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Jan 24
  • Registration Starts
  • Food & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jan 25
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Food
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Food
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jan 26
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Food
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Food
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors

Oliver Thylmann


About Oliver Thylmann

Oliver is a father, serial entrepreneur, developer whisperer, geek, and mobile junkie. He loves supporting people that want to go to where the puck is going to be.

Here are some more fun facts about Oliver:

- Finished school at the DSB in Bruxelles, Belgium
- Moved to Aachen, Germany to study Physics at the RWTH Aachen
- Got my first computer in 1995, Windows, 10mbit bi-directional laser to the university backbone on the roof
- 6 months later, joined the sysadmin team, built up the network, managed SunSparc mail and dns server, setup shared web hosting, …
- Co-Founded STATSnet sprl in the internet statistics space, later also SEO
- Started writing for BeOS related websites like BeNews and infoSync World in the Mobile Space, blogging on a personal site since 2001
- Even though Biomedical Technology and Physiology interested me, quit Physics and started an MBA at the Open University Business School in 2001.
- 2003 started working at OnVista Media GmbH to gain more experience in bigger companies
- Started building up what is today Ligatus GmbH from the technology side being first employee after Henning Lange.
- 2005: finished the MBA, married, quit, co-founded Ormigo GmbH with Henning Lange (sold to one of the biggest yellow pages company in Germany in 2010)
- 2008: co-founded Adcloud GmbH (sold to Deutsche Post DHL April 2011) as a sister company to Ormigo GmbH.
- 2013: co-founded Catalyst Zero

Silver Sponsors

Paula Marttila

Early Stage Startup Advisor, Mentor at Seedcamp & Springboard   |   LinkedIn

Paula Marttila is advisor of European early stage Internet startups and frequent mentor at Seedcamp and Springboard startup accelerators, having previously developed digital publishing and consumer web solutions at Nordic’s largest media house Schibsted.

She’s one of the connectors and influencers on the European early stage startups scene and has been selected as Top 100 Women in Tech in Europe.

She holds BS in Business Economics, Computer and Systems Sciences from Stockholm University in Sweden. Paula is Finn full of Sisu, currently living in Berlin.

She covers startups at

Robert C. Bush Jr

Founder & CEO, Majlis Partners

Robert C. Bush, Jr. (Bob Bush) is a US native and the Founder and CEO of Majlis Partners, a merchant advisory boutique, located in the United Arab Emirates. Bush is a trusted financial advisor to influential family businesses, governments and institutions. His professional career in the financial services industry spans more than two decades, and he engages in a full array of financial and operating activities, including sovereign wealth fund advisory, family business consulting, investment management, private equity, and corporate governance.

Bush’s leadership experience in both emerging and developed markets for governments allows him to take an entrepreneurial approach to solving multi-dimensional investment and business problems. He believes that in today's complex financial environment, "Successful managers must not only have the ability to develop and support good business and investment decisions for shareholders, but also balance the demands of different stakeholders and internal business units."

As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, McKinsey GCC Board of Directors Institute, American Bar Association, and academia, amongst other networks, Bush continues to develop solid relationships with key business leaders, academic professionals and government officials to generate ideas and investment opportunities.

He also regularly appears in the media like CNBC and CNN providing commentary on a myriad of topics related to investing.

Linda Dannenberg

Founder Meisterclass   |   LinkedIn

Linda used to be a Venture Capitalist at international VC fund is investing out of 5 funds globally in Europe, the US, Brazil, Russia and Asia. Linda was responsible for the european dealflow and focused on Germany, the nordics, the UK and additionally spent some time in the Silicon Valley office. She covered mainly the consumer internet sector. Before working for, Linda worked for several startups and a couple of months ago, she left the corporate world to start her own venture, Meisterclass.

Dominik Mühl

Investment Manager, Capnamic Ventures

Dominik Mühl works as an Investment Manager for Capnamic Ventures. He studied Business Administration at the European Business School (EBS) in Oestrich-Winkel as well as Chicago and Stellenbosch. Dominik is a trained IT-system electronic technician and was an Analyst in investment banking at Citigroup and Project Manager at an M&A boutique specialising in the areas of internet, software and mobile. Afterwards he founded an online food-startup.

Milan Koch

Startup Analyst / Consultant   |  

Milan works in Silicon Valley as Startup Analyst for seed fund Base Ventures where he manages dealflow and performs due diligence on potential investments. He also sources startups for AppNation Conference and KITE Solutions, an enterprise platform used by brands and agencies to discover and partner with startups at scale.

