Startup Weekend Bahrain
November 19th – 21st, 2015
Firstly, I’d like to thank our Strategic partner ‘Tamkeen’ and our sponsors Batelco, ALBA (Aluminum Bahrain), Microsoft and Coca Cola Bottling Company for its support with Startup Weekend Bahrain. With their support, our participants were able to follow through with their startup journey.
Our top 3 winners were Beauty Q, Pick-A-Dive and The Hive, with 4th place honorary winner ‘Turnover’.
Our honorary winners, ‘Turnover’, won 3 months co-working space at Tenmou offices. The team created an application where consumers are able to receive discounts for off-peak hours in restaurants. This creates deals for diners and traffic for restaurateurs.
Around 80 participants joined Startup Weekend Bahrain, with a tally of 13 initial pitches which later on were voted to the final 11 teams. The organizing team made sure to inform the teams to focus on the MVP’s (Minimal Viable Products) in order to validate their startups. We were impressed by the outstanding outcomes that mostly all 11 teams had their pitched startups were validated by globally recognized establishments in the field of their e-business.
The best part about this year’s Startup Weekend Bahrain was the quality of our pitching startups. We tried our best as hosts to create a creative environment for our startups and potential entrepreneurs. As the host of Startup Weekend, we at Tenmou are working on building the startup ecosystem in Bahrain, as well as working on building the angel investment ecosystem in the MENA region. Our aim is to uplift the entrepreneurship community with our country’s vision of 2030 and raise awareness for startups with potential.
Finally, we’d like to thank our Startup Weekend Bahrain facilitator, Mr. Zoheb Iqbal for creating such a positive vibe for our participants and encouraging them with their pitching. Our message to all our participants and future participants is to encourage and embrace entrepreneurship.
Entreprendre… soit ça fait peur, soit on se lance dans l’aventure.
Mais que nous soyons prêts à passer le cap ou non, il faut pouvoir se familiariser !
→ Connaître les termes, les astuces, savoir monter un business plan, une stratégie de communication, savoir s’entourer des bonnes personnes et surtout savoir présenter son projet de manière efficace !
Combien de personnes croisons-nous dans notre vie, avec une idée géniale mais la boule au ventre à l’idée de la développer, de quitter son petit confort pour se lancer dans l’aventure ? Peut-être est-ce votre cas ?
Voilà une bonne raison de participer à un Startup Weekend !
54 heures pour tester et innover :
Vous avez une idée, vous pensez quelle pourrait servir au plus grand nombre d’entre-nous. Mais vous ne savez pas comment faire, qui aller voir en premier. Vous ne savez pas si cette idée deviendrait un succès.
Tant et tant de question qui remettent votre projet à demain, puis à après-demain. Au final, 1 an après, votre idée est restée dans votre tête.
Participer au Startup Weekend vous permettra de concrétiser votre rêve, de franchir le pas.
54 heures pour rencontrer des personnes inspirantes.
Bref, un weekend de pure créativité, de fun. « No talk, all action ». Pas de doute, pas de panique, vous faites et c’est ça qui est génial !
Après ces 54 heures, vous saurez si votre projet est viable, vous saurez si votre idée peut se transformer en sucess story parce que vous l’aurez testée et vous aurez toutes les clés en main pour continuer l’aventure, avec une équipe de choc !
54 heures pour tester ses limites :
Le Startup Weekend vous servira également à dépasser vos limites, à sortir de votre confort.
Vous le savez, ces 3 jours débuteront par un Pitch Fire : les porteurs de projets auront 1 minute pour présenter leur idée.
À la suite de ce « concours », les équipes se formeront et certains projets ne seront peut être pas retenus car l’équipe ne sera pas au complet. Qu’à cela ne tienne. Gardez votre idée en tête et impliquez-vous sur un autre projet.
Parce que vous avez des connaissances et des expériences qui pourront servir aux autres.
Parce qu’en participant à la création d’un autre projet, vous apprendrez tout autant et vous familiariserez avec l’entrepreneuriat. Vous n’en ressortirez que grandi. Un bon level up pour regarder la vie avec un nouveau regard dès le lundi matin.
Créée fin 2013, PULSALYS est l’une des 14 SATT (Société Accélérateur de Transfert Technologique), lancées en France dans le cadre du Programme des Investissements d’Avenir. Véritable accélérateur, elle a pour mission de lancer des start-ups innovantes en mobilisant des résultats issus de la recherche académique. PULSALYS opère comme une rampe de lancement pour les entrepreneurs en leur permettant d’accéder à des ressources sortant de leur périmètre habituel de travail (« fertilisation croisée ») pour aller jusqu’au succès.
