Startup Weekend Fin Tech Geneva

    Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Fin Tech Geneva

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Fintech Fusion
Av. de la Praille 50
Carouge, Geneva 1227

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No Talk, All Action... Launch a FinTech Start-up in one weekend.

Innovator ? Developer ? Entrepreneur?  Designer ? positive thinker ? next Elon Musk?
  • You have a FinTech idea and are looking for talented team members?
  • You've got talent and want to contribute to implementing an idea?
  • You want to learn how an idea turns into a business model?
Come join us and build your Idea into a Disruptive FinTech Startup! We are delighted to announce a star-studded line-up of sponsors, judges, and coaches for the much awaited Startup Weekend FinTech at Fintech Fusion accelerator on the third weekend of April 2017!

We are proud to have theScreener and Swiss Fintech as headline sponsors, followed by other big names in finance, tech, innovation, Startup, and design - such as IBMFintech FusionCodalis. These awesome sponsors will offer swag, mentoring, great prizes and assets that will help make the weekend a great success for all our participants.
Last but not least, our awesome organizing team will make sure you will get 5 stars hotel service with tasty food, nice drinks, and awesome atmosphere. (the event price is all included: food, drinks, swag, assets...)
What is Startup Weekend?
The startup movement has accelerated growth in many cities and global industries, and fintech is one the most exciting and rapidly developing industries in the world! The time for entrepreneurs and innovators to work together and invest in their ideas is now. The industry in Switzerland is more susceptible to ideas now than ever before. Our goal for this event is to connect people who are passionate and want to tackle the tough challenges in the financial and fintech industries, all while learning-by-doing, firsthand, what makes a business and an idea successful.

How does Startup Weekend work:
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 

Why will this Startup Weekend be awesome?
We are really happy to have super great sponsors which would provide to our participant's super cool and efficient tools/process / tips for any Fintech Startups. 
  • theScreener will give us the chance to access to independent and objective analysis over financial markets and to create smart and accurate WealthTech or RoboAdvisor applications. With the evaluation of more than 6,000 equities and 15,000 funds, theScreener is the European leader in independent equity analysis with more than 7 million end-users. theScreener
  • Swiss FinTech association is the largest Swiss FinTech association. Its mission is to create an ecosystem that enables Switzerland to leverage the potential it has to become a world-class FinTech Hub.Swiss FinteCH

Event language is English.

"Fintech rocks: We can't wait to welcome you there"

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Friday April 21st

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

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
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 April 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Design Workshop
Learn with Michael Ambass how to use Sketch and Invision to create awesome User Experience. And eventually Fake it before make it!

12:00 pm

12:30 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!

5:30 pm
BlockChain Intro
Workshop with Cyril Lapinte. Understand what is Blockchain and investigate the upcoming opportunities provided by blockchain technologies,

6:00 pm
Fintechs regulations
Workshop with Olivier Depierre. Towards which regulation and supervision in Switzerland? - brief overviews of current and planned regulations

8:00 pm

9:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

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

Sunday April 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Reach out to ask questions !

11:30 am
The next level pitch
Webinar lesson with Alex Fazel; You will have the Chance to learn how to bring your pitch to the next level.

12:00 pm
Lunch :)

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive. Last opportunity to ask questions and leverage their experience...

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Less than two hours of work time, should be focused on perfecting your presentation and tech-check for final presentations

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
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Alexander Fazel
Founder Chameleons & Presentation Coach

Two decades of both B2C and B2B sales going from front soldier to influential leader with consistent sales track records. Alex has an obsession about the the ART and SCIENCE of presenting and pitching. Speaker coach for TEDx, NPOs/ NGOs, Pitch trainer and coach for startups at events such as Unreasonable labs, Slush and one on one pitching support with major corporate entities (Toyota, Sony, SoftBank, Dentsu and many more...)

Cyril Lapinte

Cyril is genuinely the Blockchain Guy in Geneva! He holds a Master Degree in Artificial Intelligence since 2004.
After 13 years working for major companies in Telecoms, e-Government and Financial Institutions, he possesses a wide and solid experience of software development and operation of online services.
Today, Cyril is enthusiastic of the disruptive possibilities given Blockchain and Smart Contracts technologies.
He is also CTO of the startup SMEx, a community marketplace for currencies.
Cyril will share with you all his knowledge and experience about one of the most disruptive technology: The Blockchain.

