Institute for Entrepreneurship

JCU Weekend of Startups 2019

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Under the patronage of Associazione Nazionale Giovani Innovatori, John Cabot University is proud to invite you to participate in the JCU Weekend of Startups to be held in Trastevere, Rome, on 15-16-17 November (for the third consecutive year)!

In just one weekend, pitch your startup idea and receive feedback from peers and experts. Form a team to turn an idea into a real world startup: business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Compete for great team prizes!

CHECK OUT JCU Weekend of Startups 2018

Your idea matters

On Friday afternoon you can pitch your idea or just listen to others' ideas and form your team. Then you'll take this idea and RUN! You'll receive lots of mentoring and coaching from experienced entrepreneurs, and maybe even start a new company. You'll need plenty of energy and a team player attitude to excel throughout the weekend which culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders for great team prizes! Bring your laptop too!


• sponsored by KPMG: €1,000 cash prize
• sponsored by Blue Ocean Finance, Management and Financial Consultants (valued at over €3,000): Two months financial consultancy
• sponsored by WDA Studio Legale Digitale, Startup and Digital SME Consultants (valued at €10,000): 20 hours of consulting from WDA Studio, in training; legal, financial and strategic consulting


• sponsored by TIM WCAP: 3 months co-working space
• sponsored by DIRAC srl: a collaboration with a team selected by the company's founders to integrate nanotechnology into their new startup
• sponsored by Agricola Due Leoni: 6 bottles of limited edition olive oil designed by artist Peter Kogler

Your ticket includes

6 delicious meals (and plenty of coffee) over the weekend (2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, and 2 lunches)
Candies offered by Perfetti Van Melle
Gelato offered by Geloso
Afterparty with wine offered by Ciu Ciu
Post-it® Super Sticky Notes offered by Post-it® Brand
Benefits and discounts from our local and global partners
Mentorship and coaching throughout the weekend
Great new contacts of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs from all over the world

We're able to offer all this thanks to local and national sponsors, passionate about youth entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Still have questions? Reach out to us at [email protected]

Silvia Pulino Luigi Fidelio Riccardo Maiolini Joanne Bergamin
Silvia Pulino Luigi Fidelio Riccardo Maiolini Joanne Bergamin

Simone Ridolfi

Your Facilitator

Simone Ridolfi is the CEO and co-founder of Moovenda, the first Italian food delivery company, for which he raised more than 2M of funds. Moovenda serves 5 cities, Including Rome and Naples. Expert in Building MVPs, Marketing and Food, Simone is a mentor in Startupbootcamp foodtech.


Friday November 15th (JCU Guarini Campus, 233 Via della Lungara, Rome)
6:00 PM - Registration
6:30 PM - Official Opening by Dr. Greg French, Australian Ambassador to Italy, San Marino, Albania and Libya
6:45 PM - Welcome & Intro speakers, coaches and community leaders
7:00 PM - Pitches Start
7:30 PM - Voting: Attendees vote for the top pitches
8:00 PM - Dinner & Networking: Eat, share ideas, get to know participants
9:00 PM - Form Teams
9:30 PM - Begin Work: Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills
11:00 PM - GO HOME!

Saturday November 16th (JCU Tiber Campus, 12 Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio, Rome)
9:00 AM - Breakfast
9:30 AM - Begin Work: Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Check in: After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help
2:00 PM - Coach Meetings: Coaches help teams one-on-one. 
7:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Check in: After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help
10:30 PM - Wrap-up and 11:00 pm GO HOME!

Sunday November 17th (JCU Tiber Campus, 12 Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio, Rome)
9:00 AM - Breakfast
9:30 AM - Presentation Prep & Tech Check
11:30 AM - Final Presentations
12:30 PM - Judging & Awarding of PRIZES
1:00 PM - Afterparty & go home!


Messagenius Logo Artplace logo Geloso logo Ciu Ciu logo
 Perfetti Logo  Agricola Due Leoni Logo Post-it Logo   Luiss Enlabs and LVenture
Toastmasters Logo  Australian Embassy  Looking for Value  Grande Exhibitions
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