FinTech Startup Weekend Zurich - FinTech Edition 2016

    Friday, October 14 - 16, 2016

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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FinTech Startup Weekend Zurich - FinTech Edition 2016

Friday, October 14 - 16, 2016

Friday, October 14 - 16, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

F10 - SIX Fintech Incubator
Förrlibuckstrasse 10
Zurich, Switzerland 8005

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

Your dream does not exist, you must create it!
  • You have a FinTech 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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Friday October 14th

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
What is the 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 October 15th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Speaker: Eric Postler
The “lean start-up” favors experimentation over elaborate business planning, customer feedback over intuition, and iterative design over traditional waterfall development.

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.

2:00 pm
Coach Meeting 1
Mentors help teams one-on-one in various areas of expertise.

2:30 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!

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

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

Sunday October 16th

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

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
it's a wrap!
Submit your final pitch deck to the orga team

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

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

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


Eric Postler
Innovationmanager at KPT insurance

I`m the Lead Innovationmanager at KPT insurance and organizer of Lean Startup Zurch and Lean Startup Berne. I`m passionate about sales, investment, innovation and entrepreneurship. Besides that I`m a table tennis player.

Event Judges

Thomas Dübendorfer
President at Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC)

Among top 100 digital shapers of Switzerland 2016. Co-founder and president of Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC). Worked at HP in Silicon Valley, USA and for seven years at Google as tech lead and software engineer. Angel investor with startup exit experience (Spontacts, Contovista). PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zürich with specialisation on Cyber Security, minor in economics.

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.

Peter Gassmann
Chief Commercial Officer at AdNovum Informatik AG

CCO at AdNovum Informatik AG. Caring for communication, marketing and consulting / professional services. Interests fintech, mobilepayments, ux, itconsulting, IoT.

Coaches and Mentors

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. 

Axel Schultze
CEO Society3 Grp

After 20 years in Silicon Valley and successfully growing four companies from zero to exit, 2 IPOed, 1 grew to $5 Billion in revenue, Axel decided to return to Europe helping entrepreneurs here to become successful. His background is FinTech, Enterprise SaaS, trading solutions. He founded Society3, a fundraising marketplace and accelerator. The focus is on Silicon Valley style traction development & growth hacking and fundraising.

Lucien Brahier
Co-Founder of QuercusApp

Lucien is a Co-Founder of QuercusApp. Previously, he worked in consulting focusing on process optimization and digital strategies. He likes discussing all things digital.

Devesh Kothari
Staff Technical Program Manager, YouTube EMEA at Google

Devesh had his own startup focused on providing on-demand and ubiquitous service delivery platform for IoT/smart home way ahead of the curve in 2001. He has worked many years at Nokia leading technology development for smartphones. He is the alumni of the team that developed Nokia’s first Linux based phones and internet tablets. Since last 5 years he is with Google Zurich as a Staff Technical Program Manager at YouTube.

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

Maebellyne is a digital marketer at Linx, an on-demand recruitment platform for the hospitality, catering, events and promotion industries. 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, community management, demand generation, entrepreneurship and female leadership.

Ernesto Lamaina
Co-Founder of Linx

Ernesto is the co-founder of Linx, a mobile based on-demand recruitment platform founded in Zurich. He is also a digital start up project director at Adecco Group after winning “CeoFor1Month”. During his time as CEO for 1 month he shadowed the Adecco CEO for Italy, Africa, Middles East & India. Back in 2015, Ernesto launched, a now successful on-demand dry cleaning service in Dublin. Previously, he was part of Dell’s Finance Development Program where he gained experience in corporate finance. His studies and internships have always focused on Finance & Investment Banking.

Tauras Sinkus
Co-Founder of WedMap and DFIU.Club

Tauras is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder of the online wedding planning platform WedMap and a personalized reminder service DFIU.Club. His main expertise is business development, building MVPs and online marketing. He loves working with passionate entrepreneurs and bringing ideas to life.

