Startup Weekend Tampere Sustainability

    Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

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  5. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Tampere Sustainability

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Tribe Tampere
Pinninkatu 47
Tampere, Finland 33100

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Startup ideas with a positive impact on the planet

Passionate about design, innovation, and sustainable development? Got an idea you want to pursue or a problem you want to solve but are not sure where to start? Do you have the desire to make an impact? Sustainability Startup Weekend is the right place to create a prototype for your idea, validate your business idea, find a team, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs. 

Got a weekend to let us inspire you? 

The perfect opportunity to pitch an idea, gather a team, and turn that idea into a startup is given by Sustainability Startup Weekend. The idea can be sustainability-focused, or simply a business that integrates sustainable practices in operations and strategy. The rest will be provided by us: the tools to get your idea produced in an incredibly short amount of time, test it with potential consumers, and pitch your startup in front of a panel of judges.

Don’t have a startup idea yet? We want you anyway - and we can bet that you will end up pitching something before the weekend ends!

What’s special about this event?

During the course of 54 hours, you’ll experience it all - the highs, the lows, the joys and pressure that make up life in a startup. While learning how to create a real company, you simultaneously meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors, all of whom are more than ready to help get you started. Whoever you are and whatever dreams and aspirations you have, come take part in a weekend that could change your life and the future of many.

Sustainability is the future of business. We are ensuring that the entire weekend will be a green event itself, in every element, such as branded t-shirts, stationery, food & waste disposal. We’re incorporating ethical production and sustainably sourced or recycled materials throughout the event.

Who is this weekend for?

Sustainability Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive program and event that aims to bring all sorts of people together, including, but not limited to:
  • Aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs;
  • Designers of all types;
  • Developers;
  • Non-technical talent (sales, business, finance, legal, etc.);
  • Passionate visionaries;
  • Sustainability enthusiasts;
  • Lifelong learners and educators;
  • Students from universities and secondary schools;
  • Professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills.

What do you need to bring?

One thing is for certain - you’ll need to bring lots of energy! Throughout the weekend you will pitch your own idea and listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets.

The idea should be something you have not previously worked on. You’ll get mentoring, feedback, and are likely to pivot your approach entirely.

Can I participate in Startup Weekend even if I don't have an idea?


If you have an idea, that’s fantastic. On Friday night of the weekend, you’ll get a chance to pitch your idea to the group and recruit a team to make your idea a reality (check out the format here). But maybe you don’t have an idea. Maybe you just want to check out this whole ‘startup thing’. That’s great too!

Even if you don’t have an idea, you will have the opportunity to join a team formed around an idea that interests you. Sounds good? Good!

What do you get out of it? 

Your ticket price includes:
  • A new network of developers, designers, and business people eager, like you, to change the world.
  • 7 full delicious meals.
  • All the internet, coffee and tea you can consume.
  • Fantastic working space at P47.
  • Access to some of the area's best startup mentors.
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners.
  • Plus, if your team wins, you will get heaps of additional resources. 
  • Continuation in Red Brick Accelerator.
  • Tickets to Stream Startup Festival.
  • Co-working space membership.
  • Consulting with some of the mentors.
  • Product discounts from our local and global partners. 
  • More prizes to be announced soon!

Feeling inspired? Join us for a very special weekend, and be a part of the global Techstars Startup Weekend movement! 

Questions? Answers can be found at the FAQ section or just by sending us a message to

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Friday September 20th

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

7:20 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 September 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Validation Workshop
Early validation workshop by Steven Balliano.

12:00 pm

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

1:30 pm
Pitching Workshop
Pitching Workshop by Kasper Suomalainen.

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

6:30 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 September 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am

12:00 pm

1:00 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 Judges

Teemu Tiilikainen
COO at Talented

Teemu is long time software developer and consultant who gained most of his experience consulting media companies in United States, LatAm and Finland. Now he is the COO and part of the founding team at Talented, whose purpose is to improve life by being bold worklife pioneer and the only player in IT business who understands both - people and technology.

Venkata Gandikota
Board Member at Smart Village Movement

Venkata is passionate about Impact investing, Frugal innovation and Circular economy. He helps organizations and individuals in changing their mindsets, adding new skill sets to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. As CEO of Indianeer Consulting, he helps connect Finnish and Indian businesses. Based on his experience with the Indian market while also realizing the need for affordable & sustainable solutions for Finland and other European markets, I started the non-profit association InnoFrugal ry (previously The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society) in late 2013 with 2 colleagues. He is a Lead organizer for InnoFrugal- a 2 day innovation and thought leadership conference held annually in Finland since 2015. This conference has now an annual UK edition at Judge Business School in Cambridge University and a soon to be annual German edition in Stuttgart with Fraunhofer IAO. Venkata is involved in developing the impact investing ecosystem in Finland with the 1st of it’s kind Nordicmade Impact Investment Day at InnoFrugal 2018 in Helsinki. He is also a guest lecturer at JAMK University of Applied Sciences (International Business), Jyväskylä University (Business Program) & Aalto University (Executive MBA Program). Venkata has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from India and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from USA.

