Techstars Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution Stockholm

    Friday, June 14 - 16, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution Stockholm

Friday, June 14 - 16, 2019

Friday, June 14 - 16, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Ekskäret Klustret
Birger Jarlsgatan 58
Stockholm, Sweden 114 29

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No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 Hours!

💡 What is Startup Weekend? 

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve related to sustainability but don't know where to start or who to start with?   

Whether you have an idea or not - Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team or join a team. You will create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend! 
The last decade, we’ve organized more than 4,000 in over 150 countries, consolidating Startup Weekend as the biggest incubator for the world!

In Just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that makeup life at the startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. 

🙋‍♀️ An event open for all ages, experience levels and backgrounds, of motivated people with ideas or willing to join other teams and improve the sustainability of their communities and the world. If you’re looking for a team, co-founder, mentors or an idea to leave your mark in the world, Startup Weekend is the event for you.

🌳This edition will be part of the Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution, a global initiative led by volunteers in order to put sustainable development at the forefront of the world stage.
Here in Stockholm, the Startup Weekend will take place on June 14-16. At the same time, more than 50 cities around the world will organize their own Startup Weekend on sustainability!
After that, a final round online will be held where each local winner will pitch its idea in a one minute video. The 5 best projects elected by the public will get special prizes to help them launch their startups in real life!

Prizes in Stockholm: 
- The top winner will receive an Investment Readiness workshop by WhalesharkA must-do by any startup which wants to get themselves prepared to court investors. Consists of half a day workshop, 8 hours, including report of current investment readiness level and suggestion of improvement diagnostic. Original one-day workshop is worth 25,000 sek ex. VAT.
- ALL participants will receive a tree planted in France as a gift from Ecotree!
- The top three winning teams will get a membership at IMPACT HUB (check their website how great this is). By being a member, you will have a physical workspace where you can connect with other social/environmental startups. This entrepreneurial ecosystem is designed to help turning your ideas into a reality. They provide meaningful connections within a vibrant community and tailored programs to support you along all stages of your entrepreneurial journey.
- One winning team will have a kickstart-coaching session at STING. They support hundreds of promising Stockholm-based startups whose combined value exceeds €1.2 billion. Named the Best Accelerator in the Nordics, and the Main Runway for Startups in Stockholm.
- One winning team will receive a workshop+lunch with VINNOVA for funding opportunities. More information soon. 
Reserve week 26 in case you are the winner!
- The winner will be 
interviewed by Meet Swedish Startup for publicity.
- Top winning teams will pass to the global competition
More prizes to be announced!

Prizes globally: 
- An incubation with Bridge for Billions (equivalent of 10K$ in total)
- An exhibition stands free of charge for the ChangeNow Summit in January 2020 in Paris January to present your startup to worldwide investors (= 5K$)
- A 6-month mentoring with experts from Carbone 4, + for European teams, from FAMAE (In-kind 10K$)
- A personal air pollution sensor from Plumes Labs to measure local pollution wherever you go ($200 each) and open API with live data for participants

🌎Why a Startup Weekend on sustainability?

🌿Because environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges humanity is facing, it’s our duty to help entrepreneurs find the best solutions to overcome it.
✅ The challenges of entrepreneurship in sustainability you can work in during this weekend are diverse:
  • Build eco-conceived products & reverse planned obsolescence
  • Upcycle
  • Substitute the disposable by the sustainable
  • Reduce food waste
  • Foster local production and local distribution
  • Build sustainable agriculture and a sustainable food industry
  • Build highly energy efficient products and systems
  • Produce sustainable energy
  • (Re)Build sustainable buildings
  • Design resilient, smart and inclusive cities
  • Design Fintech for inclusive sustainable finance and markets
  • Build the future of sustainable transportation
  • Foster education on sustainability
🙆‍♂️ Don’t be shy and join us to experience an exciting weekend full of all the highs and lows of life as a startup founder. Even if you think you might be lacking some skills, your ideas and motivation are worth more than you think!

🤔 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 and needs to be related to sustainability.
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, build a viable business model and likely pivot your approach entirely!

☝️Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.   

How to participate?

🎟 Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:  
  • Hands-on chance to learn the process for going from concept to creation.
  • Opportunity to meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in your city.
  • 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.
  • Focused time to learn and practice new skills to take back to your job or to take your own idea from concept to creation.
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
  • Time to present your final pitch to a select panel of judges and investors.
📼  Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!
This event is organized by volunteers, teams are coached by professional mentors, and all is possible with the support of great partners

♥ We have limited seats, So hurry up!

✉️ Still, have questions? Feel free to reach us at
🔥 Don’t wait any longer and join the Startup Weekend movement! No talk, all action!

*Be careful: participating in a Startup Weekend presents a risk of resigning on Monday morning to set up your Startup, live your dreams and make the world a better place!


Friday June 14th

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
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Listen to Christina@SurfCleaner and Sarah@Karma

8:20 pm
Pitches Start
For those who has an idea, welcome up to the stage and pitch (optional).

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Mingle, find a team and get ready for the weekend!

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 June 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Listen to the speaker Malcolm@Brave to get energy for the weekend

10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:30 am
Zumba break
The weekend is stressful! Join this short 15-minute zumba class to fill up the energy!

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 June 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions. Coach sessions are scheduled to each team.

12:00 pm

12:15 pm
Pitch training
Finalize your work and practice pitching

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!


Christina Lundbäck
Founder and CMO, SurfCleaner

Christina Lundbäck is the founder and CMO of SurfCleaner - the unique startup that has developed a patented technology to efficiently clean up oil spills and littering from the ocean water. Today, Surfcleaner is surely a hot topic in the sustainability world, and the company is one of the Nordic Cleantech open finalists! 
Christina is furthermore Member of Board in Cascade Drives and CorePower Ocean. She will, during the weekend, share her unique experience and journey as a founder of Surfcleaner - a company with investment from the Swedish House Mafia Axwell.

