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Startup Grind Berlin Hosts Stephan Schambach (Demandware)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CET)

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Stephan Schambach, Demandware

We are proud to announce Stephan Schambach as our first guest for our launch event in Berlin. Stephan is a serial entrepreneur and e-commerce legend who built several companies in the US and Europe. Intershop and Demandware are his biggest successes to date. Demandware is the leading cloud-based e-commerce platform serving some of the biggest international brands — ranging from adidas to Lacoste and Panasonic. Demandware went public in 2012, achieving a market valuation of over 1.5 billion dollars. Stephan was born and raised in the DDR, dropped out of college and has been self-employed ever since, focused on becoming an entrepreneur in a society that did not welcome such aspirations. He pioneered e-commerce in Germany with Intershop as early as 1992, moving on to become one of the most important figures in today’s e-commerce business. The interview will be led by Christoph Raethke. Christoph has been working in the digital industry for over 17 years. He has run two semesters of the Founder Institute and is the founder of the Berlin Startup Academy — Berlin’s boutique, independent Startup Accelerator. In addition to that, Christoph is a frequent speaker at international events and renown for his critical and thought-provoking views. Our event takes place in the St. Oberholz apartments. As the central meeting point of Berlin's digital scene, there could be no better setting for our intimate “fireside chat” interview format. We are excited to welcome Stephan on stage to share his story with us and look forward to a great first event at St. Oberholz apartments. (Please note: The interview will be conducted in German) Startups: If you want to pitch your startup in front of our speaker and attendees, please send an email to

Agenda   7:00 Networking and Food
8:00 Fireside Chat
9:00 Networking

Hosted By

Florian Krumb, Berlin Chapter Director

Florian is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship. Almost two years ago he moved to Berlin, digital capital of Germany, to work as an intrapreneur for an incubator. In this role he helped big companies to build up their digital business. Since that time he fell in love with Berlin and the buzzing entrepreneurial community. At the moment he is working on a new startup project.   Originally he has a strong background in Business development, Recruiting and Sales. Alongside his economic studies in Frankfurt he worked for different international human ressources consultancies like Rusell Reynolds and Odger & Berndtson. Furthermore he gained his experience in business development and  Sales at Hays and Telefonica Germany. During this time he made his first entreprenerial experiences as a founder of a research agency for headhunters. To learn more about the Berlin chapter please visit:

Email: | Twitter: @@floriankrumb

Hosted By

Francesco Kirchhoff, Community Manager

Rome-born, Berlin-based Francesco is a caffeine addict who toils away day and sometimes night as a freelance UX designer and project manager for various web agencies and startups in Berlin in order to support his tragic habit. He is to blame for the community management of Startup Grind's Berlin chapter.

Email: | Twitter: @francescok

Hosted By

Cristoph Raethke, Moderator

Christoph Räthke tried and failed to build his first startup in 1999/2000 and has been working with the digital industry ever since. In 2006, he began freelancing as an innovation advisor for big and small companies. From 2008 to 2012, he co-founded and hosted Mobile Monday Berlin. In 2010/11, Christoph ran two semesters of The Founder Institute. Since 2011, he has been hosting the Startup Day at the annual webinale conference. In 2012, he started mentoring at Startupbootcamp and Deutsche Telekom’s “Hubraum” incubator and accelerator, at StartupWeekend, StartupLive and international conferences. Christoph founded Berlin Startup Academy in summer 2012, and as of November 2013, the second batch of five awesome new companies are on their way to establishing world-changing businesses.


Global Partners

Google Cloud

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Local Partners

St. Oberholz

Live as if you were a real Berliner Crystal clear lakes, palm-lined beaches, historical sights and landmarks – this is what you won’t find at Rosenthaler Platz. What we have to offer is something rather different: a fresh breeze of WiFi blows up high into our sophisticated third and fourth floor apartments. Enjoy urban comfort and the exceptional St. Oberholz style for either peaceful contemplation or vibrant city life as well as for busy meetings and conferences.

Calidris 28

ENJOY YOUR LIFE! Stay put in the everyday or leave the everyday behind. Be inspired or be an inspiration. Follow the trends. Or set the trends. Enjoy the sunrise – as the day begins or the night ends.


As an incubator of one of the leading groups of companies for online marketplaces in Europe, we support startups and founders in making their ideas and innovations successfully.

What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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When & Where

St. Oberholz Appartments
Rosenthaler Straße 72a (Rosenthaler Platz)
10119 Berlin

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CET)

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Startup Grind Singapore

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

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