Startup is the word. Make Twitter the economic world, #startup would be universally trending.
Three weeks after the Startup Weekend Catania, held in Sicily, and mere two weeks after the IS Open Day, Turin became the go-to hub for innovators as it was chosen by major startuppers worldwide for the Startup Weekend Torino.
“Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.”
Among others, there were Electro Power Systems co-founder, who showed that Italy-based innovative companies can be successful overseas, and Earlybird representative, who warned wannabe startuppers with mistakes to avoid in showcasing and giving birth to their entrepreneurial dreams.
We were also there as guest speakers, but, aside from startuppers and early stage investors, the core of the event was the actual development of business ideas, from the spark of genius to the early phase. 15 made it to the actual hands-on experience, and gave life to the following two days of coding and designing.
All the (wannabe) startuppers described the experience as “pretty positive, and highly stimulating”. One went so far as to say: “people here are much more skilled than I expected them to be. Learning the “No talk, all action” motto by heart, the focus was not just to network and find investors, everyone was there to build something substantial and with business potential.
There were not as many college students as one would expect in a place like that, but from what we gathered talking with people, the fact is that university people tend to have a utopian approach to Internet and digital startups.
After a 54-garage-like-creative-marathon, Sunday came, bringing along award time!
Burst, the winning project, is a service that allows to aggregate personal information gained from the social network profiles, to render an innovative interface of information visualization.
SUW Torino participants loved Intoino, which was voted as the audience’s choice. The gist? This mobile platform allows anyone to use Arduino technology for building the Internet of things, by working on the code that’s already been created.
We’ll stay tuned to see which of the startups grows their own legs!