Startup Weekend Barcelona Nov 2018

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
Buy Tickets

Event Alerts and Updates

Get the latest on Techstars Startup Weekend, Barcelona, and other local events through Techstars Startup Digest.

Oops! Double-check that email address.

Startup Weekend Barcelona Nov 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Cahoot Coworking
Carrer de Floridablanca, 92
Barcelona, Spain 08015

Buy Tickets

Your idea in 54 hours

IESE Business School, Techstars, and Cahoot Co-working are collaborating to bring Startup Weekend back to Barcelona!

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!

See what it's all about

Learn More


Friday November 16th

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

7:00 pm
Networking and Drinks
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and meet your facilitator!

7:50 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

9:30 pm

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 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

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

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:15 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

Sunday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

8:00 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


David Sagrista
CEO at Vistage, Speaker at IESE Business School and Director at Uptitude

David has accumulated experience after 20 years advising companies, launching projects and managing companies. He is the CEO of Vistage, which is the world leader organization where CEOs and CEOs manage to improve the results of their organizations and grow as leaders and as people. At Vistage he has the pleasure of acting as Chair of a group formed by CEOs from the Barcelona area who wish to grow personally and professionally.

Event Judges

Jorge Lluch
COO at TravelPerk | Professor at UIC

COO at TravelPerk, adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship and Business modelling, startup advisor and board member at Mapp4all.

Previously worked at Wallapop and Privalia, and with experience in investment banking and strategy consulting.

Husband and father of 3 wonderful kids.

Acquired the running fever, and loves to practice sports!

Ulrich Kruse
Venture Capital Analyst, FINAVES

Ulrich is a Senior Venture Capital Analyst at Finaves, the Seed Capital Fund of IESE Business School. He is responsible for deal sourcing and evaluation. Prior to Finaves, Ulrich worked at a Private Equity Fund focused on renewable energy and clean tech investments.  He was previously an Analyst at SI Capital Private Equity SGEIC, S.A. He has in depth specialization in the fields of Private Equity, stationary gas turbines and turbo fans. 

In his free time Ulrich loves rock climbing and Olympic Weightlifting.

Zulima Sáenz
Innovation Expert; Digital Project Manager

Zulima's expertise covers the innovation cycle from cutting edge technology identification to commercial launch of new services. She combines a deep understanding of the customer/user, technology, and business, thus providing a strategic view when leading projects. 

Jordi Cuffi
Mobile Ventures Manager, Mobile World Capital Barcelona

Jordi has been leading the mobile venture programs at Mobile World Capital attracting international accelerators, supporting the creation of high-potential startups, managing the portfolio of invested companies and launching one of the most innovative tech-transfer programs.

Before earning his MBA from IESE he has been working as a Senior Strategy Consultant for Accenture advising some of the world's largest FMCG companies in strategy development, business planning and market intelligence.

Jordi is an avid skydiver, traveller and gamer.

Coaches and Mentors

Mathieu Carenzo
Partner, Nero Ventures | Lecturer, IESE Business School

Mathieu teaches in the MBA; the EMBA and many other executive education programs of IESE including the Advanced Management Program in 3 different languages (English, Spanish and French) and 4 continents. He led the growth of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Spain from 2008 to 2017 where the initiative is endorsed by the Prime Minister and the King.

Mathieu is partner in Nero Ventures; a boutique VC Fund based in Spain focusing on technology services companies operating in the B2B and B2B2C markets. Examples of portfolio companies are Exoticca or Signaturit.
Previously he acted as a Business angel investing in companies such as Talmix or Glovo.

He is also one of the 3 founding partners of Venture Hub, a consulting firm supporting the scale of high growth start-ups and the development of entrepreneurial skills in the society at large.

Gus De Vita
Founder, Le Wagon Barcelona

Gus is a corporate dropout who has always dreamed about bringing his ideas to life and  making a positive change in the world. With a 15 year track record in digital and product management, he discovered the code and things were never the same again. He traveled for a six-month sabbatical and came back to Barcelona excited to share his learnings. In his backpack, he brought new ideas and a challenging mission: to close the gap between business and technology. In 2016 he opens Le Wagon Barcelona to bring tech skills to entrepreneurs, career changers, creatives and anyone who also wants to take control back of their lives. 

