France Continues Booming in the European Entrepreneurial Scene

Paris has a growing tech ecosystem fueled by the strength of its startup community.

With the support of government entities, academia and the investment community, it seems like the once “old-school” city is aiming to become the top tech startup scene in Europe. According to, last year, Paris overtook Berlin in the European Digital City Index (EDCI) rankings of best tech startup city, making it 6th place in the world.

During the weekend of July 8th, the organizing team of Startup Weekend Paris held an event focused on food. During 54 hours, more than 100 participants – designers, engineers, programmers and industry experts – created and developed products and services to disrupt this industry. The coaches and judges praised the teams’ work and the incredible progress made during the event.


One of the teams, Happyculteur, wants to develop a beekeeper community to make the purchase of local honey more accessible to buyers. Another team, La Brigade Culinaire, seeks to create a space within restaurants (that close on Sunday) to give young chef teams the opportunity to learn and provide service to clients. These two startups created during the Paris Startup Weekend hold the potential that in the future, they may become a success story such as Snips, a very well-know Paris based artificial intelligence startup that has raised more than $6.3 Million USD.

Right now, the capital has 5,000 startups (compared to 1,000 in 2011) and is adding 1,000+ startups every year, as well as hosting more than 40 accelerators. Paris is planning to host the largest incubator in Europe by 2017, a project being run on both public and private investment. Other French cities that are emerging on the entrepreneurial landscape include Toulouse, Lille, Nantes, Lyon, Grenoble, Bordeaux, Nice and Montpellier. On a local level, the current education system in France is even becoming more focused on entrepreneurship and leadership, which is a paradigm shift for French culture. 

We are excited to watch the French entrepreneurial scene bloom over the next few years with the help of our community and all actors across the ecosystem.

Editions Month 2016: Winners, Judges and More!

During May 2016, we held the second annual Editions Month. This initiative was created to highlight new editions of Startup Weekend, focusing on industries, themes and audiences.

Editions of Startup Weekend bring together entrepreneurs and industry experts for all kinds of innovation and community building – they are an invaluable tool for Community Leaders to foster the diversity required for thriving entrepreneurial communities. With ideas from all around the world, this year’s Editions Month spotlighted the unique talents and resources of communities in 49 Cities and in 49 countries around the world.

Throughout the initiative, we ran a contest with our organizers, where we encouraged them to tell us the story of their events to win funds for building their local startup community. The entries were judged by a committee of Facilitators and other Organizers, who decided on the winners based on the following criteria:

  • Impact
  • Creativity
  • Inspiration & Passion

Judges praised on all entries with comments such as, “I really liked the approach of telling the stories and showing examples of experiences during the event, which highlights the most of any event and how it impacts people, and the most important part, the community.”

We are proud to announce this year’s winners!

Startup Weekend Education Nairobi – The One and Only in East Africa

Nairobi, East Africa


Discovering Yuma — America’s Winter Salad Bowl

Arizona, USA

Yuma, Az

Making a dent in the universe – Environment First

Beirut, Lebanon

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Moda, Tecnologia e Startups (Fashion, Technology and Startups)

Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Thank you! To our community leaders, organizers, mentors and local judges, who for each event take the time and dedication in order to improve their communities and who work as volunteers for the cause of bringing entrepreneurship to every corner of the world. Also, thanks to our sponsors for supporting our events around the world and making them possible.

We’d also like to give a special thank you to the amazing judges of Editions Month 2016!

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Editions Month Spotlight: HealthCare

Health is considered to be one of the largest economy boosters in the world. In the US alone the industry is worth over $3 Million dollars. Universities like Harvard, Northwestern and Duke offer online courses and hackathons that tackle the mix of entrepreneurship and health, and governments are pushing and supporting the entrepreneurs’ creation and innovative solutions.


Health data analysis and transparency, fitness tracking, self-measurement, IoT devices, and more, are some of the developments we’ve seen and that will continue to evolve as the industry shifts and breaks its old-fashioned status.

In an effort to improve the Health industry, the Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai, was launched this year and is a collaboration to help today’s technology innovators turn their ideas into breakthroughs that can improve the lives of patients around the world.

On the weekend of May 27th, during Editions Month the organizing team at Tours, France will be hosting Startup Weekend e-Health Edition. Here’s what they think makes this edition special:

What are you most excited about for your upcoming event?

The idea of contributing to fostering innovation in a sector that tends to be very conservative makes us really excited! And seeing Health professionals thrilled by the idea of experimenting the entrepreneurial way of life and of contributing to the future of their industry makes us really happy.

What makes this Edition interesting?

Startup Weekend Tours e-Health edition is the fourth Startup Weekend we are organizing here in Tours. We had been thinking about it for a long time but now it seems that this is a good timing to focus on this Edition for several reasons:

  • The French national dynamic on e-Health is more favorable than ever.
  • The eHealth ecosystem is structuring (particularly around an association called eHealthTech France that brings together more than a hundred of French startups operating in the e-health industry).
  • The launching of a public investment fund for « the future of Medicine” is encouraging.

We hope that the success of French startups like Withings or Doctolib will inspire our participants!

The Team:

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  • Julien Dargaisse who founded InterviewApp, a startup which helps over 1 000 organizations in France and abroad to optimize the performance of their recruitment process through a one-way video interviewing technology. He also created a non-profit organization named Palo Altours, which aims at fostering the innovation community here in Tours.
  • Rodrigo Reyes who founded Orthoscribe, a startup which helps speech-language pathologists to transcribe their sessions reports.
  • Julien Boulanger, a videast and photographer at Bereflex.
  • Marie Cottu who founded Adbok Design, a design studio.
  • Alexis Gandubert, who founded Smartvitale, a startup operating in the health field with his Vitale card (our National Health Insurance card) reader.
  • Rémi Toisier, who work for a regional delegation of the French State in charge of digital transition, GIP Recia.
  • Marie Gassie, co-founder along with Julien Dargaisse of both InterviewApp and Palo Altours!!

We are really delighted to help Techstars grow the Startup Weekend community year after year and get ready because we’ll have a yoga session during the event.

Editions Month Industry Highlight: Internet of Things

The revolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) has already started. All the smart devices in your home, sensored and app loaded objects in your life are all part of the IoT. From home and personal use to industrial focus, the industry has risen even more powerfully during the past decade.


We recently launched applications for the Techstars IoT Accelerator, located in NYC at Barclays Rise, which brings a focus on the “Industrial Internet” and connecting the infrastructure of business and industry. The accelerator unites IoT industry leaders with a select group of the most innovative emerging startups for a 15 week, mentorship-driven program.

As Editions Month happens, organizers around the world are creating opportunities for participants to attend IoT focused events. Today, we’re highlighting Startup Weekend Denver (USA) and Startup Weekend Florianópolis (Brazil).

What are you most excited about for your upcoming event?

Denver Team: We are extremely excited to put on an amazing event for the participants. We want to provide them with as many resources as possible so they can learn helpful skills, meet great people, build the local startup community, and above all, startup some great companies.

Florianópolis Team: The Startup Weekend Florianópolis Internet of Things will be the very first Startup  Weekend about this theme in Brazil, so we are very excited to make it unforgettable. It will be the opportunity to strengthen entrepreneurship in the region, bring the relationship with the maker community closer and bring more knowledge about Internet of Things. We want to show that everybody can create and connect multiple devices to the internet during the 54 hours event.  We are already sold out and we are working to bring many activities and surprises for the participants.

What makes this Edition interesting?

Denver Team: This Internet of Things edition of Startup Weekend will provide participants with some surprising insights into the coming “Third Wave” of the Internet. We’re excited to see what these entrepreneurs create over this weekend and how they use internet technologies to interact with physical devices.

