Meet our speakers

Accurately selected speakers from around the world enhance the event with valuable insights. All of our speakers have a personal passion for the expertise they share.

Marcel Aeschlimann
Marcel Aeschlimann

Marcel Aeschlimann

Owner, Creaholic SA
Marcel Aeschlimann
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 2

BEKB

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

Marcel Aeschlimann
Owner, Creaholic SA

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.

Other Speakers:
Marcel Oertle, Head of Private / Business Clients Department, Member of the Board, BEKB
Michael Sauter, CEO, Zentrum für Innovation und Digitalisierung Bernapark (ZID)
Raphael Oberholzer, Founder, NEEO
David Studer, Founder, Xovis AG

Moderator:
Dagmar Fässler, Head of Corporate Communications, BEKB

Anthony Aho
Anthony Aho

Anthony Aho

Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B
Anthony Aho
11:45 - 12:30Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

Anthony Aho
Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B

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.

Other Speakers:
Wiktor Bourée, Co-Founder & CEO, Technis SA, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China
Frédéric Falise, Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals
Gianpaolo Rando, Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode
Jannis Fischer,  Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo
Olga Dubey, Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain
Sandro Maag, Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex

Moderator:
Jordi Montserrat, co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab

www.venture-leaders.ch 

Franck Amiot
Franck Amiot

Franck Amiot

European Patent attorney, P&TS SA
Franck Amiot
10:45 - 11:30Room: Panorama 4

P&TS

IP strategies for Startups

Franck Amiot
European Patent attorney, P&TS SA

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

Focus on patent and technology transfer.

Other Speaker:
Claudia Nash, Patent Engineer and Technology Transfer Professional, P&TS SA

Samantha Anderson
Samantha Anderson

Samantha Anderson

Co-Founder, Depoly
Samantha Anderson
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 2

Filmtalk:

The Real Life of Swiss Deep Tech Startups

Samantha Anderson
Co-Founder, Depoly

„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.

Other Speakers: 
Cédric Waldburger, General Partner and Founder, Tomahawk.VC
Cynthia Jurytko, Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures

Moderator:
Manuel Stagars, Author and Filmdirector

Urs Anliker
Urs Anliker

Urs Anliker

Head of Development Team - Medical Embedded Software, Helbling Technik
Urs Anliker
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 4

Helbling Technik Bern AG

Start strong, finish strong - from vision to market.

Urs Anliker
Head of Development Team - Medical Embedded Software, Helbling Technik

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.

Other Speakers:
Lorenz Klauser, Head of Development Team – Health, Food & Lifestyle, Helbling Technik
Stefan Stalder, Project Manager, Helbling Technik

Ruth Armalé
Ruth Armalé

Ruth Armalé

Head of Open Innovation, HITS
Ruth Armalé
11:30 - 12:15Room: Panorama 1

ActionJam

Key elements of successful collaboration between StartUps and Corporates

Ruth Armalé
Head of Open Innovation, HITS

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!

Other Speakers:
Beat Schlumpf, Head MA Ventures, Migros Aare
Raphael Fässler, Investor at Swiss Post Ventures, die Post

Moderator:
Tobias Burri, Manager, ActionJam

Matt Bagwell
Matt Bagwell

Matt Bagwell

Advanced Oxygen Advantage™ Breathwork Instructor and Ultra-Endurance Athlete
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.

Michael Baier
Michael Baier

Michael Baier

Senior Associate, Wenger & Vieli AG
Michael Baier
10:45 - 11:30Room: Panorama 3

Wenger & Vieli

Exit - Lessons learned

Michael Baier
Senior Associate, Wenger & Vieli AG

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.

Other Speakers:
Pascal Honold, Partner, Wenger & Vieli AG
Patric Eggler, Tax Expert, Wenger & Vieli AG

Peter Balsiger
Peter Balsiger

Peter Balsiger

Head of Experts, Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation
Peter Balsiger
15:45 - 16:30Room: Swisscom Hub / Szenario 1

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SwissEF UpScaler - The Fast Track

Peter Balsiger
Head of Experts, Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

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.

Other Speaker:
Peter Stähli, Head of Entrepreneurship, Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

Aline Bassin
Aline Bassin

Aline Bassin

Economic Journalist, Le Temps
Aline Bassin
16:15 - 17:00Room: Panorama 1

Innovaud

Scaling-up : Learn How They Did It

Aline Bassin
Economic Journalist, Le Temps

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 outstanding roundtable organized by the Canton of Vaud on the tips and tricks of scaling.

Speakers:
Patrick Hertzog, Co-Founder & User Experience Officer, Nexthink
Raphaël Gindrat, Founder & CEO, Bestmile
Jürgi Camblong,  Co-Founder & CEO, Sophia Genetics

Mike Baur
Mike Baur

Mike Baur

Co-Founder & CEO, Swiss Startup Group
Mike Baur
09:45 - 10:15Room: Panorama 1

New hot stuff to invest in

Mike Baur
Co-Founder & CEO, Swiss Startup Group

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.

Speaker:
Yanni Pipilis, Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers

Moderator:
Gina Domanig, Managing Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures

Alexandra Beckstein
Alexandra Beckstein

Alexandra Beckstein

Dam Safety Specialist at Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Co-author "Gründerinnen"
Alexandra Beckstein
11:45 - 12:30Room: Szenario 2

Her own boss

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

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.

Other Speaker:
Elena Wenger, Co-Founder and Vice President, FEM’UP
Alexandra Beckstein, Dam Safety Specialist at Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Co-author „Gründerinnen“
Naomi MacKenzie, Co-founder, KITRO & Trainer and Startup Coach, Venturelab
Aike Festini, Co-Founder & CEO, LuckaBox Logistics AG

Moderators:
Peter Marthaler, Freelance journalist, moderator and communications consultant

Judith Bellaiche
Judith Bellaiche

Judith Bellaiche

National Councillor
Judith Bellaiche
11:00 - 12:00Room: Garten 5

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SUD2021 @ Federal Palace

Judith Bellaiche
National Councillor

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.

Other Speaker:
Andri Silberschmidt, National Councillor
Martin Godel, Head SME Policy, SECO
Christian Busch, Scientific Advisor Innovation Unit, SERI

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco
Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco

Co-Managing Director Startup INVEST
Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco
09:00

Pitching Battle

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco
Co-Managing Director Startup INVEST

Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco will conduct the spectacular pitching battle of innovative startups of the five verticals – Autonomous Systems, Healthtech, Sustainable Technologies, Fintech, and Services. He moderates the Semi-Final, Final, and Sounding Board together with Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier.

Marc P. Bernegger
Marc P. Bernegger

Marc P. Bernegger

Board Member of Crypto Finance AG, Vice Chairman of Crypto Broker AG
Marc P. Bernegger
09:00 - 09:45Room: Szenario 2

Building the world’s leading Crypto Nation

Marc P. Bernegger
Board Member of Crypto Finance AG, Vice Chairman of Crypto Broker AG

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?

Other Speakers:
Lucas Betschart, President of Bitcoin Association Switzerland
Niklas Nikolajsen, Founder and Chairman, Bitcoin Suisse

Moderator:
Emi Lorincz, Senior Director at Ledger, Board Member CVA

Lucas Betschart
Lucas Betschart

Lucas Betschart

President of Bitcoin Association Switzerland
Lucas Betschart
09:00 - 09:45Room: Szenario 2

Building the world’s leading Crypto Nation

Lucas Betschart
President of Bitcoin Association Switzerland

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?

Other Speakers:
Marc Bernegger, Board Member of Crypto Finance AG, Vice Chairman of Crypto Broker AG
Niklas Nikolajsen, Founder and Chairman, Bitcoin Suisse

Moderator:
Emi Lorincz, Senior Director at Ledger, Board Member CVA

BLAY
BLAY

BLAY

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

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

BLAY
(Marc Sway & Bligg), Singer

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?

Other Speakers:
André Lüthi, President & CEO, Globetrotter

Moderator:
Patrizia Laeri, Economist, Journalist and Moderator

 

Wiktor Bourée
Wiktor Bourée

Wiktor Bourée

Co-Founder & CEO, Technis SA, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China
Wiktor Bourée
11:45 - 12:30Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

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

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.

Other Speakers:
Anthony Aho, Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B
Frédéric Falise, Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals
Gianpaolo Rando, Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode
Jannis Fischer,  Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo
Olga Dubey, Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain
Sandro Maag, Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex

Moderator:
Jordi Montserrat, co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab

www.venture-leaders.ch 

Michael Breitfeld
Michael Breitfeld

Michael Breitfeld

Head of Process Optimization, Schweizer Salinen AG
Michael Breitfeld
09:15 - 10:00Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Collaborative Innovation: How to innovate across organisational boundaries?

Michael Breitfeld
Head of Process Optimization, Schweizer Salinen AG

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.

Other Speakers:
Ulrich Schimpel, Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Switzerland
Urs Stender, Managing Director, BlueLion Incubator

Moderators:
Guillaume Gabus, Co-Lead, Leap, Collaborative Innovation
Stephanie Tauber, Gomez, Co-Lead, Leap, Collaborative Innovation

René Brugger
René Brugger

René Brugger

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

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

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.

Other Speaker:
Matthias Weibel, Entrepreneur & Optimist, CEO, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG

Moderator:
Thomas Tanner, Entrepreneur & Shaper, Head of Innovation, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG

Jonas Brunschwig
Jonas Brunschwig

Jonas Brunschwig

Deputy CEO, swissnex Boston
Jonas Brunschwig
11:45 - 11:30Room: Szenario 2

Swisstech

Going global – how to scale internationally

Jonas Brunschwig
Deputy CEO, swissnex Boston

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.

Other Speakers:
Philip Morger, Consultant Internationalization Starters, Switzerland Global Enterprise
Marcel Hofstetter, Scientific Officer, Innosuisse
Olga Dubey, Co-founder and CEO, AgroSustain

Moderator:
Matthias Zwingli, Head of Startup & International, digitalswitzerland

Tobias Burri
Tobias Burri

Tobias Burri

Manager, ActionJam
Tobias Burri
11:30 - 12:15Room: Panorama 1

ActionJam

Key elements of successful collaboration between StartUps and Corporates

Tobias Burri
Manager, ActionJam

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!

Speakers:
Beat Schlumpf, Head MA Ventures, Migros Aare
Raphael Fässler, Investor at Swiss Post Ventures, die Post
Ruth Armalé, Head of Open Innovation, HITS

 

Christian Busch
Christian Busch

Christian Busch

Scientific Advisor Innovation Unit, SERI
Christian Busch
11:00 - 12:00Room: Garten 5

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SUD2021 @ Federal Palace

Christian Busch
Scientific Advisor Innovation Unit, SERI

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.

Other Speaker:
Judith Bellaiche, National Councillor
Andri Silberschmidt, National Councillor
Martin Godel, Head SME Policy, SECO
Christian Busch, Scientific Advisor Innovation Unit, SER

Noora Buser
Noora Buser

Noora Buser

Managing Partner, Impact Hub Bern
Noora Buser
09:00 - 09:45Room: Aare 1

Impact Hub

Why zebras are the new unicorns

Noora Buser
Managing Partner, Impact Hub Bern

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. 

Other Speaker:
Florian Wieser, Startup & Innovation Lead, SENS

Moderator:
Alban Muret, Partnership & Corporate Impact Lead, SENS

Kane Cheong
Kane Cheong

Kane Cheong

Regional Director (Switzerland), Singapore Economic Development Board
Kane Cheong
15:45 - 16:15Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Access SEA's $300B tech economy via Singapore

Kane Cheong
Regional Director (Switzerland), Singapore Economic Development Board

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.

Other Speaker:
Jonas Trindler, CEO Asia & Partner, Zuhlke Group
Raffael Maio, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder,  Swiss startup NetGuardians

Moderator:
Alberenee Sim, Regional Vice President (Europe), Network and Partnership Development, Singapore Global Network

Danielle Cohen
 Danielle Cohen

Danielle Cohen

Startups and Innovation Project Manager, swissnex Brazil
 Danielle Cohen
11:30 - 12:30Room: Swisscom Hub / Szenario 1

Swissnex

Scale to New Markets - India and Brazil

Danielle Cohen
Startups and Innovation Project Manager, swissnex Brazil

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.

Other Speaker:
Archit Kansal, Program Lead – Deeptech, Innovation & Startup Partnerships, swissnex India

Gina Domanig
Gina Domanig

Gina Domanig

Managing Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures
Gina Domanig
09:45 - 10:15Room: Panorama 1

New hot stuff to invest in

Gina Domanig
Managing Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures

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.

Speaker:
Yanni Pipilis, Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers

Moderator:
Mike Baur, Co-Founder & CEO, Swiss Startup Group

Olga Dubey
Olga Dubey

Olga Dubey

Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain
Olga Dubey
11:45 - 12:30Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

Olga Dubey
Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain

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.

Other Speakers:
Wiktor Bourée, Co-Founder & CEO, Technis SA, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China
Anthony Aho, Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B
Frédéric Falise, Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals
Gianpaolo Rando, Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode
Jannis Fischer,  Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo
Sandro Maag, Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex

Moderator:
Jordi Montserrat, co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab

www.venture-leaders.ch 

 

10:45-11:30

Room: Sezenario 2

Swisstech

Going global – how to scale internationally

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.

Other Speakers:
Philip Morger, Consultant Internationalization Starters, Switzerland Global Enterprise
Jonas Brunschwig, Deputy CEO, swissnex Boston
Marcel Hofstetter, Scientific Officer, Innosuisse

Moderator:
Matthias Zwingli, Head of Startup & International, digitalswitzerland

Nicolas Durand
Nicolas Durand

Nicolas Durand

CEO and Founder, Abionic
Nicolas Durand
16:30 - 17:15Room: Szenario 2

Giving back to Ecosystem

Nicolas Durand
CEO and Founder, Abionic

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.

Other Speakers:
Mike Glauser, Co-Founder, jumi
Nicole Herzog, Tech Entrepreneur, Board Member and Business Angel

Moderator:
Christian Wenger, Chairman Startup INVEST

Dorian Ebneter
Dorian Ebneter

Dorian Ebneter

BV4, CEO
Dorian Ebneter
16:45 - 17:15Room: Panorama 3

BV4

How to valuate your Startup

Dorian Ebneter
BV4, CEO

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.

Other Speaker:
Vuk Vegezzi, BV4, Associate

Simon Enderli
Simon Enderli

Simon Enderli

President, SWESA
Simon Enderli
10:45 - 12:30Room: Bundeshaus „by invitation only“

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SUD2021 @ Federal Palace

Simon Enderli
President, SWESA

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.

Speakers:
Judith Bellaiche, National Councillor
Martin Godel, Head SME Policy, SECO
Christian Busch, Scientific Advisor Innovation Unit, SERI
Andri Silberschmidt, National Councillor

Patric Eggler
Patric Eggler

Patric Eggler

Tax Expert, Wenger & Vieli AG
Patric Eggler
10:45 - 11:30Room: Panorama 3

Wenger & Vieli

Exit - Lessons learned

Patric Eggler
Tax Expert, Wenger & Vieli AG

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.

Other Speaker:
Pascal Honold, Partner, Wenger & Vieli AG
Patric Eggler, Tax Expert, Wenger & Vieli AG

 

Martin Eichenhofer
Martin Eichenhofer

Martin Eichenhofer

CEO, 9T Labs
Martin Eichenhofer
09:15 - 10:00Room: Swisscom HUB, Szenario 1

Swisscom

Deeptech Nation - Switzerland Rules!

Martin Eichenhofer
CEO, 9T Labs

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.

Others Speaker:
Dominique Mégret, Head, Swisscom Ventures
Patrick Thévoz, Co-Founder & CEO, Flyability
Dr. Péter Fankhauser, Co-Founder & CEO, Anybotics

Moderator:
Klea Wenger, Investment Manager, Swisscom Ventures

Frédéric Falise
Frédéric Falise

Frédéric Falise

Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals
Frédéric Falise
11:45 - 12:30Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

Frédéric Falise
Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals

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.

