- Date: 09.-11. December 2011
- Place: SCE, Munich/Germany
- Participants: 43
- Mentors: 11
- Judges: 5
- Idea pitches: 8
- End presentations: 6
In Summer 2011, STARTeurope, STARTmunich and BambooVentures sat down together in Munich to kick off Startup Live Munich #1. And this time we decided to focus on sustainable business ideas for the first time.
With the great support of Bosch, Weitnauer and Autodesk and the possibility to host the event at the awesome Steel Case Creative Hall of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, the efforts of the organization team were rewarded. The date of the event was set to the 09.-11. December 2011.
The goal of the event was to help innovative and sustainable business ideas getting to the next level. The creative people who presented their ideas were looking for a team, improvement of their idea, design of the corresponding business model or money to implement them. Therefore Startup Live Munich #1 provided the general framework.
On Friday, 9th December, the participants gathered in the late afternoon at Strascheg Center for Entrepeurship. Many arrived by train and some even flew in from Greece! Immediately, ideas were shared with each other and first discussions came up while eating cake and drinking coffee. Shortly after 17 o’ clock the pitches started and 8 ideas were presented. The ideas ranged from education in sustainability to software for energy efficient buildings and it was really great to see people of so many different backgrounds working and bonding together right away.
Shortly after the presentations the teambuilding started, where the needs of ideas were matched with the skills of the participants that didn’t present an idea. In doing so, teams were formed that went to assigned group working places to start working. The goals for the weekend were defined by each team individually.
Then, STARTeurope’s creative brain Artur Lapinsch delivered a very motivating presentation and the teams started to work. Some worked on their marketing & sales concepts; others implemented/constructed a prototype or discussed customer segments.
The main task for the following day was: getting things done!
Around lunch time, the mentors arrived. (Serial) Entrepreneurs, clean tech experts, investors, and business angels came to support the venture teams with their experience. The mentors were introduced and then went to the group working spaces of the teams, listened to their plans, gave feedback, pointed out critical issues and suggested possible solutions. Usually, after one hour the mentors switched to the next team in order to get in touch with many different ideas. The feedback gave the participants essential insights on their business ideas. Afterwards most mentors stayed longer then planned to discuss further business ideas in a loose atmosphere.
After the mentors were gone, the venture teams refreshed themselves with excellent food & beverages and then tried to work the feedback of the mentors into their business ideas. Again, although the long night of the day before, many teams stayed till late night and worked on their ideas.
On Sunday morning, Can Ertugrul prepared the participants with a great pitch training for the presentations in the evening. The last day was fully dedicated to the final presentations. Based on these presentations the jury consisting of Monika Nickl (VP @ Mummert & Company), Alexander Rietz (Business Manager Dii @Siemens AG), Marius Starke (Consultant @ Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Andreas Unseld (Investment Manager @ UnternehmerTum Fund) and Michael Streich (CEO @ BambooVentures) awarded prizes in different categories.
The winners were (in no specific order):
- One month of free co-working space @ Combinat56: Sustainaville, an electronic game for children getting environmental and sustainable education
- A one day workshop with the communication agency CAMAO AG: Sayari, a web-based community that shares advice on how little things can change the world
- A one day beauty talk with BambooVentures: Small Things, an advisor you wear around your wrist that watches, learns and guides you to live more sustainable
Afterwards, we ended the event with networking, pizza and some beer to celebrate the great improvements and developments of the ideas over the weekend. During the closing, the people exchanged cards and made further plans for cooperation, mentoring or financing.
If you want to see how the event went, check out our photo album on facebook and show us some love!
We also want to thank all the partners who made Startup Live Munich #1 possible once again: