Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution brought together people with great ideas who experienced 54 hours of intense market research, problem framing, prototyping that ended up with a final pitch to convince the audience they are a prospective startup.
Like minded people got to meet each other, share their ideas, network and create friendships that will lead to future opportunities and collaborations.
The event kicked off on Friday, with pitching ideas, voting, networking and forming teams. Out of the 65 attendees, 28 people pitched ideas, but only 10 ideas qualified to the next round.
On Saturday, mentors met with teams to give relevant and inspiring feedback on their ideas, got them closer to their MVPs, and helped them to pivot and rework entirely, where necessary. The teams worked hard from 9am till 10pm, but the payoff was worth it. Great mentors, speakers and coaches inspired the participants in a counter the clock marathon filled with excitement, hard work, new insights, a lot of fika and coffee.
On the final day, Sunday, the pressure was roaring and final touches were made by the teams that started working at 9am to validate their ideas, build their presentations and rehearse their pitches – with the support of our engaging mentors. Teams jumped on these final opportunities to ask their coaches questions and to become as strong as possible for their presentation to the judges.
Out of the 10 teams we have 3 winners:
1. Terra Finance
2. Skills for climate
Techstars Startup Weekend Stockholm is grateful to everyone who participated, coached, sponsored, or supported this event.
We’d like to give a final thanks to our partners
- Invest Stockholm
- Ekskäret Klustret
- Impact Hub Stockholm
- Stockholm – the capital of Scandinavia
- Shireen’s healthy choice
- Cybercom Group
We received a lot of positive feedback from people attending the event and are looking forward to the next edition.
Christine Osasuwa is a developer and came to Stockholm from the US in July 2017 and shortly after that, she signed up for Startup Weekend. She had been involved with the tech industry in Baltimore, where she is from and knew that the tech community, in general, are always welcoming. It was a good place to get familiar with the city.
How would you describe your experience?
So it was a fantastic experience. It was really, really great to see what the turnout was like, there were so many people from all over the place. There were women, old, young, different nationalities all brought together to work together on these projects. What was really nice was that on the first night everybody was encouraged to pitch their idea so even people that seemed a little shy by the end of it they were in line to pitch their idea too. We heard from a myriad of voices that I don’t think we would. I think that the Startup Weekend culture made people get comfortable with each other really early on starting on the first day. It was a really good way to start things off. Then from there Saturday and Sunday, there was so much work. We worked so hard but we felt really accomplished with what we did at the end of it and we had mentors there to help us out. And also the free ice cream helped! But it was a really great time and I really enjoyed myself and my teammates.
What new skills have you learned?
Being part of the event was really exciting because I got to pitch. I’ve never had a startup before. I’m comfortable with speaking on stage in general but I’ve never really had to pitch an idea or a product so it was something new and interesting that I had to bring to the table in this situation. I still use that regularly at my current job because I’m always developing new products and I have to tell people about them constantly and explain to different groups of people that may not be an expert in the exact thing.
I guess the thing that’s also quite valuable is after we pitched our final presentations. A VC approached me and our team which was really exciting. I had never had a VC approach me, as I said never had a startup before and she was interested in us as a team in terms of what we’re going to do, how we’re able to talk to people. These were people that one I had just met two days prior to the event and the other one I had only known for a few months. Someone that was willing to perhaps give us money to work on our idea full time was really exciting and really new to see how quickly things can go from zero to a hundred if you work really hard and put a lot of effort into your project.
Why Startup Weekend?
I’ve been to a lot of networking events in Stockholm. And I always hear founders say “Oh what’s the worst that could happen?”. And I always think a lot of bad things can happen if decide to leave my job and start a startup right now. But Startup Weekend is different, it’s only three days, but you can do so much in three days. You feel comfortable with the idea, feel comfortable talking to people, meet people that can help you in your project. It’s a really good first step if you’re looking to try something new or if you’ve never tried anything new in your life. There is nothing you can do to fail in this situation, everyone comes out with new friends, with new people, new contacts, new experiences.
I recommend it because sometimes you can say I made a whole company in three days versus I played video games or something all weekend long. One thing that was really nice was that everyone pitched their ideas on the first day so even if their idea wasn’t picked you still got to find people that have just an interest that you may be interested in. We heard from people that worked in fashion, that worked in data, that worked in web development, that worked all over. And you may never even encountered those people if you hadn’t come to this event.
I don’t think there is anything to lose so why not give it a try!