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Community Engagement

For who are you if you don't give back to the community that has raised you to who you are!?

January 2018 - Present

Global Facilitator - Techstars Startup Weekend

Facilitators are members of the Startup Weekend community who are past or current Startup Weekend organizers. We are Startup Weekend experts and have undergone training to properly manage the tone, flow, feel, and logistics of Startup Weekend. Our role is to support your team and make sure everything goes smoothly during your event. We bring the energy, help with crowd management, represent our global partners, and emcee the event. We help our organization ensure all events have a consistent level of quality across the world and they’re an extra level of support to help make your event a success."


Find out more about role of the facilitator here

Find out more about Techstars Startup Weekend  here.

October 2018

Jury Member - West Zone, Student Startup Innovation Policy

Government of Gujarat has developed a policy for providing assistance to Startups/ Innovation. Under this scheme, any individual/ group of individuals having innovative idea/ Concept is eligible and/ or Universities/ education institutions, Incubation Centre/ PSUs/ R&D Institutions/ Private and other establishments will be eligible as an institution to support and mentor to innovators as approved by Committee.

As a jury member, my role was to determine if the idea/prototype was eligible to receive support and funds from the Government. 

Read more about it here.

Super 30 - ERC (Volunteer)

Jagriti Yatra 

I am part of the programming team. Programming team designes and programmes everything that takes place during the yatra. ​

The Jagriti train is a home, it’s a classroom, it’s a college canteen, a pressure cooker of ideas, sometimes also a personal space, and it is the biggest train journey on the Planet Earth. Emotions show, Ideas evolve, minds and sometimes souls meet, there is drama, fun, patriotism and creation. There are tears, there are out of comfort zone experiences, there are confrontation of realities, there is truth, there is humbleness. There is silence, there is chaos, and it moves forward, it moves inward. There is food, there are parties, there are birthday cakes, and New Year sweets. Who binds all these elements together? - The Super 30 ERC (Engine Room Club)

The ERC is a team behind the scene- the team who runs the Yatra successfully. These are all ex- Yatris. ERCs execute a wide range of functions that is critical in the success of every Yatra.


Find out more about Jagriti Yatra here: http://www.jagritiyatra.com/


March 2018

Jury Member - West Zone, GTU Tech Fest

I was one of the jury member for West Zone under GTU's event - Shadow of Startup. The role was to evaluate their idea and feasibility of the startup.

September, 2017 - Present

Core Committee Member,
Google Business Groups, Rajkot

Google Business Group (GBG) is a community of business professionals sharing knowledge about Google web technologies for business success. It is run by business professionals, passionate about bringing the benefits of the web to their local business communities, on a volunteer, unpaid basis. Collaborating and learning from each other helps everyone achieve more.

GBG is represented by local groups (GBG chapters) which organize social gatherings, workshops, online hangouts, larger events and other activities where like-minded business professionals can connect, learn and get inspired on how Google products and web technologies can improve efficiency, productivity and impact overall success of their business. This could be to better market their company online, successfully sell products or services on the internet or improve internal / external business processes for their organization.

Find out more here: http://gbgrajkot.org/ 


August 1 - 5, 2017.

Jury Member, Innovative Product and Marketing Competition

Innovative Product and Marketing Competition (IPMC) is a competition in SNK School of Rajkot. Students of Grade 11 and 12 propose and develop a social impact project in time frame of 2 months. Students create a working prototype for the project along with creating marketing materials such as pamphlets, TV Ads, Radio Jingles, etc. 

IPMC 2017 had more than 40 projects for Commerce stream students.

IPMC 2018 had more than 52 projects competing heads-on for the glory.

May 26 -28, 2017.

Mentor, Techstars Startup Weekend Ahmedabad

Techstars Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startupcompanies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. 

Find out more about Techstars Startup Weekend Ahmedabad here: http://communities.techstars.com/india/ahmedabad-gujarat-india/startup-weekend/10831

Techstars Startup Weekend Rajkot

Techstars Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startupcompanies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. 


1. Lead Organizer, Techstarts Startup Weekend Rajkot took place on December 16 to 18, 2016. This was happening for the very first time in Rajkot and overall second time in Gujarat almost after 3 years of first edition in Ahmedabad.

2. Organizer, Techstars Startup Weekend Rajkot Youth Kids Edition that took place on July 28 to 30, 2017. Startup Weekend Youth Edition is specially designed for the next generation’s entrepreneurs in the age group of 13 to 18 years.


Jan 02, 2018.

Funding for Startups

I, along with a colleague Sourabh Narsaria, delivered a small talk to Yatris (participants) of Jagriti Yatra 2017 on Funding for Startups. 

The talk was intended to help the Yatris understand what is funding, how it works and how can they avail it. 

Sept 29, 2017. 

Exponential Mindset for Solving Global Problems

I delivered a small talk to the students of Electronics and Communications Enginnering on celebration of ECO - Day at Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. I was invited as a Young Entrepreneur. 

My talk was on Exponential Mindset to show the students on how they can better utilize their educational knowledge and skillset in solving the Grand Challenges faces by humans like poverty, hunger, etc. 

A copy of my presentation is attached here.

Sept 16, 2016.

Introducing JunCkathon

I delivered an introductory talk on JunCkathon at eChai Demo Day at RK University, Rajkot, Gujarat. 

eChai is an offline-online Startup Social Network to Collaborate and CoRise with fellow entrepreneurs.