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 direccion@twentytu.com  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

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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: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-barcelona-tickets-15950947714?aff=UP+Community+Sites








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.

Prizes
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: https://www.brandisty.com/startupweekend

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:

https://www.facebook.com/startupweekendbarcelona

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

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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:

Web: http://www.up.co/communities/spain/barcelona/startup-weekend/5902

Twitter: sw_bcn

E-mail: barcelona@startupweekend.org








Billingham Regalos Publicitarios, one more year supporting SW Barcelona

For several years now Billingham Regalos Publicitarios  is collaborating with Startup Weekend Barcelona by creating some really great T-shirts. This year’s design is special since gaming is the theme and it has been created by a designer that won our T-shirt design contest and will be participating in the event.

Billingham tells us that the T-shirts are of great quality and the serigraph print of our special design is looking awesome! We can’t wait to see the final result!

Also, during this February they give all our participants the opportunity to benefit from a 10% discount on all orders placed through their website where you can find thousands of gift ideas to advertise your company or brand. All you have to do is to introduce the code GAMING10 and the discount automatically applies.

We want to thank them for all their great support.








Born at the 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.

And since the next edition is the first time that we will organize a Startup Weekend Barcelona dedicated to gaming we also want to talk about NxtApp, a startup born at a gaming Startup Weekend in the UK.

NxtApp is the iPhone/iPad Brain Gym. It is an entertaining game that combines math with addictive fun. Solving number sequences is needed for most intelligence tests. NxtApp is a fun way to increase your IQ, strengthen your insight, focus your scanning skills, improve your pattern recognition capability, etc. Make playing NxtApp your daily habit to ultimately unleash the full power of your brain!

So don’t give it a second thought, if you have a business idea related to gaming join us!








Meet some of the SW Barcelona Gaming edition mentors

Startup Weekend Barcelona is coming back from the 13th to the 15th of February and some really great mentors will be joining us.

Barcelona is the European Gaming capital and we want to make the most of its enormous potential by organizing the first Startup Weekend dedicated to the Gaming vertical. The participants will be able to present their gaming related project not only focusing on creating a game or presenting a gamification proposal. The teams will have to think on how to develop a game and also a business plan for their project.

In order to help the participants make the most of their ideas they will be able to receive council from mentors with a great experience in their fields:

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Carlos Blanco @carlosblanco
Serial Entrepreneur & Business Angel. Founder of @AkamonEnt, @GrupoITnet, @ConectorSpain, @FirstTuesdayBCN

 

oscar garcía

Oscar García-Pañella    @kokopus_dark
Gamification & Serious Games Consultant, Professor & Researcher (ENTI, ERAM, IEBS, COOKIE BOX)

 

 Liam Patton

Liam Patton    @LiamWPatton
CEO at Apps to Win

 

Gina Tost

Gina Tost    @GinaTost
CoFounder at GeenApp, Profesor and Communicator

 

Francesc Xavier Fradera    @xavifradera
Producer at Social Point

 

David Xicota    @davidxicota
CEO at Gamedonia

 

Ignacio Lacasa    @Ignacio_Lacasa
Managing Parter & Founder Across Legal S.L.P.

But not all the weekend is about hard working. The participants will also be able to attend some really interesting talks coming from professionals such as:

Pedro Olivares    @pedroAolivares
Coach/ Speaker/ Actor/ Team building/ Leadership/ Founder at Salto con Red