Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
Paris Startup Weekend – 7-9 June 2013 – At co-working Microsoft Spark, 6 Rue du Sentier, Paris
IMPORTANT: Registration will open at NOON on May 1st!! Tickets sell out FAST, so make sure you get your ticket as soon as possible!
No Talk, All Action ! Launch a Startup in 54 hours. Follow us on @swbaguette and use hashtag #SWPA
5 companies created
Failed too many times :)
Lived in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Paris & Lebanon
21 angels Investments (e.g. LocalMotion & Startup Genome)
Advised Brazilian officials on Ecosystem issues related to SV
Helped startups fundraise more than 10M $ in 2011-2012
Teaches entrepreneurship in Sciences Po Paris
Angel investor. Mentor . Former co-founder & CEO @ 3i Plus @ 3i Energy. Former MkgStrat @ BNPP @ eBay @ Carat
Investment Director at Alven Capital Partners
Raffi started his career in 2002 as engineer at Thalès Systèmes Aéroportés and Bouygues Telecom.
He joined Alven Capital in 2011 as Investment Director. Prior to Alven, Raffi was part of the VC team of Gimv.
Rebecca van Ommen is the founder and Creative Director of the Paper Boat Creative, a commercial design agency specialising in blending illustration and tangible craft with digital art techniques. She was previously an art director for DDB and Getty Images.
Strategic Partnership Consultant
Kat Borlongan is a civic startup enthusiast with many different hats. Currently, she is working as an open data consultant, a founding member of the Open Knowledge Foundation's French chapter and part of the European citizen think tank, Edgeryders. Prior to this, she worked as a communication consultant to the UN and as the Country Director of Reporters sans frontières, Canada.