Startup Weekend Bremen SPACE

    Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Bremen SPACE

Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019

Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Kraftwerk City Accelerator Bremen
An der Weide 50a
3rd Floor
Bremen, Bremen 28195

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From Idea to Startup in 54 Hours

About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekends are events designed for those who are interested to (co-)start a startup. Transform a rough idea to maturity in just 54 hours! Pitch your idea or join an idea that you are passionate about. Find awesome like-minded people, grow your network & learn new skills. Get out of the building and test your assumptions, conduct market research, tune your business model, develop your demo or prototype. On Sunday, pitch your startup concept to a jury & public audience, get feedback - and maybe your own startup will be born this weekend!

Why Startup Weekend Bremen SPACE?
Bremen is a European SPACE hotspot with 140 companies, 20 top research institutions and 12.000 people employed that generate an annual revenue of 4 Billion Euro. In 2015 Bremen hosted the very first Startup Weekend SPACE in Europe - the initial starting point for attendees to go for their entrepreneurial journey and launch startups like Valispace, satsearch, SPiN or PlanBlue!

But I'm not a Space Engineer or Scientist - is that event for me?

Innovation is not possible without diversity and influence from different disciplines. 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 Bremen SPACE to form teams and work on startup ideas.

Will I get support?
You are not alone! Experienced founders, experts & coaches will support you. Also food & drinks are included in your ticket so that you can focus on your project.


1. 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.

2. What is the language of the event?
The event moderation will be in English. You can discuss with your teammates and mentors in language of your choice.

3. 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.
4. How big are the teams?
Teams of 3 to 5 members are the ideal number for optimal results.

5. 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.

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

7. I'm not from Bremen. Can you recommend accommodation close to the event location (Kraftwerk City Accelerator Bremen / An der Weide 50a, 28195 Bremen?

    8. What do I 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!

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    Friday November 1st

    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: PlanBlue
    Guy Rigot will share his startup story on how he progressed on his entrepreneurial journey from an attendee of Startup Weekend Bremen SPACE in 2015 to CTO & Co-Founder of the most rocking cleanteach startup and Galileo Masters winner: PlanBlue (

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

    8:30 pm
    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 November 2nd

    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 / Speaker: ESA BIC NG

    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

    5:45 pm

    6:30 pm
    Dinner / Speaker: Valispace

    7:30 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 November 3rd

    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

    8:00 pm
    Dinner, Drinks, Digest & Dance
    You worked hard. Now have fun and enjoy talking with the visitors :-)

    11:00 pm
    Venue closes
    It's always best to leave when things are at their best ;-)


    Marco Witzmann
    co-founder and CEO of Valispace

    Marco and his co-founders Louise Lindtblad and Simon Vanden Bussche met at the Startup Weekend Bremen 2015 - Space Edition. And then founded Valispace in 2016.

    Valispace is browser-based software that enables engineers to develop satellites, rockets, and other complex hardware more efficiently and cost-effectively.

    The three satellite engineers founded Valispace to challenge excel engineering and drive digitization in hardware development. Complex hardware products such as satellites, rockets, drones, robots or chemical plants are today no different from those developed 40 years ago with thousands of documents, user manuals, test reports or interface datasheets.

    Valispace already counts aerospace companies such as AIRBUS, Gomspace or Ripple Aerospace among its customers.

    Since May 2018, the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) has been financing Valispace with a seed investment of EUR 1 million to enable the young company to continue to grow in the aerospace industry and to enter new markets such as  medical robotics, special machinery, commercial vehicle development and many more.

    Event Judges

    Claudia Mendzil
    Programme Manager at Seraphim Space Camp

    As the programme manager of Serahim Space Camp, Claudia has deep insights into the #NewSpace sector & a broad network to space corporates & investors.
    Backed by Seraphim Capital, the world’s only SpaceTech Venture Fund, Seraphim Space Camp is an accelerator programme dedicated to supporting the top SpaceTech startups at Seed & Series A level to become “investment ready” and to build meaningful relationships with world-leading corporate partners.  

    To-date the programme has supported 23 startups who have collectively gone on to raise or have offers of £26million, created 81 job opportunities and are engaging significantly with our corporate delivery partners.

    Claudia has been instrumental in supporting these startups and driving their success by overseeing the smooth running of the accelerator programme in the UK and by building meaningful relationships with Seraphim’s close network of leading SpaceTech corporates engaging over 21 partners and sponsors in the programme.

