Startup Weekend Munich - Digital Health

    Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018

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Startup Weekend Munich - Digital Health

Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018

Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE)
Heßstraße 89
Munich, Germany 80797

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NO TALK! Time to take action and join SUWM 2018.

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, in a creative environment, 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 „Digital Health“. Coding knowledge is no prerequisite. Are you ready for a challenge?

How does it work?
Business ideas are pitched on Friday night and teams are then created with the top 10 most voted ideas. Throughout the weekend, coaches and mentors from different disciplines help the teams on their specific business idea and final pitch, whether it is a prototype, functioning app or a business plan. 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 8th time in Munich and has already welcomed over 780 motivated participants, listened to 206 idea pitches, 100 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?
Have you just started with your idea? Come and pitch it, get new twists and business input, win 2 months of free office space and consulting from the best entrepreneurs.
No idea yet, but really willing to start? Come, listen to pitches, choose your idea and get hands-on experience from the first minute on.
Looking for co-founders? You will be working next to 70 highly motivated people.
Just looking for new inspirations? Top mentors, VC’s, entrepreneurs will be right next to you.
Hurry up! The places are limited!

The Startup Weekend Munich is a hugely successful event organized by TEG | the entrepreneurial group e.V. for the 8th consecutive time in Munich. TEG is an entrepreneurial student initiative fully committed to pushing forward innovative ideas and shaping the Munich startup community. Startup Weekend Munich has already welcomed over 780 motivated participants, listened to 206 idea pitches, 100 final presentation pitches, and helped to build at least 3 businesses each year starting from 2010. It is a great place to meet industry experts, successful founders, diverse professionals and to extend your network in the entrepreneurship scene as fast as never before.

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Friday April 20th

5:00 pm
Registration & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Share ideas, practice pitches, get to know your fellow participants.

6:10 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and get to know the community leaders.

6:30 pm
SUWM 2017 Winners
Last year's winners will share their story.

6:45 pm
Keynote – eGym CFO Patrick Meininger

7:00 pm
Pitching Session
Pitch your ideas on this year's topic Digital Health if you want!

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches and form teams.

8:15 pm
Talk – DWYL Founder & CEO Galina Bankova

8:25 pm

8:45 pm
Begin Teamwork
All teams have their mentors and workspaces assigned. Take an inventory of skills—be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Set your goals.

11:55 pm
Venue Closes!
Finished for the day.

Saturday April 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, have a simple breakfast and some coffee.

10:00 am
Coach Presentation (Slot #1)
Different experts will be there to support your work along with the mentors.

10:30 am
Continue Teamwork
Continue working on your ideas.

1:00 pm

1:30 pm
Team Workshops
Workshops to put your ideas to the test—powered by Ernst & Young.

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

7:00 pm
Founder Talk
A successful entrepreneur will share his story.

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Continue Teamwork

11:55 pm
Venue Closes!
Finished for the day.

Sunday April 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, have a simple breakfast and some coffee.

10:00 am
Continue Teamwork
Finalize your ideas. Latest point in time to begin working on your presentation.

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
Final deadline!

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Final Presentations & Judging
Present your final work in front of the jury!

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Awards & Wrap-up
Winners will be announced. Enjoy the evening while networking.

10:00 pm
Thank your for the event!


Patrick Meininger
CFO at eGym

Patrick Meininger is the CFO of eGym and a highly experienced growth-company CFO as well as Corporate Finance expert. The Munich startup develops software and connected fitness machines for highly modern training used in premium gyms across Europe and the US. eGym connects all devices on the training floor through the eGym Cloud and offers a guided workout for all training goals, including muscle gain, athletic training, regeneration, rehabilitation as well as weight loss. eGym has received a total of $90M in funding and just recently, the company acquired its San Francisco-based partner Netpulse for an undisclosed amount under the direction of Patrick.

Galina Bankova
Founder & CEO at Do Work You Love

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.

Martin Giese
Business Angel, Negotiation and Digitalisation expert

Martin Giese was a corporate manager of 1700 employees at Vodafone with extensive business experience as a management consultant in the startup, VC and PE area. He has over 10 years experience as a business angel as well as various experiences as startup mentor with XPRENEURS or the Founder Institute Munich, for instance. He is also teaching entrepreneurial negotiation at CDTM and the MIT Delta V Accelerator. In addition to being a speaker at the event, Martin will be mentoring one of the teams.

Event Judges

Natalia Karbasova
Head of Burda Bootcamp

Natalia Karbasova is Head of Burda Bootcamp & Create Evangelist at the German based tech and media company Hubert Burda Media. After graduating in 2013, she was invited to work directly for Dr. Hubert Burda as Digital Assistant. Fully devoted to “prototyping the future of media”, 2014 saw Natalia successfully launch a new Burda institution, the Burda Bootcamp, which is a startup school for talented young entrepreneurs, coders and designers, nurturing the startup ecosystem in Munich. In her spare time, she’s working on improving her coaching abilities after graduating from the CTI Coactive Coach Training Program. In addition to being a member of the jury, Natalia is also a coach.

Stephen Reith
Lead Partner at EY Advisory for Automotive Strategy

Stephen is the lead Partner at EY Advisory for Automotive Strategy. He has been working in the Automotive and Mobility Space in the past 20 years and is also an active Business Angel and Advisor in the Munich Start-up scene. He focuses on building new profitable business models and bringing together traditional core players in the auto sector with new and innovative approaches and solutions from the start-up environment.

Simon Weidert
Specialist in Orthopedics and Traumatology & Entrepreneur

Dr. med. Simon Weidert is a specialist in orthopedics and traumatology at the University of Munich and is conducting research in his research group at the interface between medicine and information technology. One of his goals is to bring new innovations to market to sustainably improve patient care. Therefore, he has meanwhile founded three startups: Medability GmbH (Surgical Training by High Fidelity Simulators), Mercuris GmbH (Orthopedic Technology 4.0 by 3D printed prostheses and orthoses) and the M3i GmbH (Industry-in-clinic-platform for improving the development of medical technology).

Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer
CEO at SCE and Professor for Entrepreneurship at University of Applied Sciences Munich

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

Nils Seipel
Venture Development Wayra

While finishing his studies in Information Systems and Management at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Nils joined Wayra in 2014 and has since then accompanied start-ups such as Neokami, Foodora and eBot7 from their very early stages. Nowadays, Nils is in charge of Venture Development at Wayra, heading their coaching and mentoring activities and identifying the best teams for their programme.

Coaches and Mentors

David Baus
Serial Entrepreneur

David Baus co-founded the Innovation Service Provider JustRocket which creates, implements and runs innovative business models and tomorrow's digital products. JustRocket established Innovation Labs in Munich, Germany and Cluj, Romania where it's growing tech & biz talent to successfully partner with companies from different backgrounds. David is also running a co-working space in the heart of Munich to support young and driven entrepreneurs and to give back to the community. Before founding JustRocket, David studied Management at WFI Ingolstadt and co-founded the digital mobility startup SHÄRE which successfully launched SHÄRE-a-Taxi and WelcomeRide as well as B2B products.

Maike Dieckmann
Digital Health Advisory - Business Development Executive

“The only way to show your skills is by doing.” For more than a decade, Maike has been dedicating her work to the healthcare sector. She successfully engaged in management roles with P&L responsibility. The result: Diverse know-how on players, supply structures and digitized processes in the healthcare market. From the definition and development of strategic business sectors to the revision of existing business models, her motivation is to develop healthy and sustainable strategies for the benefit of all involved. Maike runs her own boutique advisory service and cooperates with various players. She is also partner at ‘Healthcare Shapers’, the largest network of consultants in the healthcare sector.

Pia Eggert
Director, Global Customer Experience

Pia has extensive global cradle to grave experience in pioneering and successfully executing market penetration with first mover innovations. As a former Director, Global Customer Experience, her forté lies in guiding teams in the development of a sticky product with a perfect market fit, zeroing in on the business model with the best (recurring) revenue potential, identifying beneficial ecosystems and last, but not least, making the most of data and predictive analytics. With years of thorough expertise and different stakeholders in healthcare, she will be a mentor to teams with hardware, software or subscription business ideas.

Martin Giese
Business Angel, Negotiation and Digitalisation expert

Martin Giese was a corporate manager of 1700 employees at Vodafone with extensive business experience as a management consultant in the startup, VC and PE area. He has over 10 years experience as a business angel as well as various experiences as startup mentor with XPRENEURS or the Founder Institute Munich, for instance. He is also teaching entrepreneurial negotiation at CDTM and the MIT Delta V Accelerator. In addition to being a speaker at the event, Martin will be mentoring one of the teams.

Gero Gode
Serial Entrepreneur

Gero already founded and scaled more than 10 start-ups. He was CMO at (later Google) and together with Johannes Benkert, he developed the largest B2C Whatsapp service WhatsService (later WhatsBroadcast). In 2014, he converted the Alpha Star Stock Club together with his brother Felix into the Alpha Star Equity Fund. The team invests funds in the amount of 32m—primarily of entrepreneurs—in German Hidden Champions. Gero has been an enthusiastic coach since the very first Startup Weekend Munich—also beyond the weekend.

