Startup Weekend Rome

    Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Rome

Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019

Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Talent Garden Poste Italiane
Via Giuseppe Andreoli 9
Roma, Italy 00195

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?   Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.   What do you need to bring?   Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.   Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.   Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:  
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
 Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!   Still have questions, feel free to reach us at     
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Friday April 5th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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

8:45 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

9:00 pm
Simone Demelas
Business Model Canvas

Saturday April 6th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:45 am
Simone Demelas
Business Model Canvas Workshop

9:10 am
Carlo Frinolli
Usability Testing

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm
Federico Palmieri

8:15 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday April 7th

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

6:30 pm
Massimo Ciaglia
Startup Canvas

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Massimo Ciaglia
Startup Coach & Mentor, Business Innovator & Angel, author of "The Startup Canvas"

Massimo Ciaglia is a startup coach and mentor, innovator, business angel and serial entrepreneur. He boasts a successful track record with a lot of startups in ICT and Digital sectors with his first exit in Nasdaq at 27 years.
Connectia’s CEO, an advisory company that supports Startups and Corporates in scale-up and fund-raising strategies.
Poleecy founder, the first insurtech startup of micro insurance policies based on blockchain.
The Startup Canvas Author, best seller on Amazon and method used for startup projects.
Among the founders of the Homo Ex Machina Onlus Foundation, a technophilanthropic organization created for the protection and wellbeing of humanity, accelerated by digital ideas and technologies.

Federico Palmieri

Federico è Founder & CEO di BizPlace, società che si occupa di dare un supporto alle startup nelle aree di: • Raccolta di Capitali e Fundraising Process
• Marketing e Testing Activities
• Stesura documentazione finanziaria
• Intermediazione con Investitori Istituzionali in Capitale di Rischio

Ha una formazione in ambito Marketing e Comunicazione che gli ha permesso di realizzare un sogno: quello di dar vita a un’azienda che potesse creare occupazione e migliorare la condizione di molti che, come lui, vogliono ancora fare gli imprenditori.Forbes, recentemente, lo ha inserito nella lista dei "100 Under 30" leader del futuro 

Event Judges

Federico Palmieri

Federico è Founder & CEO di BizPlace, società che si occupa di dare un supporto alle startup nelle aree di: • Raccolta di Capitali e Fundraising Process
• Marketing e Testing Activities
• Stesura documentazione finanziaria
• Intermediazione con Investitori Istituzionali in Capitale di Rischio

Ha una formazione in ambito Marketing e Comunicazione che gli ha permesso di realizzare un sogno: quello di dar vita a un’azienda che potesse creare occupazione e migliorare la condizione di molti che, come lui, vogliono ancora fare gli imprenditori.Forbes, recentemente, lo ha inserito nella lista dei "100 Under 30" leader del futuro 

Valeria Santoro
Country Manager at Stocard GmbH Italy

Valeria Santoro is the Italian Country Manager for Stocard, the world’s largest mobile wallet app. Before joining the company, Valeria Santoro worked for companies such as Chrysler, Google, and Nokia.Valeria holds a degree in International Economics and two master degrees, one in Sales Data Analysis from Bocconi University in Milan, and one in Marketing Management from La Sapienza University Economics Faculty in Rome.Valeria was recently selected as one of the most relevant feminine profiles in Italy by the prestigious program ‘InTheBoardroom4.0’ by ValoreD.
Moreover, Valeria was the female 2018 testimony of Startup Grind Rome

Luigi Meschini
Program Manager at The Accelerator Network

Luigi is a Programme Manager at The Accelerator Network - an international organisation based in the UK, which assists early stage businesses from ideation and proof of concept to investment readiness. The Accelerator Network supports its Alumni companies raise up to £1m in early stage investment. 

Luigi has worked with over 200 startups & scaleups through both the FastForward and Accelerator Academy programmes. 

Luigi is a lawyer licenced in the Rome Bar Association, and previously worked in a firm specialized in Business and Company Law. Before moving to London, he worked for three years as business development manager of two startups focused on trade marketing, customer loyalty systems and personalized concierge services

Carlo Alberto Pratesi
Full professor of marketing innovation and sustainability at Roma Tre University

E’ titolare del corso Marketing, innovazione e sostenibilità all’università Roma Tre. Svolge attività di consulenza per primarie aziende ed enti italiani. Dal 2009 collabora con il Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition per le attività di ricerca e comunicazione. Come responsabile del marketing ha fatto parte del team RhOME, vincitore dell’edizione 2014 del Solar Decathlon Europe, la competizione internazionale tra università nel campo dell’edilizia sostenibile. Con Paolo Merialdo e Augusto Coppola nel 2010 ha fondato InnovAction Lab, un’associazione che insegna agli studenti universitari a  lavorare in team multidisciplinari per sviluppare un’idea di business da presentare in modo efficace ai fondi di venture capitalDal 2015 collabora come solution designer presso Matter Solutions srl. E’ giornalista pubblicista e autore di numerose pubblicazioni, tra le quali: Il marketing dei prodotti alimentari di marca (Sperling & Kupfer 1995); Il marketing del Made in Italy (Franco Angeli 2001), Piano di Marketing dei nuovi prodotti, (con G. Mattia, McGraw-Hill 2002); Marketing digitale (con A. Poggiani, McGraw-Hill 2014). Cibo Perfetto. Aziende consumatori e impatto ambientale del cibo (con M.Marino,  Edizioni Ambiente 2015).

Coaches and Mentors

Gherardo Liguori
CEO and Co-Founder @ start2impact

His mission is to empower Young People to accelerate and certify their Digital Skills to match the Best Talents with a network of 1,500 European Startups and Tech Companies.
Member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition launched by the European Commission.

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.

Carlo Frinolli
CEO @ Nois3

Experience Designer, Founder & CEO @ nois3, I work, teach and live in Rome (Italy) – not necessarily in this order. Obsessed with details, users, Ozzy Osbourne and Prince Charles, I’m in #teamdesignthinking, always trying and walking in people shoes. My superpowers are spotting typos and misplaced pixels.

Eugenio Petullà
Tech Speaker at Mozilla

Eugenio Petullà is a Full Stack Developer and Mozilla Tech Speaker interested in sharing knowledge about open source and emerging technologies. During last year he was invited to speak about WordPress, web technologies and Open source developing at some of the biggest conferences across Europe.

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.

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

Alessio Salzano
CEO @ Alma Digit - Representative @ FasterCapital

La prima startup è come il primo bacio: non si scorda mai! Nel 2013 ho fondato Skilled, un progetto che mirava a facilitare l'incontro tra domanda ed offerta di competenze sia su ambito globale che locale, facemmo tanti errori e dopo un paio di anni decidemmo di porre fine a quell'esperienza. Da allora mi sono però innamorato del mondo delle startup: nel 2015 ho contribuito alla fondazione di Startup Messina, un'associazione che promuove l'innovazione e l'imprenditoria sul territorio messinese, nel 2017 ho fondato una nuova azienda, Alma Digit, di cui sono attualmente amministratore, che si occupa di consulenza e sviluppo di soluzioni informatiche personalizzate, nel 2019 ho cominciato a collaborare con FasterCapital, un incubatore/acceleratore e fondo di investimento di Dubai. Tra le mie passioni annovero lo studio di strumenti musicali e lingue straniere, ma anche leggere fumetti e giocare a qualunque gioco; faccio parte di diverse associazioni, tra cui Startup Messina, Mensa e AGESCI.

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.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Biagio
    Di Benedetto
  • Alessio
  • Simone
  • Marius
  • Andrea
  • Daniela
  • Gianmarco


Filippos Protogeridis
Product Designer

Filippos is an impact driven product designer working with leading tech companies in both Europe and the US, transforming ideas into engaging experiences. He has extensive experience in working with both consumer as well as business facing companies across multiple industries, from mobile marketing to food, travel, retail and localization automation. 

Filippos' work has been featured on AWWWARDS, Abduzeedo, SiteInspire and Behance. He speaks regularly in conferences and seminars about the role and impact of design in innovation driven companies. He is also a global facilitator at Startup Weekend by Techstars.

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