Startup Weekend Food Berlin

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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Startup Weekend Food Berlin

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

WeWork Atrium Tower
Eichhornstraße 3
Berlin, Germany 10785

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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

More about our theme


Food is needed everywhere. Food is life.  Technology is everywhere. Technology empowers life. It's in the intersection of these two paths that a prosperous future is achieved. On the one hand, the technology is improving on a daily basis, and different solutions in specific industries can be applied to others. We can envision a world where technology not only connects us but also helps us guarantee a greater life. On the other hand, we have a world population that is ever growing; we need to better prepare ourselves for the times ahead.
If we aim to have a brighter future than today, we should be working on the Future of Food, Today. If you reap what you sow, now is the time to start building!

If you feel like you could help build an idea, or you have a vision of how you can impact the future, Startup Weekend Berlin Food Edition is the place to go.


Food Access / Consumption - In this category, we are talking about solutions that tackle hunger. Not conscious starvation, but involuntary. Solutions that help guarantee that people have access to food.

Educational / Social - In this category, we are talking about solutions that can either educate or gather the power of social networks and connections.  

Hardware / Big Data - In this category, we are looking for innovations in hardware. Innovative ways to work within the food industry that can have a positive impact for the future.

Food Waste / Renewal / Sustainability - According to the Food and Organisation of the United Nations, around 1.3 Billion Tonnes are wasted every year. This not only bad for the environment but a total waste of resources that could be allocated elsewhere, for people who need it the most.

Nutrition / Sports / Animal / Supplements - What we put inside our bodies define mostly how we feel. To work on solutions that tackle better nutrition and health is working on something that can impact, literally, billions of lives every day.

Supply Chain / Agro / Distribution - Not only should people be able to eat different things, but that same food should get to them, somehow. Distribution and the supply chain is how you work on innovative and lucrative ways of guaranteeing food to all people.

Food Production / Urban Farming / Agro - Any idea cooking up in your head? Any idea of new foods? Any idea on how to use space in the city to make more food?

B2B / Events /Services - Do you have any idea that you can serve existing businesses, or any service that you can serve consumers out there, this is the event to come to, and explore that idea.

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 November 9th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:40 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:45 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

10:00 pm
Go Home
Venue closes - time to go home. We'll see you tomorrow!

Saturday November 10th

8:30 am
Open Doors & Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
Hany Rizk Workshop
Hany Rizk is an expert designer will be running a talk/workshop/open discussion on customer validation, design methodologies and prototyping.

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:00 pm

8:00 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 11th

8:30 am
Open Door & Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Work in teams

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Pitch Coaching
Learn how to build an effective final presentation.

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

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:45 pm
Drinks & Networking

9:00 pm

Event Judges

Johann Romefort
Managing Director for BSH Future Home Accelerator

Johann's background is in software engineering. In 2007, Johann co-founded Seesmic, which was acquired by Hootsuite in 2012.
After 7 years in San Francisco, Johann moved to Munich and started as a Tech Evangelist at Stylight, with the mission to connect the company with the tech ecosystem. He organised a large amount of tech meetups and events - among them, DAHO.AM - The Pure Tech Conference - which this year brought together 1400 attendees from developer, startup, investor and corporate communities.
Johann loves to build communities, and lives by the #GiveFirst mindset.

Oksana Lukyanenko
VP International Markets at Delivery Hero

Experienced internet industry professional with over 10 years tenure in some of the biggest companies in food ordering ecosystem and beyond.  Passionate about making customer experience better every day, Oksana has been involved in launching, developing and optimizing businesses in various geographies stretching from Russia to the Middle East and Latin America. Throughout her carrier Oksana worked on  Product, Sales, Operations, Finance and Organisational projects which helps her to have a multi-faceted approach to each business problem. As a food lover and industry professional she is  excited about new technologies and particularly food related developments in the field.

Jan Lingenbrinck
Innovation & New Ventures

Jan accidentally stepped into retail in 2003 and has been part of innovation projects ever since. From the first METRO GROUP Future Store, the RFID Innovation Centre and the second Future Store he found his way to Hamburg and EDEKA in 2012. Together with trusted colleagues he build the Food Tech Projects team. The team moved to Berlin in 2016 and is busy with developing, prototyping and validating digital business models with the extra difficulty level of EDEKA being a cooperative of independent retailers. Have you ever had 3,800 entrepreneurs as a boss? 

In November 2018 the Food Tech Campus was opened in Berlin Moabit and will serve as a platform for food entrepreneurs, EDEKA experts and technology partners to build and grow successful products and services (like In his role as a technology scout and matchmaker Jan is a certified nerd-whisperer and known for the latest gadgets. In his free time he enjoys cooking (and eating in particular), ugly motorcycles and playing hide-and-seek with his daughter. 

Bernadette Baumstark
Business Development & Innovation at Valensina

By education and experience – gained in Germany, France, and US (California) – Bernadette is a senior executive at Valensina group with a passion for strategy, innovation, and marketing topics. In her current role, she is both leading and building up the department business development and innovation at Valensina group. Thereby, Bernadette is thinking about the next groundbreaking food trends, developing food solutions for answering to both global megatrends and customers‘ demands, building up an innovation ecosystem, and ensuring that the most promising ideas turn out to be successful commercial innovations. In the past, she conducted benchmarking analyses on how organizations design successfully innovation collaborations with external partners and advised small- and medium sized firms in terms of innovation management activities. 

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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. 

