HomeGermany-StartupsThe first edition of the Heureka! conference is a success

The first edition of the Heureka! conference is a success

On Monday, we attended the awesome first edition of the Heureka! conference in Berlin (Update – February 2023: The event seems to be no longer in business under this website and we therefore deactivated the link). The one-day conference was a co-hosted event by Gruenderszene.de (a leading German blog about Internet startups) and VentureVillage.eu.

The event was held in a nice location, Energieforum in Berlin, and was packed full of talks, discussion, networking opportunities and even an outdoor BBQ. In addition to the interesting programme, Heureka! turned out to be a perfect event to meet and chat with countless superstars out of the (mostly) German internet industry. The Heureka! conference offered its over 500 attendees the chance to grab a beer with guys like Dr. Stefan Glänzer (Passion Capital), Lukasz Gadowski (Team Europe), Alexander Kudlich (Rocket Internet), Michael Jackson (Mangrove), Sebastian Siemiatkowski (Klarna), Klaus Hommels (Springstar) and many more.

On VentureVillage’s ‘Live conference blog’ you can get an overview on what happened during the event (Update – February 2023: The blog seems to be no longer working and we therefore deactivated the link). One particular highlight was the incubator screening, which took place late afternoon. During the debate, the representatives of incubators like Rocket Internet, Team Europe, Project A, Passion Capital and Seedcamp talked about innovation vs. cloning, about what makes a successful company, the European startup ecosystem and about what they really think about each other. Lukasz Gadowski (Team Europe) initiated a group hug in order to show the crowd that there is no hate between the participating incubators. Since many successful European startups still get acquired by American (instead of European) companies, all agreed to Stefan Glänzer’s statement that: “We need to create European internet players that are able to buy other European companies. We don’t have the big acquirers like Google, Apple or Facebook in Europe yet.”

To sum up, the first edition of the Heureka! conference was a complete success. Only the audio set-up could have been better (it echoed a little bit), but we’re sure the conference team will fix this and we can’t wait to attend the second edition of the event in 2013!

Speaking of events, do you have your ticket yet for the upcoming EU-Startups Summit?

Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).

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