Startup Weekend Oulu
Friday, February 10 - 12, 2017
Friday, February 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm
No talk. All action!
What is Startup Weekend Oulu?Startup Weekend Oulu is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to form teams, validate their ideas, build new products and launch startups, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Oulu and launch your next startup!
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 2900 past events in over 150 countries around the world. To date Startup Weekend events have witnessed 23k+ teams being created with the help of over 193k community members.
How does it work?Startup Weekend is an event designed to provide superior experiential 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 centered around action, innovation, and education.
Why you should join?
- 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.
- 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.
- We take good care of you during the weekend. All you need to bring is yourself and your laptop. We’ll provide you with:
- Plenty of food to keep your energy levels up
- Unlimited coffee
- Startup Weekend Oulu T-shirt
- Fantastic working space
- Access to the best startup tools
- Advice and coaching from some of the area's best startup mentors
- Global community of entrepreneurs
Check out the Startup Weekend FAQ for answers to the questions you might have about the event.
Friday February 10th
Saturday February 11th
Sunday February 12th
Winner: Guy Kawasaki & SAP’s Art of the Start –pitch 2015
Winner: Midnight Pitch Fest 2015
Winner: BBTC 2014
Recent press: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/13/smile-valossa/
Head of New Business Development (Internal Accelerator Program) at OP Financial Group
Coaches and Mentors
For the past three years, Päivi has taken a deep dive into corporate innovation management at OP Lab, where she has been instrumental in scaling an innovation lab from 20 to 180 people. With a series of over 50 new product launches, 10+ scaling businesses created, 18 prizes and awards, this period has enabled learning from the best and working with a dream team. Over the years, her roles have been ranging from product ownership to people and culture, events and partnerships. This journey has taught her a great deal about innovation, leadership and building a culture of success.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Oulu 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.
OP Financial Group is Finland's largest financial services group. It provides its customers with the best loyalty benefits and the most extensive and diversified range of banking, investment and insurance services. The Group has three business segments: Banking, Non-Life Insurance, and Wealth Management.
Techstars Startup Weekend Oulu is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
Previously I've overseen the Techstars startup communities across Europe and I've lead the marketing efforts of JA Europe. Passionate about entrepreneurship education and innovation, with expertise in community building, project management, brand development, events and campaign management, partner relations and stakeholder engagement.
Strong believer in the #givefirst mentality!