The Winners of Startup Weekend Women Hamburg 2015!

It’s over – a weekend full of networking, teamwork, innovative approaches, and awesome pitches, but most important a weekend full of awesomeness, growing beyond limits and turning ideas into reality! Startup Weekend Women took place from 10th – 12th April 2015 at Gründerwerft in Hamburg. The participants spent all weekend with a cohort of strangers who, like you, want to see what starting a startup is all about. However they were introduced not only to a bunch of ambitious dreamers, but to a network of experienced startup people who were running successful companies in Hamburg, raised venture capital or were themselves VCs or angel investors – looking for great local ideas!


This Startup Weekend was all about testing your ideas and meeting awesome people you probably would never have met otherwise! It’s about learning how a startup works, what problems a startup might have, how to co-work with others, how to deal with VC, how to lead a team, how to pitch your idea and being amazed by people’s creativity, by the strength of their mind! You might now realize that you spend a whole weekend working like crazy, learning and growing beyond limits!


On Friday there was a room full of ideas, 33 ideas to be precise. Two days later we had a room full of new and innovative business concepts and 11 teams were ready to pitch their idea in front of our jury and the greater audience! WOW! We are extremely proud that so many awesome and innovative business ideas were born at this Startup Weekend!


Although the purpose of a Startup Weekend is not about winning a competition, but rather about the awesome experience, on sunday evening everyone was curious which teams and ideas will convince the audience as well as the jury! So, there were given a few prizes in four categories to help their startup grow after the weekend is over… and these are the winners:


Team BringMeToArt won the prize for the BEST DESIGN. BringMeToArt is an app that compiles all dates and venues for art lovers. It’s designed as a paid app with ticketing and audio guide functionalities aimed for Hamburg. The jury was impressed by the design that quickly made everyone understand how the solution will work.


BEST PITCH – SpizeClub

Team Spizeclub won the prize for the BEST PITCH. SpizeClub aims to be an online platform where gourmets can choose their spice mixes itself, while receiving guidance on what individual spices work well together and which not.



Team really rocked this weekend. First they won the AUDIENCE AWARD and a few minutes later they were chosen as OVERALL WINNER by the jury, too! WOW! is a service that helps you find the perfect roommates by personality criteria. The Team was definitely overwhelmed by winning two prizes!


You can find more photos of the final presentation here or check out Twitter #SWWHH for latest tweets!

Congratulations to all of you!

We believe that it is possible to keep moving ahead after Startup Weekend and we dare to believe that the spark that we fired on Startup Weekend is a real possibility to get your startup off the ground! During this Startup Weekend we have collected phrases and favourite quotes from our participants and the female founders we’ve interviewed. So, we have put together a ‪Startup Weekend‬ ‪‎Manifesto‬ to keep the spirit alive! 🙂


We heartily wish that more startups born out of Startup Weekend across the globe turn into new real companies, that create jobs, innovation and hope for the world. With a hands-on approach and lots of BÄÄÄM-spirit we can make it happen!

After half a year of organization and hundreds of meetings, planning and working on everything to be perfect at the weekend itself, we can not believe it’s over!


We wish you all the best and we are looking forward to seeing you soon again. Feel free to contact us after Startup Weekend if you need any advice or guidance with any of your future business ideas.

Thank you for making this Startup Weekend so special! – Your Organizing Team



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Што е Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend претставува 54 – часовен глобален настан каде се здружуваат програмери, менаџери, студенти, маркетинг експерти и млади претприемачи со цел да генерираат нови идеи за бизнис и да направат план како успешно да ги реализираат, каде ментори се локални и меѓународни стартап експерти.

Во Скопје, овој настан оваа година ќе се одржи по 4ти пат од 8ми до 10ти мај  каде се очекуваат повеќе од 75 учесници и многу локални и меѓународни ментори и судии. Минатогодишниот Startup Weekend Skopje се одржуваше од 19ти до 21ви септември во просториите на New Man’s Business Accelerator каде имаше над 60 учесници, 11 ментори и околу 20 волонтери.

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StartupWeekend Space: Bremen officially announces its prizes

StartupWeekend Space

Bremen, 1 April 2015

StartupWeekend Space: Bremen, a European event conceived to generate lean space startup concepts through interdisciplinary collaboration has today officially announced the prizes to be awarded to the top three teams.

Held at Bremen’s Innovation and Technology Center (BITZ) on April 10th-12th, 2015. The first, second and third place winners will be rewarded with prizes that can significantly help them advance their presented business concepts.

The winning team will receive 12 months of coaching from Claudia Kessler, CEO of HE-Space, in business proposal writing and business formation. Following the 12 months, the winning team will be coached by Chad Anderson, Managing Director of Space Angels Network, in preparation to present their business plan to investors within their network.

Managing Director of the Space Angels Network, Chad Anderson, acknowledges the importance of the StartupWeekend Space event for Europe by demonstrating his commitment to support the winning team and the event.

