FinTech Startup Weekend Zurich

    Friday, October 23 - 25, 2015

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FinTech Startup Weekend Zurich

Friday, October 23 - 25, 2015

Friday, October 23 - 25, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Swiss Start Up Factory AG
Dorfstrasse 27
Zurich, Switzerland 8037

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Startup Weekend : The FinTech Edition

Join us for the 1st FinTech Edition of Startup Weekend Switzerland and create a fintech startup in 54 hours. 

What is FinTech ?
A contraction of "finance" and "technology" - it refers to companies that provide financial services through the engagement of technology. 
Global investment in fintech ventures tripled to $12.21 billion in 2014 (source: Accenture). The digital revolution will reshape the financial industry in a near future. 

What is 
FinTech Startup Weekend ?
A 54-hour event for developers, designers and entrepreneurs to hack on your latest fintech idea. You will be able to present your own concept and form a team around it or join forces with someone else. Over the weekend, you will be putting the foundations of a business case, designing and building a product prototype, testing your assumptions with a potential customers, and, on Sunday night, pitch the results of your weekend's work to a panel of investors and industry titans from across banking, insurance and payments. What's more, over the weekend, you will have access to over ten industry experts and mentors to help you bring your ideas to life. 

Who is it for: 
Anyone with a passion for fintech is welcome! If you've been toying with an idea, but need a final push to make it happen, if you are looking for ways to form a great team, or if you are simply excited to get involved with a fintech startup at its conceptualisation, this weekend is for you. 

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Friday October 23rd

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

6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food and get to know fellow participants

6:45 pm
Introduction, Review agenda for the weekend

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:05 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:15 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 October 24th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work

10:00 am
Speaker Jawad Khoris
"Innovate or Degenerate" Neurosciences unveil the inner workings of disruptive innovation processes. Our expert in neurosciences will present these through the study of a high-tech device that transforms our daily lives.

11:00 am
Speaker Alexandre Gaillard
Talk "Practical aspects of starting a business"

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 October 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

1:30 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
Check-in Jury & Public

4:30 pm
Opening Final Ceremony

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm


Jawad Khoris
Executive Coach and Management Consultant at JKH-Consulting | Independent Expert at CQPNL, Montreal | Neurologist and researcher in neurogenetics

Trainer, coach, consultant and neurologist, founder and director at JKH-Consulting. Dr. Khoris practiced neurology for 20 years and managed several teams and
departments in hospitals and clinics around the globe. With the latest breakthroughs in the field of
neurosciences, he has developed powerful tools to enable behavioural change and to enhance the creativity of individuals. He is also pioneering a new model of leadership. He launched his consulting firm in 2015. He is also Independent Expert and Coach at CQPNL, Montreal.

Alexandre Gaillard
CEO at InvestGlass

Alexandre is the founder and organiser of Swiss Fintech meetups in Geneva. He is CEO and founder of InvestGlass SA - Well known for his go attitude, if you say Fintech he is the right guy!

Event Judges

Holger Spielberg
Managing Director, Head of Innovation at Digital Private Banking Credit Suisse

Holger Spielberg is Managing Director and Head of Innovation at Digital Private Banking Credit Suisse. He has been an Innovation and new venture professional throughout his career, covering business areas like automotive R&D, corporate development, corporate venture capital. Mobile Resource Management, consulting for strategy & innovation, and more recently in leadership positions in digital businesses such as PayPal. Holger Spielberg spent 16 years in Silicon Valley and is shareholder of various start-ups. He currently serves on the Board of Seedmatch and In 2013, Mr. Spielberg was voted in 45 rank of the 100 most influential persons for Internet in Germany. 

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.

Michael Hartweg
Head of Strategic Innovation & Business Intelligence | Founding Partner at Leonteq

After having worked at Commerzbank in Frankfurt and Goldman Sachs in London, Michael Hartweg co-founded EFG Financial Products (2007) which was made public in 2012. Shortly after, the firm was transformed into Leontec, where he is working as Head of Strategic Innovation & Business Intelligence.

Didier Sornette
Professor of Entrepreneurial Risks at ETHZ, Director of the Financial Observatory and Co-Founder of ETH Risk Center

Didier Sornette is professor of Entrepreneurial Risks in the department of Management, Technology and Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), a professor of finance at the Swiss Finance Institute, and is associate member of the department of Physics and of the department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich. He studies the predictability and control of crises and extreme events in complex systems (financial bubbles and crashes, earthquake physics and geophysics, social networks and medicine) towards the diagnostic of systemic instabilities. In 2008, he launched the Financial Crisis Observatory to test the hypothesis that financial bubbles can be diagnosed in real-time and their termination can be predicted probabilistically. Since 2012, his group has developed InnovWiki, an original collaborating platform combined with a prediction market on a wisdom of the crowd approach.

