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Geneva Startup Weekend: IH challenge - Non-PET Plastic in Geneva

  • Impact Hub Geneva 1 Rue Fendt Genève, GE, 1201 Schweiz (map)

Startup Weekend is back in Geneva this June for a special Sustainable Revolution edition. This event is dedicated to ecology, ethic, social, circular and local economy in partnership with Impact Hub Geneva. You can come alone or with your friends; with or without an idea and participate to the creation of a new startup’s project.

This year, the Impact Hub Geneva's challenge is : Circular Economy : Recycling non-PET Plastic in Geneva

Geneva, and much of Switzerland, deals with non-PET plastic by incinerating it along with non-recyclable household waste to produce energy.

The change that needs to happen is to Refuse single use-plastic, Reduce our dependency on the material by shopping locally for fresh food that does not require plastic to prolong it’s life, and to Reuse what plastic we can until it has really reached the end of life.

After 15 years as an advertising project manager in New York, London and Paris. Neil Van Kerkhove, our member moved to Geneva with his family and was immediately inspired by the surrounding international organizations to shift his focus to social, environmental, and humanitarian work.

Joins us to hear what progress Neil has made with his pilot program at the Impact Hub Geneva, and to brainstorm ways to take the idea further.

Tickets here :



6:00 PM - Registration Apero & Networking (Catering by Magic Tomato)
6:45 PM - Icebreaker followed by the welcome word of the team and speakers
8:00 PM - Pitches Start
9:00 PM - Attendees vote for the best pitches
9:15 PM - Team creation: meet your teammates for the weekend and start the fun/work !

8:00 AM - Breakfast, simple & healthy breakfast & coffee
8:00 AM - Introduction word by our host Impact Hub Geneva
8:30 AM - Fun Icebreaking activity and introduction to our workshops
9:00 AM - Workshop (in french) : Comment réaliser une étude de marché
9:00 AM - Work time
12:00 PM - Lunch break
1:00 PM - After lunch progress check-up with the teams.
2:00 PM - Coach Meetings: Coaches help teams one-on-one.
2:00 PM - Workshop (in french) : Communication responsable.
7:30 PM - Dinner: Local yummy food
10:00 PM - Wrap up & fun activities

8:00 AM - Breakfast, simple & healthy breakfast & coffee
10:00 AM - Icebreaker & introduction to Pitching
10:00 PM - Workshop (in english) : Pitch preparation
12:00 PM - Lunch break
1:00 PM - After lunch progress check-up with the teams.
3:00 PM - Presentation Prep & Tech Check: Final moments of work should be focused on finishing your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place
5:00 PM - Final Presentations
7:30 PM - Judging & Awards
8:30 PM - Wrap-Up & Apero