STHLM Startup Weekend FinTech

    Friday, January 27 - 29, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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STHLM Startup Weekend FinTech

Friday, January 27 - 29, 2017

Friday, January 27 - 29, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Regeringsgatan 65
Stockholm, Sweden 111 56

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Calling entrepreneurs, hackers, dreamers, change makers and catalysts: change the world in 54 hours!

Innovator ? Developer ? Entrepreneur?  Designer ? Positive thinker ? Next Elon Musk ?
  • You have a FinTech idea and looking for talented team members to kickstart it? 
  • You've got talent and want to make the world a better place just in 54h? 
  • You want to learn how to turn a blurry idea in your head into a unicorn company?
Come, pitch an idea, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! 
Mentors and coaches will help you to learn where to start, how to build a MVP and launch your startup!

Why FinTech? 
The startup movement has accelerated growth in many cities and global industries, and fintech is one the most exciting and rapidly developing industries in the world! Stockholm is now one of the EU’s biggest hubs for Fintech investments, and it is the city in Europe that has attracted the second most investments over the last five years!  
Our goal for this event is to connect people who are passionate and want to tackle the tough challenges in the financial and fintech industries, all while learning-by-doing, firsthand, what makes a business and an idea successful.

Don't know anything/not interested in FinTech? No problem  - ALL THE IDEAS ARE WELCOME! 

How does Startup Weekend work:
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 
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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday January 27th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 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

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Intro into APIs and dummy data
APIs and customers data. QnA by VirtusaPolaris

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 January 28th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Indepth intro to API, dummy data
For developers

12:15 pm
Lunch talk
How to prototype, present ideas & what to do if a designer is missing in the team?

1:00 pm
Mentorship Sessions
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

4:00 pm
Go out of the building!
Time to do some hands-on customer validations!

6:00 pm

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

Sunday January 29th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Pitch coaches arrive
Ask your last questions

1:00 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
After party at...

Event Judges

Mats Holmfeldt
Chairman at Stockholm Fintech Hub

Mats has over 20 years experience from the Banking Industry. In his role as an Executive he has also entailed starting up, merging, rationalising and developing companies. When he left the industry in the beginning of 2009 he saw the opportunity to re-discover his hometurf from an outside perspective by helping entrepreneurs and innovation companies in disrupting.Since 2009 he has been engaged as a Venture Catalyst in the following areas, Consumer lending, payments, e-commerce, P2P Lending, Crowdfunding, credit cards, pension savings, KYC and Cyber Security.

Angelica Lips da Cruz
Senior Business Developer and Strategist at ALDC Partnership

She is accelerating the world's transition into social innovation, future technology, blockchain, distributed ledger, circular economy and sustainable solutions for us and our future together. Angelica has worked for SAS (Scandinavian Airline Systems) for many years as the controller responsible for the IT and Business development department.

Tabitha Cooper
Strategic Business Developer/Innovation Lab at Nordea

Fashion, Advertising, IT tech support, 16 years of Business change in Financial Services. I’m passionate about change, personal, collective, collaborative, sustainable and socially focussed change. In the end, it doesn’t matter to me what you call it, innovation, disruption, experimentation, learning, these are just words – in the end what are we collectively doing together to make our world one of peace, harmony and opportunities for all. ‘Fintech disruption’ could end up being a large red herring to bigger concerns, if we don’t consider the ‘inconvenient truths’ of a wider context, that of the ecosystem (environmental and social), in which we ‘all’ operate. Let’s do it!! Let’s change the world for the better together!

Oscar Stibeck
Partner of True Global Ventures

Oscar Stibeck is a Partner of True Global Ventures and active investor. True Global Ventures is a unique, international vehicle formed by entrepreneurs turned angel investors, investing in early stage fintech B to B companies led by serial entrepreneurs. The partners of TGV have made over 1000 angel investments between them. Along side TGV Oscar acts as a strategic advisor to a number of companies spanning several different industries.

Nicolaj Hval-Thomsen
Head of Innovation Lab in Transaction Banking @Nordea

Nicolaj Hval-Thomsen is heading an Innovation Lab in Transaction Banking focusing at corporate customers within the cash management area. Nicolaj has a master degree within business administration & IT and started his career in the corporate world within business development. He has 10+ years’ experience from the Nordic banking industry where he has been developing new liquidity solutions and during the previous 5 years he has been heading various business units within Nordea.

