Startup Weekend Berlin

    Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

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  3. Coaches and Mentors
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  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Berlin

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Ahoy! Berlin
Wattstraße 11
Berlin, Germany 13355

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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!

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Friday May 4th

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 May 5th

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 May 6th

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

Annemieke Frank
Community Builder & Communications Manager in Education

Edtech, Content Marketing & Gamification enthusiast. 
Worked in advertisement & marketing for big corporates, transitioned into PR & communications for education startups. Currently managing communications for EDUvation, an edtech Business Angel. Co-founder of EduHeroes Club, a platform building a bridge between traditional education and the professional world. Her quest: Engaging with entrepreneurs and specialists, fostering innovation and dynamic exchange of ideas with a mission to challenge and improve learning as we know it. 
Her superpowers are: Communications, Community, Marketing, Finance, Strategies, Education. 

Christoph Nissen
CEO & Co-Founder at

Christoph is a SCRUM trained software developer that has developed additional data analytics experience over the last 5 years through internationally recognised brands such as Rosetta Stone and Pearson English. He brings to the table the software engineer’s perspective on how to build new products from scratch, how to work in an Agile team and how to deliver complex development tasks on time and on budget. He loves education and finds mentoring a great way to give back to the community.

Hany Rizk
UX & Product Strategy Consultant

Hany is a UX & Product Strategy consultant who's currently heading the design team at Cubits (a cryptocurrency venture). Previously, he has cofounded Somuchmore (acquired), done strategy for Volkswagen, and launched products for Berlin startups and independent clients. A startup mentor & speaker, Hany is an avid advocate of mindful design and humane technology. He is also a pianist who dabbles in music in his spare time.

Mark Drexler
Co-Founder of Tållbeard Studio & UX Strategy

Mark has 15 years experience in design, marketing, product strategy and UX. Experienced in team building, transformation & workforce management.

Gilg Frick
Founder & CEO of NPIRE

Gilg Frick is the founder and managing director of the Hamburg-based agency NPIRE.

Gilg both began his studies in communication design at the HFG Schwaebisch-Gmuend and established the agency NPIRE in 2005. NPIRE is a creative agency which focuses on working with startups, consulting and guiding them in brand development and brand communication matters.

Apart from his comprehensive expertise in design and marketing, Gilg is involved in several startups such as Protonet, Gymjunky, Ben Green and many more and hungry for new and exciting business ventures.

Elsabeth van Overbeeke

 Elsabeth is a facilitator and team coach. She works with start-ups and large corporates in different branches on team collaboration topics such as purpose, culture and ways of working. Elsabeth enjoys bringing a team together to connect and better understand each other and their shared goals. She strongly beliefs that fun and connectivity are important elements at work and positively contribute to productivity as well. Her study background is in Business Administration, Change Management and Business Psychology. Before moving to Berlin, she worked for over nine years as a management consultant in the financial sector in the UK and the Netherlands.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Berlin team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Mike
  • Andra
  • Miranda
  • Lucas
  • Lena
  • Nir
  • Alejandro
    Hernandez Cruz


Kathleen Fritzsche
Startup Enthusiast

Kathleen attended her first Startup Weekend in 2010 and has been co-organizing and facilitating several events since then. She co-founded StartUp Stuttgart in 2011, the main startup community in Southwest Germany, and Accelerate Stuttgart in 2012, with the vision to support early-stage startups in the region. Kathleen is now working as Specialist for Zoi, a tech consultancy with big ambitions. She's also a travel and startup enthusiast, writing about her experiences on her own blog.  

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