Maritime and Blue Logistics Barcelona Startup Weekend Review

Barcelona hosted the 1st World Edition of Startup Weekend focused on the logistics and maritime world, with the support of Google for Entrepreneurs and Techstars bringing together entrepreneurs to solve the major challenges of the sector.

Encouraging entrepreneurship, disrupting the logistics sector and solving major challenges were the goals that this edition of Startup Weekend Barcelona aims to achieve with its Maritime & Blue Logistics edition.

Business, Developer, Designers and logistics experts became entrepreneurs this weekend in order to revolutionize the logistics sector as we know it today.

Sponsors in this edition

Before explaining more about the projects, we would like to thank all the sponsors that gave their support to our edition:

Maritime & Blue logistics’ Team

On the weekend of May 17,18 and 19, we celebrated the edition of Maritime & Blue Logistics at OneCoWork.

It was a weekend of hard work, stress, nerves, business ideas and networking.

Before commenting the startups and winners, we would like to mention the wonderful team of volunteers behind the scenes:

Zane Sipola

Logistics expert from Latvia who helped us to find the best mentors, speakers and jury members.

Jan Carbonell

Co-founder of Akademy.AI was the facilitator in this edition

Kaori Mutsuda

Biotech expert and plants lover was the logistics and food responsible.

Juan Antonio González

3D Printing Project Manager at HP and project manager in our edition too.

Cristina Rojas

Lead organizer in this edition & Marketing and business freelance for startups and entrepreneurs.  

During the weekend, 5 more volunteers came to help: Edgar Pons, Ana Sanchis and Ariadna Soto came to help all teams with all the design needs, Anna de Gea and Adrià lopez were helping us with all the last-minute stuffs.

Maritime & Blue Logistics’ startups

  •         Spotmoor: A platform to connect visitor boats who arrive in a port and members boats who leave a spot in their origin port. In other words, this project is the Airbnb of mooring. Through their app the visitor boat can check the moors availability. Great team and amazing design!.
  •         Keep it moving: Shipping industry suffers from huge inefficiencies. Because of trade imbalances, there are a lot of empty containers shipping around the world. KIM is the first digital leasing company that supplies containers at the best rates and optimizes routes.
  •         Virtual broker chain: An app which optimizes transactions and connects cargo owners with shipbrokers. Once a contract is signed, blockchain provides security and transparency.  
  •         SMRTFR8: It’s a cloud management system for shipping. Doc Fullfilment, Lack of Guiding Procedures and Mistaken Information are the pain points they want to solve with this project.
  •         Carryt: It’s a P2P platform for cross border delivery for small packages. 

The winners in this edition

  1. First Winner: Certain Dynamics

It’s the first digital insurance broker in the maritime sector. Did you know that only 15% of the cargo in Spain gets insured? Exactly! Certain Dynamics is a digital insurance 100% digital broker that provides smart risk analysis and find true and true reliable data for insurance companies and companies.

  1. Second winner: Shellock

Shellock is the first intelligent reusable lock. It allows to do the location tracking, reefer data, have a real-time alarm and access to the container.

  1. Third winner: MSEA2

They had one of the best claims: “Every square matters”. Why to send a half container when you can share with other company? They even had time to create a prototype. Visit their website: http://www.msea2.co/

This edition was a success

  • 54 entrepreneurs, 15 mentors, 5 jury members, 12 business ideas, 8 startups, 40 pizzas, more than 200 RedBulls and millions of coffees.
  • In a sector dominated by men, it was surprising to receive a lot of women entrepreneurs in the edition as participants. We would like to give a special mention and thank to:
  • Survival pills, 280 Lacasitos and Conguitos and 250 Estrella Damm in the closure celebration.
  • Pizzas from Domino’s and RedBulls.
  • Good feedback from the jury members
  • A lot of fun and new knowledge.

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Thanks to all!

