Startup Weekend Women Stuttgart

    Friday, September 5 - 7, 2014

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Startup Weekend Women Stuttgart

Friday, September 5 - 7, 2014

Friday, September 5 - 7, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Literaturhaus Stuttgart
Breitscheidstraße 4
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg 70174

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Ready to be part of something BIG......

Welcome to the 1st Startup Weekend for Women in Germany! 

*Dieses Event ist auf Deutsch & Männer sind herzlich willkommen!*

This is an event designed heavily by women to create a welcoming and encouraging space for aspiring women entrepreneurs in Stuttgart. 
Startup Weekend has its global grassroots movement across 450+ cities where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to pitch ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups - all in 54 hours!
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

What's different about this one? 

It is observed that Startup Weekends in general have an imbalance with male-female participants:  Most of them tend to draw far more male attendees than female (roughly 80% male and 20% female). This made us seek answers to the questions: Do women have a strong entrepreneurial network? Do women feel relevant and confident in the startup world? Who are the female entrepreneurial “champions” that we can point to as inspiration for others?

So for the first time in Germany we aim to find these answers by organizing Startup Weekend for women in Stuttgart. We want to increase women participation by 50% more, and encourage women in Stuttgart to hone their creative and entrepreneurial talent in a safe environment that inspires risk taking and innovation. We will provide you the working space, brain fuel, food, friends, mentors and loads of fun! All you have to do is come with your vibrant energy, creativity and determination to build something cool over the weekend. Bring an idea or just yourself. Join a team, and enjoy this exhilarating, adrenaline-buzzed 54 hour event to validate a business idea! If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, now is the time to register for the best weekend of your life! See you all on September 5th!


1. Are men allowed to participate in this event?
Yes, of course! Since Stuttgart Startup Weekend Women’s Edition is about boosting entrepreneurship and build exciting startups, we want to connect the best resources and people out there – that includes both men and women. 

2. Should the participants pitch only women-related business ideas?
No, you can pitch and work on any business idea you believe in - sky's the limit! We want you to enjoy this exhilarating adrenaline buzzed event without being restricted by category of ideas.
3. Is there a theme for the event?
No, you can create whatever you want with your respective teams.

4. How big are the teams?
Teams of 2 to 5 members is the ideal number for optimal results.

5. What if I sign-up alone or don’t have a group? 
Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone attending. We will help everyone form groups, and there will be lots of time to mingle and get to know other attendees.

6. Who is this aimed at?
Women and men of any age with programming, design, user experience, business or project management skills.

7. What do I need to bring? 
A laptop, and a desire to contribute! You must be able to attend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

What language can I code in?
Anything you desire!

I can't code, can I still attend? 
Yes! In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets is what we would like to see. Think Hipster (designer), Hacker (programmer) and Hustler (marketing and business - growth hacker).

I'm still not sure if I should go... 
This is a great opportunity for women to get more involved and test their ideas, to reinvent our environment and build conditions for both women and men to thrive and do more of what they love.

11. What is the language of the event?
The event will be in German. However, you can pitch the ideas in both English and German.

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Friday September 5th

6:00 pm
Registration + Dinner
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

7:00 pm
Kick off by facilitator

7:10 pm
Speaker: Nadine Antic
Geschäftsführerin Global Flow

7:50 pm
Speaker: Andrea Pfundmeier
Geschäftsführerin Boxcryptor

8:10 pm
Speaker: Maria Spilka
Geschäftsführerin Mädchenflohmarkt

8:30 pm
Short break

8:45 pm
Pitches start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:30 pm
Voting and counting

9:45 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 September 6th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
WORKSHOP: Lean Startup Training
With mentors Daniel Bartel and Benjamin Bestmann

11:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:00 pm

1:30 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!

