Techstars Startup Weekend Bremen HEALTH

    Friday, October 30 - November 1, 2020

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Techstars Startup Weekend Bremen HEALTH

Friday, October 30 - November 1, 2020

Friday, October 30 - November 1, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Kraftwerk City Accelerator Bremen
An der Weide 50a
Kern 4, 3rd Floor
Bremen, Germany 28195

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From Idea to Startup in 54 Hours.

Are you the next #Healthpreneur?

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 HEALTH?
Awesome playground!
155,000 people work in the Bremen & Northwest metropolis in the health sector; That is 12% of the total workforce. There are numerous research institutes, universities and other training facilities ensuring dynamic talent in the regional health care industry.

But I'm not in the HEALTH business - 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 HEALTH to form teams and work on startup ideas.

Will I get support?
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.

6. 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't afford expensive hotels. Can you recommend cost-sensitive 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.

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    Friday October 30th

    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

    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 October 31st

    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

    11:30 am
    Coaches arrive
    Coaches get together & briefing by the orga crew

    12:30 pm

    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

    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 1st

    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 & 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 ;-)

    Event Judges

    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.

    Coaches and Mentors

    Susanne Klein
    Director TK Bremen @ Die Techniker

    Dr. Susanne Klein is Director of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) chapter in the State of Bremen.

    Susanne has many years of experience in the healthcare industry and has been with TK since 2000, most recently in a leading role in the design of special forms of care, digital care offers, the innovation fund and several project with health startups.

    At TK, she is a major promoter for startup-corporate-collaboration, innovation & digital solutions.

    As a mentor for health startups, Susanne provides a huge network as well as top notch expertise in the healthcare industry.

    Esteban Bayro Kaiser
    Co-Founder & CEO at WearHealth

    Dr. Esteban Bayro-Kaiser is Co-Founder & CEO of Bremen-based startup WearHealth.
    Esteban is an expert in AI, Sensors, Wearables (e.g. fitness wristbands, heart rate monitors, smart watches, smart shirts) & Business Modelling. He can share hands-on experience on founding a HealthTech startup and about the ups & downs in the run of events.
    Founded in October 2015, WearHealth´s vision is to help people all over the world to live and work more safely and healthily with cutting edge technology.
    The initial approach was to help health insurance to track & analyze data from wearables to provide digital personal health assistants to their customers. This solution didn’t work out due several factors in the market, so Esteban and his team hit the startup path of trial & error to validate a scalable business model for WearHealth.
    Today, WearHealth has grown to a current headcount of 16 people and helps industrial companies improve the safety, health, and productivity of their workers by identifying emergencies and hidden risk factors in real time by using Artificial Intelligence and Wearables / IoT. This enables employers to better manage critical situations and prevent accidents, incidents and absenteeism at the workplace.

    Eva Schobert
    Founder & CEO of Herodikos

    Herodikos tackles the problem of tight medical budgets for exercise therapy. Even though physical exercises would be the optimal therapy for many diseases, or at least an important part of it, it doesn’t Play a big role in the current Health System.

    The Herodikos app closes the gap by enabling physicians and therapists to create an individual exercise therapy plan for the patient with little effort. The early integration of an personalized, app-based therapy plan doesn’t only save time, but also supports the patient‘s motivation. Patient adherence is maintained through follow-up appointments and multi-modal treatment options.

    The app can be used in medical, physio- and psychotherapeutic practices and clinics.

    Before founding Herodios, Eva has worked as resident physician in trauma surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine, and orthopedic & ontological rehabilitation.

    Tobias Krick
    Innovation Agent & Healthcare Rebell @ Healthcare Innovations UG

    Tobias is Co-Founder of Healthcare Innovations, a platform to connect decision-makers from companies, clinics, research and science with the aim to accelerate the run of events for healthcare startups by identifying innovations in the healthcare market, developing them together and implementing them in a practice-oriented manner.

    Plus, Tobias is founder of Gesundheit Innovativ, a blog about innovation  & startups in the healthcare industry.

    Besides his entrepreneurial & blogger career, Tobias is working as research associate in Public Health / University of Bremen, and is writing his PhD on innovative technologies in care.

    Being part of Generation Y, Tobias loves to think idealistically & outside the box.
    Tobias wants to increase his impact on the health system & enjoys to empower people who want to heal sicknesses in the healthcare system.

    Fabian Zweidar
    Co-Founder & CTO of Convelop & indiControl

    Fabian Zweidar is Co-Founder & CTO of Bremen-based app development agency Convelop. With the experience of more than 100 projects in the past 10 years, Fabian has an awesome expertise in how to make apps.
    Plus, in 2015 Fabian co-founded indiControl. The indiControl App enables doctors to gain an overview and insight into the economic situation of their practice without much effort. Intuitively, anytime and anywhere.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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:

    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 :-)

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. 

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


    Sean Paul Shanor
    Founder & Coach at Synergy Space

    Sean Paul Shanor is a Norwegian American entrepreneur, facilitator, coach, and speaker with a drive to connect, enable, and inspire individuals to fuel their passion, build startups, and empower others with the right tools and ecosystem support to succeed. He is a techgeek, jack of-all digital-analog-trades entrepreneur that has learned how to piece together startups at low cost, high impact, and by facilitating key partnerships to leverage assets any team needs.

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