Why you should attend Startup Weekend Oresund – 9 reasons


You don’t know what to do next weekend… and you are therefore searching for a cool  event were you can learn, network and build an startup – and at the same time an event that takes place in two countries at the same time…it’s quiet clear – you must of cause attend the famous Startup Weekend Oresund! 

Despite this, there a tons of reasons for you to add. But let us break it down to 9 specific reasons that will convince you to decide to join us next weekend at Startup Weekend Oresund… like it did already for a global network of over 275,000 alumni who participated in a Startup Weekend….are you ready?

1. Get away. Get focused

You might have tried already several times to get started with an idea you had or you find it hard to come up with a decent idea while working at your normal job? This is exactly why we kick off this Startup Weekend Oresund for the 3. timer. You will be able to escape your day-to-day-life for one weekend to focus on starting a business, testing an idea and to get a feeling how being an entrepreneur can feel like. And all of this in a super convenient way  to stay on a top modern ferry in the beautiful strait named Oresund between Sweden and Denmark. You will board the ferry either at the terminal in Helsingborg or in Elsinore on Friday. The Startup Weekend Oresund itself will provide you with all you need: potential co-founders, working spaces and materials, coaches, food & beverage, tons of insights & fun. If you need accommodation – we have also fixed that – for a small extra fee.

2. It’s all about connections

Entrepreneurs. Developers. Marketers. Startup enthusiasts. Tech guys. They’ll be there, and they want to meet you. Startup Weekend Oresund is more than just a place to give your idea wings — it’s a place to plug into a community of talent. The Startup Weekends attracts the best makers and doers from Sweden and Denmark + from other international places too. By spending 54 hours at the Startup Weekend Oresund working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a cool job or even an investor.

3. Actually launch a Startup Company

Think, conceive and deliver a product over a weekend. It’s just the energy in the Startup Weekend Oresund environment on the Tycho Brahe ferry that makes you super-productive. Make your dreams a reality. It is the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology.

4. Get a one-on-one with thought leaders

Get face time with the movers and shakers in the startup community. Local tech and startup leaders from Sweden and Denmark participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges that you will also be able to contact after the weekend. Our judging panel and mentor board is made of CEOs, CTOs, Developers, Angels and VCs. Get some time with the startup leaders in the community, explore your opportunities and learn the game from the best players.

5. Join a global community

Startup Weekend alumni span across several continents and scores of cities. Join a global network of over 275,000 alumni, all having the haunting entrepreneurial mindset. Even though every weekend in every city is different, everybody experiences the same crazy roller-coaster ride throughout the weekend. You can meet Startup Weekend alumni everywhere around the world and they will always be willing to help you out – they are like a family to you, all awesome people.

6. Co-founder dating

Startups are about more than just an idea -it’s about the team behind it. Startup Weekend is the best way to find someone that you can actually launch a startup with. The people who come to Startup Weekend Oresund are serious about learning how to build and launch startups. Create relationships that last long past the weekend. Also, if you already have a potential co-founder, bring him or her to the Startup Weekend Oresund and give the working relationship a test drive. It might save you years of heartache.

7. As we live, so we learn

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. You do not need to stay in ages-long and boring lecture sessions or to read dozens of outdated theories. Build your own strategy and test it as you go. Step outside of your comfort zone, because Startup Weekends are your perfect opportunity to explore yourself.

8. Get access to Startup Resources and Save Money

By participating in Startup Weekend Oresund you are given instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed! Moreover, Startup Weekends are affordable. Your ticket includes seven meals, snacks and access to an awesome set of mentors. Join us for the Startup Weekend that is fully loaded with facilities and chase your dreams to reality in a 54 hour long frenzy.

9. Less talk, more action!

Startup Weekend Oresund is fast. The weekend is not some long, drawn-out business plan that will bore your team to sleep (businessplans are intellectual masturbation…was it Osterwalder who said this?). This is fast paced, get ideas on the table, get them in production, see if they stick, and move on to the next task. Find out what you excel at in 54 hours. Spend the weekend perfecting your networking, pitching, brainstorming ideas and experience energy like never before.