Other Speakers:
Wiktor Bourée, Co-Founder & CEO, Technis SA, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China
Anthony Aho, Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B
Gianpaolo Rando, Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode
Jannis Fischer,  Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo
Olga Dubey, Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain
Sandro Maag, Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex

Moderator:
Jordi Montserrat, co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab

www.venture-leaders.ch 

Dr. Péter Fankhauser
Dr. Péter Fankhauser

Dr. Péter Fankhauser

Co-Founder & CEO, Anybotics
Dr. Péter Fankhauser
09:15 - 10:00Room: Swisscom HUB, Szenario 1

Swisscom

Deeptech Nation - Switzerland Rules!

Dr. Péter Fankhauser
Co-Founder & CEO, Anybotics

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.

Other Speakers:
Martin Eichenhofer, CEO, 9T Labs
Patrick Thévoz, Co-Founder & CEO, Flyability
Dominique Mégret, Head, Swisscom Ventures

Moderator:

Klea Wenger, Investment Manager, Swisscom Ventures

Dagmar Fässler
Dagmar Fässler

Dagmar Fässler

Head of Corporate Communications, BEKB
Dagmar Fässler
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 2

BEKB

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

Dagmar Fässler
Head of Corporate Communications, BEKB

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.

Speakers:
Marcel Aeschlimann, Owner, Creaholic SA
Marcel Oertle, Head of Private / Business Clients Department, Member of the Board, BEKB
Michael Sauter, CEO, ZID Zentrum Innovation Digitalisierung
Raphael Oberholzer, Founder, NEEO
David Studer, Founder, Vengrow AG

Raphael Fässler
Raphael Fässler

Raphael Fässler

Investor @ Swiss Post Ventures, Die Schweizerische Post
Raphael Fässler
15:45 - 16:15Room: Aare 2

Die Schweizerische Post

Circular economy @ your doorstep

Raphael Fässler
Investor @ Swiss Post Ventures, Die Schweizerische Post

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.

Other Speaker:
Patrick Lampert, BU Head Circular Economy, Die Schweizerische Post



11:30-12:15

Room: Panorama 1

ActionJam

PaKey elements of successful collaboration between StartUps and Corporates

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!

Other Speakers:
Ruth Armalé, Head of Open Innovation, HITS
Beat Schlumpf, Head MA Ventures, Migros Aare

Moderator:
Tobias Burri, Manager, ActionJam

 

Aike Festini
Aike Festini

Aike Festini

Co-Founder & CEO, LuckaBox Logistics AG
Aike Festini
11:45 - 12:30Room: Szenario 2

Her own boss

Aike Festini
Co-Founder & CEO, LuckaBox Logistics AG

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.

Other Speaker:
Elena Wenger, Co-Founder and Vice President, FEM’UP
Alexandra Beckstein, Dam Safety Specialist at Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Co-author „Gründerinnen“
Naomi MacKenzie, Co-founder of KITRO, Trainer and Startup Coach, Venturelab

Moderators:
Peter Marthaler, Freelance journalist, moderator and communications consultant

Jannis Fischer
 Jannis Fischer

Jannis Fischer

Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo
 Jannis Fischer
11:45 - 12:30Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

Jannis Fischer
Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo

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.

Other Speakers:
Wiktor Bourée, Co-Founder & CEO, Technis SA, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China
Anthony Aho, Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B
Frédéric Falise, Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals
Gianpaolo Rando, Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode
Olga Dubey, Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain
Sandro Maag, Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex

Moderator:
Jordi Montserrat, co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab

www.venture-leaders.ch 

Alan Frei
Alan Frei

Alan Frei

Entrepreneur, Minimalist & Vagabond
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.

Philippe Ganz
Philippe Ganz

Philippe Ganz

Co-Founder, aiEndoscopic
Philippe Ganz
10:45 - 11:30Room Szenario 1

Innosuisse

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

Philippe Ganz
Co-Founder, aiEndoscopic

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

Daniel Ginter
Daniel Ginter

Daniel Ginter

Director Entrepreneurship, Basel Area Business & Innovation
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.

Guillaume Gabus
Guillaume Gabus

Guillaume Gabus

Co-Lead Leap - Collaborative Innovation
Guillaume Gabus
09:15 - 10:00Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Collaborative Innovation: How to innovate across organisational boundaries?

Guillaume Gabus
Co-Lead Leap - Collaborative Innovation

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.

Speakers:
Ulrich Schimpel, Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Switzerland
Urs Stender, Managing Director, BlueLion Incubator
Michael Breitfeld, Head of Process Optimization, Schweizer Salinen AG

Other Moderator:
Stephanie Tauber, Gomez, Co-Lead, Leap, Collaborative Innovation

Martin Godel
Martin Godel

Martin Godel

Head SME Policy, SECO
Martin Godel
11:00 - 12:00Room: Garten 5

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SUD2021 @ Federal Palace

Martin Godel
Head SME Policy, SECO

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.

Other Speaker:
Judith Bellaiche, National Councillor
Andri Silberschmidt, National Councillor
Christian Busch, Scientific Advisor Innovation Unit, SERI

David Gorgan
David Gorgan

David Gorgan

Founder and CEO of Nostos Genomics
David Gorgan
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 2

S2S

Tips and tricks for deeptech (pre-)seed financing

David Gorgan
Founder and CEO of Nostos Genomics

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.

Other Speakers: 
Cynthia Jurytko, Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures
Tomas Sluka, Co-founder and CEO, CREAL
Petar Tsankov, Co-founder and CEO, LatticeFlow
Lewis Jones, PhD Student at ETH Zurich and Investment manager, S2S Ventures
Paulina Grnarova, Co-founder and CEO, DeepJudg

Moderator:
Gregory Inauen, Former President, ETH Entrepreneur Club

Patrick Griss
Patrick Griss

Patrick Griss

Partner Zühlke Ventures
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.

Paulina Grnarova
Paulina Grnarova

Paulina Grnarova

Co-founder and CEO, DeepJudge
Paulina Grnarova
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 2

S2S

Tips and tricks for deeptech (pre-)seed financing

Paulina Grnarova
Co-founder and CEO, DeepJudge

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.

Other Speakers: 
Cynthia Jurytko, Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures
Tomas Sluka, Co-founder and CEO, CREAL
Petar Tsankov, Co-founder and CEO, LatticeFlow
Lewis Jones, PhD Student at ETH Zurich and Investment manager, S2S Ventures
David Gorgan – Founder and CEO of Nostos Genomics

Moderator:
Gregory Inauen, Former President, ETH Entrepreneur Club

Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber
Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber

Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber

EPFL Chair for Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization
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.

Mike Glauser
Mike Glauser

Mike Glauser

Co-Founder, jumi
Mike Glauser
16:30 - 17:15Room: Szenario 2

Giving back to Ecosystem

Mike Glauser
Co-Founder, jumi

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.

Other Speaker:
Nicolas Durand, CEO and Founder, Abionic
Nicole Herzog, Tech Entrepreneur, Board Member and Business Angel

Moderator:
Christian Wenger, Chairman Startup INVEST

Sylvain Heiniger
Sylvain Heiniger

Sylvain Heiniger

Security Analyst, Compass Security
Sylvain Heiniger
09:00 - 09:45Room: Panorama 3

Zürich

Cyberattacks: How SMEs can protect themselves

Sylvain Heiniger
Security Analyst, Compass Security

„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.

Other Speaker:
Alexander Tlili, Underwriter Financial Lines PI and Cyber S&P, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

Nicole Herzog
Nicole Herzog

Nicole Herzog

Tech Entrepreneur, Board Member and Business Angel
Nicole Herzog
16:30 - 17:15Room: Szenario 2

Giving back to Ecosystem

Nicole Herzog
Tech Entrepreneur, Board Member and Business Angel

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.

Other Speaker:
Nicolas Durand, CEO and Founder, Abionic
Mike Glauser, Co-Founder, jumi

Moderator:
Christian Wenger, Chairman Startup INVEST

Patrick Hertzog
Patrick Hertzog

Patrick Hertzog

Co-Founder & User Experience Officer, Nexthink
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.

Patrick Hertzog
Co-Founder & User Experience Officer, Nexthink

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.

Other Speaker:
Manuela Valente, Chief People Officer, Sophia Genetics

Moderator:
Aline Bassin, Economic Journalist, Le Temps

Bettina Hirsig
Bettina Hirsig

Bettina Hirsig

Lead, Powercoders Switzerland
Bettina Hirsig
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 3

Swisspreneur

Live Podcast Swisspreneur: Succeeding as a purpose driven organization

Bettina Hirsig
Lead, Powercoders Switzerland

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.

Other Speaker:
Silvan Krähenbühl, Swisspreneur, Host

Marcel Hofstetter
Marcel Hofstetter

Marcel Hofstetter

Scientific Officer, Innosuisse
Marcel Hofstetter
10:45 - 11:30Room: Szenario 2

Swisstech

Going global – how to scale internationally

Marcel Hofstetter
Scientific Officer, Innosuisse

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.

Other Speakers:
Philip Morger, Consultant Internationalization Starters, Switzerland Global Enterprise
Jonas Brunschwig, Deputy CEO, swissnex Boston
Olga Dubey, Co-founder and CEO, AgroSustain

Moderator:
Matthias Zwingli, Head of Startup & International, digitalswitzerland

 

Stefan Huber
Stefan Huber

Stefan Huber

Innosuisse-Coach & Founder StoryUp
Stefan Huber
10:45 - 11:30Szenario 1

Innosuisse

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

Stefan Huber
Innosuisse-Coach & Founder StoryUp

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.

Speaker: 
Philippe Ganz, Co-Founder, aiEndoscopic

Gregory Inauen
Gregory Inauen

Gregory Inauen

Former President, ETH Entrepreneur Club
Gregory Inauen
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 2

S2S

Tips and tricks for deeptech (pre-)seed financing

Gregory Inauen
Former President, ETH Entrepreneur Club

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.

Speakers: 
Cynthia Jurytko, Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures
Tomas Sluka, Co-founder and CEO, CREAL
Petar Tsankov, Co-founder and CEO, LatticeFlow
Lewis Jones, PhD Student at ETH Zurich and Investment manager, S2S Ventures
Paulina Grnarova, Co-founder and CEO, DeepJudge
David Gorgan – Founder and CEO of Nostos Genomics

Dominik Isler
Dominik Isler

Dominik Isler

Host startup days
Dominik Isler
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 1

Universities - Startup Ecosystems' driving Force

Dominik Isler
Host startup days

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?

Speakers:
Ursula Oesterle, VP Innovatiion, EPFL
Vanessa Wood, VP Innovation, ETH

Lewis Jones
Lewis Jones

Lewis Jones

PhD Student at ETH Zurich and Investment manager, S2S Ventures
Lewis Jones
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 2

S2S

Tips and tricks for deeptech (pre-)seed financing

Lewis Jones
PhD Student at ETH Zurich and Investment manager, S2S Ventures

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.

Other Speakers: 
Cynthia Jurytko, Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures
Tomas Sluka, Co-founder and CEO, CREAL
Paulina Grnarova, Co-founder and CEO, DeepJudge
Petar Tsankov, Co-founder and CEO, LatticeFlow
David Gorgan – Founder and CEO of Nostos Genomics

Moderator:
Gregory Inauen, Former President, ETH Entrepreneur Club

Jeremias Jurt
Jeremias Jurt

Jeremias Jurt

Head of Startup Program, be-advanced AG
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.

Cynthia Jurytko
Cynthia Jurytko

Cynthia Jurytko

Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures
Cynthia Jurytko
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 2

S2S

Tips and tricks for deeptech (pre-)seed financing

Cynthia Jurytko
Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures

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.

Other Speakers: 
Tomas Sluka, Co-founder and CEO, CREAL
Paulina Grnarova, Co-founder and CEO, DeepJudge
Petar Tsankov, Co-founder and CEO, LatticeFlow
Lewis Jones, PhD Student at ETH Zurich and Investment manager, S2S Ventures
David Gorgan – Founder and CEO of Nostos Genomics

Moderator:
Gregory Inauen, Former President, ETH Entrepreneur Club

14:00-14:45

Room: Panorama 2

Filmtalk:

The Real Life of Swiss Deep Tech Startups

„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.

Other Speakers: 
Cédric Waldburger, General Partner and Founder, Tomahawk.VC
Samantha Anderson, Co-Founder, Depoly

Moderator:
Manuel Stagars, Author and Filmdirector

 

Meriam Kabbaj
Meriam Kabbaj

Meriam Kabbaj

Co-founder, Chief Operations Officer, Versantis
Meriam Kabbaj
11:45 - 12:30Room: Aare 1

ETHZ

Founder – Investor Fit: Myth or Reality?

Meriam Kabbaj
Co-founder, Chief Operations Officer, Versantis

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

Other Speakers:
Elias Kleimann, Co-Founder and CFO, Wingtra
Aleksandra Laska, Partner, Redalpine
Michael Wacker, General Partner, BioMedPartners

Moderator:
Michael Stucky, ETH Zurich, Entrepreneur and Start-up Mentor

Matthias Käch
Matthias Käch

Matthias Käch

Senior IP Trainer, Intellectual Property Institute (IPI)
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?

Ion Karagounis
Ion Karagounis

Ion Karagounis

Lead new economic models and future affairs, WWF Switzerland
Ion Karagounis
14:00 - 14:45Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

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

Ion Karagounis
Lead new economic models and future affairs, WWF Switzerland

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.

Other Speakers:
Isabelle Tschugmall, CMO, Global Green Xchange AG
Eliana Zamprogna, CTO, Migros Industry

Moderator:
Matthias Zwingli, Head of Startup & International digitalswitzerland

Archit Kansal
Archit Kansal

Archit Kansal

Program Lead - Deeptech, Innovation & Startup Partnerships, swissnex India
Archit Kansal
11:30 - 12:30Room: Swisscom Hub / Szenario 1

Swissnex

Scale to New Markets - India and Brazil

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

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.

Other Speaker:
Danielle Cohen, Startups and Innovation Project Manager, swissnex Brazil

 

Silvan Krähenbühl
Silvan Krähenbühl

Silvan Krähenbühl

Swisspreneur, Host
Silvan Krähenbühl
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 3

Swisspreneur

Live Podcast Swisspreneur: Succeeding as a purpose driven organization

Silvan Krähenbühl
Swisspreneur, Host

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.

Other Speaker:
Bettina Hirsig, Lead, Powercoders Switzerland

Rahel Kiwic
Rahel Kiwic

Rahel Kiwic

Co-Owner, Athletes Network & professional football player
Rahel Kiwic
09:00 - 09:45Room: Panorama 2

Athletes Network

Improve your performance like an athlete

Rahel Kiwic
Co-Owner, Athletes Network & professional football player

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.

Other Speaker:
Julia Philipona, Co-Owner, Athletes Network

Lorenz Klauser
Lorenz Klauser

Lorenz Klauser

Head of Development Team - Health, Food & Lifestyle, Helbling Technik
Lorenz Klauser
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 4

Helbling Technik Bern AG

Start strong, finish strong - from vision to market.

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

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.

Other Speakers:
Urs Anliker, Head of Development Team – Medical Embedded Software, Helbling Technik Stefan Stalder, Project Manager, Helbling Technik,

Elias Kleimann
Elias Kleimann

Elias Kleimann

Co-Founder and CFO, Wingtra
Elias Kleimann
11:45 - 12:30Room: Aare 1

ETHZ

Founder – Investor Fit: Myth or Reality?

Elias Kleimann
Co-Founder and CFO, Wingtra

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

Other Speakers:
Meriam Kabbaj, Co-founder, Chief Operations Officer, Versantis
Aleksandra Laska, Partner, Redalpine
Michael Wacker, General Partner, BioMedPartners

Moderator:
Michael Stucky, ETH Zurich, Entrepreneur and Start-up Mentor

Stefan Kyora
Stefan Kyora

Stefan Kyora

Editor in Chief at Startupticker.ch
Stefan Kyora
14:30 - 15:15Room: Szenario 2

Startupticker

Different ways to success

Stefan Kyora
Editor in Chief at Startupticker.ch

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.

