Startup Weekend Berlin

    Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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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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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


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

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 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

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. We have planned 2 workshops: 9:30 - 10:15 - Getting Started as a Team with Elsabeth van Overbeeke 10:30 - 11:00 - Customer Development with Elizabeth Kimball

1:00 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!

7:00 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

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm

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

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Jag Singh
Managing Director at Techstars

Jag is one of Europe's most active angel investors, and is currently the Managing Director of Techstars Berlin. Previously, he was the Managing Director for the METRO Accelerator for Retail, powered by Techstars. He's founded several companies (including two exits and a spectacular failure), and invested in over 70 startups over the last six years, including three that went through Techstars accelerators. He’s an ad-man at heart, and spent over a decade as a political strategist advising high-profile politicians, campaigns and corporations across the US and Europe. Jag is fluent in six languages, and can be found on Twitter via @JagSingh

Marius Schulze
Director at Deloitte Digital

As a Director of MAKERS by Deloitte Digital Marius is leading the company building activities for corporates at Deloitte Germany. He has more then 12 years experience as an entrepreneur. He invested and helped building 15 startups and exited 6 of them. Those startups generated a cumulated revenue of more then 1 Billions Euros. Together with his partner Friedrich A. Neuman he founded of MAKERS, a Berlin based company builder. From 2014 until 2017 MAKERS startups were  awarded with the Deloitte Fast 50 Rising Star for germanies fastest growing startup by revenue. Marius is also an angel investor. In this role he invested early on in ResearchGate, the Facebook for scientists. Marius is holder of the medal of honor of the German Armed Forces.

Marthe-Victoria Lorenz
Gründerin | Fairplaid

Marthe hat Medienwirtschaft an der Hochschule für Medien in Stuttgart studiert und gründete nach ihrem Studium im November 2012 die Crowdfunding-Plattform Mit fairplaid unterstützt sie den Breitensport in Deutschland. Auf der Webseite können Sportler und Sportvereine kostenlos Gelder von Privatpersonen für die Realisierung verschiedenster Projekte sammeln. Auf dem Startup Weekend wird sie euch mit Rat & Tat als Coach zur Seite stehen.

Sagar Gupta
Associate at EF.

Founder of Ally Chatbot, Tech and associate at Entrepreneurs First.

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 helps businesses and organisations craft innovative products, services, and strategies for optimal customer experiences. He consults on Innovation, UX & Product Strategy, and Service Design. He also facilitates Design Sprints & Design Thinking workshops. Over the years, Hany has designed, managed, and launched multiple products for Berlin startups and other clients, including Volkswagen and Somuchmore, a startup he co-founded which was later acquired. Hany is particularly interested in purpose-driven projects with social impact.

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 ist Gründer und Geschäftsführer der Hamburger Kreativagentur NPIRE und seit fast 20 Jahren in der Kreativbranche tätig. 2005 begann er sein Studium an der HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd im Bereich Kommunikationsdesign, noch im selben Jahr gründete er auch die Agentur NPIRE. Anfang 2017 kam die Digitalagentur Hyperinteractive dazu, welche er zusammen mit einem Partner gründete. Gilg hält außerdem Beteiligungen an verschiedenen Unternehmen und ist als Berater, Mentor und Speaker tätig bei Events, Vorträgen und Workshops zu Unternehmertum, Marke und Kreativität.

Elsabeth van Overbeeke
Team Coach

 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.

Franziska Lohl
Program Manager Techstars Hospitality

Global thought leader in strategy, innovation and marketing with 7+ years of experience both in Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, with a proven track record in developing innovative business concepts, accelerating growth as well as reaching operational excellence. Highly committed, results-driven, and creative executive with a hands-on entrepreneurial style who is in particular passionate about human-centered design, lean startup methodology and business modeling. 

Matt De Caussin
Sales Director at Techstars

Growing the greatest entrepreneur ecosystem in the world Techstars.

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.

Elizabeth Kimball
Innovation & Customer Experience Expert

Elizabeth helps teams figure out what to build and how to sell through unbiased customer research. She has guided a wide variety of startups in their journey toward product-market fit as a consultant for Techstars accelerator programs and currently works for Bain & Company's digital team in Berlin. 

Michael Metzger
Design Thinking Coach

Michael Metzger is a 34 years old Berlin based Design Thinking Coach. As a member of the board of D.Collective, Michael is developing formats to support people generating creative solutions in the fields of democracy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Michael also is an expert in storytelling, research and texting, and from time to time he is hosting Science Slam events all around germany. 

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.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



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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
    Hernández 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 also a travel and startup enthusiast, writing about her experiences on her own blog.  

Miranda Koenig
UX Designer at Wayfair

Miranda is a designer at Wayfair Gmbh and a creative problem solver where she worked with different businesses from startups to global corporates. She originally comes from the San Francisco Bay Area but has lived in Boston and around the world and is now based in Berlin, Germany. She's been involved with Startup Weekend for over two years and continues to stay active in the community!

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