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FIZ - Frankfurter Zentrum für Innovation

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Welcome to the Startup Weekend Rhein-Main!

Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event which focuses on building the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and marketeers – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

Platinum Sponsors


Jun 1
  • Doors Open - BBQ & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams formed start working
  • Doors close


Jun 2
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Pizza Night
  • 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 (00:30)


Jun 3
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Judging & awards
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors

Nicolas Bös

CTO and Cofounder of Popset - a YCombinator Startup

Dr. Ralf Gampfer

Managing Partner at ProcMaS Consulting

Expert in procurement, marketing and services

Nils Hafa

Startup Mentor

Passion for entrepreneurship
Counseling and mentoring of startups in Rhein-Main
Manager Frankfurter Gründerfonds

Michael Silberberger, MBA

Serial Entrepreneur, founder of

Passionate founder of, Semigator AG, Go Ahead, Jobsintown AG) whereof three are brand leaders. Supervisory board of Semigator AG, AG

- Incorporation of more than 25.000 companies, extensively more than any other person in Germany

- Causally responsible for the implementation of the legal status “UG” (Unternehmergesellschaft) in 2008

- Speaker, delivering more than 100 lectures, seminars and workshops for more than 7.000 entrepreneurs and founders

- Associate lecturer at Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Mannheim, 2011/2012

- Certified management trainer and business coach (BDVT), 2010

Media Sponsors

Nicolas Bös

Founder of Popset - a YCombinator Startup   |  

Stefan Adolf

Founder of Areamobile   |  

Michael Hübl

Founder of Flinc - Social Mobility Network   |  

Wiebke Langhans

Senior Investment Manager at Triangle Venture Capital

David Wasser

Founder of SharpMind   |  

Software developer, architect, consultant, manager, entrepreneur, speaker. 35 years in the software industry. Previously at Netscape and other small start-ups.
Focus the last 12 years on mobile technology, mobile applications, location-based services and navigation.

Stefan Fiedler

Managing Partner at ProcMaS Consulting

Marketing expert with years of experience in different marketing agencies

Mario Krämer

Managing Partner at ProcMaS Consulting

Sales expert with experince in textile industry

Christian Töns

Managing Partner at ProcMaS Consulting

Expert in financing and legal issues

Tobias Schiwek

CEO and founder of

Cofounder and former VP business development at Simfy, he is starting his second project with Backed up with investors offers the entertainment industry new monitization ways.

Augustin Friedel

CEO and Startup Vision

Augustin is passionate about Startups and founded therefore StartupVision – The online Business Accelerator. Startup Vision is matching startups with investors - VCs, Business angels or other private investors. Entrepreneurs and startups can also browse for tools, services and tutorials in the marketplace at to speed up their business. Except for the startup ecosystem he is interested in e-commerce, food, mobility, social entrepreneurship.
During the event, as mechanical engineer, he can support teams with technical questions. Additionally, he offers support in mobility topics, lean startup approach and prototyping.

Dr. Christian Seyfert

German Attorney at Law, LL.M. (USA), Certified Copyright & Media Law Specialist, Certified IP Law Specialist

Experienced German business lawyer, advises national and international businesses on how to set up their online services or online shops, and how to comply with German internet law.

Silver Sponsors
Mario Hachemer
Darren Cooper
Irina Balko
Jochen Bachmann
Clemens Groche
Jonathan Feyaerts
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