5k Neon Run 2017 by Start-Up Leadership Program, Hyderabad


Startup Leadership Program (SLP) – a highly selective training program for outstanding entrepreneurs has founded nearly 1600 successful startups & raised more than $450M in funding.

Each year SLP conducts an awareness event towards a socially impactful cause in Health, Education, Women’s rights areas among others. Last year, we took up the initiative to improve the education levels among girls with our Beti Padao campaign and raised funds to enroll more girls in school. This year, we continue to work towards this cause and extend our support to the girls

Start-Up Leadership Program, Hyderabad is conducting a SLP 5k Neon, 5K Night Run on March 04, 2017. This event is very popular and will be attended by startup leaders, enthusiasts and general public. The theme of this year’s event is “Beti Padhao”.

This event aims to create awareness and raise funds to address the issue of many girls being forced to drop out of school due to many reasons and also improve the efficiency of welfare services meant for girls.

SLP invites you and your organization to join hands with SLP to raise awareness and funds to implement this high-impact programme to reduce school drop-out rates among young girls, particularly in the final few years of their schooling.

While the Run is promoted by the Startup Leadership Program Hyderabad, it’s not just for startups!
If you can’t join us, register anyway, because all proceeds from this event will go toward sponsoring girls’ education.

Here is Link to Buy tickets: https://www.ruddbuddy.com/Hyderabad/Fun-and-Entertainment/Startup-SLP-Neon-5K-Night-Run/SLP-Hyderabad/5397

Check pics for last year SLP 2016

SCL Yorked Stories Hyderabad – February


With a zeal to spread the spirit of Startup and enrich the Startup ecosystem, Startup Cricket League goes one step further and introduces “SCL Yorked Stories”, a monthly meet-up for entrepreneurs encouraging networking, knowledge sharing and pitching.

Here is our previous article about Yorked Stories by Startup Cricket League http://startuphyderabad.com/startup-cricket-league-yorked-stories/
1. Startup Tour – Drunkyard
2. Three Startup Stories
Drunkyard – Priyanka Mechineni
Caremotto – Ravuri Niranjan
CrossBorders – Subba Raju Pericherla
3. Cricket Innings Learning for Startups (Innings to Announce Soon)
4. Networking

Free Registration

SCL Yorked Stories Hyderabad Partners: PopiCorn, Start-Up Hyderabad,Startup Leadership Program, Divine Monkey, StartupByte.

T-Hub inks MoU with Pharmaceutical Major Novartis to Nurture Health Tech Startups


India’s Biggest Technology Incubator, T-Hub signed an MoU with pharmaceutical major Novartis Healthcare Private Ltd (NHPL) to create and execute joint programs that would benefit HealthTech startups from across segments.

Being leaders in healthcare, NovartisHeadquartered in Basel, Switzerland and has significant foot print in Hyderabad, India, will be working together with T-Hub to develop plans and programs that will help health tech, health care and pharmaceutical startups to scale and grow. As a part of the initiatives health, research and development experts from Novartis will mentor and guide startups, in compliance with T-Hub’s mentorship framework and evaluation process, in their respective ventures.

Speaking about Partnership Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub said “We are very excited to collaborate with Novartis. It will bring great value to the ecosystem and HealthTech startups will be greatly benefited. With HealthTech being one of our prime sectors, we are working towards ensuring that startups associated with T-Hub are well mentored and guided through various programs of ours, which will help them scale their business faster,”

Subodh Deshmukh, Global Drug Development India Head, Novartis said, “As a global leader in biomedical innovation, we are excited about this potential partnership with T-Hub and its allied startups driving innovation in the healthcare space.” PTI GDK ARS JMF

Here is our previous article about Vodafone Business Services and T-Hub join hands to help start-ups scale http://startuphyderabad.com/vodafone-business-services-t-hub-join-hands-help-start-ups-scale/ 

Parampara partners with IDFC in startup investment space and turns into IDFC – Parampara



Parampara Capital, a VC firm located in Hyderabad and Mumbai has announced its successful partnering with IDFC Alternatives, the private equity arm of IDFC group.

This partnership is going to help Parampara Capital launch early stage funding opportunities for early stage startups. It aims to provide Series I seed funding for companies across sectors where technology, intellectual property and innovation play the role of primary differentiators.

