Techstars Startup Weekend Rome

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Rome

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Via Aurelio Saliceti 10
Roma, RM 00152

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We are Back!

  • Do you seek knowledge and want to meet other like-minded people?
  • Do you have an idea you want to execute?
  • Do you want to get hands-on and learn about business design, marketing research and developing a prototype?
  • Do you want to get mentoring from experts in their field and industry insiders?
  • Do you want to start building your future in just 54 hours?
Then grab your ticket to Startup Weekend Rome today - and join the global Startup Weekend Family! 
The event takes place 10-12 November at TIM #WCAP Accelerator in the heart of Rome ( Trastevere )

More about 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 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! 

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Friday November 10th

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

7:00 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 November 11th

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 November 12th

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

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Gianmarco Carnovale
Chairman and Co-CEO of SCUTER

Entrepreneur and technologist, innovation pioneer on the Rome’s scene. In the years between 1998 and 2010 he was responsible for strategies in a Startup Studio, as well as founder and CEO of several companies launched in software, new media, consumer electronics, odm. Longly engaged in advocacy associations, he promotes innovation and entrepreneurship speaking at conferences, consulting institutions and political actors, and as a columnist for several publications. Passionate of startup practices and venture business, exponential organization and open innovation, since 2010 he has worked in the structuring or the management of several startup accelerators (Enlabs and TIM Wcap in Rome, FinTech Accelerator from Unicredit Group in Milan). Since 2012 co-founder and chairman of Roma Startup, association which collects enablers - incubators, investors, universities, business schools, professionals – forming the startup ecosystem in Rome; Since 2015 he is in the board of directors of Allied for Startups, the worldwide organization that groups the startup ecosystems; Professor at the University of Rome “Foro Italico” where he holds the course of Startup modeling and venture fundraising. and mentor and advisor to several italian startups, also participating in the equity of some of these; Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of SCUTER, a technology startup aiming to disrupt mass urban transportation.

Claudio Rossi

I am a passionate entrepreneur who loves working with talented people and empowering them to turn their visions into reality. I have about 20 years of experience in digital business, mostly dedicated to starting up new business ventures.
My career began at Sisal SpA where I was project manager for the start-up of a web betting site. I continued at FIAT where I was product manager for the web portal and landed in 2001 at Wind. In this telco I worked as VAS Product Manager and my role was to stimulate market adoption of Value Added Services, using it as enabler of new media and content services.
My most successful project in the mobile sector was launched in 2004, while I was Director of Teleunit Mobile VAS Business that led to the creation of Neomobile in 2007: a company that in a few years became a leading player in the mobile entertainment and commerce market worldwide.
For 8 years I held the role of Chief Operating Officer with an overall responsibility for business and organization, including business development, marketing and media activities. 
For about 2 years I held the role of CEO of Neomobile working hard to build a learning organization where people are proactive and positive, have ferocious ambition and are motivated to achieve their highest goals through learning and innovation.  
I am very proud of the results achieved with my team while I was leading the company as COO and then CEO. We have been able to generate more than 1 billion Euro of revenues in about 10 years, we have grown from employing just 5 people to almost 300, we have been able to generate positive ebitda every year since our inception.
I am now Vice President of Neomobile. My role is to enable and catalyse innovation at Neomobile through development of relationship with the startup ecosystem.
I have a strong passion for the lean approach and the world of startups that has led me to become angel investor, mentor and advisor for accelerators like Luiss-Enlabs and Startupbootcamp.

Roberto Magnifico

Roberto Magnifico, lunga carriera estera in finanza, oggi socio e Board Member di LVenture Group, dal 2016 presidente di Angel Partner Group, il primo network di angel dedicati a tecnologie digitali. Co-Founder e CFO di NetLex, acquisita a dicembre 2016 da TeamSystem. Partner di InnovAction Lab, tiene corsi e seminari su venture capital e angel investing, è attivo come mentor, business angel e nel venture capital da oltre 10 anni, malato di modelli di business SaaS, platform economies e del crowdsourcing.

Coaches and Mentors

Alberto Gangarossa

Alberto Gangarossa, is an entrepreneur with a passion for beautiful product and a mixed background of tech & business. 
He started his career as freelance consultant until in September 2012 he won the Wired scholarship for MA.D.E.E., Masterlab in Digital Economics & Entrepreneurship, at Digital Accademia|H-Farm, one of the most important European startup business accelerator. 
During which he launched his first company Pathflow, real life analytics dedicated to retail to enhance the in-store shopping experience and optimize the sales volume base on CV technology.
After the Pathflow experience he joined UniquID an IAM for IoT powered by blockhain, a US startup with a distibuted team, where he currently leads the operatios.