Speakers:
Jeannette Morath, CEO, reCIRCLE AG
Samuel Müller, CEO, Scandit
Stefan Tuchschmid, Founder and Co-CEO, Virtamed
Léa Miggiano, Co-Founder and CMO, Carvolution AG

Patrizia Laeri
Patrizia Laeri

Patrizia Laeri

Economist, Journalist & Moderator
Patrizia Laeri
09:00 - 09:30Room: Panorama 1

Why innovation needs an entrepreneurial state?

Patrizia Laeri
Economist, Journalist & Moderator

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.

Speaker:
Mariana Mazzucato, Founding Director, UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP)

Patrick Lampert
Patrick Lampert

Patrick Lampert

BU Head Circular Economy, Die Schweizerische Post
Patrick Lampert
15:45 - 16:15Room: Aare 2

Die Schweizerische Post

Circular economy @ your doorstep

Patrick Lampert
BU Head Circular Economy, Die Schweizerische Post

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.

Other Speaker:
Raphael Fässler, Investor @ Swiss Post Ventures, Die Schweizerische Post

 

 

Aleksandra Laska
Aleksandra Laska

Aleksandra Laska

Partner, Redalpine
Aleksandra Laska
11:45 - 12:30Room: Aare 1

ETHZ

Founder – Investor Fit: Myth or Reality?

Aleksandra Laska
Partner, Redalpine

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

Other Speakers:
Meriam Kabbaj, Co-founder, Chief Operations Officer, Versantis
Elias Kleimann, Co-Founder and CFO,  Wingtra
Michael Wacker, General Partner, BioMedPartners

Moderator:
Michael Stucky, ETH Zurich, Entrepreneur and Start-up Mentor

Emi Lorincz
Emi Lorincz

Emi Lorincz

Senior Director at Ledger, Board Member CVA
Emi Lorincz
09:00 - 09:45Room: Szenario 2

Building the world’s leading Crypto Nation

Emi Lorincz
Senior Director at Ledger, Board Member CVA

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?

Speakers: 
Marc P. Bernegger, Board Member, Crypto Finance AG, Vice Chairman, Crypto Broker AG
Lucas Betschart, President, Bitcoin Association Switzerland
Niklas Nikolajsen, Founder and Chairman, Bitcoin Suisse

Lawrence Leuschner
Lawrence Leuschner

Lawrence Leuschner

CEO & Co-Founder, TIER Mobility
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.

André Lüthi,
André Lüthi,

André Lüthi,

President & CEO, Globetrotter
André Lüthi,
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 4

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

André Lüthi,
President & CEO, Globetrotter

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?

Other Speakers:
BLAY (Marc Sway & Bligg), Singer

Moderator:
Patrizia Laeri, Economist, Journalist and Moderator

 

Sandro Maag
Sandro Maag

Sandro Maag

Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex
Sandro Maag
11:45 - 12:30Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

Sandro Maag
Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex

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.

Other Speakers:
Wiktor Bourée, Co-Founder & CEO, Technis SA, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China
Anthony Aho, Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B
Frédéric Falise, Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals
Gianpaolo Rando, Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode
Jannis Fischer,  Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo
Olga Dubey, Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain

Moderator:
Jordi Montserrat, co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab

www.venture-leaders.ch 

Naomi MacKenzie
Naomi MacKenzie

Naomi MacKenzie

Co-founder, KITRO & Trainer and Startup Coach at Venturelab
Naomi MacKenzie
11:45 - 12:30Room: Szenario 2

Her own boss

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

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.

Other Speakers:
Elena Wenger, Co-Founder and Vice President, FEM’UP
Alexandra Beckstein, Dam Safety Specialist at Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Co-author „Gründerinnen“
Aike Festini, Co-Founder & CEO, LuckaBox Logistics AG

Moderators:
Peter Marthaler, Freelance journalist, moderator and communications consultant

Raffael Maio
 Raffael Maio

Raffael Maio

Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, Swiss startup NetGuardians
 Raffael Maio
15:45 - 16:15Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Access SEA's $300B tech economy via Singapore

Raffael Maio
Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, Swiss startup NetGuardians

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.

Other Speakers:
Jonas Trindler, CEO Asia & Partner, Zuhlke Group
Kane Cheong, Regional Director (Switzerland), Singapore Economic Development Board

Moderator:
Alberenee Sim, Regional Vice President (Europe), Network and Partnership Development, Singapore Global Network

Karim Maizar
Karim Maizar

Karim Maizar

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

Peter Marthaler
Peter Marthaler

Peter Marthaler

Freelance journalist, moderator and communications consultant
Peter Marthaler
11:45 - 12:30Room: Szenario 2

Her own boss

Peter Marthaler
Freelance journalist, moderator and communications consultant

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.

Speakers:
Elena Wenger, Co-Founder and Vice President, FEM’UP
Alexandra Beckstein, Dam Safety Specialist at Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Co-author „Gründerinnen“
Aike Festini, Co-Founder & CEO, LuckaBox Logistics AG
Naomi MacKenzie, Co-founder, KITRO & Trainer and Startup Coach at Venturelab

Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato

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

Dominique Mégret
Dominique Mégret

Dominique Mégret

Head, Swisscom Ventures
Dominique Mégret
09:15 - 10:00Room: Swisscom HUB, Szenario 1

Swisscom

Deeptech Nation - Switzerland Rules!

Dominique Mégret
Head, Swisscom Ventures

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.

Other Speakers:
Martin Eichenhofer, CEO, 9T Labs
Patrick Thévoz, Co-Founder & CEO, Flyability
Dr. Péter Fankhauser, Co-Founder & CEO, Anybotics

Moderator:
Klea Wenger, Investment Manager, Swisscom Ventures

Léa Miggiano
Léa Miggiano

Léa Miggiano

Co-Founder and CMO, Carvolution AG
Léa Miggiano
14:30 - 15:15Room: Szenario 2

Startupticker

Different ways to success

Léa Miggiano
Co-Founder and CMO, Carvolution AG

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.

Other Speakers:
Jeannette Morath, CEO, reCIRCLE AG
Samuel Müller, CEO, Scandit
Stefan Tuchschmid, Founder and Co-CEO, Virtamed

Moderator:
Stefan Kyora, Editor in Chief, Startupticker.ch

Jordi Montserrat
Jordi Montserrat

Jordi Montserrat

co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab
Jordi Montserrat
11:45 - 12:30Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

Jordi Montserrat
co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab

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.

Speakers:
Wiktor Bourée, Co-Founder & CEO, Technis SA, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China
Anthony Aho, Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B
Frédéric Falise, Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals
Gianpaolo Rando, Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode
Jannis Fischer,  Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo
Olga Dubey, Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain
Sandro Maag, Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex

www.venture-leaders.ch 

Jeannette Morath
Jeannette Morath

Jeannette Morath

CEO, reCIRCLE AG
Jeannette Morath
14:30 - 15:15Room: Szenario 2

Startupticker

Different ways to success

Jeannette Morath
CEO, reCIRCLE AG

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.

Other Speaker:
Léa Miggiano, Co-Founder and CMO, Carvolution AG
Samuel Müller, CEO, Scandit
Stefan Tuchschmid, Founder and Co-CEO, Virtamed

Moderator:
Stefan Kyora, Editor in Chief, Startupticker.ch

Philip Morger
Philip Morger

Philip Morger

Consultant Internationalization Starters, Switzerland Global Enterprise
Philip Morger
10:45 - 11:30Room: Szenario 2

Swisstech

Going global – how to scale internationally

Philip Morger
Consultant Internationalization Starters, Switzerland Global Enterprise

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.

Other Speakers:
Jonas Brunschwig, Deputy CEO, swissnex Boston
Marcel Hofstetter, Scientific Officer, Innosuisse
Olga Dubey, Co-founder and CEO, AgroSustain

Moderator:
Matthias Zwingli, Head of Startup & International, digitalswitzerland

Alban Muret
Alban Muret

Alban Muret

Partnership & Corporate Impact Lead, SENS
Alban Muret
09:00 - 09:45Room: Aare 1

Impact Hub

Why zebras are the new unicorns

Alban Muret
Partnership & Corporate Impact Lead, SENS

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.

