Startup Weekend Zurich Food & Social Innovation 11/17

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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Startup Weekend Zurich Food & Social Innovation 11/17

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Albisriederstrasse 199
Zürich, Switzerland 8047

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Startup Weekend Zurich, Food & Social Innovation November 10th - 12th, 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. However any idea loosely related to the topic is welcome!

Even if your goal is not to build your own startup, come and learn from entrepreneurs, listen to motivational and exciting talks, have great food, meet new people, discover a talent, and even win great prices!

The winning team this year will win 5 days of coaching/mentoring by Finance-Force to bring your startup to the next level.

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Friday November 10th

6:00 pm
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
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
Finito for the day

Saturday November 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Speaker 1
Lydia Bronze: How she mastered validation

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:55 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Speaker 2
Reto Lämmler: How he built up his own successful business "Testing Time"

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

12:00 pm

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
Deadline to submit your final pitches to

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
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!

8:30 pm

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


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 Yampolsky
Marketing and Sales Operations Strategist at Linie7

As a marketing strategist, Lydia takes the end customer’s product requirements, success stories, wishes and demands, and interpret it into a marketing strategy. She sees her role very much as that of a change agent. Lydia has a deep understanding of how the collaboration of marketing and technology impacts expansion of global interests. This is how she assists in building and enhancing diverse and vital customer capabilities and scalable and low-cost alternatives 
for revenue growth.

Event Judges

Patrick Honauer
Co-founder at Bachser Märt and Hotel Jakob Rapperswil

Patrick Honauer is a multiple entrepreneur in the food industry. He is co-founder of Bachser Märt, Hotel Jakob Rapperswil. Patrick is involved in several social organizations. 

Diraj Dass
Founder of Finance-Force AG

Diraj setup his first business at the age of 19 in England whilst training to be an accountant, and spent the next years working in senior finance positions internationally, learning the ins and outs of business.  At the age of 29 he founded Swiss based Finance-Force AG, supporting corporations in areas of financial management, board advisory and corporate finance.  Fast forward seven years later to today, he serves as the Managing Partner of the firm, and is an investor/CFO in a wide portfolio of companies. His passion is to work with entrepreneurs via his incubator program, taking the wantrepeneur to entrepreneur, not just by offering the required capital, but by throwing his own know-how and time into the project, as well as the resources of his back office, partners and network.

Coaches and Mentors

Stephanie Tauber Gomez
PR, Communication & Sustainability at UrbanFarmers AG

As the Urban Farmers (UF) Experience Project Manager Stephanie works on the paradigm shift of the supposed antagonism between rural and urban lifestyle to position UF as an alternative food production system, which stands for access, through indulgence, health and community. By translating UF's vision she develops new revenue streams with the existing core business of farming fish and vegetables within the city and positions UF as a world leading urban farming company by driving a highly competitive product & service offerings on the farms. She's worked in think thanks and innovation agencies always focused on turning big ideas into reality. Passionate about breaking up with industry norms and to wind up defining entirely new industries! 

Edouard Appenzeller
Chief Innovation Manager at Bischofszell Food Innovation

Ed is a hands-on, experienced specialist in development, production, technical services, safety, sustainability, quality, standards, HACCP, flavours, extracts, fruit products, drinks and convenience food. 2016 he established Bischofszell Food Innovation at Technopark Zürich. The team is discovering newly emerging trends, new product concepts, new technologies, and opportunities in social media and digitalization. The resulting concepts are brought to market success by Bischofszell Food Ltd. He would like to support your Idea and share his experience with you.

Pamela Vazquez Gutierrez
Chief Food Technology Officer at flatev

Pamela joined Flatev as Chief Food Technology Officer after completing her PhD at ETH Zurich in Life Science / Biotechnology. Flatev is a Personal Baking System which let's users prepare their own tortillas, roti, flatbreads and more.

Christof Rauber
Entrepreneur Secret Dinner | Lunchclub | Dinner im Grünen

Christof Rauber is a multiple entrepreneur in the food industry. Among others he is involved in Secret Dinner and Lunchclub food delivery. 
After graduating in Business at the University of St Gallen he first worked for Procter and Gamble.

Louis Nicholls
Co-founder of Gymhopper

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

Minh-Luc Pham
Special Projects Executive at Resense Spa S.A.

Minh-Luc Pham works as Special Projects Executive at Resense Spa S.A.

Flurin Jenal
Co-founder of Struckd

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 Struckd, 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.

Christoph Bacher
Business consultant eXcellence

Christoph is business consultant in the eXcellence Team at Migros-Industry, the internal consulting of Migros-Industry. He has experience in transforming ideas into concrete and convincing new business model concepts and is familiar with the challenges in the industry of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). Christoph conducts seminars on the topic “Design Thinking” and “Business Model Innovation” where he pushes innovation teams to use their collaborative knowledge and to think outside the box.

Martin Lehler

Martin is a Co-Founder of one of the worlds leading homebrew-kits and e-commerce beverage flavours companies. The company was nominated for the German Entrepreneur Award in 2015. He is a foodie and plans his trips where he gets the best food. For him, the best food comes where the food is made with love and passion. Besides that, he also supports companies as a Business Angel. 

Working since 2 years in an investment company for food and beverage concepts, he enjoys to see brands growing and likes to support other people with great ideas.

Daiana Cocora
Digital Marketing Consultant

Digital Marketing
Consultant | Entrepreneur | Startups Mentor 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, Data Analyses, and Affiliate Marketing, Social
Media Marketing, online & offline B2C and
B2B campaigns.I am also Co-organizer of the Swiss Startup Club Zurich.
Let’s create great businesses during the Startup weekend 2017!

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Organizing Team

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

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

Event Staff

David Andersen

David is a Startup Weekend Veteran. He started organising Startup Weekends back in 2012. Shortly after, he travelled around europe to participate in Startup Weekends and has been a Global Facilitator at the organisation since 2013. David owns a tech & design company called “Bagvendt” together with two friends. They help clients with building prototypes in order to take an idea to the final product. What you will experience this weekend is basically what they do on a daily basis in their company.

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