The Big Berlin Breakdown: April 22 – 28

By Simone ODonovan |

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.


General Assembly is holding a fireside chat at Betahaus with Eventbrite’s co-founders Kevin and Julia Hartz. They will discuss the key to their success and how they capitalised on momentum in social media, mobile proliferation and big data capabilities. The moderator will be General Assembly’s co-founder Matthew Brimer. Register here. From 6pm to 7.30pm at Prinzessinstrasse 19.

If you can’t make the fireside chat, there will be a cocktail reception with Kevin and Julia Hartz at Hotel Amano. The first drink is on the house. It will start with cocktails and mingling and then move on to speeches by representatives from General Assembly and Eventbrite. Register here. From 8pm at Auguststrasse 43. 

Tuesday and Wednesday

SinnerSchrader’s NEXT13 is back putting Berlin’s digital scene in the spotlight once again with more than 2,000 people from all over the world set to take part. This year’s theme is ‘Here Be Dragons’ which aims to focus on what lies ahead, “the unchartered territory”, such as technology becoming transparent, rethinking interfaces, digitalisation and the growth of mapping. Over the two days there will be workshops and three stages; the dome stage where expert international leaders will present, the white stage where case studies will be presented, and the startup stage where the NEXT startup finalists will pitch. From 9am, at Berliner Congress Centre, Alexanderstrasse 11.


Paymill, mailjet, elefunds, commercetools and many more companies, are holding an API hackathon focusing loosely on e-commerce solutions. Inspired by the Etsy and Dwolla e-commerce hack day in New York, they decided to hold something similar in Berlin’s Betahaus. The event begins Tuesday morning and finishes Wednesday evening. The jury includes Exciting Commerce‘s Jochen Krisch, Yatego‘s Lars Jankowsky and CouchCommerce‘s Kai-Thomas Krause. Spectators are welcome, register here. From 9am at Prinzessinstrasse 19.


Exciting Commerce will hold the second Exceed Net meet up at Cafe Sankt Oberholz. Representatives such as Jochen Krisch and Marcel Weiss will be there to discuss current trends in e-commerce and the internet economy as a whole. From 8pm at Rosenthalerstrasse 72.


Futurice will host the next Afterwork Berlin meet up about money trends in mobile commerce. It aims to shed some light on developments, perspectives, and new ideas about m-commerce. There will be snacks and drinks served and plenty of time to mingle with others. Representatives from Google, PayPal, and Research2Guidance will be there. Register here. From 5pm at Futurice Kitchen, Schützenstrasse 6.

Eugene Mizin of Mangrove Capital Partners will be hosting open office hours at Betahaus. This is an ideal opportunity to pitch your startup and receive personal feedback. Mangrove have previously partnered with Skype, KupiVip and Nimbuzz. Register here. From 10am to 12pm at Prinzessinstrasse 19.


Derk Marseille’s Friday at Six returns with this month’s meet up taking place at the OLSWANG office. As usual, there will be an hour long TV talk show with speakers such as OLSWANG’s Viola Benswinger, Wummelkiste‘s Philippa Pauen and Nonabox‘s Sarah Mettler. There will also be two early stage startup pitches from Ecotastic and Niiu. More info here. From 8pm at Potsdamerplatz 1.