Born at Startup Weekend Barcelona

The Startup Weekend is the beginning point for many startups that are born during this event and afterwards continue with their activity. Of course not all the ideas become a startup and not all the startups survive, but it makes us happy to see people that pursue their goals and try to succeed with their business.

In this post we are going to talk about four of these startups:

Kantox currency exchange company

Knatox is a currency exchange company that offers SME’s and mid-caps a solution usually only available to large companies. Instead of bids and offers, the mid-market rates are displayed on their platform to provide their clients full transparency and trades can be closed in just 1 click.

Let’s say you are a company located in Europe, importing goods from China and paying your Chinese provider in US Dollars. In the Kantox marketplace, you can easily find another company, located in Europe, exporting goods to the US who has US Dollars to sell in exchange of your Euros. Like 78% of the clients using Kantox, you will probably achieve savings of more than 80% compared to your bank or broker.

Letskickin crowdgifting platform

Letskickin is a crowdgifting platform that allows users to buy group gifts in an easy, comfortable way. If you are the organizer, by using this platform you will make sure that all the group members pay their share and you can forget about having to pursue everybody.

Getting started is really easy, you create your event for free, create a money box, invite your friends and start raising money.

It’s easy, fun and safe and you won’t have to worry about choosing the best gift idea and collecting all the money.

Tutotoons educational apps platform

Tutotoons main product is a cloud-based platform allowing teachers to create and distribute interactive content for their personal lessons. With no need of programming skills, teachers are able to create interactive educational apps (games, cartoons, story books, etc.) by simply dragging and dropping items (e. g. a human heart scheme or water molecule).

Moreover, all teacher-made content is multi-platform, which means kids can access it on iOS and Android devices as well as online.

Responsea online lawyer community

Responsea is an online lawyer community that offers trustworthy legal counsel for free, connecting people with legal doubts with lawyers that can help them.

The platform pursues two objectives:

  • On the one hand it’s an efficient marketing tool for legal professionals that want to increase their online visibility and reputation. This will also help them get in touch with prospects and increase their client attraction rate. A part from this, lawyers also receive online marketing training from the platforms experts.
  •  On the other hand with this service people with legal problems receive quality legal counsel for free from collegiate layers without having to lose time. They can find the best lawyers to represent their case and interact with them using the platform.

This platform doesn’t replace the provision of paid legal services offered by the lawyers it serves to put lawyers in touch with possible clients.

So if you have a business idea don’t give it a second thought and join us!


Meet the sponsors: Twentytú your Hi -Tech youth hostel in Barcelona

twentytuStartup Weekend Barcelona would not be the same without our sponsors and their implication with the event. In this blog post we want to talk about Twentytú, a Hi-Tech youth hostel that is offering all our participants great accommodation prices. So if you are coming from outside Barcelona you can rent a bed in a shared room for only 20€ a night. Everybody interested in this offer can send an email to  with the subject: “STARTUP WEEKEND BARCELONA”. Below we include more information about the hostel and as you will be able to see, Twentytú is more than a place to stay is a place to live great experiences and meet new people.

Twentytú is the new-style hostel, a symbol of sustainability, innovation, security and comfort, at extremely low prices.

Their aim is to give their clients a unique experience in a very well-connected location next to the center of Barcelona. At Twentytú Youth Hostel they have created a friendly atmosphere where you can meet all types of people to have fun, relax and enjoy the city.

Twentytú is a new-build design hostel that opened in Barcelona on 1 July 2012 as a place to stay for young people in Barcelona. It was the first building in the city intended for hotel use (subject to youth hostel regulations) to be awarded the European A Certificate for energy efficiency.

One of the characteristics of this youth hostel is that it encourages fun and participation. At Twentytú, you can join in with all kinds of activities: cookery classes where you are taught how to make local dishes, film screenings, guided cultural tours by bike or on foot, etc. You can also make the most of each of the spaces they have designed for your enjoyment and comfort.

Twentytú is a fully accessible hostel and a meeting point for anyone looking to mix with new people and be welcomed into a friendly young atmosphere. And all this at extremely competitive prices with a 24-hour reception service. Come and have fun at Twentytú Youth Hostel!


The Pitch that matches

There are many opinions out there for how to make a pitch: Try not to be nervous, control your hand movements, “don’t just read the slides”), don’t memorize the script word-for word. All this sounds easy enough, but in real-life the situation is usually a bit more complicated. SW Barcelona provides all the tools you need to make sure your presentation to judges, investors, press and clients is always a hit. We’re a group of entrepreneurs who have learned through trial and error, and we’re pleased to share our experiences with you. Here are a few tips for giving the best possible pitch, anywhere in the world:

1- Let Talent Prevail. Presentations should always be given by the team member who is the most naturally talented public speaker. This is not always going to be the CEO or CTO, or the investor, unless that person also has the gift of speech. Entire presentations have been ruined because “the boss” was the facilitator and nobody else questioned it. If you have Rafa Nadal on your team, the tennis match should be played by him even if he’s the one cleaning everything up after all the meetings.

