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!
Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “biel@startupweekend.org”.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

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
Voting
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
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


9:45 am
Coaching
Start working with coaches


1:00 pm
Lunch


1:45 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


11:00 pm
Wrap-Up
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
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:30 pm
Lunch


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
Apero


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

oday 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.
After some years in the banking industry, he 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 in Northwestern Switzerland. He left in Summer 2012 to launch his own venture, Coteries (which was at the time, the 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, Planify.io. Sébastien is also partner and startup scout at TechBridge, a startup/corporate match-making company based in Lausanne.
As a startup evangelist for years, he also launched the leading independent Swiss startup blog, startupolic.com.
He also run several startup events in Biel/Bienne and Lausanne and was active as the first Program Director of the first fintech startup accelerator of Switzerland, Fintech Fusion.
Sébastien took part in the Venture Leaders program in 2014 (Swiss Startup national team) and holds a Master degree in Management from HEC Lausanne.


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
Co-Founder

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, especially in industrial environnements, working with engineers in technical and BtoB settings, as well as commercial and admin support.
She specializes in smart and fast  business planning.

Lastly, as part of the Management Team of her company, she's been focusing on restructuring and reshaping the company's strategy to bring it to operational and financial performance.

Malika is French and Tunisian and has a Masters in Management from ESCP Europe in Paris. She's 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 an innovation effectuator. Consultant for SMEs and startups, he makes innovation happen by avoiding pitfalls and saving resources, guiding the technology truck on the business road. With a fondness for digital worlds, he has been a business angel, startup coach, entrepreneur, and head of innovation for the Kudelski Group.



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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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    Flury
  • Nicole
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Facilitators


Jernej Dekleva
Co-Founder of Norvai - Nordic Venture and Innovation

Jernej is originally from Slovenia and has been living in Copenhagen, Denmark for his last 5 years. He is a Co-Founder of Norvai - Nordic Venture and Innovation, where together with corporates are bringing new startup projects, services and experiences to the market. He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer of Startup Weekend Copenhagen since 2014. 

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