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There is no need to evoke the up-and-about nature of the Berlin startup scene in order to explain why a Startup Weekend Berlin is taking place, is there? Please mark your calendars for May 4th – 6th for the  3rd  Startup Weekend Berlin – in the context of Berlin Web Week 2012, flanked by re:publica and NEXT12.

At the event’s core is the same concept that has drawn over 10,000 prior attendees worldwide: startup enthusiasts of different backgrounds come together, share and pitch ideas, form teams and work an entire weekend to finally present a (minimally viable) product to a panel of experts – and then – maybe –  launch a startup.  Startup Weekend Berlin is hoping to further connect  the vibrant creative community of Berlin with the equally thriving startup community.  In any case, everybody will  go home with new (and yes! important) contacts , potential co-workers and an inspired feeling ( … and possibly a dire case of sleep deprivation.)

What about our three co-events of Startup Weekend Berlin 2012? On July 5th you should meet us at Startup Thursday Club #3. On April 16th we “played” an effective Startup Radical Game – part of a creative workshop that combines micro-trends and adapts ideas for your brand, powered by TrendONE. And on April 20th we ‘ve celebrated the first Startup Crawl this year.

Stay tuned – here and on Facebook.



May 4
  • Registration
  • Welcome & speakers
  • Pitches start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming & discussing ideas
  • Dinner
  • Start to formalize teams, be honest about what skills & resources are needed. You may work through the night


May 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed & setting up workspace
  • Agile product development workshop, 6 teams
  • Lunch
  • Coaches introduce themselves
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports & call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may work through the night


May 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Final presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Partytime!

Dr. Claudia Nicolai

General Program Manager, HPI School of Design Thinking   |  

She studied Business Administration, Economics, and Social Sciences at the University of Hannover and got her Ph.D. in the field of intercultural marketing at the University of Potsdam. She worked as a senior researcher at the University of Witten/Herdecke at the chair of strategic marketing. Since then, questions concerning consumer trends, strategic innovation, and business design have always been on her agenda. In her research career, she has consulted different companies in the consumer goods and services industry regarding consumer-centered innovation processes and strategic change. Besides her engagement as a visiting professor for strategic communication at the University of Arts Berlin, she has been teaching at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) School of Design Thinking for the last three years. Since March 2010, she has taken on the role of program manager at the HPI D-School. She is also responsible for co-operations with project partners and academic institutions.

Julia Derndinger

CEO, imedo   |  

She founded her first company in 2004 while still working for a mobile operator. Within months her company "trendwerk77" became the market leader for mobile phone straps with all types of licenses in Germany. After selling her shares to her business partner, she moved to Berlin and founded the German EO Accelerator Program. Within 4 years, over 100 young entrepreneuers enrolled in the program and learned from each other. She has been acting as a consultant for imedo since 2009, becoming CEO in 2011. imedo was founded as a health network for patients and offers a Germany-wide doctors search and recommendation engine. Julia has a passion for entrepreneurship and loves to help young founders with her network and experience.

Andreas Richter

CIO, Plista   |  

Andreas founded the berlin-based plista ( three years ago, which has evolved to be a 70 employee B2B plattform for recommendation services and advertisings. His passion is around technology, innovation, sustainability and personalization where he constantly challenges existing models, builds ideas and acts as business angle. Since receiving a Diploma in Busines Administration from the European Business School (ebs) in 2006 he lives in Berlin and has been active in the startup scene.

Holger Dieterich

Lab Manager, Startup Inkubator   |   LinkedIn

Holger Dieterich works as the Lab manager of YOU IS NOW – The Startup Incubator of ImmobilienScout24. Holger acts as the connective element of teams, capital and professional support of ImmobilienScout24 for a first proof of concept. Besides the fact that he hosts the Lean Startup Meet up and acts as the curator for the Berlin edition of the Startup Digest he is one of the initial founders of

Christof Wittig

Managing Director, Kii Capital   |   LinkedIn

Kii Capital is an early stage venture fund which focuses on investments into mobile consumer apps. Christof has more than 15 years of experience starting and running software companies. A three-time serial entrepreneur, he was the founder and CEO of Servo Software, Inc., which merged with Synclore to form Kii in July 2010. He was also founder and CEO at db4objects, Inc., which was sold to Versant Corp. in December 2008. Before that he was the founder and CEO of Apsis Software AG in Munich, Germany, and led the company through its sale to Nemetschek AG in 1999 and its merger with conject AG in 2002. Christof holds a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow in the Class of 2004 and author of the case studies on MySQL and Google's Android. Christof also holds a Dipl.-Ing. from Technical University Munich.

Alex Farcet

CEO, Startup Bootcamp   |   LinkedIn

Alex Farcet is the co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp, a European startup accelerator with programs in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin. He is a partner at Rainmaking, a startup factory with operations in the Nordics, UK and Germany and he is also a hyper active Startup Weekend organizer – he brought the non-profit innovation movement to the Nordics and is now helping it spread in Africa.

