That was the Startup Weekend Mittelhessen in 2016...


Maria Pennanen

Maria Pennanen is an angel investor and international senior leader with vast experience in B2B sales & marketing from Europe and Asia. Maria’s passion is helping startups and SMEs to execute their strategies and grow their businesses internationally. Maria is invested in several startups from Finland and Germany such as Savedo, Clark, Valendo, Finreach, FinanceAds and Newolo. With 18 years of experience in the field, Maria screened and advised hundreds of startups.

Prof. Dr. Martin Przewloka

Prof. Dr. Martin Przewloka has acquired extensive professional expertise in over 25 years of working in the industry. Amongst others, he has been occupied with several entrepreneurial activities as well as an international management career in an internationally renowned software company. All activities he led were shaped by technological as well as business innovation, leading to various successful solutions that are still on the market, as well as patents and other intellectual property rights. Prof. Przewloka has been working closely with startups for many years, sharing his profound knowledge and broad network of highly inspiring people.

Noel Zeh

Founder & Managing Partner LITTLEROCK GmbH Düsseldorf, Deutschland

International business development expert and blue ocean strategist with +10 year experience in various sectors: logistics, major music industry, ecommerce, brand creation, licensing business and internet start ups.

Peter Hart

Peter Hart founded the startup Dr. Severin in 2013. Ever since, he successfully managed to introduce his product, a Body-Aftershave for both men and women, as a quality product on the European markets. He has even presented his product in "Die Höhle der Löwen", a VOX-show for founders convincing two of the judges, Judith Williams and Frank Thielen, to further promote his business idea. Peter Hart is highly interested in innovative ideas and has extensive experience within all sections of entrepreneurship, especially in negotiating and dealing with potential investors. Being in his mid-twenties, he belongs to one of the few successful young entrepreneurs in Germany and understands the challenge to build a company as a student.

Prof. Dr. Monika Schuhmacher

Prof. Dr. Monika Schumacher is Professor for Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the Justus-Liebig University since February 2016. Previously, she lectured at the University of Mannheim, Mannheim Business School, Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and the ESSEC Graduate School in France within the areas of Marketing, Innovation Management as well as Entrepreneurship. In addition, Ms. Schumacher is executive director at the Entrepreneurship Cluster Mittelhessen at the JLU Giessen. Within this position, she supports students aspiring to build a business by providing with her profound entrepreneurial experience acquired throughout her own business creation. Monika Schumacher is further involved as a Technology, Innovation Management and Marketing consultant with several international companies.


Ortwin Kartmann

Oliver Kartmann is one of the most successful business founders in the region of Mittelhessen. As a serial entrepreneur, he has contributed to the development of instant bank transfers. Currently, he is founder and CTO of Shopgate, which is based in Butzbach. Just recently, he has successfully concluded a financing round. Read more about the success story of shopgate here.

Max Berger

Founder & CEO of Ryzze, a digital brandholding operating and managing several online first brands. Max is a serial entrepreneurs and was involved in different startups as a founder and investor. He has a profound knowledge in digital branding, ecommerce and company building.

Ram Shoham

Founder of Accelerator Frankfurt, a four-month program that “accelerates” startups in the fields of fintech, cybersecurity and web-applications.  Ram has 16 years of international experience in corporate finance and general management. Ram has helped startups and entrepreneurs secure investments and build their businesses internationally.. Ram also sits as a judge for startups events in various universities.

Prof. Ute-Christine Klehe

Ute-Christine Klehe is professor for Industrial and Organisational Psychology at the Justus-Liebig University since October 2011. She has gained international experience in the areas of career-self management and recruiting procedures through her research and teaching stays in Toronto, Zürich and Amsterdam. Well-versed around questions of career-choices, self-presentation and recruiting processes, she will give an extensive insight about working in a team in order for the soon-to-be entrepreneurs to maximise their work-efficiency within their individual team-constellations during the Startup Weekend Mittelhessen.

Dr. Tim Brühn


Sebastian Naumann

Startup Weekend 2016 has been made possible by the generous support of:


LÜCK Gruppe is a partner for holistic building technology. Property and real estate owners profit from a high performance density and the strong manpower of the company operating throughout Germany by always having a personal contact person on-site. As a family enterprise, LÜCK Gruppe particularly values a human philosophy as a mission statement for their services.

The hotel and restaurant heyligenstaedt always follows the service principle of "not solely fulfilling expectations but outperforming them". This is why guests appreciate the classy ambience, the unique atmosphere, the highly praised service as well as the spectacular and outstanding food right where this kind of philosophy is lived - within the HOTEL & RESTAURANT heyligensteadt. As one of the oldest buildings in Gießen and protected as a historic monument, the architecture of the Boutiquehotel heyligenstaedt already impresses from the outside perspective with its industrial facades from the year 1876.
We are proud to announce that we will have the exceptional opportunity to carry out the final pitches as well as the subsequent get-together with all of you at the heyligenstaedt.




Organizer Team

Martin Lacroix

Nicole Tamka

Jan Lampe

Timo Hoffmann

Methuja Thavarasa

Christian Rötz

Our visionary goal is to promote the regional startup scene in Mittelhessen. By creating a common platform, the combined force and the full entrepreneurial potential of the region will come together and benefit everyone interested to gain (first) insights and perform within an entrepreneurial realm - no matter whether young or old, absolute beginners or established entrepreneurs. Everybody is invited to join us at the Startup Weekend Mittelhessen to get inspired, to exchange and create innovation!

Schedule (2016)

Day 1

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20. Mai 2016

Day 2

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21. Mai 2016

Day 3

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22. Mai 2016

Location plan

The event took place at the Lück Akademie, situated at the Alte Brauereihöfe (Leihgesterner Weg 37, 35392 Gießen)

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