Speakers:
Florian Wieser, Startup & Innovation Lead, SENS
Noora Buser, Managing Partner, Impact Hub Bern

Samuel Müller
Samuel Müller

Samuel Müller

CEO, Scandit
Samuel Müller
14:30 - 15:15Room: Szenario 2

Startupticker

Different ways to success

Samuel Müller
CEO, Scandit

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.

Other Speakers:
Léa Miggiano, Co-Founder and CMO, Carvolution AG
Jeannette Morath, CEO, reCIRCLE AG
Stefan Tuchschmid, Founder and Co-CEO, Virtamed

Moderator:
Stefan Kyora, Editor in Chief, Startupticker.ch

Claudia Nash
Claudia Nash

Claudia Nash

Patent Engineer and Technology Transfer Professional, P&TS SA
Claudia Nash
10:45 - 11:30Room: Panorama 4

P&TS

IP strategies for Startups

Claudia Nash
Patent Engineer and Technology Transfer Professional, P&TS SA

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

Focus on patent and technology transfer.

Other Speaker:
Franck Amiot, European Patent attorney, P&TS SA

Niklas Nikolajsen
Niklas Nikolajsen

Niklas Nikolajsen

Founder and Chairman, Bitcoin Suisse
Niklas Nikolajsen
09:00 - 09:45Room: Szenario 2

Building the world’s leading Crypto Nation

Niklas Nikolajsen
Founder and Chairman, Bitcoin Suisse

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?

Other Speakers:
Lucas Betschart, President of Bitcoin Association Switzerland
Marc Bernegger, Board Member of Crypto Finance AG, Vice Chairman of Crypto Broker AG

Moderator:
Emi Lorincz, Senior Director at Ledger, Board Member CVA

Timo Nührich
Timo Nührich

Timo Nührich

General Manager, Clyde
Timo Nührich
16:30 - 17:15Room: Aare 1

Amag

Mastering collaboration Startup and Corporate

Timo Nührich
General Manager, Clyde

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.

Other Speakers:
Philipp Wetzel,  Managing Director, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB
Jaap Vossen, CEO, autoSense

Moderator:
Stefan Rüssli, Head of Ventures, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB

 

Raphael Oberholzer
Raphael Oberholzer

Raphael Oberholzer

Founder, NEEO
Raphael Oberholzer
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 2

BEKB

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

Raphael Oberholzer
Founder, NEEO

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.

Other Speakers:
Marcel Aeschlimann, Owner, Creaholic SA
Marcel Oertle, Head of Private / Business Clients Department, Member of the Board, BEKB
Michael Sauter, CEO, Zentrum für Innovation und Digitalisierung Bernapark (ZID)
David Studer, Founder, Xovis AG

Moderator:
Dagmar Fässler, Head of Corporate Communications, BEKB

Marcel Oertle
Marcel Oertle

Marcel Oertle

Head of Private / Business Clients Department, Member of the Board, BEKB
Marcel Oertle
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 2

BEKB

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

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

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.

Other Speakers:
Marcel Aeschlimann, Owner, Creaholic SA
Michael Sauter, CEO, Zentrum für Innovation und Digitalisierung Bernapark (ZID)
Raphael Oberholzer, Founder, NEEO
David Studer, Founder, Vengrow AG

Moderator:
Dagmar Fässler, Head of Corporate Communications, BEKB

Ursula Oesterle
Ursula Oesterle

Ursula Oesterle

VP Innovation, EPFL
Ursula Oesterle
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 1

Universities - Startup Ecosystems' driving Force

Ursula Oesterle
VP Innovation, EPFL

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?

Other Speaker:
Vanessa Wood, VP Innovation, ETH

Moderator:
Dominik Isler, Host startup days

Julia Philipona
Julia Philipona

Julia Philipona

Co-Owner, Athletes Network
Julia Philipona
09:00 - 09:45Room: Panorama 2

Athletes Network

Improve your performance like an athlete

Julia Philipona
Co-Owner, Athletes Network

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.

Other Speaker:
Rahel Kiwic, Co-Owner, Athletes Network & professional football player

Yanni Pipilis
Yanni Pipilis

Yanni Pipilis

Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers
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

Gianpaolo Rando
Gianpaolo Rando

Gianpaolo Rando

Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode
Gianpaolo Rando
11:45 - 12:30Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

Venturelab

Venture Leaders: learning from the going global roadshow

Gianpaolo Rando
Co-Founder & CTO, SwissDeCode

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.

1) Discussion with Wiktor Bourée, Technis SA, Co-Founder & CEO, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China

Other Speakers:
Wiktor Bourée, Co-Founder & CEO, Technis SA, member of the Swiss National Startup Teams Technology and China
Anthony Aho, Co-Founder & CEO, PB&B
Frédéric Falise, Co-Founder & Director, Scientific Visuals
Jannis Fischer,  Co-Founder & CEO, Positrigo
Olga Dubey, Co-Founder & CEO, Agrosustain
Sandro Maag, Head of Customer Engagement, Kemiex

Moderator:
Jordi Montserrat, co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab

www.venture-leaders.ch 

Stefan Rüssli
Stefan Rüssli

Stefan Rüssli

Head of Ventures, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB
Stefan Rüssli
16:30 - 17:15Room: Aare 1

Amag

Mastering collaboration Startup and Corporate

Stefan Rüssli
Head of Ventures, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB

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.

Speakers:
Philipp Wetzel, Managing Director, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB
Timo Nührich, General Manager, Clyde
Jaap Vossen, CEO, autoSense

Michael Sauter
Michael Sauter

Michael Sauter

CEO, Zentrum für Innovation und Digitalisierung Bernapark (ZID)
Michael Sauter
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 2

BEKB

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

Michael Sauter
CEO, Zentrum für Innovation und Digitalisierung Bernapark (ZID)

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.

Other Speakers:
Marcel Oertle, Head of Private / Business Clients Department, Member of the Board, BEKB
Marcel Aeschlimann, Owner, Creaholic SA
Raphael Oberholzer, Founder, NEEO
David Studer, Founder, Xovis AG

Moderator:
Dagmar Fässler, Head of Corporate Communications, BEKB

Urs Stender
Urs Stender

Urs Stender

Managing Director, BlueLion Incubator
Urs Stender
09:15 - 10:00Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Collaborative Innovation: How to innovate across organisational boundaries?

Urs Stender
Managing Director, BlueLion Incubator

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.

Other Speakers:
Ulrich Schimpel, Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Switzerland
Michael Breitfeld, Head of Process Optimization, Schweizer Salinen AG

Moderators:
Guillaume Gabus, Co-Lead, Leap, Collaborative Innovation
Stephanie Tauber, Gomez, Co-Lead, Leap, Collaborative Innovation

Ulrich Schimpel
Ulrich Schimpel

Ulrich Schimpel

Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Switzerland
Ulrich Schimpel
09:15 - 10:00Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Collaborative Innovation: How to innovate across organisational boundaries?

Ulrich Schimpel
Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Switzerland

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.

Other Speakers:
Urs Stender, Managing Director, BlueLion Incubator
Michael Breitfeld, Head of Process Optimization, Schweizer Salinen AG

Moderators:
Guillaume Gabus, Co-Lead, Leap, Collaborative Innovation
Stephanie Tauber, Gomez, Co-Lead, Leap, Collaborative Innovation

Jeffrey Schnapp
Jeffrey Schnapp

Jeffrey Schnapp

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

Penny Schiffer
Penny Schiffer

Penny Schiffer

Co-Founder & CEO, Raized.ai
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.

Beat Schlumpf
 Beat Schlumpf

Beat Schlumpf

Head MA Ventures, Migros Aare
 Beat Schlumpf
11:30 - 12:15Room: Panorama 1

ActionJam

Key elements of successful collaboration between StartUps and Corporates

Beat Schlumpf
Head MA Ventures, Migros Aare

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!

