:agile accelerator Launchpad supported by Google

:agile accelerator Launchpad is a one week boot camp for our early stage startups focusing on the critical topics product strategy and business development, user experience and user interface, technology, marketing and product presentation. Each day is dedicated to a specific topic and structured around overview talks and one-on-one mentorship sessions lead by top-notch external and internal mentors appointed by Google. The goal is to achieve a rapid progress in a very short period of time. And of course with customer focus.

Launchpad Week is designed to support the local ecosystem of startups and adding value to existing accelerator and incubator programs. The Google Launchpad Weeks run in multiple countries on a regular basis, including Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Singapore and London.

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Interested? Get your ticket to our OPEN NIGHT on the 9th of March.

Mentors

Launchpad Mentors

All the mentors present an outstanding level of expertise in their fields and have been carefully chosen and reviewed by experts from previous Launchpad events as well as Googlers´committee. We have mentors in areas of Product Strategy, User Experience and User Interface, Technology and Marketing. In addition, a number of other mentors will share their expertise on pitching, investment, legal matters and recruiting on the final day of the event.

Our Lead Mentors

These mentors have several years of startup experience and are experts in their area of mentoring. Additionally they are experienced mentors from previous Launchpads. They helped Google to evaluate startups and know exactly what the needs of a startups are and how to mentor well.

Marc C. Lange // Overall Lead-Mentor

Startup ecosystem builder, founder, mentor, coach & design expert
Marc is host for Google, Google Developer Expert, Launchpad Lead Mentor
Marc helps entrepreneurs in companies of all sizes succeed through community building, business acceleration and education.

Holger Eggert // Product Strategy Day Lead-Mentor

Levelgreen, User Experience & Product Strategy
Hi there, I am Holger Eggert. I work in User Experience Design and Product Strategy for 20 years now, for companies large and small. I lead teams in creating digital products on the Web, Mobile, Interactive TV, and everything in between. Products I have worked on are now used by millions of people every day. Also, I like tea. :-)

Tom Allison // UX/UI Day Lead-Mentor

UX Designer, Strategist and Team Builder

Tom is an experienced UX researcher, designer and manager with a strong preference for working as part of Agile development teams. He studied Human-computer Interaction for his Masters in Information Science from the University of Michigan's School of Information in 2004. Based in Berlin since 2006, Tom has worked with a variety of early-to-mid-stage startups and multi-national corporations.

Lee Hambley // Tech Day Lead-Mentor

Wacku GmbH, CTO

I'm an Open Source addict, I maintain one of the popular Ruby projects (Capistrano) in the Rails ecosystem. I tech-mentored Google LaunchPad 2014. I mostly build backend services, focusing on DevOps, infrastructure and scaling. I love sharing what I've learned with people, even if they're new to technology, to help direct them down the path of least resistance to building something useful.

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Alexander Müller // Marketing Day Lead-Mentor

GEDANKENtanken GmbH, CEO

Alexander is a 31 year old passionate entrepreneur and generalist with ten years experience in company building within various industries. Currently he builds up the Cologne based company GEDANKENtanken, an innovative blended learning start-up. He lives with his wife and two kids in Cologne. Among others he is the founder of Facilitas Healthcare, druckhaus.de, jupiduu.com and the former general manager of ‚Robert Betz‘. He is a keynote speaker on topics as entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Yatan Blumenthal // Product Strategy & Technology

Co-Founder Hardware.co

Yatan is a founder and accelerator enthusiast. He has co-founded 3 companies, built 10 accelerator programs including hardware.co and DB mindbox and acted as a managing director of food assembly, a successful food startup. His focus is on product strategy and development. He is currently consulting startups and corporates on innovation and productivity processes.

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Jan Hölter // Product Strategy, UX/UI & Technology

codecentric AG, IT Consultant

Jan works as a software developer and consultant at codecentric. He coaches, challenges and helps customers getting started with new technologies, agile software development and lean/agile methods. His work includes e.g. hands on frontend and backend development in the Java and JavaScript ecosystems as well as training and enabling teams to start with test automation, continuous integration and delivery.

Siddharth Goyal // Product Strategy

Blacklane Gmbh , Director of Product

Siddharth is an entrepreneur with strong product management skills. Currently Siddharth is leading B2B2C product suite for Blacklane, global limousine transfer company. Previously, as a part of Rocket Internet, Siddharth has lead consumer Internet products for a range of business models - Mobile first Urban on-demand business, Ecommerce Marketplace & logistics software, C2C marketplace mobile business and others.

