Startup Weekend Zurich - Spring Edition 2017

    Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Zurich - Spring Edition 2017

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017



Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Universität Zürich
Olivenhalle - AFL-E-070
Affolternstrasse 56
Zürich, ZH 8050

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

Your dream does not exist, you must create it!
  • You have a startup idea and are looking for talented team members?
  • You've got talent and want to contribute to implement an idea?
  • You want to learn how an idea turns into a business model?
Come start a company, learn something new, test your developer skills, maybe meet your future co-founder – either way you’ll have the most fun you’ve ever had! Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend.  It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet like minded people and potential co-founders, build the community in Zürich and launch your next startup!

Zürich Startup Weekend (SWZurich) follows a basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch a startup idea and receive feedback from peers. Teams organically form around top ideas, as determined by popular vote. Each team has 54 hours to create a business model, code, design, and determine market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations of top ideas to entrepreneurial leaders.

At the Startup Weekend Zurich you can meet participants from all fields. During the weekend you will develop your ideas into business models. You will have access to inspiring coaches and top-notch startup experts who will support you. In the end you will present your business models to the jury, who will give you feedback and choose the best business models. 

Included in the event price are all presentations, food and all drinks. In addition all participants will receive an attractive package of vouchers and services which are useful for every startup. Event language is English.

Questions: Contact us at zurich@startupweekend.ch




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 19th


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


6:05 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
What is Startup Weekend and why are we here?


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Pitch-Fire Session for those with ideas.


8:15 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top ideas.


8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas.


9:00 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


11:55 pm
Wrap-up
Finished for the day

Saturday May 20th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Presentation: Lean Startup Introduction
Lydia Bronze Yampolsky Topic: Lean Startup & Business Model Validation


10:45 am
Presentation
Jeremy Chatelaine Key lessons and takeaways from a successful solo entrepreneur. Learn in 30 minutes, what he missed for 16 years trying to start a business


12:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


4:00 pm
Hit the Streets & Validate!
A great time to leave the building and validate with real humans!


6:30 pm
Dinner


11:55 pm
Wrap-Up
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here!

Sunday May 21st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Pre-Pitch
Pre-pitch practice for final presentations. Get feedback on your MVP presentation and improve for the final pitches!


12:00 pm
Lunch


4:00 pm
Deadline!
Deadline to submit your final pitches to zurich@startupweekend.ch


4:05 pm
Cleaning Team ready
We're all part of the cleaning team, empty out work areas, tables and chairs removed, posters off the walls. Waste into bins. THANK YOU


5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Let the games begin! Short final round kick-off and then it's a pitch storm session! This is why you came here!


7:30 pm
Dinner
Relax, mingle, and enjoy some dinner while the judges deliberate. You've earned it!


8:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Winners announced and awesome feelings of accomplishment!


9:00 pm
Group Pics, Hugs, and Good-byes
This is the hard part. No one wants to leave but all good things must come to an end.


10:00 pm
Go Home!
But the startup community will continue to be active!



Speakers


Lydia Bronze

As a marketing strategist, I take the end customer’s product requirements, success stories, 
wishes and demands, and interpret it into a marketing strategy. I see my role very much
as that of a change agent. I have a deep understanding of how the collaboration of marketing
and technology impacts expansion of global interests. This is how I assist in building and 
enhancing diverse and vital customer capabilities and scalable and low-cost alternatives 
for revenue growth. 

My passion is to help entrepreneurs with a vision make a difference--one that is both 
profitable and creative--through strategic and unique implementations of that vision.


Jeremy Chatelaine
Founder

Jeremy Chatelaine is a self made entrepreneur who bootstrapped his SaaS company to $70k revenues/month in 3 years with only 1 support employee from the Philippines.

He regularly coaches other entrepreneurs on the best and fastest way to get to a profitable company without having any idea, nor money.

Event Judges


Mike Baur
Angel Investor | Strategic Advisor | Founding Partner & Chairman of the Board at Swiss Startup Factory

Mike spent almost 20 years in Swiss Private Banking and made his way up from a commercial apprentice at UBS to an executive board member of a large Swiss Private Bank. In 2014 at the age of 39, Mike started his entrepreneurial journey and founded together with his two partner the Swiss Start up Factory which is the No1 independent and privately financed early stage ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland. Mike invests a lot of time in the Swiss youth entrepreneurship and supports various Swiss Startups both financially and as a mentor. He is also Co-Founder and Director of the Swiss Startup Association. Mike holds a MBA from University of Rochester New York as well as an Executive MBA from University of Berne.




Coaches and Mentors


Lydia Bronze

As a marketing strategist, I take the end customer’s product requirements, success stories, 
wishes and demands, and interpret it into a marketing strategy. I see my role very much
as that of a change agent. I have a deep understanding of how the collaboration of marketing
and technology impacts expansion of global interests. This is how I assist in building and 
enhancing diverse and vital customer capabilities and scalable and low-cost alternatives 
for revenue growth. 

My passion is to help entrepreneurs with a vision make a difference--one that is both 
profitable and creative--through strategic and unique implementations of that vision.


Luisa Dobre
Founder & CEO

Business leader offering vast experience in strategy, marketing and business development. Passion for healthcare, technology and innovation.


Bilge Apak
Co-founder

Bilge Apak, is the co-founder of WeWent.com, global marketing tech and e-commerce expert at Mondelez, team building enthusiast, AIESEC Alumni and women rights advocate.


Aleksandra Potrykus-Majewska
Co-founder

Aleksandra Potrykus-Majewska is Co-Founder @ WeWent, a platform that makes this task easier for many HR officers and event organizers. The platform can also be used for events with friends. Aleksandra has proved that entrepreneurship doesn't have to be exclusive. She loves her corporate jobs, while at the same time working to build her very own company!


Rodrigo Haenggi
designer, software writer, business owner

Rodrigo is a designer, software writer, business owner and bookworm from Basel.
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He designs and builds products that get the job done at Codegestalt and teaches the practical aspects about design and programming at Master​21.academy.
He’s on the board of directors at ProgrammZeitung Verlags AG.


Melanie Kovacs

Melanie is passionate about connecting the dots, especially, for people in entrepreneurship and user experience.After organising some Startup Weekends in Zurich, she realised that there was a lack of women leaders. To change this, she co-founded Aspire. At Ginetta, she is helping the team & clients to create fast, simple & beautiful websites. On the side, she is studying Human Computer Interaction Design. Besides that, she enjoys yoga, a good meal and reading books.


Oliver Gessl


After years in banking and private equity, Oliver has co-founded and advised companies across industries (fintech, robotics, personal assistance, food, biotech). 
With their network of Investors and market experts he and his team focuses on incubating and accelerating true growth companies.


Flurin Jenal
co-founder

With a passion for gaming Flurin studied MA in Game Design and directly founded a gaming company afterwards. Today he's the co-founder of one of the fastest growing gaming startups in Switzerland. He loves to learn new things about the market while simultaneously scaling the product further into that market every day.


Nicholls Louis
Co-founder

Louis cofounded Gymhopper, where he lead the marketing, product and international growth teams.


Johannes Kern
founding partner

Johannes is a founding partner of cofoundme.org, Europe's leading startup platform. He is currently finishing his Master in Business Management at the University of St. Gallen. At cofoundme, Johannes builds bridges between the worlds of engineering and business. He has a keen interest in anything data-science related and works on the application of big data topics on everyday business cases. 
Having studied in Peru and South Africa, Johannes has the international background necessary to effectively work and manage intercultural teams. Johannes is a specialist in startup-teaming and has an extensive network within Switzerland's startup community. Last but not least he is a big fan of rapid prototyping and knows the tools and tricks to create a prototype very quickly.


Daiana Cocora
Digital Marketing Consultant

Passionate about marketing and digital transformation, I am helping businesses to become visible and successful in the “digital days”.
My expertise is in Digital Strategy, Content Marketing, SEO, Google AdWords, Google Analytics, online, ATL & BTL campaigns and Affiliate Marketing. 


Jeremy Chatelaine
Founder

Jeremy Chatelaine is a self made entrepreneur who bootstrapped his SaaS company to $70k revenues/month in 3 years with only 1 support employee from the Philippines.

He regularly coaches other entrepreneurs on the best and fastest way to get to a profitable company without having any idea, nor money.


Frank Mertens
EMEA Group Marketing Director, Groupon International

My name is Frank Mertens and I have over 20 years experience building and leading marketing communications teams on local, regional and international businesses. During this time, I have led the marketing & brand agenda for some of the world's most iconic Brands. 


Helen Gillholm
Accelerator and Mentorship program manager

Helen lives by the motto “we need to grasp opportunities to create our future”. She is the program manager for AMPlify Aspire 'Accelerator and Mentorship program' and has been part of the Aspire team since the beginning of 2014. Grab Helen during the coaching session if you want to strengthen your value proposition, your story / pitch and/or if you just want to have honest realtime feedback on your idea.


Stijn Pieper
Co-founder and CTO of Advanon

Being originally from the Netherlands, Stijn gained experience in Web Development and IT at the ING bank, the Dutch National Bank and Google. He holds a MSc. (honors) in Systems Engineering from the Delft University of Technology and ETH Zürich. He and his Advanon team are passionately building the new alternative for invoice financing: Advanon. Recently Advanon won the Swisscom Start-up challenge, the Working Capital Management Award and was the second best newcomer in the top 100 Swiss start-ups. Having a growth-rate of 20-40% per month, Advanon is one of the fastest growing start-ups in Switzerland.


Eric Postler
Innovationmanager at KPT insurance

I`m the Lead Innovationmanager at KPT insurance and organizer of Lean Startup Zurch and Lean Startup Berne. I`m passionate about sales, investment, innovation and entrepreneurship. Besides that I`m a table tennis player.


Niklaus Brühlmann
Country Director Switzerland Knip

Niklaus is responsible for realizing Knip’s strategy in Switzerland. He leads customer service, operations as well as insurance partnerships. Niklaus studied business administration at the University of Zurich as well as in Tsighua and Fudan in China. Before joining Knip in 2015, he worked in corporate development and management consulting.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Zurich - Spring Edition 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

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    Hahn
  • Gero
    Kühne
  • Bin
    Zhao
  • Ewa
    Zerebiec
  • Daniela
    Buser
  • David
    Libby

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