PULSALYS a pour particularité d’être le fruit de la fusion entre l’incubateur CREALYS et le service de valorisation de l’Université de Lyon, Lyon Science Transfert. Créalys, est l’un des co-initiateurs du concept Startup Weekend Open Labs. Compte tenu de la réussite du premier événement, PULSALYS a décidé cette année de prendre l’initiative et de co-organiser avec ses partenaires la 3ème édition du Startup Weekend Open Labs.
Le cœur de métier de PULSALYS étant de valoriser les résultats de la recherche académique, PULSALYS s’est fortement mobilisée sur l’organisation du Startup Weekend Open Labs et participe aussi en tant que coach et membre de jury. PULSALYS offrira à l’une des équipes gagnantes une prestation d’évaluation de projet par un accompagnateur d’entrepreneur ainsi qu’une séance de travail sur le business model.
L’intérêt principal du Startup Weekend Open Labs est de nouer des relations entre le monde de la recherche et celui de l’entrepreneuriat et c’est principalement dans ce but que Pulsalys soutient cet événement :
« Nous soutenons le Startup Weekend Open Labs pour deux raisons principales : La première est de permettre à des entrepreneurs en devenir d’identifier des projets à fort potentiels d’innovation. La deuxième est de montrer à des scientifiques qu’ils sont sources de valeur ajoutée pour les startups et faciliter le transfert de leur technologie », affirme M. Cédric Nieutin, Directeur Général Adjoint de PULSALYS.
23 to 25 October 2015
Hosted at Building 1 – Central Queensland University Mackay, Ooralea
This is the 1st Startup Weekend ever held in Mackay, Queensland Australia!
Our community, Startup Mackay has only just formed in the last 3 months and in that time, it has been rapidly expanding! With this Startup Weekend, we’re going to further ignite the flame of innovation in the region and mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs. Come along and help make your mark!
The goal is to create an environment where passionate people can come together to get things done; to learn, network, bridge the gap between trades, expose potential and see actual results.
We’re in the process of lining up judges, mentors, and speakers right now, but suffice to say there’s some exciting things in store for the weekend. You’ll talk to successful local startup founders and CEOs through to design creatives and other National figures.
If you’re in Central Queensland or just want to join us for the weekend, come along to Mackay Startup Weekend 2015! Tickets are available now!
A 25 jours de la prochaine édition du Startup Weekend Open Labs de Lyon, il est temps de vous présenter l’un de nos sponsors partenaires et membre organisateur, la société Tech2Market spécialisée dans le conseil en stratégie de l’innovation. Les collaborateurs de Tech2Market sont spécialisés dans l’accompagnement des acteurs de l’innovation : startups, PME, centres techniques, laboratoires de recherches et grandes agences du gouvernement.
Cette édition étant consacrée à la valorisation de la recherche scientifique, les équipes de Tech2Market apportent leur soutien en participant en tant que membre du jury et coach pour les projets, et surtout au niveau de l’organisation.
Dans la continuité de la première édition d’Open Labs, co-organisée avec Créalys et Sydo, et dans la logique du sponsoring déjà établi entre Tech2Market et BeyondLab afin de renouer le lien entre la recherche et l’entrepreneuriat, l’évènement vise à promouvoir la création d’entreprises innovantes auprès de chercheurs et des participants d’origines très variés.
“Nous espérons que cette édition motivera à nouveau beaucoup de personnes à se lancer dans l’aventure entrepreneuriale en exploitant les ressources de nos laboratoires de recherches” précise Benoit Rivollet, dirigeant de de Tech2Market.
Para participar do Startup Weekend Viçosa você não precisa ter uma ideia de startup, basta apenas se inscrever e entrar em uma das equipes.
O Startup Weekend Viçosa é um evento que está na agenda de empreendedorismo global. É a primeira vez que o evento, mantido pela Techstars em parceria com a Google, acontece em Viçosa entre os dias 25 a 27 de setembro no CenTev.
Com a proposta de popularizar o empreendedorismo e a inovação para fomentar o desenvolvimento da região onde acontece, cada edição do Startup Weekend é realizada em diferentes cidades simultaneamente. Os participantes farão 54 horas de imersão para, com o auxílio de profissionais especializados, criarem um modelo de negócios de sucesso. Este fenômeno global que tem atraído e encorajado uma nova geração de empreendedores.
9 razões porque não posso ficar de fora do Startup Weekend Viçosa:
O evento só dura 54 horas hora, com hora para começar e acabar. Todas as atividades desenvolvidas precisam acontecer dentro do horário estipulado. Não tem jeitinho brasileiro nem pra galera da área de criação, todo mundo tem que cumprir as regras. Disciplina e a palavra chave.
