Techstars Startup Weekend Addis Ababa

    Friday, May 3 - 5, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Addis Ababa

Friday, May 3 - 5, 2019

Friday, May 3 - 5, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology
King George VI St
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1000

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now! Note that tickets are for free, but you still will need to sign up and based on your answers to the questions we will make a selection of participants. Only come to the event if you are a confirmed participant.
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Friday May 3rd

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:30 pm
Form Teams and get started
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

8:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday May 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:20 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach meetings
1:1 coaching

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:20 am
Continue working and refining

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help refining last things and your pitch

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
End of Startup Weekend

Event Judges

Markos Lemma
Co-Founder iceaddis

Markos Lemma is a techie, activist, co-founder of iceaddis – Ethiopia's first innovation hub & tech startups incubator and co-founder of SelamCompany.

Coaches and Mentors

Jürg Stuker
Senior Principal Consultant at Namics

Techie with tons of respect for creative people, interested in unconventional solutions and always curious. Aside that consultant at Namics. Mentor at Kickstart Accelerator, advisor at OnlineDoctor AG and member of the board at simedis AG, Swisscontent AG and Scope Content AG. Member of the jury at Startfeld Diamant and president of the Technology jury at Best of Swiss Web.

Ralph Schmidhalter
Go-to-market strategist & Engineer

Ralph helps tech companies and startups succeed with their go-to-market and growth. As Innovation Mentor at Innosuisse - the innovation agency of Switzerland - he helps companies implement their innovation projects by finding partners and funding. Ralph is passionate about creating smart solutions for complex challenges. As Engineer he speaks business and tech.

Benjamin Gräub
Head of Partnerships and Knowledge

Benjamin is Head of Partnerships & Knowledge at Ricolab, the independent innovation laboratory of Swiss SME Ricola.
Benjamin works at the intersection of nature, technology, entrepreneurship & sustainability co-creating ideas, knowledge & content with the Ricolab community! He is a change agent with over eight years of experience in policy work, research and managing projects within start-ups, an NGO, the UN and a government agency.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Addis Ababa team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Addis Ababa is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Benjamin
  • Jürg
  • Ralph
  • Zoheb


Zoheb Iqbal

Working with startups around the world, London-based Zoheb helps to accelerate and strengthen the growth of a world wide network of entrepreneurs. From early stages of the entrepreneurial journey to innovation within industry with companies such as Aviva, Lloyds banking group,  IBM, Google and EDF as well as governmental institutes, Zoheb works to facilitate, mentor and coordinate the experience of entrepreneurs everywhere. Challenging entrepreneurs to build in intensive programs centered on action, innovation and education. Zoheb is also an architect and co-founder of several startups.

Event Staff

Josefine Tischendorf

Josefine Antonia Tischendorf is a German/Swiss/Austrian communication designer. She holds a BA of design akademie berlin and recently moved back to Zurich, her adopted city. He work is minted by her open attitude to diversity and the world a such.

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