Startup Weekend Rome

    Friday, February 17 - 19, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Rome

Friday, February 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, February 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

John Cabot University
Via della Lungara, 233,
Roma, Italy 00165

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Startup Weekend Roma

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. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long 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 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 with another opportunity for critical feedback.   Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, 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!

The ticket price includes: 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches

The event will begin Friday Feb 17th and will end Sunday Feb 19th. Where does it take place? At John Cabot University right in the heart of Trastevere.

2.      The goal of the event is to learn how to do business, learn to work together as a team with strangers, meet co-founders, co-workers, learn new skills...

3.      We can only host a limited number of participants and you’ll be participating as individuals. You can purchase your ticket HERE 
We recommend purchasing your ticket as soon as possible, and early birds will receive a discount.

4.      The ticket includes food, beverages, stationery etc ... that will be offered to the participants, from the beginning to the end of the event. 

5.      We're able to offer all this thanks to local and national sponsors, sensitive to the issue of entrepreneurship and innovation. 

6.      The ideas are proposed by the participants themselves, who will vote on the best. Participants will work in teams of 5 to 8 people during the next two days.

7.      It is not necessary to come up with an idea. 

8.      Those who do not show up with an idea are to vote for the ideas of others and will be able to choose which team they want to join.
9.      A jury will evaluate the top 3 ideas which will be awarded with prizes that will help to further develop and support the teams.   

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Friday February 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 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

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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

11:30 pm

Saturday February 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:30 pm

2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

8:30 pm

11:15 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

11:30 pm

Sunday February 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:30 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Riccardo Maiolini

Adjunct Professor of strategic entrepreneurship at John Cabot University and Executive coordinator of the AdVenture program at LUISS Business School. His research interests are focused on social innovation, social entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship and open innovation. Riccardo is an expert of business model design (digital business model and social business model).He is one of the two curators of the Italian Index of Social Innovation. Former post-doc at CeRISS (Research Center for Social Innovation at LUISS University). 

Pietro Nardi
Founder 012Factory & Academy Director

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->Con un background da sviluppatore software e UX/UI designer, finisce con l'occuparsi di strategia e marketing digitale, con un focus sulle startup dal 2010. E' stato Founder e Chief Digital Officer di YOUng, TOP 500 Ranking Alexa Italy e finanziata dal fondo VC DM. Ne guida la strategia digitale dal 2012 al 2014, fino al raggiungimento di 13 milioni di utilizzatori in 6 paesi esteri con il 60% di retention mensile. Venduta negli anni successivi. Nel 2013 viene nominato come Advisor di MyAgonism per lo sviluppo lean startup e pitch per investor, viene selezionata alla MTB school in San Francisco, Sport&Society INT Conference in Chicago, Capital On Stage of New York, 10th Anniversary MIT Sloan Sports Analytics, TOP - 5 Eu Startups, NCAA approved analytics tool, con oltre 800 teams e 12 milioni di dati acquisiti con una crescita del 380% annuo. Finanziata da business angel con un passato imprenditoriale ed exit alle spalle. Nel 2014 fonda 012Factory guidandone fin dalla nascita lo sviluppo della Startup Academy, posizionandola nel mercato e portandola in meno di 3 anni tra le eccellenze italiane per l'imprenditoria innovativa.

Coaches and Mentors

Agata Kukwa

Cofounder and Communications Leader, former non-exec Communications Director in Black Pearls VC, entrepreneur, startup mentor & public speaker. Since 2011 she helped over 30 early stage brands to enter the market or improved their online performance. In 2012 joined awesome team of Black Pearls VC and gained experience on venture capital market as a non-exec. communication director. She serves as consultant in online branding and improve professional image of managers and their companies. She works for startup and VC market development in CEE region as a cofounder and Communications Leader in

Cristiano Panfili

Partner delle società Looking for Value, WebMagistri Consulting e Day One, ha conseguito l’MBA presso l’IE Business School di Madrid ed in precedenza la laurea in Economia e Commercio alla LUISS Guido Carli di Roma condita da una parentesi accademica all’ESSEC di Parigi. Il suo profilo internazionale vanta un’esperienza in Australia come Marketing Manager di Pirelli, dopo aver lavorato come consulente in Accenture, soprattutto nel settore delle telecomunicazioni, ed in KPMG nel mercato dei trasporti. In passato, dopo aver trascorso alcuni mesi in Renault nell&#39;area comunicazione, ha
avuto modo di approfondire in Unicredit le dinamiche delle PMI, maturando le capacità di supporto alle
start up, sia lato finanziamenti che organizzazione. Parla inglese, francese e spagnolo e da sempre nutre una forte propensione a lavorare in contesti internazionali, accrescendo costantemente il suo rispetto per i valori etici.

Stefano La Cesa
Pedius - CTO

My technical background is centered around Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, followed by a 5 years experience in supporting adoption of tech innovation inside large enterprises.

A two years Executive Programme at MIP - Politecnico di Milano helped me focus on business  implications of technological innovation, on entrepreneurship, on business ethics.

