WHAT'S STARTUP EUROPE WEEK ALL ABOUT
Startup Europe Week has become a global movement and is present in more than 300 cities in almost 50 countries across the world, with 250+ co-organizers. First launched in 2016, Startup Europe Week is having its fourth edition this year. During 2017 and 2018, more than 100.000 entrepreneurs attended the events worldwide.
The locally focused Startup Europe Week events, which are organized by individual startups from various regions and cities, have one common goal: To help entrepreneurs and new businesses grow and thrive, by showing them what support is available in their respective areas. Because, while it is true that the big picture is important, the smaller (local) pieces are just as crucial.
WHAT WILL SEW ZURICH BE ABOUT THIS YEAR
Zurich hasn’t been on the map of Startup Europe Week events in the past years – we’re going to change that in 2019 by bringing the first Startup Europe Week Event to our city. They say the toughest part of any journey, is taking the first steps. At Startup Europe Week, you’ll be introduced to the ideal environment to get your ideas off the ground. Surrounded by passionate entrepreneurs and Zurich’s local support ecosystem, you’ll take a giant step forward in your business journey and connect with the right people and resources! At the first Zurich SEW event on March 12th 2019, you will:
Discover local support initiatives
Get to know local support initiatives and resources that can help your business launch and grow.
Learn what it takes to start a business
Learn from successful local startups and set the fundamental basis to thrive with your business.
Connect with people who can support you and help you grow
Build your network of successful entrepreneurs and like-minded driven individuals, who are at similar stages of their startup journey
HERE'S WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING SEW ZURICH
Arrive, meet & greet the speakers, network with peers
Welcome & Introduction to the first
SEW event in Zurich
LOCAL SUPPORT INITIATIVES
In a pitch session format, local startup support programs will introduce you to the region’s best networks and resources. Speakers include:
IFJ (Venturelab / Venture Kick)
Zurich Tourismus (Convention Bureau)
PART I FINANCING
Financing is crucial at the start of your own business journey.
In three short sessions, you’ll learn about what financing options are out there and how other founders have already successfully secured funding for their businesses:
What to consider before taking VC money
Oakura Ventures (Daniel Naeff)
Successful financing round: More than money
Loanboox (Tim Duvaker)
How to attract & incentivise early stage startup employees
Ledgy (Yoko Spirig)
PART II GET THE BASICS RIGHT
There are many moving parts to consider when launching your new enterprise.
We’ll start with the basics and explain how to get the job done right in four short sessions including:
Legal basics for startups
LEXR AG (Christian Meisser)
From idea to reality - Building products the lean way
Viable.is (Marcus Kuhn)
Accounting - from incorporation to being a startup and becoming an established company
Runmyaccounts (Raphael Meier)
How to manage risks without money?
esurance (Andri Mengiardi, CEO)
PART III: GROWTH & TRACTION
Gaining traction and growing your customer base are two essential ingredients to securing your company’s existence and staying power.
Learn how local entrepreneurs have pulled it off!Topics and speakers include:
Marketing – Wich tools & channels help Swiss startups to become successful?
Paixon - (Sophie Hundertmark)
Growth hacking lessonswhat.digital
How to successfully grow your customer base Beekeeper (Joël Capt, Head of Growth)
Time to mingle with our speakers, mentors, startups, and like-minded event attendees during our Closing Apéro Riche.
OUR GROWING SPEAKER LIST OF SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS, SUPPORT INITIATIVES & MENTORS
Luke has been advising and delivering growth hacking for multiple high-profile startups from Switzerland and abroad and is the Founding Partner and Digital Strategy Lead for what.digital. He has over 15 years of international experience in the digital sector, having worked on digital strategies in companies and marketing agencies.
Christian Meisser is an entrepreneur and lawyer with a focus on the intersection between technology & law. After working for some of the world's top law firms, he founded the LegalTech company LEXR AG with the vision of providing like-minded entrepreneurs with price-predictable legal services that are tailored to the way companies operate and innovate today.
Lean Startup expert with a focus on building MVPs and moving them towards product/market fit. Founder of Viable Labs.
As a partner of Paixon GmbH, Sophie Hundertmark supports companies in the implementation and realisation of chatbots. Sophie has many years of experience in marketing and has already worked for large international corporations such as Bosch and smaller start-ups such as Sumup.
Entrepreneur with scaling and funding experience in Swiss and US startup ecosystem, Co-Founder & CEO of Oakura Ventures AG.
Simon has been active in the start-up scene since 2003 and is managing director of the IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen. In addition, Simon is a lecturer at the FHS St. Gallen, is involved in boards of directors for the promotion of entrepreneurial as well as sports projects and likes waters and mountains.
Raphael is a young ambitious employee of Run my Accounts. In his job, he deals with exciting financial issues on a daily basis. Raphael feels at home in the world of finance and consulting and is increasingly becoming a specialist in his field.
