Startup Weekend Zürich - Spring Edition

    Friday, May 8 - 10, 2015

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Zürich - Spring Edition

Friday, May 8 - 10, 2015

Friday, May 8 - 10, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

ETH Hönggerberg
Building HXE
Einsteinstrasse 4
Zürich, Switzerland 8049

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Startup Weekend Zürich - Spring Edition

Spring has sprung. So is our Startup Weekend Spring Edition!

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 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, the 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 will be English.

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday May 8th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:35 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Speaker: Pascal Mathis
Small ideas can mean big wins

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:40 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

10:45 pm
Location closes

Saturday May 9th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:35 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Speaker: Lean Startup
Learn all the secrets about the Lean business model canvas: a simple & team friendly tool to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

10:45 pm
Location closes

Sunday May 10th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Plan for the day

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

10:00 pm
Go Home!


Pascal Mathis
Industry Manager at Google and Co-founder of GetYourGuide

Pascal Mathis is Industry Manager at Google. He is also co-founder of GetYourGuide. GetYourGuide is the world’s largest booking platform for tours, trips and activities. Founded in 2008 the company has continuously grown its headcount and enjoys amazing growth prospects in a market worth USD 30 billion. Pascal will speak on the topic "Small ideas can mean big wins". 

Jordan McAfoose
Technology Founder & Lean Startup Evangelist

Dr. Jordan McAfoose is an entrepreneur, innovator, a psychologist, neuroscientist and technology founder.
As founder and CEO, Jordan has brought together world-leading experts and C-level executives across various industries to design, develop and bring to market innovative technologies.

Marco Ricca
Europe's first Ethical Hacker & Serial Entrepreneur

Marco is a serial entrepreneur in cyber security. He founded Ilion Security, Europe's first ethical hacking company, which he grew into Switzerland's leading information risk management firm. After selling Ilion in 2008 he subsequently founded Satorys, which he sold in 2012 to Ruag. He holds a MSc in telecommunications engineering from the EPFL.

Event Judges

Dr. Barbara Lang
Managing Director of joba AG

Dr. Barbara Lang is a managing director of joba AG - Corporate Health Made in Switzerland. With her expertise as IBM manager and business consultant, she provides KPI based "Corporate Health" programs. How to shape a corporate culture in todays knowledge-based society so that employees have fun, be engaged, are fit - physically and mentally - and enjoy delivering top performance?

Matthias Hölling
Team Head Foundation Affairs - Technopark Academy Zurich

Matthias is the team lead for foundation affairs of the Technopark Zurich, responsible for the Technopark Academy and the networking, coaching and quality control of the companies in the Technopark.  He received his PhD in electrical engineering of ETH Zurich in 2001.

Fredi Schmidli
Entrepreneur, Business Angel and Managing Partner pragmatic solutions

Fredi Schmidli possesses broad and international executive experience on a management level. As an entrepreneur he is committed with start-ups in the fields of medical engineering and IT, where he has implemented agile in all business processes. Fredi focuses on assisting managements and owners that want to make their entire business faster and better with so called agile management. His passion is to live and promote agile values. He is a Board Member of, the biggest Business Angel Club in Switzerland, and a co-organiser of the Lean Startup Zürich meetup.

Gert Christen
COO, City Innovate Foundation

Gert Christen loves and works the business of innovation. He is the Chief Operating Officer at City Innovate Foundation. An accomplished international expert in building and growing technology businesses, he has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, North- and Latin America. Before returning to California he was the CEO of BlueLion and Startzentrum Zurich, two Swiss startup incubators. He won the Swiss Marketing Trophy for the best national marketing campaign as the founder of “Startupfair”, the largest event for the Swiss startup industry. He also founded the Department of Entrepreneurship at HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration in Zurich, anchoring entrepreneurial education in every bachelor degree program.His experience includes 7 years with Nokia in the USA and Latin America, where he created Nokia’s commercial content business. As Nokia Switzerland’s Rollout Manager, he oversaw two national network rollouts.Prior he was active in Radiofrequency Identification for over 10 years with assignments in Europe and Asia.Mr. Christen earned his M.B.A. at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas, USA, followed by post-graduate courses at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and the Zurich University of Teacher Education.

