Startupweekend Fianarantsoa – with 54h the biggest challenge is about CHANGE

Give First / Community First & Enhance Diversity

Following the success of the three previous startupweekend (two general editions, one changemakers ) in Antananarivo, a new edition for Fianarantsoa was announced in August 2017. In 2018, Malagasy startupweekend ecosystem steps forward with fresh new editions, giving the opportunity to other provinces to grow their startup communities. Startupweekend Fianarantsoa 25-27 May 2018 is here. We believe that a strong entrepreneurship ecosystem must have 3 main things : a strong community, huge diversity and various partners.

As a host of the Antananarivo 2018 Startupweekend Edition, Etech Consulting a local tech company, encourages entrepreneurship events and will host the first press conference of this new edition. It will be an occasion to discover the startupweekend concept. Often called the biggest incubator in the world startupweekend is a 54h format event with unique organization and participation rules.

“I decided to organise a startupweekend (in Fianarantsoa) because I deeply believe that there is an urgent need of sensibilization about innovation and entrepreneurship in my hometown ”

Pierre, lead-organizer of Startupweekend Fianarantsoa

This edition is an occasion for the Malagasy diaspora to participate. JPM France (Juniors pour Madagascar) supports all the Malagasy entrepreneurs around the globe, they also support this edition by allowing people from the diaspora to support local entrepreneurs by buying their ticket through the initiative JPM Parraine un participant SW and its chatbot.

A strong collaboration with various parners is a key to build an ecosystem :  economic leaders, NGO, governement institutions, launched startups, SME’s and others. Major actors such as Axian group  promotes the development of entrepreneurship in Africa  supporting projects such as Lamakoo or Salama Care at the previous Startupweekend Paris dedicated to Madagascar. Yes, there are new startups such as Hamac or Paika who are passionnate about developping  the ecosystem and Governement initiatives like the “Unité d’Incubation Entrepreneuriale et d’Emploi” and NGO that are contributing to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.


A strong presence of IOT for the following Malagasy editions

In a world becoming less virtual and more connected, IOT has its place in every startupweekend. For this startupweekend, a partnership is made between Obconnect an IOT ecosystem marketplace, Obconnect is developping a project of funding 1 million of connected devices mainly health related in Africa : ONEMILLIONIOT

Meanwhile, ODI community regoups IOT developers and IOT passionnates with activities such as ODI Kids. ODI Kid organizes coding goûters, an activity to sensibilize and encourages children to learn code and robotics. The new trend is now to use the digital to connect real world “things”, and Madagascar is on the bucket list.

“In the future, you will buy connected things like you buy a shirt or shoes, our consumption habits are already changing, and we are responsible of building this future.”

Abdoulaye Sy, founder of Obconnect – Startupweekend Fianarantsoa mentor

New upcoming challenges

Organizing a startupweekend in Fianarantsoa might be harder than in Paris. Indeed, there are less probabilities of food, electricity or internet incidents. Anyway, the more problem there are, the more opportunities there is. The main challenges that are met in Madagascar revolves around basic needs such as Health, Education, Energy, Food, Connectivity and Water access.

“Organizing a startupweekend is a challenge for all of us. We do not expect it to be easy. We decided to launch this edition just after the changemakers in the capital (Antananarivo). Why ? because we believe in CHANGE and the best place to foster it was there (Fianarantsoa) ”

Ricardo, co-founder of Otwoo and co-organizer of Startupweekend Fianarantsoa

This initative is not alone, startupweekend Mahajanga will be launched by another team in April in the warm beaches of Mahajanga and more events are expected to occur in other cities like Startupweekend Nosy-Be, Toamasina, Tuléar so keep in touch.

Interested in participating or becoming a partner ?

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NB : Edited in collaboration with our media partner Digigasy


10 Countries. 10 Startup Weekend Communities. 10 Stories Across Borders.

We’re celebrating Techstars Startup Weekend’s 10th Birthday! On July 7th, 2007, the first Startup Weekend was held in Boulder, Colorado with 80 entrepreneurs. In 10 years, we’ve grown to:

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

Techstars Startup Weekend is now 10 years old, and we’re just getting started in the South & Central Asian region with 130+ India events since 2011, 50+ in South Asia (excluding India) & 20+ in Central Asia.

