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Startup Weekend Chennai
Jun 5, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM (Asia/Kolkata)
PayPal IDC, 334, Futura IT Park, PayPal IDC,.Sholinganallur
Chennai,India View map →

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1 - What is Fin-Tech ?
Fin-Tech refers to Financial Technology. It encompasses organizations and applications that provide financial services through the engagement of technology. Global investment in FinTech more than tripled to $3 billion in 2013 from $930 million in 2008 and it's one of the most rapidly growing sector. It's an emerging space that is having a global impact on how we are live and do business.

#FinTech is a very broad term and is not related to just payments. Some possible ideas for FinTech:

  • E-Wallets - Can there be some innovation in how we store money, coupons, loyalty cards in wallet. Can we have some secure online place to store money, credits, points and redeem it at several places. Check Mobikwik, PayTm,
  • Mobility
  • Risk Management
  • Insurance
  • Trading Platforms
  • Peer to Peer Lending
  • Innovative Payments Solution - We do have big payments giant but it doesn't stop new payments platform from coming up. Can there be a yet more effective way to send money, checkout or give merchants a simple solution to accept payments - BrainTree, Venmo, RazorPay
  • CryptoCurrencies - Does bitcoin make you think, why you didn't think of it ? It's unique and great and is not the only player in market. Litecoin, Ripplecoin are some other worth looking for. Can we have some better crypto-currency to disrupt the market ?
  • Virtual Currencies - Credits, Airtel money, Paytm credits, Freecharge credits and so many other credits. Many startups have started to included virtual money and a lot can be done still.
  • Authentication and Authorization - Simple yet effective methods to secure payments and money.
  • Asset management
  • Biometric devices for authentication - FinTech is the space after defense that will require this level of security.
  • Social media collaboration
  • The list is not exhaustive and there are hundred more dimensions to FinTech. So think and explore the area.

    This is the second time PayPal will be sponsoring Startup Weekend Chennai. The very first event last year was beyond expectations and this time we plan to make it better. To read more about last years event click here.

    Be prepared to drown yourself in the perfect aura of awesomeness and creativity. Meet the best minds of city working and create the next revolution.

    How does it work?
    We aim to bring together enthusiasts like you to share ideas, form teams, build products, and, most importantly, launch startups.

    • Friday: Attendees pitch their ideas and inspire others to join their teams. Teams are therefore created to work on the best ideas.
    • Saturday and Sunday: This is where you debate, build, pitch. And build some more. Teams will focus on building a prototype of their idea/product. During this period teams will also focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies and building a minimum viable product.
    • Sunday: In the evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

    Who can Participate ? Think of a typical Startup Weekend session as a hackathon with a strong emphasis on business and design. Your prior educational qualifications or stream doesn’t matter at all. We are only looking for a passion to innovate. Typical crowd of Startup Weekend consists of

    • Hackers and Nerds who can code with speed and skill.
    • Domain experts and Business guys who know the market need on the tips of their fingers.
    • Designers with a strong aesthetics and strong UI, UX skills.
    • Hustlers who can drive the project and can pitch their idea with passion looking to build a fantastic team around their idea.

    Teams at Startup Weekend are formed in such a way that they have a good mix of technology, design and business.

    Why should you join Chennai Startup Weekend ?

    • Build a strong network of young aspiring entrepreneurs, well established CEO’s of Chennai and a network amazing angel investors.
    • Think, conceive and deliver a product over a weekend. It’s just the energy in the Startup Weekend environment that makes you superproductive. Make your dreams a reality.
    • Get one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community. Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges.
    • Startup Weekend alumni span across several continents and scores of cities.

    Receive some amazing entrepreneurial goodies. Each Startup Weekend Chennai Team gets

    • 300$ worth of Google Cloud Platform credits to build mobile and web apps.
    • Free .co domain.
    • Food! No compromises on that. Complete meals during the 3 day event.

    We cover you well and give you everything you need to start. Life’s short Just StartUP.


    Annual TiE membership to winners and runners up (1 member from each team).

    StartTank - The top three teams will have a chance to enter the Start Tank Incubation Challenge organised by PayPal, which provides early-stage start-ups a world-class incubation space and access to global mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists

    August Fest Perks
    1. All paid trip to the winning team The August Fest - India's Largest Startup Conference, to only One Winning Team (2 Team Members) chosen from all the Startup Weekends happening across India before August 2015.2. The Winning Team (3 Team Members) from each city will get Complimentary Tickets to The August Fest 2015 - India's Largest Startup Conference3. Complimentary Demo Pods @The August Fest for Winning teams (3 teams) with great products related to Internet of Things/Wearable/Health Care Tech.

    Special discounted delegate passes to The August Fest 2015 for the SW India Alumni.

    Contact -
    Phone - 09840625276
    If you want you can follow us on facebook here for updates. Do tell about Startup Weekend Chennai to your friends.

    STUDENT: Flat 50% off for all students (Students must carry and show their ID at the event).
    OTHERS : Use code "EARLYBIRD" to avail 20% discount. 

    Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

    The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

    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 1,000 past events in 110 countries around the world in 2011. More than 100,000 people across the globe are SW alumni!

    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. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

    All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

    Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

    Current event is a general Startup Weekend Edition where participants are required to pitch their raw idea which could be in any vertical/theme like Technology, Education, Health, Disability, Environment, etc. and work on building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) thus propelling them to take their idea to the next stage.

    This is the second time PayPal will be sponsoring Startup Weekend Chennai. The very first event last year was beyond expectations and this time we plan to make it better. To read more about last years event click here.

    For more details on the event and FAQs, visit our website here:


    STUDENT: Flat 50% off for all students (Students must carry and show their ID at the event).

    EARLYBIRD: Flat 20% off till a limited period and availability.

    For full list of schedule, mentors, judges and prizes and any questions, please visit:

    1. ​PayPal IDC,
      334, Futura IT Park, PayPal IDC,.Sholinganallur ,
      Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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