Techstars Startup Weekend Travel

    Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Travel

Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Park, Hälsingegatan 49

Stockholm, Sweden

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Start with an idea and launch a company in 54 hours!

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.

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. 

In our Techstars Startup Weekend Travel edition, we are looking at how we can delight the traveler or solve her pains. There are endless opportunities to transform travel experience with emerging technologies. Here are a few of them that, we believe, will transform the future of the travel industry:
  • Connected devices
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality
  • Blockchain
  • Robotics 
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big Data for more personalized travel
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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
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Friday February 15th

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

7:00 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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 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 February 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
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

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

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

Sunday February 17th

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Malcom Larri
Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Certified Workplace Trainer, Speaker & Coach

Originally from Sydney Australia, he is the founder of Brave Personal Development and is Hammer & Hanborg’s consultant on Leadership & Culture.
Malcolm has also been a professional musician, business owner and has worked inside companies both large and small on three continents. 
Since 1997, Malcolm has been coaching people and organizations to have bigger vision of what’s possible for their lives and how to create strategies to achieve it. 
In 2018 he will publish his first book: Hustle & Serve – The Art Managing Change and Achieving Fulfillment.

Kristaps Prusis
CEO and Founder at VNTRS

Kristaps is a tech entrepreneur, currently the CEO and founder of VNTRS, a venture studio helping with hands-on development and investing in tech startups. He loves helping and developing the startup community to encourage new future entrepreneurs. Kristaps has a wide industry experience from FMCG, E-commerce, Pharma and Tech.

Event Judges

Viktor Gällström
Investment Manager and Founder at VNTRS

Entrepreneur within the tech startup space with a background from management consulting and the investment banking industry.
Founding Parter at VNTRS Consulting AB. VNTRS is a Stockholm based consulting firm, also investing in tech startup companies. We help tech companies in early stages build their product and their business.

Ulla Persson
General Manager Amadeus Scandinavia

General Manager at Amadeus Scandinavia Ulla is your Senior Travel Ninja. She has been a part of the Amadeus management team for almost 10 years and has driven several of the company’s transformations. She has extensive experience in the travel industry and unique in-depth insights into new business models, technologies and customer trends that are shaping the future of travel. Ulla is also passionate about empowering young women to advance in their careers and to reach their full potential. She has been a mentor to young female professionals for the past decade.

Ramzy Ismail
Network Catalyst for Techstars EMEA

Ramzy is the Network Catalyst for Techstars EMEA, helping connect dots across the external and internal stakeholders of Techstars. Prior to the Network team, Ramzy launched two Techstars programs in two cities as program director;  Techstars Connection, in partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev and their corporate venture arm, ZX Ventures, and Techstars Dubai in partnership with GINCO. Before Techstars Ramzy was the Managing Director at Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, a $10M early stage fund and accelerator in partnership with the Abu Dhabi government.

Ramzy served as the Co-founder and CEO of Venuable, a mobile and web-based unique venues marketplace that was accelerated through Lighthouse Labs' Spring 2013 class. 
Prior to relocating to the UAE, Ramzy worked for a SaaS product company as the Director of Business Development, working to grow the company from zero to a $30,000 monthly run rate.

Before becoming a founder Ramzy was an Associate in Genworth Financial’s Leadership Development Program where he rotated through M&A tax and expense analytics roles. His experience also includes corporate strategy and product development roles with VeriSign, Capital One, and the CFO of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He graduated from VCU in 2012 with dual degrees Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Joakim Skog
Programme Manager at Vinnova

Innovation happens when creative courage meets knowledge and customer needs, and with almost two decades of experience in business development and leading innovation efforts, I’ve been fortunate to find my personal mix that can drive change in any organization. Specialties: Innovation management, design thinking, IT strategy, open API's, business intelligence, customer experience management and of course - acappella singing.

Coaches and Mentors

Barry O'Brien
Growth Marketer & Co-Founder

Barry is an experienced Growth Marketer who's clients are in the area of Electric Vehicles, Health Tech, Sports and Entertainment. As Co-Founder of MarTech Startup, he recently graduated from Sweden's STING Accelerator. Barry has been a guest lecturer on the Growth Hacking course at Berghs School of Communication, coached at Hyper Island, and run workshops at Swedish universities, on the subjects of personal branding and social media. Barry is also a mentor for the Founder Institute and organiser of the Swedish Growth Hackers Meetup, a community of 1000 marketers.

Barry will be your pitch coach, making sure your final presentation is awesome!

Tatiana Solodko Kuruca
Business Development Manager - Startups at Amadeus

Tatiana drives startup program at Amadeus in Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Europe. Her ambition is to support unique and ambitious startups to shape the future of travel. Tatiana has profound insights into where the new opportunities in travel lie and who just may become the next Airbnb and Uber. She is also a board member of Innovationsledarna, the Swedish Association of Innovation Professionals. Travel, improvisation theatre and the bubbling Stockholm startup scene are what keeps her sane through the darkness of Swedish winter.

