Startup Weekend Fin Tech Geneva

    Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Fin Tech Geneva

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Fintech Fusion
Av. de la Praille 50
Carouge, Geneva 1227

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

Innovator ? Developer ? Entrepreneur?  Designer ? positive thinker ? next Elon Musk?
  • You have a FinTech idea and are looking for talented team members?
  • You've got talent and want to contribute to implementing an idea?
  • You want to learn how an idea turns into a business model?
Come join us and build your Idea into a Disruptive FinTech Startup! We are delighted to announce a star-studded line-up of sponsors, judges, and coaches for the much awaited Startup Weekend FinTech at Fintech Fusion accelerator on the third weekend of April 2017!

We are proud to have theScreener and Swiss Fintech as headline sponsors, followed by other big names in finance, tech, innovation, Startup, and design - such as IBMFintech FusionCodalis. These awesome sponsors will offer swag, mentoring, great prizes and assets that will help make the weekend a great success for all our participants.
Last but not least, our awesome organizing team will make sure you will get 5 stars hotel service with tasty food, nice drinks, and awesome atmosphere. (the event price is all included: food, drinks, swag, assets...)
What is Startup Weekend?
The startup movement has accelerated growth in many cities and global industries, and fintech is one the most exciting and rapidly developing industries in the world! The time for entrepreneurs and innovators to work together and invest in their ideas is now. The industry in Switzerland is more susceptible to ideas now than ever before. Our goal for this event is to connect people who are passionate and want to tackle the tough challenges in the financial and fintech industries, all while learning-by-doing, firsthand, what makes a business and an idea successful.

How does Startup Weekend work:
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 

Why will this Startup Weekend be awesome?
We are really happy to have super great sponsors which would provide to our participant's super cool and efficient tools/process / tips for any Fintech Startups. 
  • theScreener will give us the chance to access to independent and objective analysis over financial markets and to create smart and accurate WealthTech or RoboAdvisor applications. With the evaluation of more than 6,000 equities and 15,000 funds, theScreener is the European leader in independent equity analysis with more than 7 million end-users. theScreener
  • Swiss FinTech association is the largest Swiss FinTech association. Its mission is to create an ecosystem that enables Switzerland to leverage the potential it has to become a world-class FinTech Hub.Swiss FinteCH

Event language is English.

"Fintech rocks: We can't wait to welcome you there"

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Friday April 21st

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
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 April 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
The next level pitch
Webinar lesson with Alex Fazel; You will have the chance to learn how to bring your pitch to the next level.

12:10 pm
The next level pitch
live session with Alex Fazel: The perfect pitch coaching session

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!

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday April 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
Lunch :)

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!


Alexander Fazel
Founder Chameleons & eLingo

"Based on quantitative results, qualitative feedback and self-analysis, I would like to believe that I am foreseen as a passionate person with a positive mindset proactively persevering for perfection.

Event Judges

Sal Matteis
CEO Fintech Fusion

A 8 year veteran of Yahoo! Inc., Sal has held roles in the various departments of Marketing, Business Operations & Strategy, Business Development, Platform & Product mgmt. Sal is 2X Managing Director Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living + e-Commerce Accelerator, early stage investor, entrepreneur.
Sal presently serves on advisory boards of several internet, e-commerce, med-tech, food-tech and ad technology companies across the globe. In addition, he is a Mentor for several Startup Accelerator programs in Europe and the US, helping guide startup teams in consumer internet / marketplaces / on-demand services with their early-stage fund-raising, strategy, sales, marketing, product roadmap, external communication and partner development efforts.

Co Founder Dybaw Venture Capital

Five years in the Fintech industry with a 360° spectrum. Currently running a Fintech Company based in London and mentoring two positions in London (BBVA) and Geneva (Fintech Fusion) as well as managing a Venture partner career (Series A/Series B and few early stage) exclusively in the Fintech sector with a focus on the Swiss market.

Coaches and Mentors

Eric Gregoire
Global Industry Head @ Google

Eric is an awesome Digital Marketer Guru. Eric joined Google in 2013 as Global Head of Brand Partnership, overseeing Google’s engagement with some of Google largest advertisers and their respective media/creative agencies. Prior to joining Google, Eric was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Switzerland where he focused on growth & marketing strategies for Retail and Consumer Goods clients and help set up the Geneva office. He joined BCG from Procter & Gamble where he spent 7 years in marketing to become the Western Europe Business Leader for the Color Cosmetic category. Eric is the mentor you need when you are about to launch a new product on the web !!

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!

Paul Loeffler
Startup Coach and VP @ NEEO

Paul supports startups & entrepreneurs as an investor, strategist and advisor in helping them differentiate their offering, find new markets, and grow their business. His focus is on FinTech, IoT, eCommerce and Blockchain based applications.

michael Ambass

Michael is a a Digital Guru and a Full Stack Developer. He is currently the CTO of a promising Fintech Startup hello izi
Moreover he is Partner within a renowm Digital Agency. 
Coding since the age of 12, he's a full stack Tech guru, active from Developement to Design. He is the asset you need form User Experience to powerful Algorithms.

Alexandre Quintino
CTO @ Faveeo

Alexandre is a a Tech Guru and a Full Stack Developer. He is currently the CTO of one of the most promising Swiss Startup: Faveeo. 
He is an awesome asset for our StartupWeekend.

Pascal Allot
Regional Manager West Switzerland & Startup ecosystem Devt @ IBM

Using my 20+ years in the technology business and my current role at IBM, I am passionately promoting digital transformation using big data, cognitive computing and the Internet of Things, working with startup ecosystems as well as established companies and organisations that are seeking to rethink business models. I am especially interested in nurturing a Swiss Fintech and Biotech startup to world-wide recognition. I am keen to share my knowledge and expertise by lecturing at the HES SO and the “Institut Suisse de formation bancaire” in Geneva.

charles goguet
Serial Mentor & Venture Partner

Charles is a passionated by Fintech, with over 5 years in this industry.
Serial entrepreneur Charles knows what failures & success mean! His skills in the payment industry as well as the regulation such as PSD2. His various experiences as entrepreuneur mostly in Finance but also in F&B industry & Technology give him an open minded way of thinking. He runs Dybaw VC which will be soon incorporated in Switzerland, he will cover round A/B and do some seed rounds in Switzerland using the Join Venture that Charles & his partner Lionel Artusio had signed with a french Company called SparkUp.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Fin Tech Geneva team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Startup Weekend Geneva is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • stanislas
  • Cyrus
  • Geoffroy
  • Jérôme
  • Thibault
  • Elsa
  • Jean Michel


Ali Sohail

Ali is an active startup community organizer, speaker and entrepreneur. He is also an experienced trainer, public relations professional and a certified peak performance coach. His passion lies in connecting people and helping them realize their (entrepreneurial) vision.

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