Startup Weekend Zurich - Fall Edition 2015

    Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015

  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 - Fall Edition 2015

Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015

Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Microsoft Schweiz GmbH
Richtistrasse 3
Wallisellen, Zurich 8304

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From idea to startup in one weekend

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


Tuesday September 15th

6:00 pm
SUW Pre-event
Pitch training. Please register on EventBrite

Friday September 25th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

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

11:00 pm
Wrap-up for the day, location closes

Saturday September 26th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

2:30 pm
Speaker: Carlos Morales
Introduction: Lean Startup

3:00 pm
Speaker: Ash Maurya
Introduction: Lean Canvas (Live via Skype)

7:00 pm

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

10:00 pm
Wrap-up for the day, location closes

Sunday September 27th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Final opportunity to ask questions

12:30 pm

1:00 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
Wrap-up and get ready for final pitches!

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Dinner and Celebration

9:30 pm
Go Home!


Ash Maurya
Founder/CEO at Spark59

Author of Running Lean and Creator of Lean Canvas - Helping Entrepreneurs Everywhere Succeed.
Live via Skype: Lean Canvas introduction for Startup Weekend Zurich

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!

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.

Event Judges

Mike Baur
Angel Investor | Strategic Advisor | Founding Partner & Chairman of the Board at Swiss Startup Factory

Mike spent almost 20 years in Swiss Private Banking and made his way up from a commercial apprentice at UBS to an executive board member of a large Swiss Private Bank. In 2014 at the age of 39, Mike started his entrepreneurial journey and founded together with his two partner the Swiss Start up Factory which is the No1 independent and privately financed early stage ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland. Mike invests a lot of time in the Swiss youth entrepreneurship and supports various Swiss Startups both financially and as a mentor. He is also Co-Founder and Director of the Swiss Startup Association. Mike holds a MBA from University of Rochester New York as well as an Executive MBA from University of Berne.

Kilian Wagner
Co-Founder & CEO at

Kilian Wagner is the CEO of VIU, an eyewear startup shaking up the Swiss optical industry. Prior to VIU, he worked 5 years as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, leading projects in different industries (Telecoms, Banking, Media, Consumer Goods) with focus on growth strategy and market entry. He holds a M.A. in Business Administration from the University of St.Gallen (HSG).

Vera Biehl
Developer Audience & Startup Marketing Manager at Microsoft

Vera is the Swiss coordinator of Microsoft's worldwide Startup Program "BizSpark". She selects Startups and connects them with technical Microsoft experts to help them improve their (cloud) solution. BizSpark startups receive software and support from Microsoft for free for a period of 3 years.

Coaches and Mentors

Marcos García Pedraza
Start-up coach with CTI

Marcos is a serial entrepreneur and investor in high-tech and civic innovation. He is currently founding partner at orgart VENTURES [], start-up coach with CTI, the Swiss federal innovation agency [], and founder of the Internet user cooperative Patria Digitalis []. Marcos has a PhD in Business Economics [], a Master in Life Sciences [] and was trained in entrepreneurship at Babson College []. Business Model Innovation and bird watching are his passion.

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.

Olalla Segade
Impact Measurement, Finance & Corporate Programs

Olalla is in charge of the Corporate programs, impact measurement and Impact Investment Readiness Program at seif. She has extensive experience in working with companies of all sizes and in all sectors, as well as in policy and research. 

John Alexakis
IT Product Manager at UBS

John Alexakis is an IT Product Manager at UBS. With experience in Information Security, Integration and Middleware in the Financial and Telco sectors; he is able to close the gap between business requirements and new technology. He holds a Diploma in Electronic and Computer Engineering and an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He is a board member of the (ISC)2 Chapter Switzerland.

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.

Urs Bolt
Social Transformation Catalyst

More than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry mainly in investment banking and wealth management.
Start-up experience, business development, strategic marketing and social business in financial services.

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.

Michael Wiedemann
Founder & Creative Direction Wide Ventures

Michael is the co-founder of the startup studio Wide Ventures, where he builds digital products applying lean startup methodologies. Prior to that, Michael has founded the digital agency Bricks&Wide, where he accounted for the product development as Create Director.

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.

Carmen de la Cruz Böhringer
Rechtsanwältin & Notarin

Carmen is a proven specialist in IT & telecommunications law and has efficiently built a stellar reputation in Switzerland. She is familiar with all contractual matters in order to build up a company and works also as a Notary Public. Besides acting as Member of the Federal Commission on IP rights (Eidg. Schiedskommission), she actively contributes to the swissICT association and the association of the telecommunication industry (asut). While lecturing on IT Compliance at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and the University of St. Gallen, Carmen is currently pursuing an additional master degree in IT and Economics, reflecting her dedication to optimally understand and resolve customer specific issues in the IT environment.

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.

Adrian Hofer
Campaigning Coach for Crowdfunding Projects

Adrian Hofer, community manager and journalist for Ron Orp as well as campaigning coach for crowdfunding projects on

Andreas Brenner
Co-founder Avrios

Andreas is a passionate entrepreneur who loves bringing technology to market. He wrote his first line of code at age 12 but subsequently studied business administration in St. Gallen, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seattle. While still a student, Andreas worked at several fast growing ventures (DeinDeal, Wuala, etc.) and experienced growth as well as successul exits first-hand. He subsequently helped put his family's business on a growth trajectory and managed the company's sale to Rhenus Logistics. In 2014 Andreas co-founded Avrios, a fleet management company, which successfully raised Angel funding from Switzerland and the Silicon Valley.

Peter Metzinger
owner and managing director of Business Campaigning GmbH

Peter is an owner and managing director of Business Campaigning GmbH- Switzerland's leading business campaigning agency with a network of freelancers, that manages all kinds of campaigns for profit and nonprofit purposes. Peter is also the organizer of Campaigning Summit Switzerland.

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Stina Liland

Stina is co-founder of Startup Norway and Program Director of 500 Nordics, the pre-accelerator program of 500 Startups.  Startup Norway’s mission is to put Norway’s startup scene on the international startup map. We are experts on the norwegian startup ecosystem. Stina's vision is a Norwegian startup ecosystem that works together as a community, inspires a new generation of Norwegian entrepreneurs and make sure startups have the right resources at hand. Stina is also heavily involved in Startup Weekend, where she as an Global Facilitator visits other startup communities in Europe. 

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