Startup Weekend FinTech Geneva - Blockchain for Fintech edition

    Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

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Startup Weekend FinTech Geneva - Blockchain for Fintech edition

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Avenue de la Praille 50
3rd floor
Carouge, Geneva 1227

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No Talk, All Action... Blockchainize your FinTech Start-up in 54h!

Innovator? Developer? Entrepreneur?  Designer? Positive Thinker? Doer?  Maker? Blockchain enthusiast?
  • You have an 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 in the Lean Startup way?
BlockchainSmart ContractCryptocurrencyMachine LearningBig Data, all these hype words sound familiar! These technologies and innovations are tools which can empower entrepreneur to make and create a huge change on our society. For this new batch 4, we focus on Blockchain related projects. Make Financial Services innovative with FinTech using all tools available, with a focus on BLOCKCHAIN! 
All pitches must be Fintech and preferably closely related Blockchain! As a participant, you can of course be from outside the Finance, FinTech, Blockchain fields to bring your skills to a team, but pitched ideas and selected projects should be FInTech + Blockchain.

Come join us and build your Idea into a Blockchain driven & Disruptive Startup! We are delighted to announce a star-studded line-up of sponsors, judges, and coaches for the much awaited Startup Weekend FinTech batch#4 at Fintech Fusion Incubator on the first weekend of June 2018! They will soon be added online :) Our volunteer team is working behind the scene!
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.

Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 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.
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend + Drinks
  • Prizes for the winners
  • All the coffee, Beer, RedBull you can consume....
Our awesome organizing team will make sure you will get 5 stars service with tasty food, nice drinks, and awesome atmosphere. 

Event language is English.

"Fintech rocks: Use blockchain for real......

 We can't wait to welcome you there"

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Friday June 1st

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

6:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:10 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 FINTECH / BLOCKCHAIN pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top FINTECH / BLOCKCHAIN 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 June 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive (open doors 8.30am), simple breakfast & coffee (9am)

9:15 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. Step into your FinTech mood. Think Blockchain ;)

12:00 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! Make sure you've got a Fintech project, and trying to integrate Blockchain ;)

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

Sunday June 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive (open doors 8.30am), simple breakfast & coffee (9am)

10:00 am
Check-In for Coaches
Coaches arrive - reach out for questions!

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Last opportunity to get feedback from coaches before the afternon final pitching!

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

4:00 pm
Snacks to cool off from 2 days of hard work and freshen-up with a drink before the final pitching!

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
FinTechers, Blockchainers, it's STAGE TIME! :)

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
That's it Folks!
WOW what a weekend! we usually hang around a pub for some drinks to share experiences and chill-out :)


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.

Stanislas Laurent
Fintech Maker & Product Manager

Product Manager / Fintech Enthusiast & Entrepreneur. Fascinated by Innovations which help us to shape a better Investment Experience and to create a better Finance World.
Fizi - Your Stock Investment Assistant 

Sasha Lazarevic
Solution Manager and Technology Evangelist

Sasha Lazarevic is Technology Evangelist and Solution Manager at IBM Switzerland, enthusiast for data science and deep learning, with extensive experience in techology solutions ranging from traiditonal to AI. IBM Watson PaaS platform helps to rapidly develop applicatoins using text understanding, conversation, visual and speech recognition, machine learning, blockchain, Internet-of-Things and other services. He is responsible for the solution design of complex projects in Switzerland. Sasha also worked as Maturation Team Leader at IBM Innovation Accelerator in helping develop the business value out of innovative technical ideas

Nathanaël Khodl
Startup / Chatbots

Nathanaël created one of the most famous chatbot platform, known today as Chatfuel. On his own, he bootstrapped and scaled up the product to host in only a few months more than 100'000 chatbots and reach 10 millions subscribers.

As a recognised chatbot specialist, he's now focusing on the development of tailored conversational interfaces. Innovative solutions were created for various companies in the banking, health and transport industries among others. His new project is Advisay, an all-in-one chatbot solution for businesses.

Event Judges

Diane Freymond
Digital Marketing / E-commerce

Diane has more than 9 years of experience in leading digital transformation across small and large companies. She is also an entrepreneur, and has published her own cook book. She helps starts ups to manage growth and identify new opportunities. She is also a Venture Scout, connecting ides and funding. In 2017, she co-published a study on the impact of ICOs for VC funds (

Tatjana de Kerros
Startup Portolio Lead at RicoLab

Tatjana is an Corporate entrepreneurship & venturing expert, investor and Venture Builder, leading the venture-building and innovation activities at the Ricolab Innovation Lab. She is an investor with SICTIC, Investiere, and Saudi Business Angels and on the Advisory Board of Lish and Startups House. She is specifically passionate about startups in fintech, health tech, SaaS, EaaS, machine learning, blockchain and B2C. She also leads Switzerland’s first consortium of corporate investors.   

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.

Cyrus Fazel
Senior Fund Advisor

Multicultural young enthusiastic fascinated by disruptive new trends that will shape a better world.#FinTech#Disruptivepeace

Kamal Youssefi
Co-Founder - Industry Lead Enterprise Blockchain at Swisscom Blockchain AG

Kamal is a Blockchain Engineer and technology futurist. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of IT projects. Kamal has well-grounded and deep knowledge in distributed ledger technologies as well as in financial cryptography. With his team he advises private, institutional and governmental clients in adopting blockchain technology to their business operations. His previous projects at EY dealt with re-designing and extending legacy systems using emerging technologies and agile methodologies.  

