The Amazing Judges Joining us for Techstars Global Startup Weekend

We are honored to support the largest celebration of entrepreneurship in the world, Global Entrepreneurship Week. We will hold over 200 events, in over 60 cities this year over in just two weekends!

As part of the celebration, Techstars Global Startup Weekend comes with a Regional and Global Showcase, with prizes from Google, Amazon, .CO, and more.

Local winners from each event have the opportunity to submit their startup and our regional judges will select the best team regionally. Regional winners go on to the finals where our global judges panel will select the winner. The global winner will get additional exposure and perks, but the other competitors will not be left empty-handed.

The Global Judges

David Cohen

David Cohen is the Founder and co-CEO of Techstars. David has been an entrepreneur and investor for his entire life. He has only had one job interview in his career, successfully got that job but then quit shortly thereafter to start his first company. Since then, he has founded several companies and has invested in hundreds of startups such as Uber, Twilio, SendGrid, FullContact, and Sphero. In total, these investments have gone on to create more than $80B in value.

David is the co-author (with Brad Feld) of Do More Faster; Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup.

You can find David tweeting at @davidcohen and blogging on the web at

Mary Grove

Mary Grove is the Director of Google for Entrepreneurs, leading Google’s efforts to support startups and entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries around the world. Mary is passionate about building community and has worked with groups of entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Iraq, Gaza, and Afghanistan, and previously led numerous international partnerships for Google.

Mary earned her BA and MA from Stanford University. She is the co-founder of Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit that connects youth from the Midwest to Silicon Valley. She has served on the Board of UP Global, the Techstars Foundation and the Stanford Alumni Association.

Debbie Levi

Debbie Levi is part of the Venture Capital Business Development team at AWS managing relationships with top tier VCs and their portfolio companies on behalf of AWS and broader Amazon. Prior to joining the team in 2016 she was part of the Israeli VC community for about 5 years (most recently at Viola Ventures (FKA Carmel Ventures) and JAL Ventures).

Before becoming a VC Debbie managed marketing teams at a series of start-ups (Mytopia, mySupermarket and Kasamba (acquired by LivePerson) and spent time in corporate America (News America Marketing, a division of News Corp). Debbie holds a MBA from Bar Ilan University and a BA in Psychology and Communications from the University of Michigan. Debbie is a NYC native and an alumna of Stuyvesant High School.

Fadhi Gandhour

Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, an organization consisting of a Venture Capital fund that invests in technology-enabled companies in the Arab world. He is also the Founder and a Board Member of Aramex, a global logistics and transportation provider.

Fadi is a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, the Board of Endeavor Global and the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, an initiative that helps disadvantaged communities across the region overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion.

Rocío Fonseca

Rocio is the Executive Director at Start-Up Chile, one of the biggest and most diverse startup communities in the world. She has a MS in Management at MIT, is a Master in innovation and entrepreneurship and Biotech Engineer. Her passion is to help people to transform their ideas into business.


Regional Judges:

Check out more about our regional judges on

With still one weekend left in Techstars Global Startup Weekend, you have the opportunity to participate and be part of the celebration!

Top 7 Themes in Techstars Global Startup Weekend 2017

You’ve been hearing a lot about Techstars Global Startup Weekend lately… and rightfully so! With 200+ events in 60+ countries, this is the world’s largest entrepreneurial celebration. Odds are there’s going to be an event taking place in a city near you.

With all of the entrepreneurship events going on during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the motives behind the local community leader’s ambitions and efforts are fascinating. After all, it’s the organizer’s passion for community building, innovation, and entrepreneurship that brings each Techstars Global Startup Weekend event to life. These are the top themes organizers picked this year.

1. Uni (University)

Are entrepreneurs born or made? With so much interest in entrepreneurship around the world, universities are consciously making an effort to be part of the entrepreneurial journey of their students. With Techstars Startup Weekend being held on college and university campuses in 8 different cities this year, Uni is our most popular theme.

2. Women

The main goal of having a women’s edition event is to encourage and inspire more female leaders in startup teams, and to connect more women to the resources and mentors available in startup communities. Organizers set out to actively recruit more women in the roles of participants, mentors, organizers and judges. Men are also welcome and are encouraged to bring a female friend or colleague to the event.

