Friday, April 28 - 30, 2017

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Friday, April 28 - 30, 2017

Friday, April 28 - 30, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship
Heßstrasse 89
Munchen, Germany 80797

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Startup Weekend München

NO TALK! Time to take an action and join SUWM 2017.

Startup Weekend Munich is a 3-day event where participants develop their ideas into solid business models. Under the close supervision and guidance of successful entrepreneurs, diverse teams have a chance to learn invaluable business tools and methods and to apply them during the event.
This year we develop ideas with the theme "Sustainable Technologies".
Are you ready for a challenge?

How does it work?

Business ideas are pitched on Friday night and then teams are created with the top 10 most voted ideas. Throughout the weekend, coaches and mentors from different disciplines help the teams in their specific business idea, whether it is a prototype, functioning app or a hardware. On Sunday evening, the final pitches are presented in front of a jury, where the best teams will be qualified for one of the prizes.

Startup Weekend Munich is a hugely successful event and is running for the 7th time in Munich. It has already welcomed over 700 motivated participants, listened to 193 idea pitches, 90 final presentation pitches and helped to build at least 3 businesses each year starting from 2010.

Are you still doubting? Don't know if this event for you?
Let's see:
Have you just started with your idea?
Come and pitch it, get new twists and business input, win 2 months of a free office space and consulting from the best entrepreneurs.
No idea yet, but really willing to start? 
Join us, listen to pitches, choose your idea and get hands-on experience from the first minute.
Looking for co-founders? You will be working next to 60 highly motivated people.
Looking just for new inspirations? Top mentors, VC's, entrepreneurs will be right next to you.
Hurry up!
We have limited spots available!
#SWMunich17  #munichstartups #entrepreneurship

Please note: the tickets are covering purely the cost for participants during the weekend, e.g. full board catering, working materials, drinks, snacks, etc. This is a non-commercial volunteering project initiated by global community empowered by Techstars.

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Friday April 28th

5:00 pm
Registration & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in; BMW i8 Check

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and get to know speakers, coaches, and community leaders; Kick off speaker talk.

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Line up for pitching

8:00 pm
Dinner & Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches & forming teams

8:50 pm
Impulse talk by Galina Bankova
Get to know how to work in teams efficiently

9:15 pm
Team work starts
All the teams assigned working spaces, mentors and goals for the evening.

11:55 pm
Venue is closed!

Saturday April 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coach presentation and slot #1
Different experts will be there to support your work along with mentors

10:15 am
Founder Talk
Successful entrepreneur Moritz Türck will share his story

10:30 am
Team work starts

1:00 pm

1:30 pm
Team Workshops
Workshops for helping you to work on ideas. Powered by EY.

3:00 pm
Coach slot #2
New coaches with different backgrounds will be coming.

7:00 pm
Founder Talk
Co-founder and CEO of ProGlove will share his story.

7:30 pm

7:30 pm
Team work
Work until venue is opened.

11:55 pm
Venue is closed!

Sunday April 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Innovation Hub Innogy
Get a great chance to finalize your weekend work with expert revision.

10:15 am
Founder Talk
CFO of Leaf Republic, Carolin Fiechter

10:30 am
Team work
Finalize your presentations; ask last questions to coaches

12:30 pm

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

4:30 pm
Deadline for submitting presentations

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:05 pm
Kick Off Speaker
CEO of Shopeur Sarah Fleischer

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Awards & Wrap up

10:00 pm
Thank you for the event!


Sarah Fleischer

Co-founder at Shopeur GmbH;
part of the winning team of Elon Musk's SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition; TED Speaker

Thomas Kirchner

Co-founder & CEO of ProGlove

Moritz Türck

Managing Director at Interfacewerk

Carolin Fiechter

CFO at Leaf Republic

Event Judges

Dr. Jens Ortgiese

Dr. Ortgiese is a Business Creation Officer at Innoenergy, Venture Capital Investor and  a board member of numerous Investment commitees. An internationally experienced executive with a strong track record of driving business revenues with excellent negotiation and team working skills. An experienced leader with an entrepreneurial mindset who is able to offer extensive business development experience and establishing highly profitable business.

