You have loads of ideas, but far too little time? We should... Someone could... „NO TALK, ALL ACTION“ is the motto of Startup Weekend!
Hand in hand with Gründer-Garage, a cooperation of Google, IndieGoGo and Stiftung Entrepreneurship, there will take place a special edition of the globally established „Startup Weekend“ in the frame of Campus Party Europe:
At „Startup Weekend Airport“, from august 22nd till august 24th 2012, startup enthusiasts from all backgrounds come together and work on their favorite ideas for 54 hours, supported by interdisciplinary coaches and experts, until they present their (minimally viable) product in front of a jury and - possibly - form a startup afterwards. Entrepreneurs without a specific startup idea are also welcome – “rockstar developer”, “creative genius” and “passionate managers” are invited to register at: www.airport.startupweekend.org. Participants of Startup Weekend Airport (attendance fee 35 euro) receive a free ticket for Campus Party Europe.
The roundabout 12 startup teams will finally pitch for the “Ready to Take Off” award and have the great possibility to present their ideas at the big final Campus Party Europe Entrepreneur Stage pitch on Saturday in front of important investors. It’s definitely worth it to go the extra mile. In addition, every team has the chance to participate at the “Gründer-Garage” program, including training, financing and support. The teams can altogether receive a total of 150.000 euro financial support. For more information and registration: www.airport.startupweekend.org and www.gruender-garage.de. Startup Weekend Airport will be held in German.
Guenter Faltin is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. In 1985, Faltin started the Teekampagne (“tea campaign”), a venture that turned the German tea market upside down by betting on consumer education, transparency and traceability. Today, the company is the largest importer of Darjeeling world-wide. Faltin initiated the Berlin-based “Entrepreneurship Lab” and has been a business angel for successful startups. Through the Faltin Foundation for Entrepreneurship, he promotes a new culture of entrepreneurship in Germany. In the United States, the Price-Babson Foundation recognized him with an award “for bringing entrepreneurial vitality to academe.” In 2009, he won the German Founder’s Award, as well as an award from Germany‘s Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology for his idea of „founding with components.” In 2010 he received the Federal Cross of Merit from the German president for his pioneer work on entrepreneurship. In his best-selling book „Kopf schlaegt Kapital“ (brain beats capital), he proposes a radically new approach to generating entrepreneurial ventures with an emphasis on ecologically and culturally sensitive issues.
The mobile social network aka-aki went on to be named Best Mobile Social Network in the 13th Annual Webby Awards and received the Webby People’s Voice Awards in 2009. Hoffman´s work has been covered extensively in media outlets like TechCrunch, The Times, France2 and CNN.
Speaker. Stefanie Hoffmann is a founding member of the MLOVE advisory board,honorary judge at the Lovie Awards, and Europe´s leading mind in Facebook companion apps. She is preparing to launch a much-anticipated iOS application called Gabi, backed by a small international team of media celebrities. Hoffman worked in product management at Bertelsman, before entering the University of the Arts in Berlin, where she studied communicationsand strategy and met her founding team for aka-aki.
While growing very quickly from 20 to over 150 employees in several locations we have also faced our pain points. Traditional management books proposed structures and hierarchy but that just did not work out. And why should it if we employ smart responsible people? In fact we learned, that a smart organization and high people satisfaction can increase profitability. Lean management, first introduced by Toyota, moves decision making from top-down to the whole organization. With low hierarchy, trust and transparency it motivates people, enables innovation and faster development cycles providing competitive advantage.
Speaker. Sampo Hämäläinen (Germany/Finland) @sampoha is the founder and managing director of Futurice Germany. He joined Futurice in Finland as a software engineer back in 2005 when it was a startup of 15 people and moved to Berlin in 2010 to start a new business for the company from scratch. He holds a MSc degree from Helsinki University of Technology with additional studies in Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. Sampo believes in positive energy and humor, lean and fast failures. Futurice is a software agency that offers consulting, design, development and training to help its customers develop their digital business. The company was selected as the best work place in Europe in 2012 by The Great Place to Work® Institute.