Domenico Polimeno
Experience Designer @ Fifth Beat

Ha svolto quasi tutti i lavori possibili nell'ambito del web. Oggi sul suo biglietto da visita c'è scritto UX designer ed è ossessionato dalla ricerca con gli utenti.

Umberto Canessa

Umberto is the founder of Gosherpy, he is graduating in Economics & Business at Luiss Guido Carli and he will attend the Master in International Business at HULT International Business School in San Francisco next year. After a year, Shoozy received 20.000€ of investment from two business angel. In January 2014 Umberto started working with Lean Startup Machine organizing a three-days workshop in Rome, and thanks to the success of the event he was named national coordinator of Lean Startup Machine having the task of coordinating and follow the local organizers.

Leonardo Allegrini
CTO @ LeCicogne

Cittadino del mondo, imprenditore, curioso. Forte propensione alla gestione del prodotto in tutte le sue fasi. 
Ha lavorato prima come consulente IT per il Comune di Roma e Poste Italiane poi come CTO de Le Cicogne (azienda digital nel campo del babysitting attiva in tutta italia).

Chiara Lo Cascio
CMO di GoSherpy

Trent’anni, è nel campo delle Startup da quando ha fondato nel 2009. Dopo aver lavorato per il Viceministro del Lavoro, ha fondato l’i-lab LUISS, incubatore dell’università romana. All’i-lab LUISS ha organizzato le prime due edizioni dello “Startup Program”, un corso e contest il cui l’obiettivo è quello di portare dei singoli individui con competenze complementari a conoscersi, creare team e sviluppare progetti di startup digitali finanziabili da investitori privati. Supporta Umberto Canessa e Lean Startup Machine fin dalla prima edizione romana del workshop. Docente di digital marketing ed entrepreneurship in varie università e realtà romane

Paolo Molinara
IT Manager

Studente di Ingegneria Informatica presso Roma Tre.
Appassionato di tecnologia e di start-up e da alcuni mesi lavora nel campo dell'Intelligenza Artificiale e dei Chatbots.
In passato era CTO in Tutored e ora lavora come IT Manager presso Hej, un'azienda specializzata nella creazione di Chatbot per grandi brand. Ama le sfide e il problem solving, perché c'è sempre una soluzione in informatica, basta trovarla.

Luca Barboni
Growth Hacker - Imprenditore

Imprenditore, Public Speaker, Growth Hacker. Autore del 1° libro italiano sul tema. Founder & VP of Marketing @ 247X, la prima azienda italiana che offre Team di Crescita dedicati ai suoi clienti. #500strong.

Matteo Aliotta
Growth Marketing Manager

Growth Marketing Manager di LVenture Group SPA. Speaker e Lecturer per eventi Digital e Università.

Marco Giannone
Business Analyst and Technical Specialist @ LVenture Group

Marco has a Master Degree in Computer Science and worked as Software Engineer for several companies/startups between Rome and Amsterdam. After four years working in The Netherlands he came back to Rome to found his own startup. Since November 2015 he work as Business Analyst and Technical Specialist for the acceleration program at LUISS ENLABS

Maria-Christina Tsitsopoulos
Regional Manager of Techstars Startup Programs

A Greek who was born and raised in London, with a degree in Spanish & Italian and a passion for people, cultures, and entrepreneurship. Currently the Regional Manager in for the Western & Southern European communities of the Techstars Startup Programmes and wants to help as many people as possible to fulfil their entrepreneurial dreams. 

Stefano Brogi

In KPMG dal 2001, è Associate Partner dal 2012. Nel suo percorso professionale ha approfondito in particolare le tematiche di Contabilità Generale, Bilancio e Controllo di Gestione. Ha sviluppato competenze nell’ambito dei sistemi transazionali, come SAP ECC e Oracle EBS, su soluzioni di Corporate Performance Management e Master Data Management.

Matteo Ferrucci

Matteo is an audit Manager of KPMG S.p.A.. He matured a significant experience of either domestic and international clients, some of them listed in the Stock Exchange. His professional experiences include IFRS conversion projects; Transaction Services Engagements; Capital Markets Engagements (i.e. IPO - Initial Pubblic Offering - process and issuance of bond in EU e US). Matteo is part of the KPMG Network for the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) sector and is a member of KPMG Capital Market team.