2- Know your audience and adapt. Pitches are often pre-planned and scripted with no regard for the uniqueness of the event, whether it’s at SW Barcelona, to investors in an accelerator, or in presenting your product or company to media. Depending on the audience, each speech is different, the points are different, the structure is different, and the tone is different.

3- Entertain. There are twenty-minute presentations that are exciting and can keep you on the edge of your seat; likewise, many presentations can be so boring that you find yourself looking at your mobile within the first minute. A successful and engaging presentation is like a concert, a play: you’re the star, it’s your time to shine, and you only have a limited amount of time to impress. If you can’t entertain, generate smiles, or capture the attention of your audience and keep it, the loud yawns and sounds of Candy Crush might drown out your voice.

4- Seduce. Yes, you read that right. Seduction is more powerful than merely convincing. Strive to connect, to enchant, to entice your audience with all the reasons why they should love your product. We fall in love with our hearts and not our heads, so use this knowledge to get to the hearts of your listeners. Explain to your audience why you are different and how their lives will change because of your ideas. Master the art of seduction, and people will fall at your feet.

These tips will ensure that your precious few minutes on stage are indeed glorious minutes.

Apply them to your pitches, and we hope to see you at the next SW Barcelona from 12th to June 14th!

Meet the sponsors: Barcelona Activa

Barcelona Activa is our main sponsor and we want to give them a special thanks for all their support and implication.

Barcelona Activa, integrated in the Area of Economy, Enterprise and Employment, is the executive tool of the Economic Development policies of the Barcelona City Council.

For more than 25 years, Barcelona Activa has promoted the economic growth of Barcelona and its influence area, fostering businesses, entrepreneurship and employment, while promoting the city internationally and its strategic sectors, while maintaining proximity to the districts and citizens.

The Barcelona Activa’s mission is to be the reference organization for policies supporting enterprises, employment creation and international projection of Barcelona, as an excellent environment for economic activity and social progress.

Barcelona Activa supported 4,293 companies through its Business Services and Programmes which will be integrated into the Business Support Office (OAE- Oficina d’Atenció a l’Empresa). It also accompanied 2.653 entrepreneur projects. Furthermore, 132 enterprises and 15 projects were installed in its business incubators. Concerning the Employment area, 19,332 people attend Barcelona Treball Services, 46% of whom found a job within six months.

·         Entrepreneurship.

Coaching entrepreneurs from their business ideas to the setting up of their companies, fostering entrepreneurship to position Barcelona as a model of entrepreneurial city.

·         Enterprise.

To support businesses in the city of Barcelona to improve their competitiveness, foster relations with the city’s tractor companies and offer business oriented services for the generation of economic growth and employment.

·         Professional skills and employment.

Guide and empower people throughout their career, according to market and business requirements, allowing the qualitative encounter between labour demand and supply.

·         Training (transversal).

Offers a range of training activities adapted to the needs of the Barcelona Activa users, including IT training and dissemination activities to improve the technological skills of Barcelona’s citizens, professionals and businesses.

·         City promotion.

Promote the city of Barcelona to foreign investors and businesses, and to improve the flows, exchanges and economic relations with foreign countries to boost the Barcelona brand and the city and its metropolitan area as a leader in business.

·         Strategic sectors promotion.

Support business cooperation and research projects, public-private partnerships in economic sectors that are strategic for Barcelona’s economy, leadership and positioning.

·         Tourism and events.

Promote tourism and efficiently manage the impact it has on Barcelona and to attract and support economically advantageous events in the city, building long term loyalty whilst preserving citizen’s quality of life.

·         Territory promotion and commerce.

Boost local economic development by working with Barcelona’s 10 districts, with the aim of fine tuning and bringing Barcelona Activa’s services closer to them, supporting the districts’ economic and commercial activity.

Meet the sponsors: M&PARTNERS




M&PARTNERS is a Barcelona Law Firm born in January 2015 based on the broad experience of its members in some of the most important international law firms in the world.

The core of this law firm is transactional and they are particularly, but not strictly, focused on the field of Technology and Internet.

