Startup Grind is the biggest community of entrepreneurs, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Our mission is to help every entrepreneur in the world. We do so by hosting a monthly recurring event and inspiring, educating and connecting entrepreneurs. The Barcelona chapter was granted the "Best Chapter of the Year" award in 2016, with an average assistance of +130 attendees per event, having held over 50 events since April 2014 and helping local entrepreneurs to take their projects to the next level.
This event will be divided as follows:
1. First, we have an open mic session where every attendee may come on stage to ask for help for his/her startup for a maximum of 30 seconds. Keep your pitch sharp!
2. We'll have a round of quickfire interviews with four Barcelona-based serial entrepreneurs entrepreneurs to learn as much as we can from them in... 5 minutes each!
3. We will then move into an experts panel with some of the speakers listed below, hosted by our Chapter Director Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit, preceded by a keynote of a summary of four years at Startup Grind Barcelona.
4. A networking session where attendees talk to each other freely over delicious beers and catering. There's no Startup Grind event where you won't leave with new friends and really interesting connections.
Follow #SGBCN, the official Startup Grind Barcelona hashtag. See you there and happy grinding!
An entrepreneur by heart, a designer and biologist by training, and a maker for life, Cecilia is known internationally as an innovation activist in empowering individuals and organizations by building exponential communities to innovate for impact with design and technologies.
She is a serial entrepreneur, founder of multiple companies such as MOB, Makers of Barcelona, a collaborative co-working community, FabCafe, a new concept that brings digital fabrication tools to the everyday environment of a coffee shop. Her latest venture FutureFunded.co is a community funding platform focus on training the next generation of women in technology. Cecilia is also the founder of MEAT, an agency that enables companies for corporate transformation to innovate with technology.
Cecilia was a fellow at the prestigious and highly selective Global Solution Programs at Singularity University 2017 focused on applying exponential technologies in finding impactful and meaningful solutions for global challenges at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View California.
Cecilia received her master as an architect at Harvard University and a degree in biology at Emory University. She is the recipient of the prestigious Wheelwright Travelling Fellowship as well as the Faculty Design Award by Harvard University. Currently, Cecilia is a senior adjunct faculty at Parsons New School Global Executive Master for Strategic Design and Management and visiting faculty for the Social Innovation Program at Toulouse Business School.
Cecilia was a product strategy expert at Google Developers Group and a certified Google Sprint Master. She has mentored at Google Launchpad, Startupbootcamp IoT & Data, Numa and Harvard Innovation Lab. She is currently on the executive board of advisors for Barcelona Global, SWAN (Womens Angels Network) as well as for the City Government of Barcelona. Cecilia was the Design Ambassador at Hotel W.
Cecilia is a 4-times TEDx speaker, and has given talks at World Mobile Congress, Smart City Expo, IAM Fest, Challengers, SHIFT, Open FAD and 4YFN. Cecilia was a regular contributor to the newspaper L'Econòmic. Cecilia has been awarded the Creative Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 by the Creative Net. Her publication “Hackable Cities” written together with her students at Parsons New School has won the Design for Well Being Award 2015. Cecilia has been mentioned in media such as CNBC, El Periodico, Skyword, Monocle, La Vanguardia, The Australian, and Expansion.
Vincent Rosso, an Industrial Engineer from the ESME. - Paris, with an MS grade in SJSU (Silicon Valley) in 1994. Co-Founder & Country Manager-Spain of BlaBlaCar. With over 15 years of experience in the field of IT, he launched his first startup in 2006 after being selected by the NETI Program of the IE Business School. In 2009, two years later he launched BlaBlaCar in Spain. The (objectives) vision of this startup is to promote a more efficient use of the private car, and at the same time, fill a need for more economic and sustainable mobility. Business Angles and Advisor of multiples Startups of the Sharing Economy since 2015
Founding Partner at Startupbootcamp IoT & Data and Cybersecurity. Angel is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and investor. He has broad experience over more than 20 years acting in an international environments both in Asia and US building up startup projects. Also, founding partner of Lanta Digital Ventures.
Startupbootcamp is Europe's first, global and leading accelerator program for startups running in 13 cities. It's a 3 months acceleration program that focuses on exposing and connecting startups to an expanding community of top-level mentors and advisors.
They invest in early stage startups who have leadership skills and cutting-edge technology, focusing on the very few companies that have the potential to make a long-term high impact.
Angel is also founding partner at Lanta Digital Ventures is a Barcelona based early stage venture capital fund focused in investing in innovative Spanish and European Start-Ups with high potential growth. The fund is composed by former founders, entrepreneurs or executives at successful start-ups.