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Maritime and Blue Logistics Edition: What to expect

Barcelona hosts the 1st World Edition of Startup Weekend focused on the logistics and maritime world, with the support of Google for Entrepreneurs and Techstars bringing together entrepreneurs to solve the major challenges of the sector.

This event will be held during the next weekend of May 17, 18 and 19 at the new facilities of OneCowork. This edition will have the collaboration of different companies and institutions of the logistics sector.

Barcelona, March 15th, 2019.- Encouraging entrepreneurship, disrupting the logistics sector and solving major challenges are the goals that this edition of Startup Weekend Barcelona aims to achieve with its new Maritime & Blue Logistics edition in May 2019.

It is expected to bring together the 100 entrepreneurs of different profiles. Business, Developer, Designers and technicians of the logistics sector with business ideas that revolutionize the logistics sector as we know it today, networking and sharing experiences.

On Friday, May 17th, participants presented their business ideas and then selected among all those that have the best chance of becoming a real company. The objective during the weekend is to work in the business model with countless partners and specialist mentors from the sector to learn, inspire and discover new solutions.

About Techstars Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend ™ is a 54-hour event, in which groups made up of different professional profiles such as developers, business, entrepreneurship enthusiasts, designers and, in this edition, specialists in the logistics sector will be challenged to move from an idea to a product or business. The teams will work throughout the weekend collaborating to achieve a viable minimum product to submit to the verdict of the jury, composed of executives and specialists in the logistics sector.

Startup Weekend was born in 2007 and by 2016 it has grown to have a global presence. In December 2016, Startup Weekend reached a presence in 140 countries, and more than 1100 cities, involving more than 234,000 enterprising participants. Startup Weekend is a program of Techstars Startup Programs, along with Startup Week and Startup Digest.

Founded in July 2007 in Boulder, Colorado by Andrew Hyde, Startup Weekend brought together 70 entrepreneurs to try to start a startup in just 54 hours. The model quickly expanded to other cities around the world. In 2010, Marc Nager and Clint Nelsen took full ownership and registered the non-profit organization, moving to Seattle. After the acquisition, Startup Weekend would organize 80 events in the United States, Canada, England and Germany. In December 2010, the organization had 8 full-time employees, more than 15 facilitators and more than 100 local organizers. In 2016, Startup Weekend is in more than 1000 cities around the world.

Startup Weekend is an initiative created by Techstars and has the support of Google for Entrepreneurs.

Important startups have come out of this initiative, which are consolidated companies such as: Zapier, Foodspotting, hydrate or Haiku Deck.

Maritime & Blue Logistics

We premiered with an event where we expect 100 participants and a team of mentors that will turn this edition into a unique opportunity to update, undertake, network and have fun.

The event will be in English and it is expected to obtain an important attendance of both international and local entrepreneurs.

For this edition, we have great sponsors, partners and companies that are betting on this initiative such as the logistics company Grupo Romeu, the company accelerator Founder Institute, Marinel-lo Abogados,  design agency Jaimitos, ATEIA, Portic, Kantox and the Port of Barcelona.

If you have a business idea or want to join one of them, get your ticket with an Early Bird discount until April 15th.

More info at: www.startupweekenbarcelona.com

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CHALLENGES IN THE MARITIME SECTOR

CHALLENGE 1 (SC challenge #1): MONITORING OF OCCUPATION IN REAL TIME

How can we improve the traffic management of trucks and the public space of the Port?

Context:

There are different areas within the Port that must be managed according to occupation volumes. One is the “Truck Center”, where the waiting and traffic management of trucks that embark on the ferries is carried out. There is currently a guard who manages access manually and another guard that manages the order of the vehicles, but without interaction with the users / clients. It is intended to know the occupation of the 32 lanes of the waiting area in real time and that this information could be shared with the users / customers.

On the other hand, there are several spaces of public domain that are charged to companies according to degrees of use or occupation. Today, this calculation is done by making an estimate of the space used. We aim to obtain a benefit from the multiple cameras already installed in the port area and through image analysis to estimate the degrees of occupation, while storing the images (pdf and cad).

