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Startup Weekend Saarbruecken
May 8th, 2015

Startup Weekends are designed to provide superior experiential education. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. We want you to be as prepared as possible and have scripted some details and recommendations for you in the next lines.

Weekend Roadmap


Participants arrive at 6 pm, begin networking, and eat dinner. After a short introduction by the facilitator, the “Pitchfire” will commence: anyone intending to pitch will have 60 seconds to give his or her best pitch. No presentations or props needed for Friday. It will just be you and a mic. After pitches are finished, all attendees will vote on their favorites, using these votes the top ideas will be selected to be worked on over the weekend. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working.

Action items:

  • Map Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Identify customers
  • Agree on weekend deliverables


Teams will work all day, with the occasional breaks to eat or listen to one short talk. Coaches will be circulating to provide concrete advice in the field of their expertise for those teams that want it.

Action items:

  • Refine MVP
  • Make market research
  • Start building the MVP prototype
  • Do customer validation
  • Collect graphics + info for your presentation


Teams will work from morning until mid-afternoon. They’ll begin wrapping up their product/prototype and/or presentation around 3-4 PM to do tech-checks and practice their demonstration. After all Judges have arrived presentations will begin: each team typically has 5 minutes plus 3 minutes Q&A from the jury.

Action Items:

  • Validate business idea
  • Collect more customer feedback
  • Define rollout strategy
  • Outline business model
  • Finish building the MVP prototype
  • Craft a pitch and start pitch practice


Hristo Pentchev