From Facebook Novice to Social Media CEO
When Linda Cheung was about to leave Morgan Stanley to start her own business, she had less than a dozen connections in LinkedIn and had never used Facebook or Twitter. Today, she's CEO of CubeSocial, an award winning social media consultancy and software business. In this session Linda explains why she left corporate life for start-up, what start-ups can offer to compete with executive perks, and how experimenting with social media led to surprising results and the realisation that formed the basis for CubeSocial.
Speaker: CubeSocial CEO, Linda Cheung has an impressive track record in devising innovative software and business solutions that deliver benefits worth millions of pounds in the toughest of markets. A former Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, Linda was promoted to a Chief Operating Officer role at 32 after making her mark as a key player in the launch of the company's first ever credit card. CubeSocial is social CRM for professionals. Since its launch in mid-2011, CubeSocial has been named a Top Idea in The Guardian, Top 20 start-up of 2011 by Startups, winner in the Local Business Accelerator Awards, and chosen as a finalist in the 2012 Cloud Computing World Series Awards in the Best Social CRM category. Linda was awarded a CIMA Fellowship in 2003, was a judge for the CIMA Annual Awards 2010, and is a committee member at the IoD Young Directors Forum.
The future of Internet
What are the possibilities for the internet in the next ten years.
Is the internet in danger? Join us to explore and discuss four possible scenarios and their implications for the future.
Speaker:Vyria Paselk. Vyria has more than 10 years of leadership in regional and country specific business development, channel operations, project management, partnership management, and strategic planning. She has professional experience in private, public and nonprofit sectors primarily in the technology sector and an extensive international background: residing, working, studying or traveling in more than 20 countries.
Prior to joining the Internet Society, Vyria Paselk was the Senior Manager of International Partnerships at TechSoup Global, a San Francisco nonprofit which helps nonprofits globally get and use technology to heighten their impact. She helped create, support, and develop a network of nonprofit partnerships in 35 countries which distributed technology donations for companies like Microsoft, Cisco Symantec, Adobe, and many others. Vyria began her career in the telecommunications industry primarily working with cellular companies in Latin America and she also has specific experience in the global human rights sector and in the software industry.
Vyria holds an M.B.A. in Global Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, Arizona) and a B.A.in Economics/Business and International Studies from Westmont College (Santa Barbara, California).
The Young Entrepreneur
What does it take to be a software entrepreneur? Huge amounts of money? Large racks of servers? A large legal staff?
What if you are only twelve years old when you start? What are the obstacles that will be in your way?
How will it benefit you? What will you learn? Is it worth the effort?
Speaker: Luis Iván Cuende (Spain) is a young entrepreneur and free software lover. He is the best hacker of Europe under 18 years old (he won HackFwd's HackNow last year).At age 12 he founded Asturix, the world's first operating system with facelogin that ranked 6th twice in the world's ranking of free operating systems and created its own desktop environment.
He also cofounded Holalabs, a startup that is changing the way we interact with the Internet creating a desktop that integrates all your favorites online services in just one place. Some months ago he started Asturix Incubator, an incubator for young people from 12 to 18 years old that supports them in launching free software projects.
In this talk Itxaso will give practical advice about how to prepare a killer pitch for raising money from investors. We will also discuss the questions investors tend to ask and how to be prepare to respond to them.
Speaker: Itxaso del Palacio is an Academic Entrepreneur. In the Academic side, she teaches Entrepreneurial Finance at UCL in London. As an entrepreneur, she is the cofounder of Founders Fit which helps entrepreneurs find cofounders. Itxaso is also an investment analyst at EC1 Capital, which invest between £50-200K in internet, web based or mobile, companies.
This lecture will address the enormous learning opportunities when dealing with competences behind the act of playing a (video) game. Soft skills occur in every single corner of games, like within Super Mario, and we should pay attention to that key factor if looking for interesting resources inside individuals. Can I learn to deal with my patience, to reassign resources that influence my decisions in real-time or to manage my time with these absolutely memorable tools?
Speaker: Oscar García Pañella (Spain) holds a B.Sc. degree in Telecommunications, besides a M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Virtual Reality from La Salle - URL. He received the EPSON Ibérica's "Rosina Ribalta" prize for the best pre-doctoral project (1999) and he's enjoyed several stages abroad, like at the Integrated Media Systems Center (USC), at the VIS Lab (The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UCI) and at the Entertainment Technology Center (CMU). He has worked on the implementation and design of Serious Games, Edutainment tools and Gamification campaigns intended to solve several simulator-related challenges and learning opportunities from the “experiential multimedia” and “learning-by-doing” views. He leads the Media Dome Creative Space within the Engineering Department at La Salle-URL since 2002 and he also manages a Multimedia Engineering Degree and a Multimedia Creation & Serious Games Master Program.
