Startup Weekend Women Hamburg

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

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Startup Weekend Women Hamburg

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Brandshofer Deich 48
Hamburg, Germany 20539

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur, to bring an idea from concept to reality?

*The event will be in English, but ideas can be pitched in German too. Men are welcome to participate.*

Here is your opportunity to transform your ideas into action in 54 hours! Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build a startup in one weekend. Whether you form companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5 job, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come" (Victor Hugo) - If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

We will help you to step outside of your comfort zone and to bring your ideas to life. Get connected and join the Entrepreneur Community on and follow along on !

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Why a special focus on women entrepreneurship?

Startup Weekend Women Hamburg is first of its kind in the Hamburg Startup Weekend community. Typically, most startup weekend events have a 70/30 ratio of men to women participants. In this edition, we want to flip that ratio and create an event focused on promoting women entrepreneurship in Hamburg without excluding male participants.The current Hamburg startup scenario shows that for 311 male founders we have, there are 43 female founders (Source: Hamburg Startups Monitor). With women leading less than 20% of startups, we want to create an environment that encourages and supports women entrepreneurs. That’s why we have this Startup Weekend with special focus on women entrepreneurship.
We aim to
  • Increase in the number of female business-starters & entrepreneurs in the city and region
  • Connect women entrepreneurs to the best resources out there
  • Expand & advance the economic potential of women
  • Have lots of fun
Like all Startup Weekend events, this one also follows the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea (either in German or English) for 60 seconds, and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1500+ events in 700+ countries around the world, and we are now looking forward to making a BIG dent for women entrepreneurs in Hamburg. 

Special note: We will have child care facility (free of charge) run by professional and experienced babysitters at our event space, so that mompreneurs can participate for the weekend without a worry.


1. Are men allowed to participate in this event?
Yes, of course! We aim to boost entrepreneurship and build exciting startups, and so we want to connect the best resources and people out there – that includes both men and women.

2. 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.

3. How big are the teams?
Teams of 2 to 5 members are the ideal number for optimal results.

4. 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.

5. Who is this event aimed at?
Women and men of any age with programming, design, user experience, business or project management skills.

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 can't code, can I still attend?
Yes! In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets is what we would like to see. Think Hipster (designer), Hacker (programmer) and Hustler (marketing and business - growth hacker).

8. I'm still not sure if I should go...
This is a great opportunity for women to get more involved and test their ideas, to reinvent our environment and build conditions for both women and men to thrive and do more of what they love.

9. What is the language of the event?
The event will be in English. However, you can pitch the ideas in both German and English. You can also discuss with your teammates and mentors in language of your choice.

10. Will there be child care for the duration of the event?
Yes! We will have special child care facility (free of charge) run by professional and experienced babysitters at our event space, so that mompreneurs can participate for the weekend without a worry.

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Friday April 10th

6:00 pm
Registration starts
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 & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches start
Line up for pitches and go!

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 April 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm
Yoga with Anne
Relax your mind and body, and get rejuvenated for the weekend.

1:00 pm

1:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive on venue to 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 April 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)

12:30 pm
Yoga with Anne
Relax your mind and body, and get rejuvenated for the weekend.

1:00 pm

3:00 pm
Hand-in presentation
Perfect your pitch, and hand us your final presentation in PDF version

3:30 pm
Tech Check
Dry runs and tech-check for final presentations start

4:30 pm
Sunday guest registration
Welcome Sunday evening audience! Arriving at the venue and checks-in

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Listen up to our speakers and final pitch presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Enjoy your evening over dinner and networking

9:00 pm
Have a safe trip home


Anne Arndt
Co-Founder of Pier314 today Pier2Port, Elbworkers and PASARY

Since she left university 5 years ago Anne was involved in the founding of several startups.Her current company elbworkers is helping big corporations and young start-ups building digital products. Additionally Anne is the COO at Brandslisten a SAAS company for Social CRM. Running projects in London and San Francisco Anne lives and thinks international. She has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and is well connected in the German startup scene.

