The Big Berlin Breakdown: June 3 – 9

By David Knight |

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.


The latest BITKOM Get Started event focuses on crowdfunding and crowdinvesting. It will aim to shed some light onto the advantages or otherwise of crowdinvesting and how to do it successfully. Those speaking will include Guido Sandler, CEO of Bergfuerst, David Rhotert of Companisto and Torsten Mueller of tazaldoo. Entrance is free but you need to register. At mobilesuite at Pappelallee 78/79, from 7-10pm.


HowDo is hosting a Fix-It Night to bring together people to share their everyday knowledge and fix, make, create and inspire each other on how to do stuff. You can bring friends and anything that needs fixing, and repair, improve or realise a project you never find the time for. There will be beer and pizza, electronics, sewing machines, Sugru and other useful tools. You can sign up to the Facebook page here. At Ritterstrasse 12-14, from 7-10.30pm.


Just how exactly do investors and entrepreneurs reach agreement over funding? You can find out first hand with the return of the Term Sheet Battle. An investor and a founder will go head to head on stage to negotiate the details of a mock term sheet – a document which lays out the details of most major aspects of a deal to which both sides agree. This year, GoEuro founder Narem Shaam will face off against Earlybird’s Christian Nagel. You can buy tickets for the event here. At Babylon Berlin, from 6-11pm.

SendGrid Delivered is an afternoon event about all things email. Led by a team of email experts, it provides something for anyone who uses email as part of their business. Developers and marketers will be able to take away best practices, tips for better deliverability and information on getting the most from your email provider. Tickets are free. At Ahoy Berlin at Windscheidstrasse 18, from 12.30-6.30pm.

Friday to Sunday

Startup Weekend is holding a first-of-its-kind pilot event focused on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the food industry. Much like in a hackathon, participants will split into teams and look to solve real life problems faced by the food industry, consumers and chefs, or breathe new life into existing solutions. You can buy your tickets here. At Club Office at Voltastrasse 5, from 6pm on Friday to 9pm on Sunday.

Saturday to Sunday

PayPal Battle Hack is part of a global series of ten hackathons over the course of the year which will culminate with a finale in Silicon Valley in November. The city champions will have the chance to win $100,000 from sponsors and hosts PayPal. In Berlin, the challenge is to create an app that helps solve a local problem – specifically tacking language barriers and bureaucracy, and there will be a host of prizes beyond the top award of a trip to California. The event is being held at Wooga’s offices and other partners include SoundCloud, Uber, apiOmat and cloudControl. Register here. At Saarbruecker Strasse 38, from 9am o Saturday to 5pm on Sunday.


Channel the spirit of Patches O’Houlihan and take to the vicious arena that is a dodgeball court – it’s time for startup dodgeball. The contest involves teams of between six and ten members and is being organised under the rules of the World Dodgeball Society. It’s about bringing the community together without all the usual hot air about business, product, and so on – rather, it’s about kickin’ ass and takin’ names. More details here. At the Ernst Reuter Oberschule at Stralsunder Strasse 54, from 2pm.