Startup Weekend Reykjavik happend this last weekend. I volunteered again as a mentor and it was a lot of fun.
This time around the organizing team at Innovit had brought an external facilitator from the UK, and I was also impressed that the organizing team nudged the participants to aggregate around ideas that actually had some meat in the bones. In the previous few Startup Weekend that I have participated in Iceland, the challenge has been that some of the team members were married to their idea but the idea did not have a big enough market or potential of becoming a business. Anyways, the teams that were working on the ideas this time had some programming resources with them and some designers. It was obvious as they could actually develop the websites and have some working apps within the 54 hours of the weekend. There were 13 teams presenting at the end of the day, I met with most of them and talked to all of them and I learnt a lot and I was tempted to write a check to a couple of the teams, but realized that it would be too soon and the teams were not ready for that. I intend to follow up with the teams to see how they are doing and who knows maybe I will invest 🙂
Here is the coverage of the event in Icelandic, It was great to see a lot more mentors participate in the event.
I think what is missing is if an Angel Investor would show up and write a check at the end of the Weekend to the winning team and get them started on the journey to becoming entrepreneurs. My intention is to be able to do that here and also in Startup Reykjavik. I think we are starting to see the green shoots of yearly activities showing up in Iceland which goes back to the strategy of building a startup community here in Iceland. In my opinion, we are on Year II on the journey to building an Antifragile Startup Ecosystem here in Iceland.
- Where Do You Go With An Idea? Startup Weekend Of Course! [sxsw] (nibletz.com)
- Startup Weekend coming to Waterloo Region April 5-7 (communitech.ca)
- Startup Iceland 2013 – Platform to present your Startup (startupiceland.com)
- Startup Weekend Buffalo comes to Medaille on Friday (bizjournals.com)
- Startup Weekend planned in Springs for mid-April (gazette.com)