Dr. Claudia

Dr. Claudia Häpp is the Operational Lighthouse Lead Smart & Connected at innogy Innovation Hub. She joined innogy in 10/2016. Before she was 12 years at BSH Home Appliances Group in Munich, a company of Robert Bosch GmbH. There she was responsible for the strategy, planning and development of Smart Home solutions, Innovation and also User Experience. In her doctoral thesis she dealt with connected Home Appliances.

Christian Lindener

Christian is a Managing Director of Wayra, a Telefonica Accelerator and a Director of Techfounders, a 20 week international accelerator program based in Munich. He specializes in digital transformation, business modelling and innovation management.

Sabine Fletchet

Sabine is a director of Innovation Fund that drives the digitalization of the hospitality, food and retail sectors. At the same time she is the Managing Director of Startup Grind Munich chapter and actively supporting local startup scene. Sabine has an extensive experience in launching seed-stage startups for different markets as well as in execution of venture-backed growth strategies.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer

Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer is the CEO of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship. SCE supports seed-stage startups and connects them with the industry and experts. Prof. Dr. Sailer founded the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie. Since 2006 he is a professor for Entrepreneurship in the Munich University of Applied Science.

Natalia Karbasova

Natalia Karbasova is Head of Burda Bootcamp & Creative Evangelist at Hubert Burda Media. Natalia also established the Burda Hackday, an ongoing series of hackathons, where creative, young minds help to shape the trends and tools of tomorrow, tackling diverse topics such as data security, finance, the technological evolution of work or fitness & health. Outside of her work, she continues to support early-stage startups in other programs, like Google Launchpad, advising them on product strategy, marketing and pitching. Natalia is a hackathon enthusiast and has won several hackathons with her teams.

Dr. Robert Redweik

Robert Redweik is a serial-entrepreneur, singer and songwriter. He has built up and managed the LMU Entrepreneurship Center and the German Entrepreneurship GmbH. In this position he has supported and accelerated more than 120 startups. Furthermore Robert has founded the „Munich Angels“ - a business angel club with more than 90 well-known founders, who invest in outstanding ideas. Besides his entrepreneurial engagement he is a singer and songwriter. 

Coaches and Mentors

Timo Lassak

As a Business Creation Manager at Innoenergy, Timo supports promising clean-techs at a very early stage with their product development. Timo's extensive network to strategic partners in emerging markets, coupled with the fact that KIC InnoEnergy operates in several European countries positions him as an ideal facilitator to identify and approach first paying customers. During the weekend he will support a sustainablity idea team in a mentor role.

Sylvia Stojilkovic

Sylvia is a tech enthusiast and a Venture Developer at the innogy Innovation Hub. She works with the international startup scene to build disruptive business models and launch new ventures to the market. Currently she works closely with Silicon Valley startups on Augmented & Mixed Reality topics. She has over 8 years of cooperate and startup experience in sustainable energies with focus on strategy, innovation & business development. Sylvia will support teams in a coach role.

Gero Gode

Gero already founded more than 10 start-up companies with a focus on networking strategy, marketing and sales. He was CMO at DailyDeal.de (later Google) and sold whatsservice.de about 9 months after inception in 2015. Since the first Startup Weekend he is on board as a coach. This year he will support the teams in a mentor role.

Daria Saharova

Daria is an expert in Venture Capital and Startups valuaition. As a founder herself she is specializing in Business Strategy, Finance and Acquisition. Since January 2017, Daria is a partner at VitoOne with pure focus on seed investments in tech companies. She will help teams to understand if their idea is structured in a way to have a best potential future in a coach role.

Daniel Niederberger

Daniel has more than 10 years of experience in the consulting and automotive industry with a focus on the areas technology, innovation, strategy and business models. He advices large companies as well as start-up’s in Europe and USA. Daniel is supporting Startup Weekend since 2015 and this year will join the event as a mentor.

