Startup Weekend Bremen

    Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016

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Startup Weekend Bremen

Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016

Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

BITZ - Bremer Innovations- und Technologiezentrum
Fahrenheitstraße 1
Bremen, Bremen 28359

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From Idea to Launch in 54 Hours!

On the weekend of May 20-22th 2016, we invite you to join us for 54 hours in Bremen where you will form teams, formulate ideas, work intensively on them and finally pitch them to a panel of judges and investors. You will be supported by experienced entrepreneurs, academics, policy experts and business leaders. They will mentor you and guide you through these intense three days, making sure your idea will translate into actual businesses.

But I am not sure if Startup Weekend is for me. How can I contribute?
Innovation is not possible without outside influence. Success of startup ideas hinges on the input from all disciplines. If you are an artist, marketer, planner, programmer, lawyer, economist or educator, you too have a role. Join us in shaping the future!

It sounds great! Why haven’t I heard about this before?
Startup Weekend Bremen is the first "open for all ideas" Startup Weekend in the City of Bremen. Bremen is one of the TOP 10 biggest German cities and together with the surrounding Northwest region we believe that there is an enourmous potential for an active startup community. Let's go and bring up your ideas!

I love it. But I don’t have an idea!
It’s not just about the idea, it’s about the team! Teams are formed around top ideas pitched on the first day, so you can contribute your expertise and experience to the business idea that inspires you most. Everyone counts at StartupWeekend Bremen!

Great, where can I find more information? Check out our blog and social media outlets below for news and announcements: Facebook and Twitter

About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global grassroot movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest global community of passionate entrepreneurs; as of November 2015, 2,900 events have been held, involving over 190,000 entrepreneurs in over 150 countries and over 23,000 startups have been created.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 500 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long events to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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Friday May 20th

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
Facilitator WELCOME
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Speaker Marco Langhoff | eatclever
Marco will share the story behind eatclever

7:30 pm
Idea Pitches
Pitch your idea in 60 seconds

8:30 pm
Idea Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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

11:00 pm
Forming / Naming /Framing

Saturday May 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm
Lunch / Coaches arrive

2:00 pm
Startup & Coaches Pitches
Startups & Coaches introduce to each other

2:30 pm
Startups choose Coaching Slots
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help! Pick a slot...

3:00 pm
Coaching Slot 1
Coaches work with teams

3:45 pm
Break 1
Take a short break and digest coaches input

4:00 pm
Coaching Slot 2
Coaches work with teams

4:45 pm
Break 2
Take a short break and digest coaches input...

5:00 pm
Coaching Slot 3
Coaches work with teams

5:45 pm
Break 3
Take a break and digest coaches input

6:00 pm
Coaching Slot 4
Coaches work with teams

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Workshop: Pitch Training
get input for the final pitches

8:00 pm
Get back to work

10:00 pm
You can choose between Joga and Time Management

11:00 pm
Short get together. Maybe someone wants to share a litte fuck up. You may stay and work as late as you want

Sunday May 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Start doing stuff!

12:30 pm
Lunch / Coaches arrive

1:30 pm
Short intro of new coaches
some new coaches arrive and will be introduced

1:45 pm
Coaches go from team to team
Coaches help where needed until final pitches start

3:00 pm
Pitch Prep, TechCheck, get Coffee & Cake
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place...and get nutrition for the final pitch

4:30 pm
Check-In Public Attendees
Check-In of Jury, Speaker, Public Guest, Sponsors & Journalists

5:30 pm
Final Pitches: Intro
Final Pitches: Facilitator Intro of the Jury

5:45 pm
Final Pitches start
Tell your story + Q&A

8:00 pm
Judges work
...who will be the chosen one?

8:15 pm
Prices & Awards
Success & Glory at Startup Weekend Bremen

9:00 pm
Dinner, Drinks & Get Together!
Worked hard, play hard...


Maco Langhoff
Co-Founder & CEO von EatClever

Marco schmiedete eatclever auf dem Startup Weekend Lüneburg 2012. Gemeinsam mit Ernährungsexperten entwickelt eatclever leckere Gerichte, die durch Partnerrestaurants in zwölf deutschen Städten frisch zubereitet und direkt an den Kunden ausgeliefert werden. Mit mehr als 15.000 zufriedenen Kunden hat sich eatclever am Markt etabliert. Aktuell möchte eatclever durch ein Crowdinvesting bei Companisto die deutschlandweite Expansion beschleunigen: .

