Startup Weekend Zurich

    Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019

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Startup Weekend Zurich

Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019

Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Samsung Electronics Switzerland GmbH
Giesshuebelstrasse 30
Zurich, ZH 8045

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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.

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Friday May 24th

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

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

10:00 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 May 25th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Saturday kick-off
Warm up with Sean Paul and speech from Robert Plantak about founding Crowdhouse

12:00 pm

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

1:30 pm
Optional Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to 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 26th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Sunday kick-off
Energizing warm up with Elodie Caucigh and speech by Patrycja Pielaszek about pitching

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Hand in presentation
Hand in final presentation, clear your workspace and use the time to practice your pitch

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Patrycja Pielaszek

Following her digital heart with a social spirit to ever-new development, Patrycja is living her motto: Nothing changes if nothing changes. As Chief Communications Officer, she has developed digitization strategies for companies for years and successfully implemented corresponding innovation processes. Since 2017, she has been following the accelerated pulse of digitalization independently, helping start-ups and entrepreneurs to use innovation and change processes to their advantage by developing strategies that are often unconventional but always purposeful.

Robert Plantak
Founder, CEO & Member of the board

Robert has over 10 years of experience in the real estate business as an entrepreneur. Recognising that whilst real-estate is the biggest asset class in the world, it is mostly non-digital, inefficient, illiquid and intransparent. On a mission to change this, Robert founded together with his co-founder Ardian Gjeloshi, Crowdhouse AG in 2015. Crowdhouse is a digital real-estate ecosystem where you can invest, buy and sell real-estate in Switzerland. The platform has moved over 850M CHF in real-estate transaction volume, has been profitable since year 1, in 2018 made revenue in excess of 20M CHF and has grown to over 130 full-time employees in Zurich.

Elodie Caucigh
Corporate Wellbeing Officer & Founder at REAL LIFE YOGA

"From the corporate world to a sustainable business life." Elodie has a background from the advertising industry. In Yoga she found methods to become more aware of herself and start listening to her body at work. She founded REAL LIFE YOGA to help business professionals feel better and healthier in business and everyday life situations. She has created  effective methods that can easily be done at work without a yoga mat.

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.

Mike Baur
Angel Investor & Founding Partner at Swiss Startup Factory

After having spent 20 successful years in the Swiss private banking sector, Mike started his business angel investments in Swiss tech startups in 2011. Late 2014 he co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF), today’s No1 purely privately financed and independent startup accelerator in Switzerland. In 2016 Mike and his two co-founders have established the Swiss Startup Group (SSUG) as new holding company of SSUF. This group is one of the most active early stage startup investors in Switzerland.

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!

David Bundi
Head RegTech at PwC Legal Switzerland

David has over 12 years professional experience in Legal, Compliance, Technology and Innovation in the banking industry. He worked in Zurich and New York with the largest global Swiss bank and with multiple international private banks in Switzerland. Before joining PwC Legal, he held various Advisory Board positions at RegTech firms and is considered one of the global thought-leaders in RegTech. Last but not least, he is the Co-Head of the Zurich Chapter of the Disruption Disciples movement.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Valérie Vuillerat
Founder Witty Works

Valérie's personal mission is to raise awareness for the significant ROI of diversity and to pass on such support by actively coaching companies to get more inclusive. Besides Witty Works, Valérie also co-founded a number of other ventures. She is a regular public speaker at conferences on topics like women in tech, user experience design and the digital world.

Jürg Stuker
Senior Principal Consultant at Namics

Techie with tons of respect for creative people, interested in unconventional solutions and always curious. Aside that consultant at Namics. Mentor at Kickstart Accelerator, advisor at OnlineDoctor AG and member of the board at simedis AG, Swisscontent AG and Scope Content AG. Member of the jury at Startfeld Diamant and president of the Technology jury at Best of Swiss Web.

Matthias Alder
Managing Partner at Astina AG

Matthias has been working on the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation for 18 years. As a software developer at a start-up in Zug and later at UBS in Zurich, he gained experience in the implementation of e-business applications. He is co-founder of Astina, which has established several start-ups since 2005. Among them localina, which was taken over by For two years he has been advising a leading Swiss packaging manufacturer on digital transformation.

Carlo Badini
Founder & CEO

Founder and CEO of Cleverclip. Forbes 30 under 30 Switzerland.
Cleverclip helps companies getting their ideas across in a meaningful and lasting way by by producing explainer videos, infographics and fully animated presentations.
Carlo is interested in a lot of things. Among others: technology, internet, economics, design, storytelling, psychology, marketing, neurology and rationality. 

Manuel Hartmann

Manuel founded Hartmann Ventures to help startups succeed in sales.
Before that, he built the sales organisation for a Swiss machine-learning startup, led projects and worked for Tesla when its stock price was still $20. He holds a M.A. HSG in Business Innovation.

Julien Lepetit
Director Europe

Julien helps businesses wishing to build trust and grow sales to actually making it happen. With his background in engineering, finance and science, he uses a simple, pragmatic and tangible approach to helping people change their mindset and behaviors. By keeping things simple, he makes sales and business development accessible to all. When he trains and coaches business executives, professionals, and salespeople, there is one objective: boosting their trustworthiness, and tangibly affecting their business relationships.

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.

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.

Rishi Chattopadhyay
Ambassador @ F10 Fintech Incubator&Accelerator

Before picking up a consultant role as a freelancer, Rishi worked as a program manager and finance expert for leading companies in their fields. In banking, he has worked for UBS, Credit Suisse, Coutts and Bank Julius Bär. Subsequently he was put in charge of large-scale change-management and digitization projects at various banks. Following this he became an independent advisor for digital business and finance transformation. Rishi joined F10 as a mentor and subject matter expert. He is on a mission to build and develop the FinTech and WealthTech world to enable client experience and has a passion for solutions.

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.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Daniela
  • Erik
  • Ralph
  • Cindy
  • Philipp
  • Santhiago
  • Anna
  • Tugi
  • Tim
  • Dominique


Sean Paul Shanor
Founder & Coach at Synergy Space

Sean Paul Shanor is a Norwegian American entrepreneur, facilitator,
coach, and speaker with a drive to connect, enable, and inspire
individuals to fuel their passion, build startups, and empower others with the right tools and ecosystem support to succeed. He is a techgeek, jackof-all-digital-analog-trades entrepreneur that has learned how to piece together startups at low cost, high impact, and by facilitating key partnerships to leverage assets any team needs.

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