It’s over – a weekend full of networking, teamwork, innovative approaches, and awesome pitches, but most important a weekend full of awesomeness, growing beyond limits and turning ideas into reality! Startup Weekend Women took place from 10th – 12th April 2015 at Gründerwerft in Hamburg. The participants spent all weekend with a cohort of strangers who, like you, want to see what starting a startup is all about. However they were introduced not only to a bunch of ambitious dreamers, but to a network of experienced startup people who were running successful companies in Hamburg, raised venture capital or were themselves VCs or angel investors – looking for great local ideas!
This Startup Weekend was all about testing your ideas and meeting awesome people you probably would never have met otherwise! It’s about learning how a startup works, what problems a startup might have, how to co-work with others, how to deal with VC, how to lead a team, how to pitch your idea and being amazed by people’s creativity, by the strength of their mind! You might now realize that you spend a whole weekend working like crazy, learning and growing beyond limits!
On Friday there was a room full of ideas, 33 ideas to be precise. Two days later we had a room full of new and innovative business concepts and 11 teams were ready to pitch their idea in front of our jury and the greater audience! WOW! We are extremely proud that so many awesome and innovative business ideas were born at this Startup Weekend!
Although the purpose of a Startup Weekend is not about winning a competition, but rather about the awesome experience, on sunday evening everyone was curious which teams and ideas will convince the audience as well as the jury! So, there were given a few prizes in four categories to help their startup grow after the weekend is over… and these are the winners:
BEST DESIGN – BringMeToArt
Team BringMeToArt won the prize for the BEST DESIGN. BringMeToArt is an app that compiles all dates and venues for art lovers. It’s designed as a paid app with ticketing and audio guide functionalities aimed for Hamburg. The jury was impressed by the design that quickly made everyone understand how the solution will work.
BEST PITCH – SpizeClub
Team Spizeclub won the prize for the BEST PITCH. SpizeClub aims to be an online platform where gourmets can choose their spice mixes itself, while receiving guidance on what individual spices work well together and which not.
OVERALL WINNER AND AUDIENCE CHOICE – Comate.me
Team comate.me really rocked this weekend. First they won the AUDIENCE AWARD and a few minutes later they were chosen as OVERALL WINNER by the jury, too! WOW! Comate.me is a service that helps you find the perfect roommates by personality criteria. The Team was definitely overwhelmed by winning two prizes!
Congratulations to all of you!
We believe that it is possible to keep moving ahead after Startup Weekend and we dare to believe that the spark that we fired on Startup Weekend is a real possibility to get your startup off the ground! During this Startup Weekend we have collected phrases and favourite quotes from our participants and the female founders we’ve interviewed. So, we have put together a Startup Weekend Manifesto to keep the spirit alive! 🙂
We heartily wish that more startups born out of Startup Weekend across the globe turn into new real companies, that create jobs, innovation and hope for the world. With a hands-on approach and lots of BÄÄÄM-spirit we can make it happen!
After half a year of organization and hundreds of meetings, planning and working on everything to be perfect at the weekend itself, we can not believe it’s over!
We wish you all the best and we are looking forward to seeing you soon again. Feel free to contact us after Startup Weekend if you need any advice or guidance with any of your future business ideas.
Thank you for making this Startup Weekend so special! – Your Organizing Team