The story of SW-Alumni Daniel Bartel

Where did you first hear about Startup Weekend Cologne?

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!”




Sponsor Spotlight: @twobirds

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird at a glance 

Bird & Bird is an international law firm employing over 1,200 lawyers across a worldwide network of 28 offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. We deliver expertise across a wide spectrum of legal services to clients that range from SMEs to large international corporations. We also enjoy an excellent reputation with the start-up community as well as the leading venture capital investors in Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific built on an impressive list of credentials.

At the forefront of technological innovation

Our specialisms include advising on commercial, corporate, EU and competition, intellectual property, dispute resolution, employment, finance and real estate matters in a variety of industry sectors. Many of our clients build their businesses on technology and intangible assets, and operate in regulated markets. To better meet their needs we have developed deep industry understanding of key sectors, particularly those that have the potential to be affected and transformed by disruptive technologies. We have an excellent track record of advising in some of the most technology-rich industries such as Technology & Communications, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Energy & Utilities, Automotive, Media, Financial Services and the list goes on. This sector-focused approach is the key to our success.

Our clients confide in us to take advantage of pioneering, highly complex technology, in order to stay ahead against their competitors – we stand at their side by assessing the legal risks and helping to safeguard their interests. Bird & Bird has been at the forefront of legal developments and innovation for many decades, and have unrivalled expertise in advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking cases of recent years. We have deep expertise and experience in a number of the key issues and developments that are shaping the technological marketplace including:

  • agile development methodologies;
  • big data;
  • cloud services;
  • cyber and IT security;
  • the internet of things;
  • mobile payments and apps;
  • next generation genomics;
  • open source and open data;
  • robotics and software patentability;
  • spectrum auctions;
  • sharing and trading;
  • 3D printing etc.

“Enviably strong TMT practice in Europe and expanding in Asia and the Middle East. At the forefront of developments in the sector, advising on issues such as cloud services, big data, spectrum, mobile payment and network sharing. “They are great – really modern with a great level of expertise and very fast responses.”

Chambers Global 2015




Sponsor Spotlight: Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

 

Bird & Bird at a glance

Bird & Bird is an international law firm employing over 1,200 lawyers across a worldwide network of 28 offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. We deliver expertise across a wide spectrum of legal services to clients that range from SMEs to large international corporations. We also enjoy an excellent reputation with the start-up community as well as the leading venture capital investors in Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific built on an impressive list of credentials.

At the forefront of technological innovation

Our specialisms include advising on commercial, corporate, EU and competition, intellectual property, dispute resolution, employment, finance and real estate matters in a variety of industry sectors. Many of our clients build their businesses on technology and intangible assets, and operate in regulated markets. To better meet their needs we have developed deep industry understanding of key sectors, particularly those that have the potential to be affected and transformed by disruptive technologies. We have an excellent track record of advising in some of the most technology-rich industries such as Technology & Communications, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Energy & Utilities, Automotive, Media, Financial Services and the list goes on. This sector-focused approach is the key to our success.

Our clients confide in us to take advantage of pioneering, highly complex technology, in order to stay ahead against their competitors – we stand at their side by assessing the legal risks and helping to safeguard their interests. Bird & Bird has been at the forefront of legal developments and innovation for many decades, and have unrivalled expertise in advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking cases of recent years. We have deep expertise and experience in a number of the key issues and developments that are shaping the technological marketplace including:

  • agile development methodologies;
  • big data;
  • cloud services;
  • cyber and IT security;
  • the internet of things;
  • mobile payments and apps;
  • next generation genomics;
  • open source and open data;
  • robotics and software patentability;
  • spectrum auctions;
  • sharing and trading;
  • 3D printing etc.

“Enviably strong TMT practice in Europe and expanding in Asia and the Middle East. At the forefront of developments in the sector, advising on issues such as cloud services, big data, spectrum, mobile payment and network sharing. “They are great – really modern with a great level of expertise and very fast responses.”

Chambers Global 2015




What to Expect During Startup Weekend: Timeline Infographic

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour jam-packed weekend of creation and innovation. To get a better idea of what to expect throughout the weekend, our friends from NPIRE designed a super awesome timeline infographic to explore and discover ahead of time what will happen during the #SWHH16:

Timeline-Infographic