In our previous article, we shared what exactly unfolded over the course of 56 hours at Techstars Startup Weekend Hikka. The ultimate goal of this weekend was to help the participants take the first steps to build their startups. Thus, the weekend ended with the teams pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. And here’s what they pitched.
Hope for Life
The first startup that took the stage was a non-profit. Its goal is to help those in dire need organ transplants by connecting them with willing donors. However, this is a complex process, as such, they’re considering working with hospitals and various other health bodies. To cover their costs, the team shared that they would explore merchandising deals with different companies.
Afterward, we saw Kuppi, which aims to help students learn from each other. It offers a platform where students can share lessons and teach others in their own campus. As such, the team said they would initially implement it on their own campus. However, the app surprisingly isn’t free. While they’re also looking at earning money through ads, Kuppi would also have a subscription pricing model.
The third startup we saw at Techstars Startup Weekend Hikka was Thagi. This is an app that keeps your gift cards and shopping vouchers in one place. To be precise, it stores two types of vouchers. The first is those issued by merchants. The second is those issued by Thagi that can be redeemed at its partners. The team shared they would earn revenue through commissions.
Up next was Unilink. This startup sought to help students earn money and gain professional experience while studying. As such, they looked at the projects done by the university students for their assignments. Unilink aims to be a platform where students can sell these projects and their skills.
In exchange, the startup would take a 3% commission and hopes to offer premium features at Rs. 3000. Currently, they’re hoping to attract 5000 students and 40 companies to work with them.
The fifth and final startup we saw at Techstars Startup Weekend Hikka was WalkMe. Its mission is to encourage people to walk and become healthier. As such, the team built an app, which would reward you with free data for walking. The team proudly shared that it was already on the Google PlayStore.
So we downloaded the app. After using for a few minutes, we found that all you had to was simply shake your phone to get points. So you can sit back on the couch, shake your phone, and get free data. But that’s only if the app actually gave data, which it didn’t. Needless to say, the app needs a bit of work.
The comments from the judges
Once the final pitches ended, it was time for the judges to select the winners. When they returned, we saw Fayaz Hudah – one of the judges share what they thought. He commented that over the years, he’s seen the quality of startup ideas improved.
However, he pointed out that there were only five startup ideas, which is a number that should’ve been higher. Fayaz went onto say that judging is never an easy task. It varies depending on multiple factors. He concluded by telling the participants that if they couldn’t deliver their best, it’s not the end of the world. He encouraged them to pursue their ideas and find success.
The winners of Techstars Startup Weekend Hikka
Ultimately, of the five teams that pitched, three of them would walk away as the winners. And these teams were:
- 1st place: WalkMe
- 2nd place: Thagi
- 3rd place: Unilink
These were the winning ideas at Techstars Startup Weekend Hikka. Yet that isn’t to say that the other teams can’t build successful startups. But what exactly does it take to build a successful startup? Stay tuned for the final article in this series to learn what the mentors had to say.