“For the past three years Space Angels Network has supported Space Startup Weekends in San Francisco, Shanghai, and Bremen. These events provide an important venue for demonstrating how accessible space has become for entrepreneurs and startups, and it is impressive to see what teams are able to come up with in just a weekend. We’re proud to support the first SWS event in Europe and facilitate the path from conception to growth and funding.”

Both Claudia Kessler and Chad Anderson will be on site at StartupWeekend Space: Bremen. Chad Anderson will also join the jury to decide with other members, on the top three teams to win these prizes.

Other notable guests who will be present in person or via live video, include the Bremen minister of economic affair, labour and ports Martin Günthner, the European Space Agency (ESA) head of technology transfer programme office, Frank Maximilian Salzgeber, the founder and CEO of Mansat Christopher Stott, the co-founder and CTO of Planet Labs Chris Boshuizen and the founder and CEO of Zero2Infinity José Mariano López-Urdiales.

The team to reach the second place will win one day of presentation and on-camera training with Hill Media in Bremen. This will serve as preparation for the upcoming opportunity to pitch their business concept at the Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy accelerator speed summit and to join the Berlin based accelerator program for one week.

Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy accelerator, Tanja Kufner is confident that space entrepreneurship is Europe’s future industry to watch out for.

“We at Startupbootcamp, are proud to support the objectives of StartupWeekend Space, through our accelerator program. NewSpace is already reality in the USA. It is only a question of time before we will see more space startups here in Europe.”

ESA in cooperation with the International Astronautical Federation also contribute a third prize to StartupWeekend Space: Bremen enabling two team members to attend the Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC 2015) in Munich where they will have the opportunity network with ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) staff and participants.

Frank Maximilian Salzgeber proposes the ESA BIC network across Europe as the natural next stepping stone for StartupWeekend Space entrepreneurs.

“StartupWeekend Space is an innovative way to generate new business concepts. The ESA BIC network could be a possible next step to help turn these business ideas into real companies that create jobs and wealth for Europe. ESA is committed to supporting space entrepreneurship in Europe.”

With less than ten days to go before the event, all 80 tickets have already been sold out. The registered participants come from 13 countries in Europe and represent 18 nationalities including Germany, Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and the USA. With this kind of cultural diversity, the business concepts proposed by the participants are expected to be especially innovative.

For more information about the event, please access our webpage at You can also follow us on social media using the hashtags #BeSpacial and #SWSpace.

StartupWeekend Space: Bremen is supported by the City of Bremen, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, the European Space Agency, Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy, Hill Media, Center of Applied Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.

Sebastian Marcu
Co-Lead: Bremen
Tel: +49 176 1756 6909

Hans-Georg Tschupke
WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH
Tel: +49 421 96 00 10

The Empowerment of a Community through Social Innovation

When we were approached to organize a Startup Weekend Change Makers in Fortaleza, Brazil, we were determined to make it happen. We had already organized a Startup Weekend, but the purpose of this event was little different. In addition to technology developers, designers and entrepreneurs, we would bring together social entrepreneurs and community leaders. This time in order to connect the potential for solving local problems within the community through social business.

The first decision of the organizing committee was that at least half of the tickets to attend to the event would be free for the community’s youth. As the Startup Weekend has a technological connotation, we contacted some institutions and projects that already had expertise in this area, such as: Palmas Lab, E-Jovem and Rede Cuca. In addition to the donated tickets, we offered discounts for most college participants, interested in developing social business. Additionally, the day prior to the event, Professor Cleudson Santos, sponsored the entry of 6 students, between 11 and 14 years of schools Helenilce Martins and Tais Maria to participate.

During the week before the Startup Weekend Change Makers, we prepared two Bootcamps – events for awareness and engagement of the participants through workshops – using the space of the responsible for the event. The first one was open to the public at FB Ideias and the second for the selected young people at the Instituto Felipe Martins de Melo.


We had a very exciting morning, full of learning, experience sharing and reflection. Together we mapped the problems within the community and taught practical ways to use the business model Canvas. We also empowered talents, created some campaigns and discovered the importance of validating ideas.

This meeting was so appreciated by the young people that they asked us more workshops before the event. We conducted the third Bootcamp at the Instituto Banco Palmas, where we presented the business model Canvas to those who have not attended the previous workshops. We also provided a game for memorizing a glossary with technical and English words used at the Startups environment.

On Friday, March 20, began our first Change Makers session. The feeling was that – in fact – it had already started a few days ago as a result of all the hard work preparing materials and workshops. We felt thankful to the sponsorship and implementation of SEBRAE together with other supporters, the production was flawlessly executed. The tent and the screen built on the street helped to create an atmosphere that something new was coming in Conjunto Palmeiras. The doors were open to everyone who would like to participate.


