Frequently Asked Questions About Start & Found (FAQ)

Before the Rocket Start

Is this event for me?

If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Start & Found attendee backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in.

Do I have to participate all three days?

Apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the Start & Found but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams. But there is also a “Sunday Presentations Only” registration option available for those wishing to only view the teams’ final presentations.

How do I register?

Through the link on “Register Now” on our website. If registration is not open, ticketing has either not yet opened or is already sold out.

Please note the different ticket types: if Business tickets are sold out and you fall into the Business category, you’ll have to wait for the next event (which won’t be far off!). This is an important part of our efforts to maintain a balance between attendees’ backgrounds and skill sets in order to maximize the event’s value for each participant.

Feel free to send us a Mail via info[at] with upcoming questions.

Is the event happening in German or English?

Since we always expect participants from around the globe the event will be hold in English.

What is included in the tickets?

When booking a vacation, you usually pay a huge extra for all-inclusive packages – Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks.

You’ll get all that PLUS the opportunity to meet awesome people, build life changing products, get valuable feedback as well as a chance to win huge prices and all the fame there is.

Are there any student tickets?

Since we have partnerships with quite a few universities, we only offer special student offers for these selected universities.

If your university is not on our website, it is not a partner – yet. If you think it should be, let us know through and we will figure it out.

Do you also offer vegetarian or vegan food?

If you have a special need regarding our food during the event like vegan or vegetarian food, please let us know through We are happy to include these in our planning.

Unfortunately I can´t attend. How can I refund my ticket?

We can only guarantee you a refund within 14 days before the event. This is due to our supply orders necessary. We hope for your understanding. You could sell the ticket to someone else (i.e. through our Facebook page), if you are late for the refund. Just keep in mind to inform the buyer, that he or she should contact us to change the name on the ticket.

During the Journey

What happens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday?

Friday: Participants arrive between 5-7 PM, begin networking, and eat dinner. After an ice-breaking game and a short introduction by the Facilitator, there will typically be 1 short speaker talk on practical topics ranging from Pitching Best Practices to Lean Startup Methodology and more. Then the “Pitchfire” will commence: anyone intending to pitch will have 60 seconds to give their best pitch. No presentations or props needed for Friday, it will just be you and a mic. After pitches are finished, all attendees will vote on their favorites, and using these votes the top ideas will be selected to be worked on over the weekend. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working.

Saturday: Teams will work all day, with the occasional breaks to eat or listen to 1-2 short talks. Mentors will be circulating to provide advice in the field of their expertise for those teams that want it.

Sunday: Teams will work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon. They’ll begin wrapping up their product/prototype and presentation around 3-4 PM to do tech-checks and practice their demonstration. After all Judges have arrived presentations will begin. Each team typically has 5 minutes plus 2-3 minutes Q&A from the judges. The judges will select the top teams, give out prizes, and the event ends and celebration begins!

What types of ideas can I pitch?

Any business ideas are eligible (whether for profit, ‘social’ businesses, nonprofit organizations, etc.), however the event is strongly tech-oriented. Approximately 95% of all ideas are mobile or web focused, and given the short time-frame, we strongly recommend that even non-tech ideas focus on a tech-related deliverable (i.e., website) by Sunday.

Can I pitch more than one idea?

Depending on the number of ideas pitched and the schedule, you may or may not be able to pitch multiple ideas. Prioritize your ideas: pitch your best idea (and the one you have most prepared for) first.

Can I pitch my business or my existing prototype?

If you already earned a cent with your product, or you already finished the product you are not allowed to pitch it. The pitches on Friday are initial idea pitches. At the end the Start & Found is not only an accelerator, but also a competition and we have to be fair for all participants.

What are the judging criteria for the competition?

We have three judging criteria: Cusutomer Validation (Did you speak with customers?), Execution & Design (Can you execute the idea and do you have a beautiful UX?) and Business Model (How do you plan on making money?).

In which categories are the awards?

We will award in the categories Best Over All (potentially break-even after a short period), Best Design (beautifully designed product) and Best Pitch (inspiring and/ or entertaining pitch).

How much time do I have to pitch?

You will have 60 seconds for the initial idea pitches on Friday. On Sunday the pitches can be 3 min. or 5 min. depending on how many teams are formed on Friday night.

What if someone steals or copies my idea?

We can not guarantee you, that no one will copy your idea. But if you don´t start today to implement your idea you probably never will or it will be too late. Start & Found could be the platform for you to make your idea an actual product and business. Keep in mind it´s never about ideas it´s about execution!

After the Landing

Are teams expected to continue after the event?

Whether or not you continue to work on the idea with some or all of your team is completely up to you. Approximately 25% of Start & Found participants continue working on their idea with all of their team.

I love Start & Found! How can I get more involved?

We love you, too! One of the beautiful things about Start & Found is that just about anybody can get involved, provided you are in it for the right reasons: to build communities and create startups. We can always use more help organizing events. Just reach out to us through

What kind of support can Start&Found provide to help my team launch?

Start&Found primarily focuses on the entry point of entrepreneurship, but our support and community spans much further beyond the event. Whether you are looking for more events in your city, guidance for investing and mentorship or a place to accelerate your business, we’re here to help in anyway we can.

On a side note, we love hearing about Start & Found success stories! If your experience is share worthy send us a mail! It’d make our day.

Is there a alumni network, so I can be in touch with everyone?

Yes there is a alumni network.

A few years ago we started with year specific groups. But we decided to extend this now, so that our alumnis can support each other through our network.

I couldn´t get in touch with a speaker/mentor/judge I really wanted to meet. Is there a way to get in touch?

Just let us know through and we will figure something out for you.

Who owns the team prizes awarded by Start & Found?

The prices awarded to the award winning teams during the Start & Found finals are team prizes. Your team and you have to decide, who should get which price, if you don´t continue with your project.

Your question is not here?

No worries, just sent us a message and we will assist you with any questions you have in mind.