Seedmatch is Germanys first and most dynamic online platform for startup-crowdfunding. Since its launch in August 2011 Seedmatch connects promising startups with a crowd of individual investors. With Seedmatch everybody gets the chance to invest in innovative startups just like a business angel – but starting from small amounts. The many investors together help realizing the startup projects that are introduced on the platform. Each investor can choose individually which projects he or she wants to support. Our vision is to make more exciting ideas happen and to encourage entrepreneurship.
Speaker: Florian Fischer. Is an analyst at the German crowdfunding platform Seedmatch. Before joining the team of Seedmatch, he graduated from Dresden University of Technology (B.Sc.). Since more than a year he selects the most promising startups and supervises the preparation and optimization of the funding process. All startups that were featured on Seedmatch were successfully funded.
It's not a secret that being in a startup is different than working for a corporation, but still sometimes we forget how these two worlds can communicate to build better products and services. Summarizing experience of working for multinational corporations and building own companies, Olga will give her opinion on synergy effects and differences between 1K+ employee companies and 5 people development teams.
Speaker: Olga Steidl. Combining work experience in big telco companies and start-ups, Olga is a mobile enthusiast and an accomplished social communicator, Olga hugely contributes to building the Telco community and connecting its layers: from application developers and startups to device manufactures and platform owners. Olga is a start-up CEO herself, a partner at marketing agency for start-ups, dots'n'spaces and a mentor at Seedcamp. In June 2012 Olga was nominated by The Moscow Times as one of the top 10 Russian Entrepreneurs to watch.
There is nothing as easy as founding a company. Simply find an idea that will change the world. Ideally the new theory of everything. Arrange a team of nerds from technology and marketing. Ideally a combination of Bill Gates and Einstein with the style of David Beckham. Collect a huge amount of cash. Ideally some billions from a rich sheikh or Russian oligarch. The result: ideally you will fail! What do entrepreneurs really need? What makes an idea becoming a business? What can you expect from investors? A self experienced storytelling from an entrepreneur’s perspective. No guarantee – of course!
André Münnich holds a degree in business administration from the Ilmenau University of Technology. He has been a founder, entrepreneur, and financier of technology driven companies for more than 5 years. Having worked in the banking sector, he has several years of venture capital and management experience. Further, he provides his knowledge to several national and international universities and business schools as a lecturer. He is CFO of fayteq GmbH (www.fayteq.com), a company that seeks to develop new and innovative technologies in advanced image processing with a focus on real-time manipulation of video streams.
Starting Up in a Time of Turmoil
It can be scary starting a new business at a time when each day brings more bad news about he economy, unemployment and business confidence. Uncertainty and change certainly bring opportunities. But do the conventional ideas about growing a startup make sense in a climate like this? In this session entrepreneur Charles Armstrong will draw on his experience growing Trampoline Systems and The Trampery to answer this question. He will go on to suggest strategies for finance, growth, business culture and workspace that can help entrepreneurs succeed in the current climate. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion at the end of the session.
Charles Armstrong (@car0lus) is a social scientist and entrepreneur based in London. He’s CEO of Trampoline Systems, a software developer specialising in large-scale social network analysis picked by IDC as one of the world’s top 10 innovators in business software. In 2009 Trampoline made history becoming the first tech venture to raise finance through equity crowdfunding. Trampoline’s “Tech City Map” analysing the East London technology ecosystem was launched by UK Prime Minister David Cameron in November 2011. Charles is also Director of The Trampery creating London’s most inspiring shared workspaces; and Director of One Click Orgs, which in March 2011 launched the world’s first platform for completely digital corporate governance. Charles advises the UK Government, plays the spinet and is generally optimistic.
Christian Musfeldt, Berlin Resident of Osborne Clarke. Christian has 7+ years experience in corporate law, in particular venture capital financing. He assists (inter-)national venture capitalists with their activities in Germany, especially in Berlin, and start-ups.