Early in the event, we heard from Preto Zezé, National President of CUFA (Central Única das Favelas), that we have broken the first barrier of prejudice. The beginning of the event, in of itself, created a Counter-Cultural movement, where the City Center went to the Periphery and not the other way around – as is usually observed.


This weekend in Fortaleza, we saw the beginnings of an important event of cultural change, a break of paradigms and a social development. During 54 hours the community’s youth gave ideas for solving local problems, researched the market, built a business model, created a prototype and presented the final solution to the judges. A weekend of hard work, where we experienced cultural exchanges, realized great achievements, made new and lasting friendships, taught, learned and experienced different realities and … became international!

We contacted the organizers of Startup Weekend Social Innovation at the Impact Hub Berlin and we encouraged them to exchange videos with us. Our idea was to send lots of positive energy to the event participants that were still developing their projects. To my surprise, once again, when we recorded our video nobody wanted to wish “good luck” in Portuguese or English, but in German!

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Despite the 4-hour time difference between Brazil and Germany, they answered us saying that they would send us a quick “hello” due to the approaching time for the final pitching.

We were very happy to see all invited mentors actively participating in the development of each project and seeing first hand that the exchange of experiences is always greater than we can imagine.


This Startup Weekend Change Makers Fortaleza was set up with the intention of enabling the creation of ideas to improve the conditions in Conjunto Palmeiras. However, the participants were the most knowledgeable of community problems and had the most innovative solutions to address them. They only needed to be encouraged and made to feel they could make it happen.

The perception of their strength was made clearer during the weekend and confirmed with the emotions we all felt at every speech made by the winners.

The community developed 11 projects during the weekend and we had 5 professionals to choose the best 4 ideas that could be applied for solving Conjunto Palmeiras problems. The criteria analyzed were: Business Model, Validation, Performance, Design and Social Impact.

Although the competition was part of the Startup Weekend model, the order was not important. Everyone felt – because they all were – winners.

The participants thanked the mentors and organizers for believing in them and for bringing to the periphery an event that meant to benefit the community. They told us their stories and shared a reality that some of us only heard about.


José Erberson Lino, 18, student of Palmas Lab, spoke of the difficulties of being a youth in Conjunto Palmeiras. The challenge of getting around the city center, accessing education, managing hours that he would come home by bus and the feeling of sometimes having no money to be able to go to school or even buy a snack. How, along with a team he had during the weekend, he created a way to solve the problem of locomotion to have access to education. Through the project Vai Dar Certo (It Will Work), the community’s youth that wanted to get in good universities, could have access to classes inside the community with those who were already graduated in college and still were living in the neighborhood.

Another highlight of the weekend was the AvaliSaude (Health Evaluation) business, which aimed to collect the input and reviews of patients using the public health system to map the service problems and use this information to regulate the system. Felipe Araujo, 22, student of Analysis and Systems Development at Estacio, presented this solution and commented that the creator actually was Hector Calixto, 17, student of Palmas Lab, which his mother was an agent of local health and had to daily face problems related to the lack of quality in public health services at the Conjunto Palmeiras.

Anna Victoria, 11, student of the school Helenilce Martins, thrilled everyone while explaining the idea of Traço Kids, which children could make drawings and because of the appreciation of its marketed art, would not get involved with drugs. Her greatest desire was to impact children in the community who did not have the same opportunities as her.


And the first place of our Startup Wekeend Change Makers was O que tem no meu bairro? (What’s in my neighborhood?). For the sake of enhancement of Conjunto Palmeiras and strengthening its own economy, the website developed showed where one could buy what was needed without leaving the neighborhood. The most interesting thing was that only the owner of the idea, Derlyane Lima, 19, E-Jovem student, was a resident of the set, the other members were united to help her solve the situation – and were determined that even if they had not won, they would still continue the project.

After so many testimonies, the roles were reversed. Instead of mentors, we were once again learning from the youth of the community and instead of event organizers, we were a mess. It was mix of emotions impossible to describe.

As you might imagine, such an event does not happen alone! So, for those who like numbers … we had: 75 participants, 12 mentors, 5 judges, 6 event organizers, 6 different nationalities, 20 ideas created, 9 ideas selected, 11 ideas done, 4 winners, 1 honorable mention … in 54 hours!

And every last minute, every approach made, every word spoken, we realized how much a weekend could change someone’s life and motivate youth to improve an entire community.

We realized how assisting with knowledge, showing new tools and giving a lot of love in this construction, multiplies the desire to make a difference.

And sensitizes.

And thrills.

But as important as planting a seed on the periphery, is somehow give continuity to this all: maybe through the development of social projects and business, either with other workshops or meetings bringing together young people and inspiring more and more, so they are not forgotten again!

And there are those who doubt whether it is worth to volunteer.

It is inexplicable that feeling, just look and see the change happening.

If it was enriching for them – imagine for us to have see the changes happening in front of us!


Be the Change, be a Change Maker!