Philip Westermeyer
Founder and CEO of Metrigo

Philipp Westermeyer is founder and CEO of metrigo. Metrigo is a provider of purchasing and sales targeting of display ads on the real-time bidding technology. After a business degree and Masters in Media Management, he began as assistant to the board of Bertelsmann AG. He then worked as an investment manager at Gruner + Jahr New Media Ventures. In 2009 he founded together with Tobias Schlottke and Christian Müller adyard, which was sold to Gruner+ in 2011. Philip is the organizer of "Online Marketing Rockstars" and "Online Marketing Camp". He also runs the industry-specific job platform " " 

Sina Gritzuhn
Co-Founder & Managing Director at Hamburg Startups

Sina Gritzuhn is co-founder and Managing Director of Hamburg Startups, a platform for startups founded in Hamburg. Her responsibilities are the implementation of the startup monitor and managing editorial communications. Sina studied Journalism and Communications Studies at the University of Hamburg. After graduation she was employed as a PR and social media professional in various startups before working as a social media editor at beebop media AG and and as a roving reporter for the initiative Hamburg@work from early 2013. Sina has co-organized numerous events, accompanying them with editorial coverage, including through various social media channels. She was also responsible for editorial of image films such as the Backyard TV project of the initiative Hamburg @ work. Sina has been blogging at for four years on topics related to Hamburg, social media and startups and also writes for 'Die Welt Hamburg' Startups Blog  As a self-confessed social media addict and startup evangelist she has been an active part of the Hamburg startup scene for more than three years now and the web is her home. You can contact Sina through all relevant communication channels.

Event Judges

Sandra Fisher
Principal & Investment Manager - and Business Angel by heart, iVentureCapital GmbH Hamburg

Sandra Fisher specializes in buildup and expansion of new companies and divisions. She is active in the venture capital space, where she focuses on deal sourcing and negotiating investment opportunities. She also supports the portfolio companies in strategic topics and operational efficiencies. After 3 years of management consultancy at Roland Berger, she rolled out various products at Oracle and was later appointed as director of Oracle’s global multimedia division. Sandra has also established new business divisions for companies, such as NXP and RealNetworks. Later she launched Shell Oil’s carsharing business (ShellDrive), followed by spending two years in San Francisco guiding US companies towards successful entry in European markets. More recently, she has orchestrated the market entry for the online payment provider, BillingPartner. Today, she utilizes her broad range of experience as the Global Alliance Director at iVentureCapital. Her role within the company includes: screening, analysis, qualifying, valuation and negotiating investments, as well as managing new portfolio companies. For example, Sandra served as interim COO of TrafficCaptain in parallel with her other responsibilities. She turned the portfolio company around, achieving break-even and 700% revenue increase within 6 months. The online marketing company was the first successful exit for iVentureCapital.

Ramin Nikbin
Head of Exec I/O

Ramin is Head of Exec I/O and also supports the Pirate Summit in various functions. For Best of Hamburg he holds the role of Director and, if he's not working for one of the conferences, he's on corporate innovation and business development.Before joining the startup pirate life, he worked a few years at Ernst & Young in the advisory department, focusing on finance transformation and process management. Study-wise, he holds a B.Sc. in Business and Management Studies from BiTS Iserlohn and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sanja Stankovic
Strategic Adviser and Founder Hamburg Startups

The emphases of her professional activity is put on the fields of public relations, digital strategy and on mobile applications. She managed the division for digital strategy, PR and social media at Nordpol+ PR Division Hamburg. Before, she established the international social media-department for NAVIGON AG and worked as a social media manager at segmenta pr for national and international clients. Since 2013 she is working as a strategic adviser for different agencies and companies, e.g. TigerCreate. As founder of the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch she is working on the setup and expansion of the format and therefore she co-founded Hamburg Startups with the goal to enhance the visibility of Hamburg’s startup scene as well as to improve networking among it’s players. She is also the Co-Founder of the network Digital Media Women, where she contributes the goal of making women more visible in the digital industries.

Tanja Emmerling
Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds

Tanja Emmerling is Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds. She focuses on Internet, Media and Software. Before that, she worked over 6 years for a Specialized Information Publisher. As Head of New Ventures she incubated 6 corporate start-ups. Prior to that she was responsible for Strategic Corporate Development. Tanja studied Applied Languages & Economics and worked as a consultant for the Spanish market. She wrote her doctoral thesis about Localization of Corporate Identity in Life Sciences Industry.

Coaches and Mentors

Diana Knodel
Founder of App Camps and Ambassador of Hamburg Geekettes

Diana Knodel has a background in computer science, psychology and educational research. After graduating from university she co-founded CyberMentor, an e-mentoring program for girls and women in STEM. She worked as an project manager and team lead in in the IT industry and was a product manager at XING.
Besides that she is actively involved in the startup scene in Hamburg. She is an ambassador for the Hamburg Geekettes, a community of women dedicated to helping aspiring and established female tech innovators. As the founder of App Camps Diana shares her passion for coding with others, always trying to get more students interested in tech. In 2014 Edition F and D64 named her as one of the 25 leading women for the digital future.

Rayk Hahne
Business Consultant

Sport and Economy are the two passions in his life.He did sports since his first day on this earth. Started with Athletics, later Breakdance, BMX Flatland and Squash.
All of the sports he did/ does are in a professional way. Since his 16 th birthday he was on fire with business consulting. He planned his entire career to be a business consultant since then. 9 years later he created two companies with dozens of satisfied customers and a very own way to combine sport and economy. 

Stephanie Weber
Head of UX at Immonet

After working as an Art Director in advertising Stephanie decided to move to South America. A dream came true - improving her Spanish and her salsa skills at once. Besides traveling she did the “Specialization on Media Creation“ at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia focussing on strengthening the creative process involved in the visual, sonorous and narrative concepts of interactive projects. Today she is the Head of UX at Immonet and responsible for creating user friendly digital products that users love. Actively participating in “Code for Hamburg“ (a community using open data) she develops useful applications for the society, such like the „Kindergarten Finder“. Furthermore, she is going to organize a hackathon addressing young people called „Jugend hackt Nord“ that also takes place in Hamburg later this summer.

Oliver Roessling
COO / CSO Absolute Software GmbH, Founder

Before joining the established software company Absolute Software GmbH on Jungfernstieg, he already worked at Contentfleet GmbH, a startup specialized on content generation. Today he mainly focuses on innovation. Together with young founders, universities as well as experienced corporate top managers the passionate networker develops ideas and processes for the future. He founded companies like, as well as and (the latter focusing on startups and their IT itself as well). He is determined to develop Hamburg into an internationally recognized hub for founders with his monthly speech series being a prime example for just that.

Lina Wueller
Founder of Rebel at Heart

Lina is founder of the agency Rebel at Heart , a full-service communications agency for startups. Rebel at Heart support startups in PR and social media, both strategically and operationally. The name says it all: Rebel at Heart strategies get maximum attention of the media - national and international - because they are rebellious and do not follow the usual paths. Lina has worked in the industry for many years and therefore knows exactly how much efficiency working with startups requires. She has already networked with many startups influential media and bloggers and has achieved numerous publications. Before she founded Rebel at Heart, Lina worked as Global PR and Press Officer at myTaxi .She was also active in various agencies in Germany and Australia.

Norman Timmler
Cofounder and Managing Director at Njiuko GmbH

Norman is a hands on web stack architect and technological strategy consultant at Njiuko GmbH, a company crafting mobile apps and complex backends. When XING was going public, he was responsible for implementing the internal development department in his role as Principal System Architect. While in this position, he established the now mainly used technology Ruby on Rails. In 2012 he supported the DOSB as Technical Director in expanding their digital scope with the sport community splink. Norman has been developing highly available web architectures since 1998 and supported startups as well as established companies in setting up development teams and processes. His second love is creating sustainable and successful products.After work Norman grabs a wake-, snow- or surfboard and off he goes.

Melanie Taylor
Cofounder of Osmotic Studios

Melanie is a Graphic Designer and Concept Artist with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Design as well as a Master's Degree in Game Design. It is her passion to turn great ideas into something visually stunning and emotionally thrilling. Founding her own company was a way to make games that she believes can cause people to think about new things and experience places or step in roles they would never have otherwise. She loves new, original ideas and experimental thinking, but is also fascinated by logical puzzles and the mechanics of how things work. Games are the best way to bring these two together. Additionally she also has an education in advertising management and is not only interested in innovation itself, but also whether it works for the market. If you get these two things right, you will most likely succeed.

Jan-Paul Lüdtke
Founder and Managing Director of Akanoo - Accounts, Product & Financials

Jan-Paul is responsible for strategic partnerships and client relationships at Akanoo. He focuses on connecting current and prospective clients` needs to the core performance of the technology. Before starting Akanoo in 2013, Jan-Paul wrote his PhD thesis about “Judgmental biases in the evaluation of innovations” as a researcher at Hamburg University of Technology. While in research, he not only explored the success factors of innovative technology but also gained much insight in advanced methods for statistical modeling. In the past, he worked for the leading market research company GfK where he developed and marketed an innovative reporting instrument for the fashion industry.

