A Business Plan Competition was held at the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Livermore on April 24th organized by Silicon Valley Young Coders Club's startup boot-camp.
Online PR News – 29-April-2016 – Livermore, CA – This was the 3rd pitch fest organized by this team in Livermore following San Jose and Saratoga. Organized by a Saratoga High School Sophomore student Shivaum Kumar, this effort has led to more than 300 students from the local Silicon Valley community gaining skills of entrepreneurship and coding.
A student thanked all the parents who cook for their children as part of the pitch fest. This was an unusual expression of gratitude for a pitch fest? Actually, it was special ! It was part of their Business Pitch where they unleased the demos and financials of a new app they were planning to launch- iCook. Savit Bhat, Amoljit Dhaliwal and Anirudh Rao were the entrepreneur team and the judges loved them enough to place them second in the competition
Silicon Valley Young Coders Club presently operates in three locations- Saratoga, San Jose and Livermore. Each location conducted a similar pitch fest as the final session of phase 1 of this program – showcasing how a creative idea was turned into a business plan. The Livermore chapter, taught by Chip Designer Vishal Kirti, founder of Silicon Tech Services and Damara Kids.
The semester long boot-camp was brought to Livermore with efforts by Livermore’s community leader Kiran Guleria and Shiva Vishnu Temple of Livermore’s Youth and Education Champions Srikali Varanasi and Goutam Vedanthi. Goutam is also volunteering to teach this class in the fall semester at Livermore, which will be one of the four locations, with East Palo Alto as the new addition.
Another participant Kuhu Sharma pitched a new website which filled the void for students in the reference space, called OpenRef and the judges awarded Kuhu third place.
The judges at the competition, however, were most impressed with the participants Aditi Sharma and Shreyas Raj, who pitched a new company ServeTech which was planning to launch a new app Servehour, which helps high school kids find volunteer opportunities in a safe way and integrates seamlessly in the school system’s accounting of the volunteering hours. They received the highest points and were adjudged the winners of the competition.
The judges were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the business plans and parted with the participants with encouraging words and advice for the startup road head. This entrepreneurship boot camp continues with the product development phase wherein each team will start the development process and eventually showcase their product prototype at the Silicon Valley Tech Day on June 11th.
This Tech Day in it’s 2nd year, is a free event geared for the youth of the bay area, providing them an opportunity to hear from industry leaders and Silicon Valley executives, upcoming technology trends and hear innovative business plans. Panelists include an Industry executives panel, a Women in Technology panel, a Young entrepreneurs panel and a Silicon Valley elected leaders panel. The Startup Pitch Fest grand finale will showcase Youth entrepreneurs from all 3 locations of Silicon Valley Coders Club (San Jose, Saratoga and Livermore) pitching in front of a VC panel of judges and competing for best prototype/project - winner takes $1,000 and perhaps even VC funding.
For details and to enroll visit SiliconValleyCoders.org