Stockholm Startup Weekend: Social Innovation

    Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Stockholm Startup Weekend: Social Innovation

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Impact Hub
Riddargatan 17D
Stockholm, Sweden 114 57

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Helping by doing!

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement helping entrepreneurs to the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is a 54 hours event for designers, marketers and technical people.

It starts with ideas pitching, teams formation, prototype development; it continues with coaching sessions with mentors during Saturday and Sunday. The event finishes on Sunday evening with final presentations and winners' award ceremony. This time hackathon will have a social focus, but as usual - all the ideas are welcome! 

This time hackathon will have three tracks: 
1) General ideas track
2) Social innovations track
3) Solutions for new 
members of our community track (new members here can be anyone from work/love immigrants to asylum seekers). 

Let's together create positive changes in our society with help of effective IT tools!
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Friday March 18th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Official opening! What is a Startup Weekend? Introduction of the agenda for the weekend.

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
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 March 19th

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
Mentors and coaches introduction
Startup of the mentorship sessions with teams!

6:00 pm

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

Sunday March 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 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
And space preparation for the final pitches.

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

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!

Henrik Storm Dyrssen
MD @Leksell Social Ventures

Internationally experienced management professional and double Master Degree holder, specializing in business and organisational development in the field of social innovation. Henrik is passionate about global issues and bring entrepreneurialism, enthusiasm, creativity, rigorous analysis and an extraordinary global network wherever he goes. He is a pragmatist that thrives under uncertainty and have definitive impact on organizations and people around him.

Jonas Almeling
Community developer, Entrepreneur, Advisor, Coach & Mentor. Startup Grind Sweden Director

There are three things in my life that can represent me both as a person and a professional. I have developed a both deep and broad knowledge of them but I still have a lot to learn and I have a huge desire to do so. These areas are: Entrepreneurship, Communication/Human relationships & Sustainability. Today I focus on community building, and building platforms for people and organizations to stand on to reach their goals quicker, change and become better at listening to each other and to help each other. Specialties:Project management, coaching, business skills, entrepreneur, analytic and creative problem solving. IT, media and communications skills.

Cecilia Öman
Executive Director @Human Rights & Science, Associate Professor @KTH, Deputy Program Director International science program @Uppsala university

Coaches and Mentors

Bert-Ola Bergstrand
Co-Founder, Social Capital Forum

Bert-Ola Bergstrand is an international thought leader and movement builder in the field of Digital Social Innovation. At present he is working with Lund Open Innovation Center on the Swedish Inclusive Business Agenda. He is also co-creator of several emergent crowdsourcing initiatives such as Living Bridges Planet, NordicSoCap, Impact Journey and Social Capital Forum. These are all initiatives designed to support social innovators to work in crowd-sourced activities and to come up with solutions on societal challenges. Bergstrand has also been co-producing a number of international conferences on the topic of social capital and impact investing.

Andreas Wennberg

Andreas Wennberg runs 400contacts. A service that helps refugees with a background as engineers find a skilled job in Sweden through a professional mentor. He is passionate about building businesses that makes the world a better place.

Andrew Hennigan
Lecturer, Speaker Coach, Writer

A Startup Weekend Stockholm mentor since 2015, Andrew Hennigan is based in Stockholm and founded his first consulting company in 2007. He speaks mostly about communicating innovative ideas, influencing skills for entrepreneurs, high-impact speaking for busy people and professional networking for entrepreneurs. Recently he done lectures, seminars and workshops  at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, Impact Invest, Hyper Island,  Karolinska Institutet, Chalmers University, Lund University and many corporate clients. He is a speaker coach at TEDxStockholm since 2015 and has been a pitch coach or mentor at Startup Weekend Stockholm and Create Squared. As a writer he does some freelance journalism and ghost-writes speeches, articles and books for other people. He has also written a book about professional networking and is currently working on two other book projects.

Tuomas Lonka
Marketing & Digital Strategy Consultant, Previously Marketing Director Rovio

Tuomas is an experienced brand marketer with core competence in marketing communications, ranging from leading large-scale integrated 360 campaigns to digital & mobile marketing and concept design. Tuomas has extensive experience from local and global marketing functions of industry-leading companies such as Rovio (Marketing Director) and Nokia (Head of Marketing, Finland & Baltics), and also hands-on experience in leading creative teams on the agency side. Most recently, he led the launch of Angry Birds 2 - the biggest mobile game launch in 2015 - that reached over 30M downloads worldwide in the first two weeks.

