Techstars Startup Weekend Women Berlin

    Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Women Berlin

Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Drivery
Mariendorfer Damm 1
Berlin, Germany 12099

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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.  

This Startup Weekend is focused on empowering women in Berlin and to lend their voice to innovation!

What’s different about this event?
Our Theme: Women | Diversity + Inclusion!

We believe entrepreneurship is the single greatest force in making the world a better place. We are encouraging entrepreneurs from Berlin to come out, participate, and create ideas and opportunities that drive real-world social change. We believe in an inclusive definition of “women”; we encourage trans, genderqueer women and non-binary people who are femme-identifying but anyone is welcome to attend! 
We're hosting this event because women are seen as a minority, especially in the tech-industry; being a male-dominated field. Women hold just 5.2% of CEO positions at S&P 500 Companies. So it's about time we change that!Are men allowed to attend?

YES, MEN ARE INVITED! However, there are a limited number of tickets available to men, and we do encourage men to find another female participant to bring along.

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 November 8th

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

7:40 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. Find a spot to work!

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

11:00 pm
Go home and get some good hours of sleep 😴

Saturday November 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Quick announcement & begin to work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Elizabeth Kimball
Elizabeth will be running a hands-on workshop to learn how to solve the Customer Validation aspect you will be judged on! Don't miss out!

10:30 am
Kaddie Rothe
In this talk Kaddie Rothe, CEO of goalgirls and their co-creagency, will explain how they are disrupting the archaic structures of the creative industry with female empowerment and a culture based on radical vulnerability. as part of their bold moves and activism, they have created their own stock market to make positive social impact profitable within their company. It’s time to remodel and future-proof the industry for a woke generation.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Workshop & Check-In
Talk by Nuria Medrano & Christina Plomer (TIER). Plus, don't forget that we're here for the 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!

2:00 pm
Workshop & Check In
Crello will talk about their business development in the design community and more!

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 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Quick annoucement & check in - Participants can start working! Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Check-Ins
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm
Pitch Workshop
Ever wanted to give presentations and pitches like the very best? This is it!

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
Networking! 🥳
Stay a bit afterward for drinks, networking, and a chance to follow up with everyone! :)


Ligia Boueres
Marketing at Tier

Ligia is Partnerships Manager of the Marketing team at TIER Mobility. Ligia founded “Women at TIER,” an internal group with the aim of empowering and supporting female-identifying TIER employees as well as facilitating networking opportunities across the startup field. Contributing her prior experience in gender inclusion and empowerment projects, Ligia is also an active participant in the company’s diversity initiatives.

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. 

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

Elisheva Marcus
Content Manager

Elisheva brings visibility to start-up teams, female founders and CEOs. She profiles pioneering role models and communicates knowledge synthesized from Berlin's tech ecosystem — with a focus on digital health and inclusive entrepreneurship. Dive into her stories on MediumElisheva is also Senior Content & Community Manager at Next Big Thing AG, a Berlin-based company builder for the machine economy.

Mali Baum
CEO & Founding Partner at WLOUNGE and MAGDA GROUP

Mali is one of the people shaping Female Founders Future and opportunities at the startups Ecosystem in Berlin and Germany, recently announced raising a new fund of funds, Magda Group FoF in Berlin with focusing on EU technology diverse team, building more success stories and uplifting the
tech ecosystem in Europe and beyond’ Born in Tel-Aviv, Living in Berlin. Mali has 20 years’ experience of founding companies. Started her first business in 2007 and followed
this up with a global educational toys business, in Tel Aviv, which sold products in the US, Asia and
across Europe. The products won numerous awards for innovation and design.
Nominated for the ‘Digital Female Leader Award’ for 2017 and for 2018 and finalist for this year 2019.
Mali is a regular speaker at conferences, a mentor and jury member of startup’s competitions, mentor at TechStars and other accelerators, actively involved in governmental activity and Corporate M&A to promote German tech ecosystem globally and locally. Lecturer at universities on entrepreneurship, diversity and international business in Berlin, Business angel, Mali has a lot of investments knowledge as a business angel and growth in startups. Mali is an instrumental in creating the business and technology ecosystem in Berlin, connecting it with the her global network from Tel Aviv, New York, Silicon Valley, EU markets and Beijing, Bringing opportunities for the local startups and corporations. 

Coaches and Mentors

Claire Gusko
Head of Strategy

Claire is responsible for translating the CEO’s vision for infarm’s strategic growth into an actionable expansion plan. She has a background in law (UCL, King’s College London) specialising in corporate finance, supplemented by time in the leading digital agency in London (AKQA) and a boutique venture capital fund in Berlin. She is also a Co-Founder and Co-Host of “Fabric Softener” a music show on a local radio station in Berlin. Claire grew up abroad, living and studying in S. Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

Alana Harris
Product Manager

Alana is a Product Manager with 6 years’ experience at the junction of travel and technology. Starting at Skyscanner in the UK and then Singapore, she recently completed her MBA at INSEAD in France, and is now working in Berlin to digitise the glamorous world of air freight. Her interests include anything involving data, design, UX and user research, to solve problems and delight customers.

May-Lee Sia
Junior Fullstack Web Developer

May-Lee Sia is a freelance Web Developer and Teacher/Coach who graduated from Le Wagon bootcamp, consolidating her work experience and switching careers into tech. As a music manager, she guided musicians and performing artists to international success. During her bootcamp, she was able to merge the skills she gained on the road as a tour manager with Agile methodology, and realized a new passion for helping groups deliver exceptional Demo Day presentations. She excels at applying real world contexts to technical problem solving and is fanatical about achieving positive human outcomes.

Lubomila Jordanova
CEO & Founder of Plan A

Lubomila Jordanova is the founder and CEO of Plan A, the first data-driven action platform in the fight against climate change. The company is developing an algorithm which predicts where and how climate change will hit the hardest and a software that uses the insights from the algorithm to help businesses calculate, monitor and offset the carbon footprint. Prior to Plan A, she worked in the investment banking, venture capital and fintech in Asia and Europe. She holds a Master in Management degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Raphaelle Dedourge
Translator & Transcreator

Raphaëlle is a literary translator who has translated over 20 novels, and is the founder of “The Good Version”, a translation agency that specialises in culture and sustainable lifestyle. She has lived in 5 different countries and worked as a journalist, a rock band manager, a cook and a relocation consultant. She is the founder of “Les Nouvelles Voix”, a Berlin-based community of French-speaking female freelancers.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Women 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

  • Miranda
  • Alak
  • Alejandro
    Hernández Cruz
  • Valentin
  • Karmen
  • Mario
    Sabatino Riontino
  • Srishti


Kateryna Degtyar
networker/organizer at various events

SW organizer an Startup Grind Kyiv Chapter Director.
Got an MBA in Istanbul and decided to develop startup community in Ukraine. Works full-time as Kyiv office director at WannaBiz accelerator.

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