Design your own Conference

At startup days, you will experience a decentralized conferencing model. The program is categorized into four tracks:

  • Inspiration: Think out of the box and get surprised.
  • Learning: Grow your skills and knowledge with excellent experts.
  • Scaling: Find out how to enlarge and internationalize your business and learn how to mature the ecosystem.
  • Pitching: Discover outstanding tech startups.

Reap the full benefits of achieving your goals by choosing the sessions that suit you best. Scroll through the program and discover top-notch speakers and hot, insightful, inspiring, and surprising sessions.

After registration, you can book your seat for your favorite sessions. The seats in each room are limited. Be fast and reserve your space before it’s gone. You will receive more constructions after registration.

Building the world’s leading Crypto Nation
09:00 - 09:45

Building the world’s leading Crypto Nation

Marc Bernegger, Lucas Betschart & Niklas Nikolajsen
09:00 - 09:45Room: Szenario 2

Building the world’s leading Crypto Nation

Marc Bernegger, Lucas Betschart & Niklas Nikolajsen

The blockchain economy is a potential future environment in which cryptocurrency replaces current monetary systems, potentially on a global basis.

Switzerland keeps pace with the times: In total, 840 companies are active in blockchain. Switzerland offers the best framework conditions for the crypto-finance industry, say experts.

In this session, crypto experts discuss the importance of the future currency and Switzerland’s potential as a Crypto Nation.
We focus on one big question: How can we take full advantage of Switzerland’s strengths to build the world’s leading blockchain and cryptographic technologies ecosystem?

Marc P. Bernegger

Marc P. Bernegger

Board Member of Crypto Finance AG, Vice Chairman of Crypto Broker AG

Lucas Betschart

Lucas Betschart

President of Bitcoin Association Switzerland

Niklas Nikolajsen

Niklas Nikolajsen

Founder and Chairman, Bitcoin Suisse

Deeptech Nation - Switzerland Rules!
09:15 - 10:00Swisscom

Deeptech Nation - Switzerland Rules!

Dominique Mégret, Dr. Péter Fankhauser, Patrick Thévoz, Flyability & Martin Eichenhofer
09:15 - 10:00Room: Swisscom HUB, Szenario 1

Swisscom

Deeptech Nation - Switzerland Rules!

Dominique Mégret, Dr. Péter Fankhauser, Patrick Thévoz, Flyability & Martin Eichenhofer

In this panel discussion, you will get 1st hand insights from three Swiss deeptech startup founders. We will discuss the challenges around being a HW & SW company, fundraising and going to market. Furthermore, you will understand why Switzerland is the deeptech nation par excellence! Get inspired to fundraise, kickstart & grow your deeptech company out of Switzerland.

Dominique Mégret

Dominique Mégret

Head, Swisscom Ventures

Dr. Péter Fankhauser

Dr. Péter Fankhauser

Co-Founder & CEO, Anybotics

Patrick Thévoz

Patrick Thévoz

Co-Founder & CEO, Flyability

Martin Eichenhofer

Martin Eichenhofer

CEO, 9T Labs

Klea Wenger

Klea Wenger

Investment Manager, Swisscom Ventures

Collaborative Innovation: How to innovate across organisational boundaries?
09:15 - 10:00digitalswitzerland

Collaborative Innovation: How to innovate across organisational boundaries?

Ulrich Schimpel, Michael Breitfeld & Urs Stender
09:15 - 10:00Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Collaborative Innovation: How to innovate across organisational boundaries?

Ulrich Schimpel, Michael Breitfeld & Urs Stender

Collaborative and multi-stakeholder innovation are approaches that are often talked about today, but are not very tangible. From the perspective of an SME, a corporation and an incubator, we explore how they combine collaboration and innovation and what criteria are necessary for PoCs to projects in a collaborative setting.

Ulrich Schimpel

Ulrich Schimpel

Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Switzerland

Urs Stender

Urs Stender

Managing Director, BlueLion Incubator

Michael Breitfeld

Michael Breitfeld

Head of Process Optimization, Schweizer Salinen AG

Why zebras are the new unicorns
09:00 - 09:45Impact Hub

Why zebras are the new unicorns

Noora Buser & Florian Wieser
09:00 - 09:45Room: Aare 1

Impact Hub

Why zebras are the new unicorns

Noora Buser & Florian Wieser

The zebra analogy tells the story of an alternative to the unicorn startups of Silicon Valley and the likes. Zebra startups have three characteristics. First, they are real, which means they focus on present societal realities. Second, they thrive in communities and collaborate with other zebras. And finally, zebra enterprises integrate the maximization of social impact with self-sustaining business models – black and white together make the pattern.

In this session you will not only find out why it is worth becoming a zebra entrepreneur. You will also get inspiration of how to go about this journey by meeting living examples of successful Swiss zebras.

Noora Buser

Noora Buser

Managing Partner, Impact Hub Bern

Florian Wieser

Florian Wieser

Startup & Innovation Lead, SENS

Improve your performance like an athlete
09:00 - 09:45Athletes Network

Improve your performance like an athlete

Rahel Kiwic & Julia Philipona
09:00 - 09:45Room: Panorama 2

Athletes Network

Improve your performance like an athlete

Rahel Kiwic & Julia Philipona

Entrepreneurs and athletes have a lot in common – determination, passion, an absolute commitment to a goal. We all know that if you want to be a champion, you have to think and act like one. Why not use the same techniques & tactics as athletes when it comes to managing resources wisely or performing on day X?

In this session we elaborate on what it means to have an „Athlete’s Mindset“ and how we can integrate such a mindset into our daily lives to improve our performance – just like an athlete.

