Startup Weekend Hamburg

    Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

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Startup Weekend Hamburg

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

betahaus Hamburg - Coworking Space
Eifflerstraße 43
Hamburg, Germany 22769

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Everything you need to launch your startup within 54 hours.

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? 

From May 29th to 31st 2015 Startup Weekend Hamburg will take you from a Wantrepreneur to an Entrepreneur. If you are a designer, developer, marketer, product manager or startup enthusiast, this event is for you!

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It’s a 54 hour journey of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, you are invited to bring your best idea and inspire others to join your team. Of course you don’t have to present an own idea. There will be many teams in need of your skills. 

Over Saturday and Sunday your team focuses on customer development, validating ideas, practicing Lean Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. Saturday afternoon the teams will be supported by Jedi mentors, who are experts in their fields. On Sunday evening all teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a top-class Jury and some teams will be chosen for our awesome awards along with prizes such as free design resources, software, hosting and consultation to boost their startup.

Startup Weekend is a global community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. It’s a non-profit movement that courageously aims to change the world.

Whether you will found companies (and about 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months!), get along with the big names, find a cofounder, meet someone new or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5, you are guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic, but fun world of startups. 

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Besides everything else you will get cool colorful gadgets, three meals a day, little snacks and of course, the entrepreneurs’ obsession – unlimited amount of coffee. 

Still not convinced? Check out the video below to see how amazing Startup Weekend Hamburg was last year.

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to step outside of your comfort zone, because Startup Weekend Hamburg is your perfect opportunity to explore yourself and follow your dream!

We are looking forward to meet you in May.
Your Startup Weekend Hamburg Team

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Friday May 29th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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 May 30th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
Delicious, healthy food by

12:30 pm
Coaches arrive
They are here to help!

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

1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm
Delicious, healthy food by

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

Sunday May 31st

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm
Delicious, healthy food by

12:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place.

4:30 pm
Entrance for Sunday Night Oberservers
Get together for the final pitches.

5:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Guest Speaker: Marijo Sarac, CMO at Bragi ("The Dash")

5:30 pm
Final Presentations
See the results of 54 hours work. Open for Sunday Night Observers.

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Our Judges will announce the winners of "Winner over all", "Best design" and "Best pitch".

8:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Grab a beer and talk with some new folks!

11:00 pm
Go Home!
Hopefully the weekend will never end for some teams and the SWHH15 will have an impact on their lives!


Marijo Sarac
CMO at Bragi

Marijo is CMO of the Munich-based Tech Start Up Bragi, which is the maker of the worlds first wireless hearable. This year they won "Best of CES 2015" awards in 2 different categories at CES in Las Vegas. Marijo joined BRAGI in January 2014 - to take part in the kickstarter campaign. The Dash is still the most funded european kickstarter project ever. The worldwide market launch is planned for autumn 2015.  

He graduated in Economics and worked for over 10 Years in the international CE industry where he had various responsible roles in marketing, sales and management. Now lecturing international marketing (HAW Hamburg, NBS Hamburg), he was always keen on marketing, sales, business development and innovation management and has extensive leadership and management experience.

Event Judges

Dr. Peter Petermann
Chief Strategy Officer at Carat

After receiving his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington Universtiy in St. Louis (USA) in 1991, Peter started his career at German boutique agency Scholz & Friends. Later he worked in top management positions for D'Arcy, Leo Burnett, Dentsu Amsterdam, Lowe/Lintas and, finally, Carat.

Peter joined Carat in 2006 to spearhead the agency’s transformation from media agency to holistic communications agency. He is now in charge of all strategic planning at Carat and develops brand-building communication strategies that redefine the value of media for Carat’s clients in Germany and the CE region.

Peter has always been keen to understand the psychology of brand-consumer interactions. Currently he is most interested in further developing the Bought-Owned-Earned communications model for marketing to make companies fit for Convergence & Globalization.

Björn Brose
Associate Director at M.M.Warburg & CO

Björn Brose began his career with Commerzbank AG in Hamburg with the Private Wealth Department. During the year 2007 joined Bankhaus Wölbern in Hamburg and became a member of the Private Relationship and portfoliomanagement team.
Since October 2009 he serves as an Associate Director Private Banking department of M.M.Warburg & CO, Hamburg. In the year 2012, the Venture Capital Funds & Young Entrepreneurs Desk was formed at Warburg; Mr Brose is an active member of this new sector. 

