The Big Berlin Breakdown: September 24-30

By Conor Rushby |

Check out Silicon Allee’s weekly rundown of all the best events going on in our fair city: what’s happening, what’s coming up and what may be of interest; whether you be investor, entrepreneur or hacker.

All Week:

Social Media Week will see a wealth of events in Berlin over the next few days. Held in conjunction with similar conferences across the globe, the overall theme is the social, cultural, and economic influence social media now has upon our lives. Until Thursday the Entrepreneurship Academy Berlin will also be offering practical workshops to tech startups to improve business skills.


Social Media Week: Hootsuite’s secrets to building sustainable communities. Hootsuite’s European Communtity Manager Sharif Khalladi will discuss how to build sustainable communities around a brand with his own insight gleaned from growing the site’s user base from zero to 4.5 million. From 6pm at Immobilienscout24, Andreasstraße 10.


Social Media Week: The special Silicon Allee Breakfast Meetup, sponsored by Friendsurance, is kicking off the day’s events from 9am. Unfortunately, it’s already sold out, but it will be followed at 10am by a panel discussion asking: ‘Is Berlin the new Silicon Valley?‘ Guest speakers include Zoe Adamovicz, founder of multiple Berlin startups, and Silicon Allee editor Dave Knight will moderate.

Social Media Week: The 8th Usability Fix. Struggling to find testers for your gismo? This event will gives businesses the chance to use human guinea pigs to try their apps, and get feedback. Hosted by Innovation Lab, there will be pizza and beer provided for all in attendance. From 6pm.

The very first Twittwoch in English will be discussing how technology will affect reading and writing in the future. Speakers include Henrik Berggren of Readmill and Volker Oppmann of Textunes. From 8pm at Der Frannz Club.


Social Media Week: IT for CEOs. The discussion will centre around IT problems for new businesses, and feature advice from panellists Konstantin Mitrofanskiy, CEO of Intellisoft, and Stephan Schmidt, CTO of brands4friends. From 6pm at the Berlin Startup Academy at Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 9.

Berlin Startup Culture is hosting a fireside chat with Rouven Westphal and Jens Schmidt-Ehmckeh of Hasso Plattner Ventures. Topics to be addessed include the business model and activities of HPV, and how to approach the company for investment. At Mein Haus Am See from 7pm.


Social Media Week: Crowdinvesting. A discussion on the impact of crowdinvesting on society at large, and how to prevent a crowdinvestment bubble. Speakers include Joel Kaczmarek, editor in chief of Gründerszene, and Dennis Bemmann, co-founder of Bergfürst. From 1.45pm at Andreasstraße 10.

Social Media Week: Finding the Perfect Startup Idea. Chaired by Christoph Räthke, founder of the Startup Academy, the event will be looking at the importance of getting your startup idea right before its too late to change it. From 3pm at Andreasstraße 10.

Social Media Week: Seed Summit. A panel of 11 early stage investors will share what they look for in a startup, and how to best attract investment. Guests include speakers from Innovestment and High-Tech Gründerfonds. From 6pm at Andreasstraße 10.

Fridayat6, the radio talk show on startups will this week  feature two start up pitches, and guest appearances by Lydia Benkoe, of Corporate Finance Partners, Schuyler Deerman, of Moped, and Dave McClure of 500 startups. From 5pm at Olswang.