Startup Weekend Hamburg

    Friday, June 3 - 5, 2016

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Startup Weekend Hamburg

Friday, June 3 - 5, 2016

Friday, June 3 - 5, 2016
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 June 03rd to 05th 2016 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! 

Click here to buy your ticket. 

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. 

If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring the event, shoot us a message at or follow the event on Facebook and Twitter to be in the know at all times.

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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 June. 
Your Startup Weekend Hamburg Team 

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Friday June 3rd

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 June 4th

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

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
Delicious, healthy food by

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

Sunday June 5th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm
Delicious, healthy food by

1:00 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
Registration for Sunday Night Observers
We are opening for our Sunday Night Observers. The final pitches will kick off at 0530 pm.

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!

10:00 pm
Go Home!
Hopefully the weekend will never end for some teams and the SWHH16 will have an impact on their lives!


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

Jo Marie Farwick
Founder at Überground

Jo Marie is strolling around the communication branché since 2003. You can put her in the box of the creative skyrocket scientists. She believes in good people. In books. In art. In fashion. In architecture. But! At first: she believes in ideas. There is no need to talk endlessly about the future of (digital) advertising. Let's say this with bauhaus: form follows function. That means: we'll find the best ideas first. After that we'll find the perfect channel for them. 

For creatives it is very important to win very many creative awards. So she did in the last few years. The awards developed from ADC Germany/Europe/New York, LIAA, red dot, etc. (Few Gold, some Silver, many Bronze in Print, Film and Copy) to more digital awards like NY Festival Interactive, Clio Interactive, Titanium Integrated in Cannes. All that because she developed from a more classic creative to a hybrid creative thinking the holistic way when it comes to brands. In these times she invented the job title Hybrid Creative Director which is now adopted by many others in the business.

2011 she was founding member and partner of the Hamburg office of Heimat. Until the end of 2015 she was overseeing more than 60 people and responsible for brands such as Bitburger Brewery and Siemens. Before that she was Chief Creative Director at Jung von Matt. She worked for some more car clients such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, MINI and Audi and also made stuff for Nintendo, eBay, Tetra Pak, DMAX, MTV and many more. She totally appreciated working on Lamborghini – a brand that is viral itself; and for IWC – maybe you know some of her headlines. 

She is a member of the German Art Director’s Club and was a teacher at Miami Ad School for 5 years. She is now a trusted „Kapitän” and responsible for the Curriculum at Texterschmiede, the most awarded german copywriter’s school.

In September 2015 she founded Überground. An holistic idea collective ready to rock the market. Überground recently debuted with the new international campaign for famous fitness brand Freeletics.

Christian Miele
VP at

Christian joined in their Hamburg office as a Vice President in 2015. Before joining, Christian was leading the international expansion and business development of as part of the holdings’s core management team.

Prior to that, Christian exited mobile marketplace, which he founded alongside German media conglomerate ProsiebenSat.1 AG. Before founding his own company, Christian served Rocket Internet AG as a Global Venture Development Director during the global rollouts of and In his early days of his career, he was involved in the setup of a Venture Capital fund for Bertelsmann AG in India and was engaged in the group’s Corporate Development team.

Christian holds a B.A. in International Business from Cologne Business School, is Member of the Board of Executives of the German Startup Association, is an international speaker on platforms such a LeWeb or Global Entrepreneurship Congress and is frequently being quoted as an expert for entrepreneurship by international media such as Wallstreet Journal, Bloomberg, and Thomson Reuters. Christian practices Yoga, Zen, MMA and likes warmhearted people.

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. 

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.

Wolfgang Wopperer Beholz
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at mindmatters

Wolfgang is a trained philosopher and untrained entrepreneur. He co-founded software development studio mindmatters and betahaus Hamburg and co-created the Product Field, a cognitive medium for product innovation. Wolfgang is advising product development projects for startups and established companies, talking and writing about innovation and organizational culture, and enthusiastically involved in making Hamburg a better place for startups.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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. 

Sarah Lee
Art Director at NPIRE

Hi, I'm Sarah. I'm open, loud, colorful, direct and curious. I work as a designer and project manager in a creative agency called NPIRE. I'm interested in technology, fashion, design, as well as other creative and innovative things. I love to share my ideas and inspiration with others and I'm always glad to hear and discuss their opinions and input. You can find me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Michael Backes
MD at Liquid Labs

I have built companies on both sides of the Atlantic, worked as a VC, and provide tech leadership to a variety of companies in FinTech and Logistics. Currently I am founder and Managing Director of Liquid Labs, a company builder, and spend my time trying to replace everyone with artificial intelligence.

