Review: Waterkant Startup Festival 2018

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The Waterkant Startup Festival in Kiel (14.06. - 15.06.2018) has once again shown that Kiel is a fantastic location for the startup world. More than 1,000 people gathered on the grounds of the former naval aviator squadron 5 (MFG5 Area) in Kiel-Holtenau.

A day and an evening of intensive networking, twice at the podium myself, inspiring sessions and meetings of old and new contacts. This is the best way to summarize the Waterkant. In the following, however, I will go into more detail about what I experienced.

Smart Networking Workshop

On Friday at 4 pm I passed on my networking expertise with the topic “Smart Networking in the Startup World”. I had moved to the stage of PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and KiWi (Kieler Wirtschaftsförderung) at short notice. Many thanks to Christoph Haß and Moritz Knebusch from PwC and Marion Mayr-Tschofenig from KiWi. The session was so crowded that no more people could watch. In addition to well-known faces of ma design, New Communication, PwC, Vater Unternehmensgruppe and the Kiel creative and start-up industry, these included interesting other entrepreneurs. This showed that “Smart Networking in the Startup World” appealed to more people than just the startups at the festival. With more capacity and a better acoustic situation, the workshop would certainly have attracted even more people. “Now it’s your turn” - that’s how I rang in the change from presentation to networking speeddating. Although this led to red faces among the participants for a short time, it was subsequently well received. This coincidence brought together actors who otherwise would not have been able to get into conversation. And with the networking mindset just produced, it could also be better networked. A great comment by Benjamin Overhoff, interface designer at ma design GmbH & Co. KG: “You just hit the bull’s eye here (with the networking speed dating) - super interesting contacts”.

The workshop/lecture was so well received that it will be heard in a different setting this year. I’m looking forward to it!

tamanguu 3 minutes pitch

Directly after the workshop the pitch event took place, at which we were to present our startup in three minutes. I held the pitch with my co-founder Dr. Wolfram Schroers. So much has to be said: It is not easy to summarize the own startup in three minutes and to cover the topics relevant for such a pitch. However, we did a good job, drew attention to ourselves and received positive feedback afterwards. It was a good test run for the final at the Überflieger Wettbewerb**, when it comes to whether we travel with a delegation to Silicon Valley.

More highlights

Before the event I had chosen exciting lectures and workshops from the Waterkant 2018 Program, but unfortunately didn’t get to visit all of them, because I was so much networking myself. :)

But here is a small overview of highlights of the Waterkant Festival from my perspective:

  • “clarifydata - from analytics to predictive to Artificial Intelligence” with Michael Hartke

A very interesting presentation on how artificial intelligence works at clarifydata and how they got there. Michael is also a very pleasant conversation partner. During a joint lunch we will explore where we can learn from each other and create added value!

  • DiWiSH Networking Event by Anna Frahm

As a member of DiWiSH e.V. (Digital Economy Schleswig-Holstein) we were invited to an internal networking event. My randomly formed team won the Marshmellow Challenge and also for networking reasons the event was worthwhile. Best regards at this point to Philipp Ströhemann from ComX and Nastasja Heuer from Wigital!

  • Networking - new and old faces

It was great to meet so many interesting people again or meet so many new ones.

  • Fish sandwich

I’ve only been eating fish sandwiches these two days. Firstly, because they tasted delicious. Secondly, because there was less waiting time. Fish sandwiches are prepared faster than curry sausage & chips or other food.

Conclusion

Next year the Waterkant Festival will definitely be a must again. Here you can find information and surely soon an aftershow movie: Waterkant Festival Website

Johannes

tamanguu CEO & Co-Founder

Websites of the Waterkant Festival:
Waterkant Festival Website
Waterkant 2018 Program

Also interesting in this context:

“Why a strong network is crucial for success”

“Getting the most out of Networking Events”

In this sense: Happy Networking!


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