Startup Weekend Bremen WOMEN

    Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019

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Startup Weekend Bremen WOMEN

Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019

Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Kraftwerk City Accelerator Bremen
An der Weide 50a
3. Etage
Bremen, Germany 28195

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From idea to startup in 54 hours

*The event will be in English. Men are welcome to participate.*

Here is your opportunity to transform your ideas into action in 54 hours! Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build a startup in one weekend. Whether you form companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5 job - everyone will leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

"Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come" (Victor Hugo) - If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

We will help you to step outside of your comfort zone and to bring your ideas to life. Get connected and join the Bremen Startups Community on FACEBOOK, INSTA and TWITTER!

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SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS (50 Euro) until 15.03.2019
EARLY BIRD TICKETS (65 Euro) until 08.04.2019
REGULAR TICKETS (80 Euro) until 30.04.2019
LATE BIRD TICKETS (95 Euro) until 16.05.2019

Why a special focus on women entrepreneurship?

Typically, most startup weekend events have a 70/30 ratio of men to women participants. In this edition, we want to flip that ratio and create an event focused on promoting women entrepreneurship in Bremen without excluding male participants With women leading less than 20% of startups, we want to create an environment that encourages and supports women entrepreneurs. That’s why we have this Startup Weekend with special focus on women entrepreneurship.
We aim to
  • Increase in the number of female business-starters & entrepreneurs in the city and region
  • Connect women entrepreneurs to the best resources out there
  • Expand & advance the economic potential of women
  • Have lots of fun
Like all Startup Weekend events, this one also follows the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea for 60 seconds, 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 model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1500+ events in 150+ countries around the world, and we are now looking forward to making a BIG dent for women entrepreneurs in Bremen.

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.

Watch the video from Startup Weekend Bremen 2017 and the video from Startup Weekend Bremen 2018 to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “”.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

No talk, all action!


1. Are men allowed to participate in this event?
Yes, of course! We aim to boost entrepreneurship and build exciting startups, and so we want to connect the best resources and people out there – that includes both men and women.

2. Should everyone pitch business ideas?
No, it is not necessary. It is entirely your choice to pitch a business idea or join the team of an idea you believe in. Either ways, we want you to enjoy this exhilarating experience of building startups.

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.

3. What is the language of the event?
The event moderation will be in English. And we expect some attendees with non-german language. You can discuss with your teammates and mentors in language of your choice.

4. What is included in the ticket price?
Your ticket is co-sponsored by our awesome sponsors to be able to provide you more value than what you actually pay for. 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.
5. How big are the teams?
Teams of 3 to 5 members are the ideal number for optimal results.

6. What if I sign-up alone or don’t have a group?
Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone attending. We will help everyone form groups, and there will be lots of time to mingle and get to know other attendees.

7. Is this event for me?

Why not? A startup weekend works by a variety of skills and experiences. Designer & creatives, software & hardware developers, business & industry experts, people with ideas & co-founders, students & professionals meet at Startup Weekend to form startup teams.

8. What do I need to bring?
A laptop and a desire to contribute! You must be able to attend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

9. I'm not from Bremen. Can you recommand accomedation close to the event location (Kraftwerk City Accelerator Bremen / An der Weide 50a, 28195 Bremen?
We've looked up some affordable hostels/hotels s in walking distance. Since there is a Bundesliga game by Werder Bremen on May, 18th, please make sure to reserve your accomedation asap.

10. I'm still not sure if I should go...

This is a great opportunity for women to get more involved and test their ideas, to reinvent our environment and build conditions for both women and men to thrive and do more of what they love. We welcome you to sneak into our free pre-Event Meetups and Workshops (you don't have to attend them to attend the Startup Weekend Bremen WOMEN):

4. April: Startup Weekend Bremen WOMEN | Workshop #1: Startup Q&A
9. April: Startup Weekend Bremen WOMEN | Workshop #2: Creativity & Business Model Generation
16. April: Startup Weekend Bremen WOMEN | Workshop #3: How to Pitch
25. April: Startup Weekend Bremen WOMEN | Workshop #4: Business Model Canvas
7. May: Startup Weekend Bremen WOMEN | Workshop #5: Validation

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Friday May 17th

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

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Intro
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Startup Story: MYLILY
Heide Peukert will share her story of founding MYLILY, plus all her insights as initiator of Startup Weekend Women Hamburg.