Você vai ter um aprendizado a jato em um programa de imersão . Não se trata apenas de ouvir a teoria, você vai construir a sua própria estratégia e testá-la. É como um MBA num fim de semana. Os mentores não participam do evento por acaso, eles sabem quais caminhos seguir (e principalmente não seguir) e direcionam as equipes para transformar uma ideia em um negócio viável.
No Startup Weekend Viçosa estarão as melhores mentes empreendedoras concentradas. Durante estes três dias você vai construir relações e, possivelmente, sair do evento com um trabalho ou um investidor. Não se trata apenas de uma ideia, mas de pessoas. Em um Startup Weekend você vai aprender a juntar uma equipe. A formação da equipe com os perfis de empreendedor, desenvolvedor e designer não é por acaso. Todo mundo tem um papel importante em uma startup para melhor exerce-lo para ajuda sua equipe. Uma equipe vencedora sabe delegar funções.
Sair fora de sua zona de conforto.
Você definitivamente vai sair fora de sua zona de conforto. Com um fim de semana exclusivo para deixar que a sua criatividade flua, o evento é uma oportunidade perfeita para trabalhar numa nova plataforma, aprender uma nova linguagem de programação ou apenas tentar algo diferente.
Dar e receber
Ninguém e melhor do que ninguém! E sua ideia pode não ser a escolhida. Ao participar de um evento como esse aprendemos que todo mundo tem uma ideia que vai mudar o mundo e às vezes algumas delas mudam mesmo, mas isso não acontecer com sua ideia, relaxe e aprenda a receber. Outra ideia que não a nossa pode ser a chance de realizar seu sonho de uma maneira melhor do que imaginou.
Aprender a se comunicar
O “pitch” (O pitch é uma apresentação sumária de 3 a 5 minutos com objetivo de conquistar o interesse da outra parte (investidor ou cliente) pelo seu negócio.) é o maior desafio do evento. Você vai ter que ter medo de falar em publico. O “pitch” não é obrigatório, mas se você tiver uma ideia que quer colocar em prática vai ter que convencer algumas pessoas. Um excelente lugar para começar a treinar essa habilidade é no Startup Weekend, principalmente para ganhar um feedback sincero sobre seu desempenho dos participantes, mentores e jurados.
Aprender a dar soluções
Produtos são criados porque resolvem problemas do dia a dia. Se coloque na posição do outro, descubra quais são seus problemas e encontre soluções em que as pessoas topariam pagar para não ter mais esses problema. Entre na pele de outras pessoas, veja o mundo com os olhos dos outros.
Começar seu negócio.
Mais de 36% das startups que saíram de um Startup Weekend continuam a crescer depois dos três meses. Cerca de 80% dos participantes continuam a trabalhar com a sua equipe formada no startup weekend depois do evento.
Estar cara a cara com outros líderes.
Os líderes locais e nacionais tecnológicos participam nos Startup Weekends como mentores, palestrantes e juízes. Com estes eventos poderá você vai estar frente a frente com os agitadores da sua comunidade. Aqueles que fazem acontecer no meio das startups.
Agora já tem várias razões para sair de onde você está acomodado e dar vida a suas ideias e sonhos.
Adquira já o seu ingresso e nos vemos lá!
Diversity and inclusion is something we take seriously at Startup Weekend and with every edition we try to come up with ways to inspire a good representation of different groups to come experience a world of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Perhaps these 3 women will further inspire you to get in on the action as they did as participants, organizers and leaders in a short space of time:
Masha Ilina says:
I went to a Startup weekend for the first time in November 2014. I wanted to get to know Dublin’s startup community which this event is perfect for! I was surprised by the quality of mentors and the amount of help you get.
One of the most empowering things for me was to really realize that no idea is a stupid idea and to go and pitch it in front of people. It’s execution really that matters and you have a pool of talent there to work on this idea with for the next 54 hours.
I learned a big deal about group dynamics there. It wasn’t easy to lead a team you barely know! And of course it opened up lots of opportunities for me.
Masha went on to lead her team to win the 1st prize at the November 2014 edition of Startup Weekend with Gift Me – an app that allows you get the perfect gift for a friend as well as crowdfund for it. She also currently on the organizing team for July 2015 edition.
Aimee Clancy says:
My team Medxnote winning Start-up weekend 2013 was my first experience of Start-up Weekend. Before this I didn’t know a UX Designer from a Back End Developer, I had limited experience with technology and no experience in Start-ups. Start-up weekend showed me with entrepreneurial spirit, a good idea and a willingness to learn, regardless of our career history, knowledge or experience we can all connect, inspire and do great things.