The startup story: From shit to great
During this talk we'll walk through the different stages entrepreneurs go through while doing a startup. From conception, to validation, prototyping, money raising, market fit and scaling out. The idea is to showcase the usual pitfalls of each stage and how the entrepreneur evolves as they walk the way.
Alex Barrera is currently CEO and Founder of Press42.com, a site that wants to bring startups to the right bloggers, editor for Spain, Portugal and Latam for The Kernel (kernelmag.com), founder at Inkzee.com, co-founder and curator of Tetuan Valley, an international startup incubator based in Madrid, startup mentor at HackFWD, Gamma Rebels, Startupbootcamp Europe, Springboard or Wise Guys, partner at Okuri Ventures, Sandbox network Madrid Ambassador and Startup Digest Madrid curator.
For independent makers and designers, the barrier to market entry is dramatically lower than ever. Quick prototyping and rapid testing on a global audience has made the invisible hand of the marketplace visible for small businesses, giving them the necessary customer insight to respond adeptly. This decentralized, bottom-up, regulated efficiency is bringing agency to a new generation of entrepreneurs and is creating an economy that is more sustainable, economical and empowering.
Caroline Drucker is the Country Manager for Etsy Germany. Prior to Etsy she worked as Product Manager and Partner Marketing Manager for SoundCloud, the world’s leading social sound platform. Caroline also has significant experience in media publishing – playing a key role in establishing VICE magazine in the German market; managing the business development for the leading literary and creative quarterly DUMMY and spearheading the digital strategy behind the re-launch of der Freitag, a left-leaning weekly newspaper. Caroline graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College with a double major in German and The Growth and Structure of Cities. Born in Canada, she currently resides in Berlin.
Tales from the front lines of social entrepreneurship -- What are the pattern changes in the field of social entrepreneurship, and what are the tools emerging entrepreneurs need? This talk will examine stories from Ashoka's Fellows and reflect on parallels between this movement and open source.
Jon Camfield is the technology strategist for Ashoka’s Changemakers. Jon joined Ashoka from the worlds of ICT4D and nonprofit technology. Prior to Ashoka, Jon ran the technology program at Youth Service America and consulted for international nongovernmental organizations on technology and business process issues. He has served in the Peace Corps with the Jamaican Ministry of Education, promoting open source and educational technology projects.
Networking, networking, networking. In the last few years, networking has been on the top list of the agenda of any scholar, professional, administrator, opinion-maker: networking as an asset to overcome the economic crisis; networking as a tool in global competition; networking as a driver for innovation; networking as a strategy for territorial development. Yet, how does the practice of network-design differ from mere rethorics? Networking is a hard task indeed: it requires the ability to discover new – and good – ideas, the willingness to share them and a strong network-thinking attitude. By building on the opportunities and difficulties encountered directly on the field, in the last 5 years Nordesteuropa has been pushing the envelope to a higher level, that of network-acting. With the idea – as projects like Trieste Next-European Innovation and Science Research Forum and Venezia2019-European Culture Forum well demonstrate – that networking is first and foremost continuous experimentation.
Antonio Maconi is the Festival of Enterprise Cities’ director since May 2012. A graduate in Anthropology, he has specialized in cultural planning and management. In the last 7 years, he has been working for the Italian Embassy in Vietnam, for the cultural association vicino/lontano-Premio Terzani and for Unesco in New York. In January 2012 he was assigned the Best Thesis Award at ESCP Europe Paris for his work on Venice and Northeastern Italy as European Capital of Culture in 2019.
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Panel
One of the most fundamental aspects of an entrepreneur is their ability to see opportunities where others don’t see them. Entrepreneurs seem to see an opportunity in the European entrepreneurship ecosystem. But how can we create an environment which generates more entrepreneurship, and in such a way that it becomes relatively self sustaining. In this panel entrepreneurship experts will discuss how Europe can work on strategies to advocate innovation and to create constant growth.
Danae Ringelmann - Co-founder of Indiegogo
Danae Ringelmann, @gogoDanae, co-founded Indiegogo to democratize fundraising. Passionate about helping artists and entrepreneurs embrace crowdfunding, Danae speaks often at conferences. Recent speaking engagements include SXSW, MAD Hong Kong, Ted, Big Omaha. Fast Company Magazine recently named Danae one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology. Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan's Investment Bank and Private Bank. In the wake of 9/11, Danae co-produced a concert reading of Incident at Vichy, an Arthur Miller play addressing the politically charged topic of racial profiling. Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar.
