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betahaus Hamburg - coworking space, Eifflerstraße 37-43, 22769 Hamburg

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate 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!

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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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
Silver Sponsors

Dirk Freise

Founder of Shortcut Ventures

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

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.

Simon Meyborg

Research & Development at Hanse Ventures

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

Hendric Rüsch

Partnerships Manager at Jimdo   |  

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.

Nils Seebach

Co-Founder and CFO of etribes Framework   |  

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.

Panos Meyer

Co-Founder and Managing Director of   |  

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.

Media & Contributing Sponsors
Serhat Kaya
Mohamed Chahin
Robin Himmels
Sadaf Malek Asghar
Leonard Zenouzi
Clint Gardow
Nils Neubauer
Heide Peuckert
Julia Kremer
Johannes Hill

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