After this, my interest in Start-ups gained speed. I once again was part of a winning team – Baffle – in 2014 followed by joined the Start-up weekend organising panel in 2015 and currently I’m involved with leading an innovative tech incubator StartLocal which is supported by FCR Media. I now actively encourage more women to get involved with Startup weekend as the benefits are endless – whether you’re there to learn something new, incorporate innovation into our daily lives or simply just to have a hell of a lot of fun, you won’t be disappointed!
Aimee cannot wait to host you at the July 2015 edition of Startup Weekend, and if there’s one thing I can attest to she’s the best host you can ever ask for.
Tracy Keogh (as told by Nubi Kay)
Tracy’s Startup Weekend story is a very interesting one. She attended in June 2014 as a participant and decided to pitch in the last minute. She went on to win the prize for best pitch as awarded by the Judges for her idea – Insurify – a system to help users better navigate the insurance marketplace. Tracy got so in tune with entrepreneurship and weeks later she decided to go all in, quit her job and co-found Deposify – a deposit management service for landlords and tenants.
By November 2014 she was back at Startup Weekend as a co-organizer and then decided to lead it April 2015. Now that’s impressive, going from participant to leading the Startup Weekend in 3 short weekends.
I hope these stories do inspire you to lean in. If these women can, then you too can and don’t forget to grab tickets for the July 2015 edition of the Startup Weekend Dublin before they run out.
As one walks around Silicon Valley, you can recognize that entrepreneurship is alive and within reach. Every day hundreds of individuals cram into shuttles, and arrive at their tech job at some of the most influential companies in the world such as Google, Apple, and Facebook. What’s even more amazing is that these centers of technology aren’t the only ones producing change. Scattered all around the Bay area are a plethora of individuals working in their basements, living rooms, or attics. They are obsessively engaged in a new type of product, hoping that their creation will revolutionize the world. But drive an hour and a half west and you will bear witness to empty dry fields, closed down businesses, and even bankrupt cities.
This drastic change in scenery makes one wonder if a wrong turn was made into another third world country. Unfortunately, entrepreneurship is on the decline within the United States. The Kauffman Foundation released a study revealing new business formation has recently fallen between 7 and 8 percent and continues downward, the numbers are even worse for minorities, women, and rural areas. In a country that worships rugged individualism and the free market, why aren’t we seeing revolutionary giants across rural USA? Where are the skyscrapers that populate the horizon of small towns in the new millennium?
The small town infrastructure often runs into problems that urban centers never deal with. Oftentimes, one type of business dominates the economic life, which works out for a period of time. The mindset of these smaller communities often is rote and industrial in nature. Why innovate if life is already good? Change might not happen until the resource runs out and an entire region is put into jeopardy, such as the history of the Rust Belt.
Entrepreneurship is a means to an end, which helps create a world that is better in terms of higher quality health, leisure, politics, education, and resources. An entrepreneur will always be an agent of change, which is why the status quo is their most dangerous enemy. The status quo can often induce a sense of false peace in individuals and societies at large, however if history has taught humanity anything is that change is the only constant we can look forward to. Therefore, hindsight, courage, persistence, and visionary capabilities are needed to push for a better tomorrow, even if today is A-OK.
With that being said, the small town entrepreneur faces more challenges from the system that sustains the little village. Access to capital hinders scaling. Small town banks are risk averse, hindering the agents of change. Low populations, non-existent tourism, and access all hamper the entrepreneur from realizing their dream in their own hometown. The migration of motivated individuals to urban centers makes considerable sense once you look at the big picture, but at the same time the small town loses their most prized resource; people. How can entrepreneurs save the small town from becoming irrelevant, and not just a purgatory for capable human beings waiting to leave to the big city?
It is important to remember that an entrepreneur does not always have to produce new software or technological advancement to be considered a success or create impact. Some of the most innovative entrepreneurs have influenced powerful age-old industries just by initiating new ideas, such as Temple Grandin, who was born autistic but using her insight designed a more humane and immensely cost effective system by which to herd cattle. People who live in urban centers do not worry about the same issues small towns face, which is why it is so important that denizens push for innovation and prosperity from within. Do not expect an outsider to care or cure societal ills, which leads me to the biggest road block a small town faces; culture.
