Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne

    Friday, June 19 - 21, 2020

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Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne

Friday, June 19 - 21, 2020

Friday, June 19 - 21, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

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

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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 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.   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:  
  • meals over the course of the weekend
  • free Beer during 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.
  • work material in a top location
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         
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Friday June 19th

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
Dinner: SandwichBar, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Value Proposition Canvas
Introduction by Nadine Reichenthal, Coach and Mentor

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Start 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 pm
End of 1st Day

Saturday June 20th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Start Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Speaker Presentation
Presentation by a successful startup, Chris Jenny Co-Founder & Managing Partner Impact Hub Bern

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

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

11:00 pm
End of 2nd Day

Sunday June 21st

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Pitch Guidelines
Pitch presentation

1:00 pm

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
Networking Apéro
Congratulation - well done

8:00 pm
time to go home


Chris Jenny
Managing Partner & VRP, Impact Hub Bern

Co-Founder & Managing Partner Impact Hub Bern

After attending the Startup-Weekend in Berne in 2014 and 2015, Chris and five co-founders decided to build the Impact Hub Bern in early 2016. The Impact Hub Bern soon became the largest co-working in Berne and has evolved into a melting point for entrepreneurship and innovation in the hearth of Berne and the Bernese ecosystem.
As of 2020, Chris Jenny is Managing Partner of the Impact Hub Bern, founding board member of the Impact Hub Switzerland Association and actively engaged in various other startups and leads the program Youngpreneurs, a hands-on entrepreneurial education for Gymnasium students in the state of Berne.

Thomas Odermatt
Facilitator Startup Weekend Biel

Thomas Odermatt works throughout Switzerland as a TV presenter and event host. Odermatt is news anchor for “TeleBielingue” and since 2016 he has been the face of the weekly film and cinema TV-Show “kinowetter”. As a certified public accountant, with a bachelor's degree of Applied Sciences and as a communications specialist, he has extensive know-how in communication, finance and business topics. True to his motto "work with passion and heart" he knows how to lead events professionally, dynamically and with a good sense of humor.  

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.

Sandro Matter

COO Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne

James Moffat
Business Growth Hacker

James brings a wealth of Business Strategy, Growth Hacking and Leadership Expertise, building exceptional international, multicultural A-teams. Inspiring new ideas and co-creation of solutions that drive business objectives. Coupled with a logical and pragmatic approach to empower, educate and enable, exponential results both for Business Growth and Personal Development Transformation.

James has been interviewed by magazines from around the world, spoken on various international podcasts, created a radio shows, been guest speaker at numerous events, is a n0.1 International best seller, a startup mentor, pitched to his mentor Kevin Harrington, (the original shark from the hit TV series ‘The Shark Tank) winning a testimonial for his outstanding contribution to Entrepreneurial judging & mentoring.

James has also created the ART & POWER of Interactive Storytelling coupled with his 3Cs Ingredients for Success formula, to help his clients gain their desired outcome, whether for business or personal results.

Yacine Bouazdia
Projektassistent bei Berner Fachhochschule

The first startup event I joined was back in 2012 - immediately I was fascinated by the drive and motivation of all participants. In the following years I attended several Start-up weekends, got a scholarship for an entrepreneurs program in Munich and took business plan lectures at university. 
While all those events gave me great theoretical insights, most of the lackt the "real life" experience. So I went on and started building apps with friends, and websites with other friends and haven't stopped since then.
At SUW Bern I want to give back as much as I can, from helping to define a business model to giving insights on app development. But first and foremost I will try to push my team to work very focused until the presentation while not forgetting to have fun along the way.

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

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.

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.

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.

Mia Bates
Leading Design Thinking & Innovation at Credit Suisse

Mia Bates has led the innovation strategy for multiple top banking initiatives. If your target client is in the corporate world, she can advise you on how to successfully work with corporate partners,  understand their pain points, and get your ideas implemented into a traditional corporate structure. Also an expert in design thinking, user research, and lean startup. Other SME areas include financial crime compliance in banking and fundraising in the non-profit world.

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.

Thierry Moser

Thierry is a young entrepreneur from Biel/Bienne. After working several years in the banking industry in Zurich and studying in Hong Kong for a while, he joined a digital marketing agency in Shanghai. There, he discovered his passion for online marketing and co-founded Artworth GmbH in his hometown of Biel/Bienne. Here, he works closely with companies from the local luxury goods sector.

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