Yoko Spirig is co-founder and CPO at Ledgy, the equity management platform for startups. After her degree in Physics she co-founded Ledgy in 2017 with an angel investment from the founders of Doodle. The platform is now used by hundreds of companies and raised a Seed round in 2018 from European venture capital funds.
Nadine Caprez studied business administration, restructured her own family business from 2003-2006, founded a start-up in the field of Smarthome (spline.ch) and is the managing director of the association GO! (mikrokredite.ch). For the realisation of good ideas - the association advises people who would like - or already are - to become self-employed and supports them with microloans up to CHF 40 000.
Andri has successfully established and developed a number of sales departments for insurance companies. As a co-founder of a Tamedia corporate start-up (scoup.ch) and as Head of Seller Experience at ricardo.ch, he was able to gain extensive entrepreneurial experience as a member of the management board in the field of E-Commerce. Since 2016, Andri is back in the insurance sector and responsible for the the Swiss InsurTech esurance.ch.
Tim Duvåker studied business administration at the University of St.Gallen and is now taking a Masters in Accounting & Finance at the same university. After gaining financial experience at UBS, Migros Bank and a consulting firm, he started working for Loanboox in 2016. Besides supporting and acquiring clients, Tim is helping to develop new platform features and supports Stefan in financing rounds as well as in investor relations.
Vanessa Reis is Relationship Manager at the Convention bureau of Zürich tourism. Vanessa is responsible for the Finance Cluster and offers a great Network and strong support in planning a meeting or fair to strenghten Zurich as Financial Center.
By spending time in Silicon Valley working in Venture Capital Joël tried to fundamentally decode the growth approaches of the most successful companies to support the portfolio startups in surviving in such a high competitions environment. Coming back to Zurich in 2017, Joël joined Beekeeper which has grown since from 30 to almost 150 employees.
Managing director since September 2016, founder and long-standing managing director of an internationally active sales company in the entertainment sector. He also works as a mentor and expert for start-ups
OFFICIAL CO-HOSTS FOR SEW ZURICH
LEXR is a legal services startup in Zurich, reshaping legal services for the way companies work, operate and innovate today. We provide fast, transparent, and price-predictable legal services for startups, SMEs, and corporate legal departments. www.lexr.ch
Oakura offers a marketplace built on blockchain, where startups can receive funding, tokenize their shares, and grow faster by having access to a valuable, strong, incentivized ecosystem of service providers. www.oakura.io
SEW ZURICH SPONSORS
IFJ is the leading point of contact for start-ups in Switzerland and accompanies 20'000 founders with consultations, workshops, business plan tools, presentation events, business software, promotion programs and company foundation - free of charge. www.ifj.ch
esurance AG, headquartered in Zurich, is a digital insurance broker founded by insurance experts and IT specialists in 2013. esurance connects small businesses, insurance companies and business application providers.
Run my Accounts revolutionizes the accounting of SMEs and start-ups. Using the latest technologies, we offer our customers an extremely simple process to manage their accounts: Scan receipts and trigger payment the next day in e-banking. Our online accounting gives the customer a daily insight into his figures.
The automated booking processes enable us to work very efficiently and pass this on to the customer in the form of price advantages.. www.runmyaccounts.ch/
We work with modern companies to build their digital business and make them commercially successful by combining the technical, marketing and business expertise of our international team. https://what.digital/
INSTITUT FÜR JUNGUNTERNEHMEN
RUN MY ACCOUNTS
Since 2009 we support self-employed and those who want to become self-employed. With practical experience and expertise, we provide advice, examine the market potential of your business idea and support you with a microloan up to a maximum of CHF 40,000. Our strength lies in being able to provide target groups with access to capital that would normally not be able to obtain financing through a bank. The decisive factors are a convincing and concrete business idea that is suitable for the market and the ability to manage your business successfully.
The Convention bureau of Zurich tourism supports startups and businesses in Zurich in organising Meetings and Congress. They focus on the economical Clusters of Zurich such as Finance, Life-Science, ICT and Cleantech/Aerospace. Each of their team members is an expert in his sector.
OFFICE FOR ECONOMY AND LABOUR
DIVISION OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Our office is committed to working for the benefit of the residents of the Zurich Economic Area. We offer guidance to companies from the evaluation process to the start of business, are committed to providing administrative relief for companies and are the point of contact for resident firms. For those new in Zurich we'll provide tips and ideas to facilitate the transition to your new home, life and work. In addition, we facilitate and promote networking of forward-looking economic sectors and between the business sector, politics and academia. www.location.zh.ch
CHAINWORK HUB ZURICH
Chainwork is an ecosystem focused on exponential technologies, backing those who are building the future - the perfect partner to host the first Zurich Startup Europe Week event. Chainwork brings together a global community of: Startups, entrepreneurs, investors & corporates. Located at the heart of Zurich: