Your startup idea + climate change experts + energy engineers + computer hackers!

Berlin is the epicenter of innovation and startups in Europe. People are willing to change and watch out for new ways to actually be sustainable – not just talk about it! The Startup Days will be hold in the “Technical University”, where science and technology come together to achieve a better future.

TU Berlin

MAR Gebäude
Marchstraße 23
10587 Berlin, Germany


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The ticket includes the meals for the weekend
(breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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Mentors & Jury members

Christoph Räthke (Jury Member in Berlin)

Berlin Startup Academy (BSA) founder (2012) Christoph Räthke started his career in a digital agency in 1996, tried and failed to build his first startup in 1999/2000 and has been working with the Berlin digital industry ever since.

From 2006, he freelanced as innovation advisor and interim manager for big and small companies. From 2008 to 2012, he co-founded and hosted Mobile Monday Berlin, running quarterly events for the Mobile Internet community. In 2010/11, Christoph ran two semesters of The Founder Institute and in 2012, he started mentoring at Startupbootcamp Berlin and Deutsche Telekom’s “Hubraum”.

Since 2015, BSA works as an independent part of German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC), Germany’s most powerful initiative to unite high-growth innovation with industry, “Mittelstand”, capital, science, and academics. Moreover, he writes his well known Business Punk column and organizes the talk show Startup Grind Berlin.


Daniel Hires (Jury Member in Berlin)
Daniel Hires creates projects and movements that challenge the status quo. Most recently, he developed a green fintech spin-off for an environmental non-profit and raised € 1.4 million in financing. Currently, he is developing MakeSense Germany as a social business and launching the SenseCube social startup acceleration programme in Berlin.
Daniel is passionate about building communities that empower people to take collaborative action on their ideas for a better world. He initiated MakeSense hotspots in Berlin and Busan (South Korea), co-created the SenseCamp unconference format, co-founded the Silent Climate Parade Berlin, co-authored a book on kickstarting projects, and frequently travels the world to speak, mentor and coach teams.
Scott Bolden (Jury Member in Berlin)

Scott Bolden is a designer, artist and engineer who started commuting between Berlin and  Brooklyn, in 2002. He designed and engineered a series of award winning of products and installations while at Smart Design.  He served 2 years as the chairman of the Environmental Responsibility Section of the IDSA (Industrial Designer’s Society of America), and was a guest lecturer at New York University.

Scott later formed Skizum Studios, an interdisciplinary design consultancy focused on social art and design projects and events.  Currently, he is keeping busy as the founder of Das Baumhaus Berlin, a social startup hub for exploring the various dimensions of sustainable development with his PEACES (personal, ecologic, aesthetic, cultural, economic, social) framework.  He is also the founder of the Emergent Berlin Festival.
Brian Edlefsen Lasch (Jury Member in Berlin)

Brian is a practicing Solar Engineer based in Berlin, Germany. With the EPC company ib vogt GmbH, he designs and builds photovoltaic farms worldwide. As a Consultant with MicroEnergy International, he advised and implemented rural energy initiatives, including microfinance enabled projects in Mexico, Peru, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the Philippines. He holds degrees in Solar Technology from Technische Universität Berlin and Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in California.



Sebastian Groh (Inspiring Speaker in Berlin)

Sebastian is living and working in Bangladesh as the director of two newly founded companies, ME SOLshare Ltd. and ME Fosera BD Ltd.. He is further project manager at MicroEnergy International (MEI) since 2009, a Berlin based consulting company focusing on the linkage between microfinance and sustainable energy supply. Along his professional work, Sebastian is currently pursuing his PhD on the role of energy in development processes, energy poverty and technical innovations.

Sebastian holds a Bachelor in “Economics” as well as a Masters in “International Economics”. Moreover, he received an executive training on strategic leadership for microfinance from Harvard Business School and is a Stanford (Graduate School of Business) Ignite Fellow of 2013.


Christoph Baier (Mentor in Berlin)

Christoph matches startups and innovative companies for cooperation and open innovation. As Co-Founder and CEO of he is responsible for the domains of B2B sales and partnering.

Prior, as Climate KIC student, he studied “Innovation management and Entrepreneurship” and wrote his master thesis on the Learning capability of B2B startups and the cooperation with external partners. He is passionate about linking innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in the fields of internet of things, big data, advanced manufacturing and clean tech.

Carla Brigitte Bormann (Mentor in Berlin)

Carla is passionate about change, the environment and our human impact to society and nature. As founder of “ufill- change the way you treat your bottle”, she fights waste in general and the unnecessary usage of plastic bottles in particular.

Carla is a successful Climate KIC student, who next to her Master Program in  “Urban and Regional Planning”, voluntarily teaches languages to refugees.

Putting all her energy into “ufill“, Carla and her team are currently in the Climate KIC pre-incubator and can help teams to make the first steps towards “sustainable development”.


Ben George Kaippallil (Mentor in Berlin)

Ben holds a Bachelor in “Machinenbau”  and currently finishes his Master in “Energietechnik” at TU Berlin. Born in India, he worked as a machine designer for 5 years in Germany. He loves building machines and tinkering with stuff. All of it, he strives to use, to improve life back at home.

As an successful Climate KIC student, he and his colleague Jonas Eimermacher work in the green garage on the issue of compressing wind. With their startup, they intend to store wind energy in the form of compressed air with their innovative-hydro-pneumatic-WindCatcher(T) drive train.


Birgit Lack (Mentor in Berlin)

Birgit Lack holds a degree in “European Business” and a Master’s degree in “European Administrative Management”. In the past she worked for a wide range of companies- many in the creative Industry as for EMI – which became Universal Music group. Birgit also worked in small companies as Hahn- Film or in music publishing.  Moreover, she coached Gaming start-ups in terms of European Funding as a freelancer. Later on, she worked in the sector of economic development and gives “Silicon Valley Pitch Training”.

Since 2013 she is Business Developer at EIT Digital, fostering digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe.
In her free time she is a beekeeper and loves watching the bees


Daniela Schiffer (Mentor in Berlin)

Daniela Schiffer co-founded the startup in 2011 in Berlin. She has a background in digital media arts and has worked in communications agencies where she was closely involved with high-tech companies, specifically in the field of green energy and photovoltaics.

Having always been passionate on how the usage of media changes our society, she collaborated on different media art projects, contributing to projects such as and giving lectures in the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich as well as workshops at Radio B92 in Belgrade. She works as a mentor at Startup Bootcamp, Berlin Geekettes, Berlin Startup Academy and ITU.


Jan König

Jan is the co-founder of, a platform that lets users aggregate all relevant content about a hashtag. SHNUPS is part of the incubator “Project Flying Elephant” by WestTech Ventures.

Previously, Jan co-founded the Lean Startup Meetup in Karlsruhe and worked in product related positions at Betaworks,, and Blue Yonder. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in “Industrial Engineering and Management/Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen” at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.



Mark Möbius (Mentor in Berlin)

Mark is a self-employed coach, consultant and innovator from Berlin. Since 2013, he has been working together with Climate KIC, mentoring various “Journeys” (5 week summer school) and organizing the Climate KIC Acceleration Program. Moreover, Mark founded “Startup Match” (2011) and was the CEO of the Bauhaus Weimar University startup incubator (2001-2007).



Nail Valiyev (Mentor in Berlin)

Nail has MBA and Master in Management degrees in London where he started working for one of the largest accelerators in London. Founded a number of London-based startups. Ecosystem builder and community motivator in Azerbaijan. Started working with local entrepreneurs, investors and mentors to boost businesses and the local ecosystem.
Has co-designed the concept of the largest incubator in Baku. Organized one of the largest tech and finance conferences in the country and abroad. Currently CEO at Khazar Ventures – the first seed fund in Baku where responsible for fundraising, investments, portfolio management and strategy. An advisor and mentor for startups and tech companies in various countries. Has been involved in startup ecosystems of Silicon Valley, Baku, Istanbul, Moscow and London for over 5 years.



Sai Blackbyrn

Sai is a natural entrepreneur and can tell many stories about failure and success.

Sai started his first ‘business’ when he was 12, selling movies on the school campus. That actually evolved to video games, and other things. However, his first very profitable business, he created at 16, it was generating about £200 an hour at its peak. He was selling Video game money for real money. With 18, he started as a Dating Coach. That got him traveling around the world. At 22 he failed with that and had to move to Bali.

Right now he is running, it allows him to live and work anywhere in the world. However, Sai is constantly learning, especially how to be sustainable.



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