Startup Weekend Zurich

    Friday, May 25 - 27, 2018

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Startup Weekend Zurich

Friday, May 25 - 27, 2018

Friday, May 25 - 27, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Hardturmstrasse 161
Zurich, Switzerland 8005

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From the idea to a startup 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?

Startup Weekend Zurich 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 can pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote for the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come alone or with friends, 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 (minimum viable product), that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You should not have worked previously on your idea.

Startup Weekend Zurich is a full weekend long experience. 

With your ticket you get:
  • One-on-one sessions with experienced coaches
  • Insightful inputs from great speakers 
  • A new network of and a great time with inspiring people like you, eager to change the world
  • All delicious meals and drinks (incl. coffee and beer) over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our partners
Watch the video below to see what you can expect.

Do you feel inspired? - Don’t wait any longer, join the Startup Weekend movement and click the “Buy Tickets” button now!
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Friday May 25th

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

6:45 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

9:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:50 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 May 26th

8:15 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am

10:00 am
Coaching Session

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coaching Session Round 2

5:00 pm
Quick check-in, status reports, call for 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 May 27th

8:15 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Speaker 2

10:30 am
Pitch Training

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
Clean Venue

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:45 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Hug, celebrate and relax

Event Judges

Andreas Widmer
Co-Founder at Westhive

Andreas is co-founder of the coworking and innovation ecosystem Westhive. He formed the Y&R Group in 2007 from the brands Advico Young & Rubicam, Futurecom, Wunderman and Allaccess, and has successfully led them as CEO for the last ten years. Prior to that, he was CEO of the agency Futurecom Interactive for ten years, which he founded in 1996, and since 2003 also CEO of Wunderman Switzerland. Andreas is one of the most distinguished minds in the Swiss marketing and communications industry. 

Mike Baur
Angel Investor & Founding Partner 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 supports various Swiss Startups both financially and as a mentor.

Coaches and Mentors

Thomas Dübendorfer
President at Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC)

Among top 100 digital shapers of Switzerland 2016. Co-founder and president of Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC). Worked at HP in Silicon Valley, USA and for seven years at Google as tech lead and software engineer. Angel investor with startup exit experience (Spontacts, Contovista). PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zürich with specialisation on Cyber Security, minor in economics.

Jürg Stuker
Partner and board member Namics

Jürg is a techie with tons of respect for creative people, interested in unconventional solutions and always curious. He studied information science at Zurich University, worked in different roles including CEO of Namics for 13 years and as advisor to multiple startups. He is mentor at Kickstart Accelerator, president of the technology Jury of Best of Swiss web and member of the jury of Startfeld Diamant.

Chrysanth Sulzberger
CEO and Co-Founder

Chrysanth gained valuable experience of the special requirements in the clinical environment when working as a consultant and manager of imaging management projects in hospitals for years. He built a solid and diverse informatics knowledge as an IT security consultant in a medium-sized company. Along with his master’s degree in Information Technology in Healthcare, Chrysanth brings new ideas, methods and plenty of motivation.

Tatjana de Kerros
Startup Portolio Lead at RicoLab

Tatjana is an Corporate entrepreneurship & venturing expert, investor and Venture Builder, leading the venture-building and innovation activities at the Ricolab Innovation Lab. She is an investor with SICTIC, Investiere, and Saudi Business Angels and on the Advisory Board of Lish and Startups House. She is specifically passionate about startups in fintech, health tech, SaaS, EaaS, machine learning, blockchain and B2C. She also leads Switzerland’s first consortium of corporate investors.   

Peter Fröhlich
CEO and Founder of AgriCircle

Peter is CEO and co-founder of AgriCircle. He is an agribusiness and precision farming expert highly engaged with stakeholder and innovation leaders in the agro-industry and is bringing together talented people to grow the vision and mission of AgriCircle. Before founding AgriCircle, Peter worked at Syngenta and was responsible for a several product categories in EAME (Europe, Africa & Middle East and Eastern Europe). Peter studied Agronomy and holds an MBA of the University of St. Gallen

Leo Davesne
Scrum Master & Agile/Lean Coach at Liip

Léo rides at the crossroads of humankind and technology and he acts every day so that we, humans, create things that serve us (and not that enslave us!). He is a Startup Weekend aficionado, be prepared to be challenged (and to challenge him, he likes it!)! Nowadays he serves at Liip, an holacratic company where he expresses his passion for people and greatness. He produces a renowned podcast in French about the complex world we live in. Besides that, he would like to become a power nap expert.

Gavrilo Bozovic
Entrepreneur, CEO, engineer by training, chef by passion

Gavrilo helps large companies be innovative, and I help small companies be. Within multinational companies. He helps set up intrapreneurship programs and interdisciplinary innovation teams. He also uses his experience as a start-up CEO and 500 Startups alum to coach startups on the path to growth.

Jeremy Chatelaine
Founder at

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.

Shalini Trefzer
Head, Business Development EU for Canvass Analytics

Shalini has a background of building game-changing products like CRS-1®, the world's first terabit router by Cisco Systems, where she was the engineering program manager. Now, Shalini advises artificial intelligence start ups who apply AI to solve pressing problems of the future. Currently, she serves as head of business development EU for one of Canada’s top AI companies, in Industrie 4.0. She is passionate about technologies aiding humanity and our planet. She lives near Basel with her family. 

Philipp Winteler
Co-Managing Director at Venturelab

Philipp Winteler is Co-Managing Director at Venturelab Ltd. He was co-owner of a high-tech start-up and is responsible for the new Innosuisse Start-up Training, which Venturelab carries out on behalf of the federal government at national level. Philipp studied economics at the University of Zurich and attended courses for young companies at that time.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

Techstars Startup Weekend Zurich is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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