Startup Weekend Barcelona Nov 2018

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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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

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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!

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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!

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.

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
Investor and Lecturer in Entrepreneurship @ IESE

Mathieu teaches in the MBA; the EMBA and many other executive education programs including Advanced Management Program in 3 different languages (English, Spanish and French) and 4 continents. Some of his current investments as Business Angel include Glovo, Talmix, Daysk, Bizaway and Trioteca.

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
CMO @LambdaLooper

At LambdaLoopers we bring technology closer to our partners. My job is to understand our  partner's needs and problems regarding innovation, digital transformation, etc. in order to help them  define the best possible solutions. 

Anna de Gea Fiter
Lab Program Officer, Ship2B

Lab Program Officer, Ship2B

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.

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

Eddy Zakes serves the entrepreneurial ecosystem as the Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at IESE Business School (ranked #1 globally for Executive Education and #3 European MBA program by the Financial Times, 2018).   Eddy coordinates the entrepreneurial platform, network, and resources of the school with the goal of providing exceptional support to entrepreneurs, innovators, and their enablers, regardless of whether they are a current student, alumnus, or a member of the entrepreneurial community at large. Some of the resources offered by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center include mentorship, skills building, tech transfer expertise, networking, advice, financing (via an active VC fund and business angel network), education, and research.   Previously, Eddy has been a practical problem-solver as a co-founder, senior sales and marketing executive, and in the startup investing community.

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. 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. 

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!

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