Startup Weekend Bolzano-Bozen

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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Startup Weekend Bolzano-Bozen

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Vitamin Bz c/o Vaia Group
Via Brennero, 5
Laives, Bolzano 39055

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Build your business startup in a weekend!

Learn to build your startup as an entrepreneur! Bring your idea to the market! Meet interesting people and organize your team! Understand how to quickly validate your idea and iterate towards a better product/market fit! ! Be part of 54 hours of great fun! Drinks and food included for the whole event!


Third time’s a charm! Startup Weekend returns in Bolzano-Bozen!
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 events in over 100 countries and 600 cities around the world, gathering people together for a weekend long of workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Is this event for you? Do you already have a startup? Or, are you considering creating a new venture? Or, are you simply curious about innovation?
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. Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law).

We look forward for the cross-fertilization between different background to ignite the creation of highly innovative new ventures.

This year, more than ever before, thanks to our sponsor we will give to the 3 best projects and ideas incredible prizes for a total value of more than € 10.000 !!! 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 (most creative project): 1 year of free Office Space at Vitamin; 1 free stand in one event organised at the Bozen-Bolzano Fiera Messe
True Innovation (most innovative idea): 1 year of free Office Space at Vitamin; 1 free stand in one event organised at the Bozen-Bolzano Fiera Messe 
People’s Project (all the audience will vote for the best team): team building outdoor extreme activity by ProAlps; €500 cash funds!
by Arrow!

The event in short
Where: Vitamin coworking space (Laives - BZ)
When: Friday Evening (Nov 20th) to Sunday Evening (Nov 22th) – 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! 30 € (50% discount) early bird until 17th of November 2015!

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[showregion]=1&linie=
and German on the local public trasport web page[showregion]=1&linie=&cHash=ad631c2dc391e6136....

Bus tickets to and from Laives are at your expense (1,50 € simple ticket, 3,00 € 24h ticket). Though, on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st 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 November 20th

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 are at your expense!

7:00 pm
Your arrival and registration
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
Yes, finally: Eat, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:45 pm
Pitches start
Explain your idea

9:15 pm
Form and find your team and teammates!
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...
You can stay and work as late as you can stand!

11:00 pm
Shuttlebus to the train station
For those who need a lift to the city center, a SW-bus will take you to the city center (approximately at midnight)

Saturday November 21st

9:00 am
...and lots 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
Surprise dinner
Get together and socialize further more!

8:00 pm
Work is still in progress

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

11:00 pm
Shuttlebus to the train station
For those who need a lift to the city center, a SW-bus will take you to the city center (approximately at midnight)

Sunday November 22nd

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

10:00 am
Work in progress
Coaches arrive. Finally you should finish that presentation!

12:00 pm
For those who have finished, lots of work for those who haven’t.

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!

6:30 pm
Big Aperitivo Lungo
All together, then you are finally free.


Alessandro Rossi
Agg. Professor in Management

Can help you with: idea validation, business modeling, open and user innovation, crowdsourcing, social innovation, pitching and presenting your idea.

Aggr. Professor in Innovation Management at the University of Trento. Main lecturer at Start-Up Lab, a graduate course offering a hand-on experience on launching your own startup. Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen. Coordinator of Innovation & Entrepreneurship education at the Trento EIT ICT Labs Doctoral Training Center. Passionate about socially innovative ideas.

Roberto Carisi

I like to complement the expected engineer life with other interests and cross-functional skills, like the latest Kickstarter project I successfully launched: - HOKU, an incredible LED creation that will revolution the old concept of Table Lamp.

Event Judges

Alberto Stuflesser

SEL Corporate Group, Italian Business Angel

Mario Varesco

Head of Design
March 2014 – Present (1 year 9 months)Bolzano Area, Italy
Strategic design, trends analysis, product design, product engineering and development.