3. Youth & Kids

Exploring different themes around Techstars Startup Weekend doesn’t always mean reaching a new industry or vertical. In this case, it means reaching a new age. Youth events are aimed at 5th-8th graders and are similar to a typical Techstars Startup Weekend, but with more materials and guidance geared towards kids and young teens. Youth events are fun to watch and it’s pretty inspiring to see all the kids doing work, collaborating, and bringing ideas to life.

4. EDU (Education)

EDU events empower educators to collaborate with developers, designers, business experts, & other entrepreneurs passionate about education to build the next generation of education startups. The events also change the conversation in communities to not just identifying problems in education but also designing & developing real solutions.

5. Social Innovation & Sustainable Development

There is a perception floating around that only nonprofits can do social good. That is changing with an emerging type of business called a social enterprise. Entrepreneurs are creating solutions to improve everything from an individual’s quality of life to the state of the planet. At Techstars Startup Weekends the best and brightest are coming together to make the next big change.

6. Smart Cities & Smart Solutions

Everything is getting smarter. The tools we use at work, the products we use every day, so why not make the places we live smarter, too? Smart Cities are an urban development vision where cities are connected through information and communication technology, seeking to improve quality of life through these technologies. This is what the smart city movement happening around the world is looking to do. Check out the cities that are working on this theme:

7. Fintech

Fintech is permanently shaping the way that consumers and financial institutions are interacting. It’s a move from closed to open, from centralized to distributed, and from ‘in a few days’ to now. If you’re thinking about machine learning, lending, digital banking solutions, trading, cyber security, data analytics, payments, cryptocurrency, insurance, wealth management and beyond, these events are for you:

You can also attend a non-themed Techstars Startup Weekend! Check out the full list here.

It’s Almost Here: Techstars Global Startup Weekend

With more than 200 events lined up, Techstars Global Startup Weekend is the biggest entrepreneurial celebration happening during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Spanning the globe, our events will take place during the weekends of November 10-12 and 17-19.

How does Techstars Global Startup Weekend work this year?

Ask Me Anything:

To help our attendees get the most out of their 54-hour experience, we have put together an AMA (Ask Me Anything) series that will cover topics like Design Sprint, How to Get First Customers, Prototyping during Techstars Startup Weekend and more.

Take a look at the schedule and save your spot!





How to Get First Customers

Jaqueline Ros, Revolar


10 am EST

How to develop your product?

Jesse McCabe, Techstars


3 pm EST

AMA: How to apply Design Sprint to Startup Weekend

David Sandoval, iTexico


7pm EST

AMA: Best Practices for Incorporating your Startup

Sarah Heck, Stripe Atlas


2pm EST

The Global Judges:

For our Global Showcase, our amazing judges will select the best teams from our top local events around the world to highlight globally after Techstars Global Startup Weekend.


A global showcase wouldn’t be complete without some prizes to help the winning teams move forward with their startup.

At Techstars we praise our network as the # 1 tool to help you succeed after an event. In addition to this perk, here are the other prizes this year’s Techstars Global Startup Weekend winners will receive:

1st Place at each local event:

F6S Alpha Card:

SW Winners will each receive an F6S Alpha membership which gives you exclusive access to $600k in free benefits from 500+ companies, including American Airlines, InVison, Intercom and many more.

Regional Prizes:

  • Google: 5 Winners get $20K in GCP Credits
  • Amazon Web Services: $5k in AWS credits for regional winners

Global Prizes:

  • Google: $100K in GCP Credits
  • Sphero: 3 Star Wars robots
  • AWS: $10k in AWS credits for the global winner. The global winner also gets 1:1 sessions with the AWS Startup team. AWS Startup Solution Architects advise top funded CTOs around the world, helping them build technologies that scale in order to become the next Airbnb, Netflix, Slack, etc.
  • a year of premium
  • .CO: swag packet

Are you ready to be part of the biggest entrepreneurial celebration around the world? Find a Techstars Startup Weekend near you!

Techstars Global Startup Weekend is Back!

November is a busy time for the Techstars Startup Weekend community around the world! For the past six years, we’ve seen entrepreneurs from over 70 countries come together, form teams and go from idea to product in just 54 hours. This year, we’re welcoming back Techstars Global Startup Weekend – the biggest entrepreneurial celebration around the world!

As our global community continues to grow and evolve, Techstars Global Startup Weekend provides, even more, value to organizers, attendees, and communities. During this global initiative, 15,000 entrepreneurs will come together for events in over 50 countries during November 10-12 & 17-19!

We’re excited to provide exclusive resources for attendees to help prep for success during the Startup Weekend event and make connections to mentors and other startup teams.

To help continue the entrepreneurial growth in each community, the winning team of each event will gain access to helpful perks for building their startup, as well as the opportunity to submit their startup for a regional and global showcase after the weekend.

If you haven’t been to a Techstars Startup Weekend yet, this is the time to do so! We will run virtual Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions to get you started – schedule to be shared on October 5th – so don’t be afraid to bring your idea to life. Now’s your chance to build that company you’ve been dreaming of!

Find a Techstars Global Startup Weekend event near you!

10 Years of Startup Weekend Around the World

It’s already mid-July, and we are keeping the celebration going for the 10th Birthday of Techstars Startup Weekend. From all of us at Techstars, we want to say thank you to the Community Leaders around the world for all that you do to spread entrepreneurship.

Thanks to the Community Leaders, mentors, participants, and global network partners, we continue to grow and expand to new locations every year. In 10 years, we’ve grown to:

  • 13,837 organizers in 153 countries
  • 4,531 Startup Weekend events
  • 363,000+ Startup Weekend attendees
  • 45,375 Teams formed
  • $410M+ in funding secured

Check out pictures of birthday celebrations happening around the world, from Mendoza, to Guadalajara, Montreal, and to Cameroon! Watch the celebrations video from Paris, NYC, and São Paulo.

Happy Birthday Startup Weekend!

If you want to keep on sharing stories, photos and more, please do so using the hashtag #HappyBirthdaySW

Empreendedorismo Reúne Governo no Floripa

O primeiro Startup Weekend com a temática Governo no Brasil aconteceu em Florianópolis nesse final de semana. O #SWGovFloripa traz uma grande oportunidade para os participantes colaborarem com o setor público e lançar ideias que resolvam problemas reais na esfera governamental, das cidades e das comunidades empoderando o cidadão. Essa edição que teve lotação máxima de 120 participantes foi realizada no Centro de Inovação ACATE Primavera entre sexta e domingo (24 a 26 de Março).

É o evento ideal para tirar a ideia do papel e colocar ela em prática e os participantes ainda podem contribuir com soluções que aumentem a inovação e beneficiem a sociedade como um todo. O Startup Weekend utiliza uma metodologia que em 54 horas ao longo de um fim de semana os empreendedores, Desenvolvedores, Designers, entusiastas e nesta edição também conta com a participação de Agentes Públicos se unem para compartilhar ideias, formar equipes e criar startups.

O local do evento disponibiliza toda estrutura necessária com uma ótima localização na Rodovia SC 401 no Km04, dentro do Primavera Garden Center. No valor do ingresso estão inclusas refeições e coffee breaks, e todo o material necessário para o desenvolvimento das ideias, além do suporte dos mentores que utilizam de toda a sua experiência profissional para auxiliar os participantes.

Essa edição conta com o patrocínio de grandes empresas que estão sempre apoiando iniciativas para desenvolver o empreendedorismo local como SEBRAE, Softplan, e o BRDE. E como apoiadores grandes empresas no cenário empreendedor de Florianópolis como:  o grupo de pesquisa da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina VIA Estação Conhecimento, WeGov, Code for Floripa, Intexfy, CIASC e a SDS – Secretaria do Desenvolvimento Econômico Sustentável, que juntos colaboraram com os organizadores do evento.

Nosso time de mentores: Depois de todas as mentorias as equipes trabalharam duro para desenvolver a ideia e chegar ao nível de apresentação dos Pitchs.

Às 17h iniciou a apresentação final dos pitchs finais para os jurados: Gabriela Tamura (WeGov), Carlos Chiodini (secretaria do Desenvolvimento Econômico e Sustentável), Moacir Marafon (Softplan), Gabriela Werner (Impact Hub).

