Techstars Startup Weekend Women Berlin

    Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Women Berlin

Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019

Friday, September 27 - 29, 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 welcome trans, genderqueer women and non-binary people who are femme-identifying. 

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 September 27th

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 September 28th

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 September 29th

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

Esther Lim
Corporate Innovation

Esther draws on cross-sector experiences and multicultural perspectives to find collaborative solutions to complex problems. Having been a two time founder in her previous life, She moves at a startup speed and drive desired results with passion, ambition and aptitude. She's had the privilege of gaining extensive expertise and network in the NYC startup scene while running technology focused accelerators partnered with public and private organizations. 

In her current role at Techstars she leads the Network Engagement Team and thrives on learning new technologies and finding ways to apply them in the right ways to make a positive and innovative impact in Corporations in various verticals. She also find myself passionate about aligning needs with resources, and talents with opportunities through the Techstars network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. 

Coaches and Mentors

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. 

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.

Julia Profeta Johansson
Business Strategy and Impact Expert

Julia helps teams to develop solid business models especially to amplify the potential social & environmental impact of its products and services. She also works getting startups investment-ready based on her experience as a venture capitalist and accelerator.  She is the founder of JPJ Lab, an Impact Investing and Impact Entertainment Consultancy, and of Ella Impact, a global community of women focused on impact investments and businesses.

Siena Chan
Product Designer

Siena is a product designer working at the interface of technology and user centric design. The product she is currently building is leading the digitalisation of the air cargo industry.

Siena grew up in Canada and prior to moving to Berlin, she has lived and worked around the globe in Paris, Hong Kong and Miami.

Sara-Marie Wiechmann

Sara is former software consultant and project manager of IT projects in the field of ERP software. Today she is co-founder of CoWomen, where she takes these skills to another level building a sustainable company with a strong vision. Sara's experiences in the digital working world on the one hand, her life stops in Seattle, London, Cologne, Berlin, and her homebase Munich on the other, shape her free entrepreneurial spirit and her modern feminism that she loves sharing with others.

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.
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

  • 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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