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"Every idea is welcome" at Lüneburg's start-up weekend

Young people at Lüneburg's Leuphana university to spend three days developing business ideas based on U.S. model

Around 80 would-be founders are due to meet at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg from April 22-25, 2016 to discuss and progress their ideas in professionally led teams based on the U.S. Accelerator Techstars start-up.

Design, business or technology

The three-day event is being organised by students with the support of the university’s Entrepreneurship Hub. A co-organiser, Tobias Hosenfeldt, told the private initiative, Hamburg Startups, “We do not have a focal theme – every idea is welcome. And we mean explicitly ideas from the social entrepreneurship sector. However, it’s important that ideas are presented and that no-one presents an existing start-up.” The emphasis is on a good mix of participants with backgrounds in design, business or technology, he added.

Backing from Rocket Internet and

Events will begin Friday when participants present their ideas in 60-second pitches. Then, teams are to be built to work on furthering the concept over the weekend. Mentors and coaches, who have already founded their own companies or collaborate with start-ups, will be on hand to give feedback throughout the event. They include Melissa Erdagi, Brand Manager at Rocket Communications (RCKT) or Arno Baltruschat, founder of, an Lüneburg start-up.

Jury of professors and investors

Commenting on the procedure of events, Hosenfeldt said: “Durning the final pitch contest on Sunday afternoon, paricipants must convince the jury of their ideas. The winning teams stand to gain attractive prizes which will help them implement their business ideas.” The five-member jury includes professionals such as Hans-Heinrich Schleich, professor of product management at Leuphana University and representatives of the Competence Centrum mittelständische Industrie (CCMI) and Thom Rasche, a partner at Earlybird, a venture capital investor.

Sponsored by Google

The concept of the start-up weekend is based on the U.S. Accelerator Techstars start-up and Google is one of the leading sponsors. At present, local teams are organising events based on this model in 700 cities across 150 countries. The events always unfold along the same lines – from the initial presentation, teamwork right up to the final pitch to a jury.

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About Hamburg Startups

The Hamburg Startups team and founders Sina Gritzuhn and Sanja Stankovic are committed to effective networking and boosting the scene’s visibility. Apart from events such as the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch and the Hamburg Startups Mixer, they have established the Hamburg Startup Monitor platform to increase the international perception of Hamburg as a founders’ hub. The monitor gives an overview of 400 start-ups. More information can be found on

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