That is why they have decided to support Startup Weekend Barcelona by becoming one of our gold sponsors. We are really happy for being able to count with the great advices of Carlos Martínez Lizán ,founder of M&PARTNERS, that will be joining us as a mentor. Also they have prepared some great prizes for the winning projects:

1st Prize (valued in 3000€)

  • Creation of the S.L.
  • Shareholders agreement
  • 8 hours of free legal assessment

2nd Prize (valued in 2000€)

  • Creation of the Terms & Conditions for the company website
  • 4 hours of free legal assessment

3rd Prize (valued in 1000€)

  • LOPD for the company website
  • 2 hours of free legal assessment

If you want to win one of these prizes join us, buy your ticket here:

SW Bootcamp Barcelona (II): Business Model Validation

This event will take place on Tuesday 2 of June 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m at TwentyTú Hi-Tech Hostel (Calle Pamplona 114, Barcelona 08018).

Get your ticket here. Remember you will be able to discount the amount of the Bootcamp from the entrance at Startup Weekend Barcelona taking place on the 12-13-14th of June if you finally attend both events.


Business Model Validation Bootcamp II

Bootcamps are practical workshops in order to train your skills for the main Startup Weekend event taking place on the 12th to 14th of June 2015. That is why if you finally attend SW Event in June the price of the Bootcamp will be discounted from the ticket entrance. People just interested in participating in the Bootcamp are also welcome!

Why would your customer pay for your service? How much are they willing to pay? What makes you different from your competitors? When talking about business, we cannot loose the focus on our customer, which is the one that will make me earn money. Investors will hesitate if your business presentation does not include an accurate data about consumer analysis or market research to know how can your idea fit. In economics, market tells the truth and a good approach to listen your consumers can make you change completely your business, that is, to pivot. In this second Bootcamp, you will learn useful tools to be able to validate across the weekend your business model.  


Our speaker: Michael Counihan

Business Fundraising, Startup Strategy, Company Exits and M&A Mike is a Lean Startup Circle Barcelona Organizer, where he leads discussions with guest speakers in entrepreneurship and Lean Startup. He also participates into Startup Bang Bang. He teaches Lean Startup courses in the Lean Startup Master at Politècnica. He is specialized on the 3 Engines of Growth; Pirate Metrics and Startup Metrics in general. He had an e-commerce startup located in the SeedRocket Accelerator (, so he has a ton of experiences and learning’s he wants to share from this experience. He is now working in Startup and Technology company fundraising.


If you want to get in touch you can find us here:

SW Bootcamp Barcelona (I): Elevator Pitch, get over your fears

This event will take place on Tuesday 26 of May 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m at TwentyTú Hi-Tech Hostel (Calle Pamplona 114, Barcelona 08018).

Get your ticket here. Remember you will be able to discount the amount of the Bootcamp from the entrance at Startup Weekend Barcelona taking place on the 12-13-14th of June if you finally attend both events.


Elevator Pitch Bootcamp, get over your fears!

Bootcamps are practical workshops in order to train your skills for the main Startup Weekend event taking place on the 12th to 14th of June 2015. That is why if you finally attend SW Event in June the price of the Bootcamp will be discounted from the ticket entrance. People just interested in participating in the Bootcamp are also welcome!

Do you have a business idea and want to persuade a business angel how awesome it is? In this first Bootcamp, you will receive the best tips to pitch a business idea within 1 minute and how to succeed your message to be clearly understood by the audience.

Quim Chalé, professional coach at GUIAE, will expose on a practical way some tools that can help you getting over public presentation pressure. Participants will be asked to participate as volunteers to pitch and get over some interesting examples. Your attitude towards this Bootcamp will be crucial to improve yourself ability to communicate.

Participants will then join in groups to formulate business ideas and learn how to keep listener’s attention thanks to personal coaching. After many repetitions, you will feel more confident about yourself. Groups will select one spokesperson to present their idea in front of the other participants. Speakers will get instant feedback to keep improving. This Bootcamp can be more profitable if you come with a business idea.


Our speaker: Quim Chalé

Personal Growth Trainer and Coach, Sales Rep Tools SL, GUIAE Formacion y Coaching SL

Entrepreneur with own busineses since he was 19 years old, his professional life turns him into become passionate about selling, marketing, public presentations, training, personal development and coaching.

He has been working with hundred of firms improving their organization, especially on the field of sales, teams and results. In the last 10 years he has been offering lots of workshops and seminars in public institutions and firms like Barcelona Activa, Ayuntamiento de l’Hospitalet, Institució Cultural del CIC, Inmobiliarias Piso Perfecto and Hipotecamanía, Grup L’Onada, Residencia Itaca, Abrisud, Maq Center, Gonvauto, Residencia Laia, among the most renowned.

Moreover he has been leading workshops for more than 1.000 entrepreneurs from Network Marketing like Mary Kay, Nu Skin, Wasanga and Organo Gold.

His style will shake you in order to show your best, to be able to be active and improve your results, to accomplish your purposes and that you find motivation to grow as a person and develop all your skills.


