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Jan 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Networking & Snacks
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Idea selection & Team building - Sponsored by Stattys
  • Get in to your rooms and start working


Jan 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch - Sponsored by
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner - Sponsored by
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you wish - Betahaus stays open through until 1am


Jan 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Mentor Booking & Call for needs and skills
  • Lunch - Sponsored by
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Snack
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Liam Boogar

Editor   |   LinkedIn

The Founder of the Rude Baguette, Liam Boogar is a Silicon Valley native, who moved out to Paris in 2011. He wear various hats in the startup ecosystem at various times. He organizes community events like Startup Weekend Paris or the Founders Event. He mentors startups at the Dojoboost startup accelerator and throughout France. He also works with startups as a market specialist, helping French startups launch in the US.

Thomas Grota

Senior Investment Manager T-Venture   |   LinkedIn

Thomas is Senior Investment Manager at T-Venture Holding, the corporate VC of Deutschte Telekom AG. With his entrepreneurial spirit he supports startups and new entrants to establish a successfull business and grow shareholder value. His main fields of investments are media propositions, social gaming and enabling software technologies. Thomas is responsible for T-Venture investment in MyTaxi, flaregames, 6Wunderkinder, apprupt and others. Additionaly Thomas is mentor at Seedcamp, a program created to jumpstart the entrepreneurial community in Europe. Thomas was listed as one of the 100 most influential technology investors in Europe by The Telegraph UK in 2011.

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

Axel Schmiegelow

CEO at dw capital gmbh   |   LinkedIn

Axel has co-founded several game-changing startups from Europe, including the IPTV platform sevenload, the social travel company itravel, travel retail software company webtravel, and the first online bookmarking service, oneview. His investment company, dw capital, was also the co-founding angel investor in Europe’s leading online review company Qype and a number of other innovative startups. MIT is a shareholder in dw capital. In addition, he is also a Chairman representative of several tech and media associations in Germany and is on the Broadcasting Council of WDR Group, Germany’s public television network.

Axel has more than 15 years of experience as a consultant, agency executive and serial entrepreneur. He is known for his enthusiastic and entrepreneurial spirit combined with a business-savvy, venture capitalist understanding and attitude. He is considered an expert in marketing, social media and entrepreneurship, and is a regular keynote speaker at leading industry events.

Axel studied Law with a scholarship from the elite German National Academic Foundation at Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Cologne, and completed an executive entrepreneurship program at MIT in 2000.

Tim Schumacher

Co-Founder and CEO   |   LinkedIn

A master’s Thesis entitled “Price Formation in the Domain Name Secondary Market” provided Tim Schumacher with the insights that led him to co-found the world’s most successful domain marketplace. As CEO, Schumacher helped Sedo become that rare thing—a profitable dot-com—while maintaining rapid growth and international expansion.

Schumacher holds a diploma in business administration from the University of Cologne, Germany, a major in finance from the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, and a CEMS-Master of the Community of European Management Schools. Tim has worked as a consultant and conducted and advised various Internet and software projects. He is a co-author of Domain-Namen im Internet, Germany’s definitive guide to domain names.

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.

Bronze Sponsors

Francis Dierick

Entrepreneur and developer   |   LinkedIn

Hi, I’m Francis. I’m a web developer by trade. I dabbled a bit in bioinformatics and UI design. I built a few personal sites, wrote a few blogs. Published some research. I’ve been hacking for over 12 years now. Lately I’ve been doing iOS apps.

I’ve always done side-projects but in 2010 & 2011 my entrepreneurial desires trumped my wish for job security. Glacierbird Ltd. is my independent consulting company and was my first ‘real’ startup.

I’ve been invited to Seedcamp, YC and so I must be doing something right.

Manny Soar

Entrepreneur and Advisor   |   LinkedIn

Manny has been involved in several successful startup launch, build and exits as part of entrepreneurial teams notably in the communications and financial service industries as well as a couple of failures! Manny started his career in professional services initially with KPMG and later with PwC.

He enjoys projects which are internet based, international and innovative. He was part of the founding team and CFO of one of the first online insurers which was voted by Institutional Investor as one of the 30 most innovative initiatives at the time and during his 12 years he had hands on participation in strategy, finance, technology, funding and marketing.

Currently he enjoys being a mentor at accelerator, is advising a new Brazilian comparison site and

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.