Neda Nordin
Founder of Nord Inno - a boutique innovation counseling service

Neda is a tech-sustainability guru. With the triple background in innovation management, environmental science, and international development, she helps companies - fast and slow - to hack growth and sustainability.  By combining customer centric approaches with exponential technologies’ and innovation governance, she enables organizations to reimagine their future and truly get there. During hackathons use her best advice in finding real customer problems before jumping into solutions, in tuning your business model and making your product/service a part of a bigger good. She will help you to feel proud! 

Tom Söderlund
Founder & CEO

Tom Söderlund is founder and CEO of Weld (, a tool that enables entrepreneurs and other non-techies to make websites and apps without coding.

Jimmy Zhao

Jimmy Zhao is the CEO and founder of Lunchback, winner of Startup Weekend of March last year. He is a passionate entrepreneur who is dedicated and committed to promoting a global revolution where people inspire one another and build 'guanxi' over lunch. His only mission is to help people to establish deep and meaningful connection so that they can achieve what they are truly passionate about in their life. He is also an inspirational public speaker who gave talks about entrepreneurship, lean startup and inception marketing based on his own experience who has been there and done that.

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.

Fredrik Pettersson
CSR/sustainability consultant, communications advisor, long distance runner.

He loves to help companies create a track record to be proud of in the sustainability area. This is increasingly important for companies that want to attract and retain customers and employees, especially from the younger generations, companies with public sector clients, and companies who need to show investors they know and handle all risks. 

Susanne Birgersdotter
Founder of SthlmAppLab, Igotcha and SBDM

Susanne Birgersdotter manages a large growing and independent Start-Up company in Sweden that creates as well as develops, solutions to the mobile application industry. Susanne is the founder of App-company SthlmAppLab and Game studio Igotcha, she is also a keynote speaker and business coach.

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.

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.

Elhabib Moustaid
Research manager @Refugee Tech, PhD candidate @ KTH

Elhabib Moustaid is an Engineer in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is Research Manager and founding member of Refugee Tech. The last 7 months as a Research Manager has been spent doing research on the real needs of newly arrived people to Sweden and investigating methods to enable efficient collaborative ways between research, business, and technology to respond to those needs.

Elhabib is also a PhD candidate in Royal Institute of Technology doing research on making simulations more useful for collaborative decision-making on social systems. 

Milad Fallah
Founder @Refugee Tech, Investment Analyst at Serendipity Professionals

Milad Fallah is an entrepreneur and founder of Refugee Tech. Through involving friends and former fellow students, Refugee Tech was founded with the aim to involve the brightest minds and build an ecosystem that shows that the power of innovation in Sweden can also be applicable to helping newly arrived people and solve integration problems through tech solutions. 
Milad also work as an Investment Analyst at Serendipity Group, where he focuses on the acquisition processes and various projects within the Group’s portfolio companies, working as a consultant. 

Niss Jonas Carlsson
Chairman & Founder of Språkkraft - Head of Education at Plotagon AB

Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, with a grand-father who founded internationally known JOFA (the sports gear company), Niss-Jonas has come to love sales, marketing, building great products and organisations. Currently he is engaged in a number of short and long-term projects and as an advisor to organisations ranging from small high-tech ventures to larger organisations. 

Robin Szekely
Founder & CEO @Taskrunner

Taskrunner is a web and mobile peer-to-peer marketplace where people can go to outsource small jobs and errands to other people in their neighborhood

Selina Hami
Founder of Selina's Organics

Selina is the founder of the food-for-food project Selina's Organics where the purpose is to inspire to sustainable food consumption and to create opportunities for people around the world to access sustainable food. She finances her food projects  through vegan & organic catering in Stockholm.

For the last two projects, Selina traveled to Damascus to hand out food boxes and share people's personal stories about life in Syria today in a report called 'Portraits of Syria' released at the end of March.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

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

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Tetiana Siianko
Sweden Foodtech Program Manager

überpassionate about making things happen, smart people, music, art, skiing and dance. Working on saving the world via foodtech and bridging the gap between arts & technology. Love doing silly movies in my free time.

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