Co-Founder and head of Design
February 1993 – March 2014 (21 years 2 months)BolzanoMM Design, founded in 1991, is a strategic design consultancy based in Bolzano/Italy.
It stands for valuable, reliable and personalized product design, as well as research for new material appliances, always focusing on innovative design solutions and the creation of USP’s for the customers.
Every single new project is handled by the entire team, who makes complete proposals and solution that are discussed and analysed with the client and then the project is followed through all the phases until is completed.
MM Design works together with important companies in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria and is proud of its cooperations with major companies in France, USA and Japan.
It has always placed training side by side, arranging and conducting project workshops at the IED European Institute of Design in Milan, the ADB Academy of Design in Bolzano and at the faculty of Design and Art of IUAV University of Venice/Branch Treviso.

Harald Oberrauch


TBA - Tyrolean Business Angel
September 2014 – Present (1 year 3 months)Innsbruck

Member of the Board

Durst Phototechnik
2011 – Present (4 years)

Member of the Board

2011 – Present (4 years)

Audit Manager

2007 – 2010 (3 years)

Petra Gratl

Manager Business Incubator – TIS innovation park (2006 – present)
Consultant Value Partners Management Consulting (2004 – 2006)

Thimoteus Fleckinger

Volksbank asset manager

Coaches and Mentors

Basilio Bentivegna

Basilio is an accomplished Advisor and Entrepreneur in the Internet and Digital Media Business with proven/hands-on experience in structuring and operating smooth, profitable products/brands in the digital space in a local and global context for more than 15 years. He has been at the forefront in the development of the Internet since its beginning.

Basilio advises businesses and startups on digital media and e-commerce projects and product launch, strategy, marketing and operations, international expansion (market entry strategies), business and financial planning, funding.
He is co-founder of several internet based startups where he coordinates strategy and operations.

Basilio can help with Coaching and Mentorship for:
 - Product & Business Market /Fit, Analysis, Strategy
 - Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning
 - Business Plan Development and Validation, Revenues & Financial Modeling
 - Products & User experience strategy
 - Digital marketing and e-commerce strategies (audience and customer acquisition, multiplatform, social, content distribution, monetization)
 - Web Analytics

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.

Klaus Gummerer

Klaus joined DELMO in 2008

Prior to that Klaus gained work experience in venture capital and private equity investing with Auctus Capital Partners in Germany. Klaus also worked with KPMG in auditing and assurance in Italy and spent several years as a consultant to his family’s business, an insurance broker in Italy.

Matthias Handschuh

Sales, online marketing, e-commerce

Miriam Lomsdalen
Marketing & Sales, Strategic Planning

Born in Oslo, Norway Miriam currently lives and works in Merano, Italy. She holds a BBA from the Business School Utrecht (NL) and an executive MBA from SDA Bocconi (IT). Strategy and Entrepreneurship have been the focus during her studies. Currently she is co-owner in the company Vision SRL. The company offers various services and products to the Hospitality Industry in Europe.

Federico Marini

Federico can help you with: security solutions, go-to-market strategy, early stage financing

After many years of experience as Sales Director at DEDA Group, Federico founded Computerlinks S.p.A, specialized in Value Added Distribution of security solutions.
In 2013, Computerlinks Group was acquired by Arrow Electronics Inc. (NYSE:ARW). Currently, Federico in his role as Managing Director of Arrow ECS Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta, leads a team of more than 60 persons specialized in offering tailor made security and networking solution to more than 1.000 active partners.
With good performances in 2014, Arrow ECS S.p.A. ranked as 48th company in South Tyrol. The double digit forecasted growth in 2015 will allow Arrow ECS Italy to become one of the 30 top companies in South Tyrol.

Giulio Michelon

I am the CEO and founder of an software and UI design company based in Trento called Belka ( We build digital products for big companies and startups on a daily basis. I have a strong expertise in design and I love startups analysis and validation. I offer my experience in the startup field and in the UI/UX field.
I am the person who you want to talk with when you want straight opinions about your product and your market. When it’s business time I’m not the nicest person and I’ll make you notice if there are fragile points in your business model.
Also, I’m the person you want to talk with if you want to discuss your design. It’s my daily job.

Benjamin Mikuska

I worked 3 years in consultancies, helping with restructurings, M&As, and helping founders to start a business or to turn it around while being in a crisis.
After that I was co-founder of franco fresco ( - a food delivery startup before the business got so trendy
I went to work as an Entrepreneur in Residence / Intrapreneur at PAYBACK - the biggest Loyalty Program worldwide, responsible for Digital Business.
Since thies year I am freelance Coach & Consultant, using Humand-Centered Design / Design Thinking mainly. I aslo do Interim Management Projects as product or project manager.

What I can offer:
Apply & teach the Design Thinking process for speeding up the innovation process, including the process steps seen here in the picture - - ask me anything if you need more details here
Coach teams also in havoc situations, without taking over the project from them (ask Marco please for fruther information here - he can share story)
Give insights about being an Intrapreneur and an Entrepreneur, what it takes and what are the differences of each track
Both experience in digital business models and "classic" ones.
Preach & coach "realism" - many innovation people like to dream big but dont get their projects on the road. I have input for this (goes along with what it takes to be an intrapreneur)

Davide Montesin
Freelance senior software developer / consultant / teacher

Davide Montesin is an information technology freelance professional who lives in Bolzano – Bozen, Alto Adige – Südtirol, Italy. He has a great passion for programming and open source / free software. He is specialized in Java and its related technologies. Over the last 15 years he has participated or led software projects for public administration, different companies, the tourism sector.

coach: IT architectures, databases, mobile development, open source software and licenses, html5 & website, android

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.

Hannes Pardeller

I can help on strategic planning, business planing, business models, and quick business model validation

Alexander Pichler

Joined DELMO in 2007

Prior to that was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Spain and advised consumer goods companies and industrial conglomerates in a wide range of assignments on mergers & acquisitions as well as general corporate strategy. In addition Alexander gained work experience with KPMG in corporate finance as well as Intesa Sanpaolo in corporate lending in Germany.

Matthias Pristach

Owns a marketing agency in Innsbruck which is specialised in the actionsports and lifestyle segment. He is also marketing and sales director of Ride O’Meter, a french startup, which offers global media monitoring and analyzis to brands and athletes in the action sports industry. Recently attended the Websummit in Dublin to watch and participate in the Audi Pitch competition.
Loves: good ideas, handshake quality, connecting ideas & people

Can help with: marketing & sales, apps, young target markets, advertising

Jacopo Romani

Jacopo Giovanni Romani. Graduate in psychology and neuroscience, marketing and new technology expert, he is co-founder and board member of Needius s.r.l. and Neurab s.r.l., startups in the field of technologies for health and neuroscience.

Riccardo Santoro

I am a Managing Partner of Fast Forward Advisors, located in Munich, Germany. Our expertise is Innovation Management and work with SMEs and startups all over Europe. In particular, my expertise lies in the analysis of the soundness of the business model of startups. All too often the challenge from bringing an idea to becoming a business, is to understand how to make money with it. We consult a number of startups in different stages of their development, so I have exposure on a wide array of topics startups have to deal with.

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.

Fabio Valente
serial entrepreneur, consultant in digital media, founder @ Altridea & @ Vite Speciali

Digital media and web marketing consultant for major Italian media companies (RCS Mediagroup, Mondadori, Virgilio)  with first hand experience in social venturing (Altridea, Familydea, Vite Speciali). Skills in strategy, marketing, advertising, media communication, social innovation.

Xiafoeng Wang
Assistant Professor

I will be offering my experience as an educator and researcher on different challenges and issues early stage entrepreneurial teams encounter and what are the solutions and mitigation strategies they could use to survive. I am knowledgeable with Lean Startup approach and different kinds of supporting tools that entrepreneurial teams can use to tackle different issues including product prototyping, customer discovery, project management, etc.

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