Heidi Günther
Projektmanager InnoRampUp

A project manager with IFB Innovationsstarter GmbH, Heidi accompanies local startups through the public grant program InnoRampUp, which offers financial support for innovative entrepreneurs and startups in an early seed stage. Since its initiation mid-2013, almost 40 of Hamburg’s startups joined the program’s family. Heidi’s background is in Business Administration. She was a lecturer at the University of Hamburg, where she researched organizational requirements and practices of continuous innovation. Heidi spent several years in HR and Controlling departments, gaining various insights from inside Gillette (Procter & Gamble), Beiersdorf, Bosch and Lufthansa Technik. Besides networking in Hamburg’s startup environment and writing for an entrepreneurial blog, Heidi loves surfing and martial arts.

Tahsin Avci
Founder Pop Rocket Labs GmbH

Tahsin graduated from media economics and started his gaming career as a Product Manager at Virgin Interactive before working on marketing campaigns for ATARI, Ubisoft and Universal Pictures. In 2010 Tahsin founded his startup Pop Rocket Labs and started producing games and applications with a gamified focus for web, mobile and gadgets.

Inken Petersen
Founder & Product Designer, Ubercreative Product Design Lab

Inken is digital product designer with passion for lean user research and founder of the Product Design Lab Ubercreative.
She helps large organizations and small start-ups to create successful products by developing user experience and design competency. One of her favorite ways of working is to do product design sprints together with her clients, because it’s a fun and fast way to collaboratively create products. Previously, Inken has worked as User Experience Director for XING, the german business network. At XING, she created and managed a Silicon Valley-style User Experience Team. Inken has a Master in Media Design and a Master in Business Administration and always strives for connecting the design and the business perspective in her work.

Henning Groß
Founder NetzKombyse and HASENFARM

Henning is the founder of NetzKombyse, an agency for E-Commerce and brand development founded 2011 in Hamburg.
He uses his broad knowledge from his activities in a multi-channel-startup of the OTTO Group Hamburg in his projects, where he coaches people on a case-by-case basis. He furthermore founded as a smart business concept. Behind the store stands an innovative business model bootstrapping his story into the complex and risk-prone garment industry with individual products.

Wiebke Kudernatsch
Founder & Product Designer, Ubercreative Product Design Lab

Wiebke is co-founder and Managing Director of Ubercreative Product Design Lab. She is a passionate Digital Product Designer always looking for the best business solutions with an high user value. She brings over 12 years of experience in driving product innovation, product strategy and user experience design. Before founding Ubercreative she has worked as a user experience specialist and leader in large organizations for different project setups to drive creativity and productivity within interdisciplinary teams. Her work successfully combines insights from business strategy, user research and design to create focused products for good customer services. More than anything, she is driven by maximizing the value of a product for customers. And: To make things real in a lean and fast way. From her educational background Wiebke is a graduated engineer in information technology and design. This background always guarantees her to find the right co-creation work attitude in a technology and design-driven product development process.

Klaus Schmidt
Entrepreneur & Business Mentor

Klaus has recently returned to Germany from doing business in Silicon Valley and Southern California for many years. He is an alumni of the University of Hamburg and of studied Computer Science and Physics. Klaus held management positions in top software and technology companies, founded and sold startups and Consulted with others in company positioning, funding and exit strategies in Germany and USA. He is currently helping regional startups and is sharing some of his US experience with the local community Individually or during events like Startup Weekends.

Nicole Wilnow
Business Coach & Consultant, Founder of Locationpool

Nicole got a master in business administration, specialized in HR and marketing. She was project manager in media and event and content manager, later manager at Stiftung stern e.V. at G+J, before she get selfemployed in 2002. Since then she founded, where she worked as coach, trainer and consultant (topics: career planning, organisational and personal development, CSR, resilience etc.). In 2010 she founded – an internet platform for eventlocations. Also in 2010 she was co-founder and 3 years member of the executive board at Digital Media Women e.V. New projects: and

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Hamburg is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Heide
  • Eshani
  • Dagmar
  • Sabela
    Garcia Cuesta
  • Theresa
  • Sarah
  • Julia
  • Felix
  • Karile
  • Debora
  • Ivo-Henning
  • Kathleen
  • Carlos


Ümit Konuray
CEO and Founder at dasTraining, Konuray Coaching & Training

He is the founder of dasTraining which is an agency for trainers, coaches and moderators. Since 2005 he has been intercultural trainer, coach and facilitator for seminars, conferences and workshops. He has done Business studies with a focus on HR and psychology in Cologne and Qingdao, China. And did training, coaching and development assistance in countries such as China, India, USA, Afghanistan, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Turkey and Austria. After finishing his last employment in the personal development of Bayer AG successfully, he independently started Konuray Coaching & Training with a focus on communication, team development, leadership and personal training.


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