Prior to that, he worked for San Francisco based startup accelerator Kicklabs and its investment fund Transmedia Capital where he reviewed potential investments, helped managing partners with diligence sessions and facilitated Kicklabs’ brand initiatives by managing an innovation session with Warner Bros.

Bronze Sponsors

Manuel Koelman

Entrepreneur and Advisor   |   LinkedIn

Manuel Koelman. Manuel Koelman is a Dutch lean entrepreneur living in Cologne. He is co-founder and managing director of an online headhunting service for professionals. In addition to that he is advisor and business angel for several startups and mentor at Seedcamp.

After his first internet company – which he founded during his studies at the University of Mannheim – Manuel worked as a Senior Consultant at a management consultancy firm.

Manuel is interested in agile managment, enterprise 2.0 and ecommerce. If he is not out travelling or playing soccer you can meet Manuel at Likemind Cologne, which he organizes.

Rouven Siegemund


Rouven is a lawyer and member of Osborne Clarke’s corporate law team in Cologne. He joined Osborne Clarke in March 2010 and advises national and international clients on corporate issues, focusing on venture capital financing and start-ups. Rouven’s track record contains, inter alia, the legal advice of the sell side in DailyDeal’s trade sale to Google.

After having studied law in Cologne and Clermont-Ferrand/France, Rouven worked as scientific assistant for an internationally operating German business law firm in the field of corporate law. During his legal training in Cologne and Montréal/Canada Rouven worked, inter alia, for the renowned Canadian law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.

Rouven has a profound coaching experience with regard to diverse international start-up events.

Robbert van Geldrop

CTO and Founder BackupAgent   |   LinkedIn

Robbert is a born entrepreneur and founder of Delft based BackupAgent. Started software developing at the age of 8 and never stopped. Robbert currently manages the development team of the company and sets the technical roadmap for BackupAgent.

Robbert is driven by technical leadership and has a clear strategic vision on product innovation and translating new technology into viable products.

Robbert is active practitioner of Lean Startup and founder of the Dutch Lean Startup Circle. He’s also a returning key-note speaker on European editions of Lean Startup Machine events.

Efthimios Detsikas

Lawyer at Osborne Clarke

Efthimios is a corporate lawyer in Osborne Clarke's Cologne office. He provides advice to German and international clients on a wide range of corporate transactions including M&A and corporate financing.

Efthimios studied law at the University of Bonn. During his legal traineeship he worked for a renowned medium-sized law firm in Bonn. He joined Osborne Clarke in February 2012.

Stephan Pavlovic

Developer and Advisor at Railslove   |   LinkedIn

Stephan is a web developer at the cologne based agency Railslove and specialized in front-end development and ux concepts, where he worked for startup clients like

With a master degree in media informatics and an academic focus on semantic web technologies he is lecturing courses about next generation web technologies at the university of applied science cologne for a couple of years now. Besides coding and teaching he advises several early state startups in there technological progress.


Frontened Development
Semantic Web / Linked Data

Jan Kus

Co-Founder Railslove   |   LinkedIn

Web developer and graduate student from Cologne, Germany. Computer freak since 1982, in love with web technologies since 2002. He Founded Railslove 2008. His studies in Media and Computer Science at Cologne University of Applied Sciences broadened his mind and set his view on managing projects and applying digital media in the real world. In private, he’s an ambitious artist, winter sports fan and loves to enjoy sunshine at the river Rhine.


Backend Development
Payment Integration
Agile software development

Peter Hornik

Founder/Managing Director at 1stMOVER   |   LinkedIn

During his studies of economics Peter Hornik already discovered his enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and creating new businesses. Consequently, he founded his first company epos24 GmbH, a panEuropean service provider for data base solutions for car dealers, where he was managing director from 2001 to 2008. In 2006 Peter did his first angel investment and in 2008 he established the Switzerland-based cap-z-partners GmbH as a holding company for more angel investments.

Since then Peter Hornik supports young founders with seed investments and advisory services. In 2012 he founded together with Klemens Gaida and Ralf Lauterbach 1stMOVER, an incubator and seedfund with focus on mobile services & solutions. Located in Düsseldorf 1stMOVER offers a wide range of services for entrepreneurs in addition to traditional seed investments.

Rune Theill

Co-Founder Rockstart Accelerator   |   LinkedIn

Rune co-founded Rockstart Accelerator in Amsterdam, NL. Before starting Rockstart, he ran an e-commerce, which was recently acquired. He is a Jury member at Venture Cup and a Mentor at Lean Startup Machine.