E as vencedoras foram:

  • 1º Lugar: VIGÍLIA
  • 2º Lugar: PROTOCOLEI

Organizadores do evento

Durante todo o evento são realizadas palestras instrutivas que expliquem para os participantes cada passo que precisa ser tomado para ter uma ideia sucesso, a primeira palestra motivadora foi realizada pelo mentor Tony Celestino, que veio para Florianópolis representando a Techstars Brasil no evento. A palestra ajudou os participante a entenderem a importância da validação de sua ideia para as Startups. O mentor iniciou a palestra indicando alguns procedimentos básicos para nortear os participantes em seguida foco para a validação das ideias. Para isso, é importante que o processo seja realizado de maneira investigativa, realizando entrevistas com pessoas desconhecidas, segundo o mentor, essa é a melhor forma de saber o que o mercado está precisando. Depois foi a vez do Lucas Prim – Gestor da startup SumOne – falar sobre o MVP (Minimum Viable Product) que é conhecido como uma prática de administração de empresas que busca lançar um novo produto ou serviço com menor investimento possível, para experimentar o negócio antes de aportar grandes investimentos. A última palestra foi com Marcos Buson – fundador da empresa Pinmypet – afirma que o Pitch precisa ser apresentado da melhor forma e da maneira mais convincente e clara possível. 

Essa edição só foi possível de ser realizada graças ao apoio de vários patrocinadores, entre eles o BRDE – Banco Regional de Desenvolvimento do Extremo Sul.

Saiba mais sobre este nosso patrocinador!

O Banco Regional de Desenvolvimento do Extremo Sul – BRDE foi fundado em 1961 pelos Estados do Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina e Paraná, com o objetivo de fazer o Sul do Brasil prosperar. Desde então, o BRDE tem sido um parceiro que apoia e acompanha o desenvolvimento de projetos para aumentar a competitividade de empreendimentos de todos os portes na região. Nesse sentido, tem ampliado o incentivo à inovação tecnológica e assumindo posição de destaque no financiamento de projetos inovadores.

Em 2013, o Banco iniciou estudos para criar uma linha exclusiva de investimento na área de inovação. O governo do Estado de SC, um dos acionistas do BRDE, queria investir em parques tecnológicos, criar centros de inovação. Os próprios clientes também demandavam linhas de financiamento mais adequadas a empresas inovadoras.

Em conjunto com a Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (Finep) e o Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Social (BNDES), O BRDE desenvolveu um programa para financiar a inovação com características mais aderentes à realidade das empresas. Assim nasceu o programa BRDE Inova, atendendo a demandas do setor, que tinha dificuldade para atender as garantias e exigências tradicionais do banco.

Para facilitar o acesso dos empresários da indústria de tecnologia aos recursos financeiros, o banco decidiu criar uma política específica de crédito. Entre as mudanças, a flexibilização de garantias, o estabelecimento de critérios para definir projetos e empresas inovadoras e também a flexibilização dos itens passíveis de financiamento, que passaram a incluir de mão-de- obra (home-hora) a viagens de aperfeiçoamento, para feiras e eventos no exterior.

A partir da criação do BRDE Inova, foi possível retirar a exigência de garantias reais para financiamentos de até R$ 1 milhão. A medida tornou o programa um case nacional, com o banco assumindo a liderança no repasse da linha de financiamento Finep Inovacred e também no repasse da linha MPME Inovadora, do BNDES.

Recentemente, o BRDE aprovou sua participação como cotista no fundo de investimentos Criatec 3, capitaneado pelo BNDES. Até agora, o investimento foi de R$ 12 milhões, mas o Banco estuda a participação em outros fundos. O Criatec 3 foi criado para financiar iniciativas inovadoras e possibilita aportes de R$ 1,5 milhão a R$ 10 milhões por empresa, dependendo da avaliação do fundo.

¿Cómo es la Cultura de tu Emprendimiento?

Contar con el talento adecuado es una condición imprescindible para el desarrollo del emprendimiento en una comunidad. En latinoamérica, el reclutamiento de talento en startups ha crecido significativamente en los últimos 5 años, pero ser parte de una startup aún es difícil. Es en su mayoría trabajo arduo, lágrimas y algunas alegrías.