Michael Ambass

Michael is a a Digital Guru and a Full Stack Developer. He is currently the CTO of a Fintech Startup hello izi-Your Stock Investment Assistant
Moreover he is Partner within a renowm Digital Agency. 
Coding since the age of 12, he's a full stack Tech guru, active from Developement to Design. He is the asset you need form User Experience to powerful Algorithms.

Sal Matteis
CEO Fintech Fusion

A 8 year veteran of Yahoo! Inc., Sal has held roles in the various departments of Marketing, Business Operations & Strategy, Business Development, Platform & Product mgmt. Sal is 2X Managing Director Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living + e-Commerce Accelerator, early stage investor, entrepreneur. Sal presently serves on advisory boards of several internet, e-commerce, med-tech, food-tech and ad technology companies across the globe. In addition, he is a Mentor for several Startup Accelerator programs in Europe and the US, helping guide startup teams in consumer internet / marketplaces / on-demand services with their early-stage fund-raising, strategy, sales, marketing, product roadmap, external communication and partner development efforts.

Olivier Depierre
Bonnard Lawson Geneva

Olivier Depierre is a lawyer (of Counsel), with solid experience in banking, financial law (banking law, securities law, collective investment law, Swiss and European Surveillance Law) and Fintechs. He has worked for several years with various financial companies in the field of banking law, compliance and financial regulation. He now specializes in the Fintech industry in Switzerland and especially as regards the current evolution of its applicable regulation.

Event Judges

Co Founder Dybaw Venture Capital

Lionel brings over 10 years of progressive experience in founding, funding, and managing global FinTech businesses in the UK and in Ireland. His most recent entrepreneurial experiences include a CEO position at YouPass (a micro-payment platform for online gamers). Actively involved in the public affairs, Lionel was in charge, as a Diplomat, of several financial, economic and sustainable missions for the Foreign ministry of states in France and Monaco. Lionel also worked as a Venture Partner for the Goldman Sachs investment and business strategy team (UK/IR) with a dedicated focus around the Fintech Investment such as Circle and other big round. Lionel is currently one of DYBAW Venture Capital's co-founder, an unique Swiss FinTech Venture Capital boutique and act as an Alternative Fund Investment Manager (FT4SD, Impact Investing, Sustainability and finance Fund).

Efi Pylarinou
Co-founder of Daily Fintech

Efi Pylarinou is the Fintech lady! As a well-known influencer in the Fintech space, Efi is focusing on the digitization of financial services. With a social presence of 60'000 followers on Linkedin and Twitter she is co-Founder of Daily Fintech, an established, global, insight driven platform and crowd sourced knowledge paltform, Fintech Genome. She is very happy to be part of the judging team to meet future fintech startupers! 

Kim-Andrée Potvin
Chief Operating Officer @ BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA

A native of Canada, Kim has spent the last 16 years building up her experience in Europe. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for BNP Paribas in Switzerland where her central role since July 2014 is to drive change on operational and financial platforms while creating new levers of development. Energetic and spontaneous by nature, Kim appreciates evolving environments where the status quo can be challenged.

Lionel Crassier
Investor, Mentor, Promoter - CEO @ TotalYmage

My 20 years of development of equity capital markets activities have brought me a lot of expertise in financial matters as well as a strong general management experience. I loved my roles, a blend of tight operational management, business development, team building, people management, governance architecture, trading risk taking and oversight, R&D and innovation leadership. My current vision is to accompany individuals and businesses alike towards a more creative, ethic, sustainable and enjoyable economy. Let's create progress, jobs, competitivity, through true value creation and everyone's participation. I put my energy to serve the change makers. I help businesses kickstart and I facilitate new connections within my network. I mentor entrepreneurs, I sometimes support them financially, I'm an administrator in 5 companies. This means a lot of benefits for me from interactions with these individuals. Currently helping out to develop its markets.

Sam Johnson
CTO @ Smartlink SA

Sam is a payments specialist from a challenger banking and mobile security background. Coming from a Development background into Product Management and team leadership, he is currently CTO for, focussing on HCE contactless payment, card program management and alternative payments and development outsourcing. A proponent for productivity, ongoing education and equal opportunities in the tech space, Sam is a MOOC-addict, recently awarded from Future Commerce at MIT Fintech and currently enrolled in rather too many other courses, as well as an Agile aficionado, certified for the Scaled Agile Framework.

