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It’s time to add some zest to the film industry!

At this Startup Weekend creative minds from all backgrounds come together to work on new ideas in the film industry – and you should join us. No matter if you want to establish a new film format, have ideas for a new camera prototype or want to build the next Netflix – your ideas, creativity, combined with your positive way of thinking will be the foundation for something completely new, something special and very exciting.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics about founding companies and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1200 past events in more than 100 countries around the world.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams 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.

No matter whether entrepreneurs found companies, want to find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5 jobs, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate through 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!

If you have never attended a Startup Weekend before, we promise that you will leave Startup Weekend Berlin as a more powerful person!



Feb 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Snacks & Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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


Feb 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Feb 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Timo Vuorensola

Director Iron Sky via Skype

Timo Vuorensola is a Finnish film director and actor. He has directed Star Wreck movies Star Wreck V: Lost Contact, and Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning, created by Samuli Torssonen. Vuorensola plays Lieutenant Dwarf in the films, and directed the film Iron Sky. He is also the lead vocalist and co-founder of dark industrial band Älymystö.

Leila Hamid

Head of Marketing VBKI

After Leila was X Verleih's head of marketing - where she did the release campaigns for movies like "Oh Boy", "Cloud Atlas", and academy award winner "Liebe" - she took the job as marketing director at VBKI (Verband Berliner Kaufleute und Industrieller). With 1.700 members VBKI supports startups with its strong network and unpayable experience/know-how.

Gil Rosen

VP New Media at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs

Gil Rosen, VP New Media at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs is responsible for leading and realizing big ticket innovations for Deutsche Telekom. Gil’s responsibilities span from conceptualizing new services to the development and delivery of next generation platforms and new ventures. Prior to this role, Gil Rosen was VP Innovation & Digital Services at Amdocs and the Head of AT&T’s first International Innovation Center (Foundry) in Israel. Gil is a specialist in telecom, internet, mobile, B2B and B2C services, and recently achieved his long life ambition to also become an author, having recently launched a children's iPad book.

Anna Rose

Co-Founder & CEO at videopath

Anna Rose is the co-founder and CEO of videopath, an interactive video application. Previous to this, her professional focus has been primarily on interactivity in web media, cross-media initiatives, and contextualized content.

Ina Göring

Förderreferentin at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Ina supports local projects and innovative audiovisual contents at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
After she studied "Film and TV production" at HFF "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam Irina worked for ORB and WTTW Chicago and avanti media. She was also the producer and director of several film projects. After that she joined Investionsbank des Landes Brandenburg's media team and worked for 7 years as credit analyst. Since 2012 she teaches finance and subsidies at the Erich Pommer Institute and joined Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in 2013.


Gabriele Röthemeyer

former CEO, MFG Baden-Württemberg mbH

After her studies of German, theatre and journalism in Munich, Gabriele Röthemeyer worked as commissioning editor and producer/director of television documentaries for educational programs at the North German Broadcasting Corp. and ZDF. Between 1982 and 1989 she served as dramatic adviser and producer for several film and television production companies in Hamburg (Provobis, FFP). This followed a five-year period of free-lance writing/directing features and documentaries for public television (culture and film departments mainly). In 1995, she was appointed CEO of MFG Film Fund, Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg. Between 2003 and 2005 she was in charge of Film- und Medienfestival GmbH Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg.

Paula Marttila

Startup Advisor   |   LinkedIn

Paula Marttila helps European early stage Internet startups, having previously developed digital media and consumer Internet solutions within Nordic’s largest media house Schibsted. She is a frequent mentor at Seedcamp startup accelerator, focusing on product, marketing, and growth. She has been selected as Top 100 Women in Tech in Europe. Paula is one of the connectors and influencers on the European early stage startups scene, and is often found at startup competitions and hackathons as judge and speaker. She takes special interest in streaming media and VOD solutions, combining her deep love for both - film and technology. Her favorite film and biggest surprise in 2013: Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve.

Dr. Christopher Borgmann

Founding Partner Borgmann Legal

After he worked for and with different law firms in Japan, Spain, and Germany Christopher joined Senator Entertainment AG in 2000 as a Vice President Legal & Business Affairs . In his almost 10 years in the film industry he took other senior management roles for Senator Group (i.e. Managing Director at Senator Film Production GmbH, CEO Senator Entertainment AG). Today Christopher leads his own law firm.

Bernd Monitor

Board Member Business Angels Club Berlin-Brandenburg

Bernd is an experienced entrepreneur and member of the board in several companies. He developed some systemic approaches for marketing & communications with a strong focus on businesses in the Internet/Software sector as much as on telecommunication and mobile companies.