2:30 pm
Die weibliche Businesswelt ist bunt und voller ungenutzter Stärken ……. Wie wir unsere Stärken richtig nutzen/ Einsetzen ( wie wir uns richtig in Szene setzen) berichten Vanessa Weber und Corina Schlundt

4:00 pm
3D workshop with Rioprinto

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

8:00 pm

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

1:00 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

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Opening of evening event by facilator

6:30 pm
Final presentations

7:30 pm
Break and Music

8:10 pm
Award ceremony

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Dirk Rosenstock
Director of development energy solutions, EnBW AG

Dirk is responsible to develop new business models for EnBW in order to benefit from the major changes did come along with the "energy revolution" to the German energy market. New ideas are tested and developed in a special environment, called "project house" and Dirk is keen to learn from methods, successes and failures of other innovators in order to make the "project house" of EnBW a success. As his wife and his eldest son recently started own small enterprises, he Has a good idea of what "starting up" means.

Anke Schmidt
Account Manager at Bürgschaftsbank / MBG Baden-Württemberg

Anke´s daily job is to accompany companies and start-ups as their financial partner. As Account Manager she enabled finance for start-ups and SMEs from all kind of branches.

Kerstin Peinze
District Manager Mission Critical & Technical Services, Hewlett-Packard GmbH

Kerstin is responsible for critical and highly available IT systems of different HP customers in the south west of Germany. Before coming to HP she handled a management buyout led and innovative company who developed complex web applications.

Marianne Tümpen
Partner of CPI Competence Fissl Partnerschaft

Marianne currently works as a consultant, coach and trainer for StartUps and SMEs. Before this carreer step she has been 'Director M&A Subsidiary Management' of Daimler AG. As Head of a corporate venture capital unit she further gained business experience in dealing with innovative young companies mainly in the automotive and financial service environment. This included the recruting, support and dissolution of portfolio companies on an international bases. Marianne has an educational background in economics and business administration.

Coaches and Mentors

Daniel Bartel
Lean Entrepreneur

As a Design Thinker and Entrepreneur, Daniel Bartel provides talks and trainings in these topics as well as in Lean Startup and Business Innovation. After leaving his p2p-Carsharing-Startup where he worked on the pirate metrics that lead to success and co-founded MAK3it in order to help corporates innovate like Startups. Daniel Bartel is also a Facilitator of Events like the Business Innovation Hackathon & Leancamp. His voluntary work around the globe is perfect for fostering his local Startup Community in Germany.

Iris Anesi
Mentorin, Selbständige Steuerberaterin mit Schwerpunkt Gründungsberatung

Iris Anesi war nach dem Abschluss zweier wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Studiengänge zunächst bei mittelständischen Steuerberatungs- und Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaften tätig. Im Jahr 2000 gründete sie ihre eigene Steuerberatungskanzlei. Im Rahmen dieser Tätigkeit betreut sie bis heute rund 200 Existenzgründungen von der Erstellung des Businessplans bis in die spannenden Jahre danach. Außerdem ist sie als Beraterin für die KfW und das RKW Baden-Württemberg tätig. Dozententätigkeiten an der Filmakademie Ludwigsburg und der Dualen Hochschule sowie Referententätigkeiten bei diversen Bildungsträgern im Bereich Entrepreneurship runden ihr Profil ab.

Andrea Pfundmeier
Mentor & Speaker, CEO & Co-founder of Boxcryptor

Andrea is the founder and CEO of Boxcryptor, a cloud-optimized encryption software for Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and many other providers. She is also the Honorary member of the Start-Up Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Economics. She has special interests in cloud security, technology and photography.

Raphael Stäbler
Mentor, Founder of 4e solutions

Raphael is the founder of 4e solutions and inventor of sustainable ajaa! boxes. He is always chasing the idea of living in a world without plastic.

Dan Toma
Mentor, Senior Innovation & Product Manager at Deutsche Telekom AG

Coming from an entrepreneurial background - having been involved with High-Tech & Internet startups across the world and being a entrepreneurship community leader in Europe - Dan Toma has a clear understanding of the challenges involved in building sustainable businesses from the ground up. Area of expertise: business modeling, customer development, experimental design.

Yannick Frank
Mentor, Head of Marketing at

Yannick works as Head of Marketing at, an online meeting tool which allows users to set up hassle-free online meetings. He is also the Co-Founder of,where he shares his knowledge and experiences about starting up as well as giving practical advice on how to bring your idea to life and drive sustainable growth.

