Startup Weekend South West

    Friday, October 30 - November 1, 2015


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Startup Weekend South West

Friday, October 30 - November 1, 2015



Friday, October 30 - November 1, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction"
Saarland University
Campus E1.7
Saarbrücken, DE (Deutschland) 66123

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Startup Weekend South West (Saarbrücken meets Kaiserslautern)

The Startup Weekend South West is a joint three-day event for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The goal is to work out a complete startup idea and examine its marketability and feasibility. Ideally you are ready to get your idea on the road right after Startup Weekend South West. The event’s culmination is on Sunday evening, when all teams present their results in front of a jury of local entrepreneurial leaders. Whether entrepreneurs start companies, find cofounders, meet exciting new network contacts, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5 job routine, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Everyone is welcome! Never mind if you are a business specialist, designer, developer, student, founder or founder to be! All teams will have the opportunity to work and pitch in English or German.

There's just one requirement: All participants should have the same initial conditions. Therefore, the only restriction is that you are not already working on your business (research for the pitch preparation does not fall under this rule).

Additional business challenge: 
CosmosDirekt, a leading online insurance company, offers an additional challenge on the topics "smart insurance" and "personal financial management". If you have fresh ideas on these topics that you would like to pitch at the Startup Weekend, CosmosDirekt is happy to sponsor your entry fee! If you have ideas, you'd like to pitch please send a brief description to milena.rottensteiner@cosmosdirekt.de - the first 10 submissions will get free tickets! CosmosDirekt will also be on-site during the Startup Weekend to support you in your projects. Promising ideas will receive financial and non-financial assistance even after the Startup Weekend (further info: https://blog.up.co/?p=31347).

>>Friday<<
The event starts on Friday evening with a brief introduction and a pitch session. Every participant is welcome (you don't have to) to present his/her startup idea in 60 seconds. The attendees subsequently select the best ideas and build teams.

>>Saturday<<
After a joint breakfast, the work begins. Business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation are some aspects. You will work in teams and be supported by high-profile mentors from various fields.

>> Sonntag <<
Business as usual! After the joint breakfast time is still running out. Projects have to be finished, pitch-presentations have to be created. Our coaches still support you during the day.

What you can expect:
  • presentation of awesome ideas
  • transfering initial ideas into business models
  • development of prototypes, businessplans and ptiches
  • coaching by thrilled mentors
  • a huge network of developers, designer & business specialists

Registration for the event is brought to you by Eventbrite.   

The registration fee includes:
  • three day supply with food
  • free drinks all the time
  • flipcharts, paper, pens, etc.
The event is only possible due to the generous financial support of the global and local sponsors and the work of dozens of volunteers from the startup scene of Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern. Startup Weekend South West is a part of the global Startup Weekend network, which already counts more than 123,000 subscribers in over 700 cities worldwide. 13,000 startups have been founded as a result of Startup Weekends. Outstanding teams have even generated revenue and acquired first investors already during the weekend. SWSouth-West is a valuable networking opportunity to connect with like-minded people in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. 

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Das Startup Weekend South West ist ein dreitägiges Event, in dessen Mittelpunkt die Unternehmer von morgen stehen. 

Ziel ist es, in 54 Std. ein vollständiges Gründungskonzept zu entwickeln und auf seine Machbarkeit zu prüfen, so dass idealerweise direkt nach dem Wochenende die Idee auf die Straße gebracht werden kann. 

Jeder kann mitmachen!  Egal ob Designer, Entwickler oder Business-Spezialist - egal ob Studierende, Gründer/innen oder Angestellte. Bringt einfache Eure Kompetenzen mit! Wir suchen nach Leuten, die etwas bewegen möchten! Alle Teams haben die Möglichkeit, in Englisch oder Deutsch zu arbeiten und zu pitchen. 

Einzige Einschränkung: im Sinne der Chancengleichheit darf bisher nicht aktiv an der Umsetzung der Geschäftsidee gearbeitet worden sein (Nachforschungen und Studien sind natürlich erlaubt). 

Extra Challenge: 
Im Rahmen dieses Startup Weekends bietet die CosmosDirekt als führende Onlineversicherung eine Extra Challenge zu den Themen "Smart Insurance" und "Personal Financial management". Wenn ihr eine spannende Idee zu den Themen habt, die Ihr am Freitagabend pitchen wollt, sendet vorher eine Kurzbeschreibung an milena.rottensteiner@cosmosdirekt.de – Stichpunkte genügen. Die ersten 10 Einsender bekommen Tickets für das Startup Weekend von CosmosDirekt gesponsert - for free! Außerdem wird die CosmosDirekt beim Startup Weekend vertreten sein, um in Austausch mit Euch zu gehen. Gute Ideen fördert die CosmosDirekt auch nach dem Startup Weekend weiter - ideell wie finanziell (weiterführende Infos: https://blog.up.co/?p=31347).