Felix Stäritz

Founder & CEO dailypresent   |   LinkedIn

Excelling in complex and high pressure environments, a doer and achiever, company-builder, previous management consultant for boutique and top consultancies in high-tech and digital-media, a speaker and visionary. Co-Founder of KochAbo, having set up the leading e-food concept in 5 countries within 12 months. Business angel & advisor to startups.

Marc Egger

Co-Founder Insius   |  

Marc Egger studied Information Systems in Cologne before he worked as CTO at the MIT Spin-Off GalaxyAdvisors in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After that he co-founded Insius, a Company that develops Software and Services to automatically analyse consumer conversations on the web. In his spare time he works on his PhD Thesis in the fields of Information Extraction and Social Network Analysis. As a researcher at the University of Cologne he teaches classes in (Emerging) Electronic Business.

Stefanie Weidner

Co-Founder Solution Space   |   LinkedIn

Stefanie is the founder of a co-working space called Solution Space, a super-connector in cologne's start-up scene and event coordinator of „So what’s on your plate, Cologne“. As an ambitious service designer with focus on service innovation she creats with her partner Sahrah the house of innovations, a lab for working environments of the future. On her blog she writes about the future of work and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Ruth Cremer

Founder euworx   |  

Ruth helps startups and SME writing proposals to get funding from public sources, especially from the European Commission. She studied Maths at RWTH Aachen University and worked at an research institute afterwards where she also wrote proposals and worked on EU projects with the focus on IT architectures.
In her free time during her studies, she started organising events and came into contact with the startup scene in 2011. From there on, she took part in organising startup events like 3DS (3daystartup, addressing mostly students to start a new company during one weekend) and the European Pirate Summit in Cologne. She now also does speeches, workshops, takes part in panels and is a mentor at different startup events.

Specialties: IT architectures, technical feasibility, business modelling, alternative funding

Till Ohrmann

CEO and Co-Founder of the European Pirate Summit & & Exec I/O   |  

I'm the co-founder and CEO of European Pirate Summit and & Exec I/O and started a few other (non-)tech companies.

I love connecting people, that's why I engage myself with events like Startup Weekend.


Ibo Evsan

Owner and Founder at 3rd Place GmbH   |   LinkedIn

Hans van Gent

Digital Marketeer and Startup Advisor   |   LinkedIn

Marketing is running through the veins of Hans van Gent, always hustling to get the most out of life and out of business. He is a pure optimist with years of digital experience to write on his name. In the past he worked successful on various campaigns and online platforms for big brands of Unilever, Nestlé, the European Parliament and others. Currently he is co-leading the digital department at Ogilvy & Mather in Belgium.
Next to that he teaches early stage startups about customer development and applying lean startup mechanics not just in the launch and building of their product but also in marketing and other areas. He can be found coaching and organising at events like the StartupBus, Evolv and other places where his expertise is needed.

Lars Haßler

Founder C4 - explosive marketing   |   LinkedIn

Lars started right after School as a freelance webdesign & -developer. While studying Computer Science at RWTH Aachen he founded C4 - explosive marketing, which started out as a marketing agency, but later turned into a Agency for web development. Lars focus and passion lies on User Interface & User Experience for the web.
Lars is active in the startup community in Aachen as a former organizer and now mentor at 3 Day Startup and since 2013 also part of the Pirate Summit team, organizing one of the craziest tech conferences in the heart of Cologne.
Born near Cologne, he’s a loyal fan of both 1. FC Köln as well as Kölner Haie and a “echte kölche Jeck”.

Oliver Twardowski

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reputami   |   LinkedIn

Oliver Twardowski is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reputami, a Cologne-based Startup wich enables owners of local businesses and branch networks to easily listen to, understand and properly respond to online customer feedback. In addition to that, Reputami provides useful guidance on how to improve their online reputation. Before Reputami Oliver was a Freelance User Interface Designer for several successfull startups and app agencies.

Nacho Coloma

CTO and founder at Koliseo and Extrema Sistemas   |   LinkedIn

Nacho is MS in Computer Science by University of La Laguna, Spain. He has designed solutions to solve interesting problems: airport management systems, naval traffic, railway control and e-banking platforms. Since 2012 he decided to apply these concepts to start Koliseo, an event ticketing startup.

Nacho is a Google Developer Expert for the Cloud Platform. He loves getting out of his cave to meet new people, even though he speaks a lousy German.

Front-end development: HTML5, CSS, JavaScript
Google Cloud Platform

Contributing und Media Sponsors
Angelina Markova
Elisa Portsmann
Sara Usinger
Johannes Naumann
Mladen Panov
Puja Abbassi
Vidar Andersen

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