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Nov 1
  • Registration starts
  • Meet & Greet, Dinner
  • Welcome
  • Guest Speaker
  • Pitch your ideas!
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed to develop your idea.


Nov 2
  • Start the day & simple breakfast
  • Work Session // Start working on you business model and protoypes
  • Lunch
  • Work Session // Get one-on-one advice from our coaches
  • Dinner
  • Work Session // Incorporate feedback from coaches - until venue closes


Nov 3
  • Start the day & simple breakfast
  • Work Session // Call for help if needed, finalize pitch presentations & prototypes
  • Lunch
  • Pitch training & tech check
  • Judging & Awards
  • Networking dinner & Final get together with jury, mentors and sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Melanie Kovacs
Silvan Leibacher
Dejan Juric
Fabio Kunz
Silver Sponsors

Nicolas Berg

Partner at Redalpine Capital, CEO of Sharoo, Serial Entrepreneur, Coach for Venturelab   |   LinkedIn

Nicolas has invested in 16 private companies (ICT, Live Sciences) as a business angel 2000-2006, and he has co-founded 10 companies since 1984. In 1998, he founded, a leading Swiss financial portal for private investors that was acquired by Ringier Media in 2000. For several years Nicolas has worked as a technology and finance journalist. He graduated as M.Sc. (BA) at the University of Bern in 1985. Born 1959, he grew up in Gstaad, Bern and Basel, and is living in Solothurn.

Niklas Brambring

CEO of Zattoo   |   LinkedIn

Nick Brambring is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zattoo. Before he joined Zattoo, Nick worked for a strategy consulting firm, where he did strategic consulting for companies in the consumer goods industry. His industry expertise includes the TV and music businesses. Nick is a qualified lawyer and holds a PHD in law from the University of Cologne and an MBA from Insead in France and Singapore.

Dominik Grolimund

Co-Founder and CEO at Silp   |   LinkedIn

Dominik Grolimund, co-founder and CEO at Silp (, studied computer science at ETH Zurich. He started his first company Caleido when he was 14 (a CRM software of which more than 35’000 licenses have been sold). In 2007, he founded Wuala (, secure online storage, and successfully sold the company to LaCie ( in 2009. In 2011, he left Wuala/LaCie to start his new company Silp.

Linda Kozlowski

Vice President, International Marketing at Evernote   |   LinkedIn

Linda has more than 18 years of experience in international marketing, public relations and customer service. At Evernote, she leads international marketing, including regional office management and development, marketing, PR and development of marketing partnerships. Prior to Evernote, Linda was based out of Hong Kong and led global marketing and customer service for Linda has held leadership positions in communications firms including Fleishman-Hillard, Text 100, and Schwartz Communications. Linda holds a Master's degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in Corporate Communications from Elon University.

Alexander Stoeckel

Partner at b-to-v Partners AG   |   LinkedIn

Alexander Stoeckel is Partner and joined b-to-v in 2007. Alexander has studied international business administration at the European Business School (ebs) in Oestrich-Winkel and Paris, and at the International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund and San Diego. He holds an MBA from the University of Oxford. Prior to b-to-v, Alexander worked as fund-of-fund manager for Hauck & Aufhäuser Private Bankers, and as Assistant Executive Manager for KPMG.

Jürg Stuker

Partner & CEO Namics   |   LinkedIn

Jürg is CEO and partner of Namics, one of the leading Swiss Advertising Agencies, and a techie to the core. He graduated in information Management at the Universtity of Zurich and then took over the IT department of a raw material trading company. After working for Polynorm Software AG as the head of development for new technologies he started working at Namics in 1999 as CTO. In 2004 he assumed the CEO position. Today Namics employs over 400 employees with offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg, München, St. Gallen, and Zürich. The company has also been ranked #1 as the leading advertising agency in Switzerland by the "Best of Swiss Web Webagentur-Ranking 2013."