A thousand thanks to everyone involved in this Startup Weekend Change Makers Fortaleza! In particular to Gabriela Aires, Asier Ansorena, Glauber Uchoa, Sol Dúran, Marcos Medeiros, for organizing together this dream – making it come true. The facilitator, Leo Uchoa, and mentors: Eduardo Freire, Evandro Ariki, Gregorio Marin, Julio Cavalcante, Kim Lima, Lucas Hoogerbrugge, Marcos Mendes, Maurílio Alberone, Pietro Occiuzzi, Rodrigo Brito and Tatiana Lourenço, for inspiring young people and assist the implementation of their ideas. The judges: Joaquim Cartaxo, Joaquim de Melo, Leo Lacerda, Preto Zezé and Rodolfo Sikora, for the technical and humanized look to choose the winners and also for allowing 2 groups in the third place, in order to continue the projects. To the realization of this event: SEBRAE, Instituto Banco Palmas, FB Ideias and Instituto Felipe Martins de Melo, for joining forces, believing in the construction of this event. To all the volunteers, who have dedicated their working hours to help us in each action that needed to be done. To the Conjunto Palmeiras, for receiving so warmly during that rich moment. And to all the participants who came enthusiastic about the purpose of bringing new solutions to community problems and becoming Change Makers.

For more information visit the page of the Startup Weekend Change Makers Fortaleza on Facebook or  Up Global! And for the curious, I believe the video below shows some of that fantastic energy we had last weekend!

See you soon!

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Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Around 1500 events were realized in more than 700 cities, in more than 100 countries around the world.

Do you want to know more about it? Click here

O Fortalecimento da Comunidade por meio da Inovação Social

Quando surgiu a proposta de se organizar um Startup Weekend Change Makers em Fortaleza, Brasil, decidimos que o faríamos. Já havíamos organizado alguns Startup Weekend, mas a proposta dessa edição era especial. Além de desenvolvedores tecnológicos, designers e empreendedores – ou aspirantes, reuniríamos empreendedores sociais e líderes comunitários. Desta vez com o objetivo de fazer uma conexão entre estes para a solução de problemas da comunidade por meio de negócios sociais.

A primeira decisão do comitê de organização foi que pelo menos metade dos ingressos seriam gratuitos destinados a jovens da comunidade. Pelo Startup Weekend ter uma conotação tecnológica, entramos em contato com algumas instituições e projetos que já possuíam algum ensino nessa área, como: Palmas Lab, E-Jovem e Rede Cuca. Além dos ingressos doados, oferecemos descontos para a maioria dos participantes universitários, interessados em desenvolver negócios sociais. E para finalizar, um dia antes do evento, o Professor Cleudson Santos, patrocinou a entrada de 6 estudantes, entre 11 e 14 anos, das Escolas Helenilce Martins e Tais Maria.

Faltando um semana para o Startup Weekend, preparamos 2 Bootcamps – eventos para sensibilização e engajamento dos participantes por meio de workshops – utilizando o espaço dos realizadores do evento. O primeiro, aberto ao público, no FB Ideias e o segundo, para os jovens selecionados, no Instituto Felipe Martins de Melo.


Tivemos manhãs super divertidas, de bastante aprendizado, trocas de experiências e reflexão. Juntos mapeamos os problemas, ensinamos de maneira prática como funcionava o modelo de negócios Canvas, empoderamos talentos, criamos algumas campanhas e descobrimos a importância de validar as ideias.

Este encontro foi tão apreciado que nos pediram mais workshops antes do evento. Realizamos o 3o Bootcamp no Instituto Banco Palmas, onde apresentamos o Canvas àqueles que não estiveram presentes nos workshops passados. Fizemos também uma dinâmica para memorizar o Glossário com palavras técnicas e em inglês utilizadas no meio das Startups – ideia esta sugerida pelos jovens.

Sexta-feira, 20 de Março, começava nosso primeiro Change Makers. O sentimento era de que – na verdade – ele já havia começado há alguns dias atrás. Graças ao patrocínio e realização do SEBRAE junto aos outros apoiadores, a produção estava impecável. A tenda e o telão montados na rua criavam um clima de que algo novo estava por vir no Conjunto Palmeiras. As portas se encontravam abertas a todos que quisessem participar.


Logo no início, víamos por meio das palavras de Preto Zezé, presidente Nacional da CUFA (Central Única das Favelas), que quebrávamos a primeira barreira do preconceito: o começo do evento, por si só, criava um movimento Contra-Cultural, onde o centro ia até a periferia e não o contrário – como de costume.


Assim acontecia em Fortaleza um importante evento de mudanças culturais, quebra de paradigmas e desenvolvimento social a que o Startup Weekend Change Makers estava a propor. Em 54 horas, de trabalho duro, vivenciamos ricas experiências, trocas culturais, grandes conquistas, fizemos novas e duradouras amizades, ensinamos e aprendemos, contatamos realidade distintas e… internacionalizamos!