Community is the strongest tool a town has to solve their problems. Indeed, many towns take pride in solving their own issues without government interference. The culture can be a double-edged sword, if structural band-aids are commonly used to solve local issues; in the long run this is not a sustainable model. Entrepreneurs need to reinvent their villages to become their own powerhouses of innovation and prosperity in the modern age. The tools are widely available, all one needs is to create a space for people to convene and create ideas. Small towns are ideal, because venue costs are much lower, business owners know the community on a personal level and would be willing to pitch in their resources for the benefit of the community. Urban folk have a harder time maintaining a community let alone saying Hi to their next-door apartment neighbor.
Startup Weekend is a perfect incubator for innovation in small towns. Locals get the opportunity to create a space in their terms, solve their own problems, and continue to foster a tighter knit town. Urban centers are not concerned with the welfare of their rural neighbors, nor could they possibly understand their challenges and hurdles. The small town is in major need of an upgrade, better resource management and services, which are scarce and oftentimes inaccessible to most in America. How as Americans could we be proud of ourselves if we cannot measure up to our neighbors from within? How can the small town survive in a postmodern world where the pressures of technology, environmental disasters, and political stagnation continue to put a gridlock for towns? It’s time to host a Startup Weekend and find out.
Having volunteered at several previous SW events, I found Startup Weekend NYC B2B Edition to be really informative. The event was stacked with helpful mentors and speakers, including Roger Osario, Startup Weekend Facilitator, Eddie Cullen, Community Manager at Grand Central Tech, Tony Chang, Product Manager at Intuit, and Chi Nguyen, Product Strategist at Perka and Lead Organizer of Startup Weekend B2B.
Blaga Popova, Director of Engineering at Voyat and a former Startup Weekend NYC organizer, kicked off the weekend by highlighting some important differences between B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-customer) companies:
B2B companies typically have lesser known brands
B2B companies usually deliver platforms that work behind the scenes and may be white-labelled, whereas B2C companies rely on popularity and brand recognition.
B2B companies have a few large clients, while B2C companies have many customers
B2C companies often build products that create enjoyment or convenience for a wide audience. Their larger user bases can quickly swing from wild enthusiasm to complete disinterest in a matter of days, creating instability for the business. Conversely, B2B companies enjoy greater retention rates. Clients take longer to acquire and onboard, but they see the purchase or subscription more as an investment, so they often stay and help improve and steer the product.
B2B companies focus on solving existing problems and maximizing near-term revenue
Investors can be especially tough on B2Bs. Venture capitalists demand more developed business plans that account for revenue, product/market fit, and scalability. The flip side, however, is that B2B companies also tend to stabilize more quickly, so they can rely less on investor funding in the long run.
B2B companies need to consider how to seamlessly integrate with legacy software that already exists
B2C companies have more flexibility to build on trending frameworks and technology. Shane Brauner, Vice President of IT and Operations at Schrödinger and a mentor at SW B2B Weekend, commented, “Lack of integration with existing, legacy systems is a key blocker for startups who are trying to get businesses to invest in a new technology.”
Overall, I learned a great deal from just the Friday evening kickoff of the Startup Weekend B2B Edition, and I’m curious to know what YOU think. What are some of the biggest similarities or differences between B2B and B2C companies? Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section below!
54 hours later and we’ve come to the end of the road for #SWDub – April Edition. Just like any other Startup Weekends, we’ve had a fair share of pitching, coaching, mentoring, hacking, pivoting, re-branding, munching, drinking, among other things.
We even had a session with mentors sharing their failure stories.
Of all 11 ideas, here are those that made it to the big stage for prizes:
The team behind Sober Sean was awarded special recognition for showing team spirit. According to Eamon Leonard, a #SWDub judge, this was very important and essential to the success of any venture.
In 3rd Place – 11th Hour, the startup idea to help pubs and bars get last minute employees. The mobile solution was very impressive and definitely meets a need for businesses.
And in 2nd Place – Xiron, an online platform that helps gamers book coaches in order to improve gaming skills through one-on-one play, feedback system, and community rankings and ratings. The judges were mostly impressed with the idea as it explored a sector that has is very underestimated especially when it comes to revenue and profitability.
And the winner for the April 2015 edition of Startup Weekend Dublin is Gymy, a startup that describes itself as the Airbnb for Gyms, allowing users make on-demand bookings for gym sessions. The team also won the prize for best pitch from the judges for a very well rounded presentation.
The winning team will be headed to Startup Festival in Berlin, courtesy of the DCU Ryan Academy. They also get to go on to Startup Next, one of Europe’s best incubator. Many thanks to our other sponsors – Bank of Ireland, Google, The T-Shirt Company, European Pioneers, WeDevelop, and Currency Fair.
Till next time, which should be at the June edition of Startup Weekend, keep doing epic sh*t!
That’s all folks!
– @NubiKay. Signing out.