Franziska Semer
User Experience Designer & User Researcher at Immonet

Being responsible for the User Research at Immonet GmbH, Franziska is combining UX and design research methods with a service designers perspective. Coaching different methodologies, as well as moderating ideation workshops, user testings and rapid prototyping belong to her field of responsibility. 
Besides her job, she is organizing different events in Hamburg, such as the "Service Design Drinks" and "Jugend hackt Nord". 

Having fulfilled a Master's of Arts in Media and Design she combines a service design oriented education with an engineering diploma in paper and packaging manufacturing technology.

Ask her, if you have any questions about how to come up with an idea, deepen it, prototype and test it.

Dennis Heinbokel
Co-Founder & CPO at minubo

Dennis is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at minubo, Inc. Their software, Analytics Cloud, is used by international brands such as Lacoste, Rituals, and Gaastra to track important KPIs throughout the organization. minubo was accepted into London accelerator Seedcamp in 2013 and won the German Startup Engine pitch competition at SXSW festival in Austin. The company has raised around $5 million in venture capital to date from investors HTGF, Tola Capital, and well-known business angels. Headquartered in Hamburg, minubo has recently opened offices in Boston and London. 

Previously, Dennis managed international expansion for the Otto Group and was an early employee of a "hip" Berlin startup. He has extensive experience (also from own failure) in lean startup methodology, agile product management and building an MVP. Being a Startup Weekend alumni himself, Dennis can advise participants on business models and monetization, fundraising, which KPIs to track, and growing a startup organization.

Iskender Dirik
Managing Director at Bauer Venture Partners

Iskender is Managing Director at Bauer Venture Partners (BVP), a 100 Mio. EUR venture capital fund. BVP is focussed on later stage digital media and publishing tech startups in Germany and the Nordics.

Before joining BVP, Iskender was Member of Management Board at C3, Europe's leading digital content marketing agency. 
Prior to that he was CEO of COPE (acquired by C3), an IT Management Consulting and Software Development Boutique with clients like Deutsche Telekom, Otto, Axel Springer, Volkswagen, Porsche, Straits Times and TUI. COPE was responsible for the tech setup of successful startups like Statista (acquired by Ströer Media), xplosion Interactive (acquired by Deutsche Telekom) and Contentfleet (acquired by Ströer Media).  
Previously Iskender has founded several startups like (acquired by Xing) and dipeo (acquired by German media house) and worked as strategy consultant in the media sector.

Iskender holds a Master of Arts in Data- and Informationmanagement and a Diploma (Dipl.-Betriebswirt) in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg.

He would love to support startups especially regarding all questions around fundraising, product management, lean development, tech setup, team building and general management.

Mirko Platz
Founder and Managing Director at Channel Pilot Solutions

Mirko is an expert in the digital, e-commerce, SaaS, and telecommunications space. He has more than 15 years experience as an entrepreneur, founder, and manager. He has received awards of both national and international importance. These awards include: German Accelerator, Gründergeist, Webfuture, and Made in DE. His core competencies are sales, marketing, strategy, and growth management. He seeks to maximise traction by ensuring fast, efficient deployment of resources within the organisation. 

He currently acts as Managing Director of Channel Pilot Solutions. The company was founded in Hamburg in 2012 and has raised more than three million Euros in funding and has quickly become the market leader in multi-channel online marketing. The company is also represented by offices in London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Moscow, and Palo Alto. More than 1000 customers, 30% of the top 1000 web shops in Europe, trust Channel Pilot to proactively manage their global online marketing presence.

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.

Dr. Hans Peter Leube
Partner Corporate and M&A at Bird & Bird Frankfurt

Peter has broad experience in corporate law and M&A particularly in the international telecommunications, infrastructure and media sectors as well as in Private Equity / Venture Capital / start-ups and fast growing technology-rich companies. Peter’s particular interest in start-ups is strengthened by his experience both as an adviser and in-house.

After being admitted to the New York Bar as attorney-at-law and the German Bar as Rechtsanwalt, Peter began his legal career in the Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and New York offices of major international U.S. law firms.  In 2008, he joined the management of one of Germany’s biggest cable TV providers and was responsible for the sale of various cable networks and the successful financial restructuring of the company. In 2014 he joined Bird & Bird’s Frankfurt office as Partner of the International Corporate and M&A group.

Dr. Julia Natzel
Senior Associate IP at Bird & Bird Hamburg

Julia is a seasoned specialist in Intellectual Property law. Her practice focuses on trade mark, design, unfair competition and copyright advice and litigation. She has extensive experience of advising start-ups and is familiar with their specific needs.  