Rahel Kiwic

Rahel Kiwic

Co-Owner, Athletes Network & professional football player

Julia Philipona

Julia Philipona

Co-Owner, Athletes Network

Term Sheet Negotations with VCs and Strategic Investors
09:30 - 10:15Kellerhals Carrard

Term Sheet Negotations with VCs and Strategic Investors

Karim Maizar
Karim Maizar
09:30 - 10:15Room: Panorama 4

Kellerhals Carrard

Term Sheet Negotations with VCs and Strategic Investors

Karim Maizar
Partner, Kellerhals Carrard Dr. iur., Attorney at Law

What to consider when onboarding VCs and strategic investors and how to successfully negotiate the best deal terms for your company.

Pitching Semi-Finals
09:15 - 10:15Vertical 1 | Autonomous Systems

Pitching Semi-Finals

09:15 - 10:15Room: Aare 2

Vertical 1 | Autonomous Systems

Pitching Semi-Finals

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Co-Managing Director Startup INVEST

Scale to New Markets - India and Brazil
11:45 - 12:30Swissnex

Scale to New Markets - India and Brazil

Archit Kansal & Danielle Cohen
11:45 - 12:30Room: Swisscom Hub / Szenario 1

Swissnex

Scale to New Markets - India and Brazil

Archit Kansal & Danielle Cohen

Due to the current economic situation, internationalisation of a startup has become the logical evolution of their business model.

There are many unknowns that exist in an alien market like India or Brazil – Exogenous factors, Competitive Landscape, IP Protection, Pricing strategy etc.

This workshop will highlight these unknowns and show you how to skirt through these obscure waters.

Archit Kansal

Archit Kansal

Program Lead - Deeptech, Innovation & Startup Partnerships, swissnex India

 Danielle Cohen

Danielle Cohen

Startups and Innovation Project Manager, swissnex Brazil

Why innovation needs an entrepreneurial state?
09:00 - 09:30

Why innovation needs an entrepreneurial state?

Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato
09:00 - 09:30Room: Panorama 1

Why innovation needs an entrepreneurial state?

Mariana Mazzucato
Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP)

Innovation is an outcome of a massive collective effort. It needs an entrepreneurial state to achieve smart, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth. Get inspired by Mariana Mazzucatos‘ ideas on how to evolve the startup ecosystem in modern capitalism and which role the state ought to have.

Moderator:
Patrizia Laeri, Economist, Journalist & Moderator

Going global – how to scale internationally
10:45 - 11:30Swisstech

Going global – how to scale internationally

Marcel Hofstetter, Philip Morger, Jonas Brunschwig & Olga Dubey
10:45 - 11:30Room: Szenario 2

Swisstech

Going global – how to scale internationally

Marcel Hofstetter, Philip Morger, Jonas Brunschwig & Olga Dubey

Internationalisation is not an option but a must for many Swiss start-ups. Join the swisstech masterclass: Hear from fellow entrepreneurs about their internationalisation journeys, and get to know the many Swiss support programmes that will accompany you along the way.

Marcel Hofstetter

Marcel Hofstetter

Scientific Officer, Innosuisse

Philip Morger

Philip Morger

Consultant Internationalization Starters, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Olga Dubey

Olga Dubey

Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain

Jonas Brunschwig

Jonas Brunschwig

Deputy CEO, swissnex Boston

New hot stuff to invest in
09:45 - 10:15

New hot stuff to invest in

Yanni Pipilis
Yanni Pipilis
09:45 - 10:15Room: Panorama 1

New hot stuff to invest in

Yanni Pipilis
Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers

What’s the hot stuff out there that’s worth investing in now? Investor Yanni Pipilis has a feeling for it.

In this inspirational talk, the Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers gives away some revealing and hot insider tips about investment. Is it artificial intelligence and machine learning? Join the discussion and get out of this session with thrilling hands-on tips of an authentic investment expert.

In the end, you have the chance to ask everything you wanted but never dared to.

Moderators:
Mike Baur, Co-Founder & CEO, Swiss Startup Group
Gina Domanig, Managing Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures

How data-driven sourcing can help overlook founders and take bias out of VC decision making
10:00 - 10:15

How data-driven sourcing can help overlook founders and take bias out of VC decision making

Penny Schiffer
Penny Schiffer
10:00 - 10:15Room: Aare 1

How data-driven sourcing can help overlook founders and take bias out of VC decision making

Penny Schiffer
Co-Founder & CEO, Raized.ai

The VC industry faces challenges with excess capital and the globalization of its business. VC thought leaders foresee a more global, transparent and AI-supported investment decision-making process as potential differentiator for VC firms.

We will discuss approaches in deal sourcing automation and augmentation of decision making, share success stories and debate implications for the VC industry.

From Idea to Product
10:45 - 11:30Zühlke

From Idea to Product

Markus Steiner
Markus Steiner
10:45 - 11:30Room: Aare 1

Zühlke

From Idea to Product

Markus Steiner
Business Solution Manager, Zühlke Group

You have a great IDEA. Let´s empower this IDEA.

In this workshop you will discover the inspiring mission from an idea to a realiable product.
We speak about the winning team, the risk driven procedure, the relevant funcionality, the important patience to simplicity and realiablity and last but not least „lean production“ including a short „hand-on“ case-study from A to Z.

Let´s empower a successful product that will ROCK.

Pitching Semi-Finals
09:15 - 10:15Vertical 2 | Healthtech

Pitching Semi-Finals

09:15 - 10:15Room: Aare 3

Vertical 2 | Healthtech

Pitching Semi-Finals

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Managing Director Startup INVEST

Cyberattacks: How SMEs can protect themselves
09:00 - 09:45Zürich

Cyberattacks: How SMEs can protect themselves

Alexander Tlili & Sylvain Heiniger
09:00 - 09:45Room: Panorama 3

Zürich

Cyberattacks: How SMEs can protect themselves

Alexander Tlili & Sylvain Heiniger

„Cyberattacks don’t concern me. My enterprise is too small.“ This attitude might help you sleep well at night, but SMEs are actually even more at risk than large companies. The main reason: SMEs usually can’t afford the same IT security as the big players. In our workshop session, we show how hackers try to harm you, which tricks they use, and how you can protect yourself.