    Prior to joining Seraphim, Claudia was at an early-stage HealthTech startup where she led on the implementation projects from marketing to sales strategy. Having been on the other side of the table as part of a startup team, Claudia has a keen understanding of an entrepreneurs journey and loves being able to give back and be involved in the startup community!

    Coaches and Mentors

    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.

    Magni Johannsson
    Founder of Disrupt Space

    Magni is the co-founder of Disrupt Space. For those who believe space exploration, exploitation and applications are valuable pursuits, the Disrupt Space Summit is a recurring event to create and grow space ventures for the purpose of creating a sustainable space economy.

    He previously worked at the German Aerospace Center designing the next generation of launch vehicles and space planes with the goal to reduce the cost to access space. Magni has a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering and a master degree in aerospace engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He has lived, studied or worked in six countries, was the co-lead organizer of Europe’s first Startup Weekend Space and a graduate of the International Space University Space Studies Program 2014.

    Egbert van der Veen
    Head of Strategy at OHB SE 🛰️

    Egbert is Head of Strategy for the OHB Group where is responsible for planning the future activities of the company. Until recently, he was the Head of Technology for OHB System where he was responsible for coordination of all activities related to R&D and innovation. Over his entire career he has been working to advance space technologies and he is a world renowned expert on the topic of Disruptive Space Technologies.  He has experience mentoring dozens of space start-ups over years (e.g. satsearch, PlanBlue, Valispace, SPiN).

    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!!

    Kostja Hausdörffer
    Business Model Designer @ Starthaus Bremen

    Quo vadis, founder?
    Are you experiencing heavy seas along your founding process?

    Thanks to
    Starthaus - the start-up service offered by the #StartupStateBremen - founders have a free OneStop contact point.

    Kostja works for the Starthaus as a startup consultant and has expertise in building business models and in the field of Business Development. He can also provide a network into small and medium-sized companies in Bremen as well as to the municipality of Bremen.

    He is driven by curiosity, likes to explore new ideas and to talk about traveling around the globe.

    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!

    Ran Qedar
    co-founder and CEO of Space Products and Innovation GmbH (SPiN)

    Ran and his co-founders Giulia Federico and Saish Sridharan won the first price of the Startup Weekend Bremen 2015 - Space Edition with the follow on funding of SPiN in September 2015.

    The company aim is to spin-in technology from other fields into the space industry. Their first product that won the startup weekend was a plug and play adapter to reduce the time and integration of satellite by allowing to assemble them like Lego.

    The company has since been incubated in the ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC), produced the first prototype, and sold several of version.
    Ran Qedar has 10 year experience in satellite system engineering in Israel (IAI) and europe (ESA) as well as experience business development, analysis and management , He holds an MBA for strategic consulting and MSc in space system engineering. He is a frequent mentor, lecture and advisor in events and activities for space startups

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 :-)

    Rüdiger Süß
    Senior Strategy Analyst@Think Tank; German Aerospace Center (DLR), Co-Director @ Founder Institute Chapter Cologne/Bonn, Mentor @ Copernicus Accelerator

    Ruediger Suess works as Senior Stratey Analyst at the Think Tank of the DLR German Aerospace Center.

    The think tank addresses long-term, strategic, complex, and interdisciplinary/cross sectional trends and questions based on data driven analysis.

    Ruediger’s role is to look at these challenges and results from a strategical and innovation ecosystem point of view, regarding implications, opportunities but also strategic risks.

    Before that he was a project (portfolio) manager at the Strategy and International Relations department at DLR in various functions concerning corporate strategy, long term positioning, business development and inhouse consulting.

    Ruediger is also Co-Director of the Founder Institute Chapter Cologne/Bonn, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator.

    Further, Ruediger mentors startups at the Copernicus Acclerator.
    Copernicus is the European Union‘s earth observation satellite programme.

    Ruediger started his career in consulting at Accenture (Financial Services) and CSC (B2B Aerospace & Automotive). He holds a diploma in Aerospace Engineering and a master’s degree in Strategic Management.

    Constance Bourouh
    Project Manager @ ESA BIC NG

    The ESA Business Incubation Centre Northern Germany (ESA BIC NG) is the new flagship project for the aeronautics and space industries sector in Bremen.

    Our space incubator – part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) network of 29 centres across Europe – is set to take on 15 startups from Bremen and a further 15 from other federal states in Northern Germany by 2022.

    We will provide the startups with 24 months of support to establish their businesses.

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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
    • Marco
    • Jonas
    • Katrin
    • Danilson
    • Heike
    • Walter
    • Felix
    • Mert
    • Kilian Wolffgramm &
      Zino Greupner
    • Kaschner


    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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