Techstars Startup Weekend Helsinki - Sustainability Edition

    Friday, January 24 - 26, 2020

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Techstars Startup Weekend Helsinki - Sustainability Edition

Friday, January 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, January 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Maria 01
Lapinlahdenkatu 16
Helsinki, Finland 00180

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Take your idea from concept to creation in 54 hours

What is Startup Weekend Sustainability?

Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. 

This will be the first ever Sustainability edition of Startup Weekend in Helsinki! We encourage you to put sustainability at the forefront and create the next big thing to overcome the most pressing problems of the world. You might challenge yourself this weekend by thinking how to:
  • Extend a product’s life cycle
  • Reduce food waste
  • Design sustainable cities
  • Foster user-based models instead of consumer-based models
  • Create a sustainable solution to social, educational, financial, environmental, or other challenges.
Join Techstars Startup Weekend Helsinki & get a great opportunity to test your ideas, meet potential co-founders, and launch your next sustainability-focused startup!

How does it work?

Startup Weekend is an event that offers you is a simple and proven process for taking fresh ideas from concept to creation in a matter of days.

Beginning with Friday night, you'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. Please bear in mind that your idea should be something you have not previously worked on.

Continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, the Startup Weekend culminates in Sunday night demos and presentations, where teams present their minimum viable product (MVP) to a panel of expert judges, fellow participants and other guests. 

All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs and mentors. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Why should you join Startup Weekend Helsinki?

  1. You will experience what it's like in the startup world, and learn first hand about every step of building a business. At the very least it'll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine. 
  2. You might find your perfect co-founder soulmate with whom you'll go on to launch a successful startup, be it this weekend or down the road.
  3. We take good care of you during the weekend. All you need to bring is yourself and your laptop. We’ll provide you with:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Fantastic working space during the event at Maria 01
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world
  • Access to the best startup tools
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume
Plus, if your team wins, you will get loads of additional resources and mentorship to help you get your startup off the ground. There are also plenty of ecosystem influencers in the crowd, so if your pitches were something special, you might even get future partners for your new venture.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!   

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Friday January 24th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday January 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday January 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Helsinki - Sustainability Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Helsinki is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Anne
  • Karita
  • Sam
  • Suvi
  • Lotta
  • Jenna

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