Event Judges

Matthias Hunecke
Gründer und Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats von

Matthias gründete 2007 und entwickelte den Brillenshop zu dem führenden Online-Optiker. Anfang 2012 wechselte er in den Aufsichtsrat der Unternehmensgruppe, bevor er Ende 2015 die Mehrheit des Unternehmens verkaufte. Vor der Gründung von war er Vorstandsmitglied der PRIVATEL AG und weiteren Unternehmen, die er gründete. Heute ist Matthias Hunecke aktiver Seed-Investor und begleitet Startups strategisch von der Wachstumsphase bis zum Exit. Zudem engagiert sich Matthias aktiv für die Startup-Szene als Vorstand vom VentureLab Oldenburg e.V. und als Beirat vom Gründungs- und Innovationszentrum (GIZ) der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.

Alexander Graf zu Eulenburg
Partner bei Hanse Ventures

Dr. Alexander Graf zu Eulenburg ist Partner bei Hanse Ventures. Er verantwortet das Controlling und die Finanzen des Inkubators und begleitet u. a. Transaktions- und Finanzierungs­projekte. Alex (Jg. 1972) ist promovierter Physiker. Er bringt langjährige Corporate Finance-Erfahrung in die Gründer-Schmiede ein, die er im Investment Banking von JP Morgan,  WestLB Panmure und M.M.Warburg & CO, in London und Hamburg sammelte. Bei M.M.Warburg  war er Direktor und verantwortete M&A-, Kapitalmarkt- und Venture-Transaktionen in den Schwerpunktbranchen IT, Technologie, Internet und Medien, bevor er 2012 zu Hanse Ventures wechselte.

Heinrich Schröder
Manager of Kraftwerk - City Accelerator Bremen, authorized signatory of SWB Erzeugung AG & Co.KG

Heinrich Schröder is initiator and manager of Kraftwerk – City Accelerator Bremen, a place for entrepreneurs, founders and start-up teams dedicated to the infrastructure of tomorrow’s cities. Kraftwerk focuses on energy, transport, waste disposal/recycling and participation. Heinrich is married and a father of 3 children. He grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and worked as an engineer worldwide. He started his career as an engineer for environmental technology in the maritime field with some own patents, followed by roles in the industrial plant and shipbuilding industries. After working as an engineering director in Houston, he returned back home to Bremen and became a power plant manager at SWB Erzeugung. His strategic orientation in plant construction and experience with innovative topics led him to the design of the Kraftwerk Accelerator.

Uwe Wunder
Founder of Social Impact Lab Bremen

Uwe ist Unternehmensberater und Mehrfachgründer. Geschäftsmodelle sind seine Spielwiese. Sein aktuelles Gründungsprojekt ist der Aufbau des Social Impact Lab am Standort Bremen. Social Impact ( entwickelt Produkte und Dienstleistungen, die zur Zukunftsfähigkeit und zum sozialen Ausgleich beitragen. In den letzten 5 Jahren wurden im Social Impact Lab rund 250 Teams aufgenommen, haben rund 150 Teams ein Sozialunternehmen gegründet, haben nur gut 20 Teams ihre Geschäftstätigkeit eingestellt, und erhielten die Teams mehr als 150 nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen.

Lutz Siewek
Managing Director of the Nehlsen GmbH & Co. KG

Born in 1964 Lutz Siewek is married and father of two kids. He graduated with an engineering degree at the University of Dresden. Since September 1992 he is the managing director of the Rügener Abfall- und Recyclingzentrum GmbH a cooperation consisting of the administrative district of Rügen and the company Nehlsen. In January 1997 he became division manager for municipal distribution (“Kommunaler Vertrieb”) of the Holding Nehlsen GmbH & Co. KG. As a member of the company management which he became in October 2005 he is responsible for the south-east, north-west and north-east plants. Additionally Lutz Siewek shows commitment as an honorary member of the directorate of the Federal Association of the German Waste Management Industry (BDE).

