SW-Sponsor Interview: Robin Heintze

What is your job aside from supporting Startup Weekend?

I am the founder and managing director of the online marketing agency morefiremedia. We’re specialized on Google AdWords, Facebook Ads and Landing Page Optimization. We’ve just been merged with our partner agency rankingCHECK and will soon merge legally. More information: morefiremedia.de/fusion/

 

Have you already participated in Startup Weekend? If not, why are you participating?

Unfortunately not yet and I will bring it also this year only on a sponsoring, since there are date collisions. But I’ve heard a lot from last year and look forward to next year.

 

What was your motivation to support Startup Weekend?

I think it’s extremely important to support founders. To leave the safe haven of the employment relationship and working on realizing your own ideas is a great step. Because of my own experience, I know how valuable any support is that you can get. I’ve had a lot of support from great people and would like to do my part to help others succeed.

 

Do you personally profit from volunteering at Startup Weekend?

Karma 🙂

 

Do you have good advice for all future volunteers?

Meet new people, support others and share what you know always pays off. There’s more to come back than you do.

 

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Startup Weekend Jury Interview: Johannes Rohde

What is your job aside from supporting Startup Weekend?

Since my passion is all about technology and what you can accomplish with it I am working the venture capital company Capnamic Ventures right here in Cologne. We are focused on series A financings in the areas of digital b2b solutions in general, digital infrastructure such as enabling technologies for businesses and digital transformation cases in areas we think are still under-digitized.

 

Have you already participated in Startup Weekend? If not, why are you participating?

Not yet – but I am looking forward to the weekend and mostly the other wonderful entrepreneurs and digital enthusiasts I get to meet.

 

What was your motivation to support Startup Weekend?

I think we have a good opportunity right now to create wonderful new products due to the wave of change which is coming with the digitization itself and I like to help the people with the great ideas to turn those thoughts into reality.

 

Do you personally profit from volunteering at Startup Weekend?

I am sure I will by meeting amazing people, learning a lot of new stuff and hearing about great ideas!

 

Do you have any good advice for young teams, who want to start their own business?

Be brave, stay hungry, don’t be too foolish and never be satisfied with the current status quo. Plus it always helped me a lot to have the right people around me who supported but constantly pushed me as well.

 

At which point as a startup does it make sense to talk to venture capitalists?

I think that depends on your idea and how big you want to grow it. If you want to build something which has the potential to change a national market then I would talk to VCs early. It helps both sides to build up trust even though you are not seeking institutional money at the moment and speeds up / eases the investment process significantly. I think it is most important though to find the right VC who fits professionally and personally to you, your team and your company.

 

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SW-Sponsor Interview: David C. Son

What is your job aside from supporting Startup Weekend?

Founder & Director of DALASON GmbH with the products WIRECLOUD as cloud-based phone system and DCalling and Dalason Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd.


Have you already participated in Startup Weekend? If not, why are you participating?

I participated in ‘Startup Weekend Education‘ Cologne as a coach and also in ‘Startup Weekend South West’ in Saarbrücken as a coach.

What was your motivation to support Startup Weekend?

I like to see new business models growing and I also like to help others creating new businesses. If I had this kind of help 10 years ago, maybe I could have prevented myself from many mistakes I’ve made in the past.

 Do you personally profit from volunteering at Startup Weekend?

I met a lot of great and talented people at Startup Weekend so far. Eventhough I could see new ideas growing and this was always inspiring for me.

Do you have good advice for all future volunteers?

Stick to your idea and if you fail, just start from the beginning. Just do it!

 
Ready to be part of it, too?

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The story of SW-Alumni Matthias Malurdy

Where did you first hear about Startup Weekend Cologne?
The first time I heard about SWCGN was when a friend of mine bought me a ticket and told me “You need to do this!”

Where did you work back then?
I worked for a corporate law firm in Düsseldorf.

Why did you participate in Startup Weekend Cologne?
I participated because Till Ohrmann (CEO at Pirate Summit) got me enthusiastic about the local startup ecosystem. Thx Till!

Did you have an idea for a startup then or did you join another group?
Since I didn’t know what to expect from this event, I joined the group KinderMask. The Idea was to produce respirator masks for children.

How did you experience the weekend? What did you (not) like?
The most memorable through the 54h time period was the buzzing energy of the participants. I didn’t like the finite amount of coffee. Imagine the night shifts we could’ve done, if we have had more coffee! #CoffeeAddict

What happened after the Startup Weekend?
We worked on the project for a couple of months, but unfortunately the team fell apart.

Are there people from Startup Weekend still in your team?
No. But we have some good laughs when we randomly run into each other at STARTPLATZ.

What is your résumé?
There is an enormous chance that you will get addicted to the world of startups…

Whom would you recommend to participate?
Everyone.

Will you participate as a coach at Startup Weekend Cologne 2017?

I will try my best to help the participants to structure their ideas, fill out the business canvases and ultimately to pull off a great pitch.

