Startup Weekends – what are they?

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What is a Startup Weekend?

This is often the first question people raise when hearing about them for the first time. Following I’ll shortly explain what they are and what’s happening during the weekend.

The goal is to startup in 54h!
-> no boring talks or lectures, the motto is “No Talk, All Action!”

The Startup Weekend Bremen (5/20-5/22 @ BITZ Bremen) starts on friday evening with the initial pitches providing everybody who has an idea to present it. If you don’t have an idea don’t worry just join a team forming around an idea you like. During this process teams form around the Ideas consisting of Designers, Developers & Business specialists. Those teams work on their ideas until Sunday evening while they get the support of Mentors & Coaches.

On Sunday eveningthe teams pitch their ideas before a jury, they get feedback and the opportunity to win prizes like free Co-Working Space or Coaching & Workshop offers. Besides the main prize the best design and the greenest Startup will be rewarded.
During the whole weekend we will provide food & beverages for you!

Startup Weekend in numbers:
+2900 Events Globally
+193.000 Participants
+23.000 Startups
150 Countries

Get your Early-Bird Tickets until the 25th of April for 40€ (25€ for Students)

If you want to know more about the Startup Weekend concept check out their website here.

See you there,



Was ist ein Startup Weekend?
In 54 Stunden zum Startup – das ist das Ziel.
-> keine langweiligen Vorträge, es gilt das Motto „No Talk, All Action!“

Das ‪#‎SWBCT‬ (20.-22.5 BITZ – Bremen) beginnt am Freitagabend jeder Teilnehmer kann seine Idee pitchen. Wer keine Idee hat schließt sich einfach anderen Ideen an. Nun bilden sich Teams aus Designern, Developern und Business-Experten um die Ideen. Bis Sonntagnachmittag arbeiten die Teams an ihren Ideen und werden dabei von Mentoren & Coaches unterstützt.

Am Sonntagabend pitchen die Teams vor einer Experten-Jury, erhalten Feedback und die möglichkeit ‪#‎nice‬ Preise wie kostenlosen Co-Working-Space oder Coaching- und Workshop-Angebote abzustauben. Neben dem Hauptgewinn werden auch das bestes Design & bestes ‪#‎green‬ startup belohnt. Natürlich wird während dem gesamten Wochende auch für euer leibliches Wohl gesorgt!

Startup Weekend in Zahlen:
+2.900 Events global
+193.000 Teilnehmern
+23.000 Startups
150 Länder

Get your ticket now! Early-Bird Tickets gibts bis zum 25.4 für 40€ (Studis 25€)

Bis dann,


SWBCT date change

Scroll down for the German version!

Why did we decide to postpone the Startup Weekend Bremen CleanTech?

Our overall goal as organizers is to kickstart the Startup scene of Bremen. We ourselves are quite interested in sustainability furthermore there are a significant number of CleanTech firms and application fields present in the North-West. One thought lead to another and before we knew it we decided that we would try to help local CleanTech startups with the aid of a Startup Weekend.

We received quite a bit of feedback since we first announced the SWBCT, a few have CleanTech ideas and many have other ideas.

This lead us to the decision to open up the focus of the event and allow all kind of ideas but due to this change we need some time to re-adjust the line-up and a few other details.

Not all of our changes are online yet but that will happen over the course of the next few days!

Additionally we re-negotiated with our sponsors and are now able to offer our tickets quite a bit cheaper to you. Early Bird Tickets will be available until the 15.04 for 40€ (25€ for students) which is a pretty good bargain considering that you will receive full board, goodies fun, networking possibilities and the option to startup during the weekend.

Startup Weekends have been alive and well for a while now in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich amongst others now it’s time to also establish them in Bremen!

Get your tickets now!

Cheers Luis & the Organizing Team


Warum haben wir uns für entschieden das Startup Weekend Bremen CleanTech zu verschieben?

Wir wollen einen Impuls für die Startup Szene in Bremen setzen! Wir vom Orga-Team interessieren uns für nachhaltige Konzepte; dazu sind CleanTech Anwendungsfelder in der Nordwest Region stark vertreten. So kam ein Gedanke zum anderen: „Hey, wäre es nicht cool, wenn wir mit einem Startup Weekend helfen, CleanTech Startups in der Region auf die Spur zu bringen – sie finden hier ein gutes Umfeld, um sich weiterzuentwickeln.“
Inzwischen haben wir viel Feedback bekommen – manche haben CleanTech Ideen, viele haben andere Ideen. Und die sind gut. Daher öffnen wir für alle Ideen – und verschieben auf 20.-22.05, weil wir ein bisschen Zeit brauchen um neu zu justieren und ein cooles Line-up aufzustellen, das der Vielfalt an unterschiedlichen Startup-Ideen gerecht wird. Noch ist nicht alles, was in der Pipeline ist, online – in ein paar Tagen haben wir nachgezogen. Soviel vorweg: wir werden von den Startup-Szenen anderer Städte richtig guten Input bekommen.
Auch mit Sponsoren haben wir neu verhandelt – und können die Tickets nun günstiger anbieten. Early Bird Tickets sind bis 15.04 für 40€ erhältlich (Studenten: 25€). Ihr bekommt während des Startup Weekends Vollverpflegung, Goodies, Spaß, Networking Möglichkeiten und die Chance auf ein eigenes Startup.
Startup Weekends bereichern schon lange Berlin, Hamburg und München. Paderborn, Lüneburg, Münster, Bremerhaven – auch hier gab und gibt es Startup Weekends. Wir wollen es in Bremen etablieren.

