Startup Weekend Tampere Sustainability

    Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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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?

Absolutely!

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. 
Prizes:
  • 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 tampere-sustainability@startupweekend.org.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 20th


6:00 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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!


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


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

Sunday September 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Kari Kankaala
Development Director, Sustainability at City of Tampere

Kari Kankaala, 59, is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the city of Tampere, Finland. Kari is responsible for the city’s sustainable growth and development policies and their execution. Kari has worked on a broad spectrum in strategic urban and economic development and is currently most actively involved with smart and sustainable city development and with the city’s strategic initiatives on urban and economic  development. Prior to joining the city in 2007, Kari had a career in the private and public sectors in Finland and in the US including CEO of a service business consultancy, director at an innovation fund with focus on high tech venture capital investments as well as a short research career in physics. Kari is a current and past board member of over twenty companies. He has worked with and consulted organizations in the US, South Africa, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Vietnam, Japan and the European Commission, among others. Kari holds a PhD from Tampere University of Technology.


Lauri Reuter
Science, technology and the future of food.

 Lauri Reuter has sweet plan for the future of food. Lauri holds a PhD in biotechnology and worked previously at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland both in research and research strategy. His passion is to build a sustainable food system on this planet and the next one. The solutions for the future are in unexpected combinations of fast developing technology.


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.



Mari Männistö
CEO at SHIFT Business Festival

 Mari Männistö is an experienced Business Developer & Strategist with a demonstrated history of working in event production, marketing and advertising industry. She has a proven track record in successful team leading in both professional and volunteer organisations. 


Sanna Mari Huikuri
Development Manager, Sustainability at City of Tampere

Sanna is a vivid and versatile sustainability specialist and has been developing sustainability issues in the Tampere city organization now for a decade. Her number one task at the moment is to ensure carbon neutral Tampere by 2030. This can only be achieved in cooperation with the city and its stakeholders, businesses and local residents so hop on board!



Hanna Remula
UX Designer at Etteplan MORE

 I am ambitious and solution-oriented designer and passionate about making people's lives better by designing meaningful digital products and services. As a designer I prefer data-driven, team-based and human-centered design methods. I believe in co-operation and am excited when working together with experts of different fields.


Coaches and Mentors


Marc Dillon
COO at VirtualTraveller

Marc is a veteran coach from many Startup Weekends and is happy to help you make the most out of the event. He has nearly 30 years of experience building products and mentoring others. Marc is currently COO for VirtualTraveller, a 360 video travel and experience website.


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 / GoSol.solar 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.


Kasper Suomalainen
Head of Dealflow at Superhero Capital

Kasper is Head of Dealflow at Superhero Capital. He has previously been the Captain of Startup Sauna, the leading accelerator program in the Nordics as well as the President of Aaltoes, the largest student-run entrepreneurship community in Europe. He has been heavily involved in the Nordic and Baltic startup scene for 7 years and typically helps teams with communication. Not the typical, quiet Finn.


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.


Yuliya Nesterenko
Marketing & Growth at Catapult

Yuliya Nesterenko is a growth hacker by day and a public speaker by night. Currently, she manages digital marketing and communication activities at a data-driven growth company Catapult, and runs her own public speaking business. As a published poet, TEDx Speaker and Deputy President at JCI United, Yuliya is advocating for immigration, entrepreneurship, active citizenship, sustainability and change, in Tampere and beyond. Having worked in a startup, tech and innovation scene for years, she strongly stands by the principles of rapid experimentation and community-powered creativity.
TEDxTalk in Oslo  TEDxTalk in Tampere 


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.
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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
    Vasileva
  • Deepika
    Sundresh
  • Zana
    Shillova
  • Harri
    Halonen
  • Julia
    Popova
  • Marika
    Taipalus
  • Kubilay Kağan
    Özkan

Facilitators


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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