Sarah Hoof
Product Manager at Karma

Meet our speaker Sarah! She is managing the B2B & B2C acquisition, conversion and retention optimization programs in one of the fastest growing startups in Europe - Karma (even Obama has mentioned Karma in one of his speeches)!

Every year, 1/3 of all food produced is thrown away, resulting in 1.3 billion tonnes of waste worldwide. Karma is an app that connects restaurants, cafés and grocery stores with users eager to purchase unsold food at a lower price. Their mission is to become the resource-optimisation platform for the food industry and to lead the way the way towards a more sustainable society. 

Sarah will tell us about the growth story of Karma and inspire you all to kick-start your sustainable startup during the weekend!

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.

Event Judges

Jesper Kjellerås
Founder & Director Impact Hub Stockholm

Jesper is trained as a KaosPilot in Aarhus, Denmark 2001 - 2004. This is a three year project management training with emphasis on the development of ideas, innovation and social entrepreneurship. Jesper combines his work at Impact Hub with passion for sailing. He has crossed the Atlantic several times and worked on charter boats in the Caribbean many times around.

ImpactHub supports building ecosystems to drive collaboration and entrepreneurial innovation around the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through locally rooted Impact Hubs, as well as partners and allied networks. 

Spoiler: Top three winners in Stockholm will receive a prize from ImpactHub!

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!

Ingemar Jansson
Sustainable Innovation Strategist at Cybercom

Ingemar helps companies turn global issues of our time into business opportunities. He uses global sustainability and digitalization as driving forces for innovation and growth, exploring circular and resource-efficient business-models to meet customer demands in disruptive ways. He also coordinated the development of a roadmap for how digitization can contribute to a climate-neutral society before 2045. The roadmap was handed over to the Swedish government on the 20th of march 2019.

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

Senior Business Developer and Strategist, Founder of INNORBIS by ALDC Partnership, an impact tech solution. She is accelerating the world's transition into sustainable finance, social innovation, future technology, distributed ledger, circular economy and sustainable business solutions for us and our future generations together. She operated as vice-president at Citibank London, built up Renault Finance Nordic operations and was a pioneer within SEB Merchant Banking sponsoring and running the first projects that included UX and new digital integrated solutions. An executive in international business establishment and an entrepreneur scaling up on purpose driven business and sustainable development growth.

Coaches and Mentors

Sepehr Mousavi
Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer (CIO/CSO), SweGreen | Founder, Earth of Billions

During past few years, Sepehr has been enlisted as one of the ’50 world’s most influential global smart city leaders’, one of the ‘Sweden’s top 33 sustainability young personas’ nominated by Swedish environmental magazine Aktuell Hållbarhet and claimed no.19 of the top 101 ‘Swedish super talents’ list of 2018 published by the leading Swedish business journal, Veckans Affärer. Sepehr is a sustainability strategist, innovation catalyst and passionate futurist with an international and multicultural background. Associated with innovation companies, The United Nations and multiple standardization organizations; he claims to strive for helping building a better world and more equal societies by expanding reach and access to sustainable, smart and digital technologies.

Andy Cars
Founder at Lean Ventures

Andy Cars is the founder of Lean Ventures International AB, an innovation strategy consultancy based in Stockholm. Andy cooperates with the leadership in large companies to strengthen their innovation strategies and core innovation capabilities.  While Andy has developed five of his own companies and sold three, he has also coached more than 200 startups,  contributing to creating entrepreneurially driven enterprises worth several hundred million SEK. 

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
Innovation Leader at Cybercom

Tatiana drives the Innovation Zone at Cybercom, an innovation lab whose ambition is to unlock future opportunities for Cybercom customers with the help of emerging technologies. Besides her experience as an Innovation Leader, Tatiana also has great insights into the startup world. Prior to her work at Cybercom, she has been driving a startup program at Amadeus, a global IT company. She is a frequent mentor and even a winner of Startup Weekend. So if you wonder how to get the best out of the event, where to focus your time and efforts as well as how to come up with a product worth developing, then make sure to have a chat with Tatiana.

Neda Nordin
Senior Digital Innovation Manager at Swedbank

Neda stands on two verticals of innovation and sustainability. As a Senior Digital Innovation Manager, she empowers Swedbank to identify, conceptualize, and test disruptive banking solutions and builds innovation culture. She has run innovation consultancy and been an active startup community mentor in dozens of hackathons in Sweden, Norway and Baltics. She is appreciated for her advice on ideas desirability, customer testing, business modeling validation, and the deep knowledge of innovation methods. Previously, Neda served as an UN official in Europe, US and Central Asia where she launched and managed an innovative sustainability programme. She also worked as an environmentalist in international development in many countries - helping corporations, businesses, governments, universities and NGOs. Her broad experience allows her to connect the un-connectable and foresee outcomes from different perspectives. Neda’s background is within Design Thinking, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship as well as Environmental Sciences and Policy, and even - Geography.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution Stockholm 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.


Global Partners

Organizing Team

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

  • Peggy
  • Elena
  • Elena
  • David
  • Dawn
  • Alesia
  • Ashansa
  • Amarnath
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Marcus Eikeland

Marcus has started 4 companies, and is currently helping industries transform through the help of corporate acceleration programs. For Techstars, Marcus has facilitated events all over the world including Norway, Bali, France, Italy, Sweden, and Australia. In Australia, he helped kick-start the first ever regional Startup Weekend event and has been a proud ambassador since 2011. 
He loves kiting and traveling, and especially a mix of the two. 

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