Startup Master Class


Zero to One: Take A LEap

Feb 17 2018, ISB Hyderabad

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About SMC

Startup Master Class (SMC) is an initiative by the Alumni Association of IIT Kanpur. SMC is a unique format startup event “for Entrepreneurs, from Entrepreneurs”.

Startup Master Class came into existence 4 years ago with a mandate of fostering and nurturing budding entrepreneurs. It brings together startups, mentors and investors to build interactions and strengthen the network within the entrepreneurial community.

Startup Master Class Platform is a fully volunteer driven, not for profit with a network of passionate individuals and institutions (alumni of PAN IIT network) combining their skills and resources in support of the activities to promote entrepreneurship.

Startup Enthusiasts



VC Firms

Through its 9 editions, organised across various cities in India -Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata, SMC has created an ecosystem for startups to leverage the power of the Alumni - the expertise, mentoring, funding, government and corporate connects - to support their journey.

SMC Hyderabad

Zero to One: Take a Leap

Entrepreneurship is not for the weak hearted. You need guts to take a leap at it.

The 10th edition of SMC at Hyderabad, themed "Zero to One: Take A LEap" will center around entrepreneurs, investors and the ecosystem who had the courage to take a leap and seeing it through the various phases of growth. It will witness participation from Alumni, Mentors, Investors, Incubators, Corporates and Startups.



Winners of SMC Select Hyderabad




SmatSocial is an AI driven social media marketing automation tool for brand awareness and lead generation by saving 70% of the cost and 100 hours per month for the businesses.

First Runner Up


Thanos Technologies Private Limited

Thanos is a drone technology company creating innovative aerial solutions to conventional terrestrial problems.

Second Runner Up



Ignis Careers promotes purposeful learning in schools, through integrated English language and Life Skills programs.

Top 10 SMC Select Startups

Startup Representative
WhistleDrive Rakesh Munnanooru
IndiaBuys Snehith Budime
LeucineTech Vivek Gera
Washapp Vinil Chandra Ranga
Igniscareer Rennis Joseph
Thanos Technologies Private Limited Pradeep Palelli
SmatSocial Santosh Thota
Rightlink Techologies private limited Adityabanda
Feel Good Innovations Pvt ltd Santosh Kumar samala
Weekend Thrill Rupesh Kumar Jha

Note: These are in no particular order


Main Stage

Hear it from the experienced lot. Their stories will help entrepreneur in all stages to assess growth and scale to IPO stage. Learn from the innovators who have left a mark. The problems that they faced and the way they solved them. Also, understand the intellection of the investors who decide to invest money and resources in a raw idea.

  • Early, Growth and Scale Stages
  • Q&A session for the inquisitive minds
  • Fireside Chat

Each startup/participant will get networking opportunities with PAN-IIT alumni, VCs, incubators and accelerators. We will also provide a platform to startups for pitching in front of a 7-8 VC panel at once.

  • Listen to exciting speakers sharing their thoughts in panel discussions and talking about their journey
    • Entrepreneur stories - Learn from the ones who have been there and done that.
    • Investor journeys - What makes them back some entrepreneurs and not others?
  • Attend focused sessions on latest innovations and business models around Hardware, IoT, AI/ML and Blockchain
  • Get the best of 1:1 sessions to connect with experienced mentors and investors
  • Participate in SMC Select to pitch to business experts and investors live on stage.
  • Network with Investors including IIT alumni from all over the world and access the large PAN IIT Global Network


Workshops from the leaders who are working on cutting edge technologies and solutions

This is the place where an individual can learn something which is outside the classroom knowledge

Workshops that are lined up for this event:

  1. Building blocks of IoT and its applications
  2. Ask Me Anything (AMA) with a successful Entrepreneur/Investor
  3. Business Essentials and Go to Market for Startups by ISB
  4. Blockchain and Its Impact on the Future of businesses
  5. Intellectual Property for Startups and How to go about it


Emerging technologies like blockchain, AI and IOT push the envelope not only in the technical realm but also create hitherto unfathomable opportunities for the next generation of businesses to leverage.

Alumni Association, IIT Kanpur with Trillion coworking and the Hacking School is proud to host a 30 hour hackathon on 10 Feb, 2018. If you think you have what it takes to build the next disruptive tech startup, do register for the Deep Tech Hackathon.

