My selection of events
You’ll find here interesting events related to startups and innovation, either on local, national, or even international level. Moreover… come checking this page often, if you’d like to get exclusive discounts to these events! I’m negotiating with each event organizer to provide you an interesting saving on your ticket!
February 16 (Friday) 9:30 am - March 17 (Saturday) 5:00 pm
If you care about food, no matter if it’s due to ecological, health, social or gourmet reasons, this is the place to be! At the «Open Food Data Hackdays» [...]
If you care about food, no matter if it’s due to ecological, health, social or gourmet reasons, this is the place to be!
At the «Open Food Data Hackdays» diverse food-interested actors, including big data specialists, software engineers, nutrition experts, farmers, app designers, students and entrepreneurs, are united. This potential is combined with publicly available data on the production, movement, consumption and impact of food, in order to enable groundbreaking projects.
During the Hackdays we go through 3 phases:
I) we collect project ideas around Food Data
II) we work in teams on prototypes for 24 hours
III) we select the solution with the biggest potential, which will receive financial (up to CHF 10’000), technical and business support for more than six months!
(Thursday) 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
This major Swiss Fintech event will be about digitalisation in the banking system, and discussed will be the "open banking" paradigm. The event is mainly in German, with some English parts. Digitalisierung [...]
This major Swiss Fintech event will be about digitalisation in the banking system, and discussed will be the “open banking” paradigm.
The event is mainly in German, with some English parts.
Digitalisierung bedeutet für die Banken, sich zu öffnen. Das fordert die Finanzinstitute nicht nur in technischer Hinsicht heraus, sondern verlangt von ihnen auch, ihr Geschäftsmodell und langfristige Positionierung grundlegend zu überdenken.
Der einstige Mobiltelefon-Titan Nokia verlor wegen Apples iPhone und anderer Smartphones binnen weniger Jahre sein wichtigstes Kerngeschäft. Der Erfolg Apples als Neuling im Mobilfunkbereich war zu grossen Teilen des personalisierbaren Benutzerelebnis zu verdanken. Mit dem hauseigenen App Store und dank seinem lebhaften Ökoystem konnte Apple jedem Kunden den passenden Service zur Verfügung stellen.
Keine Bank ist heute in der Lage, eine annähernde Personalisierung ihrer Dienstleistungen anzubieten, wie dies die Tech-Giganten Apple, Google oder Tencent und Alibaba mit ihren Plattformen heute können. Dem Finanzwesen steht dieser Wandel mit dem weltweiten Trend des Open Banking nun bevor. Sind die Banken von heute die Nokia von gestern?
Ob und wie sich Banken und Versicherungen öffnen, ist von höchster strategischer Bedeutung und entscheidet über den Geschäftserfolg in Zukunft. Europa verpflichtet seine Banken mit PSD2 (Payment Services Directive 2) zur Öffnung. Welche Strategien empfehlen sich für die Schweiz? Welche Schritte haben die Entscheidungsträger von Schweizer Banken und Versicherungen bereits unternommen? Mit welcher Einstellung begegnen sie diesem Paradigmenwechsel? Erfahren Sie aus erster Hand, welche Szenarien Fintech-Visionäre zeichnen und wie Schweizer Entscheidungsträger die Zukunft anpacken. Vernetzen Sie sich mit den Meinungsführern der Fintech- und Finanzbranche am Finanz und Wirtschaft Forum «FinTech 2018».
Finanz und Wirtschaft
15 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 16 (Friday) 8:00 pm
START Summit is Europe’s leading student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology gathering more than 2000 participants with the aim of connecting relevant stakeholders. We strive for inspiring and educating early-stage [...]
START Summit is Europe’s leading student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology gathering more than 2000 participants with the aim of connecting relevant stakeholders. We strive for inspiring and educating early-stage founders and students in order to enable innovation.
16 (Friday) 6:00 pm - 18 (Sunday) 7:30 pm
Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne
Aarbergstrasse 3-5, 2560 Nidau
In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll [...]
In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you!
The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Techstars Startup Weekend, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.
Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.
Startup Weekend Biel/Bienne (SWBB) will happen for the 4th time at Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne from 16th to 18th of March.
Don’t worry about the language… Biel/Bienne is famous to be the biggest bilingual Swiss city (German/French), and we also add English a work language for the weekend… and some of the coaches even master other languages!
(Wednesday) 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Why come to Crypto Summit 2018?
Meet the who’s who of the global crypto industry
Speakers include the legendary Vinny Lingham, Tim Draper, Kathleen Breitman, Jon Matonis, Ransu Salovaara – and many more.
Dive deep into blockchain tech
One of the conference tracks is fully dedicated to DLT technology.
- Launch your product or crowdfunding live on stage:
Last year companies like Aion, Science, YouNow, DomRaider and Streamr pitched here and have since raised over USD 120m. Do not miss your chance this year!
- Learn what it takes to conduct a successful and compliant ICO.
- Learn how industry leaders invest in crypto: One conference track is completely dedicated to crypto investments.
- Network with fellow investors and high potential start-ups.
The Crypto Summit (formerly The ICO Summit) will be held for its second time, with a two-track agenda on leading topics in cryptocurrency.
Switzerland’s Economic Minister, Johann Schneider-Ammann, announced that the nation’s focus on crypto has moved beyond the Crypto Valley and should now refer to the entire country as a ‘Crypto Nation’. This was a demonstration of commitment from the highest political level for the establishment of the crypto industry in Switzerland.
The conference this year will focus on how Switzerland is best positioned to become a global leader in cryptocurrency. This conference, first held in September 2017, became the first international conference in Switzerland dedicated to blockchain crowdfunding. It became a global event, with 85% of speakers coming from outside of Switzerland, and over 30 countries represented among the 500 attendees. A further 2,000 attendees tuned into the event via live stream, which opened with a keynote from William Mougayar, one of the key thought leaders in the crypto financing field.
The Crypto Summit will expand on the previous event’s colorful programme of workshops, keynotes and panel discussions, including two new tracks: ICO & Investment Track and Tech Track. The event will be held in Switzerland’s newly built, high-tech conference center, Samsung Hall. This year’s summit is set to bring together some of the biggest names in crypto funding to share their experience and best practices for successful ICO execution.
“We are building on the incredible success of last year’s Summit, where we received overwhelmingly positive feedback,” says Olga Feldmeier, CEO of SMART VALOR and founder of The Crypto Summit. “The event is held in the epicenter of crypto – making this the best place for blockchain start-ups or investors to see where the industry is headed. We’re excited to see the progression and turnout of this year’s event. Being one of the founders of Crypto Valley and active here since 2014, for me, it is a great pleasure to see it growing year-on-year. With support from influential figures like be Johann Schneider-Ammann, Switzerland is well on its way to becoming a global hub for crypto business.”
This year the conference will double in size, expecting over 1,000 participants from around the world. The speaker line-up includes top leaders of the industry, including Vinny Lingham, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO of Civic, whose popularity rankings recently brought him to one of the top 5 people in the blockchain industry worldwide.
(Thursday) 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
SwissTech Convention Center
84% of the world’s population is located in emerging markets and 59% of global GDP comes from these markets. Figures and statistics confirm it: emerging markets are the future. [...]
84% of the world’s population is located in emerging markets and 59% of global GDP comes from these markets. Figures and statistics confirm it: emerging markets are the future. At Seedstars, we see these as opportunities.
Seedstars Summit is taking place on April 12th 2018, with startups from 65+ countries, scouted over a year of roaming the world for our Seedstars World competition. More than 1000 people – startups, investors, innovators, ecosystem enablers, journalists and fellow opinion shapers – who will join in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss the latest technological advances and innovations from emerging markets.
Why the Seedstars Summit?
– Discover how new trends may impact and inspire business in Europe (advances in agri-tech, tech-based innovations applied to real-estate and rental market, innovative solutions for eco-friendly urban mobility, how technology is revolutionizing human resources and other services for enterprises, med-tech & biohacking are just some of the topics to be discussed)
– Meet Seedstars’ startups, genlives, a platform which is bringing genomic medicine closer to physicians and patients in Uruguay; RehabGlove, a product developed in Georgia that assists patients in post-stroke hand rehabilitation, by providing supportive forces for their hands, using virtual reality for various psychological therapies; Solar Freeze, from Kenya, finalist of the Africa Energy Prize awarded by Enel. This startup is pioneering mobile cold-storage units powered by renewable energy, to help rural smallholder African farmers face the huge challenge of post-harvest loss.
– Join speakers such as Gwendolyn Regina, who most recently spearheaded Mashable’s global expansion into Asia; award recipient, tech founder and CEO of AppsTech Rebecca Enonchong, representing Africa; Tallis Gomes, one of the most outstanding references for entrepreneurship in Latam and Gibran Huzaifah, the Seedstars World Alumni superstar, founder of eFishery, that will join the Summit on its 5th anniversary (and many others!)
24 (Thursday) 8:00 am - 26 (Saturday) 6:00 pm
VivaTech is the world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation together. It’s a gathering of the world’s brightest minds, talents, and products taking place in Paris on 24–26 May 2018.