February 10, 2016 – Campus Biotech

Practical Info

Getting to the MassChallenge Startup Summit

The MassChallenge Startup Summit takes place in the heart of Geneva at the Campus Biotech (Campus Biotech, Avenue Kazem Radjavi, Genève).

Check out our tailor-made google map to guide you through the city.

Getting to the MassChallenge Startup Summit:

From the airport:  Geneva airport is known as "Genève Cointrin". By bus, it's only 20 mins to Campus Biotech.

  • Bus n°28 to "Genève, Jardin Botanique": stop at "Jardin Botanique"

Useful tip: free public transport ticket from the airport at the automatic distributor near the arrival gates (right after the luggage carousels).

From the train station: Geneva's main train station is known as "Gare Cornavin". By bus, it's only 10 mins to Campus Biotech.

  • Bus n°1 or n°25 to "Jardin Botanique": stop at "Mines"

Useful tips: when you stay in a hotel, a youth hostel or at a campsite, you receive a free public transport pass. Trams, trains and buses are very reliable. To find out how to get anywhere by public transport, visit the Transport Public Genevois website. Possibility to buy your public transport ticket at any tram / bus stop.

To go further afield (Lausanne, Zürich etc...), check out the Swiss Railways train schedules.

Once you are there, please take the "Kazem Radjavi" Entrance.

Social activities


Hospitality partner: Intercontinental Hotel, 5-Star

This year, Lift participants benefit from a very competitive price for accommodation. Get a 30% discount on rooms at the Intercontinental Hotel upon showing your Lift16 / MassChallenge ticket! This 5-star luxury hotel offers amazing views of the Mont Blanc, of Lake Geneva and Geneva City. It is a 5-minute walk from the Botanic Garden, Lake Geneva and Campus Biotech !


Switzerland is renowned for its hospitality industry and hotels in Geneva are no exception. Here are a few good pointers:

For central accommodation, you may want to try the following (although please understand that this is not an endorsement):

4-star: Warwick Hotel, Hôtel Tiffany, Hôtel Novotel, Royal Hotel (Manotel)

3-star: Hotel Mon Repos, Hotel Cristal, Hotel Eden, Hotel Strasbourg, Hotel Kipling (Manotel)

Budget: Geneva Youth Hostel, City Hostel Geneva

Outside of Geneva:

If you're struggling to find accommodation in central Geneva, try the Best Western in Chavannes-de-Bogis. 


Quick facts

  • Geneva weather in February is usually pretty cold but sunny.
  • Local currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF) but many shops and restaurants take euros.