Sylvain Heiniger

Sylvain Heiniger

Security Analyst, Compass Security

Alexander Tlili

Alexander Tlili

Underwriter Financial Lines PI and Cyber, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.

Key elements of successful collaboration between StartUps and Corporates
11:30 - 12:15ActionJam

Key elements of successful collaboration between StartUps and Corporates

Ruth Armalé, Beat Schlumpf & Raphael Fässler
11:30 - 12:15Room: Panorama 1

ActionJam

Key elements of successful collaboration between StartUps and Corporates

Ruth Armalé, Beat Schlumpf & Raphael Fässler

In this session the ActionJam members die Post, Migros Aare and House of Insuretech Switzerland will focus on their approaches on collaborating with StartUps.
We will talk about timing, strategic fit and unfair advantages along the exit path of StartUps. From Open Innovation, over CorpUp processes to M&A. Our speakers will focus on key elements for a successful collaboration between StartUps and Corporates on all stages and are looking forward to discussing with all of you!

Ruth Armalé

Ruth Armalé

Head of Open Innovation, HITS

 Beat Schlumpf

Beat Schlumpf

Head MA Ventures, Migros Aare

Raphael Fässler

Raphael Fässler

Investor @ Swiss Post Ventures, Die Schweizerische Post

How to make your start-up appeal to investors and business partners.
11:45 - 12:30BEKB

How to make your start-up appeal to investors and business partners.

Marcel Oertle, Michael Sauter, Raphael Oberholzer, Marcel Aeschlimann & David Studer
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 2

BEKB

How to make your start-up appeal to investors and business partners.

Marcel Oertle, Michael Sauter, Raphael Oberholzer, Marcel Aeschlimann & David Studer

Find out how to reach your goals more quickly and more successfully. Discover what is important to investors and business partners and how to go about accessing the right partnerships.

In our panel discussion with start-up entrepreneurs, investors and big names from the world of business, you’ll discover how Bern has developed its own ecosystem to help start-ups reach their goals more quickly and more successfully. The focus will be on topics such as support for start-ups and how SMEs and investors recognise potential synergies. We also want to know what motivates investors to put money into the ecosystem and start-ups, and how SMEs intend to promote innovation in the Bern region. Come along and find out about the dos and don’ts of working with investors and business partners.

Marcel Oertle

Marcel Oertle

Head of Private / Business Clients Department, Member of the Board, BEKB

Michael Sauter

Michael Sauter

CEO, Zentrum für Innovation und Digitalisierung Bernapark (ZID)

Raphael Oberholzer

Raphael Oberholzer

Founder, NEEO

Marcel Aeschlimann

Marcel Aeschlimann

Owner, Creaholic SA

David Studer

David Studer

Founder, Xovis AG

Selling sex toys
10:00 - 10:15

Selling sex toys

Alan Frei
Alan Frei
10:00 - 10:15Room: Szenario 2

Selling sex toys

Alan Frei
Entrepreneur, Minimalist & Vagabond

Alan Frei co-founded Amorana the largest sex toy shop in Switzerland 7 years ago and sold it in 2020 to Lovehoney which is now largest sex toy retailer in the world. Alan Frei will talk about how to create a start up from nothing.

Exit - Lessons learned
10:45 - 11:30Wenger & Vieli

Exit - Lessons learned

Michael Baier & Patric Eggler
10:45 - 11:30Room: Panorama 3

Wenger & Vieli

Exit - Lessons learned

Michael Baier & Patric Eggler

Meet our legal and tax experts and join our master class about exit. We talk about used cases and lessons learned from hundreds of deals in recent years.

We discuss potential pitfalls and how to do it better when it comes to an exit of your start up. We describe the various types of exit: trade sale (share deal, asset deal) IPO and SPAC.

Michael Baier

Michael Baier

Senior Associate, Wenger & Vieli AG

Patric Eggler

Patric Eggler

Tax Expert, Wenger & Vieli AG

SUD2021 @ Federal Palace
11:00 - 12:00Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SUD2021 @ Federal Palace

Judith Bellaiche, Andri Silberschmidt, Martin Godel, & Christian Busch
11:00 - 12:00Room: Garten 5

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SUD2021 @ Federal Palace

Judith Bellaiche, Andri Silberschmidt, Martin Godel, & Christian Busch

Innovative startups meet with politicians and representatives of the administration for an activating exchange. The discussion focuses on the possible consequences for politics and administration when these disrupting technologies become established.
The exchange is intended to promote mutual understanding and, in particular, to sensitize politicians to specific concerns of the
startup community.

Judith Bellaiche

Judith Bellaiche

National Councillor

Christian Busch

Christian Busch

Scientific Advisor Innovation Unit, SERI

Martin Godel

Martin Godel

Head SME Policy, SECO

Andri Silberschmidt

Andri Silberschmidt

National Councillor

The 90-second pitch: convincing investors and bosses with storytelling
10:4511:30Innosuisse

The 90-second pitch: convincing investors and bosses with storytelling

Philippe Ganz & Stefan Huber
10:4511:30Room Szenario 1

Innosuisse

The 90-second pitch: convincing investors and bosses with storytelling

Philippe Ganz & Stefan Huber

The elevator pitch is elementary for founders and innovation teams. Learn how to use methods like design thinking and storytelling to stage your idea, prototype or MVP in this interactive workshop with Stefan Huber and a start-up.

Moderator:
Stefan Huber, Innosuisse-Coach & Founder StoryUp

Philippe Ganz

Philippe Ganz

Co-Founder, aiEndoscopic

Stefan Huber

Stefan Huber

Innosuisse-Coach & Founder StoryUp

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow
11:45 - 12:30Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

Wiktor Bourée, Anthony Aho, Frédéric Falise,  Gianpaolo Rando,  Jannis Fischer, Olga Dubey & Sandro Maag 
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 3

Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

Wiktor Bourée, Anthony Aho, Frédéric Falise,  Gianpaolo Rando,  Jannis Fischer, Olga Dubey & Sandro Maag 

The Venture Leaders – the members of the Swiss National Startup Team – have a clear-cut goal. They envision themselves as global players and want to take the first step to their global expansion.