Matthew O. Brimer - Co-founder of General Assembly
Matthew O. Brimer is the Co-Founder of General Assembly, a global network of educational campuses for technology, design, and entrepreneurship. At General Assembly, he leads global partnerships and business development. Prior to GA, Brimer founded a venture-backed location-based social gaming company, consulted on digital strategy for Open Yale Courses, and worked for Apple. He holds a BA in Sociology from Yale University and lives in New York City.
Simon Schaefer - Co-founder of The Factory
Simon started off as an Designer in 1997, working for several german startups from inside interactive agencies. Since then he has created multiple successful brands, such as Kameha Hotels, Motorvision TV Station (on Sky) and Wirecard (listed on TecDax). He ran his own Sneaker Boutique Nort in Berlin, as well as the 95 Gallery showing Street Artists of the likes of Futura 2000, Stash and KR. He started his own startup totalCommerce in 2010, Co-founded the Factory in 2011 and as a partner invests in Angel- and Seed-stage companies with JMES Investments in Berlin.
The FridayatSix Talkshow is a monthly event at an office of a startup. With a combination of interviews, pitches and live music FridayatSix creates a momentum where different disciplines and arts are exchanged in a natural way. Main focus of the talkshow is the entrepreneurial journey of the individual CEO. At Campus Party Europe FridayatSix will go live at Hypatia!
Felix is CEO and co-founder of amiando, Europe's leading online service for on-demand event ticketing. amiando processes millions of Euros in monthly gross revenue in over 15 countries and operates offices in Munich, London, Paris and Hongkong. Felix sold amiando to XING in December 2010 for up to 14.8m USD. He founded his first venture, an international website network with 285m monthly page impressions, in 1996 and sold it in the year 2000. During 2001 and 2006, he co-founded two non-profit organizations and spent more than two years at the BMW Technology Office in Palo Alto where he worked on projects in conjunction with Google and Stanford University. He is co-author of multiple US patents, including the Google Maps "Send To Car" functionality. Besides serving at amiando, Felix is a business-angel investor in numerous internet companies. Felix attended the World Economic Forum in Davos multiple times as a "World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer", is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization and a frequent speaker on internet innovation. Felix is an instrument-rated commercial US pilot and loves to fly when not obsessed with his other passions. Felix studied electrical engineering at Technical University Munich and the ETH Zurich with a visit at Stanford University.
If you want to know how is software protected and learn everything you should about copyright, patent and other ip rights, you can not miss this conference. Learn who owns the code and what happens with the software developed by employees, freelancers, founders, CEO or subcontractors.
Speakers: Dr. Brigitta Varadinek counsels businesses in all areas regarding the law of intellectual property and information technology, press law, internet legislation as well as data protection. She gives talks on questions concerning the technology-transfer and the law of new media/IT. Brigitta Varadinek is author of several publications concerning trade law, license law and internet legislation. She has been advising startups for more than a decade and some of these startups are still loyal clients. Brigitta Varadinek is one of the founding partners of the law-firm lindenpartners.
Elisabeth Kremer counsels companies within the areas of private law, businesses law and intellectual property law. She advises various young entrepreneurs throughout the implementation of their business model and counsels on questions regarding promotional law, domain law and data protection.
Business is changing. And so do entrepreneurs. Especially since the financial collapses of 2008 more and more entrepreneurs question the given set of rules and methods that have been established. In this panel a couple of entrepreneurs with a bigger set of goals than just making money will share their experience, and give their perspectives on modern/or social entrepreneurship and discuss whether this can be seen as a short term trend or a consistent shift in society.
Benedikt Lehnert is the Chief Marketing Officer at 6Wunderkinder. He joined the thriving Berlin based startup in February 2012 and oversees the Marketing and Product Design teams. Before he joined 6Wunderkinder Benedikt worked as Chief Operations Officer in the biotech/healthcare startup industry. During this time he was responsible for developing a new technology platform that established the foundation of personalized medicine research amongst cancer and HIV patients. As part of his role he traveled the world to learn how healthcare will evolve in the future and how to create products that meet these evolving needs. With a background in design Benedikt's goal in life is to create beautiful, truly human product user experiences that are focused on improving the lives of many.