Coaches and Mentors

Marcus Kuhn

Marcus Kuhn is the founder of Viable Labs an agency that helps founders to turn their ideas into reality. Before Viable Marcus co-founded the tech startup - a smart address book solution - and worked as a product manager for DeinDeal - one of Switzerland's leading ecommerce companies. As an active contributor to the Swiss startup scene he co-organized multiple startup events such as the Lean Startup Factory and the Failcon in Zurich. Marcus himself has participated in a Startup Weekend on wheels (Startupbus) where his team won the competition among 200 people and was able to pitch their idea on stage at Le Web in Paris. Marcus holds a Master's in Strategy and International Management form the University St.Gallen and an MBA (Technology) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Kim Ludvigsen

Kim Ludvigsen studied at the ETH in Zürich and at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He went into Management Consulting, working for Accenture, Apax Partners and Ernst & Young, where he specialised in Corporate Finance and Valuation Methodology.He has co-founded several start-ups, the most successful being Enterprise Communication. Kim has at Ludvigsen consulting ( worked mainly with young technology companies within the IT, Telecoms, Nanotechnology, e-Commerce and Social Communities sectors. He has worked as a CTI-Coach and has also carried out due diligence mandates for Swiss and Scandinavian Venture Capital and Private Equity companies. In the period 2004-2010 he worked for the Business Development and M&A Department of Swiss Post. Today is is CEO of the start-up Interprefy AG, which has developed an Internet-based platform for remote simultane­ous interpreting at conferences and similar events.

Jordan McAfoose
Technology Founder & Lean Startup Evangelist

Dr. Jordan McAfoose is an entrepreneur, innovator, a psychologist, neuroscientist and technology founder.
As founder and CEO, Jordan has brought together world-leading experts and C-level executives across various industries to design, develop and bring to market innovative technologies.

Carlos Morales
Lean Startup Evangelist

Next to his day to day job as a IT Project Manager, Carlos is the co-organiser of the Lean Startup Zurich Meetup. A group of over 1,100 people, interested in the application of lean methodologies in start up and existing companies. Taking the ideas of Eric Ries, Alex Osterwalder, Ash Maurya and others and discussing how we can advance the science in any and every sector and industry. More importantly - meet like minded people and get inspired to put theory into practice!

Chantal Cartier
Head of Hotel Cooperations, Switzerland Tourism

Dynamic and result-driven hospitality professional with a track record achieving and exceeding business growth targets through the creation and execution of sales and marketing strategies and through process optimization.

Andreas Posch
Founder Expert Medien Verlag GmbH

Andreas brings 20+ years of experience in leading marketing and sales positions both in startups as well as in global corporations. Passion for innovation in learning, e-learning, blended learning, lean startup practitioner.

Alex Tschopp
CEO of CEPAX Sustainable Solutions AG

Alexandra Tschopp is CEO of CEPAX Sustainable Solutions AG. Prior to this, she was Co-Founder and Managing Partner of an independent strategic consulting firm, which was set up in 2005. Alexandra spent more than 12 years in leading executive search and consulting firms, focusing on the financial services and renewable energies sectors. She carried out several surveys in the wealth management and family office arena. Currently, the major part of her time is allocated to fund raising projects on behalf of early and late stage venture capital firms and renowned fund management companies. Prior to this, Alexandra was active as a Market Relations Director at a Swiss private equity firm, where she was responsible for the relations with M & A firms, consultancy firms and banks to ensure the deal flow. Alexandra studied law at the University of Zurich and at the London School of Economics.

Dominic Rubas
Founder & CEO rubas Holding GmbH

Dominic has broad experience in leading early stage startups to success and an affinity to use his in-depth technical knowledge to create competitive advantages.

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Techstars Startup Weekend Zurich is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Mouna
  • Timo
  • Thereza
  • Issam
  • Deniz
  • Anja
  • Franziska
  • Ricardo
  • Nicolas


Kathrine Marthinsen
Social entrepreneur

Kathrine is a social entrepreneur and founder of a public health company called Folkelig. She is an active community leader, facilitator and mentor based in Bergen, Norway. 

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