Discover the pitches of selected Venture Leaders members 2020, learn from their going global ambitions and get inspired by the stories of previous program alumni.

www.venture-leaders.ch

Wiktor Bourée

Wiktor Bourée

Co-Founder & CEO, Technis SA, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China

Anthony Aho

Anthony Aho

Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B

Frédéric Falise

Frédéric Falise

Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals

Gianpaolo Rando

Gianpaolo Rando

Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode

 Jannis Fischer

Jannis Fischer

Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo

Olga Dubey

Olga Dubey

Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain

Sandro Maag

Sandro Maag

Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex

IP strategies for Startups
10:45 - 11:30P&TS

IP strategies for Startups

Claudia Nash & Franck Amiot
10:45 - 11:30Room: Panorama 4

P&TS

IP strategies for Startups

Claudia Nash & Franck Amiot

Presentation of the main Intellectual Property risks and opportunities, in particular for start ups.

Focus on patent and technology transfer.

Claudia Nash

Claudia Nash

Patent Engineer and Technology Transfer Professional, P&TS SA

Franck Amiot

Franck Amiot

European Patent attorney, P&TS SA

How you Innovate and Grow successfuly with your Ecosystem.
14:45 - 15:15Basel Cluster

How you Innovate and Grow successfuly with your Ecosystem.

Daniel Ginter
Daniel Ginter
14:45 - 15:15Room: Aare 1

Basel Cluster

How you Innovate and Grow successfuly with your Ecosystem.

Daniel Ginter
Director Entrepreneurship, Basel Area Business & Innovation

To innovate and grow successfully today, and in the future, you need an ecosystem strategy. First, you need to understand your role and the key stakeholders in the ecosystem, to collaborate and grow.

Then, when you know what you have to offer, and what you can expect, you can define your strategy and engagement plan, and authentic collaboration with your partners becomes possible.

Startups, Corporates and Investors have a unique set of values and needs, and need to position them selves accordingly.

Breathe as a source of inspiration.
10:45 - 11:15

Breathe as a source of inspiration.

Matt Bagwell
Matt Bagwell
10:45 - 11:15Room: Panorama 1

Breathe as a source of inspiration.

Matt Bagwell
Advanced Oxygen Advantage™ Breathwork Instructor and Ultra-Endurance Athlete

Creativity is a key competence for the future. In this workshop, you learn how to use your breath to unlock creative energy. To begin you’ll learn the science of breathwork. Then, in a practical session, you’ll unlock the source of inspiration with powerful breathwork methods.

Creativity and Innovation: What Can We Learn from the Cultural Sector?
11:45 - 12:30

Creativity and Innovation: What Can We Learn from the Cultural Sector?

BLAY (Marc Sway & Bligg) & André Lüthi
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 4

Creativity and Innovation: What Can We Learn from the Cultural Sector?

BLAY (Marc Sway & Bligg) & André Lüthi

Cultural producers, travelers, and entrepreneur personalities have many things in common: All like adventures. Differences such as in cultures, traditions, and worldviews inspire them. That inspiration is their source of creation. They step outside of their comfort zone to create something new. They accept difficult moments of uncertainty. The risk of failure is their constant companion – but that doesn’t discourage them.

How do creativity and innovation help in making profound decisions?
What can we learn from the cultural sector?

BLAY

BLAY

(Marc Sway & Bligg), Singer

André Lüthi,

André Lüthi,

President & CEO, Globetrotter

SwissEF UpScaler - The Fast Track
15:45 - 16:30Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SwissEF UpScaler - The Fast Track

Peter Stähli & Peter Balsiger
15:45 - 16:30Room: Swisscom Hub / Szenario 1

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SwissEF UpScaler - The Fast Track

Peter Stähli & Peter Balsiger

The SwissEF UpScaler program supports companies in accelerating their international growth and thereby making the commercialization of innovative
technologies more successful.

As part of SUD 2021, an abbreviated 360°-analysis will be offered for a limited number of selected startups. If successfully completed, the startup will be accepted into the program.

Additionally, an UpScaler learning session will be conducted live on stage with one startup to give interested companies a feel for how a 360° analysis works.

Peter Balsiger

Peter Balsiger

Head of Experts, Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

Peter Stähli

Peter Stähli

Head of Entrepreneurship, Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

Founder – Investor Fit: Myth or Reality?
11:45 - 12:30ETHZ

Founder – Investor Fit: Myth or Reality?

Meriam Kabbaj,  Elias Kleimann,  Aleksandra Laska & Michael Wacker
11:45 - 12:30Room: Aare 1

ETHZ

Founder – Investor Fit: Myth or Reality?

Meriam Kabbaj,  Elias Kleimann,  Aleksandra Laska & Michael Wacker

Join a moderated panel with two founders and two investors, followed by a Q&A session.

Meriam Kabbaj

Meriam Kabbaj

Co-founder, Chief Operations Officer, Versantis

Elias Kleimann

Elias Kleimann

Co-Founder and CFO, Wingtra

Aleksandra Laska

Aleksandra Laska

Partner, Redalpine

Michael Wacker

Michael Wacker

General Partner, BioMedPartners

An Investor´s Perspective on Due Diligence
11:45 - 12:30Zühlke

An Investor´s Perspective on Due Diligence

Patrick Griss
Patrick Griss
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 3

Zühlke

An Investor´s Perspective on Due Diligence

Patrick Griss
Partner Zühlke Ventures

Raising capital to fuel a startup´s growth is a key activity for founders.

This masterclass will discuss how investors generally assess startups, what they need to understand and what it is that motivates investors to move ahead with their investment.