Daniel Bartel

Design-Thinker and Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

As a Design-Thinker and Entrepreneur, Daniel Bartel provides talks and trainings in this topics. He joint Alexander Osterwalder’s Strategyzer-Team – an online tool of the best-selling book “Business Model Generation”. Daniel has founded a successful p2p-carsharing-startup. As an expert of the sharing economy he blogs on Daniel is organizer of events like Business Innovation Hackathon, UX-Pizza & Leancamp. His voluntary work for Startup Weekend & StartupDigest is a perfect fit for fostering the Startup Community.

Georg Polzer

Co-Founder & CEO Teralytics   |   LinkedIn

Georg Polzer is co-founder and CEO of Teralytics. Teralytics helps large companies and governments to make sense and profit out of large amounts of complex data. Georg Polzer is a recent graduate in Computer Science from ETH Zurich. Before he spent time on the board of ETH juniors and at Accenture India in Bangalore. His energy and interest are focussed on shaping the transition from physical goods via software to a purely information-driven world economy. He is grateful for being part of a generation having the means for disrupting industries and building global enterprises at their fingertips.

Founding Partner

Ian Leader

Senior Product Manager at Google   |   LinkedIn

Currently product management lead for search ads at Google Zurich. I am responsible for a team that works with engineering to define the what and why of the ads we show on Google search results - making sure they are good for users, and generate revenue for Google and value for advertisers. 

My specialities are monetization, business development, personalization and the semantic web. I spent half my pre-Google career founding or help run startups and small businesses (B2B web, e-learning and enterprise software), and the other half writing software for investment banks. I occasionally mentor for in the UK.

Tobias Rein

Co-Founder & CTO at GetYourGuide   |   LinkedIn

Tobias holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich and is co-founder of GetYourGuide. Since its foundation in 2007 by 5 ETH students, GetYourGuide has emerged to the web's largest platform for tours and activities around the world with more than 19'700 things to do in over 1'930 global destinations. Having succeeded in getting two leading venture capital companies on board with over 14 Million US-Dollar, the seed-round of GYG was one of the biggest overseas investments ever received by a european startup. GetYourGuide operates today out of three offices based in Zurich, Berlin and Las Vegas.

Alfonso von Wunschheim

Web Entrepreneur & Investor   |   LinkedIn

Alfonso (b. 1977) started his first company aged 19, an IT-consulting firm in Basel, Switzerland. He then went on to invest the cashflow into new ventures including in 1999 just before the bubble bursted, lost most of his investments and learned a lot. With 24 he became CEO of (now, 4 days after 9/11 and established the service as nr 2 in the Swiss eBrokerage market. With the IPO of Xing in 2006 where Alfonso served as part of the country management for Switzerland he finally makes up for some bubble write offs and takes a year off to attend MIT as a Sloan Fellow. in 2009 Alfonso takes over the CEO position of, growing the existing business and establishing the service in the top 3 sites and mobile apps in Switzerland and eventually co-initiates the merger with the official directories and yellow pages providers under brand. He now serves as MD of FutureVents Private Equity, his personal investment & consulting boutique and spends his time between Hamburg and Zurich. Alfonso likes to travel, good food and sailing.

Preethi Mariappan

Digital Executive Creative Director at TBWA Germany   |   LinkedIn

Preethi currently heads the Digital Arts Network for TBWA in Germany and leads the newly formed CREATE Lab in Berlin, focused on software marketing for brands. After a career in digital & product design across India and Singapore, Preethi moved to Dubai and set up digital at OgilvyOne, where she led the agency to become the most awarded for their interactive work. In 2010 she switched to TBWA as Head of Digital, where she was responsible for the entire business, from creation to consulting. Under her leadership the agency became the most digitally awarded in the region. She led clients like Nissan, Infiniti, Volvo, IBM, GSK, GE Healthcare and Lipton during the course of her career. Preethi has been awarded at Cannes, SXSW, LIA, One Show, EPICA, Clios, D&AD, SABRE, Loeries, Dubai Lynx and GEMAS Effies. Her work has also been featured in Springwise, Creativity Online, Contagious, PSFK and Mashable, and she has served on international awards show juries such as Dubai Lynx and Clio Awards. She is also the founder of Adwomen, a community of adwomen dedicated to mentoring young female talent. Preethi loves working at the crossroads of brand storytelling, technology, people and products and believes in at least 20 impossible things before breakfast

