Techstars Startup Weekend Rome FinTech Edition

    Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Rome FinTech Edition

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Talent Garden Ostiense
Via Ostiense 92
Rome, Lazio 00154

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Your idea in 54 hours

For this vertical edition of 2019, we decided to devolve our attention towards Fintech.

Why Fintech?
In recent years the entrepreneurial world is turning its attention more and more to issues that are sensitive to the banking, insurance, blockchain world and to everything that revolves around finance.

The goal that we want to achieve for this edition is the development of ideas, for consumers and institutional customers, exploiting what financial technology currently provides us and what is ideally about to be launched on the market.

We therefore expect innovations in risk management, trading, investments in personal finance, big data, mobile payments, social enterprises and much more.

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 .
Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!   No talk, all action!

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Friday November 15th

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 16th

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 17th

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

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 

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.

valerio durazzo
Associate @ Lumen Ventures

Valerio Durazzo works as an Associate at Lumen Ventures, a VC firm based in Rome and London focused on seed-stage startups. Previously he gained experience as an intern at Freetrade, following the co-founder Davide Fioranelli on the Italian branch. He holds a BA in Political Science from Luiss Guido Carli University with a final dissertation in Economic Policy.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Daniele Antonini
CTO & Co-Founder of Fhoster

Daniele Antonini, CTO & Cofounder of Fhoster a cloud platform for hyper fast delivering of information systems.  
He started his career in 2006 as simple developer in Fhoster and now he leads the development.
An avid reader of any subject that can broaden his horizons. He likes to find different points of 
view and continuous stimuli to improve himself and the world around him.

Laura Rizzo
Chapter Lead Roma presso SheTech

Laura started her career as trainer, mentor and business consultant. She continued at Wind, where she worked as Sales Trainer and Product Manager.Experienced in procurement and tenders, she currently works for a big energy company.Co-founder of Startuphome Rome, she also leads the roman chapter of SheTech and runs monthly tech events.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Rome is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Simone
  • Biagio
    Di Benedetto
  • Alessio
  • Marius
  • Gianmarco


Simone Demelas
CEO of / Product Manager of BBE SRLS

Sardinian, currently based in Rome. Degree in Natural Sciences, GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing expert, after working as GIS analyst decides to begin to understand how business works and was amazed by the startup universe. It all started in 2013 with the participation at Startup Weekend Cagliari, from there he fell into the black hole, participating in a lot of startupsweekend and working on his own projects. He is currently CEO of ARMNet, a company that deals with integrating augmented reality to the management of infrastructure networks. Passionate about technology in every aspect, music, fitness, new trends. Crossfit addited but also good food addicted, house music hard listener. There is always a different way to see things and solve problems and there is a song everything. At the moment is focusing on Corporate Innovation.

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