Techstars Startup Weekend Lausanne

25-27 February 2022

Venue: MassChallenge Switzerland in Chemin du Closel 5, 1020 Renens

lausanne@startupweekend.org
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Learn, Network, Startup
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Learn, Network, Startup
Max Holden
Facilitator
Bio
Mentors
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Alexandra Wheeler
Project manager with experience in strategy, operations, and business expansion. Skilled in design, digital content creation, social media marketing, and making good-looking pitch decks.
Vincenzo Pallotta
Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Swiss Applied Science University of Canton Vaud (HEIG-VD) and Expert at InnoSuisse (Swiss Commission for Innovation).

Active in Information and Communication Technology since 1985. Started as an Analyst and Enterprise Software developer at IBM and Apple systems agents, after six years I came back to study and earned a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science.

As an entrepreneur, I succeeded in leveraging my research results into an innovative product in the area of Customer Interaction Analytics.
Johan
Stephan Kreuzberg
I am a Leadership and Business Scaling Expert for fast growing businesses, such as Startups, Scaleups and SMEs.

My mission is to help aspirational individuals to grow their self-efficacy in the areas of Leadership and Business Scaling. This enables fast growing young companies to scale through applying the right leadership and scaling techniques in a sustainable and self-efficient way.

Having acted in various key leadership roles in the last more than 20 years, from big multinational organizations to SMEs to dynamic Startups, I have clearly seen that most young teams actually fail due to 'people related' issues of various kinds.
Max-André Haas
Max is an entrepreneur and a lawyer both at Kellerhals Carrard and Seed Up. He strongly believes that legal can be used a strategic tool for start-up and help its clients mainly in preparing and negotiating their financing rounds and structuring incentive plans.
Emanuele De Pasquale
Emanuele, passionate about innovation and technologies, owns the first Olivetti PC with a green monochrome screen in the Matrix code style at the age of 4. From then on, his curiosity desire for knowledge pushed him to use innovation, day after day, constantly fueling the desire to deepen it, both in business and in private life.

From Sicily, he moved to Milan. He graduated from Bocconi University with Business Administration specialization in Corporate Finance with a thesis on the Hi-Tech sector and the valuation of intangible assets.

For over 16 years, Emanuele has been working in management consulting to redefine business models, digital transformation, optimization of business processes, change, and project management.

He is an expert in finance, data analysis, forecast models to support business decisions and software development projects. He is a supporter of the Lean and Agile methodology and the use of AI and ML to support business projects and processes.

He has almost always worked outside the national borders, taking part in consultancy firms such as Accenture, EY, PwC, and living permanently in England.

He follows international clients such as ENI, Unilever, Ferrero, Nestlè, IREN, BT, Vodafone, Ferring, Shell, Louis Dreifus, Augusta Westland.

Today Emanuele continues to be an international consultant and support large multinational groups; he approached the world of start-ups and young entrepreneurs with a passion.

A supporter of the give back policy, Emanuele is also a mentor for recent Bocconi University and Milan Polytechnic graduates.

Friends and colleagues always recognize it as one of the first early adopters in digital.

In his spare time, he organizes adventurous intercontinental trips among strangers, acts as a deejay, loves sailing, deep-sea fishing, cooking, photography, and trying new technologies emerging on the market.
Judges
Edouard Treccani
Event Schedule
25-27 February 2022
Friday
Introduction
Saturday
Learn the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Sunday
Demo Day
Global Startup Weekend Partners
Google for Startups
Google Cloud Platform helps startups build web/mobile apps and is offering participants $300 in credit to build their apps (link can be found here). Teams can use Google Trends + Market Finder to test if there is a growing demand for their product and in which markets.

> $300 USD in cloud platform credit
> Register at cloud.google.com/free
GoDaddy Registry
GoDaddy Registry provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy Registry (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organizing team.

> 1 x free GoDaddy Registry domain, per person
> Participants can redeem the code from: startup.co

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to support@porkbun.com.
Miro
As a participating team you're able to apply for $1000 Miro Startup Program credit. Miro is a tool built for startup teams where you can brainstorm and validate ideas, design products, and apply product frameworks. The link to this perk will be shared by Techstars after the teams have been formed.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Sign up for Miro here
  2. Access the Startup Weekend Participant Board here
  3. Use this template to build your team board for added structure, resources and tools!
  4. Apply for $1000 Miro Startup Program credit (link will be provided by Techstars during the event)
  5. Wait for the approval from Miro (this can take 5-7 days)
    You'll receive an email from Miro once your application has been approved.
If you have any questions, please email
startups@miro.com


Local Sponsors and Partners
The Techstars Startup Weekend [CITY] team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.

Signature Sponsors
Other
FAQ
Is this event for me?
If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, you'll fit right in as long as you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas. We believe that great ideas can come from anywhere.

The event is intended to be a collaborative and inclusive forum for sharing, learning, building,

and having fun. We expect each member of the startup community to be inclusive of all people and their ideas at Techstars Startup Weekend and we welcome all, regardless of experience, industry or background.


Do I have to participate in all three days?
Apart from the organizing team, mentors, speakers, event volunteers and judges, everyone who participates in the event is expected to participate in all three days. This is important not only to preserve your own learning experience, but also to minimize distractions or disruptions for the team you choose to join. We welcome any friends, family or colleagues you would like to invite to watch your final presentation to see all you have accomplished in just one weekend. Please check the registration page of your city's website or reach out to the event organizer for availability.
How do I register?
Every Techstars Startup Weekend event has a corresponding website with a registration page. Please see our events page at startupweekend.org/events for a complete list of upcoming events. There are typically different types of tickets for different skill sets, like 'Business', 'Designer', 'Technical' or 'Enthusiast' for example. Organizing teams sometimes track this to ensure they do outreach to a diverse group with a range of participant backgrounds and skill sets in order to maximize the event's value for each participant by ensuring the team's effectiveness. You can choose the ticket type closest to what your experience is - don't worry if nothing precisely matches your background!
Do I need a team?
Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to come to the event without a team and then join and participate on a team at the event. This is important to preserve the Techstars Startup Weekend educational experience. The ideal team consists of members with diverse backgrounds and experience who share knowledge to build a great minimum viable product (MVP) using the Lean Canvas. The more people you have on your team to help you do market research and business model development, the quicker you'll develop an MVP to pitch on Sunday.
What ticket type should I purchase to pitch an idea?
Pitching is open to every participant! We recommend you purchase the ticket that best represents your skill set.
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Still can't find what you're looking for? Check out the our full Participant FAQ here
Contact
Questions? We are here to help!
E-mail: lausanne@startupweekend.org



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