Hackathon in Madrid!


This hackathon was a bit different to the other ones we organised: teams outside the program could also participate in the hackathon. Together with us, we also managed to have some top-notch mentors such as Jose Ignacio Fernandez, CTO at Traity (for product) and Marc Borrás, Product Designer at OnTruck.

The Tetuan Valley Hackathon was a whole weekend, 19th-20th November, of hard work and coding. The event was organized as a part of the Tetuan Valley Startup School, in the stage of Product Development. It was held at Google’s Campus Madrid, one of the most important spaces for entrepreneurs in Madrid.


The purpose of this weekend was for early stage startups who are working on a prototype or MVP to come build their prototype, add functionalities or improve features. The end goal was for all teams to have fully functional prototypes by the end of the weekend, and for those with already existing prototypes to add user validated functionalities. This hackathon was not a contest, it was a space for entrepreneurs to accomplish goals that they had set for themselves, to share and learn from others.

Over 50 people attended this hackathon including both participants and mentors. 12 teams worked with 11 mentors throughout the two days and they all presented their functional prototypes at the end of the Hackathon.

Hope you came and built something!




UPRISE Festival investor-startup meetings organized by Mind the Bridge!

The fourth edition of UPRISE festival was held in Dublin on October 20th. UPRISE festival aims to put people first- and they mean it. In fact, there is no public wifi at the event to encourage people to network in person. For this reason, Welcome, their partners Mind the Bridge and Ryan Academy held a series of startup-investor meetings within the festival schedule to try to connect investors, startups and others involved in the startup scene.

UPRISE is the largest startup festival in Europe. It is a one day festival focused on growth and visibility for Startup Talent. UPRISE Festival Europe started in Amsterdam in 2015.

More than twenty meetings were organized overall, which is a great success. They gathered Investors and Corporates like Intel, PCH, Growing Capital, Lucey Fund –among others– with nearly ten startups involved. There were also very special meetings organized with Google, in which startups had to chance to talk about their ideas with Google professionals.

In addition to these meetings, some of the startups had the opportunity to showcase their products at the Startup Booth. Investors were brought directly to the stand to meet the startups and find out more about their products.

This year’s meetings were possible thanks to Ryan Academy and Google, special thanks for their collaboration.

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