Simon Höher studied cultural and political science at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen. Where he wrote his thesis on the World Bank and the potential of 'Dynamic Learning Networks' as a new paradigm in international development cooperation. He continued worked with several organizations in Europe dealing with civic inclusion, cultural policies and music. In 2009 he joined the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (Maputo, Mozambique) hosting various international events in close cooperation with UNESCO, African Union and European partners. As a freelancer he was working with cultural projects, foundations, and Start-Ups in Berlin before he co-founded knowable.org in 2011.
Felix Krause is one of the founders and CEO of Milk the Sun, the first B2B portal in the field of photovoltaics (PV), for rooftop and greenfield owners, roof agents, project developers, installation companies, banks, insurers and investors alike. The portal brings all market participants together and integrates service providers in the area of solar energy. This allows transparent, Europe-wide trading of project rights (primary market) and installed solar systems (secondary market) – without long broker chains – and the comparison of complementary service providers. Before Milk the Sun, together with his partner Dirk Petschick, Felix founded LuzSolar GmbH – a project developer and management company for PV installations in Germany and UK. He holds a MSc in International Business Studies from Maastricht University, NL, and has previously worked as Key Account Manager UK/NL for Philips and Product Manager DACH for Dyrup.
Kresten Buch is a serial entrepreneur turned investor with experience spanning 15 years. Entrepreneurial and investor track record includes two exits (Statman to Betgenius, 2006 and Danbook to SportingBet LTD., 2012), and taking over and growing bold.dk to be Denmark's largest sports media with 45 mio page views per month. Since focusing on investing in web mobile start-ups in 2009, he has made 10 early stage investments, 8 of them in Kenya via 88MPH. Beside mobile web he have invested in a farm in Kenyan and in the 1 division Kenyan football club Nakuru Allstars. Passions outside start-ups and mobile-web, include free market anarchism, wine and sports.
Venture Capital Investors with different backgrounds will have an insightful discussion about entrepreneurial investment. They will explain what the motivations are behind investment and will in detail focus on what they perceive as the upcoming markets in the region and in technology. What is in their opinion the next big thing?
Dr. Christian Nagel is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Earlybird. In 2012 he has been elected Chair of the International Venture Club. Christian has 18 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience. He was Chairman of the Board of Tipp24 AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: TIM) and Interhyp AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: IYP), which returned more than 50x the original Earlybird investment. Up till the trade sale to SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC) he also served on the board of BridgeCo AG. He is currently on the boards of Crowdpark.de (Berlin), Lumics GmbH (Berlin), Madvertise GmbH (Berlin), and smava GmbH (Berlin). Prior to joining Earlybird in 1998, Christian, together with a group of investors, acquired various companies from the Treuhandanstalt (the former East-German state holding) and gained operational experience. He was a shareholder and an Executive Director of HNP Präzisionsteile GmbH & Co. KG, SMB Industrieholding GmbH, DH Industrieholding Hohenthurm GmbH and a number of other subsidiary companies of these holding companies. Previously, Christian was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Inc. focusing on restructuring, strategy and M & A projects within various industries. He holds a Diplom.-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree (Industrial Engineering, MSc equivalent) from the Technical University of Hamburg, specializing in process engineering and a PhD degree in management from the University of St. Gallen.
Fabian Hansmann has been an entrepreneur since he was 14 years old. He is focussing on the software and internet space. Before co-founding FoundersLink GmbH, he was founder and Managing Director of Steganos – a leading vendor of security software for both consumers and businesses. Today he is invested in a portfolio of 12 companies. Fabian is a regular speaker at IT industry events such as CeBIT. He is writing for numerous journals on IT and Management issues, and he has consulted for leading magazines and Venture Capital firms in the software sector. Fabian works regularly pro bono as a judge for leading business plan competitions in Europe.He is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the executive committee of the INSEAD Alumni Association Germany. Currently, Fabian is a non-executive director (Beirat/Aufsichtsrat) of several companies in the new economy.
