Techstars Startup Weekend Lausanne

    Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Lausanne

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Lausanne, Switzerland

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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 February 23rd

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 February 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

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!

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 February 25th

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Hervé Lebret
EPFL Innogrants - Support to Start-Up Creation

Venture Capital, Technology and Entrepreneurship
Author of Startup, what we may still learn from Silicon Valley and related blog,

Specialties: High-tech Startups, Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Julien Guex

Suzanne Hraba-Renevey

A global citizen, versatile, curious mind and genuine entrepreneur, connector, promoter and facilitator in the innovation, research and education sectors. Experienced in strategic development, partnership building, interdisciplinary events management, brand promotion, intercultural bridge building with a focus on Asia, management of a start-up like structure, team leadership and training as well as scientific research. 

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.

Verena Meine

Verena has a solid background in selling technology, having worked for Dell in the Swiss B2B-market for 3 years. Prior to that, for 6 years, she ensured smooth operations of one of the only social-entrepreneurial orchestra in the world.

Mathieu Menet
Innovation Catalyst

En tant qu'observateur, passionné et catalyseur dans différents domaines - intrapreneuriat, entrepreneuriat, innovation sociale et technologique - je facilite le partage des idées, des expériences et des connaissances permettant la création de projets innovants et le développement de nouveaux business.

Je suis le fondateur de 2mois1job, la 1ère organisation à but non lucratif qui vise à accélérer le retour à l'emploi en développant une expérience fun et efficace de la recherche d'emploi.

J'ai aussi créé Monte'Vation, une nouvelle approche de l'innovation ouverte inspirée par l'éducation Montessori dans le but de favoriser l'innovation au sein des entreprises et des écoles.
Actuellement, je travaille pour le Groupe LEMO ( en tant que responsable de la Task Force Innovation.

Organizing Team

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

  • Alexis
  • Raphael
  • Serge


Alexis Moeckli
Entrepreneur & Startup Evangelist

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