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Startup Weekend Zurich
May 6th – 8th, 2016

What types of ideas should I be ready to pitch?

Most of the ideas are web-based or mobile applications. Generally, ideas which involve creating a physical product do not work well because you need something to present to the panel on Sunday. If you have any idea at all, we encourage you to pitch it!

How do I pitch my idea? 

The pitches on Friday night will be informal (no PowerPoint allowed) and you will be allotted no more than 60 seconds to explain your idea.

Should I be worried about my idea getting stolen?

Startup Weekend pitches are done in an open forum and no non-disclosures will be signed. If you are really concerned about your idea being stolen, by all means keep it private. But remember, it’s rarely the idea that is the winner but the people and the execution behind it.

Does Startup Weekend have any ownership rights to ideas or products conceived at the event?

Absolutely not. Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization and any ownership rights are completely up to the teams and participants. We don’t recommend worrying too much about this during the event – there will be lots of time for that when you take your startup to the next level.

Can I pitch an idea I’ve already been working on?

No! It’s imperative that everyone is open during the event. Startup Weekend is all about meeting new people and creating innovative solutions to real problems TOGETHER. You can research your idea ahead of time. If you come with an idea you’ve already worked on, it’s not fair to the other participants and teams. Play fair – as a general guideline – if you’ve created code, a logo, snagged a domain name, or already sold something – then don’t pitch it during the weekend. You will meet some amazing people who may be able to help you with your existing idea after the weekend.

How do we form the teams?

We allow the teams to form themselves. Each participant will get 3 notes. Each represents a vote. The pitch ideas will be posted around the room. Place your votes on the ideas you like best. You can vote for yourself! The pitch ideas with the most votes will move on to form teams and build the idea during the weekend. Generally teams of approximately 5 members work best.

How will I know what someone else’s specialty is?

This is where the networking aspect of the event comes in. To put a good team together, you need to walk around and talk to people. Last time, we used colour coded name tags and we might do that again but you need to talk to people to find out what they can offer.

What time should I get there on Friday?

Try to arrive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm so you have a chance to eat and network with other attendees. We have a lot to do on Friday night so need to get things moving and get you all working!

How do I get there?

We’re at Samsung Switzerland, Giesshübelstrasse 30, 8045 Zürich – just opposite of Sihlcity, Tram stop 5 & 13 as well as S-Bahn 4 and Bus 72 are just in front of the entrance.
We will have some balloons pointing you to the right direction.

Do I need to bring a computer?

Yes, make sure to bring a laptop and whatever you need to get the job done.

Anything else I should bring?

Business cards, also, bring a great attitude and a lot of energy!

How much does it cost (remember, we’re a non-profit and have to cover our costs)?

Cost to participate is 80 CHF and you must buy a ticket to officially become registered. We have discounted tickets for students using the code STUDENT. The cost includes food/drinks to be provided throughout the weekend, along with coaching, fun, prizes, swag and more…

Twitter

If you tweet about this event on Twitter, please use the #swzh16 hashtag so that we can include you in the sidebar and make it easier for others to connect with you. Please follow the official Startup Weekend Zurich twitter feed (@SWZurich) as well to stay up-to-date with recent information regarding the event.

Timo Hahn