Startup Weekend Leipzig

    Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Leipzig

Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019

Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Basislager Coworking
Peterssteinweg 14
Leipzig, Germany 04107

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business model, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.  

What do you need to bring?  
Lots of energy!
You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams.

Remember, it’s all about the team.  

The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.  

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:  
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday April 5th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 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 April 6th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Mentor Speed Dating
Get to know all the experts & mentors around and pitch your idea

10:30 am
Business Model Workshop
Michal Jirasek: Gamified Startup

11:30 am
Legal Workshop
Sabine Fuhrmann talking about the Legal Do's and Don'ts as a Founder

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Online Marketing Workshop
KlickKomplizen showing you how to reach your audience with no budget

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

4:30 pm
Pitch Workshop
Learn how to design and present a convincing pitch for the jury

6:30 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you wish

Sunday April 7th

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Ullrich Kastner
CEO & Founder myhotelshop GmbH

Ullrich is an innovative marketeer with special skills in the e-commerce & amp; distribution area and a direct marketing expert. His goal is to change the hospitality industry into a more online savvy industry, through innovative measures.

Magdalena Reith
Startup Consultant, UnicornPitch

After gathering experience in the Silicon Valley's startup scene as well as a part of Cisco's internal venture development, she joined "UnicornPitch" as a startup consultant. The company's purpose is to help founders succeed in their investor pitches in order to raise capital from angels and VCs.

Coaches and Mentors

Sabine Fuhrmann
Spirit Legal - Partnerin

Sabine Fuhrmann ist Rechtsanwältin und Partnerin der Leipziger Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Spirit Legal LLP. Hier berät sie Start-ups, KMUs und internationale Unternehmen bei der Gründung, der Erweiterung und dem Verkauf von Unternehmen. Darüber hinaus begleitet sie beim Crowdfunding, dem Aufbau der geschäftlichen Aktivitäten sowie bei Venture Capital und Business Angel Finanzierungen. Sabine Fuhrmann ist nicht nur Rechtsanwältin, sondern selbst Unternehmerin – hier trifft juristisches Fachwissen auf wirtschaftliches Know-how.

Ben Senior
Founder & CEO EyeSkills

After launching and partaking in half a dozen startups, consultancy for companies ranging in size from single traders to eBay and Daimler across Europe and North America, and almost twenty years in the trenches of software and business, Ben knows a thing or two about how to hack, grow, sculpt and engineer software as and when appropriate. Expert in software engineering, but also many aspects of the entrepreneurial process from financing, patent research and applications, team building and momentum preservation - he’s here to advise you where he can.

Sven Deichfuß
Neuland Alliance - Managing Partner

He worked as a growth and StartUp consultant in the Silicon Valley and Europe to help ambitious entrepreneurs to grow and thrive globally. With Neuland Alliance he built an infrastructure to lower the barriers of US expansion for StartUps.

Konrad Sell
Standortleiter Social Impact Lab

While working many years in the solar and health sector, Konrad gathered experience in many business fields. Talk to him about PR, Marketing, Business Model Development, Personal Development & Sales.

Michal Jirasek
Gamified Startup - CEO

Michal ist Gründer von und Autor von Er berät Startups in unterschiedlichen Projektphasen. Mit Hilfe seines Produkts "Gamified Startup Toolkit", welches erfolgreiche Ansätze wie Lean Startup, Design Thinking oder Growth Hacking in einem visuellem System verbindet unterstützt er die Teams dabei, Growth Hacks und Wachstumsmodelle zu entwickeln, zu messen und zu optimieren.

Viacheslav Ganzin
HirePlayers GmbH - Co-Founder und CEO

Viacheslav ist Geschäftsführer der HirePlayers GmbH ( und Gewinner des 3. Startup Weekend Leipzig.

Magdalena Reith
Startup Consultant, UnicornPitch

After gathering experience in the Silicon Valley's startup scene as well as a part of Cisco's internal venture development, she joined "UnicornPitch" as a startup consultant. The company's purpose is to help founders succeed in their investor pitches in order to raise capital from angels and VCs.

Alexander Petrushko
Co-founder, Investor

Partner in Startup Network, entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor. Responsible for relations with Venture Funds, investors and work with early-stage startups, support, assist, launch. Experience with international corporations more 15 years on management level positions, like VOEST ALPINE Industrieanlagenbau GmbH, Osterreich; Trans Commodities Inc, USA; Siemens AG; Benefits for others: project & financial management, leadership and teambuilding, CEO management, marketing and sale strategy, input-exit in startups and how to build relationship with new shareholders.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Leipzig team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



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Organizing Team

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

  • Mihai
  • Marco
  • Sebastian
  • Patrick


Cosmin Pirvu

Cosmin is an entrepreneur and ecosystem builder, with 4 years of experience in creating awesome events for the local entrepreneurial community.

He is now CEO at Polisensio (a clean-tech startup monitoring air pollution), and also Director at Kickstart Aalborg (NGO focused on supporting the local entrepreneurial community)

Event Staff

Daniel Wieland
Kommunikation & Gestaltung

Wirkungsvolle Kommunikationskonzepte entwickeln, den unverwechselbaren Geschäftsauftritt dazu gestalten und alles zielgerichtet unter die Leute bringen. Seit 2011 macht Daniel genau das als Inhaber von Wieland Medien – auch für Startups. Für mehr Öffentlichkeitswirkung unterstützt er auch das Startup Weekend mit seinen Kernkompetenzen in Strategie,  Design und Online-Marketing.

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