Angel holds an Economics and Business Administration Degree together with and Executive Program at Stanford University, US
Ingrid Verschuren is Deputy Head of Professional Information Business and Senior Vice President, Data Strategy at Dow Jones. She is based in Barcelona.
Ms. Verschuren is responsible for continuously developing and growing the Professional Information Business (PIB), while also overseeing all of Dow Jones’ licensed content and proprietary data collections. There are currently four core PIB product sets – Factiva, Newswires, Private Equity and Venture Capital, and Risk and Compliance.
Previously, Ms. Verschuren was the Managing Editor of Dow Jones Risk and Compliance, where she was instrumental in evolving the Risk & Compliance data sets as well as leading the expansion of the global research team. She has also held numerous roles within Factiva, where she focused on global content strategy and operations.
She started her career in the information industry when she joined Reuters as a news indexer in 1998. Ms. Verschuren holds an M.A. in Latin American Languages and Cultures from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
CMO & co-founder at MarsBased, and Regional Director at Startup Grind for Southern EU.
MarsBased is a full-remote development consultancy from Barcelona specialised in web and mobile applications developed with Ruby on Rails, AngularJS and Ionic. Àlex runs the sales/marketing area and is in charge of communications & growth of the company.
In barely 2 years, he's done:
- 5-digit contracts within weeks of having launched the company.
- 6-digit contracts eight months after the creation of the company.
- Grown the company (LLC) to 10 full-time employees & 5 freelancers.
- International clients from three different continents, hailing from USA, Germany, Spain, Abu Dhabi, France, UK, Singapore and Finland.
- Providers for development of the core product for some of their clients.
- Featured in press for some of their outstanding projects like the Barcelona Startup Map, among others.
In 2015, Àlex became responsible for the expansion of the Startup Grind brand in Southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland)
His background in consulting & development (ex-Deloitte, ex-VASS) and his international profile helps him with the technical and the business perspective.
Jussi Lystimaki is a Finnish serial entrepreneur who joined Schibsted 8 years ago after 15 years of building start-ups successfully in Helsinki and London. First he founded and built the market leading classified site in Finland for Schibsted, and then joined Schibsted’s senior leaders’ team to build Schibsted’s global vision forward. Deep down he gets his fire from agile and entrepreneurial approach to making things happen with teams. Today, Schibsted has become one of the leading global players taking online classifieds forward in more than 20 markets, by building on its strengths by being close to local markets while leveraging the global capacity. Barcelona has become the home of the global senior management team and a big part of the global product and tech development teams. In addition to Barcelona, the 4000-people Marketplaces business division has major product and tech locations in London, Paris, Oslo and Stockholm. In Spain, Schibsted operates thru well known brands such as Infojobs, Vibbo, Coches.net, Fotocasa, Habitaclia and Milanuncios.
Vicenç Marti is half entrepreneur, half executive.
A full time leader who loves getting involved in exciting projects, with more than 17 years of experience focused on strategy, business development and relations with investors.
He is currently President of Tangelo Games (ex-Akamon), the biggest Gaming Community Platform, and of Billy Mobile, a 100% mobile Ad Exchange focused on performance. Also involved as a strategic advisor in elrowFamily, a music entertainment company, and as an investor and advisor in Ubiqum, a Code Academy, and Finizens, a Fintech startup, among others.
In the past he had various other roles including the CEO of Akamon Entertainment, CCO of the low cost airline Vueling and a part of the team behind its successful IPO, and CEO of the Interactive Division over a five-year tenure at Spain's largest gaming company Cirsa. He holds a BA from Saint Louis University an MBA from IESE Business School and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jordi is now working as CTO & co-founder of Lernin Games, previously CTO at wuaki.tv (acquired by Rakuten Group). Joined the company when it was about 10 people and has lead the Engineering team since then (120 employees beginning 2015, 50 on Engineering) Helped to grow the business, technology and operations, and during the acquisition by Rakuten in summer 2012. Several years in IT Consulting, focusing in banking and telecom. Started working in PwC Consulting (later acquired by IBM BCS), moved to DMR Consulting (actually Everis) and later to Venezuela and USA. Jordi was the co-founder of Mixsic LLC, a web technology company that built weall.tv (a content delivery network in Latin America) and Feedtrace, a real-time recommendation engine for digital content that was sold to Real Time Media in 2011. He joined Wuaki.tv in April 2011. Experience in developing businesses, leading teams in different project's phases, building architectures and businesses solutions, managing client's relationships, finding capital... Serial Internet Entrepreneur. Angel Investing and Start Up Advisor. Specialties: New media, Internet strategies, IT Consulting, business development, project management, Social Media, web 2.0, Entrepreneurship