David Bachmann

Co-founder and board member of SuitArt AG and Diamond Heels AG, board member of alpinewaters AG   |   LinkedIn

David Bachmann’s company received a lot of attention at the Baselworld with the world’s most expensive suit (CHF 2.8mio.). He launched SuitArt, a franchise system for customized suits in April 2009 after having analyzed 40 business ideas with his business partner. Today, SuitArt is present with 13 stores in Switzerland. Diamond Heels AG, his second business idea, won CHF 50’000 at the award in 2011.

Cedric Waldburger

CTO & Co-Founder at mediasign   |   LinkedIn

Cédric holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich and serves as CTO of mediasign, a Swiss Advertising Agency where he leads the web and mobile development team. He has previously co-founded StartUps in Paris, Hong Kong and New York and has worked for ASmallWorld in New York and Goldman Sachs in London. He recently finished a project with SumUp, the European SquareUp competitor in Berlin. He's currently based in Zurich and Berlin, where mediasign is opening their second office. He's passionate about bringing teams together to build great products.

Ivo Streiff

CEO & Founder MDC Media AG   |   LinkedIn

Having started several successful businesses from scratch, Ivo Streiff can surely be considered a serial entrepreneur. Every single role during his professional career had the flavor of business development be it building up operations from base or turning a business into new directions. Having established several IT and e-commerce startups over the years, Ivo embarked 2 years ago with the new venture in partnership with NZZ.

Stefan Steiner

Project leader Online Development at Tamedia   |   LinkedIn

Stefan is startup scout at Tamedia. Additional to its well know newspapers such as Tages-Anzeiger, 20 Minuten or Bernerzeitung Tamedia has invested and built up a wide portfolio of leading internet companies in the segments of online classifieds, advertising and services such as,, Doodle, Zattoo and many more. Prior to Tamedia, Stefan was COO of Questli a mobile gamification startup and associate of the early stage VC Redalpine Venture Partners. He graduated with a Bachelor degree and is passionate about entrepreneurship, traveling and social media.

Christian Keller

Strategy Manager at Swisscom   |   LinkedIn

Christian combines a rich corporate strategy background with a dedication to entrepreneurship. Having started his career as a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little and IBM, he now works in the strategy and M&A department of Swisscom IT Serivces where he recently led one of its largest strategic initiatives. He has graduated in Management of Information Systems at University of Mannheim and holds an MBA from Portland State University. He coaches a number of startups worldwide and has a passion for IT and entrepreneurship, traveling, and Africa.

Fabian Bertschinger

Creative Director of Process Zurich, Member of Board   |   LinkedIn

Fabian is creative director of Process Zurich, an award-winning, independent branding and design consultancy based in Switzerland, China and Taiwan. The agency lays its main focus on brand design and strategy as well as interaction- and product design. Before joining Process, Fabian was head of graphic design of the Swiss fashionbrand Zimtstern and design director of MetaDesign Switzerland. His works have been awarded with the red dot award among others. In 2012 he has also won the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Christian Harbeke

Head of Industrial Design & Partner at NOSE Design AG   |   LinkedIn

After studying Mechanical Engineering at ETH, Christian did a master in Product Design at the Zurich University of the Arts. Prior to co-founding the branding agency NOSE Design, he was working at Frogdesign in California as well as Interbrand Zintzmeyer & Lux as an industrial designer. His works have been awarded with the German DesignAward as well as reddot: best of the best.

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