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…


Teams are formed!


Last night, after pitching and voting, everybody found a wonderful team to work with throughout the weekend!

The Startup Weekend Oresund teams are:

1. No More!

2. Tech Camp

3. Travel Mate

4. Social betting

5. From Aarhus with love

6. Wearable Tech

7. Authentic marked

8. Global Treasures

We wish the best of luck to all the teams! Can’t wait to hear the final presentation tomorrow!

Judging Criteria


Tomorrow we will have the final presentations for your ideas! 🙂 In order to optimize your working day and to make sure you will deliver the best product and presentation tomorrow, take a look at the judging criteria!

The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 4 criteria (weighed equally):

  • Business Model

    • Can this idea make money? Is there positive customer growth or revenue? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic? Is the idea/team ready for capital and execution? Would you invest in this company at this point?

  • Customer Validation

    • Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What channels of communication are used? Product/Market fit?

  • Technical – Execution

    • Is there a functional product (e.g.in the case of an app, did they build one)? Were architecture diagrams and API signatures included? Which services did they integrate with? How much of the product is running on a real server with non-sample data?

  • Design – Execution

    • Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?

Master your pitch tomorrow evening!

The event is only 24 hours away! Do you want to get ready for your pitch? Master it with the help of some useful tips!
Pitch length:
You should aim to deliver your pitch in 60 seconds. This might not sound like very long, but it’s plenty of time if you’re well prepared.
Pitch language:
English. We are sure you are already proficient in English, so that’s only good news!
Pitch content:
We suggest that you introduce yourself, the name of the idea, the concept and state what sort of help you are looking for. Usually there are a lot of pitches, so making yours compelling and memorable will go a long way to helping you find support and the best team to work with!
Biggest Tip:
Practicing your pitch, in front of a mirror, to the dog, or your favourite aunt, will help you to get comfortable with the content and the timing. Get a timer, set it for one minute and get going!
Check out some of the pitches from the SW Amsterdam to see how it’s done:

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We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!

Entrepreneurs meet at Startup Weekend!

Join the Startup Village this weekend!

Want to hear more about Startup Weekend?

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The village is already populated with the greatest entrepreneurs in Denmark and Sweden! Join us this weekend in the only floating village in the world! The first Startup Weekend village that will be constantly moving during the weekend between Denmark and Sweden!

Join the Startup villagers! Create a new world!

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.

Meet our Startup Weekend Oresund organizers!

Are you considering to participate in Startup Weekend Oresund, but have some doubts about it? Would you like to find out more about the organizing team? Then read further and meet the people who make this event possible for you!

Start-up Weekend Oresund is 100% led by volunteers with different backgrounds, experiences and nationalities. We all came from different countries like: Slovakia, Lithuania, Romania, Estonia, Sweden and Denmark. Some of us are students with big dreams for the future, some are on their midway in the career ladder. But despite this fact, we all have one ambition – to make this Start-up Weekend Oresund event the best ever, not only by having our own responsibilities and investing our time, but also cooperating, reaching the important decisions together and having lots of fun!

Our objective is to help people lead fulfilling lives and create value for the society by providing an opportunity to become successful entrepreneurs. We provide you with all the things you need to turn your idea into reality, or simply learn new skills and meet creative people.

And why do we do this? Since we are a group of motivated and ambitious people, we want to bring a value to the society, show the world what we can do and apply our different knowledge and skills in the real life. Doing this together, we also learn from each other and get experience which usually students cannot learn in their educational institutions.

Now let’s get a closer look to each of us:

Rune Gregers Meyer – lead-organizer of Start-up Weekend Oresund, founder of BusinessInnovator.org and lecturer in Entrepreneurship at CPHBusiness, is M.Sc. (econ) from University of Copenhagen, interdisciplinary degree in Communication from Danish Technology University, Master class in Business Innovation from the Kaospilot (Aarhus) and Master class in Psychology from Probana. Furthermore Rune is mentoring upcoming leaders in DJØF.