We will have an experienced team of mentors with both technical and business expertise to help make your idea happen. This will also be an amazing opportunity to network with like minded individuals who dare to dream, much like yourselves. Rest Assured, all your mortal needs ( food, caffeine, entertainment ) will be taken care of so that you can concentrate on building the future. Look forward to seeing you there!!!


Face to face discussion with several Angels, VCs and CEOs. Facing dilemma whether or not to startup? Facing initial challenges in your startup? Pitch your idea and get mentored from the masters.

  • Mentorship
  • Informal Pitch
  • Several Angel Investors, VCs and CEOs

One-on-ones are one of the most popular attractions at Startup Master Class that allow entrepreneurs in various stages of starting up a new venture to have a 10-15 minute face to face discussion with investors, industry veterans and mentors.

SMC Select

Are you ready to dive in and take a few laps with the sharks? Pitch your business in front of a panel of VCs. Focus on how to nail your startup pitch.

  • Get evaluated by a panel of investors
  • Only top few startups will get to pitch

The top 3 winners will get a one hour mentorship session to present their ideas in detail to the VCs and discuss about funding.

  • SMC Startup Select is open for all.
  • The first 50 start-ups who register will get an edge in getting short-listed.
  • Top 10 startups will get to pitch


now for SMC Select

For further details contact Avinash Manda +91-7893969191.


11:30 AM - 05:30 PM

1:1 with 8-10 investors for selected startups

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Session

Pradeep Bhargava, President, Alumni Association IITK

Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Telangana

Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, CYIENT

Larry Paulson, President, Qualcomm India

Anil Srivastava, Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Panel Discussion: Ecosystem

Ajit Rangnekar, Director General, RICH Hyderabad

Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub Hyderabad

Muralidharan Chandra, Accenture Ventures

Venkatesh Guda, Serial Entrepreneur & Investor

Ankur Kanaglekar, Director, Boeing India

Dr. Anand Nandakumar, Academic Director, CIE, ISB

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Tea Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Qualcomm Design for India Challenge

Larry Paulson, President, Qualcomm India

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Entrepreneur Stories

Suresh Reddy, Chairman & CEO Lycos

Venkatesh Guda, Serial Entrepreneur & Investor

Rahul Garg, CEO Moglix


12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Entrepreneur Panel Discussion

Amardeep Lakhtakia, CEO MilkorWater Fintech

Utkarsh B, Principal Architect Flipkart

Balaji Renukumar, Founder CEO Sensfix(Amsterdam)

Gaurang Sanghvi, Country Manager India at Tala

Rishi Khare, CEO Thrymr Software

01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Lunch & Networking

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Reverse pitch by investors

Swapna Gupta, Qualcomm Ventures

Abhishek Srivastava, Director, Endiya Partners

Pavan Cheruvu, Program Director, Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator

Muralidharan Chandra, Accenture Ventures

03:45 PM - 04:30 PM

Deep Tech Expert Talks

Kishore Seshagiri, Head Blockchain, BroadRidge

Prasad Chodavarapu, Founder Aganitha Cognitive Solutions

Anand Jayaraman, Adjunct Professor, INSOFE

Prof. Deepa Mani, ISB

04:30 PM - 05:15 PM

Films, Entertainment, Gaming, AR/VR

Pete Draper, Co-founder Makuta VFX

Mahesh Balani, Partner Anthill Ventures

05:15 PM - 05:30 PM

Tea & Snack break

05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

SMC Startup Select

Pitches by selected startups before panel of VCs and Investors

07:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Closing Ceremony

Our Partners

Sponsors and Organising Partners

Investor Partners

Ecosystem, Outreach and Supporting Partners

Ticketing, Media and PR Partners

SMC Team

People who are making this event a success
Pradeep Bhargava
Program Director, SMC
Sunil Gupta
Jai Shankar Sharma
Satish Kumar
Sanjay Kuberkar
Sagar Kashikar
Avinash Manda
Lead-SMC Select
Meraj Faheem
Nitin Beohar
Ashar Mohammed
Prshanth Teja
Deepak Kumar


Satish Kumar

+91 9000005129

Sanjay Kuberkar

+91 8886886913

Sagar Kashikar

+91 8886977669

Avinash Manda(SMC Select & 1:1)


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Venue - ISB Hyderabad