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It’s official Startup Weekend 2014 will take place from July 4th – 6th at the all new betahaus in Hamburg. Startup Weekend Hamburg 2013 was just so amazing that we have to do it again. In the coming weeks we will announce a lot more news regarding the event and about what to expect. We are working on some cool gimmicks for the weekend.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

If you have any questions regarding Startup Weekend Hamburg 2014 or if you are interested in sponsoring the event just reach out to to us thru email: hamburg (at)
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Event Language: English



Jul 4
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • 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


Jul 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Team status updates
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • work through the night


Jul 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Pitch practice and tech check
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner & Networking
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Dr. Michael Trautmann

Co-founder and member of the Executive Board of thjnk ag   |   LinkedIn

After graduating from the University of Augsburg with a PhD in 1993, Michael Trautmann became a manager at Bossard Consultants.
1997 saw him assume a position on the Executive Board at ad agency Springer & Jacoby where, in 2000, he became a founding partner of Springer & Jacoby International and a member of the holding company’s Board.
From 2002 to 2004, Michael Trautmann joined Audi in Ingolstadt as Global Head of Marketing.
Then, in July 2004, he joined forces with André Kemper to establish the agency kempertrautmann gmbh, which underwent a rebranding in August 2012 to become trautmann, heumann, jochum und kemper ag – in short, thjnk. Michael Trautmann sits on the agency’s Executive Board alongside Karen Heumann and Armin Jochum. thjnk ag employs 200 people across its three offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg – and clients include brands like Audi, IKEA, Henkel and Paulaner.

Michael Trautmann is a team member and business angel for the not-for-profit initiative dotHIV. Together with partners from various backgrounds, he and his agency thjnk have successfully registered the '.hiv' top-level domain. This is the world’s first top-level domain with an exclusively social mission: to bring the red ribbon into the digital age and enable every company and every user on the web to participate in the fight against AIDS.

Thomas Promny

Entrepreneur at Velvet Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Thomas Promny is an experienced internet entrepreneur from Hamburg. During his 15 years of experience he started numerous online marketing businesses and also some leading events of the industry, such as the d3con conference in Hamburg.

Frauke Mispagel

Senior Investment Manager at Axel Springer   |   LinkedIn

Frauke Mispagel studied Business Administration at WHU in Koblenz and Economics at University of York, England.

After working several years in Investment Banking for JPMorgan in London, Frauke founded ecogood, a sustainability start-up in Berlin. Even after giving up ecogood, Frauke stayed in the start-up Scene and managed he international roll-out into 8 countries at Zalando. Since 2012 Frauke has been working as Investment Manager for Bauer Media Group and now Axel Springer to help them grow through acquisitions and VC investments. Evaluating digital business models is Frauke’s daily business.

Timm Richter

CPO at XING   |   LinkedIn

Timm Richter is Chief Product Officer (CPO) at XING AG since March 2013 where he is responsible for the Network, Premium Club, Consumer Marketing, User Care, Analytics and User Experience departments.

Prior to this post, Timm was a consultant and project manager at McKinsey before moving to Tchibo where he held a number of positions before becoming head of the innovation and services department. In 2008 Timm moved to the tourism industry, initially as Managing Director at Berge & Meer Touristik GmbH. In 2011 he became CEO of TravelTainment GmbH, where he headed the company until making the move to XING AG.

Stephan von Perger

Associate at WellingtonPartners   |   LinkedIn

Stephan joined Wellington Partners in 2014. He is an Associate with the Digital Media and Software team and his primary role is identifying investment opportunities and building relationships with the great entrepreneurs behind these companies.

Stephan started his career at McKinsey in Dubai and London where he spent over 2,5 years working on projects covering the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. While working at the consulting firm his interest was piqued in the UK startup scene and he decided to move to (2012), a fashion e-commerce startup, as their Head of Operations. Before joining Wellington Partners he also set up and ran business operations at (2013), a mobile city navigation app.

Stephan holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Oxford

Silver Sponsors

Dirk Freise

Founder of Shortcut Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Dirk has studied Business Administration in Hamburg before working in strategic market research. While studying at Berkeley with a focus in Entrepreneurship he founded together with two fellow-students. soon became the market leader for mobile entertainment in Europe and was sold to the media powerhouse Bertelsmann. After the successful integration he founded blau Mobilfunk the first German discount MVNO – again with his two partners. Blau was sold to KPN (the Dutch telecom) in 2008. After handing over the baton to the internal successors Dirk follows his passion and invests in young tech start-up with his VC Fund Shortcut Ventures. Of course his two longstanding partners are on board again.

