After two intense months for our organizing team, mentors, and most importantly, participants, the final event is where it all comes together. From finding game-changing ideas to developing their business model in depth, participants have invested their time and energy in the last months to create the best idea, and the best ten teams out of more than 120 applicants will come to the Jacobs University campus on the 24th and 25th of March to receive extensive mentoring, benefit from various workshops on starting a business, and most importantly - to compete for the 1st prize in our pitch competition. 


Dr. Julia Köhn, - Design Thinking


My name is Dr. Julia Köhn. I founded PIELERS, which is a marketplace for fresh food with an integrated delivery service. I have studied Business, Economics and Philosophy. My workshop will focus on Design Thinking tools for the success of your Business. We dig deep into the minds of your customers and really understand their needs and pains. Using the Value Proposition Map, we gain an integrated understanding and derive your Value Proposition. Developed by Terry Winograd, Larry Leifer and David Kelley from Stanford, Design Thinking is a most powerful tool for unleashing creativity and need cantered design.


Sönke Bullerdiek, EyeEm - Business Models

Sönke Bullerdiek works at EyeEm as Vice President Business Development. In his position, Bullerdiek is leading the Business Development & Corporate Development, is working with EyeEm’s strategic platform partners like Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook and is in charge of building up strategic technical, product & business partnerships with new clients, like LG, Naver, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, Canon, Adobe and Getty Images.

Previously, Bullerdiek worked for the Berlin mobile and social game developer Wooga as Senior Manager Strategic Platform Partnerships. He was responsible for the global growth strategy and featuring on all app stores and driving best practices for building on partner platforms that deliver user reach, retention and revenue. Prior to that, he worked as Associate Director Project Management at Fox Mobile Group.


Vanessa Just, Nur Manufaktur - Marketing

My name is Vanessa Just and I am 27 years old. I founded „Nur Manufaktur“ in september 2015. First „Nur Manufaktur“ was an onlineshop for handmade gourmet food. Furthermore I opend a local store in the city of Bremen in April 2016 with a focus on handmade things from Bremen, not only gourmet food also jewellery, fashion, living accessoires and so on. In 2014 I did my Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on marketing and I have worked in the (online)marketing sector for one and a half year before going into self-employment. In my workshop I will try to give a short overview, which (online)marketing tools can be interesting for founders, especially regarding money and time ressources.



Roman Rittmann, HACKERBAY - Software Development, Automatisation and the Future of Software

Hackerbay connecting companies with the future. Silicon Valley Start Up let hackers build software. Clever algorithm combined with leading hacker network. We focus on rapid prototyping, idea loop, experimentation platform and the network effect. We help Ideators in companies to create real value. We developed the leading search engine for Hackathons, now we’re off to become worlds leading experimentation platform.


André Wollin, Cookasa - Pitching to Investors

My name is André Wollin. I founded the startup "Cookasa", which brings together different people from a city to meet for social cooking events. I am very experienced in pitching startups to investors as I have presented my idea many times. In addition, I founded a startup event called "Startup Bremen - geschüttelt, nicht gerührt.", which gives participants the opportunity to present their startup and receive professional feedback. By organizing this event, I have gained a lot of experience which I would like to share with the JSC participants in my workshop "Pitching to Investors".


Participating Teams

DocYet - Aalborg University, Denmark

Cakra - RWTH Aachen University, Germany & Insitut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) Surabaya, Indonesia

Hyre - Carleton University, Canada

RehabGlove - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA & Free University of Tbilisi, Georgia

Audaily - University of Bonn, Germany

Agora - Ecole Polytechnique, France

students2business - University of Bremen, Germany

Schüschu - Munich Business School & University Augsburg, Germany

HallexExchange Systems - Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark & University of Cambridge, UK

Languaging - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich & Technical University of Munich, Germany


Dr. Tilo Halaszovich - University of Bremen 

Dr. Andreas Schenk -  EnjoyVentures

Fabian Gutsche - Team Neusta

Clifford Ondara - Kreatize

Prof. Dr. Christoph Lattemann -  Jacobs University


  1. The 1st place will receive 3000€ Prize Money! 2nd place will be rewarded with 500€ and the 3rd places will receive 250€. 
  2. Win a wildcard to pitch at the Axel Springer Plug and Play selection day in Berlin. (To be eligible you must have a digital business model) 

  3. Win two tickets to the NOAH Conference in Berlin, the preeminent European event where Internet CEOs, executives and investors gain deep insights into the latest proven concepts, network with senior executives and establish new business relationships.

  4. Win a voucher for Blinkist, where you can read or listen to 1,500+ best-selling nonfiction books, transformed into powerful 15 minute shorts!

  5. The winner of JSC and its startup will be featured on our website and Facebook page and will be actively promoted through our channels.

Prizes are generously provided by: