Validating Your Startup Idea

We are happy to announce the January 2017 edition of Startup Saturday Chennai themed: “Validating Your Startup Idea”. 

Date: 14th Jan, 2016

Venue: IIT Madras

Time: 2.00 PM - 5.00 PM

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Validating Your Startup Idea

Everyone has an idea, but are ideas really worth anything? They are and they are not.

The difference is when they are validated. So how do you go about validating it?

Many frameworks and models have been proposed that claim to help you in validating your idea, but which one do you choose?

When can you claim to have a validated idea - When you get your first customer? When you get 10,100, or 1000 signups on your landing page about the product yet to be released? When everyone you know says it’s a great idea and you should quit your job to work on it full time? 

Your idea already exists, does that mean you should startup right away?

But before you jump the gun and spend your time and money building the product, know what a successful idea validation looks like, which widely differs based on the sectors, target users, and even the region where you are launching it.

At the end of it, you should be able to know the response you might get once you launch, pique prospective users attention, make course corrections, or even pivot to a new model.

To get the answers to all of these questions and learn from entrepreneurs who have validated their ideas, attend the next edition of Startup Saturday.

You could also register on the spot, but please note that the on spot tickets are priced at 300/- and the online tickets are priced at 250/-

If you are looking to pitch, demo or have any other event related query do write to us at


Sathish Vaidyanathan

Director of Engineering, New Initiatives Group PayPal Inc.

Sathish Vaidyanathan joined PayPal’s Chennai Technology center in 2013. He is currently a Director of Engineering and leads New Initiatives Group, that develops technology solutions for PayPal’s global products. As part of his role, he has run several innovation programs and nurtured intrapreneurship and ideation efforts. As part of PayPal’s outreach efforts, he helped launch the PayPal Incubator in Chennai. He comes with diverse software development experiences and has built large scale systems and platforms.

Before joining PayPal, Sathish was with eBay for over 3 years, building eBay’s seller registration and shipping platforms. Before eBay, he worked for Sun Microsystems, Mentor Graphics(US) and Ramco Systems, in addition to two early-stage startups in the United States. He has a Master’s degree in Software Systems from BITS Pilani and an Engineering degree in Computer Science from Madras University.

Sathish is passionate about social causes and actively volunteers for PayPal’s CSR activities, as well as with other non-profits. He is also passionate about professional and personal development and writes on this topic from time to time.

Ratheesh Krishnan

Manager, L & D - SPI Cinemas

Ratheesh Krishnan is the Manager of L&D at SPI Cinemas. As a social catalyst, an executive coach (PCC) and trainer (CPLP), he believes in ‘Making a difference to make a living’. He is credited with two patents, Lattice Progression and another for Skill Hacking. Some of his formative experiences include building social entrepreneurship working with the founding teams of Teach for India, MAD, Bhumi and the recent Punnagaiyin Mugavari. He is a strategist for several startups where his work enables collective foresight and imagination for all, through consulting and experiential mentoring. Through this and other projects, he continues to provoke change in the pattern of how individuals, teams and organizations work through measurable intervention and catalysis.

*He is also an expert in doing sketch note and is currently teaching them also

Event Details

14 Jan, 2017
02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
IIT Madras - Chemical Building Seminar Hall
Indian Institute Of Technology
Chennai - 600036

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