Startup Weekend NYC x Paris

    Friday, June 17 - 19, 2016

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Startup Weekend NYC x Paris

Friday, June 17 - 19, 2016

Friday, June 17 - 19, 2016
Event starts at 11:30 am

Rise NY
43 West 23rd street
2nd floor
New York, New York NY 10010

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Startup Weekend NYC x Paris for a Transformational Weekend!

Join us for the first ever joint city Startup Weekend hosted by the Startup Weekend NYC and Paris teams June 17-19th at the beautiful Rise New York event space!  We’re gathering 100+ entrepreneurs, designers, developers, students, innovators, partners, & mentors to have a go at building an innovative startup in 54 hours! Will you join us? 

This event will be open to all ideas, projects, and sectors!  What makes this unique is that two great cities have joined forces to bring you one special event. 

The winning team's members will each receive tickets (valued at $900 each, total value of up to $6,300) to the "La French Touch Conference" in NYC on June 21st and 22nd.  This year, the LFTC's theme is all about connecting startups and major companies from both sides of the Atlantic.

In addition, the team will be invited to pitch their winning idea on stage at the La French Touch Conference in front of VC's, angel investors, and the general audience. 

This Startup Weekend is open to all, not only French profiles, the range and richness of profiles will allow this event to be magical!  This event will be a general edition and held in English (in case there was any confusion). 

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!  Whether you are looking to...

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn how the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in NYC,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • or take your own idea from concept to creation
Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of June 17-19th!  

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers,
  • passionate visionaries

For the $99 ticket you get :

  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Mentorship by the best entrepreneurs from the Techstars network and beyond!
  • Access to the networking cocktail
  • Work with awesome professionals
  • High-end catering for 54h intense hours
  • Unlimited coffee and tagadas candies
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni) #SWMafia
  • The fluffy cloud you are going to live on for your new life
  • 100 new awesome Facebook friends and thousands of tweets
  • Lots of love by the awesome #SWNYC French + NYC Teams ♥
Let's create magic and change the world together in the heart of Manhattan!  Join us for a transformational and magical weekend!  

We love you guys ♥

About Rise New York: Rise New York is part of a global community of the world’s brightest thinkers and doers creating the future of financial technology. We listen, nurture and oxygenate through our international network of Rise spaces, and connect, co-create, and scale innovation, in partnership with Barclays. Rise New York also houses a world-class event space and is home to the U.S. cohort of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

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Friday June 17th

11:30 am
Doors close

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

6:30 pm
Warm - up participants

7:10 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders. Welcome facilitateurs & Speakers. Partner & Organiser Speech

7:35 pm

8:05 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 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 June 18th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:30 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!

5:00 pm
Coach wrap-up

6:30 pm

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

8:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

11:30 pm
Doors close

Sunday June 19th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Pitch preparation

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

3:30 pm
Judges arrival

3:45 pm
Judges brief meeting

4:00 pm
Final Presentations & Pitch

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards
WIth a dinner !

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Cedric Giorgi
Director @ SIGFOX, Co-Founder @ La French Touch Conference

By day, supports startups launching new products and services on top of SIGFOX network. 
By night, 
curates speakers, builds the agenda, hosts, and facilitates the conference​. 

Jenny Fielding
Managing Director @ Techstars

Jenny Fielding is a Managing Director at Techstars, where she leads the FinTech-focused Barclays Accelerator and the R/GA Accelerator focused on the Internet of Things. 

Prior to joining Techstars, Jenny headed up a corporate venture and digital innovation group at BBC Worldwide where she made strategic investments and led business development deals. 

She has also started several companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired in 2008.  She began her career as a lawyer and also spent some time in banking at JP Morgan.

Edward Lando
Co-Founder of Horinzons & Angel investor

Edward Lando is the co-founder of Horizons, a coding / technology school based on UPenn's campus that finds the most promising young people around the world and gives them all the advantages they need to launch their successful careers in tech. He is also an active angel with 18 investments & counting. A Y Combinator and Wharton School alum, Edward grew up in Paris, France.

