Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech Milan

    Friday, September 19 - 21, 2014

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech Milan

Friday, September 19 - 21, 2014

Friday, September 19 - 21, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Talent Garden Milan
Via Merano 16
Milan, Italy 20127

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It brings developers, marketers, designers, product developers and enthusiasts to work together on disruptive ideas in future fashion

It's a three-day event where talented creators, makers and enthusiasts can pitch their ideas, form teams and develop the concept in less than 54 hours.
This  weekend is dedicated to the development of future fashion ideas covering areas, such as wearables, Omni-channels, E-commerce, Smart fabric, Big Data and Hi-Tech.

With the mentoring sessions from experience industry players, the teams will be ready to present the final idea in front of a panel of judges on Sunday afternoon. The best idea winners get tickets to the Global Fashion tech Battle in Poznan, October 18! The winner will also get a free logo contest provided by 99designs, the largest online marketplace for graphic design. All participants will also receive a discount on their next design contest. 

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Friday September 19th

5:30 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 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
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

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 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:30 pm
Final Presentations

4:00 pm
Judging & Awards

4:30 pm
Wrap-Up & Aperitivo

6:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Beniamino Marini
Digital Communication and Marketing Manager at MiSSONI

Beniamino has a great track of records within the fashio nand desing field. Prior to joining Missoni he was news editior at Condé Nast Italy and professor at IED - European Institute of Design.

Roberto Chieppa
Marketing & E-Commerce Director OVS & GRUPPO COIN at Gruppo Coin Spa

Roberto has extensive professional experience in sales and marketing within FMCG/Retail multinationals. He holds responsibilities at the national, European and global levers. He works with complex businesses and differentiated products, and deals with both - fast developing and mature markets, as well as luxury goods.

Martino Bagini
Partner at Astella Investimentos

Martino is Partner at Astella - a venture investor, providing capital, culture, and capabilities to entrepreneurs determined to change the world. Martino's expertise covers value creation, business development, strategic partnerships, relationship management, Internet business and Online media. His extensive network goes all the way from Italy to Brasil, where he originally comes from.

Layla Pavone
Venture Partner at Digital Magics

Since May 2014 Layla is a Venture Partner and Board Director at Digital Magics. Digital Magics is an investment company founded in 2004. Since 2008 Digital Magics has been working as private venture incubator, leader in Italy. In 2013 Digital Magics listed on AIM Italia, the Alternative Investment Market for small and medium-sized Italian enterprises with high growth potential organized and managed by Borsa Italiana (Italian Stock Exchange).

Alberto D'Ottavi
Partner & Advisor at Fashion Technology Accelerator

Journalist, blogger, entrepreneur. On tech culture and society since 1991. Author of a book about Web 2.0 and Social Media in 2006. Co-founder of a startup in 2010. Winner of Premio Nazionale per l’Innovazione del Presidente della Repubblica Italiana in 2012. Now Partner and Advisor at Fashion Technology Accelerator.

Riccardo Chiozzotto
Digital Media strategist - Pr - Journalist; Design Blogger and Editor

Riccardo is communication and PR Specialist for over 10 years. He is editing and managing project development and PR campaigns for Italian and international clients. Since 2010 he is also involved with EVENTOTHEQUE, web-based technology platform dedicated to press conferences and B2B events online.

Vittorio Mauri
Country Manager Italy at U-Start

Vittorio is Country Manager Italy at U-Start, a global boutique advisory firm offering services targeted at facilitating the matching and the cross-border investment in seed and early stage companies. At U-Start, Vittorio helps investors in expanding their investment portfolios and supports companies in fundraising to scale their business internationally. Vittorio has a Bachelor in Economics and Management at Bocconi and a Master in International Management at ESADE Business School. His past experiences range from management consulting in a global consulting firm to business development in a global incubator focused on emerging markets.

Marco Tosi
Digital Media Expert

Marco is a business Engineer graduated at Politecnico Milano. In 1995 he founded the first Italian digital consulting company; CEO at IconMedialab, digital consultancy market leader in Italy for more than 10 years. Since 2013 Marco is a founder and CEO of, a search and recommendation engine for fashion products. has more than 1 million items in its inventory today is covering +90% of all the fashion products available online in Italy.

