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

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.

Coaches and Mentors

Axel Koch
Head of Universität des Saarlandes - Kontaktstelle für Wissens- und Technolgietransfer

Axel Koch is head of Universität des Saarlandes - Kontaktstelle für Wissens- und Technolgietransfer. He has broad experience in IP questions related to public research and holds several teaching positions in the field of IP and innovation management. He studied Economics at the European Business School, Saarland University and at the University of Bergamo (Italy) and did postgraduate studies in economics and European law. For the European Union's IPR Helpdesk he was appointed "Member of the Advisory Board. In 2005 he co-founded the pharmaceutical start-up ElexoPharm of which he has been managing director until 2014.

Jens Krück
Leiter Unternehmensgrünungen / Uni Saarland

Jens Krueck studied political science at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt (Main). After graduation, he worked almost 10 years in several positions in industry and service provider companies. During this time, he had the opportunity to gain broad experience in marketing and sales, operational procedures as well as project management. Using this experience, he joined the KWT / WuT GmbH in 2009 as knowledge and technology transfer coordinator. In 2014, he took over the Role as Head of Industry Cooperation, being then also responsibility for the Career Center.Since January 2018 he is responsible for the Start-up Support Division at Saarland University. In his current Position, he leads a team of consultants who support Students and Scientists at all stages of setting up their own business. 

Lorenz Nicolay
Co-Founder & CEO of Akknatek GmbH

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Prof. Dr. Markus Münter
Professor of Political 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

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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.

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.

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.

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. Patents. Corporations established the European branches of business, among other things for or the game manufacturer Kabam and for German enterprises established branches in Asia and the USA.

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.

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Organizing Team

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