“We continue to be excited about backing Indian entrepreneurs and our partnership with Parampara allows us to back entrepreneurs at an early stage. We are impressed with the founding team at Parampara and are confident that we will be able to achieve healthy returns as well as contribute effectively to the startup ecosystem,” Says the happy Managing Partner & CEO, IDFC.

In this partnership, Parampara Capital is the investment manager of the fund while IDFC will have a strategic commitment towards the funding. The funding amount planned as of now is Rs. 100 crore and IDFC will be an active participant in the Funds Investment Committee and Advisory Board.

Venkat Vallabhaneni, General Partner, Parampara Capital quoted, “We are very excited about our partnership with IDFC as the strategic investor in the fund. Their financial services expertise in India and particularly their private equity investment experience will add a lot of value and help IDFC-Parampara fund to become a leading technology early stage capital fund in India.”

“IDFC partnership will help the fund in identifying FinTech opportunities in India for investments and also extend IDFC’s domestic and global investor base interested in investing in the technology early stage capital space in India which has tremendous potential going forward.” Added Jatin Desal, General Partner, Parampara Capital.

With this new partnership, Parampara Capital is all pleased to announce that now they will be called IDFC – Parampara. This startup was founded in 2015 by Vallabhaneni, Desai and Sridhar Rampalli.

GST Registrations for Service Tax Registrants to close soon

captureIf you are operating in the service providing ecosystem, add the GST registration to your TO- DO list today! The last date to register your firm for Good and Services Tax is the end of this month (31st January 2017). In September last year, Pranab Mukherjee had announced GST and all companies that fall under this category are supposed to implement this tax from April 2017.

What is GST?

Goods and Services Tax, abbreviated as GST is an indirect tax reform that aims at removing tax barriers between two states and envisions at creating a single market for all. This tax is a destination based consumption tax, where the taxable event is Supply as against the existing taxable events of sale, manufacture or provision of service.

Are you liable to implement this tax?

If you are an existing taxpayer registered with any of the authorities, then you MUST get yourself registered for this tax –

  • Central Excise
  • Service Tax
  • State sales tax/VAT (except exclusive liquor dealers)
  • Entry tax
  • Luxury Tax
  • Entertainment tax

While the last date to get yourself enrolled for this tax was different for different states, the last date for service Tax registrants is soon approaching – 31st January 2017.

How to register?

You can enroll yourself through the GST online system portal. But, before visiting the GST system portal, you must contact your ward office to get the provisional ID and password for the enrollment.

Once you have the ID and password, you can log in to the online portal, fill the application form and submit it. Once you submit the form, you will get an acknowledgment number, which has to be preserved for any/all future correspondence regarding your enrollment.

Documents required to enroll with GST

Before you begin your enrollment, ensure you have the following documents –

  • Provisional ID received from State/ Central Authorities
  • Password received from the State/ Central Authorities
  • Valid E-mail Address
  • Valid Mobile Number
  • Bank Account Number
  • Bank IFSC

Keep all other work at hold and enroll your business for this tax today (if you haven’t already). If you have further queries, you can visit the official website and read the FAQs.

Designaware founder Takbir Fatima bags Emerging Architect of the Year 2016 Award

If asked, has 2017 been a good year for startups? The answer would not be just a simple Yes, it would be “it has already been a great year”. With lot of startups receiving funding and loads of new startups paving their way through the road, there are few startups that outbeating all of these and proving their worth in the industry.

One such entrepreneur is Takbir Fatima, the founder of Designaware. Today, she is the proud owner of the title – Emerging Architect of the year 2016 award. This awards event was conducted by NDTV. The 2016 event marked the fourth edition of the highly coveted Design & Architecture Awards 2016, in partnership with Grohe, Europe’s largest and the world’s leading premium single-brand manufacturer.

Takbir is the only woman to bag this award and first one from Hyderabad along with Kayzad Shroff from Mumbai. The award is given to architects below the age of 40 who have a promising portfolio of work. The winners are decided after an exhaustive process where there are stringent checks and shortlisting criteria determined by the jury.