If you want to get in touch you can find us here:

Designers: Startup Weekend Barcelona is looking for you!

your design hereAt Startup Weekend Barcelona we are big fans of good design and that is why we want to have a unique T-shirt for each one of the events we organize. So if you think you’ve got what it takes enter our contest and design the SW Barcelona T-shirt for the event that we will be celebrating from the 12th to the 14th of June.

All the participants will be wearing your T-shirt and we will make sure to promote your design on all our online channels. Last but not least, you will receive two free tickets for you and a companion to participate in the event during the whole weekend.

How to participate
If you want to enter our contest you have to follow these simple steps:

1. Check out the graphic materials available here:

2. Create you design using the official colors and including our SW Barcelona logo

3. Post your design on the wall of our Facebook page:

4. Submit you design before the 29th of May

A jury formed by the Startup Weekend Barcelona organizers will select the best design and we will announce the winner on June 1st.

So don’t give it a second thought and send us your design!

Get ready for Startup Weekend Barcelona


We know you have been waiting for Startup Weekend Barcelona to come back and we have good news: you won’t have to wait for long! We are really excited to announce that SW Barcelona is coming back from the 12th to the 14th of June and thanks to Barcelona Activa we can count with a really cool and inspiring working space: the Media Tic building in 22@ neighborhood.

Startup Weekend is an international event where developers, designers, marketing specialists and entrepreneurs get together and share ideas, create teams, build projects and create a startup in only 54 hours. We know that creating a startup is not easy business but our event is a great place where you can test your idea, receive council from great professionals, meet exciting people from all over the world and talk to investors. Not to forget that you will also be able to practice your English since the event will be entirely developed in this language.

Finally we have to tell you that we are very lucky and proud to be organizing this event in Barcelona one of the hot spots for entrepreneurs all over the globe. Worldwide events such as Mobile World Congress have situated Barcelona on the entrepreneur’s map and at this point the city counts with more than 500 startups. Barcelona has created an attractive ecosystem for entrepreneurs all over the world. We are talking about an international city open to receive talent and hungry for new ideas. It’s the ideal place to start such an adventure, good climate, great gastronomy and high quality of life.

So save the date and join us!


If you want to get in touch you can find us here:


Twitter: sw_bcn


Startup Weekend Barcelona Gaming edition: work in progress…

After an intense day of presentations and idea pitches the teams have been created and now it’s time for them to work on their startup.

Even though there is still much to do we want to present you the projects the assistants are working on.

1. Fridge Quest

This is a really interesting project with a social focus that tries to prevent the waste of food by inciting people to consume the products in their fridge before expiring.

Meet the team:


@Lucaungredda; @netjoao; @Oveie; @HilaireBesse; @braggionmartina; @Startupaddictx

2. Game Lover

This is a really appropriate project for Valentine’s day. The idea is to create a website where gamers can play and meet and hopefully find love.

Meet the team:


@beagleKnight; @mariaencinar; @erikaparavisini; @CuFFyi; @rmsdesign; @romerojosep

3. Sentendo

Sentendo is a project that pretends to implement a new way of game creation by developing games that can be played from different devices. The idea is that from the game console you can access some parts of the game and from the mobile you can manage other aspects and everything helps the player get to the different stages of the game.

Meet the team:


@Sentendo; @AlejandroArrese

4.Ice Breaker

This is a platform that wants to connect people with similar interests. The platform is formed by mini chat rooms where a limited number of people can talk about a certain topic during a limited time. Once the time has expired the users can vote the participants they liked the most and if two people are interested in each others a private chat room opens so that they can get to know themselves better.

Meet the team:


@eborclasc; @oncelona;  @chelder86

5. The Third

The idea is to create a platform where online competitions for gamers can be organised. They will be able to play existing games or games that were created especially for the platform. The players will compete will people all around the world and will be able to win great prizes.

Meet the team:


@Derek_Lou; @rogermontserrat; @xaraxaritaxara; @joma_roig; @AguayoMarcos; @GMTarrago; @fcorbella

6. Playblets

Playblets is a platform for games that use the mobile as a controller allowing players to use any type of screen available: tablet, smart TV etc.

Meet the team:


@neatnait; @alvaropinot; @rubenutrillaun

7. Plantam

This is an app that pretends to bring Farmville to real life.

Meet the team:


@Raquelbarrios; @Peppelin; @zulking10

8. Wild West

A Facebook connected app that allows people to recreate a Wild West duel using the smartphone.  The fastest shooter wins.

Meet the team:


@gllmruiz; @rmestres1975; @jordiaixela

9. Voodoo Doll

This is a curious app that allows people to create a Voodoo doll of a friend or an “enemy” and create a short video where you can give the doll pain or pleasure. You can share this video on different social media platforms.

Meet the team:


@Riomoko; @merceDITAZ



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