This masterclass starts with a crisp presentation followed by a discussion where you can ask everything you wanted but never dared to.

Her own boss
11:45 - 12:30

Her own boss

Elena Wenger, Alexandra Beckstein, Naomi MacKenzie & Aike Festini
11:45 - 12:30Room: Szenario 2

Her own boss

Elena Wenger, Alexandra Beckstein, Naomi MacKenzie & Aike Festini

Although the number of investments in innovative young companies is increasing, only one in ten start-ups in Switzerland is launched by a woman. This is hard to understand, since according to the Federal Council, start-ups find good framework conditions and the only areas where there is potential for improvement were tax law and the availability of risk capital.

What does it take to found a start-up and are there after all differences of gender? Where do they come from and can they be nurtured or must they be overcome?

Experiences of female bosses – highs and lows – fears and successe

Alexandra Beckstein

Alexandra Beckstein

Dam Safety Specialist at Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Co-author "Gründerinnen"

Naomi MacKenzie

Naomi MacKenzie

Co-founder, KITRO & Trainer and Startup Coach at Venturelab

Aike Festini

Aike Festini

Co-Founder & CEO, LuckaBox Logistics AG

Elena Wenger

Elena Wenger

Co-Founder and Vice President, FEM'UP

"Product Market Fit Strategy" – what it is + why it matters.
10:45 - 11:30be-advanced

"Product Market Fit Strategy" – what it is + why it matters.

Jeremias Jurt
Jeremias Jurt
10:45 - 11:30Room: Aare Plenum

be-advanced

"Product Market Fit Strategy" – what it is + why it matters.

Jeremias Jurt
Head of Startup Program, be-advanced AG

Here you get the knowledge + toolset you need to develop + work on your own „Product Market Fit Strategy“: Assess your company + prioritize your ressources based on strategy.

Get to know the „Product Market Fit Canvas“, developed by be-advanced, made for Startups.

Financing Rounds - Best Practices and Pitfalls
15:45 - 16:30Walder Wyss AG

Financing Rounds - Best Practices and Pitfalls

Ramona Wyss & Alice Vorburger
15:45 - 16:30Room: Aare 1

Walder Wyss AG

Financing Rounds - Best Practices and Pitfalls

Ramona Wyss & Alice Vorburger

Join our speakers on a journey through the various stages of a typical startup financing round and gain first-hand insights on best practices and legal pitfalls to beware of.

Alice Vorburger

Alice Vorburger

Associate, Walder Wyss AG

Ramona Wyss

Ramona Wyss

Partner, Walder Wyss AG

Universities - Startup Ecosystems' driving Force
14:00 - 14:45

Universities - Startup Ecosystems' driving Force

Vanessa Wood & Ursula Oesterle
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 1

Universities - Startup Ecosystems' driving Force

Vanessa Wood & Ursula Oesterle

Universities are the breeding ground for the startup ecosystem and the hinge between research and business.

In this session, we take a closer look at the role of the universities as the breeding ground of innovation. We’re going to talk about how universities encourage an entrepreneurial attitude and what role professors play. In this discussion, we will also find answers to the following questions: Which initiatives help breeding innovation? How are spin-offs created? And what we can learn from abroad?

Vanessa Wood

Vanessa Wood

VP Innovation, ETH

Ursula Oesterle

Ursula Oesterle

VP Innovation, EPFL

Pitching Semi-Finals
10:45 - 12:30Vertical 3 | Services / ICT

Pitching Semi-Finals

10:45 - 12:30Room: Aare 2

Vertical 3 | Services / ICT

Pitching Semi-Finals

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Co-Managing Director Startup INVEST

To IP or not: do startups have a choice?
14:00 - 14:45IGE

To IP or not: do startups have a choice?

Matthias Käch
Matthias Käch
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 3

IGE

To IP or not: do startups have a choice?

Matthias Käch
Senior IP Trainer, Intellectual Property Institute (IPI)

For startups, Intellectual Property is rarely a favorite topic, yet it is a mandatory field on their checklist. From a business perspective, there are only two types of IP rights – one’s own IP and the IP of the competitors. Depending on the specific business model and sector, securing one’s own IP rights may be justified or not. But, in any case, the IP rights of the competitors need to be known and respected in order to prevent disaster. Which are the key factors for the decision whether or not to protect one’s own IP? And how can a startup find out about the IP rights of its competitors and navigate the IP thicket?

Access SEA's $300B tech economy via Singapore
15:45 - 16:15digitalswitzerland

Access SEA's $300B tech economy via Singapore

Kane Cheong, Jonas Trindler & Raffael Maio
15:45 - 16:15Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Access SEA's $300B tech economy via Singapore

Kane Cheong, Jonas Trindler & Raffael Maio

Southeast Asia’s digital economy is on track to cross US$300B by 2025 despite a challenging economic environment brought about by the pandemic. The regional market potential is a draw for many European companies, where many choose to scale through Singapore. Join us to hear from Swiss companies who have made the leap, also find out how you can navigate a move to Singapore and succeed.

Kane Cheong

Kane Cheong

Regional Director (Switzerland), Singapore Economic Development Board

Jonas Trindler

Jonas Trindler

CEO Asia & Partner, Zuhlke Group

 Raffael Maio

Raffael Maio

Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, Swiss startup NetGuardians

The VC approach to valuation
14:00 - 14:45Swisscom

The VC approach to valuation

Klea Wenger
Klea Wenger
14:00 - 14:45Swisscom HUB

Swisscom

The VC approach to valuation

Klea Wenger
Investment Manager, Swisscom Ventures

In this session you will learn how a VC comes up with a valuation for your company and what the key factors are, that drive your valuation. We will also look at global startup benchmarks in terms of valuations and round sizes at different stages (seed, A-round, B-round). After this session, you should have a feeling for volumes and know which factors to take into consideration.