Coaches and Mentors

Miriam Bundel
CEO & co-founder of ShelfSailor

After graduating at Institute of Design Hamburg Miriam worked as a design freelancer and started developing app ideas as an employee. Because self-employment is more fun she became cofounder
and CEO at She met her team for ShelfSailor at Startup Weekend Hamburg 2014 - the starting point for founding the ShelfSailor UG. ShelfSailor helps you organize your storage by sharing storage space in cities.

Christo Papanouskas
CEO and Designer

Christo Papanouskas is the founder and Designer of Assassin Design, an advertising agency from Hamburg. While strolling with his dog Simba, working on his Macbook or in meetings he will come up with a thousand ideas for all areas of life and advertising. Besides his tasks as designer, he is also the one as he puts it: "who dances with clients and colleagues to ensure the design and development of the perfect product."

Matthias Schulz
VP Consulting & Technical Integration minubo

Matthias is born in 1977, married and has two children. Over 12 years he served in data analytic, technology operations, product management, business development and general management roles for digital businesses in Germany and the UK.

He started his career with a degree in Information Systems and joined Tipp24 AG (former market leader in digital lottery brokerage) in 2003, co-founded an IT service provider focused on agile software development mid of 2009 and exited after 4 years of growth reaching €10m annual turnover.

Being an Executive MBA candidate at London Business School, he lived the last two years in the UK and worked with several start-ups as mentor for Startup Bootcamp’s FinTech and InsurTech accelerator programme in London.
After relocation to the UK in 2014, he started building a strong network as an Executive MBA candidate at the London Business School as well as within the local start-up ecosystem.

Thomas Promny
Entrepreneur at Velvet Ventures

Thomas Promny is an experienced internet entrepreneur from Hamburg. During his 15 years of experience he started numerous online marketing businesses and also some leading events of the industry, such as the d3con conference in Hamburg.

Raoul Pilcicki
Gründer der NAMENAME GbR

Raoul spezialisierte sich nach dem Studium des Integrierten Designs auf Methoden im Umgang mit Komplexität. 
Er ist einer von drei Gründern von „NAMENAME“, einem Büro für Branding und Strategie.
Raoul hat zahlreiche Projekte im In- und Ausland begleitet und selbst initiiert. 
Auf Basis dieser Erfahrung unterstützt Raoul Pioniere beim Initiieren, Skalieren und Transformieren visionärer Marken und Organisationen. Weiterhin beschäftigt sich Raoul mit neuen Organisationsformen und trägt diese durch eigene Workshops in die Startup-Welt (zB. ‚Reinventing Start Ups‘).

Kai Stührenberg
Deputy Head of Department Innovation / Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH

Kai is born in 1964, married and has three children. He started his carreer as an electrician. After that he studied Business Management in Bremen. His first job was as a business and sales coach and projectleader for marketing of mobile communication. After leading his own Marketing Agency he worked as product manager and Marketing Leader for different software companies. He built up the commercial part of MeVis Technology radiology software company and was part of a start-up for video conferences.  Since 2001 he works for the economy support of the state of Bremen. He is responsible for the innovation clusters aerospace, windenergy, logistics, industry 4.0 and Research & Development. From 2006 on he specialized on Building up the creative Industry in Bremen. Since 2015 he is deputy head of department for Innovation. For many years he was teacher at the University for applied Sciences Bremen for Management and at the University Bremen for Digital Marketing. At the Jacobs University he held lectures about Business Model Developing with the “Value Proposition Canvas” Method. In his spare time he is a semiprofessional guitarist in several Bands from Bremen.

Henning Engelhardt
Business Development Manager / EWE AG

Henning studied Business Development & Entrepreneurship at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg with the Master of Arts degree. While studying he worked for a student consulting group. Afterwards he started a Traineeship Program at EWE. In that time he gained a deep understanding of the energy business. EWE is an innovative service provider with a regional focus in lower Saxony. EWE is active in the business areas of energy, telecommunications and information technology. After the Trainee Program he started to work at the Corporate Business Development department at EWE in Spring 2014. Now he is responsible for start-up scouting and analyzing potential cooperation opportunities.

