Techstars Startup Weekend Vienna – 54 hours of ideas coming to life
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
It has been one month since we all got together to discuss and celebrate the best startup ideas in a circle of dedicated women and male allies. Why not look back at how the Techstars Weekend Women Vienna went?
First of its kind in Vienna, the Techstars Startup Weekend Women took place over the last September weekend, from Friday, September 20 till Sunday, September 22. Vienna already hosted a similar event - Techstars Startup Weekend - about five years ago; this time, however, the event was dedicated exclusively to female founders (male allies were permitted to contribute to the development of business ideas, but not put forward their own).
Friday evening was reserved for pitching the ideas - out of 16 ideas 6 got voted for and were greenlighted to proceed and form teams. The work continued throughout the weekend with the teams working on bringing their ideas to life. All participants were supported by 27 mentors - each an expert in their respective fields. Additionally, everyone had a chance to participate in 8 workshops which covered everything - from how to make a perfect pitch to how to secure funding. On Sunday afternoon, the participants were encouraged to bring in their friends and family to the final presentation of the ideas. The event reached its climax with the award ceremony , when the best startup idea - Findzz- a service with an aim to connect psychotherapists and patience, was granted a trip to the Global Startup Weekend which will be taking place in Singapore in March 2020.
Techstars Startup Weekend Women Vienna would not have been possible without its team of 10 organizers and its multiple sponsors: Vienna Business Agency, Berndorf Privatstiftung, Siencnik Consulting, Wirtschaftskammer Wien, KulturenReich, Köstinger International Consulting, Nasch Sportswear, Boston Consulting Group, Sticker Mule, Ecovis, What a Venture, Inrego, Introwise, Red Bull, Koza and Greenwell. The team behind the Startup Weekend also expresses its immense gratitude to the host of the event - Talent Garden Vienna.