Startup Weekend Amsterdam

    Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Amsterdam

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019



Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

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Bos en Lommerplein 270-300
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1055 RW

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Your idea in 54 hours. Just Build it.

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:
 
  • Exclusive access to the first-ever After-Care program, in partnership with Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship and Startupbootcamp
  • Exciting prizes for you to get started on your entrepreneurial journey from day 1
  • Google Cloud Platform credits worth $300 to build your web or mobile app
  • 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!  

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 29th


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


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:00 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 March 30th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch
Tastytastytasty lunch by Stewart&Sally


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner
VERY filling dinner by Coconut Trees


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


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

Sunday March 31st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch
Exciting lunch by Ivy's Tasty Kitchen


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


5:00 pm
Dinner
Surprising dinner by Food Ninja


6:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


9:00 pm
Wrap up!


9:30 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Lakshya Datta
CEO & Co-Founder, Launchora

Lakshya has been running Launchora, a storytelling and creative learning platform, since July '14. Before this, he taught finance and valuation at San Diego State University. Before that, he worked at a couple M&A Advisory firms in San Diego. He graduated from UC San Diego with a major in Management Science.

You can read his stories here - https://www.launchora.com/lakshya

Check out Launchora here - https://www.launchora.com or download our android app here: https://goo.gl/5wzQDt

Event Judges


Manuela Krull-Mancinelli
Managing Director - Startupbootcamp SmartCity & IoT, Blockchain Entrepreneur

With a background of over 20 years in Business as well as Technology Manuela is a real inter-connector between these two fields.

Her passion for new technologies, creativity in general and never ending enthusiasm drives her to help younger companies as well as established companies with their digital, commercial and organisational challenges.

As MD SmartCity & IoT Manuela has been in contact with many startups in this field, so she has a good view on current trends and opportunities. 


David Mendez
Managing Director - Techstars/Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator

David Mendez is a venture capitalist, currently as the MD of the Techstars Arcadis program in Amsterdam.  He was formerly co-founder and managing partner at CapA, Partner at Butterfly Ventures, and Venture Partner to Good Growth Capital. David also was managing director at Katalyst Venture Partners in NYC. CapA operates out of New York, NY, Charleston, SC and Stockholm, Sweden and invests in B2B technology startups in the Nordics, Israel, USA and throughout Europe. Butterfly Ventures is a seed-stage venture fund in the Nordics. Good Growth Capital is an early stage tech investor between the Southeast and New England. Katalyst was a media-tech investor based in Philadelphia, with offices in NYC, London, DC and Boston.Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded and successfully exited from Supplybase.inc in 2000, a VC-backed B2B supply chain software company, after which he joined Katalyst in NYC as his first role in venture capital.Before pivoting his career to become an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, David spent the first 10 years of his career in several operational roles in engineering, business development and sales with GE, DuPont and Conoco, in the U.S. and U.K.


Shelley Janes
Sales Executive / Independent Consultant

Why did you decide to volunteer as a judge? I'm a serial entrepreneur myself and it's rewarding to be able to pass on my learnings and mistakes to, hopefully, help others succeed.


Coaches and Mentors


Lakshya Datta
CEO & Co-Founder, Launchora

Lakshya has been running Launchora, a storytelling and creative learning platform, since July '14. Before this, he taught finance and valuation at San Diego State University. Before that, he worked at a couple M&A Advisory firms in San Diego. He graduated from UC San Diego with a major in Management Science.

You can read his stories here - https://www.launchora.com/lakshya

Check out Launchora here - https://www.launchora.com or download our android app here: https://goo.gl/5wzQDt


Selma Lemsaadi
Digital Marketing Specialist at Eenvoud Media

What is the best tip you have for starting entrepreneurs?
Know your target group! In the end a successful product or service is build on knowledge about your customers. Make getting to know your customers or users your obsession. And focus on what does work for you. If you focus on the good, the good gets better.


Martine Niermans
Customer Experience / Success Leader and Founder of Q10 Consultancy

Martine is the founder and owner at Q10 Consultancy, a company that focuses on helping companies to create the best customer experience and journey. She founded Q10 Consultancy because of her passion for Customer Success and the growing Saas industry. Due to her international upbringing she came in contact with different cultures from an early age. She took the best of all worlds in terms of service and this is how she takes customer success to the next level.

She was at the start of Bynder as Global VP Customer Success where she set up and managed the entire after sales team, from implementation, training, customer success to support. And scaling the company worldwide from 10 People to 225 over 6 offices in just 3 years.


Alexandra Belicova
MarCom at StartupAmsterdam

Thanks to StartupAmsterdam, I get to be the eyes, ears and voice of the Amsterdam startup ecosystem. I'm primarily a content marketer, but due to the broad range of StartupAmsterdam's activities, I've tried and am constantly trying on new hats: that of a community builder, speaker, city ambassador, startup mentor and connector. This community forever inspires me to never stop learning, think out of the box, GET SHIT DONE and place “creating value for others" above anything else, which is exactly why I'm ecstatic to contribute to one of Amsterdam's flagship events: Startup Weekend.


Riekes Beelen
Service designer and innovation consultant

I look forward to help the participants with all the (hard) lessons I learned during 4 year period as one of the founders of Fancal, a calendar app for Football fans. And I can advice how to design great services and value propositions.


John Almeida
Sr. Product Manager

Entrepreneurial product leader passionate about designing, building, and marketing disruptive new products that delight customers around the world.


Anam Mansoor
Backend Developer

Why did you decide to volunteer as mentor/coach?
It is always very rewarding to share knowledge with others and at the same time learn from others.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Amsterdam 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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Jorien
    Loots
  • Quirine
    van Willigenburg
  • Jeanet
    Lin
  • Mohit
    Mishra
  • Evelina
    Stakevic
  • Daniel
    Veen
  • Alexandra
    mihaela Antofi

Facilitators


Camille Grotenbreg

 Our facilitator of the weekend! 

Event Staff


Wouter Brem



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