Barbara Hoisl
Mentor, Virtual Strategy Officer

Barbara is a consultant and coach, working with startups, growth companies, and innovation projects in enterprises. She specialises in digital business models, growth strategies, and strategic business development.

Benjamin Bestmann
Mentor, Co-Founder KlickReform

Benjamin is an Entrepreneur, Business Developer and Software-Engineer. He is really fascinated with internet business models and modern web technology. He is co-founder of KlickReform ( and the Institute for Business Innovation (

Vanessa Weber
Mentor, Managing Director, Tool Weber GmbH & Co KG

Corina Schlundt
Mentor, CEO & Founder of “ your balance”

Corina is a professional Style-Coach and make-up artist. Having in mind that in business **“You never get a second chance to make a (good) first impression” the participants will learn professional techniques how to make a perfect impression in their (start-up) business. Corina counsels clients of all business levels in matters of image, styling, colors and make-up. Her expertise is completed by many years of experience as a trainer for medical rescue at the German Air Force and later for leading brands of the beauty industry.

Dr. Felix Buchmann
Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für IT-Recht, Urheber- und Medienrecht, SGT Rechtsanwälte, Stuttgart Professor für Wirtschaftsrecht an der Hochschule Pforzheim

Felix and his team have been consulting Startups for many years, and he has started several businesses himself. He knows all the phases of a Startup, from founding to development of the business model; investment from seed to A, B, and C rounds; going international; having disputes; and going on TV shows. His primary passion is the core of a good start-up: The development of a business model.
Felix berät mit seinem Team seit vielen Jahren Startups und hat selbst verschiedene Startups gegründet. Er kennt alle Phasen eines Startups, von der Gründung, der Entwicklung des Geschäftsmodells, Investment von Seed bis A, Internationalisierung, Streitigkeiten, Wettbewerbe und Fernsehshows. Besonders am Herz liegt ihm aber der Kern eines jedes Startups: Die Entwicklung des Geschäftsmodells.

About me… Felix berät mit seinem Team seit vielen Jahren Startups und hat selbst verschiedene Startups gegründet. Er kennt alle Phasen eines Startups, von der Gründung, der Entwicklung des Geschäftsmodells, Investment von Seed bis A, Internationalisierung, Streitigkeiten, Wettbewerb und Fernsehshows. Besonders am Herz liegt ihm aber der Kern eines jedes Startups: Die Entwicklung des Geschäftsmodells.

Traumjob als Kind... Jurist

Mein Mittel gegen Rückschläge... Lernen, besser machen

Samsung oder Apple?… Blackberry

Nutella mit oder ohne Butter?... 😊

Mein Lebensmotto lautet... einfach mal dankbar sein

Martin Eggert
Mentor, Regional Director at Bürgschaftsbank / MBG Baden-Württemberg

As Regional Director, Martin has accompanied many start-ups and firms as their financial partner. He has vast expertise in making companies investor ready and knows how to mobilize capital for them.

Stefanie Springer
Mentor, Head of Team Coaching and Finance at Bürgschaftsbank / MBG Baden-Württemberg

Stefanie is familiar with all kind of traps especially high-tech start-ups could face. As Executive Assistant (Vorstandsreferentin) at the MBG, Stefanie has built up a Start-up Coaching Program and is now focusing on mobilizing capital for start-ups and SMEs at Bürgschaftsbank / MBG Baden-Württemberg.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Women Stuttgart team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

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

  • Anastasia
  • Marthe-Victoria
  • Eshani
  • Johannes
  • Nesrine
  • Sara
  • Anne
  • Aygul
  • Bettina
  • Melanie


Kathleen Fritzsche
Startup Enthusiast

Kathleen attended her first Startup Weekend in 2010 and has been co-organizing and facilitating several events since then. She co-founded StartUp Stuttgart in 2011, the main startup community in Southwest Germany, and Accelerate Stuttgart in 2012, with the vision to support early-stage startups in the region. Kathleen is now working as Specialist for Zoi, a tech consultancy with big ambitions. She's also a travel and startup enthusiast, writing about her experiences on her own blog.  

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