Julian Boyce

Julian is a Software Developer with years of previous experience at gutefrage.de and Yahoo! Germany. He specializes in frontend development and enjoys building new products for the web. He is currently founding his own company and would be glad to share his learnings with participants. Julian is a great motivator for the teams and this year will be a mentor.

Torsten Scheller

Torsten was production and project manager in companies from start-up through SMEs in various stages within the supply-chain. He is an expert for Lean Change and Project Management since he decided to become a founder and freelance with his consulting business “Lean Change”. He will join the event in a mentor role.

Galina Bankova

Galina is the passionate founder of Do Work You Love. With events & consulting she brings together people who love what they do and those who want to find and do work that they love. Galina's specialization is Personal Development + Communication + Motivation with focus on individuals, teams and business. She will support teams in a coach role in their team work.

Annette Leonhard-MacDonald

Dr. Annette Leonhard-MacDonald is the Managing Director of Leonhard-MacDonald Ventures GmbH, which develops big data and machine learning solutions for Back Office Automation. As a tech entrepreneur with a PhD in Computer Science, she started the initiative Inspiring Female Founders (now called Diversity Natives). Annette is also a technology and research commercialization mentor as well as Google Women Techmakers Lead for Munich.
She will support the teams in a coach role.

Daniel Kilger
Innovation Architect and Startup Scout @ German Entrepreneurship GmbH

Daniel is a startup-addicted guy born in Germany. Starting his first business at the age of 15 and being Head of Sales and Marketing in a 4 stars hotel, board member and startup ambassador, he implemented a wide variety of tools and deepened know-how in specific areas of marketing and sales. Right now he is working as an Innovation Architect at the German Entrepreneurship GmbH, dealing with innovation, intrapreneurship and corporate connections. During the weekend Daniel will support teams in a coach role.

Kevin Pineau

Kevin is a PR & Communication Manager at Insparx. Before joining insparx, he was in charge for creating the new form of publicity at SIXT in France. With his quick attitude and creative ideas, he has been successfully created campaigns that could catch the attention and went viral with a low budget. During the weekend, Kevin will help the team as a coach specialising in Marketing Strategy, Digitalisation Strategy and Online Advertising.

Johann Romefort

Johann is a Tech Evangelist at Stylight and an experienced entrepreneur. He has founded 2 companies in Silicon Valley and has been a Startup Advisor in San Francesco for 4 years. He will join Startup Weekend as a coach and will help the teams to be web agile and pay attention to user experience.

Moritz Hoffman

Moritz is an experienced business developer and proactive marketing strategist. Currently he is responsible for New Ventures programm in SCE as well as consulting startups. Moritz has founded 2 companies and will support teams in a mentor role.

Florian Rickert

Florian runs the startup accelerator of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center, worked as project lead for the Olympics and is a theater and film actor since many years. He is solution driven and loves clear action plans and priorities. He will challenge and support you in prioritization, monetization and in particular in pitching your startup.

Martin Plöckl

Martin sucessfully founded Vitrado GmbH, a partnering and affiliate network, after working in consulting management. Afterwards, he gathered lots of knowledge on startups as a juror for BayStartUP and as part of the management team of Generation-D. Currently, he is a lecturer at the University of Augsburg where he established a format called “Hörsaal der Löwen” during which students present their startup ideas to a jury. Martin will advise the teams during the weekend as a coach.

Maximilian Moehring

Max is a serial entrepreneur, biohacker, innovation driven personality and Life & Bike Enthusiast. His latest startup is Keyp, an authentication platform that organizes your digital accesses. Max is a specialist in Business development, marketing and social media. He will support teams in a mentor role.

Steffi Feldmann

Steffi is a serial tech entrepreneur, innovator, branding and social media expert. She initiated a variety of projects in the area of digitalization such as the YOTX festival (called Year of the Rooster this year). Her latest startup is Keyp, an authentication platform that conveniently as well as securely organizes your digital accesses. Steffi will be supporting teams in a mentor role.