Dr. Constantin Goth
Blue water sailor and business enthusiast

Free spirited and passionate about business success. Constantin enhances our business landscape by supporting young companies to save them from failure. In business as on the high seas it is important to use the right tools set the right sails. He left his management position at Porsche where he worked for 15 years to sail around the world for more than 3 years. He has an engineering phd and also accomplished the warrior camp of T. Harve Ecker. He founded his first own company in 2012 and is today CEO of Dr. Goth Enterprise, a consultancy company who helps you to find the right business sailing conditions.

Atussa Sarvestani
Multi cultural business Entrepreneur with the focus to save the world

Saving the world has always been Atussa`s priority. She graduated from institutions in the US, Japan and Germany and worked for years in the Netherlands. Her background, with iranien-german roots, together with her 20 years of business experience helped her to make an impact in industries, such as biodegradable plastics, astronaut-augmented-reality-training on ISS and automotive innovations. Besides her work for business associations Atussa strongly believes in learning and therefore works as business and university trainer and teacher. Let's make this world a better place for us and all coming generations.

Elmar Weber
CTO at Amboss

Elmar is CTO at Amboss, a startup that makes medical knowledge accessible and helps healthcare professionals to improve medical care for patients world wide. For five years before that he was co-founder and CTO at Cupenya, an Amsterdam startup that helps enterprises to improve customer service using AI. In the old days he helped companies like SAP or HP to overcome big data and machine learning challenges. In his spare time he plays golf and works on open source projects to sharpen his handicap and coding skills.

Elmar attended and mentored multiple Startup Weekends and is looking forward to share his experience in Berlin.

Lia Schmökel
Nutrition Scientist I Entrepreneur | Educator

Passionate and purpose-driven nutrition scientist and entrepreneur with multiple years of hands-on experience specialising in food startups, entrepreneurship, product development, food marketing, nutrition communication and nutrition education.

By founding the herbal health company NOURI as well as Nutrition Hub, the largest digital community for nutrition scientists, I get to be a part of something I truly believe matters: the creation a food system that serves the planet and its people.

Sebastian Campos Groth
Program Manager @ Techstars

A German and Mexican citizen, Sebastian has worked in academia, business consulting and startups. In Mexico City he studied business and politics before working at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Security and Trade research. In Berlin, Sebastian obtained a Masters degree at the Hertie School of Governance with a focus on the economic determinants of the startup ecosystem in Berlin. After a year in consulting, he worked with the executive board of Zanox, the largest affiliate marketing network in Europe, before moving on to a BD position at Jospotting and developing large corporate client accounts.

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

Mazen Rizk
Founder & Managing Director at MushLabs

Mazen is the founder and managing director of Mushlabs, a biotech startup using fermentation to develop the next generation of sustainable foods rich in proteins, fibers and nutrients, from the roots of mushrooms. Mazen has a PhD in Microbial Biotechnology. His passion for biotech and sustainability has led him from scientific research to a global foodtech company before founding Mushlabs. He is on a mission to reenvision how people produce and consume food. In his spare time, Mazen enjoys music, playing the piano and basketball.

Dr. Simone K. Frey
Founder at Future of Nutrition,

Dr. Simone K. Frey is the Founder of Future of Nutrition, a network for nutrition tech start-ups. She also founded Nutrition Hub, the largest community of 5,000+ for nutrition experts in Germany. Previously, Simone worked for seed investor Atlantic Food Labs and BioAnalyt. She led Bioanalyt - a lab tech company - from start-up phase to profitable business. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Science, loves Ashtanga-Yoga and cooking with her 3-year old daughter.  

Sarah Waxman
Founder @ Matriarch

Sarah is a designer and entrepreneur. She began her career as a footwear designer for brands including Reebok and Cole Haan, and then launched a gender-neutral footwear brand called Matriarch to fill a gaping hole in the market. She is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, representing Matriarch as a social entrepreneur.

She has worked with Techstars accelerators in Berlin and is now based in NYC. She leads 
Venture Accel Studio, a design consultancy whose work is instrumental in supporting founders worldwide in their fundraising successes. 

Ramzy Ismail
Network Catalyst for Techstars EMEA

Ramzy is the Network Catalyst for Techstars EMEA, helping connect dots across the external and internal stakeholders of Techstars. Prior to the Network team, Ramzy launched two Techstars programs in two cities as program director;  Techstars Connection, in partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev and their corporate venture arm, ZX Ventures, and Techstars Dubai in partnership with GINCO. Before Techstars Ramzy was the Managing Director at Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, a $10M early stage fund and accelerator in partnership with the Abu Dhabi government.

Ramzy served as the Co-founder and CEO of Venuable, a mobile and web-based unique venues marketplace that was accelerated through Lighthouse Labs' Spring 2013 class. 
Prior to relocating to the UAE, Ramzy worked for a SaaS product company as the Director of Business Development, working to grow the company from zero to a $30,000 monthly run rate.

Before becoming a founder Ramzy was an Associate in Genworth Financial’s Leadership Development Program where he rotated through M&A tax and expense analytics roles. His experience also includes corporate strategy and product development roles with VeriSign, Capital One, and the CFO of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He graduated from VCU in 2012 with dual degrees Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Food 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

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Filippos Protogeridis
Product Designer

Filippos is an impact driven product designer working with leading tech companies in both Europe and the US, transforming ideas into engaging experiences. He has extensive experience in working with both consumer as well as business facing companies across multiple industries, from mobile marketing to food, travel, retail and localization automation. 

Filippos' work has been featured on AWWWARDS, Abduzeedo, SiteInspire and Behance. He speaks regularly in conferences and seminars about the role and impact of design in innovation driven companies. He is also a global facilitator at Startup Weekend by Techstars.

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