Dirk Wiedmann
Head of Investments & Marketing at Rothschild Bank

In finance for more than 26 years Dirk Wiedmann has held senior positions with several Banks and Brokers in Germany, UK and Switzerland.
Among other roles he designed and started the Active Advisory Team for Swiss Bank Corporation/ UBS which ultimately together with is derivatives was rolled out into 14 countries and employed more than 300 people. It also included the first significant contractural and fee based advisory service in the industry.
Until August this year he was with Rothschild Bank as their Global CIO and Head of Investment and a member of the Executive Committee.
Since September he's started his own business with strategic advisory mandates, an international Asset Management Company and a start- up Investment bank. 

Coaches and Mentors

François Briod
CEO & Co-founder of Tawipay

François Briod is CEO & co-founder of TawiPay and fin tech blogger. He co-founded Direction N’tolo, a non-profit financing micro-credits and scholarships in Cameroon, at the age of eight years old. He holds a Master’s degree in Management of Information Systems from HEC Lausanne. 

Christian König
Digital Consultant for Financial Products / FinTech Expert

Christian is a Swiss and Singapore Fintech Specialist. He consults Fintech companies around the world with his company Finanzpro Ltd. He is specialized in Financial Products, Social Media and Content Marketing. He is a regular Fintech Speaker, a Startupbootcamp Fintech Mentor and a Digital Finance Lecturer.

Hamid Belahsene
International Consultant and Coach | Founder and President at HB Business Corp.

Hamid Belahsene is an international consultant & coach based in North America. During the past 10 years he has advised and has assisted more than 100 project leaders to launch their startups. He developed inventive communication and sales strategies across multiple touch points for leaders in major industries (banking, telecommunications, energy, etc. ). With this expertise, he launched his consulting firm in 2014 to provide training, coaching and to advise companies and government agencies on internationalization, investments, and growth.

Krzysztof Gogol
Founder and CEO of WealthArc Inc.

Chris is President & CEO of WealthArc Group. He studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Warsaw. His career took him to Switzerland, where he worked on the development of financial software and risk management. Using his experience from working in these firms, he identified a need in the market for better solutions for wealth managers beyond simply printing reports and so he started his own business. This is how WealthArc was born.

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.

Nicolas Cepeda
Co-Founder & CTO of Contovista

Nicolas is the co-founder and CTO of Contovista. He is the architect of the Contovista products. Nicolas taught himself to program when he was 11 years old. As a teenager he attended the Olympiad in Informatics for his homeland Argentina as well as for Switzerland. Before founding Contovista, he worked for an investment bank and later as a consultant. He was responsible for the development, migration and implementation of several banking applications. Nicolas holds a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Zurich.

Andrew Hyde
Startup Week Founder @ UP Global

Andrew Hyde was the first employee at Techstars, a mentorship-driven startup incubator, and is the founder of Startup Weekend.

Andrew grew up in Oregon and currently is a fulltime vagabond and minimalist.

He currently volunteers for a colorado dude ranch and is working on his cowboy walk.

Nico Luchsinger
Product Manager at Mila

Nico is the founder and former CEO of Sandbox (today called the Thousand Network), a global community of young entrepreneurial people in 40+ cities around the world. He is currently responsible for product strategy at Mila, a Swiss startup building a marketplace for local tech support and other services. He also regularly advises companies on digital transformation.

Pierre-Edouard Wahl
Expert Blockchain

Pierre is an expert in decentralized consensus ledgers and leads blockchain research at Credit Suisse. He has a natural curiosity for frontier technologies, such as IoT (internet of things) and AI (artificial intelligence), that have the potential to unlock new markets, create new business models, create new reference points, and prepare for the future of banking.

Oliver Flueckiger
Entrepreneur and Lecturer

Oliver was the CEO and Co-Founder of Rayneer, a Zurich based media startup. As a consultant, he coached several online startups. Oliver holds a Master's degree in business administration and works as lecturer for entrepreneurship and management at the University of Zurich.

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.

Alexandre Gaillard
CEO at InvestGlass

Alexandre is the founder and organiser of Swiss Fintech meetups in Geneva. He is CEO and founder of InvestGlass SA - Well known for his go attitude, if you say Fintech he is the right guy!

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