La generación de los millennials, que representa la fuerza de trabajo más solicitada por las startups, prefiere apoyo en su crecimiento profesional, responsabilidades que tengan impacto en el crecimiento de la empresa, una oficina con amenidades y espacios abiertos, mayor flexibilidad con su tiempo y algunos otros beneficios; antes de una compensación alta en una compañía extremadamente restrictiva.

Casi 9 de 10 (87%) millennials que participaron en la Encuesta de Deloitte de Millennials de 2016, dijeron que “el éxito de un negocio debe ser medido en más términos que únicamente el desempeño financiero”, según la revista Fortune.

La retención del talento en las startups es un reto a nivel global y es por esto que enfatizamos en la importancia de que cada empleado esté empoderado, motivado, con flexibilidad de tiempo, responsabilidades relevantes y sintiendo propio el trabajo que realiza para evitar roces innecesarios pues en etapas tempranas, cada persona contratada juega un rol dentro de la cultura organizacional, por lo cual es vital establecer reglas y valores desde un principio.

¿Cómo crear una cultura organizacional fuerte en tu startup?

Según Entrepreneur puedes tomar estos 6 factores claves para la creación de una cultura organizacional fuerte en tu startup:

  1. Define un propósito para tu startup: Para crear ese propósito, entiende el “por qué” de la organización. ¿Qué (o a quién) sirve tu negocio? La que sea tu respuesta, debe ser auténtica, inspiracional y aspiracional.
  2. Define un lenguaje común, valores y estándares: Para que la cultura sea exitosa, todas las personas de la compañía deben hablar el mismo lenguaje y estar en la misma página acerca de cuáles son los valores que tiene la misma, estos valores y un conjunto de estándares que midan cómo se están respetando esos principios.
  3. Lidera con el ejemplo: La cultura se forma a través de las acciones de los líderes de una compañía. Cada uno de ellos necesita reflejar interna y externamente los valores de la compañía y ser sus mejores representantes. Como líder, necesitas liderar con el ejemplo y ser completamente transparente.
  4. Identifica tus embajadores culturales: Todas las compañías los tienen: empleados que viven, comen y respiran la cultura y ayudan a otros a entender quién eres como organización y qué te define. Estos empleados son tus mejores representantes porque aman lo que hacen y la compañía tanto como el fundador.
  5. Sé sincero y comunícate siempre: Todos los empleados deben entender la cultura y por qué es importante preservarla. Tener conciencia de la organización y la comunicación será esencial cuando la cultura esté fallando. La cultura no tiene que estar perfectamente empaquetada, pero tu comunicación y honestidad nunca deben fallar. Si la gente no confía en ti, no tendrás una buena base cultural.
  6. Trata bien a las personas: Como líder de la compañía, necesitas tratar bien a tus empleados, de otra manera no será fácil mantener la cultura que estás tratando de establecer si tienes una tasa de retención baja.

Para llegar a crecer exponencialmente con una cultura organizacional positiva, todos los involucrados deben estar en la misma página. A medida que el equipo crece, será más difícil mantener a todos los integrantes alineados con los valores y así seguir con la compañía en un curso fijo. Lo que se debe tener en cuenta es que al final del día, lo bueno y malo que pasa dentro de la startup es generado por las personas que trabajan en ella.

La cultura no es comida gratis, buenas fiestas de navidad u otros beneficios. Es acerca de compartir la misión y expectativas en el futuro, ese terreno común de cada discusión y la razón principal por la que todos están trabajando sobre esa misma idea, generando ese producto y siendo abogados de esa marca.

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Se encuentran abiertas las aplicaciones para el programa de aceleración de Techstars. Aplica para unirte a la red de Techstars de más de 10,000 mentores, inversionistas y fundadores. La fecha límite para aplicar es Abril 9, 2017 para la sesión que comienza en Julio 2017 en 12 ubicaciones diferentes alrededor del mundo.

Cuando apliques, puedes escoger entre las siguientes locaciones y verticales:

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Nuestros líderes de Comunidad en Sevilla, España

Siguiendo la crisis financiera de 2007 -08, la economía española entró en recesión, y en un ciclo de desarrollo negativo macroeconómico. Esto impactó la manera cómo era visto el emprendimiento en diferentes ciudades alrededor del país, especialmente aquellas que siempre fueron muy tradicionales. Tuve la oportunidad de hablar con Jaime Aranda Serralbo acerca del crecimiento de la comunidad de emprendimiento de Sevilla y su camino como líder de comunidad.


