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#SUN20 - Here to help!

On November 24, 2020, Startupnight will take place for the 8th time.​ Our message: We are here to help!
Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, #SUN20 has set itself the task of helping startups with practical information and offering matchmaking and networking in the current confusing situation.
SUN20 will be a virtual event which will take place during the afternoon of November 24, 2020. Tickets are free, but registration will be required.

While we will have a very limited physical event at Goerzwerk, attendance for the public will only be available virtually. SUN20 partners are Deutsche Telekom, hubraum, Investitionsbank Berlin, Berlin Partner and On the Rock. 

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Our program this year

Together with our partners and investors from our community we will host lots of valuable topics on our stage and in separated sessions. Additionally we offer private sessions with several VCs and business angels (invitation only) as well as networking opportunities.

We are happy that Get in the Ring will be a part of SUN20 too.

Check out what's on the schedule at SUN20 and get your ticket now!

On stage

  • 11:00 am - 11:10 am: Opening
  • 11:15 am - 11:40 am: "Public Funding meets VC Investment" by IBB
    Let’s have a closer look on the functioning of a public VC and of a business development bank. How could both be connected in the Early phase? We provide some basics on public funding and general ideas about how to identify advantages for your Start Up and to apply for subsidies.
    Speaker: Artsiom Zhavarankau, Key Account Manager for ICT and your main contact and jungle guide for public funding in Berlin.
  • 11:45 am - 12:10 pm: "TechBoost CONNECT"
  • 12:15 pm - 12:40 pm: "How to invest in startups & get invested" by Christoph Räthke,
    You're thinking about investing in startups but have no idea how to begin? You're a startup founder looking for investors but don't know what to expect?
    Both situations are frequent but are usually dealt with in different surroundings, by different advisors, in different contexts. No longer! Since investing and being invested are flipsides of the same coin, let's talk, learn and act about them in one place with both sides present.
    Christoph Räthke is a longtime startup investor and the man behind "AngelsOfDeutschland", a podcast series educating people how and why to become Business Angels - and at the same time, giving tons of advice to founders looking for such investment. Learn about and discuss best practice around becoming a good investor or investee, plan next steps, and ask the questions you never dared to ask.
    Speaker: Christoph Räthke, Angel Investor at & Founder, Berlin Startup Academy
  • 12:45 pm - 01:10 pm: "Developer Relation – APIs for startups" by hubraum
  • 01:15 pm - 01:40 pm: "Personnel due diligence or how to reduce your investment risk by up to 20 %" by Selaestus
    An incredibly common problem that causes startups to fail is a weak management team. In fact, according to a report from CB Insights 23% of all failed startups failed because of the poor composition of the management team.
    The conventional HR due diligence of founding teams is primarily based on the experience of the founders, on their professional background and on sympathy. Personal characteristics such as resilience, fluid intelligence, extraversion, social compatibility & motivation are not analysed thoroughly. However, exactly these and other factors are success indicators for a sustainable successful investment! Our module "Personal Due Diligence or how to reduce your investment risk by up to 20 %" shows the advantages of professional and valid evaluation procedures of the founding teams for your investment decisions.
    Speaker: Alexander Baxmann, Head of Recruitment and Management Analysis, Selaestus
  • 01:45 pm - 02:00 pm: Wrap-up
  • 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm: GET IN THE RING


  • 11:15 am - 11:45 am: "How to find, win and work with business angels" by Business Angels Club Berlin-Brandenburg
  • 11:15 am - 12:00 pm: "Enterprise Europe Network - Boosting the European Startup ecosystem" by Berlin Partner
    Finding funding opportunities, project partners and access to networks are among the most urgent challenges that early startups face. The European Union provides all of these things, however, non-experts have a hard time navigating through the maze. We, the Enterprise Europe Network, are your local free of charge partner to help you tap into the EU's vast resources designed to boost the European startup ecosystem.
    Speaker: Mona Meyer zu Kniendorf, Projektmanagerin Innovation EEN, Berlin Partner & Robin Bruck, Projektmanager Innovation EEN, Berlin Partner
  • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm: "How to deal with different HR topics in these times?" by Berlin Partner
    We will cover topics like staff reducing & staff searching companies, using short time work and in-service training to get your team ready for (new) business after corona, recruiting talents from outside Europe in times of travel regulations and Visa-related questions
    Speaker: David Kremers, Projektmanager Talent, Berlin Partner
  • 11:45 am - 12:10 pm: "Fundraising & Marketplaces" by Speedinvest
  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm: "Tim‘s and Nate‘s Mixed Reality Pitch Extravaganza" by hubraum
  • 12:15 pm - 12:40 pm: "What is important in the fundraising process and mistakes before the first financing round" by HTGF
  • 12:45 pm - 01:10 pm: "Hack the 'Corona-Soforthilfen for Startups'" by IBB
    The German and Berlin State government set up plenty of Corona support programs in the past months. In this presentation we will give you an overview about the different options for start-up companies in Berlin and share our experiences we have made with the 'Säule 2' so far. We help you to understand which start-ups are eligible for the different options in “Säule 2” and how you have the best chances to get funding out of the corona-support-programs for start-ups in Berlin.
    Speaker: Raphael Kube, Head of the customer consultancy department at IBB and a longtime friend of the Startupnight. In his former position he was the first contact person for startups at IBB and is still connected with that scene in Berlin
  • 12:45 pm - 01:30 pm: "How to raise public funding" by Berlin Partner
    Whether you’re interested in establishing your business in Berlin, to internationalize your activities or if you are intending to grow here, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology provides customized support and assistance for the decision-making and implementation phases with its comprehensive services. One of the services focuses on funding and financing. In order to gain an insight into the world of funding, we will answer your key questions today, which you must consider when applying for funding. What types of subsidies are there? Who is eligible for funding? What do you need to consider when applying for funding? etc. We clear the funding jungle for you and show you the way to find the right funding programs for your business.
    Speaker: Alexandra Grafwallner, Project Manager Funding I Financing, Berlin Partner
  • 01:15 pm - 01:40 pm: "Corona times and the CMF" by UVC Partners


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