Takbir Fatima is an architect, and director of the multi-disciplinary experimental design and architecture studio, DesignAware and the Fractals Workshop. She is passionate about design research, digital prototyping, teaching and figuring out how things are made, and aims to balance teaching, research and practice. Takbir was awarded the Telangana Young Architect award by the Indian Institute of Architects in 2016.

DesignAware was born of a desire to create awareness through livable, wearable, usable, accessible and responsible design. Situated in Hyderabad, with virtual studios is Dubai, London and Dallas, the studio focuses on process-oriented design, and their projects range from lighting to furniture, interior design to renovation, and residential, commerical and institutional architecture, as well as socially relevant projects, such as a school for students of disadvantaged backgrounds in the heritage zone of the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. In a non-profit endeavor, DesignAware successfully raised funds and contributions to build the context-sensitive school on a tight budget through the social media campaign, #MakeProgressPossible.

Congratulations Takbir. Keep doing the amazing work you are doing, and hope you reach all the success that you have aimed for.

Here is our previous article on Designaware: http://startuphyderabad.com/designaware-thinking-made-visual/

India’s next big innovations – Intel & DST – Innovate for Digital India Challenge


Digital India vision of the Government of India, Intel, Department of Science and Technology, in collaboration with T-Hub, India’s fastest growing startup engine, have come together to foster a new wave of disruptive innovation that empowers citizens and transforms India through the Intel & DST – Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0 (“Challenge”).

After 8 rigorous weeks of developing and perfecting their innovations, the Top 10 teams from the Challenge are ready to showcase their solution prototype. With the kind of hard work and dedication put in by the participating teams, the stage is all set for a pulsating Demo Day where innovative solutions that can empower and transform India will finally come to life.

Come witness these emerging entrepreneurs from the Top 10 teams pitch and showcase their latest ground-breaking innovations to a panel of experts.
Register here for demo day

TiE launches All India Road Show on women Economic Empowerment

captureThe entire startup ecosystem is well aware of TiE and its programs for the benefit of the entire clan of startups. TiE Global is one of the world largest not for profit organization with the mission of fostering entrepreneurship.

This organization aims to get bigger and better in 2017 and keeping that in mind, they have launched the “All-India Road Show on Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship – Project AIRSWEEE.

The program’s objective is to unleash value creation amongst aspiring young women in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in India by empowering them with knowledge of Entrepreneurship. The initiative has received funding support from the US Mission in India, US Department of State. Though the program will be conducted in 5 different locations of the country, yet participants from all over the country can apply to be a part of this.

Locations –

  • Telangana – Warangal
  • Tamil Nadu – Coimbatore
  • Rajasthan – Jaipur
  • Maharashtra – Nagpur
  • West Bengal – Durgapur

Each area will invite 25 participants and 5 participants from each group will be selected to receive 6 additional months of mentoring from USA and India based mentors through video conferencing. It will be a 3 days workshop.

Workshop format:

  • DAY 1 and DAY 2: In-person Mentoring by USA based experts who will travel to India
  • DAY 3: Mentoring by India based Expert

This AIRSWEEE Program has been initiated with a mission to promote entrepreneurship as a career option for women in smaller cities in India. Keeping in mind the fact that the entrepreneurs are from small cities and may not have a lot of funding to cover for the program, the organizers are going to bear all the costs are for this program – the program is free for the participants including Food, lodging and other logistical support.


Benefits for participants

Early stage women entrepreneurs will be highly benefitted by the expert guidance of U.S. based and Indian Origin Entrepreneurs advice and guidance. Participants will receive complimentary membership to the local TiE Chapter for a period of 1 year (In the case of Warangal workshop they will receive membership of TiE Hyderabad).

Event details:

  • To participate, you will have to fill the application form. You can fill it here.
  • Registration deadline: 27th January 2017

Women entrepreneurs from all over the country are invited to utilize this one of a lifetime opportunity. A women Entrepreneur can choose any city to participate.

Vodafone Business Services and T-Hub join hands to help start-ups scale

Becomes the first telecom operator to partner with T-Hub as the Communications Partner

T-Hub, India’s largest start-up engine, catalysing innovation, scale and deal flow has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vodafone Business Services, the enterprise arm of Vodafone India, for benefitting start-ups in the country. Vodafone has become the first ever telco to partner with T-Hub to be their ‘Communications Partner’.