Florianópolis Team: The Internet of Things is a booming market and promises to move more than $7 trillion USD over the next three years and we will have a fully dedicated edition to develop startups focused in IoT. We will have the presence of highly qualified mentors and judges to help in the development of the ideas and we are sure that it will be a success. Moreover, Florianópolis is consolidating as a global technology hub. Currently, the city has about 600 software companies, hardware and technology services, which generate about five thousand direct jobs. There is no better place to receive the first Startup Weekend IoT in Brazil.

Organizing team members:

Denver Team

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Florianópolis Team

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Any extra things making these events special?

Denver Team: Of course, we would like to thank everyone who has helped us in organizing this amazing event. This includes all of the organizers, coaches, speakers, judges, our wonderful sponsors, the amazing Techstars support staff, and especially those who participate in creating new startups at this event. The Startup Weekend Denver | Internet of Things 2.0 event. We can not wait for this event to begin.

Florianópolis Team: We will provide many hardware equipments for the participants like Arduino, 3D printers and others. Also, we will make a real-time coverage of the event on social media channels and live stream through Periscope so that people can watch the pitches. On top of that, we will also have special gifts for all participants.

Editions Month Spotlight: Beverage Innovation

Whether you’re a craft brewer, coffee connoisseur, have a great idea for a new product, or the next innovator for beverage products you’re welcome to join Startup Weekend Tampa for their Beverage Edition during Editions Month, to build, launch, and startup!


We interviewed Stasha Johnston, Digital Marketing Director at Monin; a gourmet flavouring company created in 1912 at Bourges, France, that was born because its founder started delivering orange syrups to bars and restaurants by car. Now the company focuses on premium cocktail flavours and exports to 45 countries out of Tampa, having presence in over 140 countries.

Their innovation comes along with the statement, “You can go from ordinary to extraordinary,” which they achieve by adding to your regular beverage one of the more than 150 flavours offered in different options– syrups, sauces, purées or mixes.  

Stasha believes that “‘beverage industry’ and ‘innovation’ are two words that have to go hand in hand, because everyone is drinking beverages, and if an entrepreneur wants to enter the industry they will need to deliver intriguing and innovative solutions for consumers to feel engaged with a specific product.”

She says consumers are getting smarter, so companies need to have more awareness on who they are selling to, what kind of products they are creating, as well as delivering higher quality in every sense– ingredients, packaging, promotion. Her final advice for entrepreneurs joining the industry is to identify something they believe is special and move forward with the execution of the idea before the bigger companies find that trend, product, or service.

One of the major changes happening in the industry is the shift from carbonated beverages towards the focus on healthier and organic products.

The opportunities to reinvent the industry are everywhere; on April 1st, the Daily UK, published an article about 11 year-old Mikaila, a girl from Texas, who got an investment of $11 million from Whole Foods to sell her lemonade sweetened with honey.

The organizing team of Tampa’s Startup Weekend Beverage Edition is partnering with some of the best in the beverage, tech, and business communities to give you all the resources and advice you’ll need to launch your business in 54 hours. You can learn more about the event below.

What are you most excited about for your upcoming event?

We’re excited to see Tampa’s beverage community come together for this event! We’ve got a blooming beverage community here in Tampa and I know that we’re going to have some incredible businesses emerge from this event. We’re hoping to see everything from craft brewers, to new health drinks, to beverage products, to beverage tech at this edition.

What makes this Edition interesting?

This event is going to be a hub for beverage startups in the US. There aren’t many places you can go to gain this kind of exposure to other beverage enthusiasts and established players in the industry so this will be the ideal place to come and launch a new beverage related company.

Organizing team members:

Expect a ton of free samples during our event! For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Editions Month Spotlight: Environment & Sustainability

The world is going green. As humanity faces problems of ecological degradation due to energy guzzling machinery and gadgets, and a piling mound of discarded ones, it makes sense to mend old ways and reinvent the ways we do things.

It is also time to fundamentally rethink the role of agricultural knowledge, science and technology in achieving equitable development, and sustainability. Today’s world is a place of uneven development, unsustainable use of natural resources, worsening impact of climate change, and continued poverty and malnutrition.