7:30 pm
Idea Pitches
If you want to pitch an idea, here are your 60 seconds to rock the stage.

8:30 pm
Idea Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches they want to work on.

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 May 18th

2:00 am
Venue closes
You need to do we ;-)

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm
Lunch / Coaches arrive

1:30 pm
Intro: pitches of startups & coaches
startups and coaches have 60 seconds each to briefly introduce themselves

2:00 pm
Coaches choose startups & coaching slots
coaches pick those startups that benefit best from their background.

2:30 pm
Coaching #1
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

3:15 pm
Digest your coaching input

3:45 pm
Coaching #2

4:30 pm

5:00 pm
Coaching #3

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Get back to work
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Pitch Training - no Slides
Teams can enter the pitch arena for an internal 5 min pitch practice + 5 min feedback from the orga crew

Sunday May 19th

2:00 am
Venue closes
You need to do we ;-)

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Start to work

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Get back to work
Prepare your pitch. The orga crew will help & give feedback, if needed.

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

4:30 pm
visitors check-in
Check-in of jury, visitors, sponsors & press

5:00 pm
Final Pitches
Welcome visitors and the jury. Startup teams have 5 minutes to pitch + 3 minutes Q&A.

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm
Dinner, Drinks, Digest & Dance
You worked hard. Now have fun and enjoy talking with the visitors :-)

8:30 pm

11:55 pm
Venue closes
It's always best to leave when things are at their best ;-)


Heide Peuckert
Founder at MYLILY

I am MYLILY-founder by passion, Biz Dev by education, Product Manager by profession, Organizer by desire and explorer at heart.

My second passion is organizing and facilitating Startup Weekends.

I initiated Startup Weekend Women Hamburg because I believe in the ideas and spirit of female entrepreneurs. My goal is to encourage women to follow their dreams giving them a platform and an opportunity to become a successful founder.

Event Judges

Julia Köhn
Consultant & Founder @Pielers

Julia is an economist and philosopher by training and an entrepreneur by heart. She started her first venture at the age of 16 and by now has founded or co-founded several companies in traditional industries and also in tech. Business model design is her passion and she loves making wild ideas work.

Ariane C. Redder
Head of Entrepreneurship Committee at Bremen Junior Chambers

After founding a social media consulting firm, Ariane worked as the marketing director of a Bremen-based agency for some years. Always passionate about advising young founders and helping them realize their entrepreneurial potential, she used this environment to help startups set up their marketing budget efficiently and yet visionarily.

Now holding the position of Head of Marketing at an international construction software company, Ariane supports startups largely through her involvement with the Bremen Junior Chambers as head of the Entrepreneurship Working Committee. The committee’s flagship project, the „Gründerlotse“, offers young founders the opportunity to present their ideas to a highly qualified audience of entrepreneurs and executives and - with their knowledge and network - start a business in the best possible way.

Heide Peuckert
Founder at MYLILY

I am MYLILY-founder by passion, Biz Dev by education, Product Manager by profession, Organizer by desire and explorer at heart.

My second passion is organizing and facilitating Startup Weekends.

I initiated Startup Weekend Women Hamburg because I believe in the ideas and spirit of female entrepreneurs. My goal is to encourage women to follow their dreams giving them a platform and an opportunity to become a successful founder.

Coaches and Mentors

Stephanie Birkner
Juniorprofessorin an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Der Umgang mit Gründungsinteressierten und Startups ist Stephanie Birkners ausgelebte Leidenschaft. Als Juniorprofessorin für Female Entrepreneurship an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg beschäftigt sie sich insbesondere mit der Entwicklung von Konzepten zur Unterstützung von Unternehmerinnen (Hashtag: #Weforfuture). Ob Lean Startup, Business Model Canvas, ESOP oder CapTable - Stephie freut sich über jede Themenstellung, wo sie Input aus der Forschung geben und Ihre Erfahrungen als ausgebildeter Personal Coach sowie Co-Founder der German Real Estate Pioniers teilen kann.

Meret Nehe
Innovation Facilitator & Business Coach

Ihre Leidenschaft gilt den Social Impact Startups & Green/CleanTech Startups!

Meret ist selbständige Innovationsberaterin, Prozess-Begleiterin und Business Coach, u.a. bei Climate-KIC.

Zuvor war sie Social Startup Consultant beim Schweizer Social Business Inkubator seif, Business Development Managerin bei einer Bremer Agentur und hat selber Mekipee - ein Social Business in der Textilindustrie - mitgegründet.

Irene Bejenke Walsh
Founder MessageLab

As a venture coach and expert in investor communications, Irene has been a fixture in the European start-up community for the past 18 years, helping more than 800 start-ups across all tech sectors to raise funding.

Her experience ranges from advising start-up companies in the pre-seed, seed and series A stages as well as accompanying IPOs.

Irene founded her consultancy firm, MessageLab, in London in 2000 and made a mark for herself by developing and running the pitch format for London Business Angels, the UK’s largest business angels network, for several years with seven pitch sessions per year, which was well received by investors and with over 70% of the companies receiving funding.

Irene currently works with the most successful incubator in Europe, imec in Belgium, as well as the ING Fintech Village, and, more recently, has become involved with New Space coaching the first two cohorts of “Seraphim Space Camp” in 2018, Europe’s first VC-led Space Accelerator.

Irene started her career in business journalism for “The Wall Street Journal” and CNBC television before moving into tech PR and starting her own business.

Female entrepreneurship is close to her heart and she worked for several years as a mentor for Astia, a global organisation offering support to female entrepreneurs.

Irene continues to be a freelance lecturer specialising in entrepreneurship, investor communications and pitching skills at three universities: Imperial Business School, London; Danish Technical University Business School (DTU), Copenhagen and Jacobs University, Bremen.

Norman Breitling
Founder @ Brandfisher, CFO @ GIDA, Bord Member @ Klub Dialog, & further companies

Norman Breitling founded a startup 17 years ago and is now involved in various companies.
A few months ago he started GIDA - an online tool that can be used to easily create a privacy policy and imprint on websites.

As a coach and mentor, he gives lectures on various marketing topics, advises companies in Germany on strategy, positioning and online marketing, and is well connected in the region.

As a member of the Wirtschaftsjunioren Bremen, he is involved in social projects and supports local startups.

In Norman you have a young and experienced mentor at Startup Weekend, who can think creatively around the corner and is on fire to discuss new ideas!!

Jens Brechmann
Founder & Managing Director of 42Digital

Jens brings a lot of startup experience into the coaching!

In 2012, he founded the online marketing agency 42DIGITAL in Bremen, has by now more than 25 people employed and was awarded Rank 19 of the fastest growing German technology companies in 2017 (DELOITTE ranking).

Jens is a top-notch online marketing guru who loves to build (digital) business models!

Marnie Knorr

Marnie loves to bring people together - Be it for Oromoro Workshops, hosting Startup Weekends, Creative Challenges, starting an activst campaign or social projects. Unleashing peoples' creative potencial in a team and help them to work towards common goals is her passion.

She is a BrainStore Partner with access to The Idea Machine and certified Scrum Master. A MSc degree in Innovation Management and early experience in the "punk incubator" becodemyfriend round up her expertise in designing startup concepts.

She knows how you feel as she took part in several Startup Weekends herself: she failed and also won before - the experience is what matters the most.

Ask her whenever you are stuck on ideas or considering a social or activist approach for your startup. Projects regarding social responsibility are her favourites. 