Kamil Barbarski // Product Strategy

MAK3it, Co-Founder

I believe that people should spend their time, money and energy on things that matter to them and to others. For me entrepreneurship is the best way to do that so I want to make it available for as many people as possible. My doing is all about bringing great ideas to life as efficiently as possible by using agile methods like Lean Startup, Customer Development and Design Thinking.

Alexander Dodig // UX/ UI

Me & Company GmbH // Service Designer

Alexander is a Service Designer working for Me & Company. He supports national and international clients from various sectors in understanding their customers' perspective and designing products and services that enrich people's lives. Recent assignments involved automotive, electrical engineering, utilities, component manufacturing, publishing, finance and chemical industry.

Jessica Ignalski // UX/UI

UX&I GmbH , User Experience Designer

Hi I'm Jessica, a User Experience Designer for Web, App and other IoT products working at UX&I. Beside this, I worked as a Product Owner for large companies in areas like banking, mobile communication, sports, power tools, etc.

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Martin Donath // UX/UI

Freelance Full-Stack Engineer / Consultant

Martin is a freelance full-stack engineer and has been working in the software industry for more than 10 years. Having founded a startup himself he is bringing the entrepreneurial spirit to his client projects, building solutions that scale and persuade.

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Sascha Wolter // UX/UI & Technology

developer and user experience enthusiast with passion for the Internet of Things

Sascha Wolter is a professional developer and user experience enthusiast with passion for the Internet of Things in all flavors. He also works as a consultant, trainer, lecturer, speaker, and author who focusses on understanding, innovation and value. Sascha is Google Developer Expert for IoT (GDE) and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

Christian Schaefer // Technology

Freelance Web Architect

Christian "Schepp" Schaefer lives in Düsseldorf and works in the digital industry since 1998. Starting off in the area of 3D graphics he slowly shifted the focus of his work towards the upcoming web platform. 2004 he went freelance as a consultant for, and implementor of web technologies.

Wolfram Rittmeyer // Technology

OpenMinds UG, Software Developer

Wolfram Rittmeyer is a passionate Android-Developer and loves to share his knowledge. He has been writing articles about Android, is blogging on his blog Grokking Android, shares on Google+ and Twitter and talks about Android topics on devfests, user groups and conferences.

Pascal Welsch // Technology

grandcentrix GmbH / Android Developer

Pascal is a passionated Android developer for over 6 years, author of multiple open source libraries and organizer of the GDG Düsseldorf. He regularly speaks at Android conferences or local user groups about latest tools and libraries as well as Material Design. In 2013 he joined grandcentrix GmbH in Cologne focusing on large-scale app projects after finishing his studies in Applied Computer Science at DHBW Stuttgart.

Jeff Katz // Technology

Senior Practice Lead IT/Engineering, Telefónica Germany NEXT GmbH

Jeff is an excellent communicator with extensive experience in professional software and hardware development across a wide range of environments and languages in an even more diverse set of problem spaces including physical access control, financial services, e-commerce, home entertainment and automotive. He is currently focusing on the Internet of Things.

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Jens Hauke // Technology & Marketing

Freelance Software Architect

Jens is a Software Engineer and geek with his home base in Mettmann, Germany. After studying theoretical physics at the University in Wuppertal he joined ParTec, a spin-off from the Computer Science Department of the University of Karlsruhe. Since 2000 he has been responsible for the communication stack of ParaStation - a HPC cluster middleware from ParTec.

Vera Witte // Marketing

3M - Digital Marketing Specialist - 100 % digital passion + 12 years marketing, sales, project management

Vera started her career with web-usability projects for internet & marketing agency netaspect. Then she joined TNT express logistics - here she was responsible for new product development and key account products e.g. clinical studies. Then she joined 3M multi technology company (the "inventor of post-it's" and more than 60.000 other mainly industrial B2B products)

Lena Raschke // Marketing

Deutsche Telekom, Senior PR Manager

Lena Raschke is Senior PR manager in the corporate communications department of Deutsche Telekom and responsible for the different social media channels and the strategy within the Group. Since more than seven years, she managed different marketing and communication topics in the Telekom Group and developed a variety of new content features.

Ben Sufiani // Marketing

6metrics, Growth Marketer

Ben is a growth marketer and founder of several web, app and physical product startups since 2008. He likes to mix data, psychology and business skills to increase the impact of products and their founders in competitive markets. As the host of the GrowthCGN meetup he is building a community of learners around the topic of data-informed marketing.