Entramos em contato com os organizadores do Startup Weekend Social Innovation em Berlim e sugerimos uma troca de vídeos enviando muita energia positiva aos participantes do evento. Para minha surpresa, mais uma vez, quando fomos executar o nosso vídeo ninguém queria desejar “boa sorte” em português ou inglês, mas em alemão!

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E apesar das 4 horas de diferença, eles nos responderam, comentando do rápido “olá” que nos dariam devido aos pitchings finais estarem se aproximando.

Ficamos muito felizes em ver todos os convidados a mentores participarem ativamente no desenvolvimento de cada projeto e perceberem que a troca de vivencias é sempre maior do que podemos imaginar.


Esse Startup Weekend Change Makers Fortaleza foi montado na intenção de levar conhecimento e possibilitar a criação de ideias para melhorar as condições no Conjunto Palmeiras. Contudo, os participantes eram os maiores conhecedores dos problemas da comunidade e possuíam as mais inovadoras soluções para resolvê-los. Só precisavam ser estimulados e acreditados para isso.

Essa percepção foi constatada durante o processo e confirmada nas emoções que todos sentiam a cada discurso feito pelos vencedores. Vencedores estes que no nosso evento foram 5: 1o , 2o e 2 em 3o lugar, além de uma menção honrosa. E a ordem não fazia diferença, todos se sentiam – e eram – vencedores.

Agradeciam aos mentores e organizadores por acreditarem neles e levarem à periferia um evento em beneficio da comunidade. Contavam suas histórias e a realidade que na maioria das vezes só ouvimos falar – ou nem isso.


José Erberson Lino, 18 anos, aluno do Palmas Lab, falou das dificuldades em ter que se locomover para o centro da cidade para ter uma melhor qualidade de ensino e da hora tardia que chegava em casa de ônibus, das vezes que não teve dinheiro para poder ir a aula ou mesmo comprar um lanche. E agora, junto a uma equipe, criava uma maneira de resolver esse problema por meio do projeto Vai Dar Certo, onde poderiam ter acesso a aulas na própria comunidade com aqueles que já eram universitários e ainda moravam no bairro.

Outro negócio destaque foi o AvaliSaude, que tinha como objetivo coletar as avaliações de pacientes que faziam uso da rede pública de saúde para mapear os problemas no serviço e usar essas informações para regularizar o sistema. Felipe de Araújo, 22 anos, estudante de Análise e Desenvolvimento de Sistemas na Estácio, apresentou esta solução e comentou que o idealizador, na verdade, foi Heitor Calixto, 17 anos, aluno do Palmas Lab, que vê a mãe, agente do posto de saúde local, enfrentando diariamente problemas relacionados a falta de qualidade nos serviços públicos de saúde do Conjunto Palmeiras.

A pequena Ana Vitória, 11 anos, aluna da Escola Helenilce Martins, se fez grande ao emocionar a todos explicando a ideia do Traço Kids, a qual crianças poderiam fazer desenhos e na valorização da sua arte comercializada, não se envolverem com as drogas. Seu maior desejo era impactar as crianças da comunidade que não possuíam as mesmas oportunidades que ela.


E o primeiro lugar, O que tem no meu bairro?, foi inovador e único por sua simplicidade. Em prol da valorização do Conjunto Palmeiras e do fortalecimento de sua própria economia, o aplicativo mostrava onde se poderia comprar o que fosse necessário sem precisar sair do bairro. O mais incrível era que somente a dona da ideia, Derlyane Lima, 19 anos, aluna do E-Jovem, era moradora do Conjunto, os outros integrantes estavam unidos para ajudá-la a solucionar aquela situação – e estavam decididos que mesmo se não tivessem ganho, iriam continuar o projeto.

Depois de tantos depoimentos, os papéis se encontravam invertidos: deixávamos de ser mentores para mais uma vez aprender com eles, deixávamos de ser organizadores e tínhamos nossos sentimentos desorganizados. Um mix de emoções impossível de descrever.

Como é de se imaginar, um evento como esses não se faz sozinho! Então, para os que gostam de números… foram: 75 participantes, 12 mentores, 5 jurados, 6 organizadores, 6 nacionalidades, 20 ideias, 9 selecionadas, 11 executadas, 4 ganhadoras, 1 menção honrosa… em 54 horas!

E a cada minuto passado, a cada aproximação feita, a cada palavra dita, nós percebíamos o quanto um fim de semana pode mudar a vida de alguém e – consequentemente – de toda uma comunidade.

O quanto que auxiliar com conhecimento, novas ferramentas e muito amor nessa construção, multiplica essa vontade de fazer a diferença.

E sensibiliza.

E emociona.

Mas tão importante quanto se plantar uma semente como essas na periferia, é de alguma forma dar uma continuidade a isso: seja com o desenvolvimento dos projetos e negócios sociais, seja com outros workshops ou mesmo encontros reunindo os jovens e os inspirando cada vez mais, para que não sejam esquecidos novamente!