Martin Ostermayer

Founder of Shortcut Ventures   |   LinkedIn

After graduating in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg, Martin spent three and a half years working in the consumer electronics industry at Panasonic. In 1998, he moved to the USA and added an MBA to his qualifications at the University of San Francisco, majoring in telecommunications and business strategy. In 1999 he co-founded, which quickly developed into Europe’s largest provider of mobile entertainment services and was sold to Bertelsmann in 2002. In 2004, Martin moved on to freenet AG as a member of the management board and Head of Business Development. In 2005 he switched back to the entrepreneurial world and co-founded, the first independent wireless service discounter in Germany. Within a few years it developed into one of the most successful players in a highly competitive market. It was sold in 2008 to KPN, the parent company of E-Plus. In December 2011 Martin founded together with Dirk Freise and Thorsten Rehling the Venture Capital firm Shortcut Ventures. Shortcut Ventures is investing in the sectors Mobile, Internet and Media with a ticket size of up to 6m Euro per company.

Lina Wüller

PR & Communications for Startups   |   LinkedIn

Lina has founded a communications agency which offers strategic PR & Social Media to growth companies. She loves the power of communication and is convinced that this is the absolutely indispensable discipline for entrepreneurs and startups to become successful. With her team she helps startups have a voice, create stories for media, socialize brands and win brand fanatics.

Lina previously worked as global PR and press spokesperson for mytaxi - one of Europe’s leading tech startups - as well as a PR consultant at different agencies in Germany and Australia. She holds a Bachelors Degree in the field of PR- and Communications Management.

Simon Meyborg

Research & Development at Hanse Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Simon Meyborg is Head of Research and Development at Hanse Ventures.
Building prototypes out of rough ideas is his daily business.
He is a studied computer scientist and has development mutiple apps, webservices and desktop programms over the years.
Business Development and creative marketing are deciplinces he also very interested in.
Before working at Hanse Ventures he created and marketed products and services on his own.
He started his carreer in the Startup World as CTO at

Nils Seebach

Co-Founder and CFO of etribes Framework   |   LinkedIn

Nils is co-founder and CFO of eTribes Framework, a digital consulting firm. eTribes enables companies to find the right digital strategy and to adapt their business models to changes brought through the internet based economy. In addition, he supports eTribes’ various equity participations as well as entrepreneurs through a wide range of business management, controlling and M&A services. Prior experience includes his work at NetImpact Framework GmbH, a Hamburg based programming and developer focused business that was successfully sold to the OTTO Group in 2013, FERNBACH Software, an international financial software specialist, in London & Luxembourg as well as HSBC, a global financial institution, where he worked in the Investment Banking Financial Sponsor team in London and New York. Previously, Nils gained experience with Morgan Stanley, Wetzlich Optik and the U.S. Commercial Service. Nils holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College and has also studied at Oxford University and the London School of Economics.

Elke Fleing

Consultant and editor at deutsche-startups   |   LinkedIn

Elke Fleing – from Hamburg works as a consultant for start-ups and small businesses. She supports her clients in determining their business' market position and in their PR and corporate communications. She operates as a copywriter, web-designer and trainer for them.

Besides that she writes articles for, one of the biggest online-journals for the German start-up-scene.

You'll find her all over the social web under her own name and in real life in many conferences and networking-meetings – sometimes as a speaker, sometimes as a jury member and sometimes just as an interested guest.

Hendric Rüsch

Partnerships Manager at Jimdo   |   LinkedIn

Hendric's journey has taken him from studying the social sciences to a deep fascination with the social web. He joined the Jimdo team in February 2008 and is responsible for partnerships and affiliate marketing.

Panos Meyer

Co-Founder and Managing Director of   |   LinkedIn

Panos Meyer is the co-founder and managing director of
After studying business administration in Münster, he started his career as a product manager in the telecommunication. In 1999 he launched Germany’s first broadband portal and in 2004 he was running the European SME business for Interoute with offices in Germany, Spain, London, Italy and France. In 2008 he became CEO of AG and started the federal golf website in Cape Town, South Africa and later moved to New York to extend the international footprint. In the same time, he was the managing director of deutsche golf online GmbH in Munich and was running the official website of the german golf federation and developed the world biggest golf data community Panos is holding an executive MBA in marketing and studied also in Sweden and Shanghai.

Liron Tocker

Creative Lead at intosite   |   LinkedIn

Liron loves superhero comics, video games, science fiction movies, warm weather and good food. When she hasn't got her nose deep in a graphic novel, she's often trying to change the world through better User Experience, Usability, and good Visual Design. She believes digital products perform their best when putting User Experience first.

