Startup Weekend Geneva

    Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019

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Startup Weekend Geneva

Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019

Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Impact Hub Geneva
Rue Fendt 1
Geneva, Geneva 1201

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Your idea 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 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:
  • 7 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 June 21st

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

7:00 pm
Apero & Networking
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

9:30 pm
Fun activity for teambuilding

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 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Fun activity for teambuilding

10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Local yummy food

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
Local yummy food

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

Sunday June 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Wrap-Up & Apero

Coaches and Mentors

Réginald Bien-Aimé

Réginald Bien-Aimé est un chef de projet spécialisé en marketing et en management. Au fil des années sa faculté d'adaptation lui permit d'engranger de l'expérience dans des domaines variés tel que : le marketing, la communication, l'entrepreneuriat, la recherche marketing, l'événementiel, le développement web et les médias. Ces principales compétences sont : la gestion d'homme, la gestion de projet, l'analyse stratégique (MarKom, management), la gestion de crise et le gestion du changement.

Bruno Mottini
Coach Green Marketing

EcoVisu's founder

Julia Bertret
Innovation catalyst

·         Ingénieur de l'INSA de Lyon et diplômée d'HEC Paris, Julia a acquis une expérience dense en développement d’entreprise, stratégie de croissance et management de projets innovants.   ·         Après des fonctions dans le conseil en stratégie environnementale, elle a pris en charge la gestion de l’innovation au sein de Veolia Environnement. Elle y a notamment piloté la mise en oeuvre de partenariats avec des start-ups dans les secteurs de l’eau, l’énergie le transport et les déchets et accompagné des projets de spin-offs.   ·         Entrepreneure, elle a créé et dirigé plusieurs entreprises: o   Copines de Voyage (450 000 membres, + de 20 collaborateurs) o   FWE, offre de financement externalisé des infrastructures environnementales o   Celsious, une agence d’entrepreneurs accompagnant les entreprises à innover comme des startups   ·         Julia intervient également dans le mastère Entrepreneurs HEC Paris et le programme d’entrepreneuriat au féminin Led By Her. Elle a coaché plus de 50 projets d’entrepreneurs ou intrapreneurs.

bruno hamon
Coach for entrepreneurs


Frédéric Sauzet
innovation consultant

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Thibaut mercier
Energy, Cleantech & Sustainability - Marketing and Innovation

Energy, Cleantech & Sustainability - Marketing and Innovation Management
- Climate change, energy transition and sustainability
- Sustainable & smart cities, smart home & smart grids
- Energy, housing, mobility, digital, future industries
- Cleantech, renewables, energy and resources efficiency, hydrogen economy
- Circular economy and industrial ecology
- Collaborative economy, functional economy

Alexandre Ayad
Digital fundraiser and entrepreneur

I'm co-founder of a software and consultancy company operating primarily in non-profit sector. We help charities to raise support and recruit donors over the Internet. My position covers product strategy, partnership and webanalytics consulting.

Before working with nonprofits, I was marketing director of Criteo the leading online advertising network based on retargeting.

Organizing Team

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

  • Agathe
  • Alex
  • Gabriel
  • Kalyanee
  • Nadège
  • Louis
  • Julia


Sean Paul Shanor
Founder & Coach at Synergy Space

Sean Paul Shanor is a Norwegian American entrepreneur, facilitator,
coach, and speaker with a drive to connect, enable, and inspire
individuals to fuel their passion, build startups, and empower others with the right tools and ecosystem support to succeed. He is a techgeek, jackof-all-digital-analog-trades entrepreneur that has learned how to piece together startups at low cost, high impact, and by facilitating key partnerships to leverage assets any team needs.

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