Coaches and Mentors

Michael Hanf
Executive Partner at Taival

Michael is an Executive Partner at Taival, an advisory focused on helping companies understand and utilize the disruptive trends that are all around us. What does this mean concretely? Michael is working with companies to understand how their business and operating models will change through technological, environmental and societal influences.  Circular economy and sustainability as two of the major trends facing companies today are close to Michael’s heart as he believes it will be critical to leverage technology and new business and operating models to manage the impact we have on our environment and society. Originally from Germany Michael has been living in Finland for the past 14 years. Through his work, he has had the opportunity to work across Europe as well as the US collecting a very good understanding of cultural differences and commonalities. In his professional life, Michael has worked for the past 16+ years across a broad spectrum of executive roles in business and technology.  Having worked across industries, with start-ups as well as large corporations Michael combines the ability to think and act lean and agile while understanding and considering current business realities.

Eva Wissenz
CEO at GoSol

Eva Wissenz co-founded Solar Fire Concentration Ltd / in Tampere, Finland. Together with her team they promote Concentrated Solar Power to Farmers and Entrepreneurs in developing countries to build capacity, empower entrepreneurs and reinforce the local economy through access to clean energy and education programs. Their tech is addressing 7 SGDs.

They worked in more than 7 countries with major international partners such as Autodesk Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Plan International, Wärtsilä, World Vision, Deloitte Foundation, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Berkeley Uni and Rexel Foundation.

Before that, she had a brilliant career in Art and Tourism with leading companies in Paris, France, as Chief Editor in very different projects and companies.

She's a passionate writer with 12 books published in France.

Vlad Stirbu
Founder at CompliancePal

Vlad is an entrepreneur minded software developer based in Finland. With 20 years of experience in IT industry, he worked as researcher in teams that developed web based solutions for smart spaces and augmented reality, and software engineer and architect in teams that develop medical grade IoT systems.

Currently, at CompliancePal, he is using his experience to develop solutions that bridge compliance and medical software development practices.

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.

Anastasiia Kozina
Designer, entrepreneur & writer / Environmental sustainability enthusiast

Once a design consultant in an acclaimed Finnish agency, now an entrepreneur, Anastasiia addresses integral problems found in education, healthcare, and the environment through service design as a tool for digitalisation. 

She merges design & systems thinking into power to see critically yet creatively, and have used this mindset in retail, mobile operator, construction, energy, automobile, healthcare, education, and other domains. 

The projects and teams she was a part of won in prestigious awards, including Guldägget and Grand One.

Antti Pitkänen
Idealistic, hand waving, software developing hippie person at Futurice

Antti is a startup minded software and business developer. He was one of the organizers of the first Techstars Startup Weekend in Tampere in 2018, an attendee in Techstars Startup Weekend Turku, a former Chairperson of Tribe Tampere, and a former Vice President of Tampere Entrepreneurship Society, so needless to say, the Tampere startup scene is close to his heart.

Antti works at Futurice doing software development, business development, marketing, public speaking, facilitation and a surprising amount of acting on camera, working primarily with the energy industry. He is also one of the organizers of the monthly TampereJS web developer meetups, a musician, eager exerciser, an adorer of furry animals, and a lover of bad puns.

Miiro Seppänen
Founder & Design Director at H23 Agency

Miiro is founder and design director of H23 agency and lead designer of Inbot. He has worked as an entrepreneur and lead designer on multiple projects and companies in Helsinki, Berlin and Hong Kong. He is a truly multidisciplinary designer, having skills and experience in illustration, package design, product design, UX, branding, and front-end development on mobile and web.

Aschwin van der Woude
CEO, Clean Ecology Officer at UrbanZee

Aschwin has started several organisations and businesses and enjoys coaching and working with people to help them grow and fulfil their potential.

Ben Matthews

Having turned his hand to freelance web development four years ago, Ben has now looked to scale the role of the specialist web developer by creating web platforms for small businesses, visual artists, film production companies and professionals / influencers. He has created a range of specialist "digital platforms", which offer "WordPress As A Service", but also integrate with custom search and discovery services, including specialised webapps for finding local and niche businesses, local artists and independently produced films. As well as his scalable digital product, Ben offers consultancy, training and development services in the fields of user identification, behaviour, analytics, digital strategy, search engine optimization and enhancement, online sales funnels, service and technology integration (including cloud services and machine learning), and digital risk assessment. Ben is a total geek when it comes to all things online, and when he isn't busy integrating an API into a project, or attending developer / tech conferences, he is often speaking at local meetups or creating online video content for content managers and business owners to help develop, enhance and protect their online presence.

Rhett Thompson
Managing partner, VentureOn Ltd

Rhett is an investor and entrepreneur from the USA, living in Helsinki. Three startups he founded exited; one to IBM. He invests in B2B SAAS marketing campaign execution and analytics software. He co-leads the FiBAN Nordic Angel Program.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Tampere Sustainability 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.

Signature Sponsors

STARDUST is an EU Horizon 2020 Smart Cities project, which brings together advanced European cities, thus forming into a constellation of “innovation islands”. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and Innovation programme under grant agreement N°774094.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Valeriia
  • Deepika
  • Kaya
  • Julia
  • Marika
  • Kubilay Kağan


Armand Dupuis

I am a French Developer who's passionate about education in IT and entrepreneurship topics.

In that effort, I am currently a Freelance Developer (soon to be a startup-er? ;p) and a Facilitator for both Startup Weekend and Hacking Health.

As a facilitator I'm focusing on validating that each attendee is learning what entrepreneurship means and push them to test their ideas, meaning: no talk, all action !

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