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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

@SWMadrid is back!! And we want our own Noah’s Ark and have people from all over the world coming to the event. So the next Startup Weekend Madrid will be held entirely in English.



Schedule here.

Date: May 4-6th

Venue: Madrid International Lab. c/Bailén, 41. Madrid

Madrid International Lab is a new initiative of Madrid Emprende,
the Economic Development Agency of Madrid City Council, created
to attract, retain and promote international talent in Madrid

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May 4
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day.


May 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • How to make a killer presentation (15'min)
  • Final presentation rehearsal
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Media Sponsors
Silvio Dulinsky
María Encinar
Sandra Garrido

Byron Stanford


A ‘Presentation Revolutionary’ and evangelizer of effective presentation techniques through Project Presentation, a presentation consulting and design agency founded by himself. Cofounder at Zoomry, a platform that analyzes and increases event’s ROI online, which was born at Startup Weekend Madrid. He is also one of the organizers behind TEDxMadrid and a Presentation Mentor for startups at programs like Tetuan Valley or Startup Bootcamp.


Enrique Farrás

Founder of Area Interactiva and board member of IEBS. Professor of Ethics, Blogging, BUZZ and SMO.

Bussiness man involved in the renewable, and textil sector.

Investor in internet companies.

Equipo de Tecnología del Santander

Jesus Benito

Jesus Benito is an Industrial Engineer by Madrid UPM and holds an Executive MBA from IESE.

He has been an executive in world class companies such as Iberia and SAP. Founder of S&P Consulting, an SAP consulting firm later integrated in the Volkswagen Group.

Jesus is currently an entrepreneur, private investor and an active member of the IESE Business Angels Network. Involved in various startup projects he serves as mentor, advisor and director in several companies. Jesus is also a recurring speaker at entrepreneurship events.

Iván Feito


Venture Capital analyst at Axon capital, specialized in technology and Internet startups (Spain and Latam market):
- Analysis of investment opportunities for Axon funds.
- Deal-flow coordination
- Follow up and reporting of invested companies
- Support on Fund-raising tasks

Ruth Zamorano

Co-founder and CEO of OSOCO, an agile software development company specialised in web, mobile and cloud computing.

She loves entrepreneurship and helping people build new projects, especially Internet startups. Always cooking up new ideas to improve people's lives. Interested in agile methodologies, usability and defining new products from both technological and human perspectives.

Ruth Zamorano is a Telecom Engineer by Madrid UPM and holds an Executive MBA from IESE Business School.


Justo Hidalgo


Justo Hidalgo is co-founder of 24symbols, a platform that offers readers the ability to read and share digital books in the cloud, working in any reading device with internet connection and that gives users access to an international and multi-publisher's catalogue.

He is also a part-time Product Strategy and Innovation consultant at Denodo, and teaches Product Strategy and Innovation at the Master's Degree in Industrial Design of Nebrija University, and Technology for Managers at the Nebrija Business School in Madrid, Spain. Justo is member of the Internet Society and Mentor at the Startupbootcamp accelerator.

Abel Muino


Computer Engineer turned into entrepreneur and startup lover.

After working in a few startups as employee and freelancer, a year ago jumped into the advendure of founding 1uptalent, a company that helps startups developing their products.

Co-founder of Zoomry (SWMadrid'11 startup) and Tetuan Valley mentor.

Luis Gonzalez

Innovation & New Media Manager at CIFF Business School.
Professor at Executive Master in Project Management Universidad de Valencia.
CTO at
Passionate about new trends in technology, education and its practical applications to the company.

Agustin Cuenca


Founder and CEO of ASPgems, Spanish leading company in agile web solutions.

ASPgem develops SaaS products for SME and freelancers like Facturagem.

Adrian Mato

Founder of Erasmusu, Cokidoo, Ontuts and yensdesign.

Now working as Senior UI Designer at Tuenti.

Francisco Carrero


Computer sciences engineer. He has worked as a consultant for Obralia and Telefónica R&D and later as a professor at the Madrid European University, where he will soon conclude his PhD in text processing and recommendation engines. He started his first venture in 2000, developing an online news recommendation system. Currently his is the CEO of BrainSINS, a company specialized in the recommendation engines for e-commerce.

Javier Agüera


Aged 19, Javier is a young entrepreneur with 4 start-ups on his track. Best known one is the 3-year-old Geeksphone, the only smartphone manufacturer in Spain, which pioneered the mobile industry being the first European brand to launch an Android smartphone to the market in 2009. Currently, Javier holds a CTO position at Geeksphone as well as TabSolutions, and studies Telecom Engineering at ICAI.

Besides his own entrepreneurial activity, he is one of the coordinators of his university's entrepreneurs association, "Start_Comillas". Recently he was appointed as the first Spanish among the Young Advisors to the Vicepresident of the European Comission, Neelie Kroes, helping to define the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Diego Ballesteros


Founder and CEO of

Entrepreneur specialised in Internet, sales and marketing.

In the past, Diego worked as Sales & MK Director at / (Grupo Intercom) and Key Account Manager at Yell.

Also founder of MundoSalud (Grupo Sanitas)

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