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For startup ideas focusing on food & agrobusiness

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event, where developers, designers, and other startup enthusiasts from non-technical fields come together to form teams, validate their ideas, build new products and launch startups. Teams go from an idea scrawled on a napkin to a working prototype and maybe even paying customers, all within a single weekend. This will be the 8th edition of Startup Weekend in Helsinki held in January of 2017. Event will be conducted in English, Finnish and Swedish. All are welcome.

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 2.9k past events in 150+ countries around the world with over 23k teams created with the help of over 193k entrepreneurs.

How does it work?

Startup Weekend is an event designed to provide superior experimental education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night, participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd and try to recruit the best talent in the room. Continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, the Startup Weekend culminates in Sunday night demos and presentations, where teams present their minimum viable product (MVP) to a panel of expert judges, fellow participants and other guests. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs and mentors. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

What do you get out of it? 

– You will get a taste of what it’s like in the startup world, and learn first hand about every step of building a startup (at the very least, it’ll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine).

– You might find your perfect co-founder soulmate with whom you’ll go on to launch million dollar startup, be it this weekend or down the road.

– We take care of you during the weekend and all you need to bring is your laptop:

  • Catered food – 7 meals total
  • Unlimited coffee
  • Startup Weekend Helsinki T-shirt
  • Fantastic working space
  • Discounts for some of the best startup tools
  • Access to some of the area’s best startup mentors
    Plus, if your team wins, you will get heaps of additional resources.

-Nordic Law offers legal advisory services worth of 1000e for the winner team.
-Winner team gets a free mentoring package with Sitra’s leading specialists (he Finnish Innovation Fund) to help you get your startup off the ground.
-Pre-startup support packages from NewCo, chosen by them
-Bonus price: Free year’s membership in Ruokaasuomesta.fi site for best the food product

There are also plenty of investors in the crowd, so if your pitches were something special, you might even get funding (it happens!).

How much do you have to pay?

Thanks to our amazing sponsors (do check them out below) you’ll only have to pay 40€ for your ticket (Students, use code for a discount: STUDENT). Without the help of our sponsors this ticket would be over 99€. All participants get heaps of exclusive goodies including free domain names, web services and more. Not to mention free coaching and guidance from some of the best mentors around. All in all, it’s probably the best 40€ you’ll ever spend.

So join us, and get ready for the ride of your life. #SWHelsinkiFood

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Event is made possible by Boosti project, which is funded by EU. (Boosti on Manner-Suomen kehittämisohjelman rahoittama koulutus- ja tiedonvälityshanke).