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What is the Stand Up & Speak Up Challenge?

It is an opportunity for professionals like you to come on stage and share stories that
matter to them and with that inspire the likes of many.

Here is where the art of public speaking meets the challenge of
competition. At each event, the three best speakers of the evening will
be selected. And among the three, one speaker will be specially awarded as The Judges’ Pick.

At the end of the year, all speakers selected throughout the year will have the opportunity to compete again against each other in our Stand Up & Speak Up Challenge Grand Finale.

Where one of them will then select The Best Speaker of the Year.

What is it for you as audience?

If you are a business owner, entrepreneur, corporate leader, someone who is interested in, and care about, the spoken word, this event is for you! 

Be ready for a dynamic, entertaining and learning experience where you will hear inspiring and thought-provoking stories well-crafted, well-delivered, which will expand your perspective about public speaking.

By listening to “on-the-spot feedback” the judges will give to each speaker, you will have the opportunity to learn more about what works and what doesn’t when you are on stage.

Plus, you will meet like-minded professionals who understand the important of having a message which is clear and deliver the impact intended. And we hope that inspires you to challenge yourself to be the next on stage.  




Zurich & Munich Challenges 2020

Zurich - Thursday, March 19h
Munich - Thursday, March 26th


Thursday, February 6th 2020, from 19h to 22h
At Einstein Kultur


Founder of the Institute of Charismology

Senior Manager at KPMG Switzerland

Creator of Focused and Engaging Teams

Europe's #1 Self-transformation Expert

Moving you from Stress to Strength

Communication Strategist, Investor, Speaker

From waiter to sales and strategic business partner

Awareness and Inner-strength coach

Charismatic, innovative, and result-driven Marketing Leader


  • 7 high caliber speakers will present 5 min speeches
  • 4 judges will judge on the areas of: structure, body language, uniqueness, stage presence
  • Impromptu challenge: here is where the audience gets fully involved. Anyone in the audience can stand up, go on stage and give their best shot in a two-minute presentation about a given topic
  • Learning opportunities
  • Network opportunities

The core behind Stand Up & Speak Up Challenge is to offer a fun and entertaining evening packed with amazing stories, but also, learning opportunities for the audience, and for the speakers.

After each presentation, each speaker will receive on the spot straight-to-the-point feedback from each of the judges.

This way they will know what they could have done better and where to improve for the next time. And the audience has the benefit of learning from it.


19:00 - Doors open

Registration & Networking

19:30 - Let’s begin!

What you should expect

19:45 - Speech Competition

After each prepared speech presentation, each speaker receives on the spot feedback from the judges

21:00 - Impromptu Challenge

Let’s have fun while judges count the ballots. Here we get the audience actively engaged and have the opportunity to Stand Up & Speak Up

21:30 - Winners announcement
22:00 - networking

23:00 - End of the evening


Event dress code: Business casual

We believe every person has a story to share, and that every story matters.

What is your story?

Stand Up & Speak Up Challenge is Europe’s Premier Speaking Contest where passionate speakers come on stage for the opportunity to transform the lives of the entire audience through original stories.

It is also an opportunity for speakers and for the audience to learn from the feedback of each judge after each presentation.

Are you ready to brand yourself as a professional speaker? 

If so, keep reading!

As a speaker for us you will…

  • Get a chance to compete for a prize package valued over thousands, including but not limited to… coaching that will enhance your speaking skills, speaking engagements, online courses and much more!
  • Get an opportunity to bring visibility to yourself and establish your brand as an award-winning speaker

You will leave Stand Up & Speak Up Challenge with…

  • A new sense of purpose through creative expression and the thrill of competition
  • Lifelong connections with other passionate speakers
  • Pictures and a speaker video (by order) that you will be able to use in your own self-promotion marketing and social media

Our goal is to have original stories that not only empower, and inspire people, but also, and very importantly, stories that move them into action! 

If you feel you’re up for the challenge, check the conditions below before applying.

Three speakers will be selected as the Best Speakers of the evening. And they will compete again, in the Grand Finale in December, against other speakers selected throughout the year.

However, among the three best speakers of the evening, one speaker will be specially awarded as The Judges Pick.


What's in it for you?


  • Prize package from Tulia
  • Visibility as speaker in a diverse community
  • Exposure to people in the professional speaking community
  • Promotion of yourself and your brand
  • The thrill of competition
  • Connect with other passionate speakers
Contest Details
  • 7 Speakers
  • 5 minutes original prepared speech on the theme provided. Speakers start losing points at 5:16 minutes. If they reach beyond 5:31 minutes they will be disqualified. 
  • Speakers will be judged in the following areas: structure, body language, uniqueness and stage presence
  • Three speakers will be selected, and all three will be allowed to compete again at the end of the year with the finalists of the year
  • Among the three winners, the best speech will win a special prize from the judges
Criteria to Compete:
  • Provide a headshot and fill out registration form
  • Compliance to the timing and format of the event
  • Good to above average speaking skills
  • 120CHF (110 euro) Entry fee (only if you’re accepted). Not refundable in case of cancelation of participation 
  • Mandatory team meeting via Skype or Zoom prior to event (Usually 2-3 weeks prior to event)
  • 5 minutes original prepared speech on theme provided
  • Support to promote the event in your inner circle, community and Social Media
Provided that you agree with all criteria above, go ahead and fill the application form below.


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Important Note: Applying does not guarantee that you will be chosen. Our decision is based on several criteria, in order to bring the best and the most unique and authentic stories to our stage. Good luck!


Public Speaking Jedi

President of Professional Women's Group Zurich

Helping Entrepreneurs to Overcome Procrastination




B.A. Business Studies with a major in Leadership

Bachelor of Arts in English and in Tourism

Global Marketing Strategist and Stand-up Comedian

IT consultant, Stand-up Comedian, Champion Speechmaker


(100 pts)

4-5 minutes


Timing Criteria (4-5 minutes)

Green at 4 minutes
Yellow at 4:30 minutes
Red at 5 minutes 
Grace period: after reaching 5 minutes speakers have 15 seconds to wrap-up their speech, up to 5:15
Points Loss: Speakers start losing points at 5:16 minutes – one point per secondIf they reach beyond 5:30 minutes they will be disqualified. At 5:31 minutes the microphone will be muted and they will have to stop

Speakers will also be disqualified if they speak less than 4 minutes

“… because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Steve Jobs

“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first”

Ralph W. Emerson

“The world is in search of people who are willing to Stand Up, Speak Up & Lead”

Tulia Lopes


Zurich & Munich Challenges 2020

Zurich, thursday, march 19th 2020
munich, thursday, march 26th 2020



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Our vision at the Stand Up & Speak Up Challenge is to bring awareness of how people can use a stage to create an impact that has the power to transform other people’s lives. For that, we will offer an  inspirational and entertaining evening packed with amazing stories but also learning opportunities for the audience and speakers so they can hone their speaking skills further.

Our mission is to provide the platform and become a reference, and support, for speakers who are seriously seeking to become professionals in the trade and want to spread their messages globally.

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Speak Up Network

As it is said, “your network is your networth”, and we live by it.
In each of our international events we create a welcoming, dynamic, diverse and safe environment where valuable connections are facilitated, business ventures are aligned, collaborations are established, new friends are made, and old friends are met.
Our aim is to create platforms where professionals can learn, share and impact positively the lives of many others, and also build bridges between countries and continents.
Become part of our tribe.

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Speak Up & Lead Academy

We live in uncertain times for careers and businesses. And, at the top of it, “average is over!”
As professionals, we need to be constantly honing our skills.
We believe that effective communication, public speaking and leadership skills are the foundation for any professional who wants to succeed in their careers and businesses.
To support that, we run regular workshops, training and mentorship programs for the ones who really want to make a positive impact in the world by raising their voice above the noisy crowd.
We are encouraging everyone to Stand Up, Speak Up & Lead!

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About the founder

Tulia Lopes is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who is committed to “give voice to women” across the globe. Her journey started almost three decades ago as an architect, then walking her path through the IT business, and then ten years ago embracing the world of communication, public speaking and leadership development.
She is the founder of Stand Up & Speak Up Challenge; Speak Up & Lead Academy; AWE Summit; and she is also the author of Leading in High Heels.

Her mission is to support promoting gender equality by bringing diversity to stages worldwide, and helping women to find, own and unleash their voices.

We believe that together we go farther

Tulia Lopes

She is the mind and soul behind Stand Up & Speak Up Challenge. She is a communication architect and leader in high heels.

To learn more about Tulia, visit

Her motto: “I’m creator, if I don’t find a door, I build one. “


Giada will be challenging you to come on stage to give a 2-minute impromptu speech on the topic of her choice.

Would you dare to Stand Up & Speak Up?

Norberto Amaral

Norberto is a communication consultant, event organiser, creativity and innovation management consultant. 
He is the organiser and host of TEDxPorto, one of the largest TEDx events in the world; extensive experience in training for public speaking, presentations and event organisation.
He organised, was a speaker or moderator in over 100 events of TEDx, Ignite, speech competitions, creative sessions, strategic workshops, among others.

Norberto will be coaching the speakers on how to carry out their speeches with passion, confidence and persuasion.

Tulia Lopes

She is the mind behind the scenes.
With a decade of experience internationally as speaker and trainer she knows that without having a clear message, no matter how good your idea is, you won’t get too far.
With that in mind, she decided to create this platform to give opportunity to professionals to share their messages and, with the thrill of a competition, learn what they have done well, and what they still need to improve.

Tulia will provide the speakers with the guidelines and rules of participation. She will also support them by sharing the key elements they have to have in mind to prepare their best speech, own the stage, and impact the audience.