GO WEST! 7 days to apply to Venture Leaders NYC

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End of February rhymes, since already 15 years, with time to apply to the Venture Leaders program! If you’re (relatively) new on the startup scene, you may wonder what it means: simply said, you have the opportunity to get selected in the Swiss Startup National Team of 2016! I had the chance to participate in 2014 with my company (you can discover my posts about the 2014 and 2015 teams) and I can only hugely recommend it to every entrepreneur. More than a “simple” business development program, it’s also a personal development trip where you’ll learn a lot, which will help you to improve as an entrepreneur. For your current venture or the following ones (an entrepreneur never stops, right ;-)?). In 2014, we went first 8 days to Boston, followed by 2 days in New York. Since this year, …

Time to Lift!

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In less than a week, the famous Lift Conference is taking place again in Geneva. For thos who haven’t heard from it so far… that probably means that: you’re new on the startup scene (great, welcome!) you’re living on another planet (or at least, not in Switzerland ;-)…) Lift Conference is a great conference to get inspiration for top innovators from around the world, like Brian Solis. This year, there will be talks about: Blockchain technology Customer Experience Artificial Intelligence among other ones… There will also be workshops and many cool experiences, where you can test innovations… and get excited about the potential of technology! There will also be a “Lift Prototyping Lab”, where participants will go from problem to prototype in just 3 days… something that I love, and that we also know how to do it my own …

startupolic.com turned 4… today!

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First of all, I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year (I think we can still say it until mid-January)! Hopefully, the Christmas break was the opportunity to relax (aka SLEEP!), spend time with family & friends and refill the batteries! Today is a very special day for me… Exactly 4 years ago, I wrote my first ever blog post. My initial idea was just to share knowledge and insights I was collecting in my startup journey. And get to know new people, connect them and bring my little contribution to the development of the Swiss startup scene. I committed to blog at least once a week (I know: I was less regular these past few months ;-)!) and tried to go the lean way: Find a name that express my blog and myself (not simply my name!): startupolic …

Apply to the Swiss Fintech Award until Nov 30th!

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As already explained earlier this year, the Swiss fintech scene is growing rapidly. And even more since then! A new award was launched end of September: “The Swiss FinTech Award”. The idea is to build a national ecosystem that helps Swiss fintech companies going forward, and gaining international attention. Initiated by Finanz und Wirtschaft Forum, the initiative gathers key players in the field, like Accenture, PostFinance, Raiffeisen and many other ones. The applicants will not only compete for a cash prize (definitive not announced yet, but a multiple of CHF 10’000.-!) and a ticket to Accenture’s Innovation Lab in London (to be awarded on March 31st in Zürich), but finalists will also get coaching and an opportunity to meet the partners at speed dating events. It is also my pleasure to announce that startupolic.com is a media partner of the …

10 great things I did (not) see at TechCrunch Disrupt SF

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This is a guest post by Penny Schiffer a Zürich-based energetic woman, passionate by the startup and investment world. She’s currently managing the startup initiatives of Swisscom and in charge of the « Swisscom Startup Challenge » and also part of Swisscom Ventures and a member of the business angel club Go Beyond. Have you ever been to TechCrunch Disrupt? For me, until a couple of days ago, it was a nearly mythological place where the best startups of this planet present themselves in an exhibition and compete in the so-called Startup Battlefield – the mother of all startup competitions. Among the finalists, there are stellar companies like Fitbit, Yammer, Zenefits and Betterment. As part of the prep work for the Swisscom Startup Challenge, I had the opportunity to go to Silicon Valley during this  crazy time of TechCrunch Disrupt. …

4 Startups Conferences to Consider in September

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How do you know that Summer is definitely over? Colder weather, shorter days? Or by the reappearance of startup conferences? Yes, July and August do not see much activities in terms of conferences (for obvious reasons, as entrepreneurs are busy working hard on a terrace or simply taking a hard-earned break! Startup conferences are starting again and it is hard to make a choice. I’ve discovered new and valuable conferences that I want to share with you (of course, you cannot be everywhere so choose wisely! And don’t go everywhere, you have a startup to run!): VentureDays, Prague – 21-22 September: Venture Days is a global tech industry, IT startup event designed to bring together startups, venture capitalists, angel investors and mentors. Mostly from Eastern Europe countries, but it can be a good idea for Swiss startups to enjoy a …

Win CHF 10’000.- for your Fintech Startup

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As you may have seen if you’re following startups trends worldwide, fintech is quite a hot topic. And it’s not different in Switzerland (check this and this post). Of course, because Switzerland (in a whole) is one of the biggest financial hubs in the world. And things are moving, and it’s great to see this happening! A few ago, a new fintech association is born, namely Swiss FinteCH. This new organization came out of the Fintech Meetups Zürich and Geneva, and their founders, John Hucker and Alexandre Gaillard. Swiss FinteCH is a non-profit association with members connected to the local ecosystem and a common aim to promote the Swiss FinTech scene. Swiss FinteCH is an independent member-based association which aims to serve as the hub for #swissfinteCH. The group is volunteer-led and engages with partners (i.e. corporates, associations, government, etc) to pursue its goals, …

Win a startup trip to Tel Aviv

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Launching a startup is hard and even harder if you’re not in a viable startup ecosystem (where there is enough money flowing to startup, enough entrepreneurs and a general acceptance of failure). In Europe and Middle East, there are  2 mature startup hubs, London and Israel. Of course, Berlin, Paris and many startup scenes are growing and maturing. Switzerland still doesn’t really exist as a startup hub on the global map, even if many Swiss tech startups deserve more attention. And there are also many new initiatives popping up regularly. Like the launch of the Startup Manifesto to transform Switzerland into a real Startup Nation, initated by the association Le Réseau. It is still a long way to go to have a mature startup ecosystem in Switzerland (talking about web and mobile companies, not life sciences). The advantage is that …