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
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 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

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

12:00 pm

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

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

Marina Heimann
futureSAX, Geschäftsführerin

Nach ihrer Ausbildung zur Bankkauffrau und einem Studium der Betriebswirtschaft sammelte Marina Heimann als Managerin bei der PricewaterhouseCooper AG WPG knapp 10 Jahre vielseitige Erfahrung im Bereich Corporate Finance sowie der Beratung der öffentlichen Hand. Berufsbegleitend legte sie ihren Master in Wirtschaftsrecht ab. Seit 2007 begleitet sie futureSAX - die Innovationsplattform des Freistaates Sachsens in verschiedenen Positionen bis zur Geschäftsführung der futureSAX GmbH. Darüber hinaus ist sie als Jurorin bei verschiedenen Gründerwettbewerben engagiert.

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.

Stephan Popp
Crowdfunding Campus - CEO

Stephan hat 2010 eine Plattform für Crowdfunding gegründet (Visionbakery) und seitdem mehr als 500 Projekte aktiv betreut. Er ist vor allem Spezialist für die Beratung von laufenden Crowdfunding Projekten. Stephan gibt Seminare und Workshops zum Thema Crowdfunding an Universitäten. Beim Crowdfunding Campus ist Stephan als Geschäftsführer und Referent tätig.

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.

Michal Jirasek
Gamified Startup - CEO

Michal ist Gründer 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.

Sandy Kühn, Tina Fritze
Klickkomplizen - Geschäftsführerin

2009 (selbst) als junges Startup gestartet, blicken die Klickkomplizen um die beiden Gründerinnen Tina Fritze und Sandy Kühn auf mittlerweile 10 erfolgreiche Unternehmensjahre zurück. Als Agentur für Online Marketing, Print- & Webdesign planen, gestalten und realisieren die Klickkomplizen Konzepte und nachhaltige Lösungen für ihre Kunden - das sowohl mit viel Leidenschaft und Kreativität als auch dem nötigen Gespür für aktuelle Trends.

Dennis Birkhölzer
Coach & Consultant

After working for various startups in Leipzig where he focused on sales development and value selling, Dennis now supports the SpinLab. He studied Applied Media Science and wrote his bachelor thesis at IBM Germany about software based knowledge management and collaboration.

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.
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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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