In line with its vision to be the most trusted and valued ‘Total Communications Solutions Partner’ to Indian enterprises, Vodafone Business Services will be actively engaging with start-ups across the country and initiating national level programmes for them, within the T-Hub ecosystem. It will connect several mentors in compliance with T-Hub’s mentorship framework and evaluation process, and will become a progressive partner for the start-up community, helping them navigate their business challenges strategically with the right tools.

Vodafone’s Ready Business offerings – spanning fixed line, mobility, cloud and IoT products and services – make enterprises efficient and future-ready. Through its consultative approach, VBS will provide customized solutions to enable these start-ups launch their operations and scale the business in a flexible and convenient manner.

Speaking about the partnership, Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub said, “It’s a great opportunity for T-Hub to be partnering with Vodafone India. Vodafone’s global expertise in various sectors will help explore and scout out interesting entrepreneurs and start-ups and further nurture a few of them scale up, under guidance.”

Rohit Tandon, Business Head, Vodafone AP&T Circle said, “We are delighted to partner with T-Hub as this platform will help us bring our global expertise and capabilities to the start-up community in the country. We are excited to associate with them and are confident of becoming active partners in their business growth journey.”

In the picture: LtoR – Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub, Sagar Pattnaik – Head Small & Medium Enterprises (AP&t), Vodafone India, and, Abhishek Kumar – Marketing, Vodafone India


T-Hub is a unique public/private partnership between the government of Telangana, three of India’s premier academic institutes (IIIT-H, ISB and NALSAR) and key private sector leaders. T-Hub aims to forge many such partnerships with governments and corporates across the world to setup T-Bridge centers, strengthening trade relations and attracting investment into the state of Telangana.

T-Hub is one of the largest start-up ecosystem builders in India, with over 2000 start-ups in its database clustered into various stages of growth across sectors of specialization – a model of community development that is unique to Hyderabad. Such a unique model enables investors and corporates to plan programs and capacity building initiatives in a targeted and organized manner. T-Hub is also the only model where the government is working intensely with the investor and the partner to fuel innovation and facilitate enterprise.

For more information, please visit – www.t-hub.co

About Vodafone Business Services

Vodafone Business Services, the enterprise arm of Vodafone, provides total telecommunications solutions across both mobility and wireline platforms and enables Global Enterprises, National Corporates, SME’s and Government segments to communicate, collaborate and connect. Today with more than 7.5 million mobility corporate customers as on March 31, 2016, VBS is providing services to global and national businesses equipped with a robust network infrastructure and a 24×7 NOC.

Through a dedicated team of Account Managers and Service Managers and applying a consultative selling approach, it specifically addresses the connectivity, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and converged communications needs of its customers in India.

With the advantage of its global expertise and knowledge of local markets, Vodafone India is well poised to expand the Government’s capacity to deliver benefits and outcomes for citizens, governments, and businesses. Vodafone endeavors to be a steadfast partner in the Government’s efforts towards Digital India.

VBS was recently awarded the ‘Enterprise Mobile Service Provider of the Year’ for the sixth year in a row (2011-16) and the ‘Enterprise Telecom Service Provider of the Year – SMB Segment’ at the Frost & Sullivan India ICT Awards 2016. It was also awarded ‘Telecom Leadership Award 2014’ for Customer Service by Voice & Data and the CIO Choice awards for enterprise mobility and leased lines.

For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.in/business | Follow us on Twitter @VodafoneIN_VBS

Yorked Stories by Startup Cricket League

The Startup Cricket League or abbreviated as SCL is no more new to the startup ecosystem of the city of Nawabs. More than a game, it has become a part of our weekend routines. It has become a style statement for startups now. It has become the talk of every Monday mornings in every startup.

History of SCL

SCL took its first big step in 2015 and witnessed an overwhelming support. This drove an endeavouring passion in the team to make SCL 2016 bigger, better and more efficacious. Startup Cricket League started in 2015 in Hyderabad as an informal conference for Startups and the ecosystem surrounding Startups. Very soon it is well known across India as it is the first ever startup event to gather the Startup ecosystem through the medium of a sport, Cricket.

