Events Diary 08 – 14 December – our pick of the hottest startup events this week





Welcome to the VentureVillage Events Diary with a round up of the hottest startup events of the week. Mark your calendars and make sure you don’t miss out.



Future Lunch – old meets new economy

width="139"Date:  8 December 2014
Place: Berlin
Price: Free

In the format “Future Lunch – old meets new economy” the innovative energy of startups is brought together with the strength, know-how, capital and contacts of established companies from different technological areas. Networking is 1 to 1 – targeted, individual and high-quality. The companies Sanofi (health), GSG Berlin (real estate) and Ford (mobility) have agreed to take part in the second round of Future Lunches organised by Projekt Zukunft. The search is on for matching innovative start-ups based in Berlin. Until December 8, founders can register to have lunch with the head of one of these established companies.

European Venture Summit

width="139"Date:  8-9 December 2014
Place: Düsseldorf
Price: from €300

In 2014, Europe Unlimited organised 15 European Venture Contests across Europe, which aim at discovering Europe’s most innovative entrepreneurs in High Tech Industries such as ICT, Cleantech, Life Sciences and Food. The best 120 entrepreneurs coming from these Venture Contests will convene in Düsseldorf on 8 & 9 December to once more pitch their unique business proposals to 100+ investors at the European Venture Summit.

The event will offer a series of benefits to participating entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts, such as networking opportunities with innovative SMEs and some of Europe’s most active investors, a networking dinner and cocktail, one-on-one meetings, and a total of 400 attendees.
The European Venture Summit is an initiative of Europe Unlimited organised in partnership with the city of Düsseldorf, the Ministry of innovation, Science and Research of the German state NRW, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the German state NRW, the NRW Bank, GIDE Loyrette nouel and RTZ.

Stacktrace Berlin RC.5 – Peter Grosskopf (Chief Development Officer at Hitfox)

width="139"Date:  08 December 2014
Place: hub:raum Campus, Berlin
Price: Free

At Stacktrace, CTOs go deeply into the technical stack and explain  in an informal atmosphere how they scaled, justify their choices and share their failures and mistakes. Beside the technical scaling, a company scales in employees, code management etc, so management tasks increase greatly. How do they deal with that?

The fifth ‘release candidate’ of Stacktrace Berlin will be presented on 8 December 2014, 7pm. This time the speaker will be Peter Grosskopf, Chief Development Officer at Hitfox. Since May 2014, Peter is working as Chief Development Officer, responsible for technical operations and strategic roadmap that will pave HitFox’s way towards that goal. He is already experienced in growing a company from “zero to hero” as he founded a software engineering consultancy based in Münster called Zweitag, growing from 2 to 27 employees in 5 years. Peter is a very active member of Berlin’s tech scene, participating in as well as organising networking and tech events. He has a unique approach in creating a productive company culture that enables people to join the team and grow together with it. Peter is currently actively working on the vision to set HitFox well on the way of becoming a major tech player in Berlin.

For the Stacktrace Christmas Edition there will be some winter goodies waiting for you, like mulled wine and cookies. Stacktrace is a “developers only” event, organized by webcrowd, your local tech recruitment company managed by geeks.

Freelance Buzz & Beers Christmas Special – How To Build Your Personal Brand

Date:  10 December 2014
Place: betahaus Café, Berlin
Price: Free

Freelancers HQ is a meetup to unite everyone interested in freelancing culture, bringing freelancers together to learn, share experiences, find projects and meet cool people! Join for a Freelancers HQ Christmas Special! CareerFoundry CMO & long-term freelancer, Emil Lamprecht, will give a presentation on how to build your personal brand.

• Drinks from 7:30pm
• Presentation starts at 8:00pm
• Networking from 9:00pm
5 freelancers will also be invited to get up and introduce themselves. If you want to take part send Annie an email ( to reserve your spot. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your name out there!

Twilio Steampunk Winter

width="139"Date:  10 December 2014
Place: LeLabo Café, Berlin
Price: Free

Join Steampunk Fairytale Winter Party on Wednesday 10 December at 6.00pm for Twilio’s Steampunk Winter Party set in one of Berlin’s most innovative bars, the fabulous LeLabo! For this special occasion a steampunk circus group will join as well as a team of robots and a first class chef to entertain you all.

If you have a penchant for fancy dressing, please steampunk up! Monocles, top hats, bowties, fascinators and goggles welcome. Everyone dressing up will receive a special steampunk nitrogen winter cocktail, specially designed for this party. Furthermore, a special prize will be awarded to the best-dressed steampunk!
Follow #twiliosteampunk for more updates!

Berlin Tech Meetup

width="139"Date:  11 December 2014
Place: mobilesuite, Pappelallee 79, 10437 Berlin
Price: Free

Before the end of the year, all fans of products and technics are coming together at the Berlin Tech Meetup. On 11 December six Startups will present their ideas in creative five-minute pitches. The focus will be on the features and product-innovation – questions about monetization will be ignored. If you want to presents your own idea, contact the organizers of the Meetup Group.


Workshop: Business Model Check with Angela Kreitenweis (relevantive)

width="139"Date:  11 December 2014
Place: hub:raum campus, Winterfeldtstraße 21, 10781 Berlin
Price: Free

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”
Coming up with an MVP to learn early and improve your product seems quite natural for startups today. But in reality it’s still a challenge to go out early, to find a proper setup for an MVP and to gain structured insights. Angela provides a bunch of good examples for MVPs and shows how to collect feedback to refine your business model based on customer needs.


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Spätschicht & Gründerszene X-Mas Party

width="139"Date:  16 December 2014
Place: AVENUE Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee 34
Price: € 35, via application only


One evening, two events – Spätschicht and Gründerszene Xmas-Party on 16. December at AVENUE Berlin. Gründerszene invites Berlin’s who-is-who of the startup scene for the special Christmas edition of Spätschicht. Together we want to celebrate the year 2014 and make some forecasts for the new year. Who wants to be part of the exclusive networking event can apply here: Who only wants to party the night away with the fans and friends of the startup scene, can buy a ticket for the Gründerszene Xmas-Party, starting at 11.00pm:



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