Startup Weekend Social Impact Barcelona

    Friday, July 6 - 8, 2018

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Startup Weekend Social Impact Barcelona

Friday, July 6 - 8, 2018

Friday, July 6 - 8, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Payment Innovation Hub, Pier01
Plaça de Pau Vila, 1
Barcelona, Barcelona 08039

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54 hours is all you need to help the world of tomorrow, today!

Do you have an idea you would like to pursue or a problem you would like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

For the first time, we will organize a Startup Weekend dedicated entirely to social impact. Barcelona is the hub of the collaborative economy and therefore we want to take advantage of its enormous potential and appeal.

Participants will be able to present their projects that seek to tackle our generation’s most challenging problems and receive feedback from mentors in the social impact community. The participants will have to develop the idea as well as devise a feasible business model.

The event is aimed at technicians, designers, marketing professionals and business developers and will be held entirely in English.

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-to-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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Friday July 6th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get check in. Picking up the survival kit

6:00 pm
A few beers and a chance to chat while waiting for the late arrivals,

6:25 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Telefonica Alpha Speaker
15 minutes to inspire the next moonshot

7:15 pm
Ice Breaking Activity
Since we are all shy...

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:35 pm
Most liked ideas
Facilitator announces most liked ideas

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:15 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

Saturday July 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Setting up Workspace
Each time is given one workspace to create their solutions. We will try to create cluster areas according to the relevant SDG's

10:00 am
Ideation Workshop by Ian Gelhaar
Working in teams: DOERS

11:30 am
Work // Meetings with Mentors
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend while mentors give feedback on the ideas. Each team: 2:30 h Work in Progress 30 min teams meeting w/mentors → Option of meeting with more than one mentor Each mentor: 30 min meetings / team → approx. 3-4 teams 15 min per each team met to give feedback about the team to staff

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

2:30 pm
Lunch and Coffee

3:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

3:30 pm
Prototyping Workshop by Gus De Vita
Work in teams: DOERS!

5:00 pm
Work time
Each team: 2:30 h Work in Progress 30 min teams meeting w/mentors → Option of meeting with more than one mentor Each mentor: 30 min meetings / team → approx. 3-4 teams 15 min per each team met to give feedback about the team to staff

8:00 pm

8:50 pm
After dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Sunday July 8th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:15 pm

8:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Social Impact Barcelona 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.

Signature Sponsors

Where big dreams and exponential technologies make the world a better place.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Jan
  • Cristina
  • Adelina
  • Alex
  • Anna
    de Gea Fiter
  • Gerard
    Martí Tarrago
  • Edgar
  • Adrià
    López Ortega


Zoheb Iqbal

Working with startups around the world, London-based Zoheb helps to accelerate and strengthen the growth of a world wide network of entrepreneurs. From early stages of the entrepreneurial journey to innovation within industry with companies such as Aviva, Lloyds banking group,  IBM, Google and EDF as well as governmental institutes, Zoheb works to facilitate, mentor and coordinate the experience of entrepreneurs everywhere. Challenging entrepreneurs to build in intensive programs centered on action, innovation and education. Zoheb is also an architect and co-founder of several startups.

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