Dino Zirwes
Beteiligungsmanager & Existenzgründungsberater der Sparkasse Bremen

Dino Zirwes bringt über ein Jahrzehnt Erfahrung mit Gründungen & Gründern als Firmenkundenberater von Die Sparkasse Bremen in das Coaching!
Und mit dieser Erfahrung unterstützt Dino die Bremer Startup Szene, coachte bereits pre-seed Startups beim Startup Weekend Bremen 2017 & 2018, und hat für Bremer Gründer stets Tür & Ohr offen.

Rebekka Tegtmeier
Consultant Digitale Strategie & Innovation

Rebekka participated in the Startup Weekend Bremen 2017 and won the first place with her team. The idea was to develop a self-sufficient TinyHouse and pair it with an AirBnB platform to develop rural sustainable tourism. The project continues to be worked on, a prototype of the Tiny House was presented to the public in mid-2018.

Since that Startup Weekend, Rebekka helps with the events of and co-organizes the Startup Weekend Bremen.

As a digital consultant at BTC, she deals with innovation processes and creativity methods.

At Startup Weekend, Rebekka will be happy to help you if you have mental blocks, need creative impulses or feedback.

Katrin Oellerich
Freelance Consultant, Coach & Pitch Trainerin

Dr. Katrin Oellerich works as a freelance trainer, coach and lecturer u.a. in the field of startups and entrepreneurship.

Katrin took part in the Startup Weekend Bremen 2017 and since then she is active in the Orga Crew herself - so she has a lot of backround knowledge and  experience with people in these settings.

Katrin is an internal coach at Startup Weekend: she always has an open ear for team conflicts, questions about pitching or anything else!

Jonas Fromme
Ideation & Pre-Seed Startup Coach

Jonas is committed to lower entry bareers for starting entrepreneurs in the local innovation ecosystem of Bremen since 2016. Today he coaches in lean startup operations, investor pitch and business model design. He regularly organizes free 1:1 sessions for starting solopreneurs, teams and pre-seed startups in kraftwerk city accelerator bremen and facilitates the Open Innovation Cycle with Starthaus Bremen as a lean validation journey to prepare your idea for an incubator.

At Startup Weekend Bremen, Jonas is happy to help with e.g. any questions regarding the startup weekend itself, a short explanation of any canvas/pitch template, tips on government structure in public services or information on available channels in the local startup ecosystem for customer validation.

Danilson Dala
Crew Member @, Startup and Innovation Enthusiast, Germany - ChinaStudent at Hochschule Bremen

Danilson is currently studying Business-Sinology at Hochschule Bremen. Before, he has helped building up the Z-Innoway startup accelerator in Bejing ( and Startup Grind Bejing (
Danilson is a passionate biz development & networking guru who knows how to approach the right people for the right task.

Felix Rohde
Co-Founder Homevoice

Digitizing Real Estate Management! The Bremen-based Startup Homevoice offers a smart tool that helps property managers automating their processes.

Felix Passion is architecture and communication with people. At Homevoice, he takes care of Business Development & Marketing and has lots of tips & tricks in store.

And as the winner of the startup Pitch Night Bremen (06/2018), he knows exactly how to bring his statement from the stage into the minds and hearts of people.

Walter Steinhauer
Founder Cup2Date

Born at Startup Weekend Bremen 2017!

Walter took part in the Startup Weekend Bremen 2017 with the raw idea of ​​wanting to kill the one-way coffee cup (alone in D. 2.8 billion cups every year!).

Meanwhile Cup2date is founded and has developed the concept strongly. A cup deposit system + self-developed ToGo cup that is reusable, recyclable, BPA-free, eco-friendly, made in Germay - and can be used up to 500 times.

How everything started with the Startup Weekend Bremen, he writes here in his blog:

Mert Mengü
Social Media & Online Marketing Consultant / SEO Account Manager @ 42DIGITAL

Mert is in the finals of his business informatics studies at the University of Bremen. During his studies, he specialized in start-up management and built up a self-employment as a social media and online marketing consultant.
Since March 2019, Mert works as a SEO Account Manager at Bremen-based startup 42DIGITAL.
He loves positive thinking, his fellow human beings & communication and beats the fire when pitching, building presentations, developing SEO or social media strategies.