Sebastian Groessler
Digital Innovator and Business Developer

Sebastian is a digital Innovator, business developer and the media designer of Startup Weekend Munich 2018. He works for Ray Sono AG, an agency for digital experiences and technology in Munich. Sebastian already advised various big, medium-sized and early-stage companies of different industries in how to digitalize their business models. After his trainee program at Deutsche Telekom AG 2010 he worked for the Telekom startup incubator hub:raum, T-Systems Connected Mobility and Garmin Health. Sebastian is sure that the Munich industry is the perfect ecosystem for founders and entrepreneurs transforming the digitalization.

Manuel Heckmann
Founder, COO, Mentor and Coach

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.

Moritz Hoffmann
Head of the Academic Program for Entrepreneurship at SCE

Moritz Hoffmann is Head of the Academic Program for Entrepreneurship at SCE, founder and experienced start up consultant. He will be available to advise teams as a coach.

Thomas Kalker
Managing Director & Co-Founder D OPENER GmbH

“Improve your network - Improve your business” How come up with an awesome product idea and turn it into a profitable business model? Thomas and his company coaches young and established companies in this question. After many years in software development and as a CTO for ERP systems, he founded his own startup together with a business partner. He builds up expert networks of Board Members, CEOs, freelanced Consultants and Coaches, and is matching these experts with startups and companies and in order to improve the selling business together.

Kate Kholodilina
Startups & Innovations Manager

Kate is a Global Project Management Lead at the fast growing SaaS company specialising in pricing solutions. She founded two companies in the past and has extensive experience in the Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Marketing and Disruptive business models. Kate has been a part of the Techstars family since 2014 as a Community Lead, facilitator, mentor, Start-up Digest Curator and Start-up Weekend organizer.

Daniel Kilger
Startup Evangelist

Daniel is an entrepreneur by heart. He started his first business with the age of 14 while still in school and his second business while graduating. Currently, Daniel is CEO and Co-Founder of Smokeless—a digital health company disrupting the way we treat addiction. Furthermore, he is Founder and CEO of "The Circle"—a community of tech enablers with the sole purpose of building the future for startups through connections. The Circle believes that a startup is just as successful as the ecosystem around. It is dedicated to accelerate success by opening the right doors and building the right bridges. They represent well-known accelerators, corporations and investors. Daniel is also a Mentor at various programs like Google for Entrepreneurs, Unternehmertum, Hubert Burda Media or the LMU Entrepreneurship Center and will thus be mentoring at the Startup Weekend, too.

Christian Klann
Co-Founder and Assistant Product Manager

Christian is one of Munich's 'new kid on the block' in the digital health industry. With his focus on medical care, fitness, and nutrition, he successfully worked with startups like Loewi and WearHealth. Most recently, Christian co-founded the Munich-based startup sportsheroes and joined Jameda, Germany's largest online platform for the ranking, evaluation, and rating of doctors and physicians. Christian will advise teams as a coach.

Claudiu Leverenz

Claudiu Leverenz studied information systems at the Technical University of Munich in Germany with long term exchanges in the US and Australia. In 2015 during his studies he started the project Munevo. The project is dealing with a new type of special steering for electrical wheelchairs which is now based on the use of smart glasses like Google Glass. People that are impaired by different diseases (ALS, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, etc.) or accidents (spinal cord injuries) might not be able to move or are limited in their legs and hands. Therefore, they are in need of a special steering solution. With Munevo they can now steer their wheelchair just by using their head movements. Beginning of 2017 he has been nominated on Forbes „30 under 30 Europe“ list in the category Science & Healthcare. Munevo plans to not just become a steering solution but an everyday life assistant.

Frank Leyhausen
Partner, MedCom International GmbH

Frank is General Manager of MedCom International based in Bonn, Germany. Medcom is the think tank of German NGO “German Seniors League” which was founded more than 20 years ago to “protect the future of the elderly”. Therefore, Medcom creates various campaigns and initiatives, always based on prior research data culled by own senior panels. These panels aim to empower elderly people, allowing them to employ new product developments and services as well as to comprehend changing issues in health, care, social insurance and other relevant matters. Frank joined MedCom International in 2001 after working in marketing of the financial industries for more than 10 years. During this time, he was already involved in leading age-related projects. Frank received his degree in insurance business, marketing and direct marketing and will use his extensive knowledge to help you as a coach.

Benedikt Luhmann
Co-Founder Angels4Health & Seed Investor for Life Sciences/Healthcare Start-ups

Benedikt is co-founder of Angels4Health and a Business Angel & Seed Investor focusing on Life Sciences/ Health Care start-ups in Europe. Prior to focusing on Entrepreneurship, Benedikt collected more than 15 years working experience in the life science industry. As COO of a digital health start-up, as member of the leadership team of international strategy consultant firms (i.a. Monitor Group, The Boston Consulting Group), as assistant to the management of a European hospital company and as scientist at the department of ENT of a major university hospital Benedikt acquired deep industry insights. Benedikt received a graduate (M.D./ Ph.D.) in medicine from the University of Kiel after studying medicine at the University of Kiel, University of Cape Town, Yale University and Harvard University.

Trevor McConnell
Project Manager at Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship

Trevor McConnell has been at the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship since the summer of 2017. He is a project manager with a focus on international projects. Prior to the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, he founded an incubator for food start ups in Toronto, Canada, did freelance work as an innovation coach, and worked for two years as a project manager at CIBC. He studied Business Management with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada, and will apply his knowledge to support teams as a coach.

Christopher Meyer-Mölleringhof
Consultant for business innovation

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.

Patrick Müller
Co-Founder & CTO at Smokeless

Patrick is the CTO and co-founder of the healthcare startup Smokeless and has studied medical computer science. In his past he worked as tech evangelist at Hubert Burda Media and as a software developer for the Max Plank Institute for Medical Research. Patrick attended and won multiple Startup Weekends and is an expert in rapid prototyping. He will be one of the mentors.

Mátyás Albert Nagy
Tech Entrepreneur

With an Artificial Intelligence study background, after having worked with a large palette of different backend / frontend / data storage technologies in both corporate and small business worlds, Matyas Albert-Nagy entered took the enterpreneurial path, first assisting the SHÄRE mobility innovation company in their endevaours then co-founding with David Baus and Manuel Wesch the innovation management and software product development company, JustRocket. He is active both in Munich, Germany and Cluj, Romania growing tech talent and successfully supporting the wide variety of clients needs. He is passionate about scaling cloud technologies, optimized processes and successful teams, and will be a coach.

Severin Rodler
Digital health enthusiast and venture capitalist

Severin is a trained physician from LMU Munich and currently working for TVM Capital, a Munich based Venture capital fund. He has a profound interest in digital health topics especially on dealing with regulatory issues and public policies. Severin will be supporting the teams as a coach to turn their ideas into successful business models in the healthcare market.

Johann Romefort
Managing Director for BSH Future Home Accelerator

Johann's background is in software engineering. In 2007, Johann co-founded Seesmic, which was acquired by Hootsuite in 2012.
After 7 years in San Francisco, Johann moved to Munich and started as a Tech Evangelist at Stylight, with the mission to connect the company with the tech ecosystem. He organised a large amount of tech meetups and events - among them, DAHO.AM - The Pure Tech Conference - which this year brought together 1400 attendees from developer, startup, investor and corporate communities.
Johann loves to build communities, and lives by the #GiveFirst mindset.

Dr. Tina Ruseva
Entrepreneur, change advisor & coach

Next to a number of different roles in bluechip companies, Tina pursued a career as a tech startup founder and CEO. Ever since she has devoted her work to innovation, especially at the interface between the corporate and startup worlds. In all her projects, she has supported entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to master change on market, organizational and personal level. She loves working with agents of change that leverage technology to create the world of tomorrow, thus supporting you as a mentor.

Daria Saharova
Partner at Vito One

Daria is partner at the venture capital firm Vito One. Vito One invests into tech startups along the value chain of Real Estate and Energy Tech. She will be supporting teams as a coach to turn their ideas into business ideas.

Sylvia Stojilkovic
Tech Evangelist & Entrepreneur

Sylvia is an expert in venture building and startup valuation at the innogy innovation Hub. She has worked with the international startup scene in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and London in order to build new digital business models as well as launch and grow corporate spin-offs. She further specializes in early-stage VC funding for tech startups. Sylvia is a tech evangelist for Augmented & Virtual Reality and Machine Learning currently focussing on working with startups in the Digital Health Tech industry. Sylvia will join startup weekend as a mentor.

Manuel Wesch
Managing Partner @ JustRocket

Manuel Wesch has a strong entrepreneurial business background to empower your ideas during the startup weekend.  Manuel is one of the founders at JUSTROCKET. The IT company is growing tech & biz talent to successfully partner with corporates within their digital transformation challenges, invest in startups & develop own products to grow new JR ventures. The companies offices are currently based in Munich, Germany and Cluj, Romania. With his Co-Founders of many years David Baus and Mátyás Albert Nagy, he is also running the BASE Co-Working space in the heart of Munich to support young and driven entrepreneurs.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Munich - Digital Health 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 Munich is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Kilian
  • Sophia
  • Chris
  • Felix
  • Julia
  • Lisa
  • Emma
  • Leon


Ekaterina Kholodilina
Techstars Community Lead

Project leader and Startup Weekend Munich Community leader since 2013.
Since 2015 also a facilitator  and mentor at the Techstrars event.
Kate is a founder of 2 companies and currently working as a Global Project Management Lead at a fast growing SaaS startup.

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