Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne

    Friday, March 16 - 18, 2018

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Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne

Friday, March 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, March 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne
Aarbergstrasse 5
Nidau-Biel, BE 2560

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We want YOU for Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team!

The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span technical, social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! 

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • meals over the course of the weekend 
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!
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Friday March 16th

6:00 pm
Registration, Lunch & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, get your lunch, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow = 11.00 Uhr

Saturday March 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

9:45 am
Start working with coaches

1:00 pm

1:45 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow = 11.00 pm

Sunday March 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:30 pm

1:15 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Urs Guggenbühl
Head Startup, be-advanced AG

«BSc. in Environmental Health» am Polytechnic Leeds (UK) und «MSc. in Applied Acoustics» an der University of London. Es folgte die Dissertation im Bereich Mensch-Computer-Interaktion an der ETH in Zürich. Berufliche Stationen waren u.a. die EMPA in Dübendorf, er leitete als Oberassistent eine Forschungsgruppe an der ETH im Bereich Human Factors, war als Leiter der Gruppe Ergonomie & Technologie am Technopark Zürich engagiert, war 15 Jahre als VR und CEO sowie Mitinhaber von zwei Start-up Firmen im Bereich Simulation & Training und Arbeitshygiene tätig und startete das Innovationszentrum für die Fachhochschule St.Gallen.

Bärbel Selm
Geschäftsleitung Stiftung für technologische Innovation (STI)

Im Jahr 2009 wurde Bärbel Selm in Biel als Geschäftsleiterin der Stiftung für technologische Innovation (STI) gewählt, wo sie bis heute Jungunternehmer fördert. Zudem ist sie Gastdozentin zum Thema "Forschungsförderung" in der Weiterbildung der Berner Fachhochschule.

Markus Wyss
Member of Board of Directors (Health & Insurance Industry)

After his Ph D at the University of Berne Markus Wyss spent two years at the OECD in Paris, looking at environmental issues due to trade liberalisation. Later he has stayed for 14 years with Winterthur Insurance (now Axa Winterthur); for the last seven years as responsible for the commercial lines business in Non-Life Insurance. In 2008 Markus Wyss joined S-GE, the official Swiss competence centre for foreign trade & investment promotion as deputy CEO. Nowadays, he acts as senior advisor with “Roland Berger” Strategy Consultants and as a member of several Board of Directors within the insurance and the health Industry. Markus is married and father of two children.

Coaches and Mentors

Nadine Reichenthal

Nadine is an experienced business woman, previously active for Startup training program venturelab among other ones, and now President of Club des femmes entrepreneurs and lecturer at HEC Lausanne

Kenan Sahin
Founder & CEO

Kenan Sahin has early dedicated heart and soul of the world of Amiga and Commodore. After various trainings he founded in 1987, the now 51-year-old father in Biel, the company visual design. The small computer science-hotshot developed  rapidly in a very solid company. Sahin did not lost even during the New Economy boom, the overview and provided a healthy growth. remains according to its philosophy visual design unswervingly geared to take up innovative technologies immediately and apply for the customer usefully. Providing  with professional and reliable software solutions and services for streamlining and process optimization of office applications in the office area and communication. Since 1995 we offer interactive web solutions, e-commerce, e-marketing, social media, SEO, usability studies, website audits, competitors and market analysis.

Tobias Lehr
Marketing & Communication Strategist specialized in Digital & Innovation

Today Tobias is strategy consultant at /CROSSWALK/ and focuses on digital transformation and business innovation projects. He helps clients deal with all that is «change» in digital times. He has expertise in digital marketing, communication and innovation and pairs analytical-strategic skills with creative thinking.

Today Tobias is a strategy consultant, he played an active role in establishing a new business service line for one of Switzerland largest digital marketing and communication agencies, Goldbach Interactive. Later he was leading the business line as Member of the Management Board.

He was previously active for BrainStore, Start-up Atizo, the Swatch Group and PwC.