We’re also excited to announce that we will be bringing the first Startup Weekend events to Maldives and Uzbekistan in late 2017.

To celebrate the impact of our entrepreneurship programs with our worldwide community and teams around the world and I’m honoured to share with you my favorite stories and memories of building startup communities.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in building this startup community and shaping this global entrepreneurship movement. Check out our Thank You video!

As an Indo-Asian startup innovation Community Architect, I am responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in India, SAARC nations and Central Asian countries. I’m always excited to welcome thousands of new entrepreneurs every year through Techstars Startup Weekend, and honoured to have facilitated over 30 Startup Weekends across Asia.

  1. Startup Weekend India

The Startup Weekend India community includes over 20 States — SW Rajasthan, SW West Bengal, SW Kerala, SW Gujarat, SW Goa, SW Odisha, SW Delhi, SW Tamil Nadu, SW Manipur, SW Uttar Pradesh, SW Telangana, SW Karnataka, SW Punjab, SW Haryana, SW Uttarakhand, SW Andhra Pradesh, SW Telangana, SW Maharashtra, SW Jammu & Kashmir, SW Himachal Pradesh, etc.

1st Startup Weekend Noida (Uttar Pradesh)

  1. Startup Weekend Pakistan

Startup Weekend Lahore, Pakistan (March 2015) #SWLahore

  1. Startup Weekend Bangladesh

Startup Weekend Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 2017) #SWDhaka

Startup Weekend Dhaka (Nov 2015) #SWDhaka

  1. Startup Weekend Bhutan

#SWBhutan community from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Startup Weekend Bhutan in Thimphu (2016–17) #SWThimphu

  1. Startup Weekend Afghanistan

Building Afghan Entrepreneurship at first Startup Weekend Kabul, Afghanistan (March 2016) #SWKabul

  1. Startup Weekend Sri Lanka

4th Startup Weekend Sri Lanka in Negombo #SiliconBeach (May 2017) #SW Negombo

2nd Startup Weekend Sri Lanka in Colombo (Oct 2016) #SWColombo

First Startup Weekend Sri Lanka in Jaffna (June 2016) #SWJaffna

  1. Startup Weekend Nepal

9th Startup Weekend Kathmandu (Greenovation) in Nepal (Nov 2016) #SWKathmandu

  1. Startup Weekend Kazakhstan

Startup Weekend Astana in Kazakhstan (Oct 2016) #SWAstana

  1. Startup Weekend Tajikistan

First Startup Weekend Tajikistan in Dushanbe (Nov 2016) #SWDushanbe #SWTJ

  1. Startup Weekend ASEAN (10 Countries in One ASEAN)

Startup Weekend ASEAN 2015 was organised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (video), where entrepreneurs from all over South-East Asia collaborated in Generation Startup Weekend, an effort by Techstars Startup Programs and its partners at MaGIC (Malaysian Govt.), YSEALI, and the U.S. State Department.

First of it’s kind — Techstars Startup Weekend ASEAN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Aug 2015) #SWASEAN

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Reach out to me if you’re interested to bring Techstars Startup Programs to your community!

One of my favourite Startup Weekend picture, kicking off the first SW SriLanka #HappyBirthdaySW

We want to say thank you again, from everyone at Techstars, for all the hard work and time that you give to support your entrepreneurial community!

This post was first originally published here at Anurag Maloo’s medium blog here. 

Welcome Startup Weekend Copenhagen Finance 2016!

Startup Weekend Copenhagen is proud to announce another Finance edition on 4th of March 2016. Together with our main partners CFIR and Finansforbundet we are aiming to ignite the Danish finance industry. Read more about the event here.

Many startups have emerged in the Nordic region in the last few years and are shaping the industry. New ways of borrowing, saving money, paying for services and sending/buying currencies are already shaping our daily life.

Startup Weekend Copenhagen, CFIR and  Finansforbundet in collaboration with the local partners such as  Københavns Kommune, DJØF, Finansrådet, NETS, Saxo Bank, BEC and TRYG are focusing on bringing together developers, designers, marketers, financiers and anyone who has a passion for finance and innovation.