Alfonso von Wunschheim
Managing Director at FutureVents Early Stage

Alfonso (b. 1977) started his first company aged 19, an IT-consulting firm in Basel, Switzerland. He then went on to invest the cashflow into new ventures including in 1999 just before the bubble bursted, lost most of his investments and learned a lot. With 24 he became CEO of (now, 4 days after 9/11 and established the service as nr 2 in the Swiss eBrokerage market. With the IPO of Xing in 2006 where Alfonso served as part of the country management for Switzerland he finally makes up for some bubble write offs and takes a year off to attend MIT as a Sloan Fellow. in 2009 Alfonso takes over the CEO position of, growing the existing business and establishing the service in the top 3 sites and mobile apps in Switzerland and eventually co-initiates the merger with the official directories and yellow pages providers brand. He now serves as MD of FutureVents Early Stage, his personal investment & consulting boutique and spends his time between Hamburg and Zurich. Alfonso is married, father of 2 boys aged 3 and 1 and likes to spend the little time left between traveling, good food and sailing.

Dannie Quilitzsch
Head of the Social Impact Lab Hamburg

Dannie serves as master coach and head of the Social Impact Lab Hamburg where she selects and empowers the next generation of sustainable social entrepreneurs.
As a renowned sustainability expert she was involved in the early stage
of projects like Utopia, Viva con Aqua and Die Komplizen.
Under her agency brand she initiated different event formats (Streetfood Thursday Hamburg, Feels Like Home, Hallo Frau Nachbar, WASH Festival) and advises clients like Deutsche Post AG, Car2Go and "Deutschland rundet auf".

Dannie is a globe trotter and happy Hamburg resident. She holds a degree in communication and is certified psychologist and systemic-integrative therapist.

Carlos Borges
CEO & Co-Founder at TripRebel

Carlos is response for growth, finance and funding at TripRebel. He has eight years of work experience and an MBA in International Marketing. He has worked for airlines, hotels and blue chip consumer good companies before starting TripRebel.

Coaches and Mentors

Christian Häfner
Co-Founder & CMO at FastBill

Christian Häfner, 32, is a Hamburg-based co-founder and CMO at FastBill, a web-based accounting solution for small businesses.
With Automatic he and his team created a second solution to automate subscription billing for scaling businesses. Both products were successfully bootstrapped.

As a passionate entrepreneur Christian is also involved in several other projects like and loves to blog about his entrepreneurial experiences at  

One of his goals is to connect entrepreneurs in scaling businesses in order to learn from each other´s best practices and failures. This is why he initiated the

Anna Abraham
Head of Online Marketing at Hanse Ventures

Anna Abraham is Head of Online Marketing at the incubator Hanse Ventures and CEO of their startup Pay with a Tweet. She handles all the marketing activities for both Hanse Ventures and their portfolio companies, and advises on acquisition channels, usability, conversion optimisation, tracking and testing.

Anna (born in 1982) was most recently Senior Online Marketing Manager Loans at Barclaycard in Hamburg. Before moving to Hamburg in 2009, she was E-Mail Marketing Manager at VistaPrint in Barcelona, and prior to that Marketing Specialist for the same company in the US. Anna studied Communications at Clark University in Worcester, MA, USA.

Mark Jäger
Co-Founder & CPO at Stuffle

After too long a stretch coding and designing for the man at digital agencies for this big retailer and that great brand, Mark finally came back to Startups where he once started off in the midst of the first dot-com bubble. He joined the incubator Digital Pioneers and co-founded Stuffle where he is finally able to follow his passion for great products. 

Vivi Dimitriadou
Director People at OMD Germany

Vivi Dimitriadou is responsible for the orgainizational and people development at OMD Germany GmbH an integrated communications agency. Vivi offers extensive leadership and management experience gained in a variety of positions in the digital media sector. She has founded ‘beyond change’ and advises companies on strategy development, change and growth processes, leadership development and sales management with a focus on the digital economy. Before starting her own company she was on the Management Board and Head of Sales + Account Services at G+J Electronic Media Sales GmbH where she developed the company’s digital marketing strategy. 

As a member of the panel of experts of the BMWi founder competition ‘IKT innovativ’ she has been guiding the competition winners on setting up and developing their businesses. Get in contact with Vivi if you have questions about using design thinking, agile or lean startup techniques and building a strong team in a short period of time as well as validating ideas and discussing your business model.

Slaven Marinovic
Strategy & Communication Consultant

Slaven Marinovic is a strategy, finance and communications consultant from Hamburg and works with startups and companies like AKQA, Bragi and Notism. He also writes for BusinessWeek, brand eins, Süddeutsche Zeitung, GQ and Vice. Slaven has a background in Law, Advertising and Audio Engineering.

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.

Sascha Steinbock
Designer & Web Daemon

Sascha is a designer and haver of a curious brain. He likes well crafted stories, badass music, traveling the world and not knowing what will happen.Over the past decade he worked with some of the world’s most renowned companies and agencies but also helps startups with high hopes and relentless ambition.Five years ago he dabbled into the startup scene, founded his first venture (guestly, an event management app), failed, cried, read a lot and found stories to be an interesting space to explore. Now he is bootstrapping his second venture, Untold, a storytelling startup trying to make paid journalism work.

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.