Coaches and Mentors

Eric Gregoire
Global Industry Head @ Google

Eric is an awesome Digital Marketer Guru. Eric joined Google in 2013 as Global Head of Brand Partnership, overseeing Google’s engagement with some of Google largest advertisers and their respective media/creative agencies. Prior to joining Google, Eric was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Switzerland where he focused on growth & marketing strategies for Retail and Consumer Goods clients and help set up the Geneva office. He joined BCG from Procter & Gamble where he spent 7 years in marketing to become the Western Europe Business Leader for the Color Cosmetic category. Eric is the mentor you need when you are about to launch a new product on the web !!

Alexandre Gaillard
CEO at InvestGlass

Alexandre is the founder and organiser of Swiss Fintech meetups in Geneva. He is CEO and founder of InvestGlass SA - Well known for his go attitude, if you say Fintech he is the right guy!

Paul Loeffler
Startup Coach and VP @ NEEO

Paul supports startups & entrepreneurs as an investor, strategist and advisor in helping them differentiate their offering, find new markets, and grow their business.
His focus is on FinTech, IoT, eCommerce and Blockchain based applications.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship • Pitching/Presentation • Investment • Business Development • Sales & Marketing Strategy • Contract Negotiations • Team Building • Alliances • Relationship Management • Languages • Territory Development • International Partnerships • Contract Negotiations • Prospecting • Technology Licensing • Integration Design • Communications • Sales & Marketing Strategy • Fluent English, German and Italian languages

Michael Ambass

Michael is a a Digital Guru and a Full Stack Developer. He is currently the CTO of a Fintech Startup hello izi-Your Stock Investment Assistant
Moreover he is Partner within a renowm Digital Agency. 
Coding since the age of 12, he's a full stack Tech guru, active from Developement to Design. He is the asset you need form User Experience to powerful Algorithms.

Alexandre Quintino
CTO @ Faveeo

Alexandre is a a Tech Guru and a Full Stack Developer. He is currently the CTO of one of the most promising Swiss Startup: Faveeo. 
He is an awesome asset for our StartupWeekend.

Pascal Allot
Regional Manager West Switzerland & Startup ecosystem Devt @ IBM

Using my 20+ years in the technology business and my current role at IBM, I am passionately promoting digital transformation using big data, cognitive computing and the Internet of Things, working with startup ecosystems as well as established companies and organisations that are seeking to rethink business models. I am especially interested in nurturing a Swiss Fintech and Biotech startup to world-wide recognition. I am keen to share my knowledge and expertise by lecturing at the HES SO and the “Institut Suisse de formation bancaire” in Geneva.

Charles Goguet
Serial Mentor & Venture Partner

Charles is a passionated by Fintech, with over 5 years in this industry.
Serial entrepreneur Charles knows what failures & success mean! His skills in the payment industry as well as the regulation such as PSD2. His various experiences as entrepreuneur mostly in Finance but also in F&B industry & Technology give him an open minded way of thinking. He runs Dybaw VC which will be soon incorporated in Switzerland, he will cover round A/B and do some seed rounds in Switzerland using the Join Venture that Charles & his partner Lionel Artusio had signed with a french Company called SparkUp.

Peter Horvath
UX - Digital Strategist

Peter is our Digital strategist. As the founder and Moderator of the Digital Strategy & UX Meetup, he is a cornerstone of the Digital and UX community in Geneva. In his own words, Peter "connects the dots" between product, branding, and communication, building on experience from agency, consulting, and "startup-in-an-enterprise" environments. As Manager of Digital Services and Passenger Experience, he is today working on putting internet on planes. Eventually, he has the super power to cut through complexity and to find simple and efficient solutions. Peter is genuinely the UX and Digital Asset of the weekend!

Alexandre Callea
CTO @ clearmatics

Entrepreneur, digital enabler Alex has successfully built companies and delivered innovative digital solutions for several years now. Currently active at Clearmatics and advising several tech companies. We are very happy to have Alex on board as he can share with us all his awesome experience!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Fin Tech Geneva 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 Geneva is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Stanislas
  • Cyrus
  • Jérôme
  • Thibault
  • Elsa
  • Jean-Michel
  • Geoffroy
  • Ali


Ali Sohail
Co-founder at deskOteque

Ali is an active startup community organizer, speaker and entrepreneur.

He is a co-founder in deskOteque, a platform that helps flex workers find the working space around them and pay-per-use for access. It has verified venues like coworking spaces, bars, cafés and restaurants available. 

Ali is also an experienced trainer, public relations professional and a certified peak performance coach. His passion lies in connecting people and helping them realize their (entrepreneurial) vision.

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