Siam Choudhury
Founder at Pliance

Siam Choudhury is a startup founder with experience in product management and scalable operations. He has a background in sales and operations from Facebook, and as Head of Product and Product Manager from FundedByMe and Acast respectively. He recently founded Pliance, an API services in the RegTech field. Siam's experience and expertise makes him an ideal coach in helping startups with how to do user research to validate ideas, how to scope and prioritise MVPs, how to communicate value to partners, customers or users, and in general how to take go from ideation to product launch.

Elias Arnestrand
Innovation Manager Trafiklab

Elias Arnestrand has been one driving force behind creating Trafiklab, an initiative launched in 2011 as a way for the public transport industry to jointly present and deliver open APIs for public transport information. He has a background in the field of open data, innovation management and passenger information services - both as consultant and as employed at Stockholm Public Transport (SL) and Samtrafiken. During 2019 Elias will join team Sweden at Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto.

Alexis Barnekow
Founder of Chatflights

Alexis Barnekow is the founder of Chatflights, a rapidly growing app-based travel agency. He’s been an entrepreneur for 13 years and has previously co-founded Green Hat People, an Event Technology company based in 7 markets. Alexis has a background in app-design, online marketing and sales and knows a lot about bringing apps and web-based solutions to market.

Dr Karola Kassai
Innovation Lawyer & Startup Business Mentor

EU based innovation & tech attorney-at-law and business consultant working with startups in Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK and Hungary in entrepreneurship related issues such as corporate finance, corporate structures, investments and funding, business management and strategies , IP, branding, software, contracts or data protection.

Sean Paul Shanor
Founder & Coach at Synergy Space

Sean Paul Shanor is a Norwegian American entrepreneur, facilitator, coach, and speaker with a drive to connect, enable, and inspire individuals to fuel their passion, build startups, and empower others with the right tools and ecosystem support to succeed. He is a techgeek, jack of-all digital-analog-trades entrepreneur that has learned how to piece together startups at low cost, high impact, and by facilitating key partnerships to leverage assets any team needs.

Martin Bystedt
Nordic Head of UX & Digital, TUI

I work at the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world as their Nordic Head of UX & Digital.In the Nordics TUI’s customers are highly digital and they expect us to be digitally present in all aspects of the customer journey and we as a company have truly understood that everything from our culture to skills and our tech stack needs to be top notch to deliver what we promise. I my role I need to understand how consumer behavior change, how our competition moves and how tech evolve and gear our people for this. I am a strong believer in creating space for innovation in my teams and that innovation is something that is very fundamental for any organization and to have close relationship with the start-up scene in the Nordics comes very natural for us.My department consists of a number of agile and fast paced product teams that constantly evolve the company's four Nordic holiday e-commerce sites and apps in a space between tech, business, design and customer experience within the travel industry.

Sini Hermelin
Distribution Development Specialist at Bra Airlines

Making innovative ideas to reality, that is my current job - development, crazy ideas – how do they become airline standard? I have worked for different airlines for the past 17 years, from British Airways to BRA, always focus on Distribution, Pricing and Revenue Management. BRA is an technologically advanced and innovative airline – industry standards are changing!

Maria A. Dahrieh
Founder at WhaleShark

Maria is the founder of WhaleShark, a Stockholm-based investment readiness and fundraising advisory firm for European and Asian networks. She has more than 15 years of international experience in talent scouting, expansion strategy and fundraising projects both for startups and fast growing companies such as Apple, Brighthandle, Bigbelly US, Wellness Telecom to name a few. Maria is an expert in investor relations and has a vast European and Asian network of investors. 

Spoiler: One of the winners will receive a prize from Whaleshark!

Anders Bernström
Senior Solution Expert at Amadeus

Anders is your Travel Tech Mastermind. Anders has been with Amadeus since the company was founded 30 years ago. He has seen the company to develop from connecting to only a handful of airlines to becoming one of the largest IT software companies in the world. For Anders travel tech is not just work, but his passion! So if you are developing something related to travel search or travel data, Anders is your expert to talk to.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Travel 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

Amadeus travel technology helps businesses connect to the global travel ecosystem, manage operations more effectively and serve travellers better than ever.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Erika
  • Federico
  • Dawn
  • Nicholas
  • Elena
  • Tetiana
  • Alesia
  • Beatrice
  • Rocio
  • Laura
  • Mohit
  • Peggy


Kateryna Degtyar
networker/organizer at various events

SW organizer an Startup Grind Kyiv Chapter Director.
Got an MBA in Istanbul and decided to develop startup community in Ukraine. Works full-time as Kyiv office director at WannaBiz accelerator.

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