Gilles Ruffieux
QiBud Founder & Business Agility Booster

Convinced that the traditional way of doing business slows innovation & value creation, Gilles jumped into the startups arena to create QiBud, a product that will allow every people & information to deliver their full potential. While making its vision a reality, Gilles helps companies and startups to create more value with less effort.

Sébastien Flury
Founder & CEO, Digital Marketer, Blogger

Sébastien is a well-known figure of the Swiss startup scene.
Séb jumped into the startup world in 2008 and was active during more than 4 years as a startup mentor and business developer for a technology park, before leaving in 2012 to launch his own venture, Coteries (which was at the time, a mobile fan club of musicians, now a digital agency developing prototypes, Minimum Viable Products, web & mobile applications), where he acts as the CEO and as a digital marketer. Sébastien also launched a new venture in the travel space, Sébastien used to be partner & startup scout at TechBridge (Zürich).
Séb is a startup evangelist for years who also run the  leading independent Swiss startup blog,
Séb used to run several startup events in Biel/Bienne & Lausanne (SICTIC) and was active as the first ever Program Director of the fintech startup accelerator, Fintech Fusion.

Visakha Thongphetsavong
Chief Marketing Officer

Visakha is an avid entrepreneur the Chief Marketing Officer at Everex, a blockchain-powered Financial Technology company. 

Visakha graduated with a Master degree in Financial Engineering. She worked as a trader for Credit Suisse Investment Bank in London for many years before launching her own startup. In addition, she mentors and coaches startup companies and entrepreneurs.
She is passionate about innovation and loves helping the next generation to change the world and turn ideas into a real business case. 

Dominique Bourqui

Dominique is an experienced entrepreneur, consultant and certified business coach who graduated from the Dr.Petra Bock Coaching Akademie Berlin, Germany. Dominique holds a PhD in law from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2007, she founds Swissmadprod, a media production company producing television and radio programs as well as branded content for the French and Swiss markets (i.a. TF1, M6, France Television, RTS, Rouge TV, Léman Bleu, RTL, Migros, LVMH). In 2010, she takes a key part in the creation project of the first interactive and innovative TV channel in France. The project was hosted in the Business Incubator of the ESSEC Business School in Paris. Dominique also acted as a consultant for CAC40 groups. During her career, she had to deal with a wide range of challenges on both personal and entrepreneurial level. Dominique creates BFCC to share her experience and become an effective sparring-partner.

Malika Boussetta
Head of Finance

Malika has extensive corporate experience in controlling, finance and strategy, but also in support functions in both industrial and service environments. She specializes in leading transformation projects.
Malika is an avid traveller and has lived in several countries.
She's also passionate about entrepreneurship and new working methods, and has a genuine interest in how start-ups and new business codes are redefining the economic scene worldwide.

Thierry Dagaeff
Consultant in Innovation, Business and Technology

Thierry is Chief Innovation Project Manager at the nurse school La Source. As an innovation effectuator, mentoring SMEs and startup, he makes innovation happen by avoiding pitfalls and saving resources, guiding the technology truck on the business road. Today focusing on innovation in the health domain, Thierry has a fondness for digital worlds, has been a business angel, startup coach, entrepreneur, and head of innovation for the Kudelski Group.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Anita
  • Sébastien
  • Nicole


Jernej Dekleva
Program Manager @ 360 Innovation Lab

Jernej (aka Jay) is an accelerator program manager at 360 Innovation Lab and currently based in Graz, Austria. Together with the team they help entrepreneurs scale future generation of tech companies.

He is from Slovenia and spend 7 years living in Copenhagen. After working at Y Combinator backed startup, he joined a healthcare and insurance accelerator as Program Manager in Switzerland.

He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer and facilitator of Startup Weekend since 2014.

Jay was a lead organizer at Europe's first ever Startup Weekend Mega. A Startup Weekend with 4 tracks: Smart City&IoT, Healthcare, Media and Services running simultaneously at same venue over a weekend. By this date it's Europe's biggest Startup Weekend with 300+ attendees. 

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