CHALLENGE 2 (SC challenge #3): USE AND APPLICATIONS OF THE 3D MAP OF THE PORT How do we take advantage of the 3D data that the Port of Barcelona has?

Context: The information available in 3D of the Port of Barcelona has been increased. We look for specific examples and applications to make it profitable, such as environmental modeling, dock movements and dykes, etc.

Until now, measurement and manual reporting systems were being used, and now it is intended to generate automatic data feed from 3D maps (updated annually). Once a year, and together with the capture of the aerial photo of the Port, a LIDAR image of the Port of about 100 million points is obtained, with a density of approximately 6 points per m2, and with precision of + -5 cms.

CHALLENGE 3 (SC challenge #5): AUTOMATIC MEASUREMENT OF WASTE

How do we industrialize the reading of volume and weight of the Port’s waste?

Context: Solid waste delivered by ships to the Port of Barcelona is collected in containers that are managed by the suppliers of the port’s waste collection service for ships. All solid ship waste’s management is billed by volume and not by weight, as is the case with all waste transactions carried out in the field of land between producers, managers and management and treatment plants. This volume measurement introduces a lot of subjectivity in the determination of the actual amount of waste since the measurement is currently provided by the lender and only with the weighing value.

We intend to measure the volume of solid waste delivered by the vessels with an automated and reliable collection of  data and make the information available to the Port Information System.

CHALLENGE 4: ACCESS TO THE PORT’S PREMISES VIA A FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM

How can we easily register facial profiles to control the access to the Port and create a fast (<50seg) and reliable system (>80% for registered profiles)  for facial recognition?

Context: Today, the accreditation center is located inside the port premises, once access control has passed, which means that they access vehicles to the site without being credited.

Each vehicle wanting to access the port with a driver that is not accredited must pass beyond the control. The guard opens the barrier and indicates the driver that he must head to the center of Accreditations, approximately 1km away. 

CHALLENGE 5: TRACKING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES MOVING WITHIN THE PORT’S PREMISES

How can we track the vehicles that access the Port in order to analyze the performed routes, detect innefficiencies and exploit data?

Context: The Port controls the vehicles through the barriers and checkpoints in the access to the premises (entries and exits), but some terminals are open and there are no current access controls that may provide information of the time taken to acess the terminal.  This information is essential to measure the Port’s operations.

CHALLENGE 6: DETECTING IF A TRUCK IS EMPTY THROUGH VISUAL RECOGNITION WHEN LEAVING THE PORT’S PREMISES

How can we detect if a truck is empty without having to open the truck to perform an inspection?

Context: Today, when a truck is leaving the Port’s premises and declares that there is no cargo inside, a guard physically inspects the truck to check if it’s indeed empty, creating a bottleneck in the exit point. We’re also looking for a way to avoid additional disruptions of traffic when finding a “mis-declared” truck (loaded with cargo when stating that is empty)

CHALLENGE 7: DYNAMIC LOGISTICS INSURANCE

How can we provide dynamic insurance policies according to cargoes and route’s particularities?

Context: Today most (and I’d dare to say all) of the exporters and importers hold generic insurance policies, stating that you’ll pay a percentage of the value of cargo as insurance, no matter the commodity, packaging conditions and they tend to aggregate lots of countries in the same pricing group without distinguishing the country’s index risk. Nowadays you may compare between a hundred companies for your car or home insurance, or you get amazing discounts for being a good driver, but dynamic insurance pricing hasn’t yet reach the logistics industry!

CHALLENGE 8: DIGITIZE AND DISRUPT THE LETTER OF CREDIT BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS

How can we disrupt the way of handling the letter of credit between the parties involved?

Context: Step-by-step current process: Buyer and seller agree to conduct business. Buyer applies to his bank for a letter of credit in favor of the seller. Buyer’s bank approves the credit risk of the buyer, issues and forwards the credit to its correspondent bank (advising or confirming).