Franco Noack

Franco is Head of Mobile Development at Next Generation Mobility GmbH &Co. KG and an experience product developer. He is currently founding Lifebooster, a Munich based StartUp that promotes social connection, hosting social experiment events in Munich and Berlin. He would love to support the team with his experience in software development and business during the weekend as a mentor.

Thomas Esser

Thomas Esser has 20 years experience in creating and implementing technology innovations in cleantech, utility, and automotive industries. In 1994 Thomas co-founded cerberus sound & vision in London, creating the first mp3 player with music store features. He is currently working as a Management Consultant specialized in energy & product innovation and as Director Investor Relations for a Munich based Startup. He will join Startup Weekend as a mentor.

Markus Hackner

Markus is an electrical engineer who has a lot of sales experience in the field of renewable energies. He has more than 10 years experience in creating businesses and has been successfully found 3 companies with Photovoltaic as the main focus. Now he is working as CEO and founder of Hackner Photovoltaic Plants and he will share his knowledge as renewable energies expert and his entrepreneurial experience by becoming one of the mentors during the weekend.

Anna Zubkova

Anna is a startup and tech enthusiast. She has been an active participant at Munich’s startup scene for several years. With an extensive practical and theoretical background in innovation & entrepreneurship, as well as participation in a variety of startup competitions, Anna has grown to be passionate about coaching and has already a number events in her belt. Given her background in performing arts, Anna is specializing in presentation skills and pitch training.

Christopher Meyer-Mölleringhof

Christopher works for Safari Consulting, a specialized consultancy for business innovation. Christopher already advised various big and medium-sized companies of different industries on how to evolve their business model. He thinks that business and society has faced a tremendous paradigm shift, so that current rules are not longer valid and need to be rewritten. Christopher sticks up for thinking and doing things in a new way and loves to challenge the status quo. He will help the teams during the weekend as a coach.

Stefan Kratz

Stefan is President and Managing Partner of Cleanbridge Technologies. He has over 20 years of management and sales experience in cleantech, distributed generation, environmental conservation, and healthcare specifically for the market in the US, China and Germany. His passion is bringing innovative and future-shaping energy technologies to market and accelerating the world's shift towards cleaner forms of energy. Stefan would love to share his experience and support the teams as a coach.

Robert Lee

Robert is a finance and accounting specialist with a strong background in manufacturing companies. Robert has worked as a chartered accountant and auditor with Deloitte in Ireland and is currently Chief Financial Officer at eluminocity GmbH, a smart city startup here in Munich.Robert is looking forward to meeting new startups, exchanging ideas and supporting the startups at Munich Startup Weekend in a mentor role.

Manuel Heckmann

Manuel is a two time entrepreneur and growth specialist. He is currently with next47 - a Siemens company.
His focus is future mobility, transportation and logistics. Prior to joining next47/Siemens he setup and lead the business development for the public technology company IVU Traffic Technologies AG in Berlin in the area of mobility innovations and optimisation software. Before that he has been the co-founder of the German online voting software company POLYAS in Berlin and transformed a think tank on electronic voting into a consulting business.
He is currently a mentor for two other startups and one of the curators of the startupdigest Mobility & Transportation and a practitioner of Transactional Analysis.

Pia Eggert

Pia has proven cradle to grave competences in pioneering and successfully executing market penetration with first mover innovations, both locally and globally in corporate and start-up settings. As Director, Global Customer Experience Management, she will share her expertise in Product/Market fit, business model generation, analytics and ecosystem building with the teams. Pia founded the „Laptops on a Mission“ Start-Up back in 2015, rethinking sustainability in the most practical way, one notebook at a time. She will help the teams as a coach.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The #SWMunich17 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.




Organizing Team

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

  • Ekaterina
  • Chris
  • Alexander
  • Kilian
  • Andreea Octavia
  • Mauro
  • Lisa
  • Sophia
  • Mustika
  • TEG


Ekaterina Kholodilina

The project leader and Startup Weekend Munich Community leader since 2013.
Since 2015 also a facilitator of the event.
Proactively support local entrepreneurship and startup initiatives.

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