Ready to be part of it, too?
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The story of SW-Volunteer Caro Gattermann

Caro, what is your job aside from organizing Startup Weekend?
I’m the Head of Communications at STARTPLATZ, the biggest Startup Incubator in NRW and host of the Startup Weekend.


In which Startup Weekend(s) did you participate and in which role?
I work at STARTPLATZ, where the past Startup Weekends took place, and soon after I began my job there I met a few people who participated or volunteered at SWCologne and were quite enthusiastic about it. Plus they needed someone for PR and Marketing, which is what I do – so that was a match ☺ Therefore, I started volunteering as well in 2015 for the Startup Weekend in early 2016, being responsible for PR and this year I will be a coach for the participants and answer all questions about PR and Marketing.

STARTPLATZ Team

 

What was your motivation to volunteer?
Firstly, the people who previously volunteered or participated who told me so many good things about it and then, too, that with a little bit of my time, effort and knowledge I can motivate and help more young people with really good ideas to actually make something of it.

What was the most remarkable moment / the thing that impressed you most?
When I invited the Cologne Mayor and Elfi Scho-Antwerpes actually came to open the StartupWeekend on a Friday night. It was nice to see that some politicians support the startup scene and are generally interested in it. She told us that the year before, her daughter participated at StartupWeekend Cologne the previous year.

Do you have good advice for all future participants?
Just dare to take part! Even if you don’t have an idea or so far you have not set foot in the startup scene – take this as your chance to meet wonderful people and be inspired! You don’t need an own idea, you just need to be motivated.

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The story of SW-Alumni Ben Sufiani

Where did you first hear about Startup Weekend Cologne?

I practically live at STARTPLATZ, so it was really hard to miss,
but it was the Facebook Event I saw first.
That was a bit over a year ago.

 

Where did you work back then?

I worked for the app incubator Maple Apps as the marketing guy.

Why did you participate in Startup Weekend Cologne?

To get a feeling for the interest in technical marketing as a service.

Did you have an idea for a startup then or did you join another group?

It was my idea.

How did you experience the weekend? What did you (not) like?

It was a lot of work and interesting group dynamics.
While being fun I didn’t like the expectation that the start was really going to launch.

What happened after the Startup Weekend?

We worked together for a while, but split up later.
6metrics is still going strong and is cash flow positive.

 

Are there people from Startup Weekend still in your team?

No, but we keep in touch once in a while.

What is your résumé?

It feels great to have people work with you on your idea,
but one should manage expectations from the beginnings.

Whom would you recommend to participate?

Startup novices who would like a crash course in startup idea validation.

Will you participate as a coach at Startup Weekend Cologne 2017?

Sure, if time allows it.

Thanks a lot! 🙂

 

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The story of SW-Alumni Daniel Bartel

Where did you first hear about Startup Weekend?

I found an announcement for the first Startup Weekend in Germany in the Coworking0711-Newsletter, a coworking-space based in Stuttgart. On a cold autumn night in 2010 I decided that this would be the right event for me. Continue reading “The story of SW-Alumni Daniel Bartel”








The story of ‘Radbonus’

A lot of great ideas were formed at earlier Startup Weekends. Read here the story behind Radbonus and the founder Nora Grazzini.
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#SWCologne 2016: And the winner is…

Like the motto of the SWCologne – No talk, all action – let’s wrap up this crazy
Startup Weekend Cologne 2016 in some Facts & Figures 

80
participants
generated 37 ideas of which
14 ideas were picked by the crowd to be worked on
during the 54 hours of the Startup Weekend 2016.
120 liters of coffee, approx. 100 cans of KPMG energy drinks, approx. 250 bottles of VitaminWater, approx. 200 bars of Hafervoll cereal bars, some water & beer and delicious catering were consumed.
Around 100 people listened to 5 minutes of final pitching and 4 minutes of Q&A, before the teams were assessed by our
4 judges Dr. Lorenz Gräf, Ruth Cremer, Tim Schumacher, Daniel Attallah.
4 teams were in the finals and the 1 overall winning team was FlipTrip – Congrats!

Startup Weekend Cologne 2016 Winner

Big THANK YOU to all sponsors and everyone who supported us to make this event unforgettable!

STARTPLATZ, Stadt Köln, KPMG, Fritz Cola, Glaecéau VitaminWater, Hafervoll, World of VR, WSS Redoint, Djahém

Startup Weekend Cologne 2016 Team

All mentors, judges and volunteers for their time and devotion
Thomas Müller for the photo documentary

All photos can be found on our facebook page www.facebook.com/swcologne
Hope to see you all next year!

Startup Weekend Cologne 2016








Startup Weekend Cologne Alumni Interview: Nicola Römer

The heart of the Startup Weekends are the people that are part of it – whether as participants or volunteers. We would like to introduce you to a few of them and ask about their motivation and experiences to give you a little insight. We talked to Nicola Römer, who continued working on her project “Schatztüte”. Find out what became of her idea and what experiences she gained during Startup Weekend!  Continue reading “Startup Weekend Cologne Alumni Interview: Nicola Römer”