Rob Toomey
Founder and President, TypeCoach

Rob is a dynamic speaker, coach and entrepreneur who works with leaders around the world. In the past 13 years he has delivered influence sessions to more than 30,000 participants, primarily within large multi-national firms. Sessions are designed to teach the unique skill of determining the personality type of others based on clues in behavior – with the goal of adjusting one’s communication style accordingly. These skills allow for greater influence, leadership, engagement and ultimately drive real business results. Rob currently wears two professional hats - he is the President of TypeCoach ( and is Managing Director for The Idea Factory ( Rob was previously a corporate attorney in Boston for five years. He received a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Cristina Rojas
Digital Marketing Manager, DELTALAB | Lead Organizer, Startup Weekend Barcelona Maritime Edition

Cristina Rojas is a marketing expert and entrepreneur who loves creating, analyzing and implementing marketing and business strategies. An economist by training, Cristina has been working in digital marketing for more than 4 years and her specialties are strategic planning, data analysis, social media management, payment ads with Facebook Ads, Linkedin Ads and Adwords.

She is crazy about the world of entrepreneurship and startups and has already run two startups.  She is a marketing leader for Women Techmakers Barcelona.

Eduard Barroso
Founder & CEO, Kualito

Edu is a serial entrepreneur committed to helping grow the technological and entrepreneur landscape in Barcelona.

He is the CEO of Kualito - a tech startup focused on disrupting the agrifood sector with Blockchain technology.

Edu is also a partner in LambdaLoopers, being responsible for the business development.

Anna de Gea Fiter
Lab Program Officer, Ship2B

Anna is a mentor at Ship2B, the leading Barcelona-based social innovation accelerator.  She is an expert on young entrepreneurs and has been involved in many of the entrepreneurial communities in Barcelona for the past five years. As alumni of ESADE Business School, she has worked across Europe to create support networks for university students who aspire to enter the world of startups. After working as a social consultant in Latin America, She discovered her passion for social entrepreneurship.

During her time with Ship2B, the most famous Spanish accelerator and impact investment network for business projects with high social impact, she has developed skills on social impact measurement and management. Currently, with her role as social impact mentor for tech startups, she helps founders to build their impact model, connecting the problem they want to address with the impact indicators to prove their solution.  

Luca Venza
Director of Technology Transfer and Acceleration at IESE | Founding Partner, Lotus Ventures

Luca has been the primary mentor for MBA entrepreneurs at IESE for the past four years. During this time, he established the Barcelona Technology Transfer Group, a startup acceleration program focused on deep science and technology spinoffs from research labs across Spain. His focus is specifically on how to validate, launch and growth compelling business ideas by leveraging his knowledge and professional network. He is an active business angel investor in the areas of energy, education and healthcare. He is an expert in identifying business models and leveraging objectives to drive culture/performance within an organization.

Adria Batlle
CEO at LambdaLoopers

He is a proactive geek who has the mission of simplifying the creation and scaling of tech startups.

Adrià is continuously learning and developing his technical and strategy skills thanks to being the Co-founder&CEO in LambdaLoopers: a software factory specialized in designing and developing technological products.  

Stefan Pahon
Social Consultant, UpSocial

Stefan is an experienced consultant in UpSocial, a leading social consulting firm based in Barcelona dedicated to resolving critical social challenges through innovation. Over the last years, his main focus has been analysing, selecting and scaling projects with social impact, both for the public and private sector.

He combines his background as a jurist and economist with his passion for social impact in order to make full 360º diagnosis of the projects in terms of sustainability, legality and impact.

Eddy Zakes
Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, IESE Business School

Eddy Zakes arrived at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain after co-founding a business that surpassed the $2 million revenue mark in 2016 and serving as the vice-president of an internationally top-20 ranked education non-profit in the Midwestern United States where he was recognized as a regional 40-Under-40 Leader.

His goal is to provide exceptional resources to entrepreneurs and investors and serve as a point of contact when they are not sure where to turn, regardless of whether they are a current student, alumnus, or a member of the entrepreneurial community at large. 

Previously, Eddy has solved problems for people as a co-founder, senior sales and marketing executive in the education sector, and in the startup investing community.

Organizing Team

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

  • Tom
  • Marcus
  • Jiabao
  • Rudi
  • Andrew
  • Geovid
  • Gregoire
    de Hemptinne
  • Nick
  • Connor
  • Charles
  • Sebas


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 Blog

See Full Blog

We haven't written any posts yet. Stay tuned!