Mai-Britt Jønsson – a mother of 2 gorgeous girls at 1 and 11 years. Full-time student at Copenhagen Business Academy, 6 years of experience in Retail and store Management. Love life and positive thinking.

Paula Coslugeanu – Student in Marketing Management, Bachelor degree in Romanian and English Language and Literature. Loves studying and working in international environments (worked in Romania, USA and Denmark in retail and in the service industry). Passionate about business, culture, psychology and philosophy. Loves to get involved in long and engaging conversations and (especially) debates in any of the above subjects.

Mihail Stan – Currently studying at Copenhagen Business Academy in Marketing Management, Bachelor degree in Language and Literature with a final thesis within the Advertising field. Powerful international experience due to working and studying abroad (USA, Denmark, Romania). Experienced within the retail and service industry with strong interests in the Psychology of Advertising.

Nele Plutus – currently studying Marketing Management in Copenhagen Business Academy, Bachelor degree in Cultural Theory. Nele has gained international experience by working, travelling and studying in different countries (Estonia, Australia, Germany and Denmark). She has work experience in event organizing, customer service, sales and tourism. If she happens to find some free time then she will most likely spend some quality time with her friends, read books, visit cultural events, watch good movies or investigate astrological birth charts.

Ruta Verbovaite – a full-time student in Copenhagen Business Academy, AP degree Marketing Management. Passionate about doing a voluntary work (Snowball organization – taking a team leader’s role, also active member in local youth organisation, striving to involve more young people into social activities in order avoid drug using, Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – taking responsibility for a security matters and customer service). Also enjoy having a chance to meet new people, getting out of the comfort zone and experiencing something totally new.

Edvinas Narbutas – 3 Semester Multimedia Designer and 2 Semester Computer Scientists. Skills in PHP, HTML, SQL JavaScript languages. Software tools – Adobe Creative suite, MySQL workbench. Personal preference: Hyperactive, open, straight forward, smart, funny, could be your best friend or the most annoying person you ever meet.

Jakub Tichy – organizer of Startup Weekend Oresund. Responsible, creative, and flexible student of Marketing Management at CPH Business, who can play piano and enjoy music. Love Rock N’ Roll and Innovation. Jakub would like to finish the school and explore the world.

Eduard Atanasescu – currently studying ”Human Rights” at Malmo University. Ever since gymnasium Eduard have had a strong commitment to social justice and in this sense have been actively involved in diverse volunteering activities. He have worked with institutionalized children, Roma people and other under-privileged categories of people, through diverse projects and campaigns.

Cindy Schmidt – A member of the crew at m/f Tycho Brahe for ten years now, and Cindy loves it there! Before she studied pedagogy at Malmö Högskola and History at Lund University. In the spare time she enjoy spending time with her 3-years old son and her man. As a hobby, Cindy and her husband run a second hand “loppis” shop in Småland.

Linda Andersson Hulthèn – a manager at the Scandlines Ferry, m/f Tycho Brahe, with the catering (food and beverage) department her my main area of responsibility. Linda got a great experience of the life and job at sea, working at ships and ferries for many years at many different routes, WORLD WIDE. She is very passionate and driven about her job, and some might say Linda is a bit of a workaholic. “But still the best time of life is to spend quality time with my teenage son and husband, and of course enjoy an occasional glass of Italian Wine!” – says Linda.


Isn’t that awesome? We have an extremely diverse team, which is working hard for you! Do not miss an opportunity to meet us, also other creative people and who knows, it might be you who will become an entrepreneur! And every participant has an opportunity to get an invaluable experience and meet people who might become their good friends or business partners. It is a great start for working and getting feedback on your idea and an incentive to continue developing your idea after the event.

So come on board on 24th October to the Elsinore or Helsingborg harbour and dare to accept this challenge (remember to buy a ticket before: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oresund-startup-weekend-1014-tickets-10852521183).

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No talk, all action – we do things instead of just talk about the things we want to do!

Startup Weekend Oresund
October 24th, 2014


Come on board 
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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