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During Editions Month, we will host some themed Startup Weekends that aim to solve environmental and sustainability issues through startups focused on eco-technology, as well as products and processes that help this green wave grow further. The areas of focuses varies from waste management to eco-tourism, to organic farming, and so on. On the weekend of May 6th, Melbourne’s organizing team will host Startup Weekend Sustainability Edition and Beirut’s on May 13th, Startup Weekend Environmental Edition, you can learn more about both events below:

What makes this Edition interesting?

Melbourne Team: Bringing all things awesome about Startup Weekend to people who want to make a difference in the area of sustainability but who have no idea where to begin.  The original motivation for such an event was created to address the issue of providing people a platform to realise these ideas and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. The spirit and entrepreneurial style of Startup Weekend mixed with the “I want to make a difference but don’t know how” is a perfect match.

​Beirut Team: This edition is one of the most interesting subjects on earth at all times. Our environment is nothing to be taken lightly and the planet is in rem need for help from all of us, entrepreneurs first. It is a subject that not only concerns Beirut, it concerns everyone. On a note, it specifically touches Beirut as our country is currently in a waste crisis and on the verge of becoming toxic to live, so we are hoping the lovely green entrepreneurs help us prevent this from happening.

What are you most excited about for your upcoming event?

Melbourne Team: The event is an opportunity for people to come together to create the possibility of making a real difference in sustainability and the environment.  Not only does this particular event stand to provide all of the normal awesome things of Startup Weekend, but it has the potential to really make a difference in one of the major issues facing the entire planet today.  We hope that participants get all of the great things they usually get out of Startup Weekend and leave empowered and inspired to make a real impact in the world through a sustainability based business or project.  It is these people that will make the difference, we’re just providing the structure and access for them to be able to realise their own possibilities.

Beirut Team: The thing I’m most excited about is the startups that will come to life, I can’t wait to see the ideas they have, those that will solve waste problems and help the environment become better. I’m interested in seeing how they’ll tackle the challenges to go from ideas into a working model, and how they’ll incorporate and optimize those startups in their communities.

Organizing teams:

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Beirut Team:


Any final thoughts?

Melbourne Team: We hope that we can cause other “Sustainability” themed Startup Weekends throughout the world as we know there are so many people dying for an opportunity to be a part of something like this (and if anyone wants to help us cause a sustainability based Startup Weekend, please be in contact so we can help!)

Beirut Team: ​The thing making this event special is that the EU is sponsoring and facilitating environmental solutions and impact on the society will happen because of it. The EU’s goal is to help the entrepreneurial scene in Beirut, Lebanon​. On the other hand, the entire startup, entrepreneurial and green ecosystems are all on board for this event which makes it rich in content and relevance.

For more information about these Startup Weekend events go to:

Melbourne Startup Weekend Sustainability Beirut Startup Weekend Environment

Top 5 Startup Weekend Themes During Editions Month 2016


This May we’ll be celebrating our second Editions Month – an initiative created in response to the growing organic demand from the community to bring the magic of Startup Weekend to new industries and audiences. Startup Weekend Edition events run just like any other Startup Weekend – but are focused on a certain theme, industry or audience. These type of events increase the diversity of the community by pulling in new attendees, organizers, stakeholders, and sponsors with new areas of expertise.

During the entire month, organizers all around the world will be holding over 100 events, highlighting over 50 different editions! We’ll be highlighting trends, stories, and experiences from these events over the next few weeks. Let’s take a look at the Top Editions featured at events during Editions Month.

#5. Healthcare

These events focus on the healthcare industry and the ways it can impact patients and doctors, from emergency services to insurance providers. Over the years, entrepreneurs have jumped into new industries to disrupt this industry even more with innovations such as healthcare tracking apps and wearables.

Health – Tours, France

MedTech – Lyon, France

#4. Environment

Entrepreneurs want to change the world and help solve environmental issues through this theme. Some startups can be focused on specific niches, such as clean fuels and efficient electronics manufacturing, while others could take a consumer-focused approach, providing easy-to-use tools to help everyone make environmentally friendly choices.