We have a special treat for you! Limited Super Early Bird tickets:

5 tickets for 180 DKK if you use the discount code: “SuperEarlyCPHSW

5 tickets for 220 DKK if you use “EarlyCPHSW” code
*If the discount codes are not working, it’s because they are gone and used already. Hurry up!

You still have time until February 8th to claim early bird ticket for 250 DKK. After that you can only purchase full price ticket for 450 DKK (in case if you are a student you can get a ticket for 375 DKK).

Got an idea? Have 54 hours? Then join us on March 4th at Finansforbundet in beautiful Christianshavn.

Follow Startup Weekend Copenhagen for latest updates on Facebook, Twitter @cphSW and Instagram @cphsw. Follow #CPHSW hashtag on Twitter for latest SW Finance updates during the event!

Join us at the Startup Weekend Finance pre-event on February 22nd in Copenhagen [link]. The event is FREE of charge where you will learn more about the workshop, have a chance to ask questions and meet other participants.

Remember, you need to buy tickets to attend Startup Weekend!

You can buy tickets here!

In May 2015 we had a great chapter of SW Copenhagen Finance. See the recap of SW Finance CPH 2015.

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Further resources on FinTech:

– Don’t miss Christian Gabriel’s blog post on Medium about Danish FinTech landscape. Very great resource to have an overview in finance industry.

– If you want to know what is happening in FinTech in European context, definitely read the article that maps out all FinTech players.

Are You a Foodie? #SWyum recap

After months of preparation, SW Food has come and gone! Before our memories fail us, let’s try to capture the most unforgettable moments of #SWyum.



In our first blogpost, we mentioned the international mix of our organizing team, representing the UK, US, China, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy… and how our love of food brought us to organise the event. The attendees beat us at our own game by travelling to London for our event, from countries including Belgium, France, Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland, to name a few. Wow!

And it didn’t stop there. We had a brilliant designer join us remotely from Dubai, who helped several of our teams with amazing designs throughout the weekend. So special shout out to Zahed Mirza!

One of the striking things the organisers noticed was how easily the participants interacted and collaborated throughout the event (we even noticed a few people consulting and giving feedback across teams!). With so much to fit in to 54 hrs, it’s easy to get caught up with the work – but the people you meet and the network you build are ultimately the most valuable takeaway you’ll get from Startup Weekend.




Mentors, Speakers, and Judges:

We had 20 brilliant speakers, mentors, and judges, who provided top-notch support to our teams. Participants noted the high quality mentorship as being a highlight of the event, so thank you all!

Friday: Patrick Drake of HelloFresh, kicked things off by inspiring us all with his story of how leading a double life of playing lawyer by day and chef by night, lead him to venture out to pursue his love of food full time.

Saturday: Danny Bluesone of CyberDuck gave us a wonderful talk on lean UX and personas to get the teams on the right track with their product design. Our mentoring sessions for Sat included: Corrado Accardi of Pizza Rossa, Fahim Hussain of Market Munch, Ali Meruani of Menuspring, Tania Pasia of Red Badger, Ivan Shyr of Sussex Place Ventures, Chris Steinau of Uncover, and David Voxlin of Craved.

Sunday: On Sunday, we continued mentoring with seasoned Startup Weekend mentor and organiser Amalia Agathou, Kastytis Kemezys of Cinnamon Bridge and Dave McDougall of Hult Business School. Our judges who helped us make the tough call on deciding the winners of the event were JinA Bae of CHOPCHOP (a former SW winner herself!), Madeleine Blyth of Techstars, Kastytis Kemezys of Cinnamon Bridge, Ryan Perera of Henchman, Ivan Shyr of Sussex Place Ventures, and Raj Sharma of Only By Nature.

Startup Weekend is ALL about community, and we loved seeing so many SW community leaders come out for the event. Special shout out to our new friends from SW Ireland, who we were thrilled to meet and get some top tips from. And another special shout out to Ryan Kuder from Techstars, who stopped by throughout the weekend to help mentor some of our teams.





Now what you’ve all been waiting for – the menu for the weekend, followed by a few of our favourite #foodporn moments 😉  We guarantee that SW Food was certainly the best fed hackathon in town!

Friday: We started the event off in true hackathon style with pizza and beer – but took it up a notch with mentor Corrado Accardi’s Pizza Rossa.