Niklaus Brühlmann
Country Director Switzerland Knip

Niklaus is responsible for realizing Knip’s strategy in Switzerland. He leads customer service, operations as well as insurance partnerships. Niklaus studied business administration at the University of Zurich as well as in Tsighua and Fudan in China. Before joining Knip in 2015, he worked in corporate development and management consulting.

Ilona Baier
Strategist and Interaction Designer at Ginetta Web / Mobile

Ilona is passionate about finding the sweet spot between technical feasibility, business viability, and market desirability of digital products. Currently she works as an interaction designer at Ginetta, a digital agency based in Zurich that specializes in user-centered design and development. Analysing research data and designing clickable prototypes for startups and corporations (insurances, banks, etc.) is part of her daily work.

Cédric Waldburger
Parallel Entrepreneur & Investor

Cédric is passionate about technology startups. He’s currently holding different active roles as an investor and founder of early stage companies. His involvements reach from fintech to eCommerce, to social networks and SaaS companies. 
He has previously co-founded and worked for various companies around the globe (Zurich, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, London and Berlin) where he held roles on the technology and the business side.
Through his vast experience in successfully founding, growing and running a company, he learned how to connect the dots and think out of the box.

David Butler

Involved in the Zurich startup scene since 2009 running Startup Grind Zurich, Zuripreneur meetup, Failcon and Exit Accelerator. He has been managing events for entrepreneurs, connecting founders and investors, advising startups, with a passion to inspire the next big thing. As a serial networker and social media aficionado, his love for testing beta versions of new products coming out of Zurich’s many startups has made him a sought-after advisor in many industries. Having worked in Information Technology since 1999 with an interest in and understanding of both business and technology, David connects the two worlds: Product Development and Technical Implementation, with a knack for problem diagnosing and solving, translating the needs of the market and clients into new features, refinements and products.

Oliver Gessl

After years in banking and private equity, Oliver has co-founded and advised companies across industries (fintech, robotics, personal assistance, food, biotech). 
With their network of Investors and market experts he and his team focuses on incubating and accelerating true growth companies.

Jason Low
Director, The Founder Institute and The Entrepreneurial Wave

Currently running The Entrepreneurial Wave and The Founder Institute, Jason has supported startups in securing fund deals close to CHF 1 million through organizing various startup and pitching events. With over 15 years of experience in IT, Product and Marketing Innovation, Jason has been an evangelist for innovation. By bringing The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program to Switzerland, Jason aims to grow the Swiss startup ecosystem by helping Swiss entrepreneurs to launch and globalize their companies.

Christian Schickler
Founder of Level27

After leading a team of marketing experts at Switzerland’s largest Digital Marketing agency for several years, Christian recently founded his own marketing agency Level27. During his career Christian has consulted clients such as Dow, Migros, Chopard, EPFL and the Swiss Post. Apart from being a coach at at the FinTech Startup Weekend he is also an expert for the Kickstart Accelerator, the world's first international startup accelerator program. His expertise lies in crafting and executing creative marketing concepts. 

Dejan Juric
Head Product Management Value Added Services at TWINT AG

Dejan has a background in Computer Science from ETH in Zurich, where he was focusing on distributed systems. After that he moved into strategy consulting at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was working primarily in the financial industry. After founding his own mobile payment startup Klimpr, he moved to SIX Payment Services, where he was responsible for extending Paymit to online payments. He is now responsible for Value Added Services at TWINT, where he tries to create services around the mobile payment solution.

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The FinTech Startup Weekend Zurich - FinTech 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.
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  • Raphael
  • Timo
  • Bin
  • Daniela
  • Ewa
  • Gero
  • Jack
  • Melanie
  • Michal
  • Saskia
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Filippos Protogeridis

Filippos is a User Interface Designer based in Athens, Greece. With great interest in emerging technologies, usability and innovation, he has been a member of several university research groups as well as board member of student entrepreneurship organisation ThinkBiz until mid 2014. Filippos has worked with technology oriented companies in Greece (Warply, as a UI/UX Designer focused on web and mobile, and is currently also serving as board member and creative director for Sneak Aces, Athens-based streetwear clothing brand. His aim is to effectively combine functionality with clean aesthetics in order to deliver solid, useful products. 

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