Startup Weekend Zurich

    Friday, November 2 - 4, 2018

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
Buy Tickets

Event Alerts and Updates

Get the latest on Techstars Startup Weekend, Zurich, and other local events through Techstars Startup Digest.

Oops! Double-check that email address.

Startup Weekend Zurich

Friday, November 2 - 4, 2018

Friday, November 2 - 4, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Luegislandstrasse 105
Zürich, ZH 8051

Buy Tickets

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?

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.

You don't have an idea to work on?

Perfect! Startup Weekend is the place to look for an idea and team to work together. We need people like you who want to work within a team and learn in the process.

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:

  • 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!

Still have questions? - Feel free to reach us at

No talk, all action!

Related Events

Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend

See what it's all about

Learn More


Friday November 2nd

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in Mingle, eat and drink

7:00 pm
Event starts

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

9:45 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 November 3rd

8:15 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Sebastian Gebhardi

10:15 am
Coaching Session

12:15 pm

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

3:00 pm
Coaching Session 2
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:00 pm

6:00 pm

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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 4th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

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
Hand in presentations

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

10:00 pm
Hug, Celebrate, say Good Bye


Sebastian Gebhardi
Co-Founder & CEO of Digital Commerce Group

Armed with a hefty arsenal of marketing experience from a cluster of successful ventures (and a scattering of not-so-successful ones, because learning from mistakes puts hairs on your chest), Sebastian co-founded the Digital Commerce Group, enabling brands to reach their maximum potential by using a slew of creative methods that get results. He specialises in catching the wave of future trends early, so he and his clients, collaborators and companions are primed and ready to surf the crest as it breaks into the mainstream.

Event Judges

Jana Nevrlka
Founder/CEO Cofounding

With one successful and one failed cofounding experience behind her, Jana Nevrlka has spent the past 5 years learning what’s required to build better business partnerships – and applying that knowledge to helping cofounders across Europe build successful and lasting businesses. Combining her legal and business background with her entrepreneurial experience, Jana writes and speaks extensively on the subject and organizes a knowledge-sharing platform called the Swiss Startups Club.

Pascal Miserez
Founder/CEO Evitive

Pascal is a passionate entrepreneur and advisor to corporates, startups and innovation industry players. He is a Senior Partner with evitive ag, an advisory boutique and service provider specializing in strategy, innovation and corporate venturing. He strongly believes that, in today’s globalized economy, competing well is no longer enough. Smart businesses set the rules and evolve into industry game-changers. Changing the game as their Co_Entrepreneur is Pascal’s mission.

Matthias Frieden
Founder/CEO Go Beyond Bizz

Matthias is an entrepreneur, board member and business angel with 20+ years of experience in start-up financing & coaching, board roles & governance, strategy development, product development, go-to-marketstrategies, price optimization, risk management and journalism.

Edward Turner
Head Open Innovation Six-Group

Originally British and Italian, now also turned Swiss, Edward is passionate about fast growing businesses and has experienced this hands-on first in renewable energy then in FinTech. He is a strong believer that both emotional and functional needs of people must be addressed when wanting to create new value propositions. Currently Edward heads up Open Innovation at SIX focusing on bringing innovation to the Swiss Financial Center through strategic partnerships. In his spare time he invests and advises startups in multiple industries. Edward holds a BA in Economics from the University of Zürich, an MBA from Judge Business School of Cambridge University and is a CFA Charterholder. He has worked for Credit Suisse, Trina Solar, Google and Lykke. Edward loves to sail, run, squash and cook pasta that goes well with red wine…his next “projects” are the marathon in Venice and to get a dog!

Christian Fehrlin
Founder/CEO Deep Impact AG

Christian has been working in the digital world since 1996 and has since realized numerous digital and disruptive projects. With Deep Impact's own Accelerator he drives innovation projects and develops as an example AML / KYC solutions for online identification of customers based on artificial intelligence.

Coaches and Mentors

Louis Nicholls
Co-founder of Gymhopper

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

Kin-Chi Chow
Partner at ProSoccerData

Kin-Chi has been involved and co-founded several startups (education / social / entertainment / sports) and worked as a business consultant in the Energy & Utilities industry.
Currently he is partner at 
ProSoccerData. ProSoccerData is a player development platform for soccer clubs and federations. The platform allows clubs to create their own player-centric database by centralizing all player-related data from different departments.

Luiza Dobre
Founder & CEO of Komed Health

Luiza is a Business leader offering vast experience in strategy, marketing and business development. She has a passion for healthcare, technology and innovation.

Philippe Sahli
Vice-President of Finance at Beekeeper

As Vice President of Finance at Beekeeper, Philippe ensures that Finance contributes to the company’s vision of connecting the 2 billion non-desk workers with the Beekeeper technology. Under Philippe’s leadership, Beekeeper has been able to raise additional funds and further expand globally resulting in a stronger market position. Prior to Beekeeper, Philippe held various positions in Consulting, Strategy and Finance at Ernst&Young, Credit Suisse and UBS. 

Andreas Goeldi
Technology Entrepreneur

Andreas is a serial entrepreneur and Internet technologist with a passion for video and digital media. He co-founded several successful startups in interactive marketing services, social media analytics, video advertising and online content. Andreas built startups in both Europe and the United States, where he spent the last 12 years. He has experience in startup strategy, product management, raising angel and venture capital, as well as data science and building technical teams.

Kathrin Puhan
Founder of you advance gmbh

Kathrin acts as an expert at Kickstart Accelerator, invests in (female) startups and just found a new opportunity to apply all her skills: financing, developing and selling a 6-party-building in Zurich dedicated to families. With 20 years of experience in the finance, software and product management area, she looks forward to supporting ideas shapers in business modelling, customer experience and validation.

Johannes Kern
Founding partner at cofoundme

Johannes is a founding partner of, 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.

Minh-Luc Pham
Global Projects Director chez Resense Spa S.A.

Minh is a trained architect passionate about design processes. He also completes his knowledge with an MBA at the University of St-Gallen and wrote a thesis on innovation models. He now consults various companies ranging from a fashion company in Vietnam to small architectural practices in Switzerland.

Lydia Bronze Yampolsky
Global Marketing Strategy Analyst at Sloggi

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.

Sebastian Gebhardi
Co-Founder & CEO of Digital Commerce Group

Armed with a hefty arsenal of marketing experience from a cluster of successful ventures (and a scattering of not-so-successful ones, because learning from mistakes puts hairs on your chest), Sebastian co-founded the Digital Commerce Group, enabling brands to reach their maximum potential by using a slew of creative methods that get results. He specialises in catching the wave of future trends early, so he and his clients, collaborators and companions are primed and ready to surf the crest as it breaks into the mainstream.

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.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors



Food & Drinks

Organizing Team

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

  • Ralph
  • Daniela
  • Philipp
  • Dominique
  • Erik
  • Büsra
  • Cindy


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

Event Staff

Santhiago Vieira


Antonios Kouris


Olaf Zieger


Silvan Haefeli


Event Blog

See Full Blog

We haven't written any posts yet. Stay tuned!