Start-up Sprint

05/05/2017 - 07/05/2017 | Workshop


Experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure at a start up within 54 hours.

As part of our career training, we offer as well courses and workshops on founding of start-up companies, establishing an entrepreneurial mindset and other related topics. Activities and events will be organized together with different organizations in Düsseldorf and Cologne.

Startup Sprint in Düsseldorf, May 5 -7th
In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!

Startup Sprint will take care of food and drinks throughout day, free WiFi, offices/places to work, tabletennis and a kicker-table. All you need is your laptop!

Friday,  Day 1: Meet, Pitch, Team Up:

Dinner & Networking:
Get to know your new friends. Meet the people you'll be working with.

Choose your project:
From the top projects - Choose which one you'll work on over the weekend

60 seconds to pitch:
Got an idea? You've got 1 minute to pitch in front of the group

Build a team:
Whether it's your idea or someone else's, you'll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.

Saturday, Day 2: Learn & Work:

Learn from the Best:
Mentors will be coming in throughout the event to coach you through the hard problems.

Get to work:
We've got the resources and support in place to make things happen in a short period of time. You'll be respronsible for everything from finding cutsomers to building your product. We'll be here to help when you need it.

Sunday, Day 3: Present & Choose:

Persent in front of Panel Judges:
The culmination of the weekend. You'll have 5 minutes to present the product or service you built to the crowd and a panel of exterpts.

Watch the other teams present and celebrate all the work you've done. Get the opportunity to talk to judges and mingle with mentors.

Startup Sprint (, May 5th - May 7th, @sipgate, Gladbacher Str. 74, Düsseldorf

Please note: Moderation on Friday and Sunday will be in German, group work on Saturday and presentations etc can all be in English.

Registration: Please visit and order your ticket with the discount-code „ceplas“ so you don’t have to pay anything. It would be great if you could give us a short note after registration!

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich