Startup Weekend Social Innovation Berlin

    Friday, March 20 - 22, 2015

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Startup Weekend Social Innovation Berlin

Friday, March 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, March 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Impact Hub Berlin
Mittelweg 50
Berlin, Germany 12053

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Bring your ideas and transform them into businesses that make change!

You will work with amazing people for 54 hours developing tech business to solve some of the most challenging and interesting social and environmental problems!

How can technology be a force for social good? We have incredible resources at our hands to solve social and environmental issues around us, what better time is there than now?

At Startup Weekend Social Innovation, you will find the right people to work on a product that solves a real problem, get coaching from experienced entrepreneurs and experts, and launch a social enterprise or project. Curated by MakeSense and Impact Hub Berlin, we are giving you space to turn your social startup ideas into reality!

Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of more than 1500 events in over 100 countries and 700 cities around the world, gathering people together for a weekend long of workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business prototyping with business model, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders business angels and venture capitalists. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Tech4change: A Startup Weekend for Changemakers

This special edition is focused on how can technology make the world a better place for everyone? It is part of a global mobilization with 20+ startup events happening over two weekends in several cities around the world. We want to enable people coming from the world of business startups, as well as from non-profit organizations, traditional social sectors and the public sector to design social business ventures and projects that create real impact.

A Global Movement
The Startup Weekend Change Makers movement is jointly fostered by the networks of Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), Ashoka and the World Entrepreneurship Forum and Impact Hub. Our vision with this initiative is, during the last two weekends of March 2015, to support the hosting of simultaneous Startup Weekend Change Makers events around the world, gathering social entrepreneurs, designers, tech-developers and community leaders to connect, form teams and spread the launching of startups that seek to solve social problems worldwide.

The Main Purpose
Change Makers movement is to build and connect strong communities of social entrepreneurs and leaders around the world. By doing this, we want to inspire and spread the awareness that everyone can be a change maker, taking social entrepreneurship and technology as means for achieving and replicating that transformation. The idea of promoting simultaneous events around the world to gather people in a collaborative, problem-solving and hands-on environment represents a powerful way to encourage people to realize and apply their change maker skills. Also, providing such collective, global and simultaneous experiences around the world is a way to the show that they are part of a one-big community made of other change makers worldwide.

The event in a nutshell

What: Present your idea, create your team, prototype and test your idea with the support of expert coaches, be inspired by interesting people and interesting keynotes.
When: from Friday evening 20th to Sunday Evening 22nd of March (see the agenda below)
Impact Hub Berlin Mittelweg 50, 12053 Berlin, Germany
How much: Ticket 49€

The event will be held in English

If you want to be active part in our mission, contact us to know how to be our partner.


Friday March 20th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participantsorld

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and motivational talk by Marius Swart, Global Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola ViO

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to pitch your idea to change the world

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 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 March 21st

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
First Input Session
Vishal Jodhani from Impact Hub will introduce the Business Model Canvas

12:00 pm
Call for Needs

12:30 pm

2:00 pm
Coaches presentation

2:30 pm
Team time with coach
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:00 pm
Secondo Input Session
Anna Laesser, from Impact Hub and HPI School will serve us a prototyping training

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Team Time
You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 22nd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Pitch try-outs

12:00 pm
Call for Needs

12:30 pm

1:00 pm
Team time
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Deadline presentation

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Feedback from Jury

7:00 pm

7:30 pm

9:00 pm
End :)


Marius Swart
Global Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola ViO

In Coka Cola/ViO Marius Swart has a Key Innovation role. His responsibilities include: 
Help manage portfolio of companies in Coca-Cola Founders platform with focus on anything finance related and making introductions to help grow their businesses.
Source, develop and co-create ideas for new business opportunities that allow us to leverage Company assets to drive growth and increase our competitive advantage 
Work with Finance, M&A, Legal and Communication teams to develop the appropriate business and capital structure for portfolio companies.

Event Judges

Alexander Isselhorst
Senior Brand Development Manager at The Coca-Cola Company

studies in Germany, US, France and UK; Master from ECSP-Europe
10 yrs. professional experience in Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola (last 2 yrs)
Worked on brands such as Wick, Gillette, Wellaflex and ViO
Expertise in Brand development, Marketing, Business planning

Malte Schneider
Director Climate-KIC Germany

Malte Schneider has been working on interdisciplinary solutions to the challenges of climate change for more than 10 years. Since 4 years Malte works for Climate-KIC, since 2013 as its German Director, and contributed to developing the organization into Europe's largest network to fight climate change through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Previously a Post-Doc at the ETH Zurich, Malte established a research group to analyze the effects of international climate policy instruments on corporate innovation strategies. During this time, he consulted companies and the UN on the future of carbon markets and technology transfer.

Iris Barth
Head of Impact Development at Social Impact

Iris Barth has been responsible for 14 years for various fields in the area of Global Corporate Communications and CSR at a German automobile manufacturer. Together with a team of experts, she develops and realizes innovative CSR strategies /projects and communication solutions for companies, non-profit organizations and social enterprises. Since January 2015 she is spearing the Impact Development department at Social  Impact.

Dennis Hoenig-Ohnsorg
Leadership Team Ashoka Germany

Dennis is a true #preneurship enthusiast (SocialEntrepreneurship, IntraPreneurship, CoPreneurship, etc.) and a trainer and advisor to 300+ Entrepreneurs. Dennis is passionate about process design and the development of ecosystems that promote social change. Besides his job in the leadership team of Ashoka Germany he organizes the Imagine Conference, an empowering retreat for people at turning points in their careers and lives.

Coaches and Mentors

Anna Laesser
Co-founder at Impact Hub - Design Thinking Coach at HPI School

Anna has professional expertise in service design and user experience of mobile products. She holds a BA in European Studies and a MA in Media & Visual Anthropology. Anna is an expert in applying Design Thinking methodology to design workshops that are tailored, solution-orientated and co-creative and interactive. She is an innovation manager and has consulted renowned German companies in implementing solutions to become more innovative.

Anna Yukiko Bickenbach
Co-Founder Ecotastic

Anna Yukiko is co-founder & CSO of ecotastic - the loyalty program for the environment- and former business developer of Ecosummit - Europe's leading smart green business network. 
Anna grew up in Germany as a Japanese-American and calls three different world continents her home. Thanks to her Master’s degree in “Integrated Natural Resource Management” from the Humboldt University in Berlin, she is ecotastic’s expert on all matters relating to sustainability. An additional specialization in design thinking from the renown Hasso-Plattner Institute gives her and ecotastic an edge on user oriented research and product design. Her past also included marketing and sales at various international companies and organizations. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball competitively and loves to eat extremely spicy foods.

Bejamin Vahle
Co-founder at CEO at Boost Engagement

Benjamin has been a social entrepreneur for more than ten years. After co-founding the charity Make A Difference e.V. in his early twenties, Benjamin is now founder and CEO of the non-profit company boost that offers online shoppers a way to donate money at no extra cost.
Benjamin studied business administration in Germany, the U.S. and Canada. After completing his masters, he worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Hanse Ventures, a web business incubation firm. Soon he was assigned CEO of one of the portfolio companies. During this time he met Frank with whom he later founded boost.
Entrepreneurship that creates a meaningful social impact is Benjamin’s true passion. Being a tech enthusiast (geek), he is particularly excited about putting web and mobile technology to use for good causes. If there’s one thing Benjamin hates (apart from bureaucracy), it is wasted potential. Thus he continuously encourages people to push their limits and take risks in order to excel.Accordingly, he lives by the credo “in the end, you will only regret the chances you didn’t take”.

Daniela Depping
Commercial Strategy Operations Coca-Cola

  • Ruhruniversität Bochum: Anglistics and Science of Business Education
  • Apprenticeship in Advertising Agency
  • Internship Coca-Cola EAG Channel Management
  • junior Marketing Project Manager Retail at CCEAG
  • Commercial Strategy: POS & Shopper Activation Manager at TCCC
Core Expertise
  • Business development in German retail
  • German retail landscape
  • Shopper Marketing
  • Commercial Strategy Planning
  • Franchise Collaboration

Gábor Kőhalmi
Design Thinking consultant

I am an independent consultant with a professional background in design thinking. When somebody asks me, I like to think about myself as a very curious comfort-zone-leaver who believes that great things emerge from great combinations - I love to listen and learn. As of my academic background, I hold two MA degrees, one in Communication & Media, with a major in Cultural Industries from BME in Budapest and one in Management & IT from MCI in Innsbruck. After moving to Berlin a couple years ago I have found myself being involved in really interesting and challenging design thinking projects. Recently I co-organized the Global Service Jam in Berlin and now looking forward to work together with the teams at the Startup Weekend. 