Anton Fjällström
Head of Innovation at Nordea Life & Pensions

Henrik Crone
Head of Fintech Lab, Nordics at VirtusaPolaris

Henrik Crone works as Head of Fintech Lab, Nordics at VirtusaPolaris. With more than 15 years’ experience in developing and managing innovative solutions and strategies at banks and other financial institutions worldwide, he is a renowned innovative leader, ranging from business ideas to technology solutions. His knowledge spans across the entire banking function and his all-around competence also makes him an appreciated speaker and lecturer.

Coaches and Mentors

Frank Schuil
CEO, Co-founder and Board Member Safello

As CEO & Co-founder of Safello ( he is heading the efforts to help tens of thousands of customers in and out of the cryptocurrency economy in a safe an compliant way. Safello is a Techstars alumni, nominated "best crypto currency company" by The Europas twice, winner of the Web Summit Angels’ Choice Awards, Finalist of the BBVA Challenge 2015 and the first company to close a Bitcoin proof-of-concept with a tier I bank, Barclays.

Marwan Ayache
External Relations Manager and the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship

Marwan is a theoretical entrepreneur and pitch language militant with a background in English language / linguistics. He's mentored over half a dozen Startup Weekends and over fifty startups in the process. In his free time he enjoys swimming in the deep end of the Stockholm startup scene. His fanaticism for the English language and love for startup culture means he's the perfect person to tell you how to debug your English code and pitch your way to galactic supremacy.

Kristrun Gunnarsdottir
FinTech consultant at Oliver Wyman

Significant experience in fintech through 10 years’ experience in banking (Landsbanki, Swedbank), FinTech dealmaking at Beringer Finance and as a consultant at Oliver Wyman. Today Kristrun works as a Principal at Oliver Wyman focusing on innovative financial services. Kristrun has global perspective having worked on the ground in over 10 countries, including hands-on FinTech experience from working on a mobile based micro-financing solution in Africa for (one of the world’s first online P2P lending platform).

Andy Cars
Founder at Lean Ventures

Andy Cars is the founder of Seedcap AB, a consultancy based in Stockholm that provides advice to tech start-ups on strategy, business development, fundraising and lean start-up. Since 2008 Andy has evaluated, advised and worked with hundreds of teams.Andy has a background as an entrepreneur, investment manager at the venture capital company PreVentura, strategic advisor to the asset management company Invesco, and as A&R at Bertelsmann Music Group (today SONY/BMG), a multi-national record company.Andy holds a magna cum laude MBA in International Finance and Marketing from the European University in Lisbon and an undergraduate in International Business and Change Management from the Open University Business School.For more information please visit and

Malki Afram
Co-Founder, Doctoral Candidate

Malki is Co-Founder of StartupJuristerna, the only law firm in Sweden specializing exclusively in startup law. He holds five Master's degrees in Law and is primarily focused on matters concerning IP law, such as trademarks, patents and copyright. Currently, Malki is also in the midst of his Doctoral Candidate in IP law, with a focus on self-replicating technology.

Daniel Dernhagen
Co-Founder, Managing Director @ Startup Juristerna

Daniel Dernhagen is Managing Director and Co-Founder of StartupJuristerna, the only law firm in Sweden specializing exclusively in startup law. He maintains a unique diversity in his academic skillset, having studied Law at Stockholm University as well as Digital Business at Hyper Island. In 2013, Daniel was part of the winning team in Reach for Change's world renowned competition for social entrepreneurs and through this journey he has obtained valuable insights into the process management of social innovation.

Orion Joss
Innovation Academy Lead at ING

Currently leads all global educational programs for Innovation Transformation at ING bank, including different topics such as Service Design thinking, Lean Innovation, Business Modeling, Experimentation, Innovation Coaches among others, which helps many Fintech teams at ING to validate their solutions and Business Models. Passionate about Social Innovation and Community empowerment, Orion has background in International Relations specialized on Culture and civil society networks. In the past worked with Business and product Development for the Non-Profit sector over 7 years at different organizations, such as Red Cross, Impact Hub and AIESEC. 

