Startup Weekend Zurich - Spring Edition 2016

    Friday, May 6 - 8, 2016

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Zurich - Spring Edition 2016

Friday, May 6 - 8, 2016

Friday, May 6 - 8, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Samsung Electronics Switzerland GmbH
Giesshübelstrasse 30
Zurich, Switzerland 8045

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No Talk, All Action. Launch a Start-up in one weekend.

Your dream does not exist, you must create it!
  • You have an idea and are looking for talented team members?
  • You've got talent and want to contribute to implement an idea?
  • You want to learn how an idea turns into a business model?
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 like minded people and 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, 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 is English.

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Monday May 2nd

6:00 pm
Optional Pre-Event: Pitch Training
SW Pre-Event: work on your HAMMER pitch! On Friday you will have 60 seconds to present your business idea to everyone else. Prepare and practice with us. more info:

Friday May 6th

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

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

6:30 pm
What is Startup Weekend and why are we here?

7:30 pm
Pitches & Team Formation
Pitch-Fire Session for those with ideas; voting to select top ideas for the weekend; and team formation.

9:30 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

11:55 pm
Finished for the day.

Saturday May 7th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:45 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

9:30 am
Peter Sonderegger: Value Propositions & Business Models

10:00 am
Armin Kühne: E-Commerce Pitfalls 101

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Speed-Dating
Meet the coaches, who's most valuable for you? Who can help you most? Talk, share, choose. But again 60 seconds per meeting.

1:30 pm
Coach Meeting 1
Mentors help teams one-on-one in various areas of expertise.

2:00 pm
Coach Meeting 2
Mentors help teams one-on-one in various areas of expertise

4:00 pm
Hit the Streets & Validate!
A great time to leave the building and validate with real humans!

6:30 pm

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

11:55 pm
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here!

Sunday May 8th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, pre-pitch practice for final presentations also takes place.

12:00 pm
Grab food, keep working, and make it happen!

4:05 pm
Cleaning Team ready
We're all part of the cleaning team, empty out work areas, tables and chairs removed, posters off the walls. Waste into bins. THANK YOU

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Let the games begin! Short final round kick-off and then it's a pitch storm session! This is why you came here!

7:30 pm
Relax, mingle, and enjoy some dinner while the judges deliberate. You've earned it!

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Winners announced and awesome feelings of accomplishment!

9:00 pm
Group Pics, Hugs, and Good-byes
This is the hard part. No one wants to leave but all good things must come to an end.

9:30 pm
Go Home!
But the startup community will continue to be active!


Peter Sonderegger
Co-Founder Strategyzer

Peter joined Alexander Osterwalder and Alan Smith as a Co-founder of Strategyzer. Their aim is to turn every business practitioner into a tool user. With their first tool the Business Model Canvas and the new Value Proposition Canvas they are getting closer to this goal.

Armin Kühne
Associate at McDermott Will & Emery

Dr. Armin Kühne focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and competition law. He represents clients in patent and trademark proceedings and advises clients in competition law and distribution law matters.

Event Judges

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.

Christian Reiter
Entrepreneur | Co-Founder of Bitspin | Co-Founder of Panamove

Christian studied computer science at ETH Zurich and founded multiple companies. One of them was sold to Google and with his new startups he follows the guideline "It either flies or dies", focusing on strong, scalable models but does not shy away from going deep into a topic to understand it very well.

Daniel Abebe
Open Innovation Developer

Daniel is an Open Innovation Developer @Swisscom. As such he develops innovative products and services with startups. In the past he worked as Online Marketing Consultant for national and international companies. What you can't find in his LinkedIn profile: He loves playing basketball, dreams of a world without YouTube advertisements, and has a love/hate relationship with Kanye West.

Coaches and Mentors

Matthias Dörner
Founder and CEO

Matthias is the co-founder and janitor at wydr. Disrupting the art world and changing how users interact with art.
wydr is a Startup Weekend alum and winner of the Winter Edition 2014.

Thomas Kupferschmied
Brandarchitect & Designer

how to create an effective corporate design, construct your own, individual brand and, in so doing, provide you with a unique market presence and an unmistakable brand recognition, with which you can position yourself firmly in the market. 

Armin Kühne
Associate at McDermott Will & Emery

Dr. Armin Kühne focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and competition law. He represents clients in patent and trademark proceedings and advises clients in competition law and distribution law matters.

Bernhard Suter
Software Engineer at Google

Bernhard has 20 years of experience in product development for high-budget enterprise and infrastructure solutions, including telecom equipment, finance or digital advertising.

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.

Sebastian Wagner
Quantitativer Analyst

Sebastian was core member of former startup Entelios AG. The company is changing how the world is using energy by integrating Demand Side into energy markets.
Entelios belongs to world’s 50 most innovative companies regarding to MIT Technology Review.

Svea Meier
Startup & Open Innovation Manager at Axa Winterthur

Svea is passionate about great ideas and inspiring people – and getting shit done. As Startup & Open Innovation Manager at Axa Winterthur she screens Startups, evaluates ideas and boosts Pilot Projects until they are ready for implementation.

With a MSc in Entrepreneurship and a wide experience in working in and with Startups and Developing Countries she is keen to find and make a use of opportunities.

Maebellyne Ventura
Digital Marketing Manager at Experis and Founder of Clever Biscuit

Maebellyne is a digital marketer at Wealthport, a tech startup offering data integration as a service. She is also a co-founder of Clever Biscuit, a web application development startup tackling challenges in personal finance, recruitment and international SEO. Having started out her career as a psychologist, Maebellyne now spends her time exploring the intersections of human behavior and the online world. She is interested in subjects such as search engine marketing, analytics, online community development,data science, entrepreneurship and female leadership.

David Butler
Director - Startup Grind Switzerland

David Butler has worked in Information Technology since 1999, connecting the worlds of business and technology while combining Product Development and Technical Implementation. David has a knack for problem diagnosing & solving, and translating the needs of the market and clients into new features, refinements and products. 

As a serial networker and social media aficionado, his love for testing beta versions of new products coming out of Zurich’s many startups and strong social presence, has made him a sought-after advisor in many industries.

Dorian Selz
co-founder and CEO of Squirro

Dr. Dorian Selz is co-founder and CEO of Squirro. Before that he founded the Swiss search platform and made it the market leader in four years. Previously he was a partner and COO at Namics, the largest e-business consultancy in Switzerland & Germany. He holds a PhD from the University of St. Gallen and a Master in Economics form the University of Geneva.

Cristina Riesen
Co-founder and CEO at Seedspace

Former General Manager for Evernote in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cristina Riesen is a global entrepreneur and start-up coach. With more than 10 years of experience in international communications and entrepreneurship, she is an EMScom graduate and a design thinking professional with a passion for technology and design. The Swiss economic magazine Bilanz has included her in the Top 100 Swiss leaders in 2015. 

Stijn Pieper
Co-founder and CTO of Advanon

Being originally from the Netherlands, Stijn gained experience in Web Development and IT at the ING bank, the Dutch National Bank and Google. He holds a MSc. (honors) in Systems Engineering from the Delft University of Technology and ETH Zürich. He and his Advanon team are passionately building the new alternative for invoice financing: Advanon. Recently Advanon won the Swisscom Start-up challenge, the Working Capital Management Award and was the second best newcomer in the top 100 Swiss start-ups. Having a growth-rate of 20-40% per month, Advanon is one of the fastest growing start-ups in Switzerland.

Nicolas Egger
COO at poinz

Nicolas helped to grow the loyalty start up poinz from scratch to its almost 200'000 users and market leader position in Switzerland.
Before getting involved with startups, Nicolas worked for banks and traded volatility and options for a hedge fund in Zug. With a focus on sales strategies, execution, marketing and business development he loves to work with great people on fascinating ideas. 

Can Olcer
Co-Founder and CTO at Battere

Can is Co-Founder and CTO at Battere. Before, he built and exited an ecommerce startup. He likes discussing about how we can build a more exciting future for all of us.

Valerio Stallone
Head of Marketing at SELFNATION

Doing digital stuff and responsible for all the Marketing's “p” at SELFNATION, the company revolutionizing the fashion industry one pair of tailor-made jeans at the time // Sourced and planned the introduction of a lot, seriously: a lot, of products at // Managed 7-digits Facebook Ads Budget at DeinDeal (it was 2011!) // Managed annual 8-digits AdWords Budgets for different clients while working at Webrepublic.

Elena-Cristina Conacel
Managing Partner at Creative Tim

Elena-Cristina is the co-founder of Creative Tim, a leading marketplace for web design items. She is passionate about startups, minimalist design and finding ways to get from zero to a functional business. Following her education in Computer Science, she has developed her business skills hands-on for over 2 years and got to know a lot of growth hacks. She would like to share her knowledge regarding how to build a product that people want and also position it in the market

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Zurich - Spring Edition 2016 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

  • Timo
  • Orsi
  • Justyna
  • Anja
  • Gero
  • Bin
  • Raphael
  • Daniel
  • Ewa
  • Melanie
  • Mario
  • Silvan
  • Nicolas


David Andersen

David is a Startup Weekend Veteran. He started organising Startup Weekends back in 2012. Shortly after, he travelled around europe to participate in Startup Weekends and has been a Global Facilitator at the organisation since 2013. David owns a tech & design company called “Bagvendt” together with two friends. They help clients with building prototypes in order to take an idea to the final product. What you will experience this weekend is basically what they do on a daily basis in their company.

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