In 2016, Start-up cricket league went to become a national brand when it announced its second season which was to be hosted in 4 different cities of India including Bangalore, New Delhi, Jaipur and Hyderabad. The whole show is managed by SaiKiran Gunda’s SCL Core Team from Hyderabad. The event caught a lot of buzz across the nation and many prominent startups, startup mentors and Investors were onboard and were an active part of this league event across the 4 cities. It became so viral that Tollywood celebrity, Akhil Akkineni was also there to endorse the brand SCL and he became the Ambassador of Startup Cricket League. Startup Cricket League Season 2 in 2016 was one of the most impactful events of Startup world in India which happened in August and September. More than 300 Startups, 50+ Investors, 5000+ Startup enthusiasts were part of SCL 2016.


In short, varied talents from the business arena and startup ecosystem are all a part of this super league. Remarkable speakers, outstanding entrepreneurs, techies, marketers, game changers, creative folks, dreamers, achievers, investors, startup ecosystem players from across India come together to swing bats, bowl hurdles of creation and chase boundaries for innovation.

Birth of SCL Yorked Stories

Observing the huge hit, Saikiran got another idea. He thought, why not make all startup founders, investors and other related parties meet every month apart from the game, to discuss about their ideas, startups, common startup problems and solutions? And, that was the Eureka moment! That was when SCL Yorked Stories was born.

SCL Yorked Stories is a monthly recurring, community meetup which encourages entrepreneurs to share their startup experiences, learnings, journeys and exciting stories with other budding entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts.  Targeting 50-100 people per meet-up. This monthly meet-up for entrepreneurs encourages networking, knowledge sharing and pitching. Starting from Hyderabad (center of SCL Universe) in November, SCL plans to launch SCL Yorked Stories in the cities of Delhi and Bangalore from January 2017.


SCL Yorked Stories: The first meetup

The thought of the founder soon turned into reality when the first Yorked Stories meetup took place on November 26, 2016. The meetup happened in PurpleTalk, and the agenda followed was as under:

  • Cricket Innings: Sachin Tendulkar 143(131Balls), Sharjah, Coca Cola Cup
  • Innings Analysis by: SaiKiran Gunda, Founder of Memilog

Startup Speakers:

  • Sridhar, CoFounder – PurpleTalk
  • Shishir, Founder – IndianCEO
  • Pallav Bajjuri, Founder – SaddaHaq / Kahaaniya


The second meetup happened just few days back on December 24, 2016. The venue for the second meetup was GrabOn and the day went on as below:

  • Cricket Innings : MS Dhoni 91, WorldCup Finals – 2011
  • Innings Analysis by: Srikanth Soni

Startup Speakers:

  • Ashok Reddy, Founder – GrabOn
  • Santosh Thota, Founder – FeltSo
  • Anishay, Founder – Kaarmic Education Services


Road Ahead

Saikiran Gunda aims at keeping a fixed agenda for all the meets. The agenda would be something similar to –

  • 15min: Watch a Cricket Player Innings
  • 15min: Analysis of the Cricket Innings watched
  • 45min: Three Entrepreneurs sharing their Stories for 15min each
  • 15min: Startup Office Tour
  • 15min: Networking / Snacks

The objective of this monthly meet include:

  • To give an expedition to an enthusiast regarding the startup culture by hosting the meetup in a Startup’s office
  • To provide an open platform to Entrepreneurs to share their journeys, experiences and stories with the world and inspire other budding     entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts
  • To provide an exciting medium to all the stakeholders of Startup community to network and learn from one another

The plan ahead for SCL Yorked stories in the New Year include expanding out of Hyderabad and launching SCL Yorked Stories in Delhi and Bangalore, right in the first month.

SCL has multiple initiatives which focuses on enriching the Startup ecosystem of the country. The team of SCl is all set to host the flagship event of SCL once in a year in each city and the SCL Yorked Stories will happen 9 times in a year in each city. SCL is also aiming at helping brands market their products by sponsoring the seasons of SCL. SCL Sponsorship details can be known by reaching out to the team SCL and the contact details mentioned below.

Email: sai@startupcricketleague.com

Phone: 9989122303

SCL Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StartupCricketLeague/