Summary of Startup Weekend

Here you can see the video (in Spanish), we are already writing the subtitles in English.

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Foodway wins Startup Weekend Madrid

Last weekend (17th – 19th April) took place in garAJE Madrid the third Startup Weekend Madrid thanks to BEEVA, Kairos Digital Solutions and AJE.

More than 80 participants came to the event in order to design, develop and create business models in record time of 54h.

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Pictures from: @JorgeAguileraES, @hhkaos, @hhkaos 360º, @alihepburn

The result: 13 Startups were born. Assisted by mentors committed to the event and under the umbrella of the organizers, Startups finally gave presentations on Sunday afternoon. The jury: Rufo de la Rosa (from Google Campus), Paloma Castilian (from Wayra Madrid), Ignacio de Miguel Ximenez (from Loogic.com) and Mario López de Ávila (from Startup Next) selected three finalists:

  1. Food Way:  Sharing economy platform that tries to connect people who cook at home with those who doesn’t know about cook or have no time to do it.
    Members: Diego Benítez, David García, Domingo Valls, Guillem Ruiz, Marta Rodríguez y Arunima Singh.

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  2. Ikaria: sell your startup by pieces and recover part of your investment
    Members: Danis Salamanca, Rubén Dugo, Antonio Escobar, Ignacio Sánchez , Natalia Rodríguez, Álvaro O’Donnel

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  3. Cercapp: Find local business and chat with them about the service or product. Connecting people with businesses.
    Members: Enrique Quero, Anddrea Usier, Jose Jiménez, Juan López and Jose Luis Mejías

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Audience Award: bracelet for networking events that sends you the business card of the people you met at an event just after you left.
Members: N’Brace: Caroline White, Eduardo García, Hugo Monreal, Carlos Asensio, Jaime Baselga, Jaime Oliba.

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The prizes were:

  • Food Way: two schollarships for next edition of Startup Next Madrid thanks to Mario López de Ávila, three tickets for Challenge.rs and one year Blinkist subscriptions to all members.

  • Ikaria: two Ticket for Bitspiration Festival  and six months Blinkist subscriptions to all members.

  • Cercapp: three months Blinkist subscriptions to all members.

The chaotic and fun event encompassed numerous learning experiences that go through the validation of ideas, teamwork, marketing, creativity and potential exposure of visionary business.

Again, thanks to everyone who offer their time freely to help all participants during the event:

Do you want to know more about the projects?, read more on this article: 16 projects on the move.








16 projects on the move!

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Yesterday 25 from 100 people presented their ideas and here we have the 16 projects chosen:

  1. Handbe: Make payments with your hand.
  2. The dragon tourist: tourist platform based on big data to attract Chinese tourist to Spain.
  3. Startup 4 sale: A marketplace for startups! Recover your investment and see you baby come to life by the hands of the people who bought it.
  4. Cercapp: Find local business – chat with them and chat about the service or product. Cercapp connecting people with businesses. Chat with local businesses
  5. La designerie: Design incubator, student project to reality.
  6. You collect: Diecast collectors e-commerce platform exclusive for high end collectibles
  7. Outfly: first person perspective streaming
  8. Spiral3D: service 3D printing and connect designers with customers
  9. Food Way: Sharing economy platform that tries to connect people who cook at home with those who doesn’t know about cook or have no time to do it.
  10. Visual menu: an visual menu app for business
  11. ReToys: Rent for PACKAGES TOYS specific for required by age and activity stimulation. Design your playroom for your son. Renew Toys by age with LOWER cost and RECYCLING TOYS less Trash for the world.
  12. Skill up weekend: an event like startup weekend but with a different goal, improve your skills.
  13. All in one: Stop searching your different data in documents, emails, folders, etc. Now you have all your data in one! Copy, share, send your personal data in 2 seconds and go on!
  14. Kids @ School: a communication app that connect parents with teachers.
  15. This or that: Take two pictures and let the community helps you choose.
  16. Phi Investment Fund: Collaboration platform to do decide global, lean, fast and profitable investments

No talk, all action! 😀








Questions you may have before the Weekend

Is this event for me?

Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). What unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship: whether a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, every attendee is interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in one weekend. If this sounds like you, this is the event for you!