Marco Hauprich

Senior Vice President Mobile & New Media   |   LinkedIn

Since July 2012 Mr. Hauprich is working in the role of Senior Vice President Mobile & New Media in the MAIL Corporate Division of Deutsche Post AG. Marco Hauprich will focus on trend scouting and the exploitation of new digital markets in the field of Mobile and New Media.

Until June2012 Mr. Hauprich was heading up the Business Unit “Mobile & New Media” at HRS, Europe's leading hotel portal. Born in 1965 in Bonn, Mr. Hauprich is an expert in mobile technology. After receiving his degree in Industrial Design, Mr. Hauprich was the owner and managing director of the multimedia company EigenArt. During his seven years as Senior Project Manager at Deutsche Telekom AG, he managed many innovative online applications that received renowned awards. From October 2007, he worked as Vice President Innovations at Deutsche Post AG where he was generating new digital and mobile products and services.

Oliver Thylmann

Entrepreneur and Managing Director (CTO)   |   LinkedIn

- 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.

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.

Carlo Matic

Founder and CEO   |   LinkedIn

Carlo Matic (formerly known as Carlo Blatz) is since 1995 an experienced manager and entrepreneur with more than 70 employees. He founded the agency and LeanLaunchLab Interactive Pioneers, is cofounder of Supreme NewMedia ( as well as Power + Radach advertising agency and supports as business angel different startups. As a passionate networker he has excellent contacts in online businesses, is a proud refferer of HackFWD and speaks frequently at international conferences. The serial book author, has grown his expertise, in addition to his technical insights, to the fields of rapid prototyping, eCommerce, user experience and online marketing.

Dr. Martin Klaus

Expert Innovation Deutsche Post Mail   |   LinkedIn

Martin was born in Bonn in 1979. He studied business administration in Bielefeld with the majors Marketing, Statistic and business computer science. After that he went to the University of Kassel where he taught students in international Marketing while he did his PhD about social network analysis and network effects for relational online marketing.

Since 2011 Martin works at Deutsche Post Innovation Mail where he is looking for new business opportunities and develops new business models mostly in new media trend areas. Besides that he is adviser for the market research company Schwerdt & Feger.

Martin has strong passion for new media business models and technology and is looking forward to the StartupWeekend Cologne to be inspired and to inspire!

Sebastian Deutsch

Co-Founder 9elements   |   LinkedIn

Sebastian Deutsch is one of the founders of 9elements. He started hacking at a young age on a Commodore Amiga computer. From then on he developed software on various platforms – but he loves the web the most.

He enjoys programming Ruby on Rails and loves to create new interfaces using technologies like HTML5 and JavaScript.

Sebastian has a university degree in Computer Science from the Technische Universität Dortmund.

When he is not hacking he loves to ski in the alps.

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.

Tobias Guenther

CEO and Founder fournova GmbH   |   LinkedIn

In 2004 Tobias founded the web agency “puremedia” und lead it for 6 years as its CEO. Together with his team, he worked for customers like, DaimlerChrysler, HiPP, and Universal Music.

In 2010 he moved from being a service-provider to a product company by founding a software startup called “fournova”. The first product – the Mac application “Tower” – is being used by 20.000 people all over the world in companies like Apple, Twitter, Amazon, or Facebook.

Getting into a conversation with Tobias is easy: try topics like Marketing, Branding, or Business Models. Or simply chat about the latest movies with him…

Till Achinger

Co-Founder FAST FOWARD IMAGING and Sonntagmorgen Kaffee   |   LinkedIn

Till Achinger, 28, is a co-founder and partner of FAST FOWARD IMAGING and Sonntagmorgen Kaffee and acts as managing director for both.

Sonntagmorgen is an online shop for speciality coffee which runs its own roasting house in Porta Westfalica, Germany. FAST FORWARD IMAGING provides integrated hardware and software solutions for product photography which allow users to make 50% savings from their time and financial resources.

Till Achinger also works as a communications consultant for businesses, having set up the social media competency centre for the Düsseldorf management consultancy Hering Schuppener and advised customers in corporate communications, crisis communications management, and working with the online media.

He began his career working as a freelance journalist and blogger in 2001

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.

Johannes Ellenberg

Co-founder and CEO of Accelerate Stuttgart   |   LinkedIn

As cofounder and CEO of Accelerate Stuttgart, Johannes is building an accelerator program for startups in the Neckar-Valley. Everything about the startup scene in Stuttgart can be found at

In the past two years, Johannes took his MBA in Marketing at the Steinbeis School of Management and Innovation and was working as a strategy consultant in the fields of e-commerce and internet technology. Read more about his work and projects on

Johannes loves Startup Weekend and its global community, because of that he is organizing Startup Weekend Stuttgart, which took place for the third time this year.