Heike Hannemann
Co-Founder BuildX

Although graduated in business administration, Heike has landed in IT. Thus, she is very interested in developments in digitization and that's why Heike came to participate in the Startup Weekend Bremen in November 2018. At the Startup Weekend their five-person Startup team named Build|X met and immediately won the Startup Weekend.

In the meanwhile their startup renamed as Unitect and they are continuing to work hard on their innovative construction management tool, which is expected to reduce administrative overhead by up to 90 percent.
And because the Startup Weekend was so much fun and pushing, Heike now also in the Orga Crew full engaged to help other people to spark :-)

Kilian Wolffgramm & Zino Greupner
Founder of YourFilm

Entrepreneurship simply flows through their veins! At age 14, Zino & Kilian decided to start their moving-picture agency, YourFilm, as soon as they are 16 years old. They used the time to build references and their network. Since 2018 YourFilm is on the market.The two are absolute cracks for everything that has to do with video and attention-grabbing communication.

Jan Wessels
Founder of solvertec &

Jan founded & failed solvertec (2013-2015), a startup to automate the debugging of digital chip designs.
Unhappy about the lacking visibility, network and reputation of the Bremen Startup-Scene, he initiated in Oct 2015. is a private & indipendent grass root driven initiative to connect the startup community in Bremen & the Northwest region. organizes startup community events like Startup Weekend Bremen, Startup Fail Night Bremen, Startup Pitch Night Bremen, Startup Pitch Night Oldenburg, Startup Speed-Networking Bremen, Macher Messe Bremen, Startup Weekend Bremen WOMEN, the Startup Women Meetup Bremen & Startup Weekend Bremen SPACE. 

Christopher Ahlers
Co-Founder & Product Owner at Homevoice

Digitizing Real Estate Management! The Bremen-based Startup Homevoice offers a smart tool that helps property managers automating their processes.

As a business engineer, Christopher is responsible for process planning and control at Homevoice, and oversees its business processes.

Jasser Saad
Student Media Informatics @ University of Applied Sciences Bremen & Initiator @ Innovation Marathon 'Team Up

Jesse studies Media Informatics at the University of Bremen and loves everything that has to do with coding, software development, digitization, innovation & startups.

Participating at Startup Weekend Bremen 2017 has set him on fire and since then he participated in a dozen other Startup Weekends and Hackathons.

Since early 2018, he has been part of the volunteer crew and has launched the Innovation Marathon 'Team Up' at Bremen University of Applied Sciences.

Nils Sprenger
Co-Founder of PSST+PENG


Nils supports since the very beginning (which is Oct 2015).

In 2018, he transformed his passion into profession by founding PSST+PENG, a young illustration & design agency.
He is  to work with founders and the creative implementation of their ideas.

At a Startup Weekend, designers become heroes - you'll notice this when there is no one in a team with design skills. But do not worry: Nils is ready help :-)

Mücahit Celik
Student Uni Bremen

Mücahit Celik studies Business Information Systems at the University of Bremen with a focus on start-up management. Since the beginning of 2018, Müc has helped a lot with the events. In the Ankenstein team, he successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign in the Ideen für Bremen Contest 2018.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Jan
  • Rebekka
  • Katrin
  • Jonas
  • Felix
  • Walter
  • Danilson
  • Mert
  • Heike
  • Kilian Wolffgramm &
    Zino Greupner
  • Christopher
  • Jasser
  • Nils
  • Mücahit


Maaike van der Post
Community Builder & Help companies with there Brand Stories

Maaike is a Startup Weekend Lover, organizer, coach, participant and facilitator. 
Background in Startups, working as community builder at 
Has her own company together with Karlijn ter Horst.
Loves wine, food, tech and people. Known for her inflatable flamingo.

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