>> Freitag <<
Die Veranstaltung beginnt am Abend mit den Pitches Eurer Ideen. Jeder hat die Chance, eine Gründungsidee in einer Minute vorzustellen (keine Pflicht). Per Voting werden die besten Ideen ermittelt, bevor sich die Teilnehmer zu Teams zusammschließen. Der restliche Abend steht ganz im Zeichen des Kennenlernens, des Brainstormings und des Vorbereitens erster Schritte.

>> Samstag <<
Am Samstag starten wir mit einem gemeinsamen Frühstück. Im Anschluss startet die intensive Arbeit an den Projekten. Zu zentralen Themen werden Mini Workshops angeboten. Außerdem finden im Laufe des Tages themenoffene Coaching Sessions statt.

>> Sonntag <<
Business as usual! Nach dem gemeinsamen Frühstück wird die Zeit knapp. Neben der fortwährenden Ausarbeitung der Projekte, müssen zusätzlich die Präsentationen für den finalen Pitch entworfen werden. Auch an diesem Tage unterstützen Professionelle Coaches die Arbeit der Teams.

Insgesamt erwartet euch:
  • Präsentation spannender Ideen
  • Transfer von Ideen in Geschäftsmodelle
  • Entwicklung von Prototypen, Businessplänen und Abschlusspräsentationen
  • Coaching durch hochkarätige Mentoren
  • Ein großes Netzwerk an Entwicklern, Designern & Business-Spezialisten
Das Startup Weekend bietet das Netzwerk und die Ressourcen, um ein Team von der Idee bis zum Launch eines Produkts zu unterstützen. Die Motivation der Teilnehmer ist dabei der Motor für ein Wochenende voller Kreativität und Ergebnisse. Getreu dem Startup Weekend Motto: No Talk - All Action! 

Die Anmeldung läuft über Eventbrite.   

Die Anmeldegebühr beinhaltet:
  • Rundum-Versorgung mit Mahlzeiten
  • Bereitstellung von Getränken
  • Bereitstellung von Arbeitsmaterialien 
Einige wertvolle Tipps für eine erfolgreiche Teilnahme findet ihr hier.

Die Umsetzung des Events ist nur durch die großzügige finanzielle Unterstützung der globalen wie lokalen Sponsoren und die ehrenamtliche Tätigkeit dutzender Entrepreneure aus den Startup-Szenen Saarbrücken und Kaiserslautern möglich. Das Event reiht sich in das weltweite Startup Weekend-Netzwerk ein, welches in den letzten Jahren mit mehr als 123.000 Teilnehmern in über 700 Städten weltweit bereits mind. 13.000 Startups hervorgebracht hat. Einige Teams generierten sogar schon während des Wochenendes Umsatz und akquirierten erste Investoren. Die Möglichkeit, wertvolles Networking zu betreiben und sich mit Gleichgesinnten in ungezwungener und kreativer Atmosphäre auszutauschen ist der fruchtbare Nährboden, auf den die Ideen fallen.    




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 30th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 October 31st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday November 1st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Ammar Alkassar

Ammar Alkassar is a chairman of the board Sirrix AG since 2005. He is responsible for the business areas COMSEC, BOS and the cross-sectional areas of sales, business development and communications. He has almost an 15-year career in the field of Cryptography and IT-Security, with scientific stations in the U.S. and Finland. For his efforts, especially in technology transfer, he has already won several awards. Ammar Alkassar is a board in the German IT-Security association TeleTrusT in the export initiative IT-Security made ​​in Germany, and Director at the European Centre for IT- Security  in Bochum.


August-Wilhelm Scheer
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult.



Markus Thomas Münter

Prof. Dr. Markus Thomas Münter is a recognized expert for business strategy, business development, private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship and start-up management. Before becoming a Professor of Economics at the HTW Saar, he was a Principal of the Eurogroup Consulting AG.
Prof. Dr. Markus Thomas Münter studied at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and at the London Business School, where after graduating he continued his research and has been teaching for several years. He spent 15 years as a consultant and manager in several banking and telecommunications companies with focus on corporate and business development, M&A and post-merger integration.



Marco Ley

Marco Ley is Head of the Software Development Unit in the field of eCommerce at CosmosDirekt. At CosmosDirekt, he has been responsible for the implementation of various Onlineprojekts as well as the setup of the eCommerce development unit itself. Before joining CosmosDirekt, he worked as consultant for the IDS-Scheer AG. Among other things he is Scrum professional and expert in agile project management. 