As of today, I do my best to enable consumer and business phone services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Stephanie Mitchell

Canadian digital expert living in Rome, with great startup experience. She worked as Marketing Director for 2 startups that had multi-million exits. Stephanie enjoys working with early stage startups to help them craft their value proposition.

Antonio Romano

Student of La Sapienza University in Rome he is taking the Master of Science in Engineering of Computer Science.
Passionate of Data Mining, technology and startups he always looks for new challenges.
He is currently the mobile developer of GeoUniq startup where he designed and realized two distributed architectures for ios and android platforms.

Francesco Fedele

Apart from having a strong technical background on IT, being CEO of SOPHIA srl (IT, consulting and internationalisation) and VP of SOPHIA R&I (specialising in european funded research activities, where he has lead 20 european projects in the last 5 years), Francesco is also the owner of Speakers Factory, an organisation that offers training on effective communication and public speaking skills. For the last five years he has been a member of Toastmasters International, a non-profit international association that provides training and practice on leadership and public speaking. In this organisation he is a Distinguished Toastmasters, the highest level of award foreseen, has covered all possible roles in Toastmasters Roma, the club he belongs to, and is the current Public Relations Manager for South and West Europe. He loves technology and spends definitely too much on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

Roberto Germani

Roberto holds a University degree in Law, grade 110/110 cum laude and is a government official in charge of International Trade. His work brought him for 3 years in Luxembourg as Detached National Expert at the European Commission, and later 3 years in the Italian Embassy in New Delhi as Head of the Intellectual Property Rights Desk. He is President of a Committee at the Council of the European Union during the Italian Semester of Presidency. He has several years of experience in Toastmasters in Luxembourg, New Delhi, Rome, Brussels and has reached the level of Competent communicator. He is a very precise and detailed evaluator, ready to highlight lots of points for improvements in all speakers.

Andrea Puzo

Co-founder at Unfraud.
Unfraud applies Deep Learning for Online Fraud Prevention.

Bocconi Alumnus, Andrea has a strong business background with several international job experience from Luxury with Valentino to FMCG and tech with Hewlett Packard.
He worked for Rocket Internet leading as Managing Director Italy one of the portfolio's startup.
Enthusiastic entrepreneur loving build new businesses from scratch passionate to Saas, Cybersecurity,Fintech, Venture Capital, Artificial Intellingence & Deep Learning business applications.

Paola de Santiago Haas

Paola de Santiago Haas is a graduate in Industrial Design at Milan’s Scuola Politecnica di Design, and Art at Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti (Brera). She has been formerly employed in the design, television and tourism industries before becoming a consultant in facilitation, media distribution and production development. Paola writes a blog on philosophical issues, chewing the glass, and has published the essay Quattro Ore e Mezzo per Capire la [Anti]globalizzazione and the book on short travel  stories, No Road, Just Us.  She has a passion for travel, self-development, writing and public speaking, and has served in Toastmasters as VP Education and Area Director.

Simone Giacco
Co-founder and CTO @ VMSme

Simone is a senior developer with business, marketing, SEO, and UX skills. He is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program, in partnership with General Assembly, to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority backgrounds. 

Mattia Di Stasi
Co-founder at Solenica

Co-founder at Solenica, robotics startup backed by Techstars and Qualcomm in San Diego, receiving $120.000 as pre-seed.
1st Prize Winner of PIAF European Marketing Contest.
2nd Prize Winner of StartupWeekend Rome November 2014, with Winkme. 
Business Dev. Intern at TIM Wcap Rome, 2014-15 class.
Strategic Mentor at RED: innovative entrepreneurship master at la Sapienza.
Marketing & CRM Consultant at YourMusic srl: musical instrumental reseller in Rome.

Creativity guides me and stimulates me to explore new fields. This drive also brings me to write rap songs, skate, and play the drums. One of the coolest things I’ve done so far was hiking on the active volcano in Sicily called Stromboli and seeing the lava boil at its core.

Patricia Mansencal

My name is Patricia Mansencal and I am the current President of the Toastmasters SPQRs club hosted by FAO, where I have been working as a Finance Association since 1994. 
I joined Toastmasters in 2014 to improve my public speaking skills. Since then, I not only won the European International Speech contest in French, last year, in Luxemburg but have been mentor for my club members and have delivered many speeches and presentations. 
I am happy to be part of the event and join Toastmasters Roma to help speakers with the delivery of their message. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Rome 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Guido
  • Federico
  • Luigi
  • Silvia
  • Antonio
  • Joanne


Adrian Pica
Product Manager

Adrian is a veteran Startup Weekend Facilitator. He founded, a news/media outlet that covers tech and startups in the CEE region that he later sold to an American media group.
Previously he also co-founded Oblico, a location based networking app for events and conferences, a project that came out of a Startup Weekend, was part of the TechPeaks accelerator and received a grant from Telecom Italia.
 Currently he's creating awesome stuff as Product Manager at Telenav INC. Adrian is a lean startup fan and experienced in pitch training and public speaking. You can reach him anytime on FB. He has one of the biggest collections of Startup Weekend T-shirts.

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