Marcella Balistreri

Marcella is an audit Partner of KPMG S.p.A.. She matured a significant experience of either domestic and international clients, some of them listed in the Stock Exchange. Her professional experiences include IFRS conversion projects; Transaction Services Engagements; Capital Markets Engagements (i.e. IPO - Initial Pubblic Offering - process and issuance of bond in EU e US); assistance with accounting costs model and accounting separation in the regulatory framework in Telcoms sector; assistance with the evaluation and documentation of internal costs system of listed companies (Law 262/05); assistance with the “assessment “ and the“improvement “ in the AFC (Administration, Finance & Control) area of International Group. She is Responsible, in the KPMG Network, for the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) sector. Specialized in IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standard), she is a member of KPMG Capital Market team and of the IFRS Italian professional practice.

Monica Archibugi
CEO @ Le Cicogne

Laureata in Economia sanitaria. Ha trasformato la sua attività di babysitter in impresa. Nel 2013 ha fondato la società Le Cicogne S.r.l. ad oggi attiva in tutta Italia. L’obiettivo è quello di arrivare nel 2017 in un altro paese europeo. La mentalità aperta e flessibile le hanno permesso di creare la sua startup partendo dalla costituzione di un team valido, poi applicando per un programma di accelerazione presso LUISS ENLABS a Roma ed ottenendo il primo investimento di 50 mila euro. Oggi Le Cicogne fa parte del network di Pi Campus sempre a Roma. Recentemente Le Cicogne S.r.l. ha chiuso un round di 355 mila euro che gli permetterà di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati.

Giovanni Mosiello
Business Developer

After his graduation in Engineering, Giovanni brought the technical training to a next level, introducing a new generation of simulators for specialized personnel in ACEA.He participated to the InnovAction Lab startup program and founded the Microcontroller Users Group: the first community dedicated to IoT and Makers born and supported by an Italian university.In 2015 he entered the team of Lambo as product manager. After one year the acquisition cost was lowered by 60% (30% below the category average) and the startup concluded a second round of 150.000€.After this success he began his innovation consultant career helping biopharmaceutical companies to include in their processes innovative solutions and technologies present in the market.Finally he got attracted by the blockchain technology and begin another adventure with Yobicash: a distributed database based on the dagchain technology. Curiosity is his best friend. His worst enemy? The boredom.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Simone
  • Alessio
  • Daniela
  • Andrea
  • Sara
  • Biagio
    Di Benedetto
  • Abiodun
  • Gianmarco
  • Pierpaolo
    De Bonis
  • Gabriele


Marcus Eikeland

Marcus is a senior partner working in the cross-section of innovation, strategy and management. He has a broad background in IT consultancy, and project management. In 2013 Marcus was the lead organizer of Startup Weekend Stavanger, Norway. He was also the co-facilitator of SW Sunshine Coast in 2014. 
Marcus surfs, kitesurfs and skates on longboard. Life is good! Yay!

Event Staff

Daniela Gandin
Marketing and Social Media Manager

Traveller by passion, Italian by heart. Curious about the innovation brought by technology and people, Iam a startup follower, a marketing passionate and a personal development advocate.

Gianmarco Antonelli
HR Generalist - Fundraiser

Community Organizer - Startup Weekend Rome

Pierpaolo De Bonis

Abiodun Al'moustapha

Abiodun is an entrepreneur, writer and barber. An interior design student with interest in luxury design. 
He founded and YouABLE (Young Abeokuta Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs).
His life's purpose statement is: "To help others while helping myself to maximize potentials" 

Andrea Bellizzi
Graphic Designer

Visual Designer Based in Rome creativity - illustrations - graphics - design

Biagio Di Benedetto

19 years old, currently studying Economics and Business at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. First discovered the scene of startupweekend when he participated and won the event in 2017.

Gabriele Falso

Sara Veltri

Riccardo Arciulo
Co-Founder Diabetes Lab

Riccardo Arciulo è ingegnere elettronico e hardware developer e si sta specializzando in robotica.
Come alumno techpeaks, è cofounder e hardware & systems design manager di diabeteslab, società finanziata a Trento che aiuta le persone diabetiche tipo 1, realizzando un wearable device di ultima generazione.
Come alumno InnovActionLab, è ora mentor per le edizioni successive, aiutando i team a partire dall'idea generation sino all'industrializzazione del prodotto.
Inoltre, è advisor per, sturtup operante del settore dei wearable device per persone non udenti e prossimo CTO per Coffefy, startup nel campo del social vending machine. Inoltre ha lavorato per società nel campo della robotica.

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