Startup Weekend Saarbrücken

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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Startup Weekend Saarbrücken

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Assembly Hall of the Saarland University
Campus Saarbrücken
Assembly Hall (A3.3)
Saarbrücken, Saarland 66123

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Your idea in 54 hours

Nice that you´re here in 2019 - Check out this years Startup Weekend Saarbrücken Page

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 idea, 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.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. 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.

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Friday November 9th

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 November 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

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

Sunday November 11th

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

Prof. Dr. Mana Mojadadr
Professor of Finance and Accouting at htw Saar

The digital economy requires agile, flexible and simplification of processes. This can only be achieved by disruptive ideas and a continuous development of business models and of all stakeholders themselves. Mana’s mission is to inspire a passion for learning, not just for science, but also for technology and process optimization in all fields, in order to prepare people and business for this need of change and upcoming challenges. Not just as a new professor at the University of Applied Science HTW Saar in Saarbrücken, but already during her time at the multinational and DAX-listed software company SAP, she always have had a strong focus on people development and change management topics in this regard. As a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Member of the Executive Management Team of SAP’s Italian subsidiary located in Milan, she did accompany and prepare customers from all kind of industries with different sizes towards and during their digital transformation journey. She is convinced, that right tools and proper competences let business players and teams play key supporters for business growth in a sustainable manner, during a time period in which digital megatrends, Industry 4.0, IoT and many other developments are completely opening-up new possibilities and perspectives.

Mana joined SAP in 2013 as a member of the Corporate Financial Reporting division with global responsibility for field support for the Latin America region, while consulting SAP’s development units and supporting the area of new business models. One year later, she joined Luka Mucic’s CFO and COO Office at Board level, working on and leading global strategic and critical projects, before she became a CFO herself.

Mana graduated in Business Administration at the Saarland University. She holds a diploma, a doctor's and a professor’s degree. She started her professional journey in 2007 at the Institute of Financial Accounting and Auditing in Saarbrücken, lead by Prof. Küting, Prof. Weber and Prof. Kagermann, providing strategic consulting services to German stock exchange listed, as well as small and mid-sized companies.

Bernd Pohl
Vorstand Testfabrik AG

Bernd is serial founder, who has launched his first company for Law Practice Management software already during his studies. After his graduation at the Saarland University he founded his second start-up e.Consult AG ( With e.Consult Bernd went through all start-up phases including several rounds of fundraising and has been managing director directly responsible for finance, business development, sales and strategy for 11 years. Looking for new challenges Bernd co-founded then the Testfabrik AG ( – a spinn-off of the Software Engineering Chair at Saarland university. For building up Testfabrik Bernd raised capital from public institutions as well as from VCs. Bernd is expert in strategy, business models, business development and fund raising.

Bernd is currently setting up the CoWorking Hub Fase15 together with Oliver Jungmann in parallel to the test factory, in order to offer Startups and companies new possibilities for interaction.

Prof. Dr. Thiemo Kastel
Trendscout for Innovations and New Technologies at Daimler Protics GmbH

As trendscout, Thiemo’s mission is to oversee all innovation topics within Daimler Protics’ businessunit Virtual Engineering and evaluate whether innovations and new technologies are relevant for the business or not. Additionally, he scouts new approaches for our business cases and development of technology.

Born in Baden-Baden/Germany, Thiemo worked and lived also in Belgium, Greece and Austria. Short term projects led him also to France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and USA.

He holds a PhD in Creative Technologies of Leeds Beckett University/UK and studied opto-electronics in Aalen/Germany.

Before joining Daimler Protics, Thiemo worked 10 years as professor at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten/Austria. He taught and researched in the field of media technology and media production. One of his important projects was to setup the European Project Semester, which is dedicated to media technology/production and industry 4.0 projects. Thiemo served as international coordinator of the department Media- and Digital Technologies and established many international cooperations. As member of the media team of the Team Austria, he won in 2013 the Solar Decathlon Competition in Irvine/California/USA. At several competitions, his projects and media productions were nominated as finalist.

Company profile: 
Daimler Protics GmbH supports and advises Daimler group on product lifecycle management for complex product data. The core business is the design of the digital reality with product and mobility data in order to support Daimler AG in their digital transformation to a cross-linked mobility service provider.

As a wholly owned subsidiary and internal partner of Daimler AG the company exclusively works for the group and guarantees continuance in added value within Daimler. Daimler Protics is located in Leinfelden-Echterdingen (headquarters), Böblingen, Ulm and Saarbrücken.