Michaël Ortali
Software Architect Consultant & Startup Advisor

An ardent fan of challenges, Michael has grown Pinterest internationally, redesigned YouTube twice, built a team at Google, modernized The Orchard's architecture, and has advised many startups while building his own venture. Avid traveller, he has lived in 3 countries (France, USA, Brazil), and explored to more than 30.

J.J. Kasper
Founder of Blue Collective

Founder of Blue Collective, a early stage venture firm focused on investing in and supporting phenomenal entrepreneurs building great businesses. Long-time startup investor and advisor. Former Partner at McKinsey & Company with clients across private equity, consumer, tech, banking, and industrial manufacturing. Former lawyer and academic. One-time front-man of the most exciting corporate rock 'n' roll cover band in NYC

Olivier Attia
Managing Director at Spark Labs Inc.

20 years of technological management and consulting experience. Results-focused and effectual leader with proven ability to turnaround technical, business and financially troubled situations. Talent for proactively identifying and resolving problems from management to end-user levels. Excellent management of stressed situations.

Coaches and Mentors

Paul Strachman
Venture Partner @ ISAI

Entrepreneur and Investor, #FranceIsAI

Don Buckley

Don is an innovator who believes design thinking needs to be part of every school's curriculum.

Sissi Johnson
Brand Strategist. Tech Advisor. HuffPost Contributor.

Brand Strategist, Tech Advisor et contributeur pour le Huffington Post USA, Sissi Johnson consulte les start-ups internationales fashion & lifestyle les plus en vue tel que AirbnbVyte.inPinktrotters et Modalyst.  En tant que mentor, elle offre son expertise dans le growth hacking ainsi qu'en marketing et communication.

Víctor Noguera
Principal @ Boston Consulting Group

Victor Noguera es fundador de STARTegy, un Venture Builder enfocado en crear fintechs desde cero en México.  STARTegy da soporte a emprendedores a identificar oportunidades de negocio y transformarlas en empresas de alto impacto. Actualmente STARTegy cuenta con, y en su portfolio. Adicionalmente, Víctor es Venture Advisor de Quona Capital, un fondo de Venture Capital basado en Washington DC, que invierte en fintechs en mercados emergentes. Anteriormente, Víctor fue Principal en The Boston Consulting Group donde asesoraba instituciones financieras en Barcelona y Nueva York.

Frédéric Montagnon
Founder & CEO at Secret Media Inc.

Entrepreneur and business angel.
I'm impassioned by the way that connecting billions of people through the internet is changing our world, the development of humanity and the spread of knowledge.

Alexei Chemenda
Co-founder & COO at MotionLead (YC W14)

Mobile-Oriented Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Advisor & Software Engineer.
YCombinator Alumni (YC W14). 

Ludovic Huraux
CEO & Co-founder at Shapr

Your daily dose of inspiring people to meet - $6.2m fundraising.

Sylvain De Muynck
Co-Founder of Les Pépites Tech

Sylvain & Thibaut founded several startups in their eight years in Asia, the latest Asian startup they launched is the first yield management  reservation platform for restaurant. They are now based in NYC where they launched the largest French Tech entrepreneur community 

Evan Kraut
Managing Director at Grey Adventures

Evan Kraut lead Adventures & creative veteran Darren Moran to fill the newly created head of innovation role at Grey New York.

Philippe-Olivier Daniel
Lawyer at

Philippe-Olivier cofounded PodLegal, a startup law firm revisiting the legal relationship to help and educate founders building high growth businesses from the ground up.
PodLegal, based out of startup-friendly Montreal, offers fixed-price services and continuous support to entrepeneurs developing innovative businesses with global reach. Visit

Bryan Adler
Venture Capital at Dreamit Ventures

Bryan is a FinTech investment banker who found the light. He is currently investing in early stage technology companies at Dreamit Ventures and loving every second of it!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend NYC x Paris 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 New York City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Damien
  • Rémy
  • Roger
  • Gaby
  • Josse
  • David-Alejandro
  • Natalia
    Gonzalez Chavez
  • Chantal
  • Laura


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

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