Dennis Kaemker

CEO Inspiring Travel   |   LinkedIn

Dennis is founder and managing partner of betafabrik, an incubator from Cologne. Together with his two partners he has been developing new business models in the online environment since 2009. Currently he focusses on his role as CEO of the online travel agency Inspiring Travel and their main website "Club Family".

After his studies in business administration in Dortmund and Cologne Dennis worked two years as a turnaround manager in a consulting firm. He was involved in both the restructuring and reorganization of various companies as well as strategy development and M & A. In 2000 he became Head of Controlling at OnVista where he met his current betafabrik partners Michael W. Schwetje and Lars Fink. In subsequent years, he was responsible for various positions at OnVista with a focus on finance, controlling, M & A, business development and corporate strategy and later became managing director of OnVista's biggest subsidiary, OnVista Media GmbH.

Dennis (* 1973) is married and has two daughters and a son.

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

Lars Brillert

Developer at Railslove   |   LinkedIn

Lars was born in 1985 nearby Cologne. After his journey through Perl and PHP landsides he fell finallaly in love with Ruby (and Rails) in 2006.

From 2004 to 2010 he studied Computer Science (Bachelor & Master) at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Afterwards Lars attended the eXist Founders Program and became of of the founders of Railslove GmbH, later in 2010.

He mostly concentrates on building solid application backends and managing the underlying infrastructure.

In his spare time you can find him in on of Cologne’s Indoor Climbing Areas or on one of his bicycles.


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

Tim Schneider

Co-Founder of Railslove   |   LinkedIn

Tim Schneider is one of the founders of Railslove – a passionate team of hackers & thinkers from Cologne. As interaction designer and front-end web developer he likes to see products from a user’s point of view and is on duty to free the web from bad user experiences.

Tim holds a Master of Science in Media Informatics from Cologne University of Applied Sciences, is member of the Web Science Program Board and gives lectures on all things web.

Jakob Hilden

Frontend Developer at Railslove   |   LinkedIn

Jakob is the interface guy, who enjoys closely examining everything that happens between the user and the web app. Be it conceptual interface & interaction design, practical frontend web development, or analysis of ways to improve conversion and user experience.

He earned a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan (USA) in 2009 and has been very involved in all things web, open source and usability ever since starting to work at a local village internet agency in 2001.

Stefan Behrendt

Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Stefan started his career as a top-management consultant. He has been working in Telecommunications, Internet and Mobile since 1999 and always enjoys being “at the forefront of technology”. At DSP-Partners, Stefan consults Telecom & Media companies on questions of strategy, product portfolio design and product management.

Before founding his own company, Stefan held various management positions in product management, business development, strategy and enterprise-sales with Deutsche Telekom, abaXX Technology and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Additionally, he served on the supervisory boards of Scout24 and Swoodoo/Kayak.

Product management/Digital marketing
Outsourcing and offshoring

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.

Klemens Gaida

Founder and Managing Director at 1stMOVER   |   LinkedIn

Klemens Gaida is a telecoms engineer with a PhD in mobile communication systems & services. After being partner at a management consultancy from 1993-2001 and manager at a global mobile network operator from 2001-2009 he founded the Internet incubator & seedfund 1stMOVER in Düsseldorf together with Peter Hornik. In summer 2012 Klemens established a strategic partnership with full service mobile solution provider Appseleration and gave 1stMOVER a new focus on the mobile internet market. Klemens and Peter have previously built several web companies in the areas of e-commerce, web-to-print and online video amongst others.

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.

Fabian Jager

Co-Founder dawawas,   |   LinkedIn

Fabian is one of the founders of dawawas, a new cloud-based photo sharing service. It's designed to offer a solution for ordinary people to collect and share pictures of events like holidays, weddings or
birthday parties in a private environment .

After starting his online activities in 1999 with mp3 search engines, he studied Computational Visualistics while working for several online agencies. In 2006 he co-founded, a German Social Network with more than 9 million users which was sold to RTL in 2009.

He’s interested in viral products, efficient development and getting the most out of available resources.

Contributing und Media Sponsors
Anu Beck
Johannes Naumann
Lukas Strniste
Susann Schilling
Till Ohrmann
Vidar Andersen

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