Julia studied law in Münster, where she also worked at a chair for international / transnational law and earned her doctorate (“summa cum laude”) researching into a foreign trade law topic (“The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)” of the European Community). During her legal clerkship Julia worked for an international law firm in Düsseldorf and for the German Consulate General in New York. During a secondment in the IP legal department of a client she gained further in-house experience. Julia advises both in German and in English.  

She was admitted to the Düsseldorf Bar in 2009, the year she joined Bird & Bird as an associate. Julia is a Certified IP lawyer (“Fachanwältin für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz”) and member of the GRUR (German Association for Commercial Property Rights and Copyright Law). In 2016 Julia relocated to Bird & Bird’s Hamburg office.

Lennart Schüßler
Counsel, Data Protection Practice and Tech & Comms at Bird & Bird Düsseldorf/Frankfurt

Lennart is an experienced commercial lawyer advising domestic and international clients (including various start-ups) on IT, online and data protection law matters. His practice not only focuses on the whole range of privacy-related topics, such as big data, biometrics, sensitive/health/patient data and geo-location, but also on drafting and negotiating complex IT contracts, advising on copyright and license related questions (including Open Source Software issues) and contractual and regulatory issues in the digital media, mobile, E-Commerce and IT security sectors.  

Since joining Bird & Bird in 2010, Lennart has been part of the international data protection practice group in Germany (Düsseldorf and Frankfurt) and has spent six months on secondment at our London office. He studied law at the Justus-Liebig University in Gießen, Germany, and at the University of Warwick, UK, and can provide competent legal advice in both German and English. He served his legal clerkship (Referendariat) at the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt (OLG Frankfurt). Lennart regularly speaks and publishes on IT, outsourcing, social media and data protection topics and he is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Harald Wagener
CTO at SysEleven

Harald is working in IT for almost 20 years, and his jobs covered all aspects from being a cable monkey to building infrastructure for global deployments. After working for a global IT company for more than seven years, he joined SysEleven in May 2015; as CTO he works on making sure that the company goals are supported by the right choices in processes and technology.

Besides SysEleven, Harald dabbles in photography and collaborative storytelling. He grew up in Northern Germany and lives in Berlin.

Johannes Nicolai
Enterprise Solutions Engineering at GitHub

I am an Open Source enthusiast highly interested in development platforms, continuous integration and delivery, distributed development and enterprise application integration.

I do not like to just passively watch those trends but prefer working in teams that can actively influence them by providing innovative products and services.

In my current role, I help companies to build and ship software better with GitHub Enterprise. Before that, I was leading multiple Java development teams across the world building large Git backends and integration platforms.

Philipp Rathjen
Assistant Manager at EY

Philipp works at EY Hamburg for more than five years. He’s a German tax advisor (Steuerberater) and a German public auditor (Wirtschaftsprüfer) at EYs Financial Accounting Advisory Service and is responsible for several audits as well as advisory projects in Hamburg. Most of his clients are based in Hamburg and range from Startups to multinational listed clients. He is an expert for all business plan, tax and process related tasks.

Henning Lübbe
Assistent at EY

Henning works at EY Hamburg since 2012 and has already worked at EY London. Within EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Service he is responsible for several audits as well as transaction advisory projects.Most of his clients are based in Hamburg and Frankfurt and range from small companies to multinational listed clients. He has already been part in some of EY’s Startup initiatives e. g. NGO Workshop.

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“.

Simon Ueberheide
Senior Manager Digital Change at RCKT

Simon Ueberheide is Senior Manager Digital Change at RCKT. Communications. In this role he leads internal and external communications for corporates in digital transformation projects and builds bridges to startup ecosystems. After one year working as a research and teaching fellow at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hannover, he joined Rocket Internet in July 2014 as a Communications Manager. In this role, he was responsible for the planning and execution of PR as well as setting up communication departments for various Rocket Internet companies. Simon holds a Master in Media Management from the University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover and studied corporate and public communication at the University of Milan.

Veronika Reichboth
Project Manager at nextMedia.Hamburg

Veronika Reichboth is project manager at the StartHub of the nextMedia.Hamburg initiative. The StartHub is the central point of contact for digital entrepreneurs & startups providing services, information and support.   Prior to her position as StartHub project manager, Veronika Reichboth has worked in the public and private sectors – at the European institutions and an international agency for advertising, marketing and public relations in Brussels, Belgium as well as at a medium-sized IT service company in Hamburg.

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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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