Startup Weekend Berlin

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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Startup Weekend Berlin

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Ahoy! Berlin
Wattstraße 11
Berlin, Germany 13355

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No Talk, All Action! Build a Business in Just a 54 Hours!

What is Startup Weekend?

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"?  If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!  Whether you are looking to...
  • Get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • Learn the process for going from concept to creation
  • Meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs
  • Join or build an all-star team
  • Learn and practice new skills to take back to your job or
  • Take your own idea from concept to creation
Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from colleges, universities, and even high schools
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • passionate visionaries 
  • and many more!
Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the tech startup community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome technical professionals
  • All-star judges panel lead by startup leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • Interactive post-event workshops
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days, and
  • Over 100 kick-ass new friends!
Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend.  If you don't have an idea, that's quite all right!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and from your peers.  If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Come join us for a very special weekend!

  • Will this event be in English or German? English


Friday November 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 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
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Sinan Keles
Head of International Growth at Scorp Inc.

Sinan Keles already started growing Start-Ups when he was a Student of Economics & Middle Eastern Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, he was Country Manager of Tutored, helping the Italian Start-up to develop & execute a strategy to grow out of their domestic market, the result was 100.000 Users in Germany within the first month of Launch. Still in University, he joined the topic-based social video app Scorp, since March 2016 he led the growth of the app from 1M downloads in one Country to an audience of +15M Monthly Video Viewers in 5 Countries as the International Growth Manager of Scorp Inc.  

Minh Ha Duong
Investment Manager at Project A Ventures

Ha is a technology enthusiast and an Investment Manager at Project A Ventures. Having studied Industrial Engineering and Management, he has been exploring the intersection of technological innovations and business implications for the last years. Through roles in marketing, business development, and strategy in companies like Google, Techstars, and several startups, he learned what makes digital business models successful and is now applying this knowledge in the venture capital industry. At Project A, Ha covers startups in many technical areas including machine learning, blockchain, and developer tools. He is known for open-sourcing his research and data on >600 European AI Startups and for being more and more fascinated by the crypto economy and its societal implications. As a believer in communities, he acts as a mentor at Techstars, and occasionally supports startups in an advisory capacity.

Derk Marseille
Head of Media

Derk Marseille leads the content team at Tothem. Tothem defines effective social media strategies and know how to touch an audience with compelling stories using events, text, audio and video. We run campaigns and build tools. Tothem is a full-service digital agency with branches in Germany and The Netherlands. As their own media brand Tothem runs FridayatSix a talkshow format about scale ups produced for corporates. 

Holger Dieterich
Product Manager

Holger is the co-founder and product manager of, a global map to find and mark wheelchair accessible places. In Berlin he also helps other startups to get of the ground.

Organizing Team

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

  • Brian
  • Julien
  • Andra
  • Mike
  • Philipp
    von Hammerstein
  • Cristina


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