Ilja Michaelis // Marketing

Kaasa health GmbH, CFO

Ilja is co-founder of Kaasa health, parent company of the hit product Meister Cody. His focus is Business Intelligence, Performance Marketing and puzzling out growth hacks, which seem to work out. Since 2009, he had an instrumental role in transforming the company from a B2B software service provider to a B2C company with a strong brand as pioneers of digital therapy.

Jennifer Apitz // Marketing

Jennifer Apitz Consulting, Consultant Online / Marketing / eCommerce

25 years marketing experience, 17 years internal consultancy experience in B2C and B2B for Aventis, Benckiser, C&A, Douglas, eBay, E.ON, Henkel, Peek & Cloppenburg, Telekom, TUI, Unilever, Unity Media or Yahoo. Special focus: Customer and value oriented development of products and services as well as increasing of reputation and sympathy.

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Tim Steigert // Boutique Day - Business Innovation

Leader Business Innovation, GE Distributed Power

Leading business innovation at GE with a background in technology and interest in people. Passionate about education, healthcare & energy. Jester, keynote speaker and coach - trained by kids.

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Philipp Ulbrich // Boutique Day - Investment

Vice President for Scouting and Co-Investments at E.ON

Philipp has been with E.ON since 2006. He has been responsible for various units at the Group both in and outside Germany (e.g. France), with a variety of assignments in the fields of financing and controlling. In his most recent position, he served as project head for the Group-wide initiative, "Working Capital Excellence," through which more than a billion euros of liquid resources were freed up.

Ulrich Leschak // Boutique Day - Marketing

Self employed as creative consultant

After finishing is studies in German philogy and philosophy Ulrich worked in various ad agencies as writer, concept architect and creative director - his latest station was at Springer & Jacoby. Since 1994 he is freelancing for national or international customers. He works and lives in Düsseldorf and Wershofe (Eifel). Also, he is lecturing at multiple universities and universities of applied sciences.

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Johannes Pauly // Boutique Day - Business Development

Uniper, Head of Business Transformation

Johannes is Head of Business Transformation at Uniper. He could best be described as intrapreneur. Identifing and leveraging existing potential within the company is his daily business. Besides the internal search building up strong cooperations from startups to coperates is a major focus. Prior to that, Johannes joined E.ON in 2010 within a trainee program and developed his energy economy background as portfolio manager. He studied business administration in Nürnberg and Bali.

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super(7000) - our Venue Partner

tech pop learn food maker space

In Düsseldorf Derendorf the „mother of all coworking spaces“ is rising right now: The new hotspot for creativity and innovation is called super[7000] and according to managing director Silke Roggermann „It will bring together coworkers, foodies, freelancers, techies, creatives and makers.“

The venue was planned and designed by architects Karl-Heinz Petzinka, Philipp Bilke and Micky Damm. The :agile accelerator Launchpad Week is the first pre-opening event happening in march 2017.

Agenda

Each day of the :agile accelerator Launchpad is dedicated to a different topic, the overall structure remains the same with a focus on 1:1 mentoring sessions.

Monday, 6th March // Product Day

  1. Time
    Topic
    Who
  2. 09:00 - 10:30
    Flying breakfast (snacks throughout the day)
    everybody
  3. 09:30 - 10:15
    Mentor’s briefing
    mentors & lead-mentor
  4. 10:15 - 10:45
    Welcome
    :agile team & Marc C. Lange
  5. 10:45 - 11:15
    Intro startups
    Marc C. Lange
  6. 11:15 - 11:45
    Morning presentation
    mentor
  7. 11:45 - 12:30
    Mentoring session 1
    one on one startup & mentor
  8. 12:30 - 13:00
    Compiling notes & handover from the prior and to the following mentor
    mentors
  9. 12:30
    Beginning of flying lunch
    everybody
  10. 12:30 - 13:15
    Mentoring session 2
    one on one startup & mentor
  11. 13:15- 17:30
    Open mentoring sessions & workshop time (mentoring assignments via lead mentor)
    one on one startup & mentor
  12. 17:30 - 18:00
    Startup progress report
    startups
  13. 18:00 - 19:00
    Startups start dinner, drinks & hangout
    startups
  14. 18:00 - 19:00
    Mentor’s feedback & debrief
    mentors & lead-mentor
  15. 19:00 - 20:30
    Mentors join dinner, drinks & hangout
    everybody