The credit document reaches the seller in a poorly attractive format with difficult-to-understand conditions which must be perfectly matched in order to avoid penalties and delays in payment to the Seller. The Carrier also gets involved as the Bill of Lading must exactly state the words mentioned in the Letter of Credit. The Bill of Lading is issued by the carrier in draft, checked by the Seller, passed down to the Bank, approved or requested to amend and then back again to the Seller who communicates the approval or requested amendments to the Carrier. Then Seller needs to make sure to provide all the documents in a “defined by the letter of credit” amount of copies, in original, to the Bank.

CHALLENGE 9: DIGITISE THE SPOT REQUEST FOR QUOTATION PROCESS

How can we disrupt the spot quotation procedures?

Context: There’s always a time when something needs to be shipped ASAP but in a cost reliable way. In those moments, importers and exporters request for quotations to different suppliers via email and compare the proposals in price, mode of transport and transit time to make the smartest choice. This is currently done by comparing manually or in excel. We’re looking to disrupt the way of logistics procurement.

Written by: Cristina Rojas, Lead organizer of Barcelona Startup Weekend for Maritime & Blue Logistics Edition








CHALLENGES IN THE MARITIME SECTOR

Do you want to know more about the main challenges to face in the maritime sector?

Have a look to this new article!

CHALLENGE 1 (SC challenge #1): MONITORING OF OCCUPATION IN REAL TIME

How can we improve the traffic management of trucks and the public space of the Port?

Context:

There are different areas within the Port that must be managed according to occupation volumes. One is the “Truck Center”, where the waiting and traffic management of trucks that embark on the ferries is carried out. There is currently a guard who manages access manually and another guard that manages the order of the vehicles, but without interaction with the users / clients. It is intended to know the occupation of the 32 lanes of the waiting area in real time and that this information could be shared with the users / customers.

On the other hand, there are several spaces of public domain that are charged to companies according to degrees of use or occupation. Today, this calculation is done by making an estimate of the space used. We aim to obtain a benefit from the multiple cameras already installed in the port area and through image analysis to estimate the degrees of occupation, while storing the images (pdf and cad).

CHALLENGE 2 (SC challenge #3): USE AND APPLICATIONS OF THE 3D MAP OF THE PORT How do we take advantage of the 3D data that the Port of Barcelona has?

Context: The information available in 3D of the Port of Barcelona has been increased. We look for specific examples and applications to make it profitable, such as environmental modeling, dock movements and dykes, etc.

Until now, measurement and manual reporting systems were being used, and now it is intended to generate automatic data feed from 3D maps (updated annually). Once a year, and together with the capture of the aerial photo of the Port, a LIDAR image of the Port of about 100 million points is obtained, with a density of approximately 6 points per m2, and with precision of + -5 cms.

CHALLENGE 3 (SC challenge #5): AUTOMATIC MEASUREMENT OF WASTE

How do we industrialize the reading of volume and weight of the Port’s waste?

Context: Solid waste delivered by ships to the Port of Barcelona is collected in containers that are managed by the suppliers of the port’s waste collection service for ships. All solid ship waste’s management is billed by volume and not by weight, as is the case with all waste transactions carried out in the field of land between producers, managers and management and treatment plants. This volume measurement introduces a lot of subjectivity in the determination of the actual amount of waste since the measurement is currently provided by the lender and only with the weighing value.

We intend to measure the volume of solid waste delivered by the vessels with an automated and reliable collection of  data and make the information available to the Port Information System.

CHALLENGE 4: ACCESS TO THE PORT’S PREMISES VIA A FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM

How can we easily register facial profiles to control the access to the Port and create a fast (<50seg) and reliable system (>80% for registered profiles)  for facial recognition?

Context: Today, the accreditation center is located inside the port premises, once access control has passed, which means that they access vehicles to the site without being credited.