Andreas Woerle

CEO, d:evolute   |   LinkedIn

Andreas Wörle, co-founder of the software development company d:evolute has more than ten years experience in software programming with a focus on Ruby on Rails. He founded his first company brueckenschlaeger in 2002 and decided to move from Munich to Berlin.
Being a programmer on the one and entrepreneur on the other hand he makes every day of the challenge to reconcicle productivity and pleasant working environment.
He is responsible for teambuilding as well as quality assurance and highly skilled in bringing the expectations non-technical founders have for their software team back to reality.
Besides IT he loves the ideal of social impact caused by companies that are run by actual human beings.


Heike Ehmann

Manager Young Potentials Recruiting, i-potentials   |   LinkedIn

i-potentials is an HR agency that focuses on start ups and internet companies. Heike refers graduates and young professionals to internships and jobs in the start up and internet industry and advises them in all matters related to that, such as the application, interview and contract process. Heike is an expert for starting internet careers. She promotes and applies her knowledge in workshops and lectures at universities. There is no need for you to have a background in the start up scene in order to start a career in this field. Heike's professional background illustrates this very well. She studied geography and gained a lot of experience in the field of international development work, before discovering her talent to network - the indispensable asset for start up recruiting.

Eva Missling

CEO and founder, 12designer   |   LinkedIn is an European leading platform for design contests. The portal is present in the German online market since March 2009, and also available in five European languages. Before founding the company, Missling worked for many years in internet agencies as strategic consultant. The crowdsourcing portal for design and naming projects 20,000+ creatives have already helped Startups to find the best creative solution for their creative needs (such as naming, logo design, claims, web design...) in 6,000+ contests.

Jan Kristof Arndt

Managing Director, trendINNOVATION   |   LinkedIn

trendINNOVATION is a consulting agency specialized in managing trends and innovations. We develop and steer tailor-made approaches in order to ensure our customers’ success. The portfolio of trendINNOVATION can be divided into business projects (iCulture, Road to Innovation etc.) and events (Key Notes, Workshops on Ideation etc.). We support management teams in recognizing, understanding and benefiting from future trends. Our consultants have been cooperating with large corporations, but also small and medium sized enterprises, NPOs & several startups. We look forward to helping young founders optimize their business ideas. Till 2011 Kristof was a lecturer at Munich Business School and Head of International Innovation at Innovationswerkstatt GmbH.

Robert Kleinfeld

Senior Project Manager, Fraunhofer-Institut FOKUS   |   LinkedIn

He studied Computer Science in Media at the Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig. He received his M.Sc. in Computer Science in Media in 2007. Since 2008 Robert Kleinfeld is research associate at the Competence Center Future Applications and Media (FAME) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems in Berlin. Robert Kleinfeld is a senior project manager with broad experience in leading and managing technical projects with international teams. His main research areas comprise the modeling of service collaboration and interaction with service oriented computing environments and the mobile Web. Robert Kleinfeld has been involved in multiple national and international projects within the area of service oriented architectures, mobile computing, societal modeling and technologies for future Web applications.

Christof Wittig

Managing Director, Kii Capital   |   LinkedIn

Kii Capital is an early stage venture fund which focuses on investments into mobile consumer apps. Christof has more than 15 years of experience starting and running software companies. A three-time serial entrepreneur, he was the founder and CEO of Servo Software, Inc., which merged with Synclore to form Kii in July 2010. He was also founder and CEO at db4objects, Inc., which was sold to Versant Corp. in December 2008. Before that he was the founder and CEO of Apsis Software AG in Munich, Germany, and led the company through its sale to Nemetschek AG in 1999 and its merger with conject AG in 2002. Christof holds a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow in the Class of 2004 and author of the case studies on MySQL and Google's Android. Christof also holds a Dipl.-Ing. from Technical University Munich.

Ralph Stenzel

CTO, Dreamstake   |   LinkedIn

Dreamstake is a digital accelerator with a global network of 6000+ entrepreneurs and has the objective to identify and help startups with high growth potential, providing the tools to build a team, connect with mentors and investors and find a place to work. Ralph has also worked with online property management startup Yulpa and social card startup Wink'd as CTO and is Head of Program Management for online shopping organiser startup Shopitize. Before entering the startup world Ralph held various development, consulting and senior technology management roles with major corporates, often as "interface between business and technology" and the ability to communicate technical issues to a non-technical audience. Ralph holds a degree in Communications Engineering and is also interested in electronic music production and film.

Stefan Bergler

New Business Development Manager, Telefónica Germany   |  

Stefan studied business administration focusing on innovations management at the LMU Munich before helping to build up an IT-company which he ran as managing director for over three years. He founded his own company "the urban factor" designing and building electric bicycles in 2011 before joining the new business team of Telefónica Germany. During his studies and professional career he has worked with other start-ups to write business plans and prepare for funding rounds. This is only one of the reasons why he is so passionate about Wayra, the new start-up accelerator of Telefónica Germany/o2. Wayra provides seed funding, inspiring co-working space, access to 300 million customers, mentoring and technical expertise as well as media visibility.

Jan Berndt

Co-Founder, concept X   |   LinkedIn

Jan is co-founder of concept X strategy, the strategy-department of concept X group ( Based on the brandbuidling- and positioning-tool "X-plore" and "3i." (which is all about integration, insights and innovation) concept X strategy is specialized in strategic communications-consulting and customer co-creation. As the strategy-unit of concept X has been founded in Berlin in January 2012 Jan knows what it means to be a start-up himself – with all the pros and cons.

Matti Biskup

Head of Business Development, Finance and Operations, DeskWanted   |  

Matti studied Industrial Engineering and Management (among other things) at the Technical University of Berlin and the QUT in Brisbane. Before Matti joinded the Deskwanted he traveled around the world to explore different countries and cultures. Matti takes care of Deskwanted's business development and financing. He got involved in the start-up scene by developing and shaping the startup incubator of Immobilienscout24 as graduate assistant. If Matti is not in the office, he is probably somewhere doing sports - snowboarding in the mountains, kitesurfing or with his team on the soccer field.

Tobias Walter

Strategy, Jung von Matt   |   LinkedIn

Tobias is a Communications Strategy Consultant at Jung von Matt/Hamburg where he mainly consults his clients in terms of brand planning and innovation management. Moreover, Tobias was a member of the board of the Berliner KommunikationsFORUM e.V. for almost two years. His passion is around innovation, sustainable solutions and design thinking where he constantly challenges his clients and its existing business models. Tobias has been living in Berlin and Auckland (New Zealand) for many years until he graduated with a Diploma in Communications Management. Today he works and lives in Hamburg.

André von Deetzen

Teamleader Infrastructure Management, ImmobilienScout24   |  

He works as the team lead for the system engineers of ImmobilienScout24. He has a strong background in software engineering as a Senior Developer, expert role and system engineering. André has started developing for the web in the middle of the 90ies. Since 2008 he is working for ImmobilienScout24 also supporting YouIsNow. With a strong interest in startups, web and mobile based products he also has a lot experience with agile product development. André is a advocate for agile techniques like Scrum, Kanban, DevOps, Continuous Delivery and a Lean Startup based mindset.

Dr. Albrecht von Breitenbuch

Lawyer/Rechtsanwalt, Orrick Hölters & Elsing

He is a global law firm specialised on all aspects of commercial law to provide full legal services to business clients. One of its highly recognised practice groups focuses on start-ups and emerging companies. In particular out of the offices in Berlin, Munich, Silicon Valley, London and Hong Kong Orrick serves such companies and their investors in the hot spots of the scene. Most recently Orrick advised Instagram on its acquisition by Facebook. Albrecht von Breitenbuch is a member of this practice group working as an experienced lawyer in Orrick’s Berlin office. He covers a broad range of transactions, joint-ventures, restructurings and ongoing legal advice for start-ups and emerging companies as well as domestic and international investors. In 2010, he spent a secondment in the offices in San Francisco and partly in Silicon Valley. He holds a doctorate degree in law from Humboldt-University of Berlin and a master degree in economics from the University of Durham.

Oliver Moser

Online-Marketing und Development, Freelancer   |   LinkedIn

I am an serial entrepreneur with over twelve years of experience in the field of internet. I have helped to build great companies like Groupon, Jimdo, GlossyBox, Zalando etc. Currently I am working as a freelance consultant on C-Level and I offer coaching for online marketing departments. I have managed to acquire more than 40.000 paying customers for 0,30 EUR CPO (!) by utilizing social media. However, I am an expert on all fields of online marketing.

Olga Repnikova

SCRUM Consultant, bor!sgloger

She is the best example of true agility. The native Ukrainian is open for new horizons and loves to deal with people. During her studies in business administrationshe worked for medium and large companies and started new business operations in Eastern Europe - even under slightly difficult conditions. She combines profound businessknow-how and strategic perspectives as well as a deep understanding of all kind of states that people face in change processes. Olga does not obey a rigid scheme, butsupports human beings in a very meaningful way and enforces their development. And not to forget - with an incredibly keen sense of humor.

Mathis Christian

SCRUM Consultant, bor!sgloger

He is probably one of the most relaxed ScrumMaster and Scrum Consultants out there. Therefore, he inspires teams to peak performance as good and, moreover, he contributes a lot of experience in agile product development - mainly e-business. "E" also counts in Mathis' private life: his passion is Electronic Music.

Sven Blesin

SCRUM Consultant, bor!sgloger

He is a true professional in software development. He was working many years both in large softwareimplementation projects in the telecommunications industry as well as a senior developer and team leader. Already at that time he worked with Boris Gloger and implemented Scrum in the organisation. His next career stop was a consulting company in Vienna where he was responsible for the software development department. His current focus is the support of large organisations to implement Scrum in scaled environments.

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