E há quem duvide se vale a pena ser voluntário.

É inexplicável este sentimento, basta olhar, ver as mudanças acontecerem.

Se foi enriquecedor para eles – imagina para a gente!


Be the Change, be a Change Maker!

Meu muitíssimo obrigada a todos os envolvidos nesse Startup Weekend Change Makers Fortaleza! Em especial Gabriela Aires, Asier Ansorena, Glauber Uchoa, Sol Dúran, Marcos Medeiros por estarmos juntos na organização deste sonho. Ao facilitador, Leo Uchoa, e aos mentores: Eduardo Freire, Evandro Ariki, Gregório Marin, Julio Cavalcante, Kim Lima, Lucas Hoogerbrugge, Marcos Mendes, Maurílio Alberone, Pietro Occiuzzi, Rodrigo Brito e Tatiana Lourenço, por inspirarem os jovens e auxiliarem na execução das ideias. Aos jurados: Joaquim Cartaxo, Joaquim de Melo, Leo Lacerda, Preto Zezé e Rodolfo Sikora, pelo olhar técnico e humanizado na escolha dos vencedores e também por permitirem 2 colocados no terceiro lugar, visando a continuidade dos projetos. Aos realizadores locais deste evento: SEBRAE, Instituto Banco Palmas, FB Ideias e Instituto Felipe Martins de Melo, por unir forças, acreditando na construção desse evento. A todos os voluntários que dedicaram suas horas de trabalho para nos ajudar na fluidez das ações. Ao Conjunto Palmeiras por nos ter recebido com tanto carinho nesse rico momento. E a todos os participantes que vieram entusiasmados com o propósito de trazer novas soluções para os problemas da comunidade e se tornarem Agentes de Mudança – Change Makers.

Para mais informações acesse a página do Startup Weekend Change Makers Fortaleza no Facebook ou no site da Up Global ! E para os curiosos,  creio que o video abaixo mostra um pouco dessa energia fantástica presente no nosso evento!

Até breve!

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54 Stunden Startup-Luft schnuppern und mitmachen! Was ist das SWDus?

Das Startup Weekend ist ein weltweites Event. Es soll jungen, gründungswilligen und interessierten Menschen helfen, einen Einblick in das Enterpreneurwesen zu geben!


Hier hat man die Möglichkeit seine Idee umzusetzen! Wer weiss, vielleicht kann man endlich die Idee der W-Lan-Krawatte umsetzen – oder gar eine App entwickeln die anderen von großem Nutzen sein kann!

Zeig uns Deine Idee, setze sie mit einem Team und Mentoren vor Ort um! Du hast keine Idee? Dann schließ Dich einer Idee an, die Dir gefällt und bringe sie mit deinem Team in die Endrunde!

In 54 Stunden gilt es eine Idee bis zum Prototypen zu entwickeln und einer Jury zu präsentieren.

Gut verpflegt wirst du natürlich vor Ort. Denn wenn der Bauch knurrt, lässt sich nicht gut denken 😉


Wir freuen uns auf Dich und alle anderen auch 🙂


Euer SWDus-Team 🙂

Introducing StartupWeekend Space: Bremen

As a kid, I was intrigued about what the future of space would bring. Science Fiction and popular media would bombard us with constant streams of stories about inexpensive and accessible spaceflight, moon bases and Mars cities, all just around the corner. The message was clear: Anyone could go to space. Two decades later, the prospect of a common person taking a “space bus” to Mars is just as far away in the future as it was then. I ask myself, when will that future finally come?

The traditional space sector is a slow moving beast with a notoriously risk-adverse mentality. This is understandable considering the costs. $100 billion for a space station. $100 million for a rocket launch. $50 million for a telecommunications satellite, Yikes!

A wave of change is however happening today. A “NewSpace” movement is taking shape across the world where entrepreneurs, doers and makers are creating space companies with lofty goals, shoestring budgets, and innovative, bordering ridiculous ideas. Launching cheap satellites using off-the-shelf technology? Planet Labs! 3D printing in space? Made in Space! Asteroid mining (and taking selfies in orbit)? Planetary Resources! These and many more are all founded within the last five years. The next five will guarantee you many more.

(Alberto Cuadra and Katie Park, Washington Post)

The success of these companies is attributed to people with various backgrounds getting together, combining ideas and expertise. Planet Labs was formed through discussions held by three guys at a United Nation conference. Made in Space was conceived at Singularity University during a 10 week intensive program bringing together interdisciplinary participants across the entire world. Planetary Resources employs a board of advisors as diverse as the movie director James Cameron and the former CTO of Microsoft David Vaskevitch. Interdisciplinary collaboration seems to be a prerequisite for success in the NewSpace era. Traditional stereotypes are being challenged. Space is going mainstream.