Nacido en Córdoba, pero establecido en Sevilla desde hace muchos años, Jaime ha sido uno de los principales catalizador del movimiento de emprendimiento en esa ciudad. Junto con otro participante de Startup Weekend Córdoba en Diciembre de 2012, fue el primero en llevar Startup Weekend a Sevilla en mayo del 2013. Esta acción– que fue después de abrir un espacio de co-working y ser organizador de más de 120 eventos– fue el inicio de la comunidad, que al día de hoy tiene el record de organización del Startup Weekend más grande de España.

De la recolección de datos que ha hecho, Jaime me cuenta que hay 8 startups y alrededor de 160 trabajos que se han generado gracias a esta comunidad de emprendimiento. Ahora, 3 años después de ese punto inicial, la comunidad de Sevilla, ha creado una organización sin ánimo de lucro que busca apoyar el emprendimiento y la inversión pública y privada en la ciudad, llamada Sevilla UP; con Jaime como su presidente. El objetivo principal de esta organización es ser un foro abierto a la innovación, la colaboración y las ideas que tengan sus socios y participantes.


El primer Startup Weekend, que sucedió en Mayo del 2013, tuvo alrededor de 45 participantes. De ahí se movieron a 160 en el evento organizado durante Global Startup Weekend en 2014. En ese momento, el director de Techstars para Europa, el Medio Oriente y Africa, José Iglesias, sugirió al equipo organizador, hacer eventos verticalizados. En 2015, durante Global Startup Battle de ese año, hicieron su primer evento enfocado en gastronomía y comida, al cual asistieron 50 participantes.

Este año, tendrán la tercera edición de ese tema en Marzo, la segunda enfocada en aeroespacial y la primera enfocada en educación.


Jaime, quien es emprendedor serial, piensa que en el 2017 después de la crisis y con el ecosistema emprendedor de Sevilla creciendo, las startups tendrán más madurez y serán capaces de crear profesionales dentro de sus equipos, proveyendo experiencias invaluables a sus empleados y al mismo tiempo dando valor a la sociedad y el mercado español. 

Community Highlight: Sevilla, Spain

Following the financial crisis of 2007–08, the Spanish economy’s plunged into recession, entering a cycle of negative macroeconomic performance. This impacted the way that entrepreneurship was seen in cities around the country. Specially those that were always very traditional. I got a chance to talk to Jaime Aranda Serralbo about the growth of Sevilla’s entrepreneurial community and his path as Community Leader.


Born in Cordoba, but now living in Sevilla since several years ago, Jaime has been a catalyst within the startup movement in Sevilla. Along with another participant of Startup Weekend Cordoba in late December of 2012, he was the first to bring Startup Weekend to Sevilla on May of 2013. This move, which came after Jaime’s successful opening of the biggest co-working space in the city – WorkINCompany – as well as having already organised around 120 events, was the starting point of the community, which as of today has held the biggest Startup Weekend event in the country – and one of the biggest in Europe.

From his recollection of data, Jaime says there are 8 startups and around 160 jobs that have been created thanks to the thriving community. Now, 3 years after the movement began, the community leaders of Sevilla, have created an non-profit to support entrepreneurship and investment in the city called Sevilla UP; with Jaime as President. This organization aims to be an open forum of collaboration, innovation and ideation.


The first Startup Weekend, the one back in May 2013, had around 45 participants. They went up to host around 160 participants, during 2014’s Global Startup Battle. At that point, Techstars EMEA Director, José Iglesias, suggested that they should start doing verticalized events–focused events in a specific theme/industry. In 2015, during Global Startup Battle, they ran their first thematic Startup Weekend, focused on Food and gastronomy–they had around 50 participants. This year, they will run in March the 3rd edition of that theme, in June their 2nd focused in Aerospace and in July their first focused on Education.


Jaime, who is a serial entrepreneur, thinks after the crisis and with the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem growing, in 2017, startups will become more mature, and will be able to create professionals within their teams, provide valuable experiences for their employees and at the same time provide value to both the society and the Spanish markets. We look forward to following their progress!