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April 8th, presentation of the Startup Grind Barcelona book, written by our chapter director Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit, and the opening night of the Startup Grind Tech Conference 2019 at Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm.
Startup Grind is the biggest community of entrepreneurs, in partnership with Google for Startups. 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 the average assistance of +130 attendees per event, having held over 60 events since April 2014 and helping local entrepreneurs to take their projects to the next level.
The event will go as follows:
1. First, we have an opening keynote to present the Startup Grind Barcelona book by our chapter director Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit.
2. Then, we will host a panel about ethics in business, with Mar Alarcon (SocialCar), Cecilia Tham (Makers Of Barcelona) and Josh Feldberg (Feldberg Associates / Special advisor to British Government on Fake News)..
3. We will follow with a one-on-one fireside chat with Derek Andersen, CEO at Startup Grind and Bevy, the product he spun off to serve communities worldwide to talk about how to spin up a tech company from an international community.
4. And last but not least, we host a networking session in which attendees talk to each other freely over some beers and delicious empanadas. There's no Startup Grind where you don't leave with new friends and exciting connections.
Follow #SGBCN; the official Startup Grind Barcelona hashtag. See you there and happy grinding!
NOTE: all our events are conducted in English and do not offer refunds. If you need an invoice email us at firstname.lastname@example.org after buying the ticket. We do not sell tickets at the door. All tickets must be purchased online.
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.
Josh in an entrepreneur and digital strategist who just last month exited Rentify, the startup he co-founded in his kitchen in London 7 years ago. He's also spent 15 years working with some of the world's leading brands including HP, Coca-Cola and McDonald's, as well as for leading global politicians, foundations and the British government. Amongst other things, he is currently head of digital for 89up.org and is working for the British government as an advisor to its enquiry into Fake News and the future of social media legislation.
Founder and CEO of SocialCar, the first platform in Spain for P2P car rental. Mar, is a benchmark in sharing economy, sustainable mobility and legality. Founding member of Sharing España and board member of ADigital. Mar supports Barcelona's tech ventures as a member of BCN Tech City's board of directors. She is also a promoter of innovation as part of the Creafutur advisory board. Graduated in Law and PDD by IESE, she began her professional career at Cuatrecasas Abogados and her social entrepreneurship interest began at Grameen Bank with Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Derek Andersen is the co-founder and CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies build community in real life. Bevy powers event communities for Salesforce, Atlassian, Asana, Duolingo, and others. Derek co-founded Startup Grind, a community of over 600 Chapters in 120 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 7,000 events for more than 250,000 people. In 2010 he co-founded Commonred which was acquired by Income.com. Derek also previously worked at Electronic Arts on games like Burnout and The Sims 3. Derek lives in Palo Alto CA with his wife and four children.