Live Podcast Swisspreneur: Succeeding as a purpose driven organization
14:00 - 14:45Swisspreneur

Live Podcast Swisspreneur: Succeeding as a purpose driven organization

Bettina Hirsig & Silvan Krähenbühl
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 3

Swisspreneur

Live Podcast Swisspreneur: Succeeding as a purpose driven organization

Bettina Hirsig & Silvan Krähenbühl

Powercoders is a coding academy for refugees. We’re talking about how to find your purpose as an organization, the challenges of doing good as a company and of course also the success stories behind Powercoders. Join us for an inspiring and impactful fireside chat. Hosted by Swisspreneur, Switzerland’s #1 business podcast.

Bettina Hirsig

Bettina Hirsig

Lead, Powercoders Switzerland

Silvan Krähenbühl

Silvan Krähenbühl

Swisspreneur, Host

Start strong, finish strong - from vision to market.
14:00 - 14:45Helbling Technik Bern AG

Start strong, finish strong - from vision to market.

Lorenz Klauser, Urs Anliker & Stefan Stalder
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 4

Helbling Technik Bern AG

Start strong, finish strong - from vision to market.

Lorenz Klauser, Urs Anliker & Stefan Stalder

Bringing Innovation to Life.

During a 45minutes interactive workshop, we will address essential steps needed to successfully bring your vision of an innovative device as groundbreaking product to the market.

We will share theoretical and practical best development practices and elaborate on typical challenges and how to tackle them to survive the long path from vision to product launch.

Lorenz Klauser

Lorenz Klauser

Head of Development Team - Health, Food & Lifestyle, Helbling Technik

Urs Anliker

Urs Anliker

Head of Development Team - Medical Embedded Software, Helbling Technik

Stefan Stalder

Stefan Stalder

Project Manager, Helbling Technik

Decarbonisation as a global challenge - What role can technology play in becoming Net-Zero?
14:00 - 14:45digitalswitzerland

Decarbonisation as a global challenge - What role can technology play in becoming Net-Zero?

Isabelle Tschugmall, Ion Karagounis & Eliana Zamprogna
14:00 - 14:45Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Decarbonisation as a global challenge - What role can technology play in becoming Net-Zero?

Isabelle Tschugmall, Ion Karagounis & Eliana Zamprogna

Together with leading experts we deep dive into the challenges and  opportunities of achieving Carbon Net-Zero. What is the role of technology and innovation to achieve this goal and how can startups and innovation help and position themselves on this journey.

This session aims at incentivizing the entrepreneurial audience to tackle the challenges identified and leverage these opportunities.

Isabelle Tschugmall

Isabelle Tschugmall

CMO / Communication & Partnerships Global Green Xchange

Ion Karagounis

Ion Karagounis

Lead new economic models and future affairs, WWF Switzerland

Eliana Zamprogna

Eliana Zamprogna

CTO, Migros Industry

The Real Life of Swiss Deep Tech Startups
14:00 - 14:45Filmtalk:

The Real Life of Swiss Deep Tech Startups

Samantha Anderson, Cédric Waldburger, Cynthia Jurytko & Manuel Stagars
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 2

Filmtalk:

The Real Life of Swiss Deep Tech Startups

Samantha Anderson, Cédric Waldburger, Cynthia Jurytko & Manuel Stagars

„Start-up“ (2020) is the first documentary film about Swiss deep tech startups. The release of the film in June 2020 fell right into the middle of the pandemic, and a lot has changed since. In this session, film director Manuel Stagars catches up with three startup founders from the film about their experiences in the last year and what the real life of Swiss deep tech startups looks like in 2021.

Samantha Anderson

Samantha Anderson

Co-Founder, Depoly

Cédric Waldburger

Cédric Waldburger

General Partner and Founder, Tomahawk.VC

Cynthia Jurytko

Cynthia Jurytko

Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures

Manuel Stagars

Manuel Stagars

Author and Filmdirector

Pitching Semi-Finals
10:45 - 12:30Vertical 4 | Sustainable Tech

Pitching Semi-Finals

10:45 - 12:30Room: Aare 3

Vertical 4 | Sustainable Tech

Pitching Semi-Finals

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Managing Director Startup INVEST

Let go of the entrepreneur in you - what you need to consider
15:45 - 16:30Raiffeisen und RUZ (Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum)

Let go of the entrepreneur in you - what you need to consider

Matthias Weibel & René Brugger
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 4

Raiffeisen und RUZ (Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum)

Let go of the entrepreneur in you - what you need to consider

Matthias Weibel & René Brugger

Deciding to move from an employment situation into an entrepreneurship can be a tough choice to make. In dialogue and at eye level we will discuss with you our top 10 things every entrepreneur needs to consider before taking the leap to entrepreneurship. Benefit from the wealth of experience of seasoned entrepreneurs and get valuable food for thought. True to our motto: For entrepreneurs. By entrepreneurs.

Matthias Weibel

Matthias Weibel

Entrepreneur & Optimist, CEO, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG

René Brugger

René Brugger

"Veni Digi Vinci", Head of Digitalization, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG

On a mission to Change Mobility for Good
14:00 - 14:15TIER Mobility

On a mission to Change Mobility for Good

Lawrence Leuschner
Lawrence Leuschner
14:00 - 14:15Room: Szenario 2

TIER Mobility

On a mission to Change Mobility for Good

Lawrence Leuschner
CEO & Co-Founder, TIER Mobility

TIER Mobility was founded in 2018 with a mission to Change Mobility for Good. Today, TIER is Europe’s leading shared micro-mobility provider, operating in more than 100 cities in 12 countries. We believe that micro-mobility has the power to transform cities, as cities around the world look for ways to make their transport networks safer and move towards a zero-emission future.