Can I attend without participating on a team?
Yes, you can buy a ticket to come to the Demo show for 6€. However, apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate on a team. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend (“no talk, all action”) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams.

How do I register?
Check this site

Why do I pay?
The majority of your ticket price goes towards paying the 7 meals, snacks, and drinks that we provide over the weekend. In fact, ticket sales rarely cover even such basic bottom-line costs! We rely on local sponsorships to help keep ticket prices low while keeping the value of the event high.

What do the multiple ticket types mean?
As Organizers, we strive to maintain an event ratio of ‘Technical’ (i.e., those whose skill-sets include software development or coding, graphic design, etc.) and ‘Non-technical’ (i.e. those with backgrounds in business, marketing, finance, etc.) participants. One of our most consistent pieces of feedback is that this ratio is of the utmost importance to ensuring a high-quality event for everyone.Therefore, we ask that you only purchase tickets in the category which describes your background.

What should I bring?

  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!

How do I prepare?
Do some research into startup tools and best practices to get ready to rock the weekend – start with our database of resources at startupweekend.org/resources. Make sure you get lots of rest prior to the event, and finally – tell your friends!If you plan on pitching an idea:

  • Do as much research/preparation around your idea as you feel is necessary to give a persuasive pitch and attract a team.
  • Boil the idea down to the basics: with 60 seconds, you only really have time for a hook, so pull out the most attractive key points of the idea and forget the rest.
  • Practice your pitch using a timer!

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20 tools every entrepreneur should know

Next Tuesday 14th we will have an online event where we (me and Wilhelm Lappe) will show you some useful tools that you may know before start the startup weekend.

Do you want to join us? Stay tuned on Tuesday from 19:30 to 20:30 on Youtube. (Preview the slides)

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Barcelona SW Experience

From: Rubén Utrilla’s experience

Saturday, February 14. Valentine’s Day 2015. What shall we do? We usually go to a restaurant, have a fancy dinner, spend time with our couple… All that typical stuff we do on that special date. But not us, not us event lovers and entrepreneurs, we (and when I say “we” I’m referring to me and my two friends and partners Carlos Bermejo and Álvaro Pinot) decided to buy tickets to Barcelona Startup Weekend and let me say that it was a great decision.

We began our journey on Friday at 10:00 from Madrid and after a great six hours travel by car, while we discussed what we wanted to present in the one minute pitch, we arrived at Barcelona, tired and just in time to find the right place and begin to know the people that were already there. In about an hour I discovered that the event was in english and my pitch was made in spanish (I’m usually a bit clueless). In for a penny, in for a pound I asked to be the first pitch and was elected as one of the most voted idea (between about nineteen ideas).

One of the things I liked the most was the team we formed all around the idea. Besides the three of us, all technical profiles, we find a deutch managing partner of B&W, a marketing student really promising, a board games creator and a korean designer who has been travelling around the world participating in all Startup Weekends he could (about twelve by that time!)

Could you imagine how excited were we to talk between ourselves to think that we could come back to Madrid in that moment and we will still be glad about the experience? That were our final thoughts on Friday before the tiredness took us out in the hotel room.

Saturday was the hard working day. Carry on with our tasks, getting to know the team, beginning to formulate the final idea, exchanging contacts with the rest of the participants… One of the best moments was the visit of the mentors and coaches, as a matter of fact it was the birthday of one of them, and how they exposed their thoughts about our project. Some more directly, some with more patiently… But all of them really useful to continue improving the projects.

Sunday. Final day. Time to show the rest of the teams, and the jury, the results of our hard work during all weekend. Only five minutes pitching and another 4 to answer the questions of the jurors. All the projects were amazing and I could only imagine the big decisions the jury had to do to decide who were the winners of the Startup Weekend. Fortunately we were one of the winners!

With the weekend full of new people, business opportunities and such a great weekend behind our back we did not doubt when the Barcelona Organization team asked us if we wanted to be put in contact with our friends here in Madrid who were organizing the same experience in our city. Just for you to enjoy as much as we did!

So, if we were able to do twelve hours in car just to go to Barcelona Startup Weekend, why won’t you come to Madrid Startup Weekend the 17th of April? We will welcome you to one of the best weekend you could spend!

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