Get your tickets now!

Cheers Luis & the Organizing Team

Insights from Startup Nation Israel at IAC2015

Several StartupWeekend Space: Bremen, Gdansk and Shanghai team members attended the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. It was a perfect opportunity to meet space entrepreneurs to gain some insights from this startup nation.

One of the world’s largest space conferences, the IAC brings together the leaders of the space sector among industry, academia and agencies for a busy week of meetings and presentations. This year, over 1800 participants from over 60 countries took part in the congress, with about 40 heads of space agencies and astronauts. It is a key opportunity to network among the key players in the sector. The Israel Space Agency hosted the event.

Venue of the IAC2015, Jerusalem
Venue of the IAC2015, Jerusalem

Over the course of the week, the congress had a large and varied programme, covering topics as diverse as human spaceflight, space debris, earth observation, space propulsion, business innovation and space education. Sebastian D. Marcu and Magni Johannsson, co-leads for StartupWeekend Space: Bremen advocated the space startup scene in Europe at the congress together with the Bremen Invest (WFB), as a follow on from our successful StartupWeekend Space events in Bremen, Shanghai and Gdansk.

On the Monday afternoon, Sebastian formed part of a panel for the city of Bremen in a special “Startup & Space” event, bringing together selected players from Israel, to provide various perspectives on its thriving Israeli startup landscape. Sebastian commented:

“Having read the book ‘Startup Nation’, I was inspired by the spirit of entrepreneurship in Israel and wanted to take this opportunity to connect to local experts to see what could come out of this collaboration.”

Members of the panel included: Haim Kopans – JVP Media Labs; Ofer Lapid – Space-Nest; Eugene Jorov – Angel Sensor; Shoshi Rushnevsky – Chiprix; and Kartik Kumar – Satsearch (Second place winner at StartupWeekend Space: Bremen).

Startup & Space Panel
Startup & Space Panel

Tuesday morning saw a paper presentation by Magni Johannsson on StartupWeekend Space describing the event to an international audience. The paper delves into how the team conceptualised and realised the event in addition to key statistics and outcomes following the event.

In addition, Sebastian and Magni toured the Siftech accelerator where startup company Chiprix is located, to gain further insights from the Startup Nation on what Bremen can do to make it into an entrepreneurial city.

Bremen has a major aerospace sector with companies such as OHB, Airbus Defence and Space and HE Space, together with the German Space Agency (DLR) and the Centre for Applied Space Research and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen.

The city will also host the Space Tech Expo Europe (17-19 November) where, among a comprehensive programme, will help bring together the realisation of a space startup city.

At the end of the IAC it was announced the city was successful in its bid to host the IAC in 2018. Its plan to become a hub for space technology and innovation formed an important part of this bid.

Hans Georg Tschupke from Bremen Invest said:

“As we approach the IAC2018 there is likely to be an upsurge in interest in space startups in the city of Bremen. It is therefore important we collaborate with other space startup nations and regions across the world to learn what infrastructures we need to harness this momentum.


On Being a Space Entrepreneur

Astronaut Hans Schlegel working on Columbus module of the ISS
Astronaut Hans Schlegel working on Columbus module of the ISS (Copyright ESA)

Elon Musk proved that through his on-going success with his rocket building company SpaceX. With a background in physics and economics, his success in the area of space can be attributed to his tenacity to paint opportunities with the skills and tools at his disposal. He demonstrated that a successful space entrepreneur requires first and foremost the capacity to assemble and build a strong team of experts around you, while you lead with the overall vision.

StartupWeekend Space is driven by the view that anyone can start a space startup. We are opening up the space sector to attract outside talent: Artists, designers, lawyers, doctors, economists and many more. Not only will they contribute their skills, but they will also provide fresh, innovative inputs to traditional challenges in the space sector.

I consider myself a space entrepreneur even if it does not appear so on a first glance. My company Design & Data GmbH provides crossmedia services exclusively to the space sector. I created Design & Data while still working for the European Space Agency. It was born out of a need to develop better communication products to reach out to the broad public. Within the last seven years, the company grew from a one-man business to a core team of six and a customer base encompassing both space agencies and private space companies.

Last summer I participated at International Space University’s Space Studies Program. This education program introduced me to the concept of the three I’s:

  • Interdisciplinary: Crossing discipline boundaries
  • International: Crossing global boundaries
  • Intercultural: Crossing cultural boundaries

We will apply the same principles to help the participants of StartupWeekend Space to gain a unique 3I experience at the event and generate a number of space business concepts that transcend these boundaries.

Being an entrepreneur is an enriching experience that everyone should attempt at least once. Do not be put off by the fact that you lack either experience or education. Most importantly, do not listen to others that try to discourage you. If you do not try, you will never know if you would have succeeded.

Key ingredients to being a successful entrepreneur are tenacity, endurance and a pinch of chutzpah. These will not only help you create new products, but also create new markets. With this in mind, what is still holding you back from becoming a space entrepreneur?

StartupWeekend Space is your first step to enabling that giant leap for mankind and most importantly for yourself. Be part of it, #BeSpacial.

Live long and prosper

<em>StartupWeekend Space is supported by the <a href=”“>City of Bremen</a>, the <a href=”“>European Space Agency</a>, <a href=”“>Airbus Defence and Space</a>, <a href=”“>HE-Space</a>, <a href=”“>Design &amp; Data</a>, <a href=”“>Space Angels Network</a> as well as <a href=”“>Up Global</a>, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a <a href=”“>hub</a> for entrepreneurial space.