Startup Weekend Helsinki VII

    Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Helsinki VII

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016
Event starts at 5:00 pm

NewCo Helsinki
Ensi linja 1
Helsinki, Uusimaa 00101

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What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event, where developers, designers, and other startup enthusiasts from non-technical fields come together to form teams, validate their ideas, build new products and launch startups. Teams go from an idea scrawled on a napkin to a working prototype and maybe even paying customers, all within a single weekend. This will be the 7th edition of Startup Weekend in Helsinki held in April of 2016.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2.9k past events in 150+ countries around the world with over 23k teams created with the help of over 193k entrepreneurs. 

How does it work?

Startup Weekend is an event designed to provide superior experimental education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night, participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd and try to recruit the best talent in the room. 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 centred around action, innovation, and education. 

To find out more about how Startup Weekend Helsinki works, what tools can help you succeed during the event and what the dynamics and practicalities are, attend our free pre-event Startup Weekend Helsinki VII Bootcamp (register here and find out all of the details here). 

What do you get out of it? 

- You will get a taste of what it's like in the startup world, and learn first hand about every step of building a startup (at the very least, it'll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine). 

- You might find your perfect co-founder soulmate with whom you'll go on to launch a multi-million dollar startup, be it this weekend or down the road.

- We take care of you during the weekend and all you need to bring is your laptop:
  • Catered food - 7 meals total
  • Unlimited coffee
  • Startup Weekend Helsinki T-shirt
  • Fantastic working space
  • Discounts for some of the best startup tools
  • Access to some of the area's best startup mentors
Plus, if your team wins, you will get heaps of additional resources and mentorship to help you get your startup off the ground. There are also plenty of investors in the crowd, so if your pitches were something special, you might even get funding (it happens!).

If you’re a Haaga-Helia student you’re eligible to get 3 credits from attending Startup Weekend Helsinki, contact us online or at the event for more details!

How much do you have to pay?

Thanks to our amazing sponsors (do check them out below) you'll only have to pay 49€ for your ticket. Without the help of our sponsors this ticket would be over 99€. All participants get heaps of exclusive goodies including free domain names, web services and more. Not to mention free coaching and guidance from some of the best mentors around. All in all, it's probably the best 49€ you'll ever spend. Early Birds tickets for just 25€ will run out soon, so get one fast! ;) 

So join us, and get ready for the ride of your life. #SWHelsinki

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday April 15th

5:00 pm
Registration & Dinner
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Charge yourself with some food and meet other attendees!

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Reviewing the agenda for the weekend and introducing speakers, coaches, and community leaders. Ice-breakers for attendees

6:00 pm
Alejandro Santacreu
Inspiration infusion: are you ready for the weekend?

6:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:30 pm
Teams Confirmed
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

8:45 pm
Plan your work and see you tomorrow! The venue closes at 9pm but you may continue working outside of the venue.

Saturday April 16th

8:00 am
Venue is open
You can come in and start working

8:30 am
Breakfast & Begin Work
Simple breakfast & coffee, teams setting up workspace for the weekend and starting hard work!

12:30 pm

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

1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Midway Pitches
Pitch what you've got so far!

8:45 pm
Finished for the day - keep working outside the venue

Sunday April 17th

8:00 am
Venue open
You can come in and start working

8:30 am
Simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm

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
Final Presentations
Now is the moment! Pitch your final idea to the panel of judges

6:00 pm
Dinner, Judging & Awards
Charge yourself up with some food while judges are making the final decision!

7:15 pm
Help the others clean the space

8:45 pm
Go Home!
Hope you had a blast! See you next time!


Alejandro Santacreu
CEO, Circular Devices

Alejandro Santacreu is the founder of Circular Devices OY, the Finnish company behind PuzzlePhone. He is a Consumer Electronic Product Developer, geek, enthusiast and he is heavily concerned about planned obsolescence and the necessary shift towards a circular (recycling) economy.

Event Judges

Steven Balliano
General Partner at #digirockstars & Founder at Kivi Labs

Steven doesn't think outside the box, he lives outside the box. Just don't ask him to do normal things.

Matti Copeland
Executive Director, EY

Matti Copeland is a Growth Accelerator and a curious leader. He has worked over 30 years in helping companies and teams grow and especially alligning their stories to match with investor demands.

Mohamed Eldishnawy (Dish)
Profitable Business Model & Lean Product Development

Mohamed Eldishnawy (or known more as "Dish") is an experienced entrepreneur with professional work experience varying from tech industry, to social and humanitarian fields. A natural networker, and a proud philanthropist. Currently he functions as a Business Advisor for leading Nordic media company “ArcticStartup”. He is a partner as well in recently launched accelerator program His first entrepreneurial business was when he was 12 years old, and since then, he never stopped.

Teemu Polo

Coaches and Mentors

Steven Balliano
General Partner at #digirockstars & Founder at Kivi Labs

Steven doesn't think outside the box, he lives outside the box. Just don't ask him to do normal things.

Maud Bocquillod
Design-Thinking and Product Development

Maud has been teaching Design-Thinking at Aalto Design Factory, where she has been coaching year-long global product and service development projects. In parallel she is a co-founder of Aid One, a hardware start-up aiming to make people more confident to save lives. 
Key words: user-centered design, prototyping, testing.

Mike Bradshaw

Mike can often be found coaching early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in the fundamentals of pitching. The one true way to annoy Mike, is to read "bullet point" slides (as bullet point slides are a crime against Humanity). Mike's current day job is Evangelist at Solu. In his free time he is; a Coach at StartupSauna, a co-driver with the Travelling Salesman project, organiser of for the last five years and holder of a British passport.