Coaches and Mentors

Julia Holzgreve
Customer Strategist, Digital Advisory at UBS

Julia has gained experience in CRM, digital marketing, segmentation and customer strategy across industries. Currently at UBS and previously at eBay, Accenture and Hyatt, she is passionate about analyzing, understanding and influencing customer behavior through targeted communications. Her favorite projects are at the intersection of data, technology and creativity. Julia holds an Executive MBA from London Business School and a BSc from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. Most recently she completed the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme and she’s a mentor in the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition by ConsenSys.

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!

Stanislas Laurent
Fintech Maker & Product Manager

Product Manager / Fintech Enthusiast & Entrepreneur. Fascinated by Innovations which help us to shape a better Investment Experience and to create a better Finance World.
Fizi - Your Stock Investment Assistant 

Christophe Pian
Design Strategist

Christophe holds a degree in management from the Lausanne Hospitality Management School. He acted as head of operations for a video-on-demand Startup in Geneva, managing projects and leading the business development effort. He recently co-founded design workshops bridging the business & design world, while launching a human-centred design agency, helping companies with innovation, creating new product lines and with design execution capacities: from branding, to ux / ui design. He is an adept of agile, design thinking and lean management methods.

Nicolas Sierro
Product & Project Manager

Nicolas has over 20 years international experience spanning marketing, technical and operational activities for both startups and blue chip companies. This includes early-stage businesses such as Echovox/Zong (sold to PayPal/Ebay) GoSwiff and and well as established companies including ABB, City of Zurich, Deutsche Telekom, Orange France Telecom, Peugeot, Swisscom, 1&1 and Swiss national TV.
Nicolas has a strong focus on crafting new digital services and business models which he has been applying to blockchain initiatives in recent years. His specific interest has been on user experience testing for new services to identify barriers to entry in this emerging space. After crowdfunding the Spells of Genesis’ ICO in 2015, Nick joined EverdreamSoft to help deliver the company vision of real ownership of digital assets enabled by blockchain-based tokens.

Ekaterina Sirotyuk
Portfolio Manager Investment Solutions and Products, Credit Suisse

Lead Author "Technology Enabled Investing", department piece on applications of AI / big data in investment management.
Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2014, Ms. Sirotyuk was a manager at a German investment company responsible for sourcing and evaluating energy related investments as well as deal structuring. Prior to that, she was an associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities department doing cross asset class structuring for European pensions and insurers.
Ms. Sirotyuk started her career as an investment analyst at UBS Alternative and Quantitative Investments, based in New York and Zurich. Ms. Sirotyuk received her B.Sc. in Economics and Management (1st class honors) from the University of London (lead college - London School of Economics) and her MBA from INSEAD, where she also did her doctorate coursework in Finance.
In addition, Ms. Sirotyuk has been a leader at the Swiss Finance + Technology Association.

Jérémie Wagner
Head of Sales & Marketing @Business&Decision

Digital native, Jeremie likes to consider the future as a sum of opportunities that improves our lives with more emotions, simplicity and equality.   Graduated with a BSc in computer science, and a Master of marketing & business development, Jeremie helps SMEs, startups and global companies to drive their digital transformation and make use of their data as an asset.   Involved in the innovation community, Jeremie co-organized the conference (2015-2016) and co-founded the entrepreneurship podcast   Interests : entrepreneurship, fintech, crypto, datascience, app development, marketing, customer experience

Robert Zaremba
IT & Blockchain Specialist • Computer Scientist

Robert, M.Sc. Computer Science, is well versed in Software Design, Blockchain, Data Mining and Analytics. Recognized as a thought leader in emergent technology (Blockchain, Analytics, Machine Learning), startups and sustainable economy disruption by working with purpose and drive, Robert delivers IT solutions and educational development. In his day-to-day work Robert is a strong advocate and practitioner of agile methodologies. Professionally, Robert is working for Sweetbridge Foundation R&D team where he creates blockchain based economy protocols. Furthermore he is working actively in the community space: DevChain Geneva (co-founder), EC-Council (Advisory Board Member), Swiss Blockchain Association (Founding Member), Swiss FinTech, ICO advisory & audit.

Julian Sommer
Managing Director @ IXO

Julian works on creating positive social inpact by co-developing IXO - the blockchain for proof of impact as Managing Director in Switzerland, using a broad set of converging technologies and high definition data for smart verification, such as geospatial data acquisition, AI oracles, 3rd generation blockchains. Julian also leads Society Lab, an initiative by IXO and Standford Peace Innovation creating a decentralised think tank with global hubs to adress issues such as governance of blockchain and AI systems, identity managemebt solutions, and peace building through bettertrade. Julian acts as an advisor to strong impact ventures such as Bitlumens and candi.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend FinTech Geneva - Blockchain for Fintech edition 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

  • Thibault
  • Nathan
  • Jean-Michel
  • Anna
  • Jérôme
  • Vivien


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.

Jernej was a lead organizer at Europe's first ever Startup Weekend Mega. A Startup Weekend with 4 tracks: Smart City&IoT, Healthcare, Media and Services running simultaneously at same venue over a weekend. By this date it's Europe's biggest Startup Weekend with 300+ attendees. 

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