This year’s Heureka Conference, an annual highlight of the Berlin startup scene, is all about founders and their stories. The conference, intended for early-stage startups, is connecting entrepreneurs, who have been there and done the founding, with those who are just getting started.
What started in 2012 as an event focused on German startups has expanded to include a number of international participants, including Mark Williams of the Silicon Valley startup Firefly Vapor. Williams will discuss the marijuana industry and how he broke into the digital weed market.
A handful of Berlin’s most renowned founders will also take to the stage for the panel, “Berlin – Living in the founders’ paradise?” Jans Beckers of Hitfox, Maru Winnacker of the Oona Project and Gen Sadakane of EyeEm will come together and “explore what makes Berlin a startup hub and explain how the city affected their businesses,” the Heureka events team explains.
Florian Bräunlein, a researcher at Security Research Labs will perform a live hack, showing how easy it is to manipulate plane tickets.
The Berlin-based founders conference is also bringing in 15 international venture capitalists together for a VC pitch: Six startups will have the chance to pitch – before the VCs and the Heureka attendees – live on stage.
The Heureka Conference will offer a hardware area featuring the latest applications in the fields of artificial intelligence and mobility, and attendees can also snack their way through different food startups or stop by the conference’s wifi-free library.
Other speakers include Bitbond’s CEO Radoslav Albrecht, who will help attendees understand the Blockchain technology behind the virtual currency Bitcoin, and Math42’s Maxim Nitsche, who created his app at the age of 14.
The sixth annual Heureka Conference is on June 20 at the Malzfabrik and more than 800 attendees are anticipated, the Heureka events team shares.