Jan Juling
Research Assistant at Chair in Small Business & Entrepreneurship (University of Bremen), Founder of iSchneider GbR, Founder of Laverto UG

Jan is passionate about entrepreneurship since his first startup experience with Studitemps GmbH in 2009. He was a part of the, back then, small team which launched its first success story “”. This was followed by his own ventures iSchneider GbR, an online shop for mass customized clothing, and Laverto UG, a wholesaler for innovative Japanese heating products. Now Jan is back at the university with the ambition to develop and provide first-class entrepreneurship education and coaching for students and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Stefan Balan
Duke of Photography

Stefan von Assassign Design ein reiner Assassinen-Allrounder. Von Haus aus Wirtschaftsingenieur, liebt er es den oft schmalen Grat zwischen Technischen Möglichkeiten und Wirtschaftlichkeit auszubalancieren. Stefan bringt seine Expertise aus vielzähligen Projekten in die Welt der StartUps ein. Ob Kommunikation, Kundenkontakt, lösungsorientiertes und pragmatisches Denken, Produktfotografie, Marketing, Projektmanagement, Pläne und Konzeption - überall ist Stefan zu Hause. Deswegen hat er immer ein Notizbuch dabei, falls ihn der Blitz trifft. Ihr seid herzlich eingeladen zu einer Partie 'Ideentennis', um Ideen gemeinsam zu entwickeln.

Miguel Civera
Project Manager / Design Thinking Coach, University of Bremen

With an industrial design engineering background, Miguel spent some years in Spain working in different job positions and sectors as different as design, events or tourism among others. Since 2012 he works as a Project Manager at the University of Bremen, where he coordinates several international projects related to education, project management, ICTs, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. During this trajectory he developed the ability to observe and learn from new environments and to adapt to new situations. Now he leads Design Thinking workshops for students and professionals, showing them the power of embracing change in their organizations (and life).

Johannes (Hannes) Hoyer
Gründer der ALEX- und der Café & Bar Celona Gruppen

Gastro und Food sind Hannes Leidenschaft! 1989 gründete er die erste ALEX Gaststätte in Oldenburg und entwickelte das Unternehmen bis zu seinem Ausstieg in 2001 zur ALEX-Kette mit deutschlandweit ca. 20 Betrieben. Nach seinem Ausstieg gründete Hannes die Celona Gastro GmbH, welche heute 29 Betriebe (23 Cafe & Bar Celona und 6 Finca & Bar Celona) umspannt.

David Sichert
Co-Founder & Partner Intrinsus Eco Consulting, Inhaber David Sichert Unternehmer Consulting

David Sichert, Mitbegründer der Nachhaltigkeitsberatung Intrinsus Eco Consulting in Bremen und Inhaber von David Sichert Unternehmer Consulting. Als kreativer Generalist ist es seine Leidenschaft, Dinge zu verbessern. Für ihn ist ein gutes Geschäftskonzept  immer ein sinnvoller Beitrag in die Zukunft. Dies schließt zahlreiche Nachhaltigkeits- Aspekte ein, die für Qualitätsmerkmale sind. Ihm ist es zudem wichtig, dass Entrepreneure lernen, neben ihrer Geschäftsentwicklung ihre authentische Unternehmerpersönlichkeit herauszubilden.

Nils Schilke
Co-Founder & Partner Intrinsus Eco Consulting

Nils Schilke, Mitgründer von Intrinsus Eco Consulting spezialisiert auf Nachhaltigkeitsthemen für Unternehmen und öffentliche Einrichtungen. Unser interdisziplinäres Team vereint Expertise, Leidenschaft für nachhaltige Themen und ein vertrauensvolles und persönliches Miteinander. Als Mentor und Gründer möchte er den Teilnehmern mit Tipps und Rat zur Seite stehen. „Eines eint uns Entrepreneure: Wir sind Freigeister und Komponisten einer Idee. Diese Idee kultivieren wir, indem wir sie beharrlich immer wieder weiterdenken und entwickeln. Das macht gutes und erfolgreiches Entrepreneurship aus.“

Andreas Mündl
Programme Manager of the BRUT-Program and employee at the Bremer AUfbau Bank (Bremen Development Bank)

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Christo Papanouskas
CEO and Designer

Christo Papanouskas is the founder and Designer of Assassin Design, an advertising agency from Hamburg. While strolling with his dog Simba, working on his Macbook or in meetings he will come up with a thousand ideas for all areas of life and advertising. Besides his tasks as designer, he is also the one as he puts it: "who dances with clients and colleagues to ensure the design and development of the perfect product."

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