I am therefore happy to introduce StartupWeekend Space: Bremen, an extended weekend where you can be a rocket scientist. You will be supported by experts and entrepreneurs in the space sector, transforming your outrageous space ideas into actual businesses. Therefore I challenge you to join us in April and help shape the future of the most exciting, rewarding and fundamentally important industry possible!

As for the answer to the question at the beginning? The future will only come when YOU make it happen! Make it happen! #BeSpacial!

Bremen veranstaltet das 1. StartupWeekend Space in Europa

StartupWeekend Space

22. Januar, 2015


You too can #BeSpacial! So lautet der Slogan von Europas erstem StartupWeekend Space. Vom 10. bis zum 12. April 2015 bietet das Event in Bremens Innovations- und Technologiezentrum BITZ kreativen Menschen die Möglichkeit, verschiedenste Lean Startup-Konzepte für den Weltraumsektor zu entwickeln – und das innerhalb von 60 Stunden. Vor allem Menschen ohne Weltraum-Hintergrund werden hier angesprochen. Zahlreiche Fachleute aus der globalen Weltraum-Community – darunter Unternehmer, Akademiker, Richtlinienexperten und Manager – stehen während des Events allen Teilnehmern als Mentoren zur Verfügung.

Martin Günthner, Bremens Senator für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Häfen, ist sich sicher, dass dieses Event die Weltraumindustrie in Europas Weltraum-Hauptstadt enorm bereichern wird:

“Unternehmen wie OHB und Airbus Defence & Space und Institutionen wie DLR, ZARM und DFKI verschaffen Bremen eine sehr reichhaltige Weltraum-Infrastruktur, die einzigartig in Europa ist. Mit dem StartupWeekend Space, das hier in Bremen stattfindet, wollen wir durch den interdisziplinären Charakter dieses Events die Entwicklung neuer Geschäftsideen anregen.”

Los geht es am Freitagmorgen mit einigen Ansprachen, in denen der Grundgedanke des Events erläutert wird. Es folgen Workshops, die den Teilnehmern Einblicke in die Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen im modernen Weltraumsektor bieten. Themen wie Teambuilding, Weltraum-Recht und- Richtlinien sowie finanzieller und nicht finanzieller Support für Weltraum-Startups stehen hier im Fokus. Das Ziel ist, den Teilnehmern Schlüsselfähigkeiten für die Konzeption von Lean Startups zu vermitteln.

Besonders gespannt darf man in Richtung Abend blicken. Denn dann werden die Teilnehmer in 60 Sekunden langen Open-Mic-Pitches ihre besten Ideen präsentieren und versuchen, andere für ihr jeweiliges Team zu gewinnen. Für die ausgewählten Teams gilt es am Samstag und Sonntag, alle Ideen weiterzuentwickeln. Welche Stärken und Schwächen haben die Ideen? Wie können sie optimiert werden? Was für Zielmärkte gibt es? – Fragen, die für eine Ausarbeitung der Geschäftskonzepte beantwortet werden müssen. Auch das Erstellen von “Pretotypes” und einem “Minimum Viable Product” (Minimalprodukt) gehört zu den Aufgaben dieses Wochenendes.

Eine Mentorin, die das Bremer Event begleiten wird, ist Claudia Kessler, CEO von HE Space und Gründerin von Women in Aerospace Europe:

“Ich arbeite seit mehr als 20 Jahren in der Weltraumindustrie und bin mir sicher, dass meine Erfahrung wertvoll für die Teilnehmer des StartupWeekend Space sein wird. Mein persönliches Ziel ist es, Frauen zu ermutigen, Führungspositionen in der Weltraumindustrie zu erlangen. Das StartupWeekend Space bietet ihnen das perfekte Umfeld.”

Das Finale des Events findet am Sonntagabend statt, wenn jedes Team seine Ergebnisse in Form von Fünf-Minuten-Pitches vorstellt. Eine Jury aus Investoren, bekannten Industrie-Chefs und Experten wird die Qualität jedes Startup-Plans bewerten. Den Teams, die mit ihrer Arbeit überzeugen, winken Preise und – noch wichtiger – die Möglichkeit, einflussreiche Persönlichkeiten davon zu überzeugen, ihre Idee weiter zu unterstützen.

StartupWeekend Space wird organisiert von einem internationalen Team junger Fachkräfte, die zeigen wollen: Der Weltraumsektor kann von der Beteiligung engagierter Menschen mit Fachkenntnissen außerhalb von Technik und Wissenschaft erheblich profitieren.

Sebastian Marcu, Geschäftsführer von Design & Data GmbH und Co-­‐Leiter des StartupWeekend Space: Bremen, über seine Erfahrung und Motivation, dieses Event zu schaffen.