Each vehicle wanting to access the port with a driver that is not accredited must pass beyond the control. The guard opens the barrier and indicates the driver that he must head to the center of Accreditations, approximately 1km away.

CHALLENGE 5: TRACKING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES MOVING WITHIN THE PORT’S PREMISES

How can we track the vehicles that access the Port in order to analyze the performed routes, detect innefficiencies and exploit data?

Context: The Port controls the vehicles through the barriers and checkpoints in the access to the premises (entries and exits), but some terminals are open and there are no current access controls that may provide information of the time taken to acess the terminal.  This information is essential to measure the Port’s operations.

CHALLENGE 6: DETECTING IF A TRUCK IS EMPTY THROUGH VISUAL RECOGNITION WHEN LEAVING THE PORT’S PREMISES

How can we detect if a truck is empty without having to open the truck to perform an inspection?

Context: Today, when a truck is leaving the Port’s premises and declares that there is no cargo inside, a guard physically inspects the truck to check if it’s indeed empty, creating a bottleneck in the exit point. We’re also looking for a way to avoid additional disruptions of traffic when finding a “mis-declared” truck (loaded with cargo when stating that is empty)

CHALLENGE 7: DYNAMIC LOGISTICS INSURANCE

How can we provide dynamic insurance policies according to cargoes and route’s particularities?

Context: Today most (and I’d dare to say all) of the exporters and importers hold generic insurance policies, stating that you’ll pay a percentage of the value of cargo as insurance, no matter the commodity, packaging conditions and they tend to aggregate lots of countries in the same pricing group without distinguishing the country’s index risk. Nowadays you may compare between a hundred companies for your car or home insurance, or you get amazing discounts for being a good driver, but dynamic insurance pricing hasn’t yet reach the logistics industry!

CHALLENGE 8: DIGITIZE AND DISRUPT THE LETTER OF CREDIT BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS

How can we disrupt the way of handling the letter of credit between the parties involved?

Context: Step-by-step current process: Buyer and seller agree to conduct business. Buyer applies to his bank for a letter of credit in favor of the seller. Buyer’s bank approves the credit risk of the buyer, issues and forwards the credit to its correspondent bank (advising or confirming).

The credit document reaches the seller in a poorly attractive format with difficult-to-understand conditions which must be perfectly matched in order to avoid penalties and delays in payment to the Seller. The Carrier also gets involved as the Bill of Lading must exactly state the words mentioned in the Letter of Credit. The Bill of Lading is issued by the carrier in draft, checked by the Seller, passed down to the Bank, approved or requested to amend and then back again to the Seller who communicates the approval or requested amendments to the Carrier. Then Seller needs to make sure to provide all the documents in a “defined by the letter of credit” amount of copies, in original, to the Bank.

CHALLENGE 9: DIGITISE THE SPOT REQUEST FOR QUOTATION PROCESS

How can we disrupt the spot quotation procedures?

Context: There’s always a time when something needs to be shipped ASAP but in a cost reliable way. In those moments, importers and exporters request for quotations to different suppliers via email and compare the proposals in price, mode of transport and transit time to make the smartest choice. This is currently done by comparing manually or in excel. We’re looking to disrupt the way of logistics procurement.

 








Grupo Billingham vuelve a apoyar Startup Weekend Barcelona!

Y otra edición más tenemos como colaborador del Startup Weekend de Barcelona a Grupo Billingham y ya van unas cuantas ediciones que nos apoyan, nuevamente con una original camiseta estampada con el logo de esta edición que seguro les encantará a los participantes.  Grupo Billingham es un referente nacional en los regalos personalizados y publicitarios para empresa, con un catálogo de más de 5.000 artículos que puedes ver en www.grupobillingham.com además de tener también un completo y original catálogo de lotes y cestas navideñas en www.lotesycestasdenavidad.es, gracias de nuevo por vuestro apoyo y colaboración!








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