Martin Schmidt-Schön
Director Digital Business Development at Generali / CosmosDirekt

Martin Schmidt-Schön (born 1974) is director and head of the new unit „Digital Business Development“ at Generali / CosmosDirekt, the leading online-insurer of Germany and part of the Generali Group since the beginning of 2019. The unit „Digital Business Development“ bundles brand and digital marketing, customer experience management, advanced analytics and the digital factory based on an agile as well as cross-functional team-environment. The goal is to inspire customers with new online offerings and innovative insurance approaches to sustainably expand the business modell of CosmosDirekt and driving the digital transformation within the Generali Germany.

After studying business administration at the University of Saarbrücken, Martin worked from 1998 to 2008 in various areas of accounting, controlling and risk management. From the end of 2008 until the beginning of 2012, Martin was the head of CosmosDirekt's Strategic Development department, which is responsible for strategic planning up to the management of the project portfolio.
As one result in executing the established digital strategy he founded in 2012 and successfully developed the Online-Unit “eCosmos” as a kind of start-up (that is now a part of „Digital Business Development“). In parallel, from 2016 to 2018 Martin was responsible for the digital roadmap and transformation of the Generali Group in Germany as Country Functional Head Digital.

Jochen Steigner
Founder and former CSO of SemVox GmbH

After completing his studies in computational linguistics at the University of Saarland, Jochen Steigner started his professional career in 2006 as a research assistant in the research field "Intelligent Interfaces" at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH). In 2008 he founded the SemVox GmbH in Saarbrücken together with three colleagues. Until October 2018, Jochen Steigner worked there as Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and member of the management board. In October 2018, paragon GmbH & Co. KGaA acquired 82% of the shares in SemVox and SemVox GmbH was renamed paragon semvox GmbH. As Sales Manager of paragon semvox GmbH, Jochen Steigner has since been responsible for market activities in various strategic business areas, including Automotive, robotics, medical and industrial applications.

The paragon semvox GmbH is a spin-off of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) and was founded in 2008 as SemVox GmbH in Saarbrücken. paragon semvox offers efficient and secure technologies and solutions for voice control, multimodal human-technology interaction and intelligent assistance systems based on artificial intelligence. With paragon semvox KI technology, integrators can independently develop and integrate next-generation intelligent speech dialogue systems into their systems. Solutions and technologies from paragon semvox can be integrated directly on devices ("embedded") as well as on the intranet or in the cloud regardless of platform. With over 150 person-years of experience, paragon semvox also supports its customers in the conception and development of their own language solutions and in the implementation of ideas for innovations.

Coaches and Mentors

Cecile Euchenhofer
Managing Director of Tchibo Mobilfunk GmbH & Co. KG

Cecile Euchenhofer is Managing Director of Tchibo Mobilfunk GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture of Tchibo and Telefónica Germany. She has widespread expertise in business development, venture capital and strategic international partnerships. Before joining Tchibo Mobilfunk, Cecile Euchenhofer was the General Manager of Türk Telekom mobile, a strategic partnership of Türk Telekom and Telefónica Germany, where she led a cross-cultural and cross-organizational team. She joined Telefónica in 2005, assuming various roles within Telefónica Germany (Strategic Partnerships, Product Management, New Business & Strategy) and Telefónica S.A. (Venture Capital) in Madrid, focusing on the innovation portfolio covering new business models, streaming services and mobile payment.

Boris Pfeiffer
Gründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender der Riddle Technologies AG

Boris Pfeiffer is founder and CEO of Riddle Technologies AG ( - a SaaS platform for writing quizzes and surveys. Before founding Riddle AG, he has worked for various U.S. Corporations and established their European branches of business, among other things for or the game manufacturer Kabam. He has also established operations for German enterprises in Asia and the USA.

Sylvain Chery
Director, Partner

I started my career in IT consulting and after only a few years I co-founded my current company Agile Partner in Luxembourg. That was in 2004 and within 13 years we have built the local leader in Agile Management and software development with a team of 50+ people. We help organizations of all kinds transform for more efficiency, innovation and happiness at work. We do this by developing great software solutions or by helping our customers' teams do it most efficiently.
I am an entrepreneur, passionate about making things happen. Over the years I grew from analyst to Agile Coach, with enthusiasm about technology and profound respect for people. Very early I started bridging my main areas of interest, which are Agile management, entrepreneurship and sustainable development, by learning and experimenting Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Management 3.0...