“Vor zwölf Jahren habe ich ohne Wissenschafts-oder Technik-Hintergrund als Young Graduate Trainee bei der European Space Agency angefangen. Heute leite ich mein eigenes Unternehmen, das verschiedene Kommunikationslösungen für die europäische Weltraumindustrie anbietet. Es ist ein Karriereweg, den ich mir nie für mich selbst erträumt hätte. Meine Motivation, das StartupWeekend Space mit zu organisieren, baut auf meinen eigenen Erfahrungswerten. Es ist außerdem ein Mittel, andere Nicht-Weltraum-Absolventen dazu zu inspirieren, ihre unternehmerischen Fußstapfen in dieser faszinierenden Industrie zu hinterlassen.”

Das StartupWeekend Space sucht nun Medien-und Sponsorenpartner, die helfen, die Nachricht zu verbreiten und eine bestmögliche Erfahrung für alle Teilnehmer möglich zu machen. Insgesamt 80 Menschen werden die Chance bekommen teilzunehmen. Die Online-Registrierung ist ab dem 9. Februar 2015 möglich. Der Wettbewerb um die wenigen Tickets wird voraussichtlich groß sein.

Mehr Informationen zum Event gibt es online auf Mit den Hashtags #BeSpacial und #SWSpace können Sie uns in den sozialen Netzwerken folgen.

Das StartupWeekend Space wird unterstützt von Up Global, einer gemeinnützigen Organisation, die eine weltweite Community von Unternehmern quer durch alle Themenbereiche verbindet. Der Sitz der Organisation befindet sich in Seattle, USA – ein wichtiger globaler Standort für die kommerzielle Weltraumindustrie.

Sebastian Marcu
Co-Lead: Bremen
Tel: +49 176 1756 6909

Hans-Georg Tschupke
WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH
Tel: +49 421 96 00 10

Bremen hosts 1st Startup Weekend Space in Europe

StartupWeekend Space

22nd January, 2015


You too can #BeSpacial! This is the slogan of Europe’s first StartupWeekend Space event. Hosted at Bremen’s Innovation and Technology Center (BITZ) on April 10th-12th, 2015, the event is designed to generate several lean space startup concepts through interdisciplinary collaboration within 60 hours. Especially people with non-space backgrounds are encouraged to participate. During the event participants will have access to several leaders in the global space community – including entrepreneurs, academics, policy experts, technical experts, and business managers – who will act as mentors.

Martin Günthner, Bremen’s senator for economy, labour and ports believes that this event will greatly enrich the space industry in Europe’s space capital.

“Companies such as OHB, Airbus Defence and Space, and institutions such as DLR, ZARM and DFKI, provide Bremen with a very rich space infrastructure unique in Europe. With Startup Weekend Space hosted here in Bremen, we would like to encourage the development of new business ideas through the interdisciplinary nature of this event.”

The event begins on Friday morning with keynote speech and workshops providing participants insights into the opportunities and challenges in the modern space sector. They will learn key skills related to lean startups and team building, space law and policy, and non-financial and financial support for space startups. The evening will see 60-second open-mic pitches where participants will have the chance to present their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. The selected teams work through Saturday and Sunday to develop target markets, validate their ideas, build “pretotypes” and minimal viable products, and finalize their business concepts.

One mentor attending the Bremen event is Claudia Kessler, CEO of HE Space and founder of Women in Aerospace Europe.

“I have been working for over 20 years within the space industry. I am certain that my experience will be of good value to the participants of StartupWeekend Space. My personal goal is to encourage women to become leaders in the space industry. StartupWeekend Space offers the perfect environment for them to achieve that.”

On Sunday evening each team will give a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges comprising of investors, established industry leaders, and experts, who will assess the quality of each startup proposal. Winning teams will receive prizes and, more importantly, the opportunity to convince investors to support their idea going forward.

StartupWeekend Space is organized by an international team of young professionals with the goal of demonstrating that the space sector can benefit significantly from the contribution of people with expertise outside of engineering and sciences.

Managing Director of Design & Data GmbH and Co-lead for Startup Weekend Space: Bremen, Sebastian Marcu summarizes his experience and motivation to create this event.

“Twelve years ago I joined the European Space Agency as a Young Graduate Trainee with neither a science nor an engineering background. Today I am running my own company providing services to the European space industry. It is a career path that I had never imagined for myself. My motivation to co-lead the StartupWeekend Space event builds on my experience and is a means to inspire other non-space graduates to leave their entrepreneurial footprint on this amazing industry.”

Startup Weekend Space is now looking for media and sponsorship partners to help spread the message and create the best possible experience for the participants. In total 80 people will receive a chance to participate at the event once the online registration opens on the 9th February 2015. The competition to get one of these rare tickets is set to be high.

For more information about the event, please access our web page at You can also follow us on social media using the hashtags #BeSpacial and #SWSpace.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.

Sebastian Marcu
Co-Lead: Bremen
Tel: +49 176 1756 6909

Hans-Georg Tschupke
WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH
Tel: +49 421 96 00 10


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