The Startup Weekend Copenhagen Mobility event came to a slam-bang conclusion Sunday night with the announcement of the winners, dinner, and the after-party. So, without further delay, announcing the winning team of the Startup Weekend Copenhagen Mobility event :
1st prize – The Grand Prize went to Quick Inspect. The team made an easy iPad app for people doing building inspections. They took home the grand prize of 10,000 DKK and a Nokia smartphone for the person who came up with the idea.
Grand Prize Winners : Quick Inspect
2nd Prize – Smart Tag! This is the team with the one stop solution to stop theft or loss of items. They took home the 5,000 DKK prize and a Nokia smartphone for the team lead who came up with the idea.
3rd Prize – ScoreToy! This team created a platform to help friends challenge friends to off-line activities and games. They won a prize of 2,500DKK and a Nokia smartphone for the team lead with the original idea.
So much YUMMY food for the dinner!
After the prize ceremony and handing out the huge paper checks, everyone enjoyed a great evening of eating, drinking, and networking. All of the winning teams are eligible to participate in the Tech All Stars
event – the event for the best EU startups. (Check out Tech All Stars to see if your startup can apply for this AWESOME event).
One of the biggest advantages of participating in a Startup Weekend event is the networking. We saw a lot of business cards changing hands and people made new contacts that lead to new ideas for startups, new blog concepts, and employment. So come to a Startup Weekend event to make your startup idea a reality – but also come for the connections you’ll make to the other entrepreneurs at the event.
Business cards changing hands… that’s what we like to see at Startup Weekend.
Overall, the entrepreneurs enjoyed the high quality of the event where they had a chance to connect with mentors, investors, and people who could help advance their startup idea. The next startup weekend is already in the works : its the weekend of May 11th 2012 and its the Startup Weekend Financial Services
event. Tickets will go on sale soon – and this one is guaranteed to sell out too.
So if you are a Startup junkie and need your fix, join us in May for this next startup event!
Its bright and early on a Sunday morning and fifteen teams are working against the clock in the Nokia building in Copenhagen. They are all gunning for first prize tonight at the startup weekend. The Tech All Stars team is on site providing help and assistance in hosting this Startup Weekend event.
Sunday morning team
I’m a Startup Weekend veteran and I must say that this has been one of the more ‘unusual’ Startup Weekends. Maybe its because I am an organizer instead of a participant, but for this Startup Weekend, we are seeing many entrepreneurial students and mature career folks who are thinking of stepping off of the corporate path and starting something new. This creates a new and refreshing vibe for the Startup Weekend event. We Love It!
So, who are the teams?
Link Control – Remote control embedded links in video.
EduMate – Cloud sourcing platform for thesis work.
Be My Guide – Personalized user generated audio guides for cities.
Life Navigation – A tool to navigate your life and personalized to each individual.
Social Wind – Instant/real time wind measurements for wind surfers shared socially.
Comoray – Blood reading app so that you can take blood readings through your phone.
ShareShop – Online shopping community where you can get discounts for sharing information with your social circle about your purchase.
ScoreToy – Online platform for challenging friends to offline activites.
LokalVaggen – Local app where you can discover people in the same area with the same interest as you.
Smart Tag – One stop solution to protect your valuables from loss or theft.
Decide It – Webpage where people crowd source to solve problems and helps people make decisions.
Quick Inspect – Professional site inspection app using the Apple IPad
Colour Up – App to match women with the right lipstick color.
Fit4Life – Making exercise a fun activity instead of a chore.
So, whats on the schedule for today? The teams will spend most of the day working on their ideas. Then at 5:30, we begin the final pitches. Its 3 minutes of rapid fire pitch that tries to WOW the judges and the audience. At 6:30pm, we announce the winners, and at 7:00pm we have dinner.
Tomorrow, the winners of the Startup Weekend will be announced.
The Tech All Stars team is currently at the Startup Weekend Copenhagen Mobility event scouting out new entrepreneurial talent. Tech All Stars is a co-organizer of this event – and where ever there are entrepreneurs creating the next big thing, Tech All Stars is on the scene!
