Startup Weekend Judging Criteria



So you got out of the building & did your market & product validation. That’s awesome! You’re working on refining your MVP for Sunday’s final presentation, maybe you even had to pivot your idea based on the feedback you were getting. So now what? If you’re not aware the Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections, teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighted equally):

Business Model

    • How does the team plan on making this a successful business? Have they thought about (either solved or identified problems) competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, their revenue model etc?

Customer Validation

    • Are teams building something that people actually want? How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs. Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers?

Execution & Design

    • Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Were they able to demo something functional?

Prizes for Bergen Startup Weekend

Join Bergen Startup Weekend and learn how to build a Startup, create a business model, meet co-founders and enlarge your network.

Is that all? No, Thanks to our partners we are offering very useful Prizes to transform your idea into a real business and make the event memorable.

TENK_IT is a media agency headquartered in Bergen. They offer a selected IT and design service to small and medium sized businesses and organizations and, among others, websites development and graphic design.
The winning team of Bergen Startup Weekend will benefit of Tenk.IT website design (from planning to web testing) with a value up to NOK 15 000 eks. mva.

T41 – Nyskapingsparken Inkubator provide knowledge, network and office space with infrastructure made ​​available for start-up businesses. The aim is to provide companies a faster and safer way from establishment to growth.
The winning team of Bergen Startup Weekend will benefit of a flex desk at T41 coworking space for 6 months, access to meeting rooms, social events and workshops at Nyskapingsparken.

Impact HUB Bergen is partly innovation lab, partly business incubator, partly membership community. They provide a collaborative work, meeting and learning space for people who seek to create positive impact.
Impact Hub Bergen is offering to the 2 Special Mention of Bergen Startup Weekend  2 consecutive months Flex membership, and 1 consecutive month Flex Membership to use within July 2016

2019 design illustrative posters of familiar and unfamiliar people, artworks and builds them in limited edition using innovative methods.
The winning team of Bergen Startup Weekend will be award with a “V for victory” poster with frame.

DUPO provide and distribute high quality prints made in limited editions. They work closely with both known and unknown artists from all over the world to the ensure That unique artwork Becomes available only through Dupo.
The 2 Special Mention Bergen Startup Weekend Teams will get a Mention Certificate worth 750NOK per item

AdO Arena is Norway’s main facilities for swimming and diving is offering to
ALL Bergen Startup Weekend attendees will benefit of 54% discount at Ado during the event and the most “sporties” will get a free voucher swimming cards

Sumo is one of Bergen’s most popular sushi and Asian restaurants.
Sumo si offering to Bergen Startup Weekend Winner one gift card worth 200NOK

Google for Entrepreneurs aims to bring together startup communities and create spaces for entrepreneurs to learn and work.
ALL Bergen Startup Weekend attendees will get $300 in Cloud Platform credit 

.CO support entrepreneurs in every way and help them to take off.
ALL Bergen Startup Weekend attendees will get free .CO Domain


Startup Weekend Bahrain – Introduction Seminars

Tenmou experts recently held exclusive pre-event seminars for university students at Bahrain Polytechnic, University of Bahrain and Ahlia University. The seminars held were to introduce the concept of Startup Weekend Bahrain to young minds and encourage them to the idea of entrepreneurship.

The introduction seminar proceeded with briefing the students about the idea behind Startup Weekend and the step-by-step process of the event. The seminars were in cooperation with several Bahraini entrepreneurs i.e. Mr. Ali Mahmood (CEO of uTrack TV – 1st place winner 2012), Mr. Yonis Attiya (CEO of Limefish – 3rd place winner 2014) and Mr. Ali AlSayed (CEO of MADigital) to speak about their experience with Startup Weekend and/or the meaning of being an entrepreneur.

Startup Weekend Bahrain 2015 – Introduction Seminars 2015

HR Manager, Ms. Zahra Al Abbad briefing Ahlia University students on Startup Weekend Bahrain.
PR & Marketing Executive, Ms. Amina Naar briefing Bahrain Polytechnic students on Startup Weekend Bahrain.
CEO of uTrack TV, Mr. Ali Mahmood talking about his experience of participating and winning Startup Weekend Bahrain 2012.

Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week


1. Amazon Offers Up Research Money for ‘Crazy’ Ideas That Just Might Work

By Steve Kolowich

Digest: Education
Curators: Deborah Chang, Aurelio Jimenez Romero, Vicky Guo

Amazon is offering grant funding to anyone affiliated with University of Washington to pursue “crazy” research projects that just might work and otherwise would not fit the risk appetite of government grants or venture capitalists. Read More

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2. Bringing the Internet within reach of 100 million Indonesians from 20 kms above Earth

By Google

Digest: Mobile
Curator: Edith Yeung

Indonesia’s top three mobile network operators—Indosat, Telkomsel, and XL Axiata—have agreed to begin testing Project Loon balloon-powered Internet over Indonesia in 2016. Read More

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3. Is Talking About Women in Tech Helping or Hurting?

By Mattie Kahn

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

Eight female tech execs personal stories about whether they believe the women in tech conversation helps or hurts. Read More

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4. Grantland and the (surprising) future of publishing

By Ben Thompson

Digest: Media
Curator: Holly Knowlman

“The flipside of writing being hard to monetize is that it is the most digestible and sharable medium, allowing folks to accrue large audiences that they can leverage elsewhere.” Read More

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5. Controlling Augmented Reality in the Operating Room: A Surgeon’s Perspective

By Justin Barad

Digest: Health
Curator: R. Scott Munro

I am absolutely psyched about the impact that AR/VR will have on the OR and medical education generally. This piece explores some of the logistical hurdles and options for controlling such technology from hand gestures, to voice recognition, to EMG based gesture tracking. Read More

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MEET the Sponsor

DNB2DNB is an official sponsor of  Bergen Startup Weekend

We met Roger Antonesen, Responsible Businesses in Western Norway, to ask why DNB choose to support this global event in Bergen.


“Startup Weekend is an exciting boot camp where local ideas get help to accelerate and evolve into promising concepts.

We in DNB love cheering new ideas onward and serve them with competence and support. Through our “Starting a business” concept we want to contribute and increase the level of innovation in Norway.”

MEET the Judge – Mentor

Kåre Bottolfsen is the co-founder of TicketCo, who have just been awarded the Deloitte Rising Star

He will be the SuperMentor of Bergen Startup Weekend and will follow the whole process from the scratch idea to the final pitching

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MEET the Judge

Aslak Sverdrup is an entrepreneur and energetic leader with broad experience from government – and private sector with projects world wide
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MEET the Judge

Ida Nerbø shares this advise with Startup Weekend participants:
“Work hard, have fun and be a team player. Everything else we can fix.”

Life after Startup Weekend!

Who Are They?

A group of Bahrainis trying to bridge the gap between Motorsports Drivers, Sponsors and fans with the actual event, that is done through the smart interface of Mobile App where you can view live race data and watch it live. Continue reading “Life after Startup Weekend!”

MEET the Mentors

Roald Brekkhus is a Lean Startup Enthusiast with a wide entrepreneurship experience,  constantly looking for new startups to invest in

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