Startup Weekend RUHR

    Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

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Startup Weekend RUHR

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Lensing-Carrée Conference Center
Silberstraße 21
Dortmund, Germany 44137

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Startup Weekend RUHR – Startup in 54 hours

Startup Weekend RUHR is a three-day event as part of the Techstars Startup movement, powered by Google. It supports the realization of business models from future entrepreneurs and provides a condensed startup-experience and individual learning. The participation does not require an existing business idea!  

3 Days – 54 Hours
Collaborative working on business ideas is focused during the weekend.The aim of the event is to develop a complete founding concept in just 54 hours during different work periods and by means of entrepreneurial methods.

60 Seconds
At the beginning, every participant has the opportunity to present his/her idea in form of a 60-second pitch. The only restriction is that there is no preceding work on the realization of this specific idea. Following, the attendees come together in smaller groups to develop the chosen concepts.

Startup Weekend Ruhr connects Students interested in founding, employees and entrepreneurs from different disciplines (e.g. designers, developers, economist and industry specialists). Experienced entrepreneurs, specialists and mentors are supporting the teams to take their ideas further and review the marketability.

At the end of the weekend the teams are presenting their foundation concept in front of an expert jury, consisting of representatives of economy and science. The best presentations will be prized. 

What You Can Expect
  • Pleasant working atmosphere in the Lensing-Carrée Conference Center
  • Insights in exciting business ideas
  • Developing a business model with the Business Model Canvas
  • Coaching from successful entrepreneurs
  • Networking with like-minded people from different disciplines
  • Creation of an initial prototype with immediate feedback
The tickets for the Startup Weekend RUHR can be acquired through Eventbrite. The participation fee includes meals, drinks, etc. Startup Weekend RUHR  provides all the work materials and offer you an ideal working environment in the Lensing-Carrée Conference Center.  

Das Startup Weekend RUHR ist ein dreitägiges Event im Rahmen der Google Startup Weekends, das die Entrepreneure von morgen bei der Entwicklung einer Geschäftsidee unterstützt. Die Teilnahme erfordert keine bereits bestehende Geschäftsidee!  

3 Tage - 54 Stunden Im Mittelpunkt des Wochenendes steht die teambasierte Arbeit an einer Geschäftsidee. Im Rahmen verschiedener Arbeitsphasen und mit Hilfe entrepreneurialer Methoden ist es das Ziel, ein vollständiges Gründungskonzept in 54 Stunden zu entwickeln.

60 Sekunden Zu Beginn hat jeder Teilnehmende die Möglichkeit, seine Idee in Form eines 60-Sekunden-Pitches zu präsentieren. Einzige Einschränkung: An der Umsetzung der Idee darf im Vorfeld noch nicht gearbeitet worden sein. Im Anschluss finden sich die Teilnehmenden in Teams zur Ausarbeitung der besten Ideen zusammen.

Know-how Das Startup Weekend RUHR bringt gründungsinteressierte Studierende, Angestellte und Unternehmer verschiedener Fachbereiche zusammen (z. B. Designer, Entwickler und BWLer). Erfahrene Unternehmensgründer, Fachspezialisten und Mentoren unterstützen die Teams dabei, ihre Ideen voranzutreiben und auf ihre Markttauglichkeit zu prüfen.

Präsentationen Am Ende des Startup Weekend RUHR präsentieren die Teams die erarbeiteten Gründungskonzepte vor einer fachkundigen Jury aus Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft. Die besten Präsentationen werden prämiert.

Was dich erwartet:            
  • eine optimale Arbeitsatmosphäre im Lensing-Carrée Conference Center
  • Einblicke in spannende Geschäftsideen
  • Entwicklung eines Geschäftsmodells mit dem Business Model Canvas
  • Coaching durch erfolgreiche Unternehmer
  • Aufbau eines Netzwerks aus gründungsinteressierten Personen verschiedener Fachbereiche
  • Entwicklung eines ersten Prototypen und direktes Feedback
Die Anmeldung zum Startup Weekend RUHR erfolgt über Eventbrite.  Mit der Teilnahmegebühr wird für dein leibliches Wohl gesorgt: Mahlzeiten, Getränke etc. Darüber hinaus stellen wir sämtliche Arbeitsmaterialien und bieten dir im Lensing-Carrée Conference Center eine optimale Arbeitsatmosphäre.

Please note: When you buy a ticket and participate in the event you give your agreement that photos and/or videos will be taken from the participants during the event which may be published in various media in reports on the event or general PR material.

Hinweis: Mit dem Erwerb eines Tickets und der Teilnahme an der Veranstaltung stimmst du zu, dass während der Veranstaltung Foto- und/oder Filmaufnahmen von den Teilnehmenden gemacht werden, die für Zwecke der Veranstaltungsberichterstattung und allgemeinen Öffentlichkeitsarbeit in verschiedenen Medien veröffentlicht werden.

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Friday June 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
Start of the event
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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 June 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Sascha Brink
Symetics GmbH

Sascha war schon seit seiner Schulzeit am Thema Selbständigkeit interessiert. Nach dem Umweg als Angestellter,
ist er seit 2012 selbständig und momentan mit der Symetics GmbH als Unternehmer tätig.

Coaches and Mentors

Ulrich Baltz
Projekt- und Business Development Manager

Ulrich Baltz - Founder and CEO of SEEC.ONE Ulrich Baltz from Datteln is serial entrepreneur, project and business development manager. He is speaker for new mobility and self driving cars. He is host of Online Marketing Meetup Düsseldorf #OMDUS and Mobility Meetup Düsseldorf. Actually he is running his new startup SEEC, which develops a shareable, electric and ecological car (SEEC.ONE) for a very affordable price. It will help people to switch to emissionless and affordable mobility.

Gunnar Terrahe

Noch als Angestellter startete Gunnar 2012 mit dem StartUp Fleasy, um den Flohmarkt aufs Handy zu holen. 2014 gründete er die Onlinemarketing-Agentur Team2Digital. Seit 2016 sind zwei weitere Unternehmen dazu gekommen, die Lebensmittel auf Amazon verkaufen und mit Naturkosmetik den deutschen und US-Markt erobern. Er ist ebenfalls Mitgründer der FuckUp Nights Ruhrgebiet, die das „Gründen“ und „Scheitern“ in den Fokus der Öffentlichkeit schieben sollen.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend RUHR team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Ronald
  • Dörte
  • Maximilian
  • Kröll
  • Oliver
  • Lennart
  • Carolin
  • Madeleine
  • Tim


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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