Other Speakers:
Ruth Armalé, Head of Open Innovation, HITS
Raphael Fässler, Investor at Swiss Post Ventures, die Post

Moderator:
Tobias Burri, Manager, ActionJam

Andri Silberschmidt
Andri Silberschmidt

Andri Silberschmidt

National Councillor
Andri Silberschmidt
11:00 - 12:00Room: Garten 5

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SUD2021 @ Federal Palace

Andri Silberschmidt
National Councillor

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.

Other Speakers:
Judith Bellaiche, National Councillor
Martin Godel, Head SME Policy, SECO
Christian Busch, Scientific Advisor Innovation Unit, SERI

Alberenee Sim
Alberenee Sim

Alberenee Sim

Regional Vice President (Europe), Network and Partnership Development, Singapore Global Network
Alberenee Sim
15:45 - 16:15Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Access SEA's $300B tech economy via Singapore

Alberenee Sim
Regional Vice President (Europe), Network and Partnership Development, Singapore Global Network

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.

Speakers:
Jonas Trindler, CEO Asia & Partner, Zuhlke Group
Raffael Maio, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder,  Swiss startup NetGuardians
Kane Cheong, Regional Director (Switzerland), Singapore Economic Development Board

Tomas Sluka
Tomas Sluka

Tomas Sluka

Co-founder and CEO, CREAL
Tomas Sluka
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 2

S2S

Tips and tricks for deeptech (pre-)seed financing

Tomas Sluka
Co-founder and CEO, CREAL

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.

Other Speakers: 
Cynthia Jurytko, Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures
Paulina Grnarova, Co-founder and CEO, DeepJudge
Petar Tsankov, Co-founder and CEO, LatticeFlow
Lewis Jones, PhD Student at ETH Zurich and Investment manager, S2S Ventures
David Gorgan – Founder and CEO of Nostos Genomics

Moderator:
Gregory Inauen, Former President, ETH Entrepreneur Club

Manuel Stagars
Manuel Stagars

Manuel Stagars

Author and Filmdirector
Manuel Stagars
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 2

Filmtalk: The Real Life of Deep Tech Startups

The Real Life of Swiss Deep Tech Startups

Manuel Stagars
Author and Filmdirector

„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.

Speakers:
Samantha Anderson, Depoly, Co-Founder
Cédric Waldburger, General Partner and Founder, Tomahawk.VC
Cynthia Jurytko, Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures

 

Stefan Stalder
Stefan Stalder

Stefan Stalder

Project Manager, Helbling Technik
Stefan Stalder
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 4

Helbling Technik Bern AG

Start strong, finish strong - from vision to market.

Stefan Stalder
Project Manager, Helbling Technik

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.

Other Speakers:
Lorenz Klauser, Head of Development Team – Health, Food & Lifestyle, Helbling Technik
Urs Anliker, Head of Development Team – Medical Embedded Software, Helbling Technik

Peter Stähli
Peter Stähli

Peter Stähli

Head of Entrepreneurship, Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation
Peter Stähli
15:45 - 16:30Room: Swisscom Hub / Szenario 1

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

SwissEF UpScaler - The Fast Track

Peter Stähli
Head of Entrepreneurship, Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

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.

Other Speaker:
Peter Balsiger, Head of Experts, Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

Markus Steiner
Markus Steiner

Markus Steiner

Business Solution Manager, Zühlke Group
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.

Alexander Stoeckel
Alexander Stoeckel

Alexander Stoeckel

Head, PM Equity Partner, Switzerland
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.

Michael Stucky
Michael Stucky

Michael Stucky

ETH Zurich, Entrepreneur and Start-up Mentor
Michael Stucky
11:45 - 12:30Room: Aare 1

ETHZ

Founder – Investor Fit: Myth or Reality?

Michael Stucky
ETH Zurich, Entrepreneur and Start-up Mentor

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

Speakers:
Meriam Kabbaj, Co-founder, Chief Operations Officer, Versantis
Aleksandra Laska, Partner, Redalpine
Michael Wacker, General Partner, BioMedPartners
Elias Kleimann, Co-Founder and CFO, Wingtra

David Studer
David Studer

David Studer

Founder, Xovis AG
David Studer
11:45 - 12:30Room: Panorama 2

BEKB

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

David Studer
Founder, Xovis AG

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.

Other Speakers:
Marcel Aeschlimann, Owner, Creaholic SA
Marcel Oertle, Head of Private / Business Clients Department, Member of the Board, BEKB
Michael Sauter, CEO, Zentrum für Innovation und Digitalisierung Bernapark (ZID)
Raphael Oberholzer, Founder, NEEO

Moderator:
Dagmar Fässler, Head of Corporate Communications, BEKB

Stephanie Tauber Gomez
Stephanie Tauber Gomez

Stephanie Tauber Gomez

Co-Lead Leap - Collaborative Innovation
Stephanie Tauber Gomez
09:15 - 10:00Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Collaborative Innovation: How to innovate across organisational boundaries?

Stephanie Tauber Gomez
Co-Lead Leap - Collaborative Innovation

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.

Speakers:
Ulrich Schimpel, Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Switzerland
Urs Stender, Managing Director, BlueLion Incubator
Michael Breitfeld, Head of Process Optimization, Schweizer Salinen AG

Other Moderator:
Guillaume Gabus, Co-Lead, Leap, Collaborative Innovation

Thomas Tanner
Thomas Tanner

Thomas Tanner

Entrepreneur & Shaper, Head of Innovation, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG
Thomas Tanner
15:45 - 16:30Room: Panorama 4

Raiffeisen und RUZ (Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum)

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

Thomas Tanner
Entrepreneur & Shaper, Head of Innovation, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG

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.

Speakers:
Matthias Weibel, Entrepreneur & Optimist, CEO, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG
René Brugger „Veni Digi Vinci“, Head of Digitalization, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG

Patrick Thévoz
Patrick Thévoz

Patrick Thévoz

Co-Founder & CEO, Flyability
Patrick Thévoz
09:15 - 10:00Room: Swisscom HUB, Szenario 1

Swisscom

Deeptech Nation - Switzerland Rules!

Patrick Thévoz
Co-Founder & CEO, Flyability

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.

Other Speakers:
Martin Eichenhofer, CEO, 9T Labs
Dominique Mégret, Head, Swisscom Ventures
Dr. Péter Fankhauser, Co-Founder & CEO, Anybotics

Moderator:
Klea Wenger, Investment Manager, Swisscom Ventures

Alexander Tlili
Alexander Tlili

Alexander Tlili

Underwriter Financial Lines PI and Cyber, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.
Alexander Tlili
09:30 - 10:15Room: Panorama 3

Zürich

Cyberattacks: How SMEs can protect themselves

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

„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.

Other Speaker:
Sylvain Heiniger, Security Analyst, Compass Security

Jonas Trindler
Jonas Trindler

Jonas Trindler

CEO Asia & Partner, Zuhlke Group
Jonas Trindler
15:45 - 16:15Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

Access SEA's $300B tech economy via Singapore

Jonas Trindler
CEO Asia & Partner, Zuhlke Group

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.

Other Speaker:
Kane Cheong, Regional Director (Switzerland), Singapore Economic Development Board
Raffael Maio, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, Swiss startup NetGuardians

Moderator:
Alberenee Sim, Regional Vice President (Europe), Network and Partnership Development, Singapore Global Network

Stefan Tuchschmid
Stefan Tuchschmid

Stefan Tuchschmid

Founder and Co-CEO, Virtamed
Stefan Tuchschmid
14:30 - 15:15Room: Szenario 2

Startupticker

Different ways to success

Stefan Tuchschmid
Founder and Co-CEO, Virtamed

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.

Other Speakers:
Jeannette Morath, CEO, reCIRCLE AG
Samuel Müller, CEO, Scandit
Léa Miggiano, Co-Founder and CMO, Carvolution AG

Moderator:
Stefan Kyora, Editor in Chief, Startupticker.ch

Isabelle Tschugmall
Isabelle Tschugmall

Isabelle Tschugmall

CMO / Communication & Partnerships Global Green Xchange
Isabelle Tschugmall
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
CMO / Communication & Partnerships Global Green Xchange

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.