5G Live Experience in Swisscom Labs
14:00 - 15:15Swisscom

5G Live Experience in Swisscom Labs

Patrick Weibel
Patrick Weibel
14:00 - 15:15Room: Swisscom Labs

Swisscom

5G Live Experience in Swisscom Labs

Patrick Weibel
Head of 5G Program, Swisscom

Visit the Swisscom Labs in Bern, experience live the possibilities of 5G and exchange with experts to get 1st hand insights. You will see top speed >2 Gbps, guaranteed bandwidth, low latency and new service capabilities such as push to talk, fix wireless access or mobile private networks.

Different ways to success
14:30 - 15:15Startupticker

Different ways to success

Léa Miggiano, Jeannette Morath, Samuel Müller & Stefan Tuchschmid
14:30 - 15:15Room: Szenario 2

Startupticker

Different ways to success

Léa Miggiano, Jeannette Morath, Samuel Müller & Stefan Tuchschmid

Very successful entrepreneurs share their experiences. Although all achieved a lot in a very short timeframe their ways were different. Speakers include an impact entrepreneur, a co-founder collaborating with a corporate that also finance the start-up, a scientist turned SME boss and the CEO of a potential unicorn.

Léa Miggiano

Léa Miggiano

Co-Founder and CMO, Carvolution AG

Jeannette Morath

Jeannette Morath

CEO, reCIRCLE AG

Samuel Müller

Samuel Müller

CEO, Scandit

Stefan Tuchschmid

Stefan Tuchschmid

Founder and Co-CEO, Virtamed

Pitching Semi-Finals
14:00 - 15:15Vertical 5 | Fintech

Pitching Semi-Finals

14:00 - 15:15Room: Aare 2

Vertical 5 | Fintech

Pitching Semi-Finals

Gregory Inauen

Gregory Inauen

Former President, ETH Entrepreneur Club

The Market Opportunity Navigator (Lean Startup)
15:45 - 16:30EPFL

The Market Opportunity Navigator (Lean Startup)

Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber
Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 3

EPFL

The Market Opportunity Navigator (Lean Startup)

Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber
EPFL Chair for Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization

In this workshop, we want to introduce and familiarize attendees with the Market Opportunity Navigator, which has recently been adopted by Steve Blank as the 4th tool in the Lean Startup Toolset. Given that most startups fail because they focus on a market that does not offer the fertile ground for growing a successful venture, market choice is of key importantce for newly founded firms.

The future we share - business life from China to Switzerland
15:00 - 15:15

The future we share - business life from China to Switzerland

Zhang Xi
Zhang Xi
15:00 - 15:15Room: Panorama 2

The future we share - business life from China to Switzerland

Zhang Xi
CEO and co-founder, EXH design AG, CEO and founder, Superlab Suisse AG

As an entrepreneur, you have the chance to impact the future we all share.

Zhang Xi founded two thriving companies, her first in shanghai and her second in Zürich – “I create business from my heart, for the others, for the future we share.”

Xi, who is born in China and studied in Switzerland, reflects on entrepreneurship in China and in Europe. In her session, she shares takeaways in the 15 years commuting life between China and Switzerland.  Learn more how to access various cultures, and why she believes the only way to succeed is “from your heart, for the others and for the future we share.”

 

Actionable Knowledge
15:45 - 16:00

Actionable Knowledge

Jeffrey Schnapp
Jeffrey Schnapp
15:45 - 16:00Room: Panorama 1

Actionable Knowledge

Jeffrey Schnapp
Faculty Dirctor/Founder, metaLAB (at) Harvard; Chief Visionary Officer, Piaggio Fast Forward

We inhabit a world in which there exists an unprecedented proliferation of freely accessible and (often) high quality information; information that no longer resides on library bookshelves, but rather that, thanks to the ubiquity of networks and the smart phones we carry in our pockets, accompanies us as we move about the world. Yet on issue after issue –climate change, vaccinations, immigration, technology, history, culture… – this ever expanding library struggles to shape public beliefs and actions. My talk will tackle the question of how to cut through the noise and how to make knowledge matter. Its focus will be on the role of critical design practice, on the one side, and on the need for innovative models of training and organization that merge the practical with the critical and theoretical, on the other. Knowledge that matters becomes actionable knowledge: it shapes not just our beliefs but what we do.

Next Generation of Founders - Students present their innovative ideas
15:45 - 16:30Startfeld

Next Generation of Founders - Students present their innovative ideas

Alex Zgraggen
Alex Zgraggen
15:45 - 16:30Room: Aare 3

Startfeld

Next Generation of Founders - Students present their innovative ideas

Alex Zgraggen
Workshop instructor, Smartfeld

Throughout the day, a gymnasium class from Bern will take part in the Digital Entrepreneurship Werkstatt (DEW) from Smartfeld, an initiative by various stakeholders from St.Gallen (Startfeld, Empa, GBS SG, OST FH, PH SG & Uni SG) that has the goal to teach kids creativity and other necessary skills to prepare them for a digital future.
In the workshop the high school students will have the chance to redesign and improve a product or a service. To achieve this they will learn about the Design Thinking method and go through it’s five steps to successfully design a product or a service that fulfills it’s users needs.

During this session the high school students will pitch their results in front of an audience and a jury, that will challenge their ideas and ask questions.

Giving back to Ecosystem
16:30 - 17:15

Giving back to Ecosystem

Nicolas Durand, Mike Glauser & Nicole Herzog
16:30 - 17:15Room: Szenario 2

Giving back to Ecosystem

Nicolas Durand, Mike Glauser & Nicole Herzog

Successful founders were once beginners, inexperienced, and eager for the challenges of founding a startup. They took one step in front of the other, always looking towards their vision of solving the problems of their target group. At the same time, they wanted to upscale.

Today, they are living their vision and have gained a great deal of experience. Now, it’s time to give back to the ecosystem. Successful founders share their insights and skills with you.

This panel invites you to learn from the highs and depths of successful founders. Learn what steps will help your business to blossom and grow.

