Startup Weekend Cologne Alumni Interview: Ben Sufiani

01/13/2016 | By Carolin Gattermann

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The heart of the Startup Weekends are the people that are part of it - whether as participants or volunteers. We would like to introduce you to a few of them and ask about their motivation and experiences to give you a little insight. Today we start with Ben Sufiani. 

Ben SufianiBen, in which Startup Weekend did you participate?

My first Startup Weekend was in Aachen in 2011.

What was your motivation to participate?
Two months earlier, I went to my first real startup event “The Pirate Summit”. I was hooked from then on. I wanted to learn as much as I can and get to know the community.

Which idea did you and your team work on?
We worked on an idea of mine for an online platform for school hacks. Imagine something like “The 4 Hour Abitur”.

What became of your idea and your team mates?
We mainly worked on it for the weekend, plus a few weeks afterwards with one of the team members. We put the project on hold and followed different ideas independently.

In retrospective, how did you profit from participating at Startup Weekend? 
The biggest lesson I learned was that it’s great to share your own ideas with others, rather than making a secret out of it. I understood that hardly anybody who is actually capable of executing your idea has the time or the motivation to do so. I also met my first real startup friends that I still frequently see and learn from today.

Do you have good advice for all future participants? 
Join the event, share your idea freely, see the weekend as a learning experience and not as the “real” founding of your startup.

Thank you, Ben!

Ready to be part of it, too?

Get your tickets for the next Startup Weekend Cologne (29.-31. January 2016) now!