Rebekka Garrido

Managing Director at THE POST REPUBLIC

Rebekka Garrido, managing director at THE POST REPUBLIC in Berlin and Halle, started working at The Coproduction Office in Berlin and Paris as International Sales Agent in 1997. From 2000 on she worked as a producer at Berlin based Elektrofilm and became production manager at Vertigo Films in London.
Rebekka Garrido has co-produced Bence Fliegauf's JUST THE WIND. The film won the Silver Bear (Grand Jury Prize) at the Berlinale 2012. She has also co-produced HARMONY LESSONS (Silver Bear 2013).

Andreas Wolkau

Business Angel, Executive Consultant and former CFO

Andreas Wolkau is Master of Fiscal Affairs and Degreed Meteorologist. For 13 years he assumed responsibility as CFO and Senior Financial Analyst in medium-sized companies, thereof more than 5 years in subsidiaries of the Global Players Warner Bros. Film and Bertelsmann AG. For further 13 years he worked in Tax Consultancies and Tax Administration. In 2011 he founded is own company as Executive Consultant and Interim Manager, focused on Finance & Controlling issues and Business Strategies. He supports start-ups in Business Modelling, Corporate Finance, Business Analysis and Risk Management. Likewise, with his long-term operating experience he accompanies enterprises in periods of growth and turnaround situations.

Gil Rosen

VP New Media at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs

Gil Rosen, VP New Media at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs is responsible for leading and realizing big ticket innovations for Deutsche Telekom. Gil’s responsibilities span from conceptualizing new services to the development and delivery of next generation platforms and new ventures. Prior to this role, Gil Rosen was VP Innovation & Digital Services at Amdocs and the Head of AT&T’s first International Innovation Center (Foundry) in Israel. Gil is a specialist in telecom, internet, mobile, B2B and B2C services, and recently achieved his long life ambition to also become an author, having recently launched a children's iPad book.


Eva Köster

Marketing Manager at 99designs   |   LinkedIn

Eva Köster is the German marketing manager for the world’s largest marketplace for graphic design 99designs. She helps startups to get the design that makes them successful. Also her job is to grow the German-speaking customer base on 99designs. Before, she was working in an online marketing agency in Barcelona. She studied marketing and communication in Osnabrück and speaks German, English and Spanish. She loves film music and is a singer in a band.

Bernd Große Lordemann

is in charge of DCM’s startup investment division   |  

DCM is an all-round media company, which unites film production, distribution and business angel activity under one roof. This unusual mix provides a whole new ground for joint marketing and sales activities between the film industry and e-commerce.
Prior to joining DCM, Bernd was a web developer, online-marketer and project manager at Universal Music and CinePostproduction.

Nicole Simon

Social Media Marketing / cruel to be kind feedback   |   Google+

Nicole Simon specializes in tactic and digital craftsmanship, with a background of many years in the corporate world as well as in consulting SMB and startups. Being German but working mostly in an international environment and mindset, she likes to build bridges between those worlds. Equally important to her is the connection between technology and business - growing up surrounded by 'employer thinking' and being part of tech since the 80's you cannot help not doing so.
She is a published author on Twitter and Social Media Marketing, known both for her hands-on and actionable advice and 'cruel to be kind' feedback. She has a deep passion for practical, streamlined and outcome-driven solutions, so her love for post-its, workflow and organizing products should not be a surprise.
In Berlin she strongly supports the local tech and startup ecosystem, f.e. by moderating certain facebook groups and collecting ressources on

Johannes Schwarzbeck

Consultant, Video Producer

Johannes Schwarzbeck is a freelance video producer, project manager and consultant, living and working in Berlin. His focus lies on conception and production of portraits, image films and documentaries. He is currently involved in different projects on behalf of HIIG (Alexander Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft), Google for Entrepreneurs and Factory Berlin. In the past he worked as a project manager and business developer for Visual Communication Group in Mannheim. He studied International Arts Management in Freiburg and Digital Film Making in Berlin. Johannes Schwarzbeck speaks German and English. He loves film, art, music, cooking and travelling.

Matthew Bostock

Copywriter and Communications Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Matthew Bostock is a copywriter and communications consultant who has worked with a variety of leading European startups, award-winning creative agencies and world-renowned businesses. With clients including Bentley Motors, Avid Pro Tools, LeWeb, 6Wunderkinder and EyeEm, he has a thorough understanding of what it takes to cut through the noise and build a globally recognised brand. When he’s not writing copy, you’ll find him pointing out cool stuff in other people’s copy.

Rusta Mizani

Verwaltungsleiter at Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH

Rusta Mizani works with the Filmfund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, where he is responsible for business and legal affairs. He has almost 20 years experience in the film and media industries stretching from film distribution and marketing to home entertainment, product management, financing and production. His professional background includes international corporations such as Polygram, Universal Pictures and Studio Canal, as well as independent companies, NGOs and own entrepreneurial ventures with two small scale businesses. Rusta holds a diploma in business studies.

Claudia Pelzer

Business Development Startups & Innovation UFA LAB Köln

Claudia Pelzer is an expert for digital media, crowdsourcing and future-of-work topics. She lives in Berlin and Cologne and works as a blogger (, consultant, author and lecturer. At UFA LAB Cologne she's in charge of business development with a strong focus on startups and projects such as in-video-shopping and multiscreen applications.

Yatan Blumenthal Vargas

Hardware Accelerator Berlin   |   LinkedIn

Yatan's journeys have latest brought him to co-found the Berlin Hardware Accelerator and work as a Country Manager for Food Assembly. In the past he has founded one co-working space, one web startup, worked for NGOs, United Nations and lived in 12 countries. He is highly interested in technology and its impact as well as supply chain innovations regarding food.

Elias Frobel

Cofounder and CEO at THINKTANK Production GmbH

The main task fields of Elias company are the production of image-films and video live streaming of events. Especially for image films they are using multiple types of techniques to visualize the needs of their clients. For instance are they using real film as well as animation and motion graphics. THINK TANK Production GmbH is a full service company, which involves in every single production step from the very beginning.

Elias personal passion is based in camera work and editing. In the company he is responsible for projects shedules, coordination and costumers relations.

Mia Konew

Business Development & Startup Support   |   LinkedIn

Mia is a former entrepreneur who is now specialized in startup finances and business models. She represents the Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IHK), the Berlin network of all commercial businesses and entrepreneurs. It is her job to help new firms to navigate safely through the jungle of formalities, public offices and supporting institutions in Germany/Berlin when starting a business . Her experience from participating in business plan competitions, innovation projects with large firms and her Design Thinking skills will be at your service.

Marc C. Lange

Founder & Consultant

Marc C. Lange specializes in user experience (UX) and business strategy as a founder and consultant for startups as well as international companies. Educated in business & economics and marketing & design, and working in the fields of strategy and product, he has established a macro-to-micro perspective on challenges. Besides recently heading the marketing & product management of a healthcare software company, he spends his time consulting the management of companies ranging from small-scale startups to established juggernauts like Bayer and T-Systems. He loves to help startups find the 'sweet spot' that makes their user experience contribute to their strategic goals. Marc shares his experience through his free office hours, by speaking at conferences and mentoring startups at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Distillery, Factory Berlin or at conventions.

Mike Bild

Freelance Developer

Mike Bild is a freelance software engineer and technology expert. He developed online booking and shop engines, games, marketing, and advertisement platforms since more than 15 years. His major focus there is real time data handling and data analysis. Today he mostly works on mobile apps either on client and server side. Mike also founded Code Commission UG, a development agency and a mobile-backend-as-a-service development platform Subkit.

Adeline Lee

Product development and marketing manager with seven years of international mobile product experience most recently in mobile application marketplaces (Google Play, Blackberry App World and Windows Marketplace), social networks and games

Doris Kirch

Founder Blue Angel Films

Since 2002 film producer Doris Kirch owns and manages her own company Blue Angel Films Ltd, at first in Berlin and since 2006 in London. Blue Angel Films produces international feature films.
Doris Kirch worked for many years in the film and television industry in Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Before forming Blue Angel Films she was Senior Vice President Acquisitions and Co-Productions for ProSieben SAT.1 Television in Berlin. Since 1991 she produced and co-produced 48 productions with partners in France, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Canada, the United States and Australia.

Marc LePetit

Producer at UFA FICTION

After working as a journalist in Hamburg and Cologne, Marc Lepetit graduated with a media degree in TV series production and international co-productions. Since 2003 he has been working as a creative and executive producer at Phoenix Film GmbH / UFAFiction in Berlin. There he has created sitcom and other serial formats, produced feature and TV Movies and given a kick-start to the development of various projects. Since 2004 he has been working on mobile and new media content focusing on the development of multiplatform formats. In 2009 „Kill your darling“ aired – germanys first cross media project. Since 2005 he participated in several panels and workshops around europe as a speaker on transmedia content and strategy and he works as a tutor in Zurich for the Zuricher Hochschule der Künste with a focus on transmedia storytelling and production.

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