You’ll leave Startup Weekend Oresund full of creative energy and enthusiasm. It’s probably because you manage to do so much and meet so many people in just one weekend on the ferry, going 108 times back and forth between Helsingborg and Elsinore, that you realize you can really achieve a lot if you just put your mind to it. Furthermore, being surrounded by people who want nothing more than to help you succeed does a really good job of eliminating any excuses you may have, or any negativity that the outside world might have about entrepreneurship.

It’s gonna be awesome spending the weekend with you – thx for joining us building up a strong eco-system of entrepreneurs.

What not to pitch at Startup Weekend Oresund…

The no-no list:
– An app that helps you navigate events
– An app that helps you find events relevant to you!
– An app that helps two people share contact info!
– A consumer app that has anything to do with piggybacking FB or Twitter for more than 50% of its value add.
– An app that aggregates photos
– An app that prints photos
– An app that has to do with beating craigslist.
– An app to meet people
– An app to source local food/meat
– An app for group chat
– An app for food discovery
– An app for skill-share or group volunteering

Don’t be a lonely wolf…

Start your crusade with a buddy – could be a lot more fun than you think.

Are you attending our next Startup Weekend event here in October? If so,  you should consider to find your new partner.

Startup Weekend Oresund is also a matchmaking space, whether you are looking to join a startup or seeking someone else to join your team, the M/S Tycho Brahe is an excellent place for the perfect fit!

Get your ticket today – early bird is soon to end…


Change your perspective

Meet director and CEO Martin Miehe-Renard friday evening telling about how important it is to change perspective in order to move forward.

The CV of Martin is impressing – beside being a famous danish actor, writer, producer, director, composer and former theater director – Martin is also founder and CEO of MakeDo Media and Tonic Games.

Martin will tell us why it is important to change perspective and why ‘content’ is important.

Speaker at SW Oresund
Speaker at SW Oresund

Martin will take the stage Friday evening, October the 24th.

Time to register

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for an amazing weekend

Scandlines support UP GLOBAL and our work to Building a Thriving Startup Community.

Friday the 24th of October 2014 and the following 54 hours the very first floating Startup Weekend will take place on the Scandlines ferry Tycho Brahe.

This will at the same time be the first real international Startup Weekend. This Startup Weekend will take place in the strait between Sweden and Denmark, between Helsingborg and Elsinore, between east and west.

Scandlines take on a great responsibility to encourage integration in the Oresund region and thus to create growth and development for the entire region.

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2.000 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Who should attend?

Come join us if you are a programmer, designer, developer, researcher, entrepreneur, intrapreneur, student, engineer, work in a company – public or private or you just want to create a new future.

You are part of a Startup Weekend dream team if you are curious about new solutions, business, developing, creating, innovating and networking.

It’s a great experience for everyone, but if you have a business idea, this is your chance to go ahead with it and form an awesome team! Alternatively if you are simply passionate about becoming an entrepreneur, but have no idea, you can come and join someone’s else team! It’s all about the start-up spirit!

Why should you attend a SW event?

There are dozens of reasons – but here is the top 8

1. Expand your network

2. Gain insight into competences different from your own

3. Enjoy good food for a whole weekend – for next to no money

4. Find out what it takes to get from idea to action to results in 54 hours

5. Get advice from mentors from established businesses

6. Find future partners – and with some luck – the idea you will be partners on.

7. Be seen by potential customers and investors

8. Have great fun

Why Startup Weekend Oresund?

This Startup Weekend puts the spotlight on starting up business in the Oresund region because it Helsingborg and Helsingør offers great business potentials. Our goal is to bring together the startup community, designers, IT-profiles and entrepreneurs to facilitate the formation of new ideas. We all face all kind of challenges and bring Sweden and Denmark closer to each other.

Startup Weekend Oresund

October 24th, 2014

This is the first Startup Weekend taking place in two countries at the same time, in international water, on a ferry.