Giuseppe Ravasi
Ecosystem Development Manager @ IBM Italia

Alessandra Guffanti
Presidente gruppo giovani Sistema Moda Italia

Coaches and Mentors

Julie Blitzer
UX Designer

Julie is a UX Designer for UbiquityLab in Milano. She left New York and moved to Italy in August 2013 to complete her Master in Interaction Design at Domus Academy. She brings experience working for digital agencies, startups and technology companies. Julie has coached Startup Weekend in New York, Milano and Torino. She is a mentor for Thinkful and has been an online instructor for General Assembly and Google for Entrepreneurs. Past speaking appearances include Droidcon Italy 2015, interaction14, SXSW Interactive 2010 & 2011, Netroots Nation, IPDI's Politics Online and Organizing 2.0.

Marco Ottolini
Founder at Styloola & Founder at StartuppaMI

Marco is a serial entrepreneur who has created more than 10 startups. He has an expertise in creating companies from scratch, searching for funding (raised more than 8M€) and managing the delicate start-up phases.

Simona Bielli
Global Operations at Mind the Bridge

Simona is a professional with more than 3 years of international experience in coordinating projects/activities in Italy and Silicon Valley. By working as Global Operations Coordinator for Mind the Bridge Foundation - a californian non profit organization that provides educational programs to entrepreneurs, business executives of corporations and angel investors - she was able to further acquire knowledge in entrepreneurship, startup companies foundation, innovation and new technologies. Since April 2014 Simona is also involved in Startup Europe Partnership, an initiative promoted by the European Commission to help the best startups to emerge from local ecosystems and scaleup, by connecting Top European startups to Large Corporates. In addition to the role played in Mind the Bridge, she collaborates with the CrESIT Research Center of Insubria University on research projects and reports about Entrepreneurship and Startups.

Zoe Romano
Digital Strategy & Wearables at Arduino; Co-founder of WeMake - Milan's Makerspace

Zoe Romano lives in Milano and currently works on Digital Strategy & Wearables at Arduino. She co-founded, the european pilot project around collaborative fashion and open source branding and, an initiative for the diffusion of open design and digital fabrication in Italy. She's been into media activism and political visual art for the past 10 years, working on precarity, social production, material and immaterial labor in creative and service industries. She recently launched a Makerspace in Milan called, focused on agile fashion and design practices.

Egidio Mauri
Vice President Sales, Marketing & Business Development at Medialab Srl

Following more than 20 years spent delivering p&l results in the media industry, on and off line, Egidio is now experiencing the use of management and sales skills in the digital business. His daily business at Medialab consists of helping customers to deliver their content on all the available media for e -commerce, digital marketing and communication purposes.

Davide Tronzano
Co-Founder Wowcracy

Davide is an expert in fashion and lifestyle brands. He is also part of Global Shaper Community - World Economic Forum. Passionate about contemporary art and trail running.

Aaron Iba
Former Partner at YC, Co-founder & CEO at PayGarden

Aaron brings over 15 years of experience in software development and entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder of AppJet, the company behind the EtherPad collaboration software, which was acquired by Google. In 2011, Aaron joined YCombinator as a partner, where he interviewed startups and provided mentoring and advice, including everything from configuring MySQL to working on VC pitches.

Alessandro Tacchini
CEO at Sergio Tacchini S.p.A. & Owner of Sandys

Alessandro is an expert of apparel development, marketing strategy and distribution channel analysis.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Milan is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Davide Dattoli
Founder e CEO di Talent Garden

Founder e CEO di Talent Garden SpA – la piattaforma fisica dove creativi e professionisti del digitale lavorano, imparano e entrano in contatto. La rete di Talent Garden conta oggi 18 campus in 6 Paesi europei. Sono Board Member di Digital Magics, incubatore di startup digitali che forniscono prodotti high-tech, quotato alla Borsa di Milano. Nominato da Wired uno dei TOP 5 innovatori in Italia, ho partecipato come speaker ad eventi nazionali e internazionali tra i quali Wired Festival, TEDx, Ambrosetti Forum, etc. per parlare di temi quali innovazione, tecnologia e digital trasformation. Prima di fondare Talent Garden, sono stato senior consultant per il gruppo Condé Nast, Il Sole 24 Ore e Il Giornale di Brescia. Ho tenuto lezioni e conferenze presso Università di Brescia, Università degli Studi di Roma, LIUC a Castellanza, l’Università Commerciale L. Bocconi e London Business School.

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