Willkommen in Berlin

Berlin’s startup scene has been heating up rapidly over the past few years and the city has become the epicentre of European innovation and startup creation. The city’s success has been drawing in streams of change agents and adventurous entrepreneurs all of whom flock to the area for cheap rent and the occasional coffee in a done-up Soviet cafe.

Continuing on from the success of last years EIT Alumni Startup Days held at Technical University, this year we will be hosting the event yet again at the Technical University, Berlin in the Mar building. The location is a focal point of showing how technology and sustainable development can find solutions

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Companies onboard

We are pleased to have the following companies gracing our event: ContentfulArupGTECDeutsche Palliative and AJ&Smart.

Contentful is a content management developer platform that enables the web and mobile developers to manage, integrate, and deliver digital content to any kind of device or service that can connect to an API - be it smart cars, VR, mobile, the web, digital signage, or any new platform.

Arup brings together professionals from diverse disciplines and with complementary skills, on a uniquely global scale. The depth of expertise and sheer numbers of specialists allow Arup to take on complex, strategic projects that no other firm could deliver. 

German Tech Entrepreneurship Center, located at ESMT Berlin, is the first private-sector, open campus for entrepreneurship in Europe. Connecting an international network of companies, universities, and startups, GTEC educates founders from around the world and acts as a springboard for innovation in Germany and beyond.

The palliative foundation is an establishment that has been existing for the past 6 years. Their goal is to work for the benefit of both adults and children, raising the awareness of the public to hospice and palliative care issues in general. 

AJ&Smart is a dynamic, creative and digitalized company that helps to launch product faster with high UX best practices. Their module - "Companies need to move fast, ship products, learn from the market and iterate".



Nail Valiyev

Manager and entrepreneur with over 4+ years experience in startups and tech. Cofounded a number of London-based startups.  Organised some of the largest tech events/conferences in Baku and abroad. Consult and advise international tech startups; deliver strategic partnerships with investors, technology companies and entrepreneurs to boost innovation capability of an organisation. Dual MBA + Master in Management Degrees from top European Business School. 

André Martins

Portuguese lighting designer/architect with over 2 years of working experience in all kinds of planning/design phases. He is a specialist regarding daylight and circadian lighting. As an architect, he can also contribute to discussions of form and aesthetics.

Stefan Petersen

Stefan is a German graduate from the 2012 ENTECH intake. Specialised in energy and HVAC systems in buildings, gathered two years of working experience in the building sector.

Darius Moeini

Darius has founded, operated, sold, failed, hated and loved startups since 2009: as a founder, fundraiser, employee, service provider, mentor & advisor. Darius has extensive experience in managing tech-driven ventures and in developing business models and fundraising strategies. In 2014, Darius founded the boutique advisory Berlin Startup Consulting. In 2016, Darius expanded into the Corporate Innovation arena with the Corporate Startup Lab. At GTEC - German Tech Entrepreneurship Center -  Darius is responsible for the Startup Lab and Venture Development.

Andres Acosta

A mechanical engineer from Columbia with over six years of experience in building service design with a focus on mechanical and energy systems. Among many skills, he has expert knowledge in designing solar powered energy and climate solutions.

The Jury and Speakers

Manikandan Calavai Sabapathy

Manikanan is a testimony of how the EIT Alumni Startup Days can elevate your career. He has an  M.Sc in Global Production Engineering - Solar. He founded a startup, 'Power Your Bread', which works on identifying needs & problems and provide a solution using green energy to empower the community which uses his product. 
His journey with this idea began when he participated in EIT Startup Days last year. And won the Best Idea prize which got him entry into another Pan-European competition hosted by Impact Hub, which secured funding for his project. 

Sebastian Gröbe

Sebastian Studied health care management and political sciences. His job is to organise all the projects, which their foundation for palliative care (Deutsche PalliativStiftung) are developing as well as supporting health care politics. For the last ten years, he has been  working in a team which cares for dying people within a specialised (palliative care) setting.

Daniel Strazzulla

Daniel is a product manager and UX specialist. With previous experience working in StanfordHCI, Apple and IBM, he brings his passion for innovation from academia to the tech industry. Now he leads the product research organisation at Contentful, creating future technologies for developers to manage and deliver content.

Jonathan Courtney

Jonathan is a User Experience Designer/Consultant and Trainer with over 8 years of experience. Now he leads AJ&Smart as a founding partner to deliver high-quality design solutions, his clients including eBay, Deutsche Telecom, Rocket Internet, UN and LUFTHANSA.

The Team

Stephanie Lirong Zhang

Embedded Systems Technophile

Entrepreneurship Aficionado

Jazz, Contemporary Dancer

Khan Reaz

Love Tech, Trees and Tea

Runs, and make things running

Always on a mission to innovate

Yaorong Li

Design Nerd

Loves to Cook



Dan Wu 

Industrial and Human-Computer Interaction

and Design

Product Designer

#UX Enthusiast, Life Explorer, Design Nerd (a bit)

Dibi Tamunomiebaka

Business and IT

Tech Savvy and very Sporty

Tries to find the solution for every situation

Victor Campos

InnoEnergy Alumni

Researcher on Energy Systems Modelling 

and Energy Markets

Enthusiast about bicycles, beer and coffee



Friday 2nd Dec

17:00 - 17:30    Registration
17:30 - 17:40    Welcome Event
17:40 - 18:10    Company Present Challenges 
18:10 - 18:20    Pitching Explanation
18:20 - 19:20    Dinner    
19:20 - 20:20    Pitches & Group Matching
20:20 - 21:00    Working Session 1

Saturday 3rd Dec

09:00 - 10:00    Breakfast
10:00 - 10:15    Talk by Sebastian Grobe
10:15 - 11:30    Working Session 2
11:30 - 11:50    Coffee Break
11:50 - 13:00    Working Session 3
13:00 - 14:00    Lunch    
14:00 - 14:10    Coaches Introduction
14:10 - 16:10    Coaching Session 1
16:10 - 16:30    Coffee Break
16:30 - 16:45    Talk by Manikandan Calavai 
16:45 - 18:30    Working Session 4
18:30 - 19:30    Dinner
19:30 - 21:00    Working Session 5   

Sunday 4th Dec

09:00 - 10:00    Breakfast
10:00 - 11:30    Working Session 6
11:30 - 11:50    Coffee Break
11:50 - 13:00    Coaching Session 2 
13:00 - 14:00    Lunch      
14:00 - 16:00    Working Session 7
16:00 - 16:30    Final Pitch
16:30 - 17:00    Coffee Break/Judge Delivery
17:00 - 17:30    Winner & Prize Ceremony
17:30 - 17:45    Closing Session
17:45 - 21:00    Wrap-up Dinner & Networking 



2-day workshop "Embed Silicon Valley Methods into your startup" given by prominent business executive Andrew Isaacs from UC Berkeley worth 950 euros

6 months subscription of Bookmate and much more!




Room H3007, Hauptgebäude der Technischen Universität Berlin, Str. des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin

Saturday and Sunday

Ground floor corridor (working venue) / room 0.001 (presentation venue), TU MAR Gebäude Marchstraße 23, 10587 Berlin

Photo: Nico Trinkhaus - Brandenburg Gate West, Berlin - CC-BY-NC