Startup Weekend Bolzano-Bozen

    Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017

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Startup Weekend Bolzano-Bozen

Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017

Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Vitamin Co-working Space
Via Brennero 5
Laives, Bolzano 39055

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I started a company today, what did you do?

Startup Weekend returns in Bolzano-Bozen!

What is Startup Weekend?
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders business angels and venture capitalists. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. 

Is this event for you?
What unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship: whether a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, every attendee is interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in one weekend. 

This year, more than ever before, thanks to our sponsor we will give to the 3 best projects and ideas incredible prizes! These amazing prizes will help the winning teams to develop their ideas and make them a solid reality even after the Startup Weekend. The awards will be assigned not as usual (following the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places) but in relation to the different themes of the ideas. 

But which are these awesome prizes?! Here you go:
Creative Minds (all the audience will vote for the best team): Innovation platform - Lifetime license 
True Innovation (most innovative idea): 6 months of free Office Space at Vitamin
People’s Project  (most creative project): 1 free stand in one event organised at the Bozen-Bolzano Fiera Messe

So, do you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur? Register now!

The event in short
Where: Vitamin coworking space (Laives - BZ)
When: Friday Evening (Oct 6th) to Sunday Evening (Oct 8th) – see schedule below
What: Present you entrepreneurial idea, meet interesting people, organize your team, access to resources for your project, tap into the expertise of expert coaches, win exciting prizes!
Who: Experts, Entrepreneur Wannabies, Developers, Designers, University Students and everyone else with entrepreneurial ideas
How much: Only 60 € for the whole weekend including meals and drinks! 35 € Early bird until 4th of October 2017!

Accomodation: Sleep over at Vitamin! Bring your sleeping bag and a mat for a head start into the morning or a quick nap after a long night’s work… 
If you prefer a more comfortable hotel room instead, then take a look at the hotels in Laives open during this period.

How to reach Vitamin co-working space
If you reach Vitamin by car, you will find a car park just in the Vitamin Vaia Group headquarters.
You might reach the site with the public bus line 110 or 111. Bus stops at Vurza-Wurzer, just in front of the event venue.
Please find more information in Italian and German on the local public trasport web page.

Bus tickets to and from Laives are at your expense (1,50 € simple ticket, 3,00 € 24h ticket). Though, on Friday 6th and Saturday 8th night (approximately at midnight) Startup Weekend has organized for you a free shuttlebus from Laives to the Bolzano-Bozen train station/city center.

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Friday October 6th

6:00 pm
Meeting point
Meet our staff in front of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, university place 1 in Bolzano-Bozen. Take then the bus with SW team to Vitamin Coworking Space (for those who won't directly reach Vitamin by car). Bus tickets (1,50 €) are at your expense!

7:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in at the Registration Desk on the 1st floor

7:30 pm
Welcome & Motivational Talk!
Brief explanation of the weekend and speakers, coaches, and community leaders introductions

8:00 pm
Pitches start
Explain your idea

8:30 pm
Yes, finally: Eat, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Discuss, explain, change, merge your ideas and find new fellows. Pay attention to the set of skills every member of the team has: the widest, the better!

10:00 pm
Begin to work hard, time is limited...
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. You can stay and work as late as you can stand!

Saturday October 7th

9:00 am
Tons of coffee!

9:30 am
Begin Work
Begin to work hard in your new teams and set up your working space!

12:00 pm
Just a break is what you need

1:30 pm
Work in progress, please do not disturb
Ask help to our Coaches, they are there for you!

6:30 pm
Get together and socialize further more!

8:00 pm
Back to work
Work is still in progress

10:00 pm
Wrap-Up: what's left to do?
You may stay and work as late as you can stand!

Sunday October 8th

9:00 am
Breakfast and lots of coffee. Really, you will need it

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

12:00 pm
Take a break

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Last hours for work and panic attacks. Also presentation preparation & tech check

3:00 pm
Final Pitches
Five minutes to present your startup

4:30 pm
Judges tips and evaluation

5:00 pm
Award ceremony!
Huge prizes for the best ideas and developments!

6:00 pm
All together, then you are finally free!

Event Judges

Alberto Stuflesser
Executive Managing Director at IASSP - Institute of High Strategy & Politics Studies

M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, 25 years tenure as CEO, MD and GM in three major energy corporations (SEL AG, BG Group, TEA SpA), EMD of IASSP since May 2016 (tasks: forming the class of future energy leaders in Politics and PA, spearheading 2 years Independent PhD master in energy, proposing reform policies and roadmaps to Italian and European Governments on energy and other matters), since 2011 Business Angel in clean tech, ICT and automotive sectors as a member of IAG. 

Francesco Lato
Talent Investor

Venture Advisor and Angel Investor in over 25 startups, CEO of Wonder Talent Investor (in South Tyrol), member of the Investment Committee of Angels for Innovation A4I (in Milan), and Co-Founder of Talent Garden (in Genoa), the campus of TAG, the biggest european coworking network. Graduate at Milan University and Master in Multimedia Communication. Former executive in Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson) and Wella (Procter & Gamble)

Gabriele Paglialonga
Managing Director at Industrio Ventures

I currently work in Germany as Manager of New Business for a multinational company. I have co-founded a startup and worked on several other entrepreneurial projects. I lecture on innovation-related topics at John Cabot University in Rome, and I mentor teams from the Lean Startup Course at the University of Bolzano. I have a background in marketing and a MBA from Hult International Business School in Boston. I serve as regional coordinator of the Association ItaliaCamp. I can help teams with: business modeling, market segmentation, idea refinement, pitch preparation and presentation.

Gordana Stevancevic
Country Manager Italy WhatAVenture

Top-tier graduate in Master in Entrepreneurship at the Free University of Bolzano, I’m enthusiastic and passionate about corporate innovation, startups, fundraising, sustainable energy and innovative teaching methods. WhatAVenture is a full-service innovation agency and expert in guiding new business ideas to success. We believe in the combination of corporate power and startup agility. Our methods enable startups and intrapreneurs to quickly validate and implement their business ideas. WhatAVenture serves both as a sparring partner for innovation managers, and also as an external implementation team for new and innovative business ideas.

Coaches and Mentors

Ornella Pippa
Sales Administration & Logistics Director Miele Italia

Ornella is responsible for all the inside activities of the firm that implicate a contact with the client-trade, such as the administration sales, logistics, credit and implementation of analysis tools. She coordinates projects of innovation and improvement.

Herbert Valentini
Sales Administration and CRM Manager A. Loacker AG

Customer Service, Sales Support and CRM Manager at Loacker AG. Previously working as a consultant implementing CRM Software ( in Munich and ERP Software (SAP) in Milan. Graduated in Economics and Management in Bolzano, Master in Net-Economy in Trento. 

Fabio Valente
Digital Media & E-Commerce Consulting, Entrepreneur, Startup Mentor & Advisor

Experienced Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Strategy, Advertising, E-commerce, and Web Project Management. Strong research professional with a diploma focused in informatica from itis molinari.

Stefan Raffeiner
Product and Engineering Lead Properly, Inc

(2012 - 2017) Founder “Digitales Register”, beautiful software products for schools.
(2014 - 2017) Product and Engineering Lead Properly (San Francisco and Wellington). Responsible for product development and building the New Zealand based engineering team. Properly is a startup with a “Come for the tool, stay for the marketplace” model. Backed by top tier Silicon Valley investors.
(2013 - 2014) Software Developer Journi (Vienna / San Francisco), B2C travel startup. Took part in “Go Silicon Valley” program of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

Simone Simonelli
Industrial Designer, co-founder of AM design office, Contract Professor for Product Design

Over 10 years experience in professional design field and in design education field. Expert in new product development and strategic design approach. Human Center Design staunch. Able to coordinate and to supervise the entire product design process.

Roberta Micheli
Managing director and consultant, Tangram Srl

Over 20 years experience  as conusltant and trainer with  specialization in business organization,  creation and development of enterprise for firms of different sectors. Since 2014 also managing director of Tangram srl, where I am partner.

Riccardo Petelin
Business innovator Medigenia SRL

MS in IT Engineering (Universiy of Trieste)
MBA in Business Administration (MIB School of Management)
Fulbright BEST (Santa Clara University) Serial Entrepreneur in IT ventures

Ulrich Gutweniger
Consultant, Internationale Wirtschaftswissenschaften (IBK, Austria)

University Innsbruck (AUT), Alicante (ESP), Vienna (AUT), IWW Working since 15 years in the Media sport rights business/ sector (actual with MP&Silva, world wide media agency in sports rights, Since 2013 working with part time

Patrick Pedevilla
CEO of Norton and Airtech SRL

Over 15 years experience in sales, production and management

Günter Wimmer
Sales and Marketing manager Systems GmbH

Musikpädagogisches Gymnasium in Innsburck Mehrjährige Ausbildungen in Vertrieb und Marketing Mehrjährige Coachingaubildungen, Mediation, Systemorganisation, etc. Langjährige Erfahrung in Unternehmensberatung Langjährige berufliche Erfahrung  

Nicola Filippi
Co-founder and board member of Needius s.r.l. and Neurab s.r.l.

New technology expert, is co-founder and board member of Needius s.r.l. and Neurab s.r.l., startups in fields of technologies for health and neuroscience.  He is also Digital Champion for the city of Bolzano.

Teresa Pedretti
General Manager at Irecoop Alto Adige Südtirol

Since 2015: General manager – Irecoop Alto Adige Sudtirol BZ  

Since 2012: Freelance consultant, trainer and project manager
Interesting in:
Cultural and creative start up and or project
- Organizational design
- Process design
- Training  

Since 2012: Fuounder and Associate – Campomarzio TN  

2009 – 2012 Junior Consultant – Butera e Partners MI

Daniele Basso
Chief Executive Officer

Post-doctoral researcher on Industrial Physics (since 2016).
CEO of HBI S.r.l. start up for the green and circular economy (since 2015)
Contract professor during the “Top Industrial Managers for Europe” Summer School (2014 - 2016).
Contract professor during the “Bioenergy Course”, at the University of Trento (2014).
Ph.D. researcher in the field on innovative technologies for green and the circular economy (2013 - 2016).
Freelancer on the field of environmental engineering (since 2008).

Patrik Bocher
CEO of Bright & Safe GmbH

Free University of Bolzano – Bachelor in Economics & Management Free University of Bolzano – Master in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
CEO of 
Bright & Safe GmbH

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bolzano-Bozen 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 Bolzano-Bozen is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Alessandro
  • Daniel
  • Federica


Simone Demelas
CEO of / Product Manager of BBE SRLS

Sardinian, currently based in Rome. Degree in Natural Sciences, GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing expert, after working as GIS analyst decides to begin to understand how business works and was amazed by the startup universe. It all started in 2013 with the participation at Startup Weekend Cagliari, from there he fell into the black hole, participating in a lot of startupsweekend and working on his own projects. He is currently CEO of ARMNet, a company that deals with integrating augmented reality to the management of infrastructure networks. Passionate about technology in every aspect, music, fitness, new trends. Crossfit addited but also good food addicted, house music hard listener. There is always a different way to see things and solve problems and there is a song everything. At the moment is focusing on Corporate Innovation.

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