Saturday: Best to start the day happy and healthy with breakfast from MangoMango and your not so average salads from Pollen & Grace. Harry Thuillier of Oppo hand delivered some of his delicious Oppo ice cream, and even found some time to talk to us and help out some of the teams. After an exhausting day of hard work, our lovely sponsors from Hungry House were there to save the day with some delicious Thai and Indian food.

Sunday: Keeping it simple again for breakfast, with a spread of bagels and fruit. For lunch, Hungry House spoiled us AGAIN, with sushi from Youme sushi, and we also had some sandwiches from Pret. And finally, we had some delicious Hummos Bros. Gipsy Hill helped us to top off the event by sponsoring beer – it was a huge hit, and the packaging put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Snacks and drinks: We were spoiled with choices from our snack sponsors, who helped fuel us throughout the weekend. A HUGE thank you goes out to: Nari Palm Juice, Nudie Snacks, Propercorn, Rude Health, Urban Fruit, and Vita Coco.







Before this blogpost gets out of hand (thanks for making it this far!), check out a great recap of the pitches here. Our recap of the winning teams, and the team MVP awards is posted here.

The winning teams won awesome prizes, including office space at WeWork, places in Cinnamon Bridge’s food startup bootcamp, advisory with Crowdfooding, and a workshop with Startup Manufactory. Shaken Cocktails also sponsored a box for each winning team to celebrate. The MVP winners each got a HelloFresh box to continue the #yum at home. We hope that these prizes will help encourage and support them in continuing with their entrepreneurial pursuits.

Last but not least, the organising team wants to thank our wonderful facilitator Maria-Christina Tsitsopoulos, for her support, and putting up with our crazy antics over the weekend 🙂

This was our first time organising a Startup Weekend, so thanks all for making it one to remember! Keep an eye out for us in the future, because in the words of M. Schwarzenegger – We’ll be back.

Startup Weekend Bahrain 2015 Winners

Startup Weekend Bahrain

November 19th – 21st, 2015

Firstly, I’d like to thank our Strategic partner ‘Tamkeen’ and our sponsors Batelco, ALBA (Aluminum Bahrain), Microsoft and Coca Cola Bottling Company for its support with Startup Weekend Bahrain. With their support, our participants were able to follow through with their startup journey.

Our top 3 winners were Beauty Q, Pick-A-Dive and The Hive, with 4th place honorary winner ‘Turnover’.

Beauty Q in first place, won BD 3,000 and one year co-working space at the event’s host, Tenmou. The team created an online-beauty-salon reservation app that at its initial stage will serve the consumers and eventually work to create a CRM database for the salons to manage its appointments reservation.
Pick-A-Dive won second place, with BD 2,000 cash prize and 6 months co-working space at Tenmou. The team created an online reservation website for diving fanatics to be to reserve for diving classes or hours. This will enable both customers to find the available bookings and diving instructors the opportunity for exposure.
Our third place winners, The Hive won BD 1000 and 3 month co-working space. It is a community driven workspace where individuals with common interest such as machines, technology, digital arts can meet, socialize and collaborate.

Our honorary winners, ‘Turnover’, won 3 months co-working space at Tenmou offices. The team created an application where consumers are able to receive discounts for off-peak hours in restaurants. This creates deals for diners and traffic for restaurateurs.

Around 80 participants joined Startup Weekend Bahrain, with a tally of 13 initial pitches which later on were voted to the final 11 teams. The organizing team made sure to inform the teams to focus on the MVP’s (Minimal Viable Products) in order to validate their startups. We were impressed by the outstanding outcomes that  mostly all 11 teams had their pitched startups were validated by globally recognized establishments in the field of their e-business.

The best part about this year’s Startup Weekend Bahrain was the quality of our pitching startups. We tried our best as hosts to create a creative environment for our startups and potential entrepreneurs. As the host of Startup Weekend, we at Tenmou are working on building the startup ecosystem in Bahrain, as well as working on building the angel investment ecosystem in the MENA region. Our aim is to uplift the entrepreneurship community with our country’s vision of 2030 and raise awareness for startups with potential.

Finally, we’d like to thank our Startup Weekend Bahrain facilitator, Mr. Zoheb Iqbal for creating such a positive vibe for our participants and encouraging them with their pitching. Our message to all our participants and future participants is to encourage and embrace entrepreneurship.