My support to teams
I can help the teams in applying design thinking, business process modeling and communication design.

Jerome Goerke
Director at Wivern Digital Ltd

In 2010 Jerome Goerke launched the boutique communication agency Tint Services to provide specialised English language services to German organisations. In 2011 he co-founded Wivern Digital to develop the Addison's Tales storyworld - a "life project" he has been tinkering away at since he was 12 years old. Addison's Tales was nominated for the inaugural Berliner Crowdfunding Prize in 2014, with the first paperback from the storyworld due for release in April 2015. He received his MBA in International Management from HWR Berlin, where he awarded the Deutschlandstipendium for MBA studies in 2013 and 2014. He is now looking to support other social entrepreneurs with his business development experience and passion for global human development.

My support to teams
Happy to help teams with their following:
  • refining pitches,
  • market-test question phrasing,
  • initial concept analysis

Hector Cobian
Packaging Industrialisation Manager Coca-Cola

Konstantin Klyagin
Founder and CEO at Redwerk

Having written his first program when he was 6, Konstantin has been developing software products his whole life, as a software developer, architect and product manager.

For the past 10 years, Konstantin has been the CEO of Redwerk, a software development agency. The almost 40-head strong organization offers software products of any complexity leveraging the best technologies available. Redwerk’s track record includes e-government projects in EU and USA, SaaS products for television, innovative mobile apps, and award-winning data mining tools. Konstantin holds MS in Applied Mathematics and is an author of numerous publications on software development and security .

Mia Konew
Startup Support IHK Berlin

Mia is a Startup Coordinator at the CCI Berlin (IHK Berlin). She likes to share her experience from her former life as a startup founder and innovation consultant. Since 2008 she has been learning, practicing, teaching and researching Design Thinking. Her support skills are holistic: From Needscreening, to Ideation, Selection, User Testing, Prototyping, Pitching, Business Modeling, Funding Strategy (VC, Crowd...) and first steps starting a business she will be at your service. In addition she provides navigation in the Berlin Startup Ecosystem.

Sascha Wolff
Co-founder & Partner Dark Horse

Sascha Wolff is an independant consultant and lecturer for human-centered research & cross-secctor collaborative design.
He studied philosophy, political sciences, environmental education and design thinking in Potsdam, Berlin and Bordeaux.
As co-founder and partner of DARK HORSE INNOVATION he gained extensive expertise as coach, consultant and mentor in co-creation projects working with global companies, SMEs, NGOs and universities worldwide.
Sascha Wolff lives in Berlin.

My support to teams
Als Weltenwanderer zwischen unterschiedlichsten Branchen im privaten, staatlichen und nichtstaatlichen Bereich bringe ich jede Menge Verknüpfungswissen mit

Shannon Smith
Communications & User Voice at Ecosia

Shannon Smith takes care of Communications, UX and User Voice at Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees. She can lend a hand with user-centered product and service design, communication and copywriting.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Daniel
  • Leon
  • Melanie
  • Christoffer
  • Guglielmo
  • Shirin
  • Matthias
  • Lara


Stina Liland

Stina is co-founder of Startup Norway and Program Director of 500 Nordics, the pre-accelerator program of 500 Startups.  Startup Norway’s mission is to put Norway’s startup scene on the international startup map. We are experts on the norwegian startup ecosystem. Stina's vision is a Norwegian startup ecosystem that works together as a community, inspires a new generation of Norwegian entrepreneurs and make sure startups have the right resources at hand. Stina is also heavily involved in Startup Weekend, where she as an Global Facilitator visits other startup communities in Europe. 

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