Startup Weekend Zurich, Food & Hospitality

    Friday, September 8 - 10, 2017

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Startup Weekend Zurich, Food & Hospitality

Friday, September 8 - 10, 2017

Friday, September 8 - 10, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Technoparkstrasse 1
Zürich, Zürich 8005

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Startup Weekend Zurich - Food & Hospitality, September 8th - 10th, 2017

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. This years topic will be FOOD & HOSPITALITY.

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Friday September 8th

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

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

6:30 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

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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

Saturday September 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Speaker 1
Speech on validation

10:00 am
Coach Speeddating
Get to know the coaches

12:30 pm

1:00 pm
Full Speed
Continue working in your groups with the help of your coaches

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 September 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Reto Lämmler from Testing Time

11:00 am
Pitch Training/Presentation
Present your 4 min pitch and get feedback

12:00 pm

1:00 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
Hand in your presentations!

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Reto Lämmler
Co-Founder and CEO of

Test early and often is Reto’s mantra for good Interaction Design. Reto started TestingTime at the beginning of 2013. As CEO, Reto leads the vision and mission of the startup. Prior to TestingTime, Reto worked as Interaction Designer and Usability Consultant with his own 58rocks GmbH. At he gained international startup experience as VP Product Management. He owns a MAS in Interaction Design and a BS in Computer Science.

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.

Event Judges

Coaches and Mentors

Gavrilo Bozovic

I'm an engineer with broad skills and interests, both technical and otherwise. I've started my career as a consultant in medtech, before taking the technical leadership of an interdisciplinary lab handling projects at the crossroads between engineering and design. 5 years ago I started my first company, out of which spun off a second one, Teleport, which went on to be the first Swiss company accelerated by 500 Startups in San Francisco. When not at my job, I advise other startups, cook and read obscure books. 

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. 

Pamela Vazquez
Chief Food Technology Officer at flatev

Nicholls Louis

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

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Zurich, Food & Hospitality team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Timo
  • Daniela
  • Silvan
  • Ewa
  • Erik
  • Melanie
  • Büsra
  • Ralph
  • David

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