HPI Startup Dojo 2020

HPI Startup Dojo 2020 Wrap up

From September 3rd-5th the Startup Dojo 2020 took place. During the three-day workshop, 5 HPI-early stage Startups worked with more than 20 experts from different industries in 30 slots on their individual questions in the areas of marketing, sales, legal, venture capital, business model and product management. 

The participating start-ups Carmino, Craftdrive, Gemedico, Onetask.ai and ViSense were excited about their mentors and have been able to clarify many of their questions with the mentors during the intensive sessions.

The final BBQ in the villa of the Hasso Plattner Foundation was also a complete success. All participants were able to exchange their experiences and had the opportunity to network with each other while enjoying good food and drinks in the pleasant ambience of the Heiligen See.

We are already looking forward to the next Startup Dojo!


Participating Startups

5 startups from different industries attended the Startup Dojo in 2020. Each startup joins with their current individual painpoints and questions, which were tackled during the Dojo.

The Dojo startups of 2020 are:


Each participating startup could hand in its current questions from the areas of sales, marketing, productmanagement, business modell, legal and venture capital.

The E-School Team was able to find valuable mentors for each area, which will be working with the teams during the Startup Dojo.

Below you find some of this years mentors:

Markus Berger-de León

Markus is a Partner and heads up the Berlin Studio of McKinsey Digital. An experienced digital entrepreneur and manager, he has been involved in building and running some of Germany's most successful digital start-ups. He has both a business background and programming expertise, giving him the ability to bridge C-suite strategy discussions with technology-design debates. In his executive roles, Markus has built and run organizations of 700-plus people, guiding them through both fast growth periods and also turnaround situations. His focus has been on building great customer value propositions and constantly improving them based on a sound setup of metrics. He is also passionate about building up and improving digital organizations, particularly around agile and design thinking. His hands-on experience introducing agile in companies lets him understand what it takes to make an organization agile from a management perspective.

Michael Languth

Michael is a serial entrepreneur based between Cambridge & London. His first business was a peer-to-peer letting business in the Netherlands in the early 2000's. The second was Poq, a London based $10m revenue software-as-a-service platform for mobile shopping, powering the apps of some of the largest retailers in the world. The company has grown to 100 people over 10 years out of UCL where Michael holds an MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship. Michael left Poq at the beginning of 2020 to start a venture builder to tackle climate change, called Carbon13. 

Till Leinen

Till Leinen is Co-founder and CEO of Wonderwerk, a B2B startup on the mission to make training a priority for companies. Wonderwerk's product helps companies take a data-driven training approach to onboard new sales employees faster and develop existing reps more effectively.

Till has a degree in computer science and has been an entrepreneur since he's 18. At Wonderwerk, he focuses primarily on building a great product and on how to deliver most value to customers.

Prof. Dr. Falk Übernickel

Falk Uebernickel is a professor at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) for Design Thinking and Innovation Research in Potsdam. He is working globally for companies in various industries like banking, insurance, automotive, sports and pharmaceutical. Falk is the spokesman of the SUGAR network - a global movement and initiative of over 20 universities and more than 100 companies to apply Design Thinking to real-world problems. As part of his activities, he is investing in startups and small companies like ITMP AG and mimi.io.

Oliver Viel

After finishing his Master's degree, Oliver began his professional career at Hobsons Group (Daily Mail Group) and Group GTI (Exponent Private Equity), two globally operating corporations, holding international management roles in the field of statistics and IT. After specializing in marketing and sales, Oliver held management positions in specialized IT companies before joining Seerene, a HPI spin-off. Today Oliver uses his skills and experience in analytics, IT, branding, marketing and sales to convey Seerene’s messages to their sophisticated audience.

Maximilian Vocke

Maximilian Vocke is a lawyer for M&A and venture capital in the Berlin Office of Osborne Clarke. He advises funds, investors, corporates and start-ups on all matters of corporate law, from incorporation to financings to exit opportunities, including M&A.