Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne

    Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Aarbergstrasse 3
Nidau, Switzerland 2560

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Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne: a unique opportunity to develop its business idea in 3 languages (French/German/English)

What is Startup Weekend ?
A 54-hour event for developers, designers and entrepreneurs to hack on your latest idea. You will be able to present your own concept and form a team around it or join forces with someone else. Over the weekend, you will be putting the foundations of a business case, designing and building a product prototype, testing your assumptions with potential customers, and, on Sunday night, pitch the results of your weekend's work to a panel of investors and serial entrepreneurs.
What's more, over the weekend, you will have access to experienced experts and mentors to help you bring your ideas to life. 

Who is it for: 
Anyone who is interested by launching a new project is welcome! If you've been thinking about an idea for months, but need a final push to make it happen (or at least to test it), if you are looking for ways to form a great team, or if you are simply excited to get involved with a startup at its conceptualisation, this weekend is for you.
Startup Weekend is an intensive weekend, where you can taste the startup life and challenges without having to leave your job, where you can have a look of how it looks like to launch a new venture!


Friday March 18th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:45 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches and organizers

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Presentation on the Value Propositon & Business Model Canvas, objectives of the weekend, by Nadine Reichenthal

9:30 pm
Form Teams
Announcement of the top voted projects. Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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

Saturday March 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:15 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

9:45 am
Start working with coaches

12:30 pm

1:00 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!

7:30 pm

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

Sunday March 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm

12:30 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!


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

Event Judges

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.

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.

Thierry Golliard
Head of Open Innovation, Swiss Post

Thierry ist Head of Open Innovation of Swiss Post. In this role, he sets up best practice sharing and develops open innovation initiatives with such external partners as start-ups, high schools and accelerators in Switzerland, Germany and Silicon Valley. These new innovation ecosystems enable disruptive innovation projects as, amongst others, the parcel delivery by drones and the autonomous PostBus.
Thierry holds a Master in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Fribourg and an Executive MBA in Global Network Industries from the EPFL.

Michael Friedrich
Founder & CEO

Michael Friedrich is a serial entrepreneur, currently board member and CEO of DistalMotion SA, an EPFL spin-off developing next-generation surgical robots. Previously, he was CEO of Aïmago SA which he led from incorporation (2008) to the successful exit to an American company in 2014. Aïmago was an EPFL spin-off, too, and developed medical cameras to easily and non-invasively visualize blood flow in skin. During his studies at EPFL (2001 to 2007), he led various projects including the development of a solar powered race car. Michael incorporated his first company while still in high-school, and sold it directly after his graduation (2001).

Vincent Tresno
Ex-CMO Rocket Internet

Vincent Tresno is an entrepreneur, consultant and interim manager. He started his career in management consulting, advising private equity, media and energy companies. Subsequently, he founded a real estate company and sold his shares, after which he moved into the tech world, gaining exposure to a range of industries, such as market places, VOD, Fintech and eCommerce, including the role as Chief Marketing Officer for the infamous incubator Rocket Internet, heading a team in 7 countries.

Coaches and Mentors

Martin Gysler
Entrepreneur & Consultant

Martin is entrepreneur since more than 20 years. Currently his main activities are business consulting and coaching in various areas like : business development, branding, sales improvement and training.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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  • Sébastien
  • Yacine
  • Pierre
  • Startup Weekend
  • Bartosz


Bartosz Staryga
Software Engineer at Ve Interactive

Software Engineer at Ve Interactive and Chelsea FC lover who joined Startup Weekend because he loves to enable creative people to chase their dreams.

Event Staff

Elena Bonanomi

Elena is founder of Why Not Factory. Since 2011 she works with innovation methods and with Design Thinking in particular. She loves to delight her customers with this philosophy. Elena teaches Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship in different universities of applied sciences.
Elena studied Business Administration and Entrepreneurship in Fribourg (Bachelor) and Bern (Master of Science). She worked as brand manager (marketing) at Nestlé and Emmi and as event manager in a small agency until she founded her own company: Why Not Factory. Now and then she still runs projects in marketing, kommunikation and event management.

Elena ist bilingual (french / swiss german) and speaks fluently english and italian.

Elena acts at SWBB 2016 as AMBASSADOR!

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