Help from experienced mentors
Few participants have experience of the lean start-up process and the development of business models. To bring them up to speed, the team of organisers – Jonas Fromme, Nienke Kloeffer, Luis Humpert and I – ran several pre-event workshops to prepare the participants ahead of the weekend.
Start-up ideas covered everything from leisure pursuits and trade businesses to food sharing and sustainable living
Sunday, 5pm. The teams are running on adrenaline. They haven't had much sleep. They have been working around the clock to refine business models, programmes and products. Every so often they go back to the drawing board. It is now time for them to pitch their concepts to invited members of the public and the panel of judges.
The panel selects a winning team in four different categories. Team EAGLES wins both the best social concept and the best green concept for their app, which shows people how to live a more sustainable lifestyle in 21 days using gaming mechanisms. The best design goes to the team from foodnextdoor. Committed to tackling our throw-away society, they ask the question: 'how can surplus prepared food be put to good use in the local neighbourhood?' The team from localise comes away with the best pitch. Their app allows users to meet with like-minded people to do leisure activities. Finally, the panel of judges award the prize for the best start-up at Startup Weekend Bremen 2016 to the team from Handwerksmensch. The concept is like a recruitment agency for the trades, in which potential future employees are trained and connected using modern methods and a scalable system.
Further impetus planned for Bremen's start-up ecosystem
My fellow campaigners and I do not want Startup Weekend Bremen to be a one-off event. Many of the participants expressed interest in regular meetups to create an informal platform for new ideas and workshops. We were delighted with this feedback. It shows that the dynamic start-up ecosystem has the potential to grow even further.
start-up teams receiving invaluable feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and mentors.
© Jan Wessels