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.

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!”

Why designers should attend Startup Weekend?

Q: How does a designer feel in a hackathon dominated by people from business and tech fields?

It’s going to be challenging but you have a lot to contribute because you’re definitely needed. That also makes it easier to find a team that you’re interested in.

Q: In Startup Weekend what’s particularly interesting for a designer?

For me Startup Weekend is about trying ideas, some of them might breakthrough and become something that you may continue working on.

Most designers that I know are into creating something new and thinking about the user and customer side to make the best service, experience or product. I think all of the teams need to think about the triangle of feasibility, desirability and durability and they need people like designers to think about the desirability.

Q: What do you love about Startup Weekend apart from the great food?

I think the best part; the most rewarding part is that your network is expanding. You start working with people and you get to know them much better in a very short time. It’s not just sitting somewhere and talking, you’re actually working together intensely for two days.

Q: What sets Startup Weekend apart from other hackathons?

Startup Weekend is very open, people can come there and you can choose from a pool of various ideas. It’s very different and there are many different fields represented. I’ve been involved with medical startups, apps, games, social impact projects and services for companies. If you have time during the weekend there’s a lot that you can try, see and get inspired from.

Q: Would you and why would you encourage other designers to participate in Startup Weekend?

Because I know they can do a lot. Designers can help a team put their project into a tangible form that people can make sense out of after two days when you’re presenting it.

Q: What can a designer expect from an event like Startup Weekend?

Inspiration, networking, learning, getting to know more people and getting opportunities. You can get to know valuable people that you might need later on or they might contact you afterwards. You might find an interesting partner that you continue with afterwards which has happened many times for me.

Q: Has Startup Weekend ever helped your professional career?

Yeah, I found people that I’m now working with, some of them turned into good friends. I also have been working on some of the projects afterwards. It has always been inspiring for me and at the end of every Startup Weekend I’ve always come out happily no matter what happened. I’ve never regretted spending my weekend at Startup Weekend.


Pouria is now leading a startup called Grib that works in 3D solutions, check them out!


Startup Weekend Helsinki is organising another event in November find out more here:

Get Ready! The Tracks of Global Startup Battle 2015

Global Startup Battle is shaping up to be bigger than ever! Around the world over 275 cities are working hard to get their Startup Weekend community ready for annual fun of GSB! We’re excited to announce our awesome sponsors and all the ways to compete in GSB 2015. Be sure to check out all of this year’s prizes, resources, and judges on the website – more being added every day!



GSB 2015 Tracks

Champions Track
Join the legacy of global GSB champions as part of the Champions Track. This Track is for winners of local Startup Weekend events and will showcase the best of every city and region.

Great in the Making Track
Made great by Mr. Coffee

Making something truly great? This Track focuses on those who are making products and technologies that will improve people’s lives in areas such as convenience, organization, transportation, and productivity.

The Innovator’s Track
Powered by .CO

Calling all teams that are launching their brilliant ideas .CO! This Track is for teams building their business, company, or product on a .CO domain during Startup Weekend.

Disruptors and Big Ideas Track 
Powered By Transpose

Transpose rallies behind game-changers and disruptors and wants to see what you can bring to the table. This Track is for the entrepreneurs setting out to change industries with visionary ideas and using the Transpose platform to do just that.

Startup Women Track
We’re honored to support building diversity with a Track focused on women entrepreneurs and highlighting their work and talents. More info coming soon!

Mobile Growth Track
Sponsored by

Calling all app developers and enthusiasts! Let Branch Metrics help you launch your next big idea! Branch is looking to help all the Startup Weekend teams that are launching amazing mobile apps.

NEW! Open Track 
Sponsored by The Company Corporation

We’re unlocking GSB! For the first time ever, startup teams from outside GSB events that are in the early stages of launching their ideas can compete in their own Track against each other. This is big! More details coming soon.


Stay tuned for more announcements coming your way soon!

Want to get in on the action? Find a Global Startup Battle event in a city near you!

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MEET Startup Weekend Participants

We close this serie of QA with the two opposite profiles we met at Bergen Startup Weekend, the Art Director and the Software Developer. They share with us their perspective and experience

Do you identify yourself with one of them?

Keep reading…