Startup Weekend Geneva

    Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Geneva

Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019

Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 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

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:15 pm
Apero & Networking
Share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 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

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Fun activity for teambuilding and introduction to the workshops

9:00 am
Workshop by Genilem
Topic : Etude du marché

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

12:00 pm
Workshop by Ecovisuel
Topic : Communication Responsable

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

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Fun Activity for the Team and introduction to Pitching

10:00 am
Workshop by Present Potential
Pitch Preparation Workshop

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

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Wrap-Up & Apero

Event Judges

Susana Oliveira
Venture Analyst at Hatch CoLab

At Hatch we supercharge #ImpactTech Founders who tackle Humanity's Grand Challenges.
With Innovation & Purpose at the core, I'm eager to meet and support the entrepreneurs building scalable solutions to advance humanity & the world, in the earth and beyond.

Réginald Bien Aimé
Jack of all trades coach

éginald 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.

Coaches and Mentors

Bruno Mottini
EcoVisu's founder

EcoVisuel is a communication agency dedicated to supporting its clients in promoting an economy in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

Julia Bertret
Innovation catalyst

An engineer from INSA Lyon and a graduate of HEC Paris, Julia has acquired extensive experience in business development, growth strategy and innovative project management. 

After working in environmental strategy consulting, she took charge of innovation management at Veolia Environnement. In particular, it managed the implementation of partnerships with start-ups in the water, energy, transport and waste sectors and supported spin-off projects.

Entrepreneur, she has created and managed several companies: 
o Copines de Voyage (450,000 members, more than 20 employees) 
o FWE, an outsourced financing offer for environmental infrastructure 
o Celsious, an entrepreneurial agency that helps companies innovate like start-ups  

Julia is also involved in the Master's degree in Entrepreneurship HEC Paris and the Led By Her women's entrepreneurship program. She has coached more than 50 entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial projects.

bruno hamon
Dedicated Mentor for fellow entrepreneurs

After a long international carreer in various industrial segments, I had the great opportunity to start and manage a Geneva based B2B 
e-marketing venture for 15 years. In the last 5 years I have passionately dedicated part of my life helping innovative startups towards growth and success. 

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

Ruben Navarro
Lawyer - Human Rights Advocate/ Project Manager/ Public Speaker and Trainer.

Ruben worked as a human rights lawyer in Geneva on local and international projects. He also cofounded a company and knows about what it gets to be a entrepreneur. Leadership, public speaking, and international relations are among his passions.

Amilcar Gomes
Entrepreneur et consultant en augmentation de l’efficience des entreprises

Amilcar est un entrepreneur multi casquettes: Ingénieur, spécialiste de la chaîne de valeurs, de l'intelligence collective, coach de dirigeants, chef de projets, grand voyageur et thérapeute orienté solutions. Après avoir parcouru une quarantaine de pays et travaillé plus de 20 années pour des sociétés allant de la start-up aux plus grandes multinationales, il fonde la société SYNDORO qui est spécialisée dans la création de valeur ajoutée durable au sein des entreprises. Aujourd'hui, il s'applique à réunir le monde de l'intuition, de l'efficience et de la durabilité afin d'accélérer la création de valeur.

Martin Schmidlkofer
Head of Professional Services et NewAccess

Co-founder of a startup, Engineering manager in IT and industry.  
A career in engineering, management and engagement in a local coop for contract agriculture have been teaching me how to turn an aspiration into an actionable concepts. 

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.

Frédéric Sauzet
Responsable de l'incubateur labellisé CERN

Actuellement responsable d’InnoGEX, l’incubateur labellisé CERN, Frédéric coache des créateurs d’entreprises dans la recherche de leur marché et les aide à progresser dans la conception de leurs produits et services.Il a également accompagné de telles démarches au cours de sprints créatifs, comme pour Museomix Nyon et start-up week-end Lausanne.Précédemment, il piloté différents programmes transversaux destinés à accompagner et accélérer des projets de transformation. Philips, BNP Paribas et le Département fédéral des finances ont pu ainsi bénéficier de ses conseils tant pour optimiser leurs activités que pour mettre en œuvre de nouvelles pratiques organisationnelles et managériales.Titulaire d’un master en génie mécanique et d’un MBA en gestion d’entreprise, il termine un master en gestion de l’innovation où il a notamment questionné la problématique de l’évaluation des projets innovants.

Organizing Team

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

  • Agathe
  • Alex
  • Gabriel
  • Nadège
  • Louis
  • Victor
  • Mehdi


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, jack of-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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