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 6:30 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

6:30 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 10th

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 11th

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!

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.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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. 

Catalina Catana
Entrepreneur, Innovation facilitator, Education Enthusiast

Passionate about education, Catalina wants to shape the future of learning and work. She started a few startups during her studies to explore entrepreneurship and the startup ecosystem. At the same time she has also designed and facilitated workshops and learning experiences on the topics of Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Speculative Design, Business Model Canvas, etc. 
Her expertise: Customer Development, Business Development, Design Thinking, Design Strategy. 

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. 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.

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.


Food Sponsor

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Network Partner

Organizing Team

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

  • Andra
  • Miranda
  • Alejandro
    Hernandez Cruz
  • Mike
  • André
    de Albuquerque
  • Lena
  • Dominic


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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