Sustainability / Environment – Melbourne, Australia

Environment – Beirut, Lebanon

Clean Tech – Bremmen, Germany

EcoTechnologies and e-Agriculture – Orleans, France

#3. Youth

Startup Weekend Youth Edition is specially designed for the next generation of entrepreneurs. The event format is similar to a normal Startup Weekend, but some things are changed up just for the kids. Organizers create an atmosphere of exercises and experiences that will inspire the young minds and help them learn how to move ideas forward towards action, and in the process, collaborate with their peers. 

Youth – Tirana, Albania

Youth – Mendoza, Argentina

Youth – Recife, Brazil

#2. Internet of Things and Smart Cities

This theme is meant for startups that are rewiring the infrastructure of the future with specific emphasis on focuses such as software and artificial intelligence, smart cities and energy, VR, AR, the connected home, and more! These events are all about getting connected.

Smart Cities – Asunción, Paraguay

Virtual Reality – Valencia, Spain

Smart City – Columbus, OH, USA

Smart Cities – Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil

IoT – Denver, CO, USA

IoT – Florianópolis – Brazil

#1. Education

If what you are seeking is to improve education, Startup Weekend EDU events are made just for that! These events are for teachers, designers, techies, parents, entrepreneurs, students, and anyone who wants to contribute their ideas and skills to improve education.

EDU – New Orleans, LA, USA

EDU – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

EDU – Auckland, New Zealand

EDU – Chicago, IL, USA

EDU – Juiz de Flora, Brazil

EDU – Miami, FL, USA

EDU – Orlando, FL, USA

EDU – Nairobi, Kenya


Editions Month kicks off this weekend, April 29th! Check out the Startup Weekends happening near you!

Fortaleciendo el ecosistema de startups en Latinoamérica

Por @MarcNager

Latinoamérica siempre me ha parecido una región fascinante. Su diversidad cultural y geográfica la convierten en una de las más interesantes del mundo. De la misma forma, siempre me han llamado la atención aquellas cosas que son comunes a los latinoamericanos, sobre todo su capacidad de adaptarse a los cambios y su imaginación infinita para superar las adversidades.

No es sorpresa, entonces, que América Latina sea una de las regiones más emprendedoras y que su ecosistema de startups sea uno de los más pujantes y con mayor potencial del planeta. Diversas empresas tecnológicas han surgido de la región en los últimos años, e incluso  muchas de ellas se han consolidado en mercados que en principio son ajenos, como el norteamericano.

Latinoamérica se encuentra ante una oportunidad histórica de generar riqueza y empleo a través del emprendimiento, apoyándose en su ADN emprendedor para generar nuevas empresas y atrayendo startups extranjeras con miras a que basen sus operaciones en la región en búsqueda de nuevos usuarios. Aprovechar este potencial requiere que los gobiernos sean capaces de articular políticas públicas inteligentes con foco en las necesidades e inquietudes de los emprendedores latinos, impulsando un enfoque de innovación hacia la resolución de problemas locales.  

A partir de estas problemáticas, desde Techstars, y con el apoyo de Google, hemos llevado adelante un proceso de discusión con emprendedores y referentes del sector acerca de los cinco pilares que consideramos son necesarios para generar comunidades prósperas de emprendimiento en la región, incluyendo políticas públicas. Durante el 2015, se han  organizado talleres de discusión en nueve ciudades de Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, México, Perú y República Dominicana para compartir inquietudes, detectar casos de éxito y pensar en soluciones de políticas públicas que fortalezcan el ecosistema de startups en base a esos cinco pilares: cultura, densidad, capital, talento y ambiente regulatorio.

Entre los resultados más interesantes detectamos la necesidad de generar más mujeres emprendedoras impulsando el estudio de carreras tecnológicas desde edades tempranas en este grupo demográfico, y de trabajar en cambiar la percepción a veces equivocada que se tiene en la región sobre el emprendimiento y sobre el fracaso como parte del proceso de aprendizaje. Desde el punto de vista regulatorio, tuvimos algunos temas con mayor discusión; legislaciones modernas y armonizadas entre los diferentes países de la región que simplifiquen los procesos de generación y cierre de empresas,  limiten la responsabilidad de los intermediarios por contenido generado por sus usuarios y fomenten la disponibilidad de capital. Lo más sorprendente, sin embargo, fue encontrarnos con decenas de ejemplos de iniciativas y modelos exitosos en la región y que pueden replicarse y utilizarse como referencia por otros países.   

