Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne

    Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

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

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Create your startup in 54 hours!

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?   
Techstars 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. Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span 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! 
Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.   

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:  
  • 6 full (and delicious!) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • 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 22nd

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:55 pm
Lean Canvas Introduction

9:10 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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

Saturday March 23rd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help and challenge you!

12:15 pm

1:00 pm
Speaker Stefan Flück

1:30 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 and challenge you!

6:30 pm

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

Sunday March 24th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Presentation guidelines
10 minutes presentation about what to include in the pitch

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Final Worktime
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Submission of the final presentations and tech-check also takes place

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

5:45 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm
Aperitif and Wrap-Up

7:00 pm
Time to go Home! :)


Stefan Flück

Stefan truly is a prime example: When he first participated in Startup Weekend Bern in 2014, he merely had an idea of what could be a good business – nothing more. Over the course of the weekend they received valuable feedback and learned basic business knowledge, for example how crucial it is to validate your idea. And, as you might’ve already guessed, the adventure didn’t stop there. The intense 54-hour weekend was only the beginning of all the hard work.
Well, it’s really paid off: Today, two years later, they’re still on the market and growing. Appentura offers personal surprises: The recipient of the surprise has no clue where his adventure will take him – via smartphone he’s lead through his journey until eventually, all is revealed.
We have talked with Stefan about why he’s so motivated to coach some of you at Startup Weekend. His response is that of a true Startup Weekender: Many times, Stefan benefits from other entrepreneur’s valuable advices. That’s why he’d like to give something back to the community, as he knows exactly what it’s like to be in your position and considers this cycle (receiving advice and giving back to others) as incredibly important.

As a former participant, Stefan’s able to provide you with first-hand experience and is eager to get to know you and your ideas. His expertise encompasses the development of digital business models, validation of ideas, building up of a scalable startup from scratch – and of course – how to successfully pitch your business (idea).

Stefan’s personal message to you guys: “I’m not kidding: SUW truly changed my life :-) This is why I love to give something back whenever I can. I’m really looking forward to Startup Weekend!”

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.

Felix Kunz
CEO Swiss Innovation Park Biel/Bienne

Felix Kunz is currenly serving Swiss Innovation Park Biel/Bienne as its CEO and is an experienced business man, who has been involved in 12 startups worldwide. He was also the founder and CEO of Digital-Logic during 18 years, which was then sold to Kontron.
He is the recipient of several business awards and is acting as Head Innovation Mentor for CTI. Lastly, he is seating at the Boards of Directors of De Vigier Business Prize, Museum ENTER and STI.

Raphael Laubscher

Seit dem Gründungsjahr 1846 hat sich die traditionsreiche Firma Laubscher Präzision AG dank einer gelungenen Symbiose zwischen Tradition und Innovation zum führenden Hersteller von technologisch anspruchsvollen Präzisionsdrehteilen entwickelt. Das Familienunternehmen wird seit 1846 von Nachfolgern des Gründers Samuel Laubscher geleitet - heute in der 6. Generation unter anderem durch Dr. Raphael Laubscher (CEO).

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Benjamin Habegger
Senior software developer - Entrepreneur

Benjamin Habegger is a software engineer with a scientific, entrepreneurial as well as technical background. He has worked in many different contexts and roles combining software, science, agility always an entrepreneurial spirit. He has worked: in academia for 6+ years and has a thesis in computer science with a specialization in data integration, analytics and search, for a software company for 4+ years, in the startup ecosystem for 6+ years where he has started 2 companies 109Lab and Boot-Start. He has recently joined SIX Group in Biel as a senior software developer. Furthermore, he has been active in the tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem by taking part in different events avond which WW’2012 and thewebconf 2018, Blend Web Mix, IoT hands-on
workshop, Digital Open Labs Start-up Weekend, fHACKtory, MuseoMix, Hello Tomorrow Challege. He is very often recognized for his energy and out-of-the-box thinking.

Jernej Dekleva
Program Manager @ InnoPeaks

Jernej is originally from Slovenia and has recently relocated from Denmark to Switzerland. After working at Y Combinator backed startup, he joined an accelerator as Program Manager at InnoPeaks, where he is helping entrepreneurs scale the next generation of healthtech and insurtech companies. He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer and facilitator of Startup Weekend since 2014.

Daiana Cocora
Digital Marketing Consultant | Entrepreneur | Startups Mentor

Passionate about marketing and digital transformation, she helps businesses to become visible and successful in the “digital days”.   She has + 11 years of corporate experience in leading international online and offline marketing projects.  Fascinated about the entrepreneur life-style, she has founded her Digital Days Events agency in 2007, which offers marketing solutions that grow businesses awareness & revenue.  As Daiana is also Co-Founder of the Swiss Startup Club Zurich, she can coach startups on different topics as MVP, culture, legal, co-founding, motivation, crisis, personalities match, roadmaps, etc.  She is looking forward to create great businesses during the Startup weekend Bienne 2019!

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

  • Seline
    von Bergen
  • Nicole
  • Sébastien


Jernej Dekleva
Program Manager @ InnoPeaks

Jernej is originally from Slovenia and has recently relocated from Denmark to Switzerland. After working at Y Combinator backed startup, he joined an accelerator as Program Manager at InnoPeaks, where he is helping entrepreneurs scale the next generation of healthtech and insurtech companies. He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer and facilitator of Startup Weekend since 2014.

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