Techstars Startup Weekend Travel

    Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019

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  3. Speakers
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. 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!


Stefano Oliva
Lead User Experience Designer at Designit

Innovation and design thinking

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.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Tatiana Solodko
Business Development Manager at Amadeus Scandinavia

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.

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

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

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