Mischa Wetzel After being an entrepreneur for more than ten years in the music, media and Internet space, he joined IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft as Investment Manager in 2008. As Head of the company’s creative industries team, he oversees and manages the venture capital financing of Berlin based startup firms in this field. His current investment portfolio spans across the sectors of music, entertainment, e-commerce and consumer internet, and games. He sits on the boards of Moviepilot GmbH, Aupeo GmbH, Mysportgroup GmbH, Neonga AG, and Sofatutor GmbH. Born in 1972, Mischa Wetzel earned a degree in Psychology from Freie Universität Berlin. He also holds an MBA with Distinction of Warwick Business School (UK).
Coworking is much more than just sharing your workplace. It is a creative place full of ideas where you can find inspiration, share knowledge, resources, and dreams or develop your ideas exchanging visions with other entrepreneurs. Coworking spaces are incubators of innovation and business projects that provide a network of professional partners who contribute to the community with ideas, creativity and knowledge. We bring together representatives of three remarkable spaces in Berlin (Betahaus), Brussels (Betagroup), and Madrid (Utopic_us).
Betahaus: Christoph Fahle is one of the founders of betahaus | Berlin. Talk to him about coworking philosophy and wifi infrastructure or even gamification of work. He is responsible for growing the network in beta and talking to investors or other people who can make this possible. If he isn't at betahaus | berlin he is probably on a surftrip cause he can’t stand sitting on a chair for too long.
Betagroup: Ramón Suárez is the founder of the BetaGroup Coworking space in Brussels. He's an Internet entrepreneur and marketeer and has become one of the drivers of the Belgian Internet startup scene. Originally from Madrid, he was introduced to the Belgian Internet startup network by the BetaGroup, the largest network of tech entrepreneurs and professionals in Belgium, which organizes a monthly pitch-slam with 350+ attendees. Ramon is also a BetaGroup adviser. He’s brought Startup Weekend to the capital of Europe and is active promoting Internet related entrepreneurship through different initiatives. Ramon also writes about international Internet & entrepreneurship events and startups in the Spanish blog Loogic.com
utopic_Us: Olivia Czetwertynsk is Responsible of Communication and Marketing of utopic_US and is working on its expansion since its opening, 2 years ago. She's participating actively in the development of the coworking movement in Spain, she co-organizes the first Coworking Spain Conference in May of 2012. Olivia held a Master Degree in Advertising Management, she's specialized in Social Media strategies and campaigns and worked as Account Director in main advertising agencies in Belgium, Canada and Spain.
The Green Ceiling
A recent study by the David Eccles School of Business simulating an initial public offering (IPO), shows that investors are less likely to back an IPO from a company led by a female than by a male. This is being referred to as the “Green Ceiling” in the investment world. Like the glass ceiling of the corporate world that has limited the advancement of female managers, female entrepreneurs face a ‘green ceiling’ when it comes to financing. In the final panel of the Women in Tech day we will discuss the “Green Ceiling” phenomenon, and whether it is harder to raise finance as female entrepreneur.
Speakers: Linda Chueng - CEO of Cubesocial
Danae Ringelmann - Co-founder of Indiegogo
Jeannette Gusko - Communication management scientist
Moderator: Paula Marttila - Selected as Top 100 Women in Tech in Europe
In a super connected world, tech startups need, from the very beginning, to target the global market to increase their chance of success. The effort to sell to someone in your backyard is the same as selling to someone that is 5000 miles way from you, so we need to take advantage of that fact and look at the world like one very big market. In her talk, Inês Silva, the co-founder of Startup Pirates (http://www.startuppirates.org/), is going to talk about the internationalization process of some of the most well-know startups in the world and will share her own experience with the internationalization process of Startup Pirates. She's also going to talk about the Startup Exchange Program (http://startupexchangeprogram.org/), an acceleration program that is enhancing opportunities for European startups in foreign markets.
Speaker: Inês Santos Silva. Born in Portugal, Inês Santos Silva is a 22-year-old entrepreneur in the making with two passions in life: entrepreneurship and education. This lead her to organize Startup Weekends, Ignite events, TEDx events and others, but in April 2011 she launched her own project, Startup Pirates, an acceleration program for entrepreneurs in the making that aims to help entrepreneurial communities to growth. Now, Startup Pirates is in 4 continents, in 10 countries as diverse as China, Brazil, South Africa and Turkey and they keep expanding.