What’s Tech All Stars? Tech All Stars is the event for the hottest startups in the EU. We are encouraging accelerator and web camp (i.e. Startup Weekend) program winners to apply. We are also selecting two wildcard teams that have not graduated from accelerators or web camps. So if your startup ROCKS, you can apply.
In June, we will select the best and send them for a two day event in London. The second day is a Founder’s Forum where selected startups will hobnob with investors, VCs and the best entrepreneurs in the world.
So whats the vibe at Startup Weekend? 90% of the participants are newbies – brand new to the Startup Weekend world. We started off Friday with an amazing dinner and a great talk by our guest speaker CEO of Codesealer Nicolaj H. Nielsen. Nicolaj shared his perspective as a successful entrepreneur with ten lessons he learned while building his startup. Then we had about 30 great pitches. From here 15 teams were formed and people worked through the night on their startup.
Check out this dinner spread. ONLY the best for the Startup Weekend entrepreneurs…
An entrepreneur puts it out there for a pitch!
Its Saturday morning and we are preparing for the mentors to arrive. Mentors volunteer to provide advice and info to the startup teams. The teams are buzzing – the startups have a mid-point check in later today and they are preparing for their conversations with the mentors.
The Tech All Star team will check in again tomorrow to see how Startup Weekend Copenhagen Mobility is progressing and provide a list of startups formed for the weekend. So check in with us tomorrow!
With Startup Weekend only 3 days away, entrepreneurs are asking, “what are the judges looking for”. Here is the breakdown :
The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighed equally):
1. Business Model
The heart of it all. If you haven’t got answers to these questions, you’ve spent too much time on frills & features and need to get back to the basics:
- Who is your customer?
- What is your core value proposition?
- What are your key activities?
- What are your revenue streams?
- What is your cost structure?
- Who/what are your key partners/resources?
- What are your distribution channels?
- What is your roll-out strategy?
2. Customer Validation
Have you taken the proper steps to ensure that the people who matter (your future customers) support and reinforce your assumptions? Think of Customer Validation as ‘evidence’ to back up the core structure of your ‘theory’ (your Business Model). The more feedback you gather (quantity), the more this feedback comes from your specific target market (quality), and the more you’re able to actually integrate this feedback into the Business Model and product development (execution), the better.
The nitty gritty: what has your team been able to actually build over the weekend? Even the strongest of Business Plans are useless in the hands of those who can’t properly execute on them. Getting as far as possible in the development of your product/prototype not only helps give Judges a tangible vision of what the final product could be, but proves your strength and skills as a team. This is what truly matters: investors don’t invest as in ideas so much as teams.
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Entrepreneurs have been asking, “Exactly what should I bring to Startup Weekend?” The veteran entrepreneurs know exactly what to bring with them. But this list is for the newbie entrepreneurs who will be joining us this weekend at the Startup Weekend Copenhagen Mobility event.
What to bring
- Business cards
- Something to take notes on
- Lots of energy
All About Pitches
Pitches on Friday night be in a “pitch-fire” format, which means you will have just 60 seconds to get the audience interested in your idea. You will have no slides or props – just a microphone and a smile. You won’t have time to go over features, so just focus on the core of the idea and make your enthusiasm contagious. Here is the format for pitches that we recommend:
- Who are you and what is your background? (5-10 Seconds)
- What is the problem that you product is solving? Or, begin with a story (10-20 Seconds)
- Explain the product and how it solves the problem (10-20 seconds)
- Who do you need on your team (a developer, marketing, designer?) (5-10 seconds)
- Finally, make up a name for your startup so the facilitator can give it a title
Voting & Forming Teams
After pitches, you will have more time to mingle. If you pitched an idea, this is your time to start recruiting others that are interested in your idea. If you did not pitch, or if you are having trouble finding others to join your team, use this time to seek out those that pitched other ideas that you found interesting.
Next, the crowd votes on their favorite pitches. This is a simply a way to encourage quick team forming. This is by no means an exclusive process and if you pitch an idea and it is not voted as one of the top ideas, you are more than welcome to work on it if you find some other people who want to work on the idea with you. From there we will form teams and these are the startup ideas that will be worked on over the weekend.