Sreemati Lalgudi
Head of Products at Qbrick

Sree Lalgudi works as Head of Products at Qbrick, Nordic leaders of Video technology. She is experienced in end to end product management; from ideation using lean methodology, to interactive agile product development and go-to-market. Before joining Qbrick, she has worked as product manager at a global payment provider and a Swedish mobile payment start up. As a mentor for the FinTech startup weekend, she brings in vast experience of the financial industry and guidance to make ideas into profitable products.

Andrew Hennigan
Communication Consultant, Speaker, Writer

Andrew Hennigan is a Communication Consultant, Speaker and Writer now based in Stockholm. He delivers lectures, workshops, training and one-to-one coaching about speaking, writing, networking, influencing, reputation, social media, culture & innovation. He also teaches postgraduate communication courses in business schools. His experience includes speaker coaching, pitching to media and listening to pitches as a freelance journalist.

Daniel Roos
Co-Founder / CTO

Hands on developer/architect with 14 years of cross-asset trading systems experience, both from system vendor side and on the trading floor. Focus on FO/MO with experience in pricing, risk, P&L and quoting. Co-founder of CBOE Vest Technologies, a first-of-its-kind intuitive automated technology for Target Outcome Investments that it licenses out to financial firms. Y-Combinator alumni. 

Sergej Kotliar
Co-founder Bitrefill

Sergej is Co-founder of Bitrefill - A service that lets you refill any prepaid phone balance in the world, with bitcoin. The company went through the Boost blockchain accelerator in Silicon Valley, and the 500 Startups Distro Dojo and today prides itself on having paying customers in over 100 countries.
Previously Sergej was Co-founder and CTO of local coupon service Rabble, and has an M.Sc. in Media Technology from KTH. 

Robert Pohl
CEO / Co-founder at Mondido Payments

CEO, CO-Founder Mondido Payments - a cutting edge financial solution for online payments and e-commerce.
15 years of software tech development and entrepreneurship, love creative solutions to help businesses grow. 

Ludvig Öberg
Head of Business Development ChromaWay / Co-Founder of Safello

Ludvig is the Co-Founder of Safello, Swedish Bitcoin Foundation and Satoshi Square Stockholm. Currently working as Head of Business Development at one of Swedens leading blockchain companies Chromaway and  one of Veckans Affärers top 101 Supertalents of 2016 with over 5 years of experience within Blockchain and Bitcoin.

Joseph Michael
Head of Startups/Tech - City of Stockholm

Joseph Michael works for Invest Stockholm - part of the City of Stockholm - where he focuses on Startups/Tech form the city side. 

Barry O'Brien

Freshly back in Stockholm after some intense coaching from the Growth Hacking Academy in London, Barry has been working with Digital Marketing for over sixteen years, launching and growing digital brands. Barry is a guest lecturer on the Growth Hacking course at Berghs School of Communication and a regular speaker at Swedish Universities on the subjects of personal branding and social media. Today, as co-founder, he is developing a new freelancer hub in Stockholm and Gothenburg called "Startup Marketing Sweden" to offer affordable marketing services to StartUps.

Henrik Crone
Head of Fintech Lab, Nordics at VirtusaPolaris

Henrik Crone works as Head of Fintech Lab, Nordics at VirtusaPolaris. With more than 15 years’ experience in developing and managing innovative solutions and strategies at banks and other financial institutions worldwide, he is a renowned innovative leader, ranging from business ideas to technology solutions. His knowledge spans across the entire banking function and his all-around competence also makes him an appreciated speaker and lecturer.

Claes Lemnell
Head of BFS sales, Nordics & BeNeLux at VirtusaPolaris.

Passionate about digital distribution in the BFS Industry and how to evolve the echo system with FinTechs.Claes has 25+ years within IT outsourcing across many industries such as BFSI, Manufacturing and Security industry and experience from roles as Sales, Business development, Product owner and Leadership. His experiences spans across from entrepreneur and own company, to startup to international multi billion global IT company.Passion for relationships and business and the intersection between; People, Processes and Technologies.

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The STHLM Startup Weekend FinTech team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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