, Founder, 50k Ventures, hosts a fast growing network of high net worth individuals, accredited investors, C-suit executives and accomplished mentors.

Sashi Somavarapu, Founder & CEO of, an online shopping destination

Subbaraju Pericherla, Co-Founder,, a virtual shop for rural India

Vinutha Rallapalli, VP, Lead Angels, an angel funding corporation 

Stemming from the potential,the organizers see in the young minds of the event also encompasses the inauguration of  an Incubation Centre at the St. Martin's College of Engineering on 29th, where after the inauguration, startups will finally face the heat and be judged on their pitches. Ten to Fourteen of these amazing ideas will get selected for the next round of evaluation which will be held at the biggest incubation centre of India –T-Hub on the 30th where a test of mettle will decide who will take the honour of being the winner. The winners will be eligible for funding by angel investors.There will be 2 panels discussing relevant issues in the startup field and towards the end of the event their will be a live mentoring session grooming  by the industry experts to better prepare these worthy startups for the real world challenges they are bound to face before and after they receive funding and acclaim.

Fulfilling  either a Want to listen and be inspired or a want to be appreciated and heard, Startup-a-thon is THE event every startup enthusiast  should attend this weekend.

Students can get special discounts on the entry to be a part of the event.

When: 29th &30th January 2016


Day 1: 29 Jan 2016 / Venue: St. Martin Engineering College (SMEC), Hyderabad

·         Event duration:  10 am to 5  pm 

·         Hosted by: askmentor Pvt. Ltd & SMEC

·         Inauguration of Incubation Center at St.Martin Engineering College - Hyderabad. 

·         Startup Pitch 30-40 startups

·         Mentoring Workshop (for selected start-ups to bring them up to speed for day 2)

·         Announcement of final selection of 12-14 start-ups for day 2 of “startup-a-thonâ€



Day 2: 30 Jan 2016 / Venue: T-Hub, Catalyst building @ IIIT, Hyderabad  

·         Event duration : 11 am to 5 pm

 Â·         Hosted by: 

·         Startup Pitch Session 1 - 8 of the selected 14-18 startups + q&a

·         Panel Discussion  Subject: Mentoring and its importance in entrepreneurship

·         Startup Pitch Session 2 - 8 of the selected 14-18 startups + q&a

·         Panel Discussion Subject: Funding & what do investors look for when they invest


·         Announcement of 03 winners for funding










Tags: Entrepreneurship


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