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The very first STARTUP WEEKEND Oresund

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At Startup Weekend Oresund we bring together entrepreneurs, developers, designers and creative people from other fields get together to form new businesses in 54 hours. It’s one weekend full of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration and loads of fun – while you turn either your idea into reality, or get to know interesting people for future projects.


At our Startup Weekend people will work on new ideas for new startups. No matter if you want to build the next Netflix, built a unique robot, or a service we do not know about yet – this Startup Weekend is your place to turn your idea into reality.


  1. Every detail is designed to make you successful.

    This Startup Weekend take place at a awesome venue – The Scandlines ferry Tyhco Brahe – that has a cozy atmosphere with free food and drinks and, most importantly: creative people who make things happen – designers, developers, creatives and non-tech people. We provide you with everything you need to turn your idea into reality, or simply learn new skills and meet creative people.

  2. You become a better you.

    On Friday evening, the 24th of October, people get on stage to present their ideas. As you know already, this time its all about new ideas for great new startups. Once everyone has voted for their favorite ideas, people get together in teams and then: ACTION! Most of the people will work like crazy to get the most done in the remaining two days – and you will be surprise at how much you will be able to create in the course of a weekend!

  3. You can only win. Really!

    Every Startup Weekend is not just about the ideas and the cool prizes that you can win at the end. It’s about pushing everyone forward professionally and personally. Over the last years we have seen so many pretty commonplace transformations: Young people who were too shy to talk to others, got on stage and ended up winning – taking a first step on their road to become successful entrepreneurs. Others found new team members that they still work with today. Everyone will push you forward and help you to achieve your goal, while successful entrepreneurs, mentors and creative people will be at your side all the time.

  4. We connect you with the most successful people
    For every Startup Weekend we make sure that we connect you with experienced people that are already successful in their field. For this Startup Weekend for example, we got the former CEO from one of the largest film funds in Germany, one of the best copy writers and growth hackers in this country. 
  5. We increase the odds that you will win in the long run
    Let’s look at some numbers from the global Startup Weekend Community. Over 36% of all Startup Weekend teams still go strong after three months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their teams or startups after the weekend – many of whom are still friends and got to know even more cool people through their new network. Once you have joined a Startup Weekend, you’ll become part of a global community with over 45.000 alumni. Do you want to become part of this family?


Join us and get your ticket right now. You won’t regret it, we promise!


How Does the Weekend Work?


It’s a jam-packed few days, but one with a strict structure.


Friday: Participants arrive around 6pm and kick off the weekend with drinks and meeting each other. Then the pitches begin: anyone with an idea has 60 seconds to pitch it to the rest of the room. No presentations or props are needed for this – it’s just you and a mic. After the pitches finish, all attendees vote on their favorites. The top ideas are shortlisted, and everyone forms teams to work on them. The team formation process is organic – you decide who you want to work with. For the remainder of the evening the teams start getting to know each other, and planning the rest of the weekend.


Saturday: Teams work all day, with occasional breaks to eat and have fun. Mentors circulate to provide advice, support and challenge. The flow of the day is up to you, but most teams use Saturday morning to interview prospective customers and gather insights that will inform product development. A key tenet of Lean Startup is “getting out of the building” to find answers to the questions and assumptions you have about your customers and market. In parallel, work continues on your business model and product development. Late on Saturday you’ll also need to front up to mentors with the first practice of your Sunday presentation to judges.


Sunday: Teams work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon. They begin wrapping up their product and presentation around 3-4pm to do tech checks and practice their final pitch. After the judging panel and external guests have arrived, the final pitches begin. Each team has 5 minutes to pitch to the judges, sharing their business model, plans and progress to date. Judges then get a few minutes to dig into the presentation and probe the team’s thinking. The judging panel selects the top teams, awards prizes, and the event ends with drinks and some well-deserved relaxation!


Startup Weekend Oresund
October 24th, 2014

This is the very first STARTUP WEEKEND taking place in two countries at the same time, in international water on a ferry

This is your chance to build a global startup from the beginning!

At this Startup Weekend you automatically meet new friends from other countries.