Mohamed Eldishnawy (Dish)
Profitable Business Model & Lean Product Development

Mohamed Eldishnawy (or known more as "Dish") is an experienced entrepreneur with professional work experience varying from tech industry, to social and humanitarian fields. A natural networker, and a proud philanthropist. Currently he functions as a Business Advisor for leading Nordic media company “ArcticStartup”. He is a partner as well in recently launched accelerator program His first entrepreneurial business was when he was 12 years old, and since then, he never stopped.

Tommi Hietavuo
Ideas&concepts, Business Model, Marketing

An experienced connector in global mobile & digital services since year 2000.

Sergio Isidoro
Building a software mvp, basic business development in saas, data and payments.

A Portuguese living in Helsinki, helping to build the best bank for entrepreneurs - Holvi !

Software developer, working in payments, interested in data and automation. Knows a thing or two about starting a company after failing at creating one.

Voitto Kangas
Pitching, Business Modelling, Teamwork and focus areas

Managing Director at Startup Foundation (Slush, Startup Sauna) and a lover of hackathons. This old student politician is here to help your pitch stand out and take pressure, because behind every good startup or a politician there is a darn good story.

Kimmo Kauhanen
Digital Consultant and senior project manager, Founder of Moodwonder, Product Owner, Agile and Lean Coach

Founder of Moodwonder and co-founder of Co-founder of Bribespot, digital consultant and lean startup practitioner, Kimmo has years of experience of leading startup teams and creating new digital products and services. Buzzwords: Lean startup, bootstrapping, UX, mobile first, strategy, outsourcing, customer development. Kimmo can help teams with lean thinking, idea purification, customer development methods, UX and strategy.

Liisa Paavilainen
Business Model, Lean Startup, Value Proposition Development & Customer Segmentation

Liisa coaches startup teams as a business advisor in NewCo Helsinki Accelerator. Liisa is passionate for new business, technology & venturing. She is experienced international business development and operations professional: start-ups & corporate venturing, product marketing, go-to-market, business management & finance. Formerly she has worked over 15 years in various international business development roles in Nokia, Reuters and Sonera. She holds M.Sc. in engineering from Helsinki University of Technology and currently studying in Aalto University Executive Education MBA program (Finance & Entrepreneurship).

Andrea Di Pietrantonio

Andrea is an Account Manager at Invesdor. Since the early days of the company, Andrea has supported a variety of companies in the preparation and execution of their fundraising round. He has a BSc in Business Administration from Bocconi University and a MSc in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology. In addition, he has studied at Keio University in Tokyo and at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

Hani Tarabichi

Hani has 17 years experience of professional management career at Chaoui & Co. as a General Manager for its Paper and Board division. In 2000, Hani co-founded PlanIt Consulting where he consulted and trained extensively for the past 14 years. Hani trained and coached private companies and individuals on issues like Marketing, Sales and Sales Management, Customer Service, and Communication. He qualified professionally in 2003 to become a Certified Professional Trainer. In 2001, Hani Co-founded the Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association where he served as Vice President for 2 terms. As of 2005, Hani started as an associate professor at the University of Kalamoon where he taught Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Leadership Management, Marketing Management, and Marketing Strategy courses. Hani has served as a judge and coach at Pitch It at Aalto Entrepreneurship Society. Also, he remotely coached teams during Startup Weekend Damascus, and he is mentoring teams in the Lean Lunch Pad course offered by Aalto Ventures Program.

Oki Tåg
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Spinno Enterprise Center

Oki has 10+ years of start ups experience in various domains such as ICT, music, B2B and retail.
He will help you in the early stage of the startup weekend by giving you 'from the field' knowledge such as pitching, team building, fundings, marketings & sales and lean methodology.

Vasily Zayarskiy
UI/UX, Front-end Design, All Things Design

Full stack developer at Holvi and a mastermind in design

Radim Mušálek

Gian-Luca Cioletti
International business, Leadership, Strategy

Luca’s main task is to help people and companies to grow. He is a professional in the Telecom industry, a strategic thinker, visionary and inspiring leader with over 20 years of experiences in international business. He has excellent skills in strategic business development and customer/partners relationship. The comprehension and background in technology and the planning, development and management of international business are his core competences. Luca collected a strong know-how in planning, developing and managing international business, sales and marketing activities. In addition he has an excellent understanding in international business cultures and an extremely good presentation, negotiation, social and language skills.

Jon Hautamäki
Partner, Nordic Law Attorneys-at-Law

Jon is a partner at Nordic Law, which is a Helsinki-based law firm focusing on early- and growth-stage startups. Emphasizing the fact that Nordic Law is a startup-orientated law firm, also Jon has a keen passion for startups and the legal aspects of startup entrepreneurship. Whenever Jon hears the words “lean” or “agile”, you can rest assured that you got his attention.

Joonas Ilmasti
Startup Law

Lawyer aiming to reduce all unnecessary legal risks facing startups with a special focus on Contract & IT law.  As a part-time entrepreneur himself, Joonas has particular interests in lean thinking, strategic business development, new digital products & technology.

Phil Laszkowicz
Technology development & architecture, Agile prototyping, Software

Phil's a technologist working with startups and enterprises. He's had 5 of his own startups, including his first at 18, and has worked with Citigroup, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, Sony, and Volkswagen Group to deliver projects to the value of €1.75B over 15 years. He currently works for his own health and agriculture tech. companies whilst supporting and advising other startups and enterprises.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Helsinki VII team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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NewCo Helsinki offers a wide range of entrepreneurship support services from basic entrepreneurship education to how to create a global high potential growth company. Our objective is to make the first steps of entrepreneurship easier, lower the obstacles related to entrepreneurship and decrease the risk of failure.

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Organizing Team

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

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