She is currently Creative Lead at intosite and has previously been Senior Art Director at Scholz & Friends Digital, Art Director at Qype, and the first female Web Designer working on the Israel Defense Forces' official website.

Her travels have taken her from a quiet childhood in suburban USA to an eventful life in Israel. Liron now resides in Hamburg, Germany with her partner and their cat.

Christian Weisbrodt

Emerging Business Community Lead at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Christian Weisbrodt is the Emerging Business Community Lead at Microsoft and responsible of promoting the Microsoft BizSpark Program, the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator and of building relationships with Startups and Investors in Germany. He has more than 15 years management experience in marketing and sales for B2B and B2C software, technology and cloud services.

Dr. Raoul Dittmar


Raoul is a partner at Dittmar Michelsen Mosch, a law firm based in Hamburg. Raoul and his partners Konstantin Michelsen and Jan Christoph Mosch specialise, inter alia, in advising investors and startups on all aspects of corporate and contract law. Their aim is to combine an efficient and entrepreneurial consulting approach with individual advice.

Before forming DMM as kind of a “law firm startup” in 2011, Raoul gained experience in corporate and contract law working for a renowned corporate law boutique and a major law firm. He holds a doctorate in law and has studied law in Passau and London.

Sonja Christine Winter

Consultant at Consensa   |   LinkedIn

Since the beginning of Sonja´s academic and professional career, she has been torn towards interdisciplinary contexts. After exploring them through a master's degree in Politics, Economics and Philosophy and work experiences in England, Mexico, Belgium and Indonesia, her job as host and manager of the social impact lab Hamburg made her realized how much she liked entrepreneurial thinking.
That job – a mixture of building and developing a social start-up and at the same time supporting other social start-ups in their launch or expansion – has trained her in building, optimizing and supervising processes and structures.
Furthermore, it confirmed her long-held suspicion that being a consultant was what she really wanted (to pursue more intensely) – which is why she then moved on to Consensa, a Hamburg-based consultancy for project management, where she started working in June 2014.

Stefan Wolk

Head of Online Marketing at Fielmann AG / Fielmann Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Stefan Wolk is Head of Online Marketing of Fielmann AG and Fielmann Ventures GmbH.
He previously worked as Head of Marketing at, at various other e-commerce and online marketing subsidiaries of otto group and as an independent e-commerce consultant.
Since 2012 he is also lecturer and teaches e-commerce basics at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences.

In addition to his job, he also founded a surf startup and helps upcoming e-commerce companies as a business angel.
Stefan holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Applied Sciences Wismar.

Dr. Bruno Bolsens

CTO at SNOX   |   LinkedIn

After his PhD research work in the field of electronics, Bruno was offered a teaching position at his home university in Belgium, but declined the position to co-kickstart the Belgian company SNOX, in the field of robotic transport systems. Starting literally in a garage with his partners and with small-size projects, SNOX quickly got known for supplying exceptional vehicles, both by size as by difficulty. This lead to exceptional customers. SNOX technology is nowadays found in production facilities for nuclear fuel pellets and in the assembly of automobiles like Maserati. Every new Airbus A350 is built with SNOX technology in various stages of the assembly process.

Last year, SNOX got integrated in the Grenzebach Group based in Germany, which has a worldwide sales organization, opening new horizons for SNOX technology.
As before, Bruno holds the CTO position at SNOX, and is currently working to roll out the technology within the group.

One major focus lies on emerging businesses, such as providing tailored logistic solutions for internet startups as well as established e-commerces.
Apart from the usual technological interests, Bruno loves working with human capital, organization development and is always looking for international opportunities.

Ai Kordek

Mobile & Bitcoin Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor   |   LinkedIn

Nicknamed "little Steve (Jobs)" by some, Ai is a mobile user experience advisor, consultant and mentor. With her love for clean and intuitive interfaces with an addictive feel to them, Ai is always on the lookout for delight in mobile.

Benjamin Southworth

Self Employed consultant and sector evangelist   |   LinkedIn

Benjamin Southworth is a jack of all trades, master of none. He lists his skills as HTML/CSS/JS, Wordpress, some rusty ruby, PHP, SQL, and a bunch of other hacks that can produce results.
He's a regular speaker and presenter on a wide variety of technological related issues such as how the internet relates to democracy and education in the twenty-first century.
He's founded a bunch of companies of which only only a few survive, most notably, the well renowned and regarded THE THREE BEARDS but he has a bunch more lined up in the pipeline. He's also one of the founders of the charity TECH BIKERS.

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