At Startup Weekend Berlin we bring together entrepreneurs, developers, designers and creative people from other fields get together to form new businesses in 54 hours. It’s one weekend full of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration and loads of fun – while you turn either your idea into reality, or get to know interesting people for future projects.
At our next Startup Weekend people will work on new ideas for the film industry. No matter if you want to build the next Netflix, built a unique video platform, or a micro-camera – this Startup Weekend is your place to turn your idea into reality.
To begin with, here’s what Polina, one of our former attendees, have to say:
“Before Startup Weekend, I had a great 9 to 5 job, but something was missing. At that one weekend, I got my idea validated and met guys who became my dream team. Startup Weekend has figuratively changed my life.” (Polina, co-founder of Kptn. Cook.)
We promise you: You can do just the same! But, if you are still not sure, here are five reasons why should become part of the global Startup Weekend family:
1. Every detail is designed to make you successful.
All Startup Weekends take place at awesome venues in a cozy atmosphere with free food and drinks and, most importantly: creative people who make things happen – designers, developers, creatives and non-tech people. We provide you with everything you need to turn your idea into reality, or simply learn new skills and meet creative people.
2. You become a better you.
On Friday evening people get on stage to present their ideas. As you know already, this time its all about new ideas for the movie and film industry. Once everyone has voted for their favorite ideas, people get together in teams and then: ACTION! Most of the people will work like crazy to get the most done in the remaining two days – and you will be surprise at how much you will be able to create in the course of a weekend! Join us and find out, how much you can get done.
3. You can only win. Really!
Every Startup Weekend is not just about the ideas and the cool prizes that you can win at the end. It’s about pushing everyone forward professionally and personally. Over the last years we have seen so many pretty commonplace transformations: Young people who were too shy to talk to others, got on stage and ended up winning – taking a first step on their road to become successful entrepreneurs. Others found new team members that they still work with today. Everyone will push you forward and help you to achieve your goal, while successful entrepreneurs, mentors and creative people will be at your side all the time.
4. We connect you with the most successful people
For every Startup Weekend we make sure that we connect you with experienced people that are already successful in their field. For this Startup Weekend for example, we got the former CEO from one of the largest film funds in Germany, one of the best copy writers and growth hackers in this country. But see for yourself.
5. We increase the odds that you will win in the long run
Let’s look at some numbers from the global Startup Weekend Community. Over 36% of all Startup Weekend teams still go strong after three months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their teams or startups after the weekend – many of whom are still friends and got to know even more cool people through their new network. Once you have joined a Startup Weekend, you’ll become part of a global community with over 45.000 alumni. Do you want to become part of this family?
Join us and get your ticket right now. You won’t regret it, we promise!
How Does the Weekend Work?
It’s a jam-packed few days, but one with a strict structure.
Friday: Participants arrive around 6pm and kick off the weekend with drinks and meeting each other. Then the pitches begin: anyone with an idea has 60 seconds to pitch it to the rest of the room. No presentations or props are needed for this – it’s just you and a mic. After the pitches finish, all attendees vote on their favorites. The top ideas are shortlisted, and everyone forms teams to work on them. The team formation process is organic – you decide who you want to work with. For the remainder of the evening the teams start getting to know each other, and planning the rest of the weekend.
Saturday: Teams work all day, with occasional breaks to eat and have fun. Mentors circulate to provide advice, support and challenge. The flow of the day is up to you, but most teams use Saturday morning to interview prospective customers and gather insights that will inform product development. A key tenet of Lean Startup is “getting out of the building” to find answers to the questions and assumptions you have about your customers and market. In parallel, work continues on your business model and product development. Late on Saturday you’ll also need to front up to mentors with the first practice of your Sunday presentation to judges.
Sunday: Teams work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon. They begin wrapping up their product and presentation around 3-4pm to do tech checks and practice their final pitch. After the judging panel and external guests have arrived, the final pitches begin. Each team has 5 minutes to pitch to the judges, sharing their business model, plans and progress to date. Judges then get a few minutes to dig into the presentation and probe the team’s thinking. The judging panel selects the top teams, awards prizes, and the event ends with drinks and some well-deserved relaxation!