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Éstas, entre otras conclusiones y recomendaciones se encuentran documentadas en el informe “Fomentando el ecosistema de emprendimiento en Latinoamérica”, que con orgullo presentamos esta semana en el Global Entrepreneurship Congress en Medellín, Colombia, ante líderes mundiales y que puedes consultar al final de esta publicación. Confiamos en que este proceso sea el primer paso hacia una mayor participación de los emprendedores en la construcción de herramientas y políticas que los afectan directamente, a través de más instancias de discusión e involucramiento de las comunidades. El desarrollo del ecosistema de startups debe basarse en una mayor articulación público-privada, de forma tal que todos los actores que lo conforman, directa o indirectamente, puedan aprovechar los beneficios del emprendimiento.   

Puedes encontrar el Blog Post original aquí. 

FINNOSUMMIT: Evento Fintech de referencia reúne al mejor talento emergente de toda América Latina.

¿Cómo afectará la nueva realidad digital a los servicios financieros? ¿De qué manera se integrarán las startups y los ecosistemas digitales a la concepción tradicional de la banca?


¿Qué nuevos cambios aparecerán como resultado del debate para la redefinición de la industria? Integrantes de la comunidad Fintech tratarán de resolver éstos y otros interrogantes en el evento FINNOSUMMIT, una cita imprescindible para los profesionales y expertos de este sector en todo el mundo.

El próximo 10 de septiembre 2015 México DF acogerá FINNOSUMMIT en el Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral. Se trata de una conferencia participativa, abierta e inspiradora, pensada para conectar a los innovadores y emprendedores Fintech en México DF y en toda Latinoamérica.

Desde Techstars, somos colaboradores de esta conferencia que se ha posicionado como evento de referencia para los profesionales y expertos del sector Fintech de todo el mundo.

Anímate y consulta la agenda. Ya puedes conseguir tu boleto con un 20% de descuento por pertenecer a nuestra comunidad y ser uno de los 300 asistentes que formen parte de la transformación de la industria financiera. Para más información, escribe a para conseguir el código.

Los más prestigiosos expertos en innovación, emprendimiento y servicios financieros de todo el mundo como Startupbootcamp o Conekta compartirán escenario con entidades financieras líderes en innovación como BBVA, Grupo Santander, Banregio, SWIFT y Gentera, entre otros para explorar las oportunidades y los retos de la disrupción Fintech en el mercado Latinoamericano.

El mundo de las finanzas y los bancos está sufriendo una transformación liderada por las startups y las nuevas tecnologías de modo que los bancos deben sumergirse en esta gran ola de innovación que viene golpeando a la industria financiera desde hace tiempo, incluso en América Latina.

Un claro ejemplo del gran talento emergente y de la gran competitividad de este tipo de iniciativas lo comprobaremos gracias a las startups Fintech finalistas de la región latinoamericana de BBVA Open Talent 2015 ­la competición de startups que busca a las empresas Fintech más disruptivas del momento alrededor del mundo y en la que Finnovista colabora en la organización­ que presentarán sus proyectos en el marco de FINNOSUMMIT.

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Y además… ¡Forma parte de la mayor comunidad global de jóvenes innovadores!

Innovadores Menores de 35 es el reconocimiento para innovadores de MIT Technology Review, la publicación más respetada en tecnologías emergentes del Instituto Tecnológico número uno del mundo, MIT.

Con el apoyo del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, los premios Innovadores menores de 35 buscan en Chile a la segunda generación de jóvenes innovadores que, a través de sus proyectos, trabajan en soluciones tecnológicas de gran impacto en la sociedad.

¿Quieres ser uno de ellos?

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