Startup Weekend Zurich

    Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Zurich

Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019

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

Zurich, ZH

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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

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
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

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

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!

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.

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.

Valérie Vuillerat
Partner, Managing Director at Ginetta Web/Mobile

Valérie Vuillerat is the CEO and Partner of Ginetta Gmbh, one of the leading UX studios in Switzerland. 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, the digital world and cycling.

Jürg Stuker

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.

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
  • Antonios
  • Anna
  • Tugi
  • Tim
  • Dominique


Sean Paul
Program Manager at CoPilot Ipark Tech Startup Accelerator, Norway

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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