Alexander Kuntz
Wirtschaftsprüfer & Steuerberater

Alexander is multiple-founder. He is Co-Founder of a  business consultancy company, that started after his final secondary-school examinations (Abitur). Simultaneously he studied economics at Saarland University. During his studies he focused on german tax law, tax advisory, audit and business law.  After graduation he worked 4.5 years in a medium-sized consulting company, focusing on tax advisory and audit services. Later he worked for 7.5 years in a world-wide working so-called Big4-company where he managed tax advisory services and audit services for small and medium-sized entities as well as for world-wide working companies. During this time he started an additional part-time self-employment as lecturer for special taxation questions at ASW University of cooperative education and he became trainer for various tax and accounting issues. Since 2016 Alexander started his own full-time entrepreneurship as german tax advisor, auditor and expert advisor for International tax law. In the meantime his business has grown and Alexander employs 1.5 employees.

Paul Sogrin
Finance/business development specialist

Paul was born in Odessa/Ukraine. He graduated with a Master in Financial Administration from the University of Saarland.Paul was able to gather experience in various finance fields, e.g. international taxation, valuation and financial planning as well as international business experience in Finland, Luxembourg and USA.Currently, Paul works as a tax advisor for a Big4 in Luxembourg and has a lead on a start-up cooperation project. Parallelly, he advises different start-ups in regard to finance and business planning as well as manages an own start-up project.

Amir Baradaran
Co-Founder of Fold-IO

Amir was born and raised in Iran. He has experience of over 10 years working in different branches of Sales, Technical development and R&D in Asia and Europe. Amir finished his Master studies in Computer Science in University of Saarland and started working as Entrepreneur in Residence in IT-Inkubator. He has co-founded startup called Fold-IO ( which is proudly initiated in the Startup weekend Saarbrücken. Fold-IO Raised up to 125,000 Euros so far and in the development phase. Amir has firsthand experience on entrepreneurship and can tell you all about do’s and don’ts in early stage startups. Fold-IO produces learning material which teaches children MINT courses. Children learn to program independently with our smart paper toys. Foldios react to touch, and movement and can be fully customized in an easy to use programming interface. The sense technology was developed and patented by HCI group, University of Saarland.

Christian Faber
Computer Scientist

Christian Faber studied computer science at the University of Saarland and founded his first small company during his second semester together with his brother. After his bachelor he received an EXIST grant to pursuit his goal of creating an online tandem platform called SpeaQWithMe. Currently he is getting his master in Wirtschaftsinformatik ( economy + computer science) as well as working for a company, helping businesses to tackle the hurdles of keeping their web presence GDPR conform. 

Kim Pecina

Kim Pecina started his studies of Computer Science in 2004. After his Bachelor Degree and with the aid of the Graduate School, he started his PhD studies in 2009 which he finished with distinction in 2016.In 2012, he co-founded peloba UG (haftungsbeschränkt) & Co. KG, a software development company that specializes in web apps and process automation with a focus on security. In 2015, Kim co-founded bitZMarket UG (haftungsbeschränkt), an online market place for miniature figures and trading card games. In 2016, he co-founded SkinBaron GmbH, an online market place for digital goods (in particular Counterstrike: Global Offensive skins). In July 2018, he became the CEO of DIaLOGIKa Gesellschaft für angewandte Informatik mbH. Since over 35 years, this Dudweiler-based company produces high-quality software for international customers. Among those customers are German ministries, telecommunication providers, and the European Commission.

Prof. Dr. Markus Münter
Professor of Economics

Markus Thomas Münter has been Professor of Economics, especially Microeconomics, at htw saar since 2014. His research focuses on the interaction of disruptive innovations, competitiveness of companies and endogenous market structures. At htw saar, Münter teaches Microeconomics, Competition Policy and Managerial and Behavioral Economics, organizes a workshop series "startups and new business models" every summer semester and accompanies numerous startups in their start-up and growth phases. In addition, he supports companies in improving their abilities sustainably and permanently - currently especially in the areas of innovation strategy, digitization and organizational reorganization.

Münter earned his doctorate at the Chair of Theoretical Economics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg and worked at the London Business School. Prior to joining htw saar, he spent 15 years as a management consultant and in management functions, helping to shape the strategic realignment, mergers and transformation of international banks and financial service providers, until the beginning of 2014 as the principal of Eurogroup Consulting in Frankfurt.

Oliver Jungmann
Art Director Brand & Identity, Coworking Space Founder

Oliver Jungmann studied communication design at the Trier University of Applied Sciences with a focus on brand design and conception as well as visual strategies. He worked for various German brand agencies and led start-ups and mid-sized companies through their brand development process (keep in mind: a logo is not a brand unless it's on a cow).

With Ligatura he brought the co-working movement to Saarland in 2012 and offered freelancers, start-ups and entrepreneurs a common place to work and meet. Together with Bernd Pohl from testfabrik AG he opend a new Co-Working-Space called Fase15 in 2018.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Saarbruecken is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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