Techstars Startup Weekend Saarbrücken

    Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Saarbrücken

Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Aula - Universität des Saarlandes, Gebäude A 3.3
Gebäude A 3.3
Campus Saarbrücken
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 8th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 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

7:50 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:30 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 9th

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 10th

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

1:00 pm
Pitching Practice
Get ready for the showdown

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

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.

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.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Stella Pazzi
Managing Partner

After years of gathering experience in various industries in countries all over the globe, Stella returned home in 2015. She was given the chance to take the wheel at the digital agency her father founded almost 25 years ago. Today, Moltomedia is considered one of the most prestigious agencies in the region – simultaneously flattering as well as challenging.   As new managing partner, Stella therefore was facing some serious quests. For one, Moltomedia’s growth was stagnating for years. Since she took over, the agency has grown by almost 50%, the old waterfall model was left behind successfully and agile teams now organize themselves. Also, a new branch called MoltoLab was set up in Lisbon.   Besides all that, Stella is co-founder at hmstr, regional chairwoman of the association of “Die Jungen Unternehmer” and a mentor at the Saarland Accelerator.

Helen Han
Startup Scout - German Accelerator

As a Startup Scout from German Accelerator, Helen has strong expertise in strategic market expansion in tech industry herself, with 6-year hands-on experience in market research, market-entry strategy planning, agile product development, business operation, team building and marketing activities & analysis.Being a columnist in tech business, Helen has a broad interest in various sectors including marketplace, E-commerce, SaaS, IoT,  Robotics, 3D printing, smart manufacturing etc. as well as in-depth knowledge of different startup ecosystems in Europe, Asia and US.At German Accelerator, Helen is responsible for sourcing and advising the potential startups all over Germany for overseas market expansion, to help them go far and grow fast. 

Lisa Brödlin

Lisa Brödlin is a designer specialized in digital products and holds a diploma from University of art and design Saarbrücken. While studying, she already started to work as a freelancer for different agencies and companies. In 2018, she became a part of the Exist Startup Foldio for one year. Since that time, she set her focus in digital products & user interface design. Her objective is to close the gap between user and business needs by means of new and innovative designs. Currently, she is working for the Software as a Service Startup Vipfy, which is developing a Desktop App to help SMB‘s with their daily business tasks.

Dr. Edgar Janunts
CEO and Founder AkknaTek GmbH

Edgar Janunts studied biomedical engineering and medical physics and later specialized in medical imaging. He graduated the International Max-Planck Research School in Erlangen, along with an internship at Harvard Medical School in Boston and EPFL in Lausanne. Edgar has a broad experience in tech related projects while passing through responsible positions in industry and university research. The challenges and opportunities to translate technical solutions and scientific achievements into products, which the healthcare and the society can profit from, motivated Edgar to become an entrepreneur some years ago. Since then he got specialized in many disciplines which belong to a startup scene. With his practical experience and skills in entrepreneurship, Edgar can help you in various topics while designing your early phase tech startup.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Moritz
  • Tamay
  • Philipp
  • Christine
  • Ralf


Jernej Dekleva
Program Manager @ 360 Innovation Lab

Jernej (aka Jay) is an accelerator program manager at 360 Innovation Lab and currently based in Graz, Austria. Together with the team they help entrepreneurs scale future generation of tech companies.

He is from Slovenia and spend 7 years living in Copenhagen. After working at Y Combinator backed startup, he joined a healthcare and insurance accelerator as Program Manager in Switzerland.

He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer and facilitator of Startup Weekend since 2014.

Jay was a lead organizer at Europe's first ever Startup Weekend Mega. A Startup Weekend with 4 tracks: Smart City&IoT, Healthcare, Media and Services running simultaneously at same venue over a weekend. By this date it's Europe's biggest Startup Weekend with 300+ attendees. 

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