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?
Get your tickets for the next Startup Weekend Cologne 2017 now!

 








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.

Ready to be part of it, too?
Get your tickets for the next Startup Weekend Cologne 2017 now!








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! 🙂

 

Get your #SWCGN 2017 tickets here!

 








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.
Continue reading “The story of ‘Radbonus’”








Only one week left – Everybody is getting excited about the 3rd #SWSaar

Great news from the last days:

  • Our marketing campaign has huge response and the number of registered participants is better than expected.
  • We are supported by the CosmosDirekt (https://twitter.com/CosmosDirekt) insurance.
  •  And last but not least, we want to announce our Startup Weekend kickass facilitator Celik Nimani (https://twitter.com/celiknimani), who will be our inspiring guide through the weekend.

 








Guest Post by 99designs: Startup City Battle – Berlin vs. London [infographic]

The battle of the startup cities is on! Berlin vs. London – both belong to Europe’s most economically vibrant cities, but which one is Europe’s real #1 hub for digital startups? 99designs compared a couple of significant numbers to help you decide where it’s best to locate your new unicorn startup. While the focus is on what the cities may offer you in terms of founding, it also takes a look on the life outside the office. So, who takes the crown home?

StartUpCityBattle-pounds-uk

 

Startup City Battle – London vs. Berlin

It is pretty obvious. London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. While both cities have their advantages and both are right at the heart of the digital startup revolution, we believe it is Berlin on top of the podium!








Guest Post by 99designs: Startup City Battle – Berlin vs. London [infographic]

The battle of the startup cities is on! Berlin vs. London – both belong to Europe’s most economically vibrant cities, but which one is Europe’s real #1 hub for digital startups? 99designs compared a couple of significant numbers to help you decide where it’s best to locate your new unicorn startup. While the focus is on what the cities may offer you in terms of founding, it also takes a look on the life outside the office. So, who takes the crown home?

StartUpCityBattle-pounds-uk

 

Startup City Battle – London vs. Berlin

It is pretty obvious. London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. While both cities have their advantages and both are right at the heart of the digital startup revolution, we believe it is Berlin on top of the podium!








Prizes for Our Award Winning Teams

Every year, our judges choose three teams who will win the Best Over All, Best Design and Best Pitch Award.

We have amazing prize sponsors for our awards this year. Here is a short list of what you will get:

  • Free GitHub Accounts
  • Free Jimdo Accounts
  • Free FastBill Accounts
  • Free Rifamo Accounts
  • Free pidoco Accounts
  • Access to Microsoft BizSpark
  • First Logo Design by 99designs
  • Translations by Toptranslation
  • Coworking Space by betahaus Hamburg
  • Books by O´Reilly and dpunkt.verlag
  • Tickets to the DLD Summer Conference
  • Tickets to the Online Marketing Rockstars
  • Tickets to the Pirate Summit
  • Special Stressball by getDigital.de

We would like to say thank you to our amazing partners who are supporting our award winners with their prizes – we hope everyone will enjoy them!

We will see the winners on Sunday, June 5th at 5:30 pm.

Looking forward to an awesome weekend with Rockstars and Game Changers.








Curtain up for our amazing facilitator Daniel Johnsen

Daniel is our a amazing facilitator from Louisville (KY) is currently flying all the way to us from the U.S. with a 10+ hours flight. We were so curious about getting to know this super motivated guy, so we asked him some questions in advance:

 

“How often have you hosted, organized and participated in Startup Weekend this far?”

I’ve lost count of how many events I’ve participated in, but it numbers above 30. I’ve been an observer the first one Louisville, KY held, then realized I needed to participate. I was part of the next 2 events in the same city as a general business/hustler, then retired from participating after taking 1st place in the Lexington, KY event in 2013. Since then I’ve helped organize as the budget point person, lead organizer and stepped back to ‘pass the beaker’ to the next lead organizer. As of recent I’ve been an active facilitator, traveling mostly along the Eastern United States, but have made it to Canada and soon to the Caribbean in June 2016. I may have facilitated more than 10 or 15, but I’ve lost count.

“As we all know facilitators work for free as well, why do you like to host SWs?”

The world is a much smaller place than we realize. I enjoy building a network and occasionally connect current participants with past participants in different cities if there is a match.

“What do you do when not spending your weekend hosting Startup Weekends?”

I’m still working on my 2013 Startup Weekend concept, which is harder than it started out. I’m heavily involved in the Louisville, KY region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and maker community. I help coach budding entrepreneurs through early stage market validation, problem definition and pitch practices. Occasionally I’m asked by investors to help pre-seed stage companies dial their model and correct business practices prior to investment. No two days are identical, and I enjoy that aspect.

“What will you try to help the crowd with and how can participants help you in return?”

All I ask is that participants be open. We’re putting you through a lot of work in about 50 hours, you’ll only take away as much as you’re willing to be open to different ideas & feedback. If you’re willing, we’ll have you generating revenue (I’ve seen 1 concept gain $4,000 USD in revenue in 1 weekend).

“What is the most fun part of the facilitator job and what is the most exhausting part?”

No two communities are the same, some are stacked with developers, others with designers or even the general business participants or hustlers as some people refer. It is fun to see people learn quickly and pivot during the weekend. No business model ever survives the first interaction with the customer, we just want you to get to that point quickly.

As for being exhausted: It takes me about 3 days to get used to a new bed, so from that standpoint I get a bit tired just before getting used to a new hotel or AirBNB bed while on the facilitation circuit.

“Thanks for taking the time! We are so much looking forward to meeting you!”