Startup Weekend Oulu

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Oulu

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

OP Co-work
Hallituskatu 12
Oulu, Finland 90100

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Startup Weekend Oulu!

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. Till 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 model 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?

  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:
  • 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
Startup Weekend attracts each community’s best makers and doers, and by spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, our participants build long-lasting relationships and may even walk away with a job or an investor. Plus, if your team wins, you will get loads of additional resources and coaching to help you get your startup off the ground. 

Check out the Startup Weekend FAQ for answers to the questions you might have about the event. 


Friday September 29th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue, eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 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
Start forming teams 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 September 30th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Saturday Morning Kick-off
Review the mission of the weekend, judging criteria, and the best practises for success!

10:00 am
Identify & State Problem
For the next 2 hours, your team will identify and state the problem your idea solves. Draft a 60-second pitch of the problem.

12:00 pm
Problem Pitches & Feedback
Each team will deliver a 60-second pitch of their problem statement and receive feedback from mentors.

12:30 pm
Food to keep energy level up.

1:00 pm
Mentor Madness
Mentors with varying skills available to support your team. Available until 7pm.

3:00 pm
Go out and validate!
In-person, human validation is critical; make sure your team makes time to hit the streets.

6:30 pm
Food again to maintain energy level.

7:00 pm
60-second MVP Pitches & Feedback
Each team receives feedback from mentors on your solution.

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 1st

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Pitch Workshop
Mike Bradshaw gives a 30-minute session on how to craft a great pitch

12:30 pm
Working Lunch
Food to keep energy level up

1:00 pm
Pitch Practise
Each team will have a time slot to practise their pitch in front of mentor and receive feedback. Sessions by appointment.

4:00 pm
Final Presentations Due
Teams will upload their final presentations (Google Slides) to the facilitator by 4:00 pm at the latest!

5:00 pm
Demo Night
Time to showcase weekend's hard work and ideas.

9:00 pm
After Party
Time to celebrate all the hard work and effort through out the weekend.

Event Judges

Kristian Luoma
Head of New Business Development (Internal Accelerator Program) at OP Financial Group

Kristian Luoma works as head of new business development unit in OP Financial Group. He's team created Pivo, the most frequently accessed finance app in Finland that won 6 awards (incl. red dot) during 2014. Before working at OP, Kristian worked in startups and Nokia in various product management and partnering roles, building products for millions mobile and internet users.

Sami Niemelä
Network Director at Oulu Innovation Alliance

Sami is an old school economist with a hint of an educator in his heart. Over 20 years of teaching, R&D and business development with more than 400 business cases instructed, facilitated, coached, advised, consulted - he has seen a lot. Sami is one of the founders of Business Kitchen and at the moment he is pushing the fantastic startup scene of Oulu to become one of the global hotspots of entrepreneurial action. Enthusiastic teams and stunning ideas combined with good numbers make him very happy.

Esko Alasaarela
Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering & Entrepreneur at Nucu

Esko is looking for brave pioneers who redesign the future with new software and business models

Minna Åman-Toivio
CEO of MedKit

Delbert Foit, Jr.

Del is a Senior Executive with 32+ years experience in the Life Sciences Industry. Upon retiring from business world, Del began pursuing an academic career at the University of California, San Diego where he works as a professor. 

Coaches and Mentors

Matti Rusila
Product owner at new business development of OP Financial Group

Matti is a lean startup practitioner who is creating exciting new products in the banking and finance market. With experience in business and product development Matti gives you tools to identify the real customer problems that need solving. He can spot the holes in your product and provide valuable insights how to move forward. 

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.

Mats Kyyrö
Head of Discovery Team at OP Financial Group

Mats leads the Discovery Team at OP Lab, picking apart emerging technologies and trends to identify new business opportunities. His specialty is finding the fastest and hackiest ways for taking your product from point A to point Z. Ask him about customer interviews, rapid prototyping, and validation!

Meri Sorgaard
Product Marketing Manager at

Wild at heart and self taught marketer with both agency and product background. Currently working for SUW global sponsor

Drazen Dodik
Program Manager @ Microsoft

At Microsoft Drazen works with startups helping them grow their cloud business by leveraging the muscles of a corporation through various programs.

Oki Tåg
Maximizer of Flux

Oki works as a senior business development manager at Microsoft Flux, where he coaches the ten in-house teams, hosts workshops, works closely with other players in Helsinki’s startup ecosystem and pretty much runs the show. Before coming to Flux, Oki held several positions in a range of startups, one of which was #5 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in 2008 (with growth of 1734%).
He’s a sought-after advisor and coach especially for early stage startups. He has 10+ years of experience in startups so he really can help unleash your true potential.
Today Oki is also a partner at #digirockstars and he’s in charge of running weekly validation workshops, designing the program structure and pre-seed investments with partner Steven Balliano.

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.

Pauliina Martikainen
Co-founder at Wave Ventures

Marketing and communications professional with agency and product background. Currently funding founders and working with startups at Wave Ventures in quest of making new, bold Nordic startup success stories happen.

Jarkko Moilanen
Chief APItalist at APInf Oy

Jarkko is leading API economy expert (APItalist) in Finland, experienced speaker at international events, long term API and open source community builder ( and passionate API Developer eXperience (APIOps) developer. Jarkko also influenced in the realm of education and cloud services at Ministry of Education and Culture, Department for Education Policy as Senior Advisor. Jarkko finished PhD about "3D Printing focused Peer Production - revolution in design, development and manufacturing" in July 2017.

Mikko Keskitalo
CEO & Co-founder of Profilence

Niina Karvinen
Business Broker - Business Intelligence Management, Partner @ GordionPro

As a marketing and marketing communication specialist with 15 years of experience Niina has great know-how in a wide spectrum from the field. She has helped several companies find their way to international markets through strategy planning, intelligence data collection and new product launches. As a Business Broker and entrepreneur Niina loves to look for the big picture in every idea. Having a big heart for business development, the customer, either internal or external, comes always first for Niina. 

Emma Koskinen
Talent Acquisition Consultant at Barona

Looking for brave pioneers who redesign the future with new software and business models

Hanna-Leena Keskitalo
HR & Finance Manager at IndoorAtlas

Hanna-Leena “Peppi” Keskitalo is the HR & Finance Manager at IndoorAtlas. Peppi is also part of the global marketing team, working closely together with the global customer success team. To support the global growth of the company, Peppi focuses on the smooth and scalable practices for both HR & Finance. 
Prior to joining IndoorAtlas team, Peppi advised new entrepreneurs in establishing and productizing their innovations to actual business. She is most proud of her ability to identify the right talent with that spark of curiosity and passion, capable of addressing the world’s toughest technical challenges. 

Jussi Juntunen
Service Design Lead @ OP Financial Group / New Business Development

Jussi is an experienced service designer with a strong background in user research, usability and interaction design. He is one of the founding members of the award-winning Pivo mobile wallet team in OP. Currently Jussi works in OP Lab as a service design lead and a design tribe lead, specialising in service design in the lean startup context.

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.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Karita
  • Elina
  • Udgum
  • Marjaana
  • Simo-Pekka
  • Sergei
  • Atte
  • Anne
  • Sebastian
  • Jenna


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

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