Techstars Startup Weekend Hamburg #Fintech 2017

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Hamburg #Fintech 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

betahaus Hamburg
Eifflerstr. 43
Hamburg, Germany 22769

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Start your own fintech in 54 hrs!

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend.  It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Hamburg and launch your next startup!

>>> Register here!

The Startup Weekend Fintech is the first of it's kind to happen in Germany and is one of the highlights of the Fintechweek 2017 in Hamburg (

The Startup Weekend follows a basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch a startup idea and receive feedback from peers. Teams organically form around top ideas, as determined by popular vote. Each team has 54 hours to create a business model, code, design, and determine market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations of top ideas to entrepreneurial leaders.

Why Fintech? In the last years Hamburg has also established a flourishing FinTech scene whose players are pushing innovation forward. Not least because of the great success of Fintech Week Hamburg, happening again from November 6-10, 2017 with more than 40 events and 1,000 visitors.

Included in the event price are all presentations, the food and all drinks. In addition all participants will receive an attractive package of vouchers and services which are useful for every startup. Event language will be English.

>>> Register here!

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Friday November 10th

5:00 pm
Arrive at betahaus and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome & Intro

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:00 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 November 11th

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 November 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm

Event Judges

André M. Bajorat
CEO figo GmbH

André has been at home in the German internet landscape since 1996. He was the former managing director of Giropay and member of the board of directors at Star Finanz – the company behind the well-known home banking software Star Money.
Bajorat is also an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, business angel and mentor in the German start-up and fintech scene.
To him his blog is a huge collection of links to different topics in banking, payment and mobile – and in addition one of the leading blogs in the German speaking fintech scene.
Since 2014 André M. Bajorat holds the position as the CEO of the fintech company figo and in March this year he was elected as a member of Bitkom main board.

Mirko Krauel
CEO at collectAI

Mirko Krauel is CEO of collectAI since 2016. collectAI is a subsidiary of the Otto Group, Germany’s largest e-commerce retailer. With an international team of 35 people Mirko builds the new generation of receivables management based on an AI-driven technology.
He is a fintech expert, having worked in the field for both startups and larger companies. Prior to joining collectAI, Mirko was a Principal at EY Innovalue, which is a strategic management advisory firm driving digitisation for the banking and payments industry. Before that as aSenior Consultant at PWC he advised clients in their realignment after the financial crisis 2008. Mirko holds a diploma in Business Administration and started off his career as a “traditional” banker. So he brings in a great deal of knowledge on why innovation in financial ​services ​is ​necessary ​and ​how ​to ​tackle ​it.

Sebastian Langrehr
Head of Bank Cooperations at friendsurance

Sebastian Langrehr is Head of Bank Cooperations at Friendsurance in Berlin and responsible for business cooperations with banks and fintecs.
Before Friendsurance, Sebastian stopped by at Figo, Talanx Bancassurance and MLP AG.After his business studies at FHDW he completed further trainings in finance and insurance and was a lecturer for financial advisory.
Sebastian’s mindset is all about #fintech #insurtech #customeccentricity, and his family with two kids.

Dr. Christian Conreder
Associate Partner @ Rödl & Partner

Christian is attorney-at-law and associate partner with Rödl & Partner and leader of Rödl & Partners’ Capital Investment Law team. His main areas of expertise include capital investment law, banking and banking supervisory law, capital markets law as well as corporate law. Christian has extensive experience in advising investment managers, capital management companies and family offices with special regard to supervisory legal questions. Furthermore, he has a specific focus on advising fintechs and payment service providers. He is author of several legal publications and frequent lecturer on conferences and other law and business related events. Christian is one of the authors of the first FinTech-Guide and member of the advisory board of a fintech.

Harmut Giesen
Business Development Fintech @ Sutor Bank

Hartmut Giesen realizes digital business models for the Sutor Bank. His tasks include the development of the Sutor Startup Platform, as well its business development and communication. Hartmut screened hundreds of fintech startups since 2013 and was responsible for the integration of now 10 companies into the platform. Additionally, he writes an own blog, the, which was one of the first blogs that cover the then new topic fintech.
Hartmut studied Linguistics and Physics at the RWTH Aachen and hold a Masters there. As employer “Nr. 1” he built up a marketing agency that was focused on IT and high tech companies. In 2003 he founded his own company for technology marketing. Since 2012 Hartmut has developed digital business models and communications concepts for banks and financial service provider. In 2013 he founded NextFin based on the co-operation with the Sutor Bank.

Coaches and Mentors

Gilg Frick
Founder & CEO of NPIRE

Gilg Frick ist Gründer und Geschäftsführer der in Hamburg ansässigen Agentur NPIRE.

Gilg gründete NPIRE 2005 während seines Kommunikationsdesign Studiums. NPIRE ist eine Kreativ-Agentur, welche sich darauf fokussiert hat, mit Startups zusammen zu arbeiten, sie zu beraten und bei der Markenentwicklung und bei Markenkommunikations-Angelegenheiten zu untersützen.

Neben seiner Expertise in Design und Marketing ist Gilg in verschiedenen Startups tätig, darunter Protonet, Gymjunky und Ben Green. 

Laurent Burdin
Founder of Space and Lemon GmbH

Laurent Burdin is founder of Space and Lemon GmbH, mixing two activities of startup mentoring and innovation agency. In Hamburg, Berlin and soon in London. The agency activity targeted at larger corporations focuses on business development two years ahead, on predictive analytics and always with a startup dimension. 

This „something new“ company was launched in 2016. In 2015 Laurent Burdin toured the tech and startup world from San Francisco to Shanghai. Before that he managed digital agency SinnerSchrader and SinnerSchrader Mobile Berlin (8 years) and well-known ad agency Springer & Jacoby (8 years). 

He is passionate about „how technology is stirring up marketing, business models and complete industries“.

Thorsten Borek
CEO & Founder of FinGym & XO Projects Gmbh

Thorsten has been passionate about and working in the fields of user experience, identifying and removing barriers in communication, services and products for more than 17 years.Thorsten has helped international companies to best leverage the new opportunities of marketing and sales. His main expertise is in understanding complex business challenges and breaking them down to develop simple solutions, strategies and tools for teams, channels or topics. In 2016 he Co-Founded FinGym - The platform for financial Fitness. He’s responsible for building the team and the business and developing the FinGym products and services.

Christian Springub
Co-Founder of Jimdo

Christian is one of Jimdo’s three founders and has learned entrepreneurship in the truest sense of the word since childhood. When Christian was twelve, he started his first business “Spring”, buying and selling Kinder Surprise collectible toys at flea markets. Just a few years later he met up with co-founders Fridtjof Detzner and Matthias Henze sparking the idea for Jimdo in 2007—a DIY website builder that has helped build over 20 million websites.

Mohamed Chahin
CSO & Co-Founder eatclever

Mohamed hat seine Mitgründer Robin Himmels und Marco Langhoff auf einem Startup Weekend in 2012 kennen gelernt. Seitdem durchleben sie gemeinsam die Hochs und Tiefs des Unternehmerdaseins. Heute leiten sie den gesunden Essenslieferdienst eatclever. Das Unternehmen ist einer der erfolgreichsten deutschen Essenlieferdienst-Startups. Sein thematischer Bezug seiner Rede wird das Thema “ Was kommt als nächstes sein”, in welcher er die Key learnings der letzten 6 Jahre seit dem Startup Weekend präsentieren wird.

Jonas Fromme
Founder of Founder's Share

Jonas' passion is disruptive technology, digital strategy & lean start-up development. After leading Bremens Formula Student Team for 2 years and assisting the executives of Industrial IoT startup Sensosurf for one year, Jonas went to Silicon Valley to coach early-stage entrepreneurs in Startup Embassy and at 500 startups. Jonas is the founder of Founder's Share and regularly organizes free workshops for starting teams and pre-seed startups. Part of since 2015.

At Startup Weekend Bremen, Jonas will help you as an internal coach at all questions regarding strategy, markets, technologiy asf. Feel free to ask him questions!

Andreas Schliep
Executive Partner at DasScrumTeam AG, Scrum Coach & Trainer

Andreas Schliep is a co-founder and principal Scrum coach and trainer from DasScrumTeam, Switzerland. As a developer, team and technical project leader, he has implemented videoconferencing applications, Web portals and communication servers. 

He was coach at SPrintIT, Software Integrator at ComBOTS and Developer & Development Manager at, and has a background in software development for banks and insurances.

He is dedicated to helping young founders and building up creative co-working spaces.

Mark Harré
Investment Manager @ DvH Ventures

Mark is an Investment Manager at DvH Ventures an independent venture capital fund and one of the leading FinTech investors in the DACH-region. He supports the team in the areas of deal sourcing, portfolio management and due diligence. Additionally, he forms the bridgehead to the NORD/LB organisation that joined DvH Ventures as a LP in 2015 and thus generates a valuable contribution to the portfolio via this interface. Mark has strong passion for Fintech and especially for the founders he supports in his daily business. 

Robert Heinecke
CEO @ Breeze Technologies

Robert Heinecke is an entrepreneur, futurist thinker and smart city expert. He is the CEO of Breeze, a German startup providing environmental intelligence to increase the liveability of buildings, cities and communities, which he co-founded in 2015. Before that, Robert worked for multiple international consultancies in strategy and IT and built up the digital division of an international NGO. He holds degrees in Computer Science and IT Management & Consulting.

Torben Schwellnus
Vice President Engineering at XING AG

Torben joined XING in 2012 and has been keeping busy helping teams, departments and business units scale on the engineering side of things, in various areas.  Currently, he heads software engineering and delivery of the business unit Premium Network and XINGs innovation lab, the New Bets business unit. In his spare time, he drives strategic engineering projects across the company.

Before XING, Torben worked at superReal as head of IT as well as in his own company, there primarily building search and commerce products for the stock photo industry and helping small companies set a foothold in the internet.  Torben gained startup-traction as co-founder and developer of instantCONTENT, one of the first content syndication businesses, sold to Freenet around the turn of the millenium. 

Torben holds a degree in communications from Kommunikationsakademie Hamburg after having studied - and never completed - macro economics at University Hamburg. He has been coding since he was about 8 or 11 (depends how you count it), is proud father of two boys and hates umbrellas with a passion.

Jonathan Kurfess
Jonathan is the founder and CEO of the Hamburg-based company Appinio

Jonathan is the founder and CEO of the Hamburg-based company Appinio. 
He studied business and began working in corporate marketing before founding Appinio at age 23. Appinio is a mobile app and social network for opinions that enables companies to collect thousands of answer from their consumers within minutes. Appinio's goal is to democratize the market research industry, making first hand opinions accessible for everyone at anytime around the globe. Appinio just internationalized to the US and has won various awards and was just awarded the Best Business Solution 2017 in Europe.

Laura Schulz
Product Owner @ Finanzcheck in Hamburg

Laura studied economics at TU Dortmund, worked as a consultant at PwC Berlin in Risk Assurance Solutions. She has experience consolidating different SAP systems.
Currently Laura is Product Owner at Finanzcheck in Hamburg.There she manages the CRM system for internal and external brokers.

Philipp Baumgaertel
Founder of Cherrydeck

Philipp is the founder of Cherrydeck, a market place for photo driven businesses like models, photographers or designers. Previously he was the CEO of Polaboy and a business development manager at Protonet. He is also a part time business-lecturer for engineering students at a few universities. He has MVP'd and launched a hand full of companies since starting his economics studies in 2007. In his free time he loves to do all sort of sports, music, travel, cook, collect art and nerd out on all sorts of problems.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Hamburg #Fintech 2017 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 Hamburg is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Anne Christin
  • Clas
  • Robert
  • Nicole
  • Maria
  • Corinne
  • Luis


Jennifer Schwanenberg
Founder & CPO of Werkerapp

Jenni Schwanenberg is the Founder and CPO of, one of the startups coming out of munich’s company builder mantro. She grew up in a fairly analogue household, but jumped into the digital pool quite early, bringing german media executives to Silicon Valley, helping to build Hamburg based Accelerator for media startups next media accelerator ( and helping to get international media attention. Today it’s her mission to create products that create value instead of digital copies of existing things.

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