Pitch Me If You Can! Startupolic Office Hours Are Back

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As a reader of startupolic.com, you probably know that I’m a big fan of the pay it forward culture. Or said differently, give before you get. Last year, I did a first experiment by giving 30min to any founder (no selection here) who wanted to pitch me her project, or simply ask me some questions about starting up, about lean startup or about how to build a (digital) product. I’ve simply tried it for fun. And it was! It went beyond my expectations, as I was fully booked, even had to add extra slots. There was a lot of interesting discussions, with people who were just starting up. Or who were considering the startup way after having built state-of-the art technology during their PhD. The title (“pitch me if you can!”) is quite pompous and bit provocative, I know… I was simply expecting …

Hack the Local Shops on 19th of November

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Switzerland is more and more active with startup activities. You often hear that the startup scene is nothing compared to renowned European hubs like Berlin or London. Yes, it’s true, at least in term of startups funded, of startups growing  quickly or in terms of successful exits. However, there are a lot things happening, and many new initiatives are popping up almost every week (making it harder and harder for everyone new on the scene not to get lost in the wide panel of activities). For instance, a first Digital Festival was organized in Zürich back in September. Geneva welcomed its first Startup Weekend dedicated to Fintech early October (@Fintech FUSION, of course!). Hackathons are also more and more trendy, with the biggest European one happening in Zürich in September, but also with other ones taking place in the 2nd Swiss startup hub, at EPFL. Facebook organized one …

Fintech Infographic: The Current State of Fintech

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At this period of the year, as always, I should normally be telling you to slow down and relax… (yes, you need to take some vacations!). What I will do on my side. But if you already had their holidays or have them later in the Summer, or if staying on the beach is boring for you, you may want to discover this interesting infographic made by Robert Hendriks, of DealSunny. And if nothing of this above is accurate for you, take some time once you’re back to discover this fintech infographic anyway! As most of the time, Switzerland is not really considered in it. Except that Fintech FUSION is mentioned, to my great pleasure! Enjoy Summer time!

How To Learn About UX in Switzerland?

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If you’d like to launch a new business, you may think about the optimal combination of founders. And how many is too many? And what skills do you need in your team? Many people find extremely hard to find cofounders, especially technical ones (who has never heard the following complaint: “I cannot find a technical co-founder”?). Fortunately, nowadays, there are many possibilities in Switzerland to find software developers who may want to join a startups: Startup Weekend, hackathons (the biggest one in Europe happens in September) or even dedicated platforms like cofoundme or startup portals like f6s. But the biggest hurdle to convince a software developer (or, more realistically, everyone who has entrepreneurial spirit) to join your startup is the lack of money. Why would I work for free for your project without getting paid as I can get a …

My 2015 wrap-up

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End of January… it is almost late to share my 2015 wrap-up. But still time. I was planning to do it until mid of this month, but you know how life is: days have only 24 hours! You may have seen that startupolic.com turned 4 on January 12th. Already 4 years! It has gone so quickly and it is such a long time ago in the same time. I have lived so many amazing (and less amazing, true!) experiences: what I can say is that I don’t regret at all to be a real entrepreneur (and not “simply” an advisor) and a blogger! I had defined that 2015 would be the year of “monetization” for me. It was. Not that I’ve made any tremendous exit (no exit at all, by now). But my partners and I have been able to …

8 promising startups to meet on November 9th

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For the 6th time, I’m organizing the SICTIC Investor Day is taking place in Lausanne. SICTIC Investor Day is a pitching competition where 8 startups have 90 seconds to pitch their project (with just one slide). The audience then selects the 4 finalists, who will have the opportunity to pitch in an extended way (7minutes). The jury comprised of Alexandre Peyraud (aleCent), Patrick Barbey (Innovaud) and Thomas Dübendorfer (SwissICT Investor Club) has selected the 8 startups among a record number of applications (31!). Here they are! Teleport Ninja: New interaction paradigm in video, used for immersive virtual tours Technis: Creating the future of sports through the digitalisation of its physical infrastructures. ShoeSize.Me: Plug-In solution for online shops to recommend the right shoe size to shoppers. ROVENSO : Agile robots for nuclear decommissioning and emergency response Prevue Medical: Easy 3D Printing Service …

Pitch me (if you can!) – The Startupolic Office Hours

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If you’re new to the startup world, you may not have heard about the concept of office hours. And even if you’re in the startup world for a long time, especially not in the US or UK, you may also not have heard about it! Coming from the US and democratized by the well-known accelerator Y Combinator, the office hours are time when you can book anybody without her accepting before. Meaning: you open your agenda and let anyone who want to meet you to book a slot. Without any filtering. Yes, it mays sound crazy. Because everyone has a busy agenda and you do not want to meet anybody. To survive with the many meeting requests you are receiving, you do your best to only meet relevant people. Some Venture Capitalists like the well-known Brad Feld or Fred Wilson …

Discover the Swiss Startup National Team 2015

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They are  20. They are entrepreneurs. They are building and growing their startup from Switzerland. They are the Venture Leaders 2015! Each year since 2004, venturelab is organizing a 10-days business development trip in Boston (and New York since 2014) for 20 selected entrepreneurs. I’ve been following the different Swiss Startup National Teams since 2008 and I even had the chance to be a Venture Leader in 2014 (read my report here). These 20 entrepreneurs will have an intensive training at Babson College, as well as meetings with US investors and potential partners. They will get a sense of the US mentality (which is, trust me, really different from the typical Swiss one) and have the opportunity to network at scale! This year, 2 women made it in the team (last year, we only had one unique female entrepreneur, Bori). …