The Startup Weekend is 54h to start a business from a strong idea!

It is organized by JCI Monaco, surrounded and supported by mentors, successful entrepreneurs, personalities, and a prestigious jury.
The objective of this event is to train through interactivity, a great community with similar interests to better understand the dynamics of changing business and allow the outset of a project.

Reveal talents

A great opportunity to meet professionals, students, engineers, creative designers, developers, project managers, marketing experts or just people who want to launch their startup, regardless of their background and their craft.

Rise careers

The Startup Weekend is part of a broader policy of entrepreneurship in Monaco, and promotes the initiative and innovation.

It’s 54 h

To provide participants with an unprecedented level of networking, team building, learning and life lessons.
To interest the public can attend the Friday night event “Launch of Ideas” and the Sunday night “presentations of all teams, announces laureates and Distributions”.


Meet, Pitch & Team Up

Startup Weekend Monaco 2016 - 60 second to pitch

Got an idea? You’ve got 1 minute to pitch in front of the group.

Startup Weekend Monaco 2016 - Choose your project

From the top projects – Choose which one you’ll work on over the weekend.

Startup Weekend Monaco 2016 - Dinner and Networking

Get to know your new friends. Meet the people you’ll be working with.

Startup Weekend Monaco 2016 - Build a team

Whether it’s your idea or someone else’s, you’ll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.

Startup Weekend Monaco 2016 - Learn from the best

Local mentors will be coming in throughout the event to coach you through the hard problems.

Startup Weekend Monaco 2016 - Get to work

We’ve got the resources and support in place to make things happen in a short period of time. You’ll be responsible for everything from finding customers to building your product. We’ll be here to help when you need it.


Learn & Work


Present & Choose

Startup Weekend Monaco 2016 - Present in front of panel Judges

The culmination of the weekend. You’ll have 5 minutes to present the product or service you built to the crowd and a panel of experts.

Startup Weekend Monaco 2016 - Celebrate

Watch the other teams present and celebrate all the work you’ve done. Get the opportunity to talk to judges and mingle with mentors.



  • I have an idea but I am alone – can I participate?

You can participate by yourself or with a team – all innovative ideas are welcome at the Startup Weekend Monaco (SWMC). You will have one minute to pitch your idea and the best 10 will be chosen by vote. Creators of the ten selected projects will then have to bring together a team.

  • I don’t have a revolutionary idea yet… can I participate?

Yes, you can participate even if you don’t have any ideas. You will have an opportunity to join a team that is looking for your skills and then start to create a product together!

  • I am just curious, can I visit the event?

Yes you can register here if you just want to visit (book your ticket here).

On Friday 22nd of April you are welcome to attend the presentation of Startup Weekend Monaco and then the conference: “Introduction to the creation of a company in the Principality of Monaco”, followed by a presentation of the SWMC 2016 projects (in French and English).

On Sunday 24th of April you are welcome to participate at two conferences: the first is about crowdfunding – speakers include Sebastien PRAT from Monaco Crowdfunding; the second is ‘’Boost your sales and make difference’’ by Philippe LAFAIX. The awards ceremony of Startup Weekend Monaco 2016 will be followed by a networking and business cocktail.

  • My business is already created, can I still participate?

No, it’s the golden rule of Startup Weekend. We are looking to help to start a new business within a weekend and we are keen on respecting equality between the participants.

  • What is the deadline for registration?

You will be considered a late-bird participant if you register after the 14th of April. After this date we cannot guarantee you the same prices and conditions. Don’t wait for long!

  • Do I have to start a company in Monaco if my project is chosen?

JCI Monaco is a Monegasque association and we therefore look to encourage creating startups in Monaco. However, you have no obligation regarding where you choose to register your future business – it can be registered at any address of your choice.

  • Can we sleep on the spot during the 54 hours of the challenge?

The Startup Weekend gives you a chance to create a business out of nowhere, you will have no time to sleep! The aim is to give everything you have during this weekend!

You still have the possibility to sleep directly on the spot if you bring your sleeping bad. International Business Center Monaco (IBC) is equipped with showers and rest areas. We can also offer your preferential rates for the rooms in Hotel Columbus – our partner – which is situated in 2 minutes walking distance from IBC.

  • What type of a project shall I present at the Startup Weekend Monaco?

There is no limit – all ideas are good ideas! No matter what your project is about don’t wait, register and change your life!

Partners SWMC 2016