Nicolas Durand

Nicolas Durand

CEO and Founder, Abionic

Mike Glauser

Mike Glauser

Co-Founder, jumi

Nicole Herzog

Nicole Herzog

Tech Entrepreneur, Board Member and Business Angel

Takeaways from Nexthink, Sophia Genetics and Bestmile on the tips and tricks of scaling-up.
16:15 - 17:00Canton of Vaud

Takeaways from Nexthink, Sophia Genetics and Bestmile on the tips and tricks of scaling-up.

Manuela Valente & Patrick Hertzog
16:15 - 17:00Room: Panorama 1

Canton of Vaud

Takeaways from Nexthink, Sophia Genetics and Bestmile on the tips and tricks of scaling-up.

Manuela Valente & Patrick Hertzog

As the main research and innovation center within the French speaking area of Switzerland, the Canton of Vaud is a highly favorable place for startups. It fosters major breakthroughs for companies which have raised up to CHF 2 billion over the past 7 years. So far, 34 became scale-ups leading the way for others to follow. Join this roundtable and learn from these 3 outstanding scale-ups.

Patrick Hertzog

Patrick Hertzog

Co-Founder & User Experience Officer, Nexthink

Manuela Valente

Manuela Valente

Chief People Officer, Sophia Genetics

Circular economy @ your doorstep
15:45 - 16:15Die Schweizerische Post

Circular economy @ your doorstep

Patrick Lampert & Raphael Fässler
15:45 - 16:15Room: Aare 2

Die Schweizerische Post

Circular economy @ your doorstep

Patrick Lampert & Raphael Fässler

As circular economy is necessary today to promote the goals of sustainable development, large companies like Swiss Post are about to implement new policies, but as well environmental technologies in order to create circular business models to effect a change in customer behavior. Swiss Post as driving force of the Swiss Economy is positioning itself with leading activities in this area.

Patrick Lampert

Patrick Lampert

BU Head Circular Economy, Die Schweizerische Post

Raphael Fässler

Raphael Fässler

Investor @ Swiss Post Ventures, Die Schweizerische Post

How to valuate your Startup
16:45 - 17:15BV4

How to valuate your Startup

Dorian Ebneter & Vuk Vegezzi
16:45 - 17:15Room: Panorama 3

BV4

How to valuate your Startup

Dorian Ebneter & Vuk Vegezzi

In this session, the experts of the leading startup valuation company, BV4, will give you insights into how to valuate your company. You will learn how investors see the valuation and how to define a valuation that is attractive for both parties of the funding round, the founders and the investor.

Dorian Ebneter

Dorian Ebneter

BV4, CEO

Vuk Vegezzi

Vuk Vegezzi

Associate, BV4

How to get funding from a private vs. a corporate VC
16:30 - 17:15PMI

How to get funding from a private vs. a corporate VC

Alexander Stoeckel
Alexander Stoeckel
16:30 - 17:15Room: Panorama 2

PMI

How to get funding from a private vs. a corporate VC

Alexander Stoeckel
Head, PM Equity Partner, Switzerland

First-time founders and sometimes even serial entrepreneurs are often unclear as to how they should approach private or corporate VCs. And following a trial-and-error or spray&pray approach, they are also often frustrated by the investors‘ feedbacks.

This session aims to provide some hands-on suggestions on how to setup the fundraising process on the side of the startup. How to identify suitable investors, how to anticipate information requirements of different investors, how to reach out to different investors, etc.

Pitching Final
15:45 - 16:15Vertical 1-5

Pitching Final

15:45 - 16:15Room: Szenario 2

Vertical 1-5

Pitching Final

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Co-Managing Director Startup INVEST

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Managing Director Startup INVEST

Sounding Board
16:30 - 17:15Pitching-Battle

Sounding Board

16:30 - 17:15Room: Szenario 2

Pitching-Battle

Sounding Board

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Managing Director Startup INVEST

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Co-Managing Director Startup INVEST

Mastering collaboration Startup and Corporate
16:30 - 17:15Amag

Mastering collaboration Startup and Corporate

Philipp Wetzel, Timo Nührich & Jaap Vossen
16:30 - 17:15Room: Aare 1

Amag

Mastering collaboration Startup and Corporate

Philipp Wetzel, Timo Nührich & Jaap Vossen

Corporates and Startups are different formations with self-reinforcing tendencies each. Collaboration only works if expectations are clear from the very beginning. A mutual understanding of goals to be achieved and a clear allocation of roles is a must. AMAG owns a portfolio of startups, some of which are fully owned, some partially. Together with the respective CEOs, we want to show how AMAG is mastering the collaboration challenge.

Philipp Wetzel

Philipp Wetzel

Managing Director, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB

Timo Nührich

Timo Nührich

General Manager, Clyde

Jaap Vossen

Jaap Vossen

CEO, autoSense

Stefan Rüssli

Stefan Rüssli

Head of Ventures, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB

Tips and tricks for deeptech (pre-)seed financing
15:45 - 16:30S2S

Tips and tricks for deeptech (pre-)seed financing

Cynthia Jurytko, Tomas Sluka, Paulina Grnarova, Petar Tsankov & Lewis Jones
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 2

S2S

Tips and tricks for deeptech (pre-)seed financing

Cynthia Jurytko, Tomas Sluka, Paulina Grnarova, Petar Tsankov & Lewis Jones

What do you need to know for your pre-seed or seed funding?

A panel discussion with the first student led VC in Switzerland, S2S Ventures, and deeptech entrepreneurs with a successful first round of funding. How to get started? What help is available if you start straight away from university? Join our talk to learn from entrepreneurs‘ experiences and to gain insights from the VC perspective.

Cynthia Jurytko

Cynthia Jurytko

Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures

Tomas Sluka

Tomas Sluka

Co-founder and CEO, CREAL

Paulina Grnarova

Paulina Grnarova

Co-founder and CEO, DeepJudge

Lewis Jones

Lewis Jones

PhD Student at ETH Zurich and Investment manager, S2S Ventures

David Gorgan

David Gorgan

Founder and CEO of Nostos Genomics