BCCN/ICCN Berlin Alumni Founding Workshop 2023

The BCCN/ICCN Berlin cordially invite alumni and current BCCN Berlin students,  to join our first FOUNDING WORKSHOP.  Former BCCN Berlin Master and PhD students who founded or co-founded a start-up will talk about their company and their experiences with founding.

We are looking forward to this workshop and the career paths of those BCCN alumni who founded their company. This is not only interesting for for potential founders, but also for those who are interested in working in a startup.

A panel discussion and a social will give plenty of time for exchange and questions.

Registration is required and open only to BCCN Berlin alumni and students at the moment. Please register here.



Friday, May 12, 2023



Welcome, Michael Brecht

Session I

Chair: Miguel Concha


The NLP Startup landscape, Timo Möller (deepset)

Timo will talk about the latest developments in NLP and what they mean for the startup ecosystem. He will give insights into startups in the NLP open-source domain as well as the surge of new startups utilizing Large Language Models like GPT. 



Learnings from ML in production, Robert Meyer (alcemy)

The road from prototype Machine Learning models in a notebook to a full-fledged pipeline running 24/7 in a production environment is long and winding. I present tough lessons we had to learn while developing and deploying ML in the old-fashioned industry of cement production. These range from how less time is spent on models vs. infrastructure to unexpected interactions of customers with ML. 



Coffee Break


Session II

Chair: Cornell Awuku



The startup life-cycle from idea to exit, Peter Diehl (Audatic)

Startups require drastic adaption from their founders throughout their life-cycles, including building something from nothing, scaling the product and the organization, and eventually exiting the company. I will talk about that lifecycle with my startup Audatic as an example.



Being a founder: Learnings after five years, Raphael Holca (Mimica)

Founding a startup is at once exhilarating, fulfilling and grueling. Most of all though it is a tremendous learning experience. In this presentation I will cover some of the learnings I've made in the five years since I co-founded Mimica, including hiring, finding a balance, and having fun.



Respeecher’s disaster recovery experience, Dmytro Bielievtsov (Respeecher)

When Russia began its full scale invasion in Feb 2022, Respeecher (based in Kyiv) hadn't lost a single client and managed to have only a 1-2 day gap in project delivery. I think preparedness, communication and team culture of transparency were among the major factors that helped us stay afloat. I’ll talk about things we found to be useful to cultivate this robustness.



Panel Discussion with the speakers and the audience

Moderation: Debapratim Jana



Social with pizza and beer




The workshop is financially supported by the Einstein Foundation.                 



Location: BCCN Berlin, lecture hall, Philippstr. 13 Haus 6, 10115 Berlin

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