Other Speakers:
Ion Karagounis, Lead new economic models and future affairs, WWF Switzerland
Eliana Zamprogna, CTO, Migros Industry

Moderator:
Matthias Zwingli, Head of Startup & International digitalswitzerland

Alice Vorburger
Alice Vorburger

Alice Vorburger

Associate, Walder Wyss AG
Alice Vorburger
15:45 - 16:30Room: Aare 1

Walder Wyss AG

Financing Rounds - Best Practices and Pitfalls

Alice Vorburger
Associate, Walder Wyss AG

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.

Other Speaker:
Ramona Wyss, Partner, Walder Wyss AG

Manuela Valente
Manuela Valente

Manuela Valente

Chief People Officer, Sophia Genetics
Manuela Valente
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
Chief People Officer, Sophia Genetics

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.

Other Speaker:
Patrick Hertzog, Co-Founder & User Experience Officer, Nexthink

Moderator:
Aline Bassin, Economic Journalist, Le Temps

Jaap Vossen
Jaap Vossen

Jaap Vossen

CEO, autoSense
Jaap Vossen
16:30 - 17:15Room: Aare 1

Amag

Mastering collaboration Startup and Corporate

Jaap Vossen
CEO, autoSense

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.

Other Speakers:
Philipp Wetzel, Managing Director, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB
Timo Nührich, General Manager, Clyde

Moderator:
Stefan Rüssli, Head of Ventures, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB

Vuk Vegezzi
Vuk Vegezzi

Vuk Vegezzi

Associate, BV4
Vuk Vegezzi
16:45 - 17:15Room: Panorama 3

BV4

How to valuate your Startup

Vuk Vegezzi
Associate, BV4

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.

Other Speaker:
Dorian Ebneter, CEO, BV4

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier
Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Managing Director Startup INVEST
Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier
09:00

Pitching Battle

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier
Managing Director Startup INVEST

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier will conduct the spectacular pitching battle of innovative startups of the five verticals – Autonomous Systems, Healthtech, Sustainable Technologies, Fintech, and Services. He moderates the Semi-Final, Final and Sounding Board together with Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco.

Michael Wacker
Michael Wacker

Michael Wacker

General Partner, BioMedPartners
Michael Wacker
11:45 - 12:30Room: Aare 1

ETHZ

Founder – Investor Fit: Myth or Reality?

Michael Wacker
General Partner, BioMedPartners

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

Other Speakers:
Elias Kleimann, Co-Founder and CFO, Wingtra
Meriam Kabbaj, Co-founder, Chief Operations Officer, Versantis
Aleksandra Laska, Partner, Redalpine

Moderator:
Michael Stucky, ETH Zurich, Entrepreneur and Start-up Mentor

Cédric Waldburger
Cédric Waldburger

Cédric Waldburger

General Partner and Founder, Tomahawk.VC
Cédric Waldburger
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 2

Filmtalk:

The Real Life of Swiss Deep Tech Startups

Cédric Waldburger
General Partner and Founder, Tomahawk.VC

„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.

Other Speakers:
Samantha Anderson, Co-Founder, Depoly
Cynthia Jurytko, Business angel and President of the Board, S2S Ventures

Moderator:
Manuel Stagars, Author and Filmdirector

Matthias Weibel
Matthias Weibel

Matthias Weibel

Entrepreneur & Optimist, CEO, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG
Matthias Weibel
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
Entrepreneur & Optimist, CEO, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG

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.

Other Speaker:
René Brugger, „Veni Digi Vinci“, Head of Digitalization, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG

Moderator:
Thomas Tanner, Entrepreneur & Shaper, Head of Innovation, Raiffeisen Unternehmerzentrum AG

Patrick Weibel
Patrick Weibel

Patrick Weibel

Head of 5G Program, Swisscom
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.

Klea Wenger
Klea Wenger

Klea Wenger

Investment Manager, Swisscom Ventures
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.

Philipp Wetzel
Philipp Wetzel

Philipp Wetzel

Managing Director, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB
Philipp Wetzel
16:30 - 17:15Room: Aare 1

Amag

Mastering collaboration Startup and Corporate

Philipp Wetzel
Managing Director, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB

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.

Other Speakers:
Timo Nührich, General Manager, Clyde
Jaap Vossen, CEO, autoSense

Moderator:
Stefan Rüssli, Head of Ventures, AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB

Florian Wieser
Florian Wieser

Florian Wieser

Startup & Innovation Lead, SENS
Florian Wieser
09:00 - 09:45Room: Aare 1

Impact Hub

Why zebras are the new unicorns

Florian Wieser
Startup & Innovation Lead, SENS

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. 

Other Speaker:
Noora Buser, Managing Partner, Impact Hub Bern

Moderator:
Alban Muret, Partnership & Corporate Impact Lead, SENS

Christian Wenger
Christian Wenger

Christian Wenger

Chairman Startup INVEST
Christian Wenger
16:30 - 17:15Room: Szenario 2

Giving back to Ecosystem

Christian Wenger
Chairman Startup INVEST

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.

Speakers:
Nicolas Durand, CEO and Founder, Abionic
Nicole Herzog, Tech Entrepreneur, Board Member and Business Angel
Mike Glauser, Co-Founder, jumi

 

Elena Wenger
Elena Wenger

Elena Wenger

Co-Founder and Vice President, FEM'UP
Elena Wenger
11:45 - 12:30Room: Szenario 2

Her own boss

Elena Wenger
Co-Founder and Vice President, FEM'UP

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.

Other Speaker:
Alexandra Beckstein, Dam Safety Specialist at Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Co-author „Gründerinnen“
Naomi MacKenzie, Co-founder, KITRO & Trainer and Startup Coach, Venturelab
Aike Festini, Co-Founder & CEO, LuckaBox Logistics AG

Moderators:
Peter Marthaler, Freelance journalist, moderator and communications consultant

 

Vanessa Wood
Vanessa Wood

Vanessa Wood

VP Innovation, ETH
Vanessa Wood
14:00 - 14:45Room: Panorama 1

Universities - Startup Ecosystems' driving Force

Vanessa Wood
VP Innovation, ETH

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?

Other Speaker:
Ursula Oesterle, VP Innovation, EPFL

Moderator:
Dominik Isler, Host startup days

Ramona Wyss
Ramona Wyss

Ramona Wyss

Partner, Walder Wyss AG
Ramona Wyss
15:45 - 16:30Room: Aare 1

Walder Wyss AG

Financing Rounds - Best Practices and Pitfalls

Ramona Wyss
Partner, Walder Wyss AG

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.

Other Speaker:
Alice Vorburger, Associate, Walder Wyss AG

Eliana Zamprogna
Eliana Zamprogna

Eliana Zamprogna

CTO, Migros Industry
Eliana Zamprogna
14:00 - 14:15Room: digitalswitzerland HUB, Aare Plenum

digitalswitzerland

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

Eliana Zamprogna
CTO, Migros Industry

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.

Other Speakers:
Isabelle Tschugmall, CMO, Global Green Xchange AG
Ion Karagounis, Lead new economic models and future affairs, WWF Switzerlan

Moderator:
Matthias Zwingli, Head of Startup & International digitalswitzerland

Zhang Xi
Zhang Xi

Zhang Xi

CEO and co-founder, EXH design AG, CEO and founder, Superlab Suisse AG
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.”

 

Alex Zgraggen
Alex Zgraggen

Alex Zgraggen

Workshop instructor, Smartfeld
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.

Matthias Zwingli
Matthias Zwingli

Matthias Zwingli

Head of Startup & International, digitalswitzerland
Matthias Zwingli
10:45 - 11:30Room: Szenario 2

Swisstech

Going global – how to scale internationally

Matthias Zwingli
Head of Startup & International, digitalswitzerland

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.

Speakers:
Philip Morger, Consultant Internationalization Starters, Switzerland Global Enterprise
Jonas Brunschwig, Deputy CEO, swissnex Boston
Marcel Hofstetter, Scientific Officer, Innosuisse
Olga Dubey, Co-founder and CEO, AgroSustain