Simon Meyborg
Senior Technologist at Gruner+Jahr

Simon Meyborg is Senior Technologist running a Research & Development Section at Grunar + Jahr.

Developing and testing prototypes is his daily business. Design Thinking and Agile Software Development are his tools.

He is a studied computer scientist and has development mutiple apps, webservices and desktop programms over the years. Business Development and creative marketing are deciplinces he also very interested in. Before working at Grunar+Jahr he was Head of R&D at the Incubator Hanse Ventures.

May-Lena Signus
Director StartHub at nextMedia.Hamburg

May-Lena is the director of the StartHub at nextMedia.Hamburg, the city’s initiative for the digital and media industry. She offers direct support for startups by connecting them with public institutions and private decision-makers and providing them with assistance on questions regarding the startup ecosystem of the city. The nextMedia.StartHub also acts as a centre and platform for the joint development of projects aimed to support Hamburg’s startup scene.

Previously May-Lena worked for Hamburg Marketing as well as various communication agencies. She has a strong background and record of the management of international communication projects, marketing and PR.

Marc Schachtel
Managing Director & CTO at PARSHIP

Marc Schachtel (31) is Managing Director and CTO of PARSHIP. Before that he signed responsible for software development as Director Engineering.

Marc, who holds a degree in computer science, started his career as entrepreneur launching his own software development agency within the Berlin startup scene. Later roles include Co-Founder and CTO of Goodbeans and Senior Consultant at Platinion, the IT-consulting arm of the Boston Consulting Group.

Anke Probst
Senior SEO Manager at XING AG

Anke Probst is responsible for the strategic orientation in the field of organic search in search engines. As a passionate SEO, Anke has been working in the search industry for many years and used to analyze many different business models in various industries, focussing on large scale websites. She is recognized for driving massive traffic just recently won an award for the best German in-house team for search marketing.

Anke speaks at conferences about SEO and online marketing, coaches startups and is involved in the expert advisory board of the Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW) - Association of the Digital Economy - for a progressing professionalization of the industry.

Paul Hahnert
Financial Accounting Advisory Services at EY

Paul Hahnert is Senior at EY‘s Financial Accounting Advisory Services. For several years he worked on international and listed EY clients in maritime and industries as well as service companies. He has considerable consulting experience with a focus on process optimization as well as implantation of internal control systems.

Lisa Knodel
Lawyer at Stenger LLP Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg

Lisa carries out forensic and advisory work in the field of intellectual property and unfair competition. In particular she advises companies regarding their internet presence and in all matters pertaining to the protection and defence of intellectual property. She joined Stenger LLP in November 2013. 

Dr. Jörg Brackmann
Lawyer & Partner at Stenger LLP Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg

Jörg advises international and domestic clients in the areas of corporate/M&A including private equity and venture capital transactions. Another focus of his work is acquisition financing and project financing.

Investors and entrepreneurs use the services of Stenger LLP because the firm provides practical and hands-on legal advice. Jörg participated in transactions in a broad range of industries such as e-commerce, telecommunications, life sciences, real estate and renewable energies.

Before joining Stenger LLP, he has been working in the Frankfurt office of the international law firm Bird & Bird for several years. Prior to that Jörg worked, inter alia, at P+P Pöllath & Partners, a firm with a leading private equity/ real estate practice in Germany and at law firm in Cape Town.

Britta Liebert
Lawyer at Stenger LLP Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg

Britta advises in the sector of Corporate Law and Transaction Services, including advising business start-ups on all aspects of setting up companies.

Before joining Stenger LLP in 2015, she worked for the auditing company BDO AG in M&A Tax and Legal Services.

Ole Michaelis
Open Source Rockstar at Jimdo

Ole Michaelis is the co-founder of SoCoded, a hackfest and web development conference in Hamburg. He’s a Software Engineer at Jimdo, a DIY website creator, where he focuses on backend development. In his free time, he’s building, a hazzle-free slide sharing platform. Ole is passionate about open source software, enjoys traveling, and loves Mexican food. He classifies himself as a 'bad' German as he dislikes beer and soccer – the traditional German past-times. 

Uygar Sönmez
Team Lead Engineering at XING AG

As a passionate Ruby on Rails Developer and mother, 34 year-old Uygar's professional life involves the position of Team Lead Engineering for the Public API and Social Plugins Team at XING where she leads developers as a people manager. At the same time she is involved in products made for developers, so she knows what she's talking about.
Having worked as a Ruby on Rails engineer in several teams before building successful products, she has gained experience in developing and placing products.
Besides that, 
Uygar also believes in young talent and therefore trains apprentice computer scientists at XING while also motivating more girls and women to get into programming.

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Tetiana Siianko
Sweden Foodtech Program Manager

überpassionate about making things happen, smart people, music, art, skiing and dance. Working on saving the world via foodtech and bridging the gap between arts & technology. Love doing silly movies in my free time.

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