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  • Fri 16 November 2018 until Sun 18 November 2018
  • 6:00 pm
  • Via Lazzaro Spallanzani, 1, Reggio Emilia

Do you have an idea in the food system you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with?

Startup Weekend is a playground for wannabe entrepreneurs that lets you project a business idea in 54 hours!
This year will be the first Food Tech Edition in Reggio Emilia.
You’ll have the chance to work in the Headquarter of the Food Innovation Program, the second lever degree Master in Food Innovation that gathers students from all over the world.
You’ll be able to work with members from some of the most promising and disrupting startups of the territory and pitch your idea to important food system realities.
The event is open to everyone who always had the dream to create its business in the food world without limits of age or education.


What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You’ll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you’ll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You’ll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
6 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
One-on-one time with amazing mentors
A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
All the internet and coffee you can consume.
We recommend purchasing your ticket as soon as possible, and early birds will receive a discount! If you still have questions, feel free to reach us at “”.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

No talk, all action!

Sign up HERE!
Friday September 16th
6:00 pm – Registration (Arrival at Officucina & Registration)
7:00 pm – Dinner & Networking (Eating, speaking about food, ideas exchange, getting to know each other and pitch trials)
8:00 pm – Organization’s welcome (Description of the three and staff presentation with the facilitator)
8:30 pm – Pitches start (Ideas presentation: anyone can propose his/her idea in a one minute pitch)
9:00 pm – Voting (Attendees vote for the top pitches)
9:15 pm – Team Formation (The team that will work on the winning ideas during the weekend gets formed)
10:00 pm – Work start (Teams start working: everyone brings their skills and contributes to the idea’s development)

Saturday November 17th
9:00 am – Breakfast (Arrival at Officucina, a good coffee and a healthy breakfast)
9:30 am – Work Beginning (Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend)
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Check-in (After lunch check-in, status report, call for help)
1:30 pm – Coach Meetings (Coaches help teams one-on-one: they’re here to help!)
6:30 pm – Speakers time (Important speakers will discuss with the teams on topics and themes of inspiration for the development of their business ideas)
8:00 pm – Dinner
9:00 pm – Feedback (Confrontation among Teams and Staff about the development of the ideas and the day)
10:00 pm – Wrap Up (Finished for the day: you may stay and work as late as the venue will allow)

Sunday November 18th
9:00 am – Breakfast (Arrival at Officucina, a good coffee, and a healthy breakfast)
10:00 am – Check-in & Start
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Coach Meetings (Coaches support teams in the preparation of pitches: final opportunity to ask questions!)
3:00 pm – Presentation Prep & Tech Check (Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place)
5:00 pm – Final Presentations (Each group presents its own idea in 5 minutes in front of the jury)
6:00 pm – Voting and prizes (Voting and prizes assignment)
7:00 pm – Happy Hour (Food and drinks all together before saying goodbye)
9:00 pm – Go Home!

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