Tuesday, 7th March UX/ UI Day

  1. Time
    Topic
    Who
  2. 09:00 - 10:30
    Flying breakfast (snacks throughout the day)
    everybody
  3. 09:30 - 10:15
    Mentor’s briefing
    mentors & lead-mentor
  4. 10:15 - 10:45
    Welcome
    Marc C. Lange
  5. 10:45 - 11:15
    Morning presentation
    one on one startup & mentor
  6. 11:15 - 12:00
    Mentoring session 1
    one on one startup & mentor
  7. 12:00 - 12:45
    Mentoring session 2
    one on one startup & mentor
  8. 12:30
    Beginning of flying lunch
    everybody
  9. 12:45 - 17:30
    Open mentoring sessions & workshop time (mentoring assignments via head mentor)
    one on one startup & mentor
  10. 17:30 - 18:00
    Startup progress report
    startups
  11. 18:00 - 20:30
    Startups start dinner, drinks & hangout
    startups
  12. 17:30 - 18:00
    Final check-in of the day with the last startup mentored: results of workshop & feedback
    one on one startup & mentor
  13. 18:00 - 20:30
    Startups start dinner, drinks & hangout
    startups
  14. 18:00 - 19:00
    Mentor’s feedback & debrief
    mentors & lead-mentor
  15. 19:00 - 20:30
    Mentors join dinner, drinks & hangout
    everybody

Wednesday, 8th March // Technology Day

  1. Time
    Topic
    Who
  2. 09:00 - 10:30
    Flying breakfast (snacks throughout the day)
    everybody
  3. 09:30 - 10:15
    Mentor’s briefing
    mentors & lead-mentor
  4. 10:15 - 10:45
    Welcome
    Marc C. Lange
  5. 10:45 - 11:15
    Morning presentation
    mentor
  6. 11:15 - 12:00
    Mentoring session 1
    one on one startup & mentor
  7. 12:00 - 12:30
    Mentoring session 2
    one on one startup & mentor
  8. 12:30
    Beginning of flying lunch
    everybody
  9. 12:45 - 17:30
    Open mentoring sessions & workshop time (mentoring assignments via head mentor)
    everybody
  10. 17:30 - 18:00
    Startup progress report
    startups
  11. 18:00 - 20:30
    Startups start dinner, drinks & hangout
    startups
  12. 18:00 - 19:00
    Mentor’s feedback & debrief
    mentors & head-mentor
  13. 18:00 - 20:30
    Startups start dinner, drinks & hangout
    startups
  14. 19:00 - 20:30
    Mentors join dinner, drinks & hangout
    everybody

Thursday, 9th March // Marketing Day

  1. Time
    Topic
    Who
  2. 09:00 - 10:30
    Flying breakfast (snacks throughout the day)
    everybody
  3. 09:30 - 10:15
    Mentor’s briefing
    mentors & lead-mentor
  4. 10:15 - 10:45
    Welcome
    Marc C. Lange
  5. 10:45 - 11:15
    Morning presentation
    mentor
  6. 11:15 - 12:00
    Mentoring session 1
    one on one startup & mentor
  7. 12:00 - 12:30
    Compiling notes & handover from the prior and to the following mentor
    between mentors
  8. 12:30
    Beginning of flying lunch
    everybody
  9. 13:00 - 13:45
    Mentoring session 2
    one on one startup & mentor
  10. 13:45 - 14:15
    Compiling notes & handover from the prior and to the following mentor
    between mentors
  11. 14:30 - 17:30
    Open mentoring sessions & workshop time (mentoring assignments via lead mentor)
    everybody
  12. 17:30 - 18:00
    Final check-in of the day with the last startup mentored: results of workshop & feedback
    one on one startup & mentor
  13. 18:00 - 19:00
    Mentor’s feedback & debrief
    mentors & lead-mentor
  14. 19:00 - 22:30
    Launchpad Open Night including dinner, drinks & hangout
    everybody + guests from the ecosystem

Friday, 10th March // Boutique Day

  1. Time
    Topic
    Who
  2. 09:00 - 10:30
    Flying breakfast (snacks throughout the day)
    everybody
  3. 09:30 - 10:15
    Mentor’s briefing
    mentors & lead-mentor
  4. 10:15 - 10:45
    Welcome
    Marc C. Lange
  5. 10:45 - 11:15
    Morning presentation
    mentor
  6. 11:15 - 17:30
    Open mentoring sessions & workshop time with diverse Day Five topics mentors
    mentoring assignments via lead mentor
  7. 12:30
    Beginning of flying lunch
    everybody
  8. 18:00 - 19:00
    Closing ceremony
    Marc C Lange and :agile team
  9. 19:00 - 20:30
    Mentors join dinner, drinks & hangout
    everybody

Startups