Coaches and Mentors


Ammar Alkassar

Ammar Alkassar is a chairman of the board Sirrix AG since 2005. He is responsible for the business areas COMSEC, BOS and the cross-sectional areas of sales, business development and communications. He has almost an 15-year career in the field of Cryptography and IT-Security, with scientific stations in the U.S. and Finland. For his efforts, especially in technology transfer, he has already won several awards. Ammar Alkassar is a board in the German IT-Security association TeleTrusT in the export initiative IT-Security made ​​in Germany, and Director at the European Centre for IT- Security  in Bochum.


Cecile Euchenhofer

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.



Conny Clausen

Conny Clausen is Managing Director of Universität des Saarlandes - Wissens- und Technologietransfer GmbH. She holds a PhD in Mathematics and worked as an IT Consultant for several years. Moreover she has gained broad experience in licensing and technology transfer in the last ten years. She has taken part in numerous technology transfer projects in the Saarl-Lor-Lux Greater Region and holds several teaching positions in the area of innovation and patent management at different universities.


David C. Son
Founder and Managing Director of WIRECLOUD, Advisor & Serial Entrepreneur

David is founder of WIRECLOUD (https://www.wirecloud.de) - a cloud based PBX telephone system for SMEs - which supports end-to-end encryption based on zRTP and makes it easy to use for companies. In the past David founded DCalling (http://www.dcalling.com) a service to make voice calls abroad from mobile with ultra low rates. He studied computer science at RWTH Aachen and is specialist in IT architectures, business modelling and development. He worked in serveral IT projects for public and privat customers.


Frank Milius

Frank Milius studied business administration with focus on information and communication technologies. He works on technology-based education solutions for more than 20 years. As research assistant at the institute for business Information science at Saarland University, Frank developed the first German multimedia learning server "Teaching 2000" in 1992. Until 2014 he has been managing director and executive board member of IMC AG for 17 years. Under his lead, the products did win many national and international awards. Frank then cofounded NEOCOSMO GmbH, a company with focus on informal and collaborative learning solutions as well as competency driven approaches for schools, higher education and enterprises. Within NEOCOSMO he is responsible for innovation, project and product development as well as technology. Frank has a strong expertise in the fields of learning management, authoring and performance support.


Nida Bajwa

Dipl. Psychologist Nida Bajwa is Co-Founder of BBB Consulting International, a consulting agency for staff acquisition and development. He is PhD Candidate at Saarland University where his research focuses among others on entrepreneurial culture at universities. Nida is deeply experienced in organizing creativity-workshops for start-up teams an is a very talented motivator and enabler when it comes to entrepreneurial activities.



Markus Thomas Münter

Prof. Dr. Markus Thomas Münter is a recognized expert for business strategy, business development, private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship and start-up management. Before becoming a Professor of Economics at the HTW Saar, he was a Principal of the Eurogroup Consulting AG.
Prof. Dr. Markus Thomas Münter studied at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and at the London Business School, where after graduating he continued his research and has been teaching for several years. He spent 15 years as a consultant and manager in several banking and telecommunications companies with focus on corporate and business development, M&A and post-merger integration.



Axel Koch

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".


Marco Ley

Marco Ley is Head of the Software Development Unit in the field of eCommerce at CosmosDirekt. At CosmosDirekt, he has been responsible for the implementation of various Onlineprojekts as well as the setup of the eCommerce development unit itself. Before joining CosmosDirekt, he worked as consultant for the IDS-Scheer AG. Among other things he is Scrum professional and expert in agile project management. 


Joachim Meyer

Joachim Meyer is shareholder of DeVeTec GmbH - an engineering company that has developed a unique and innovative technology to convert waste heat into electricity- and was until recently, commercial CEO of the company. From 2004 -2007.he was responsible for the management of the automotive.saarland cluster. Joachim worked as a planning and business development manager with the euroscript Group in Luxembourg before taking up a leading position as VP Strategic Business Development at deuromedia GmbH, a startup company in the field of broadband communication software. He started his career at Softex GmbH, a linguistic software development company, as a product manager and was appointed as a managing director of the company in 1995. Joachim studied business administration with a focus on marketing, retail and tax law as well as information science at Saarland University, from where he graduated in 1991. He is also active as a business angel and has experience in working with start-up teams.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend South West 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

  • Tobias
    Quebe
  • Hristo
    Pentchev
  • Boris
    Bauke
  • Richard
    Haxel
  • Anna
    Koeth
  • Christof
    Schäfer
  • Sebastian
    Al-Halabi
  • Marlen Victoria
    Schmidt

Facilitators


Stavros Messinis
Startup Weekend Facilitator

Stavros is a sought after Startup Weekend facilitator who enjoys the economic empowerment aspect of the events worldwide. Founder of The Cube, a startup cluster in Athens, he also works in the maker space by hosting events and mentoring young startups.
This is Stavros' first trip to Canada so we welcome his insight into the ocean sector and the opportunities that participants will explore.


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