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Mentors

What makes >>venture>> unique is the network that we provide to budding entrepreneurs. The connections you make during the competition will shape the future of your company. Our mentors are seasoned business leaders and industry experts who can coach you on how to take your startup to the next level. All teams selected to take part in the pitching finals will be granted access to our mentor network, which you can browse below.

Mentors at >>venture>>

Adrian Bührer
Adrian Bührer

Adrian Bührer is a well known swiss digital entrepreneur and investor. Through his consultancy he advises large corporates such as the biggest food retailer or the biggest life insurer in Switzerland. During the last 15 years he has founded and invested in several startups, having sold ... ...

Adrian Kalt
Adrian Kalt

Adrian is senior executive in a family office, managing direct investments in established companies in the industrial, technology, healthcare/medtech, business services and retail/consumer goods sectors. He has experience as investor, corporate finance advisor, company founder and mana... ...

Alex Enzler
Alex Enzler

Dr. Alex Enzler works for MME, an innovative cutting edge consulting firm for all your legal, tax, and compliance needs. Prior to joining MME in 2016, he gained several years of specific experience as a corporate / mergers and acquisitions lawyer with a medium-sized and two large top-ti... ...

Alex Seidel
Alex Seidel

Alex is an active investor/board member in multiple startups across industries. He has over 25 years experience in Marketing/Sales and in leading international companies in the function of CEO/Chairman. He places pragmatic focus on delivering results in challanging environments and prov... ...

Alexandra Sacha Thorey
Alexandra Sacha Thorey

Alexandra Thorey is a marketing professional with a focus on strategy, innovation, and communication. She has over 20 years of experience in building brands and launching innovations for Fortune 100 brands as well as startups in such industries as foods + beverages, nutrition, weight ma... ...

Andreas Plüss
Andreas Plüss

Andreas is Founder and CEO of Strategy Plus Consulting GmbH and Partner of Sportin AG. He holds an MBA of Strathclyde Business School and in his consultant network he has been advising companies since 2011. His core competences are Online Marketing and Strategy. Andreas is specialized i... ...

Andy Schwarzenbach
Andy Schwarzenbach

Andy Schwarzenbach, Dr.phil. et lic.oec. HSG, born in 1975, is head of New Business of the Gastronomy and Speciality Stores Management of the Genossenschaft Migros Zürich. He studied economics at the University of St. Gallen, HSG, and received his doctorate at Zurich University in media... ...

Aron Braun
Aron Braun

Aron has been an entrepreneur in the biotech and the education sectors for the last 20 years. After having worked in the semiconductor industry for a few years, Aron became a co-founder of Epigenomics, a Germany / US based biotech company specialized in cancer diagnostics. Later, after ... ...

Axel Bolte
Axel Bolte

Axel is CEO and founder of Inozyme Pharma, a rare disease company focused on metabolic disorders. Inozyme is developing a portfolio of drug candidates that encompasses biologics, small molecules as well as gene therapy. The company is led by a team of industry veterans and is well finan... ...

Bernard Spycher
Bernard Spycher

Bernard is an international Marketing + Sales leader with over 20 years experience in the medtech industry. He worked 7 years in the US and has a Commercial, R+D and Operations background. He has strong experience in building and managing businesses in the US and Europe. He was a junior... ...

Björn Klocke
Björn Klocke

Björn is passionate about technology and its applications in healthcare. After first years with McKinsey, he has spent his career in medtech companies, incl. positions as Managing Director, Commercial Director and VP Technology. Lately Björn decided to set up an own firm for organizatio... ...

Cédric Mutz
Cédric Mutz

Cédric is a VC professional with investment experience in the areas of energy (renewables, energy efficiency, smart grids), materials, water, and industrial IT (cybersecurity, IoT, robotics, AD, AR). Cédric also held various positions in finance and M+A at energy, chemicals and mining m... ...

Charlotte Van Hautekerke
Charlotte Van Hautekerke

Charlotte Van Hautekerke is a business lawyer and an entrepreneurial Commercial Manager in the highly regulated environment of pharmaceutical, medical devices and sterilization industry. As a lawyer she mainly gained experience with M&A, due diligence, corporate/commercial law, com... ...

Christian Maehr
Christian Maehr

Christian is responsible for UBS’ Startup and Small Entreprise Business in Switzerland. Prior to his current role he led various sales and advisory teams and digitization projects. He also built up a foreign banks’ Switzerland franchise from scratch. In addition Christian is Executive B... ...

Christian Meisser
Christian Meisser

Christian Meisser is an entrepreneur and lawyer with a focus on the intersection between technology and law. After working for some of the world's top law firms, he built a team of experts with LEXR AG to provide like-minded entrepreneurs with price-predictable legal services that are t... ...

Christoph Ruchti
Christoph Ruchti

Christoph has a PhD in applied and engineering physics and worked for over 30 years in power generation (BBC, Sulzer, ABB, Alstom, General Electric) in various R+D and engineering functions. Up to May 2017 he was Chief Engineer for Plants at General Electric, responsible for conducting ... ...

Claude Florin
Claude Florin

Claude Florin is CEO of Fastree3D developing semiconductor vision sensors for automotive safety and autonomous robots. He has been a co-founder of 3-startups and supported over 30 early-stage technology ventures at Polytech Ventures and A3 Angels. His industry career at HP led to succes... ...

Claudia Zimmermann
Claudia Zimmermann

Claudia is CEO and Founder of C-Advisory and Venture Partner at Aravis AG. She has been 10 years CFO ICT-Business (CH, Germany, USA, Canada and Malaysia), 7 years Corporate Finance Consultant (PwC) and has Commercial Industry experience (Rieter, ABB). She has broad and in-depth financia... ...

Daniel Brandenburger
Daniel Brandenburger

He has 30 years experience in managing sales, engineering and production operations for small and medium European enterprises in the APAC region, especially China. He has faced all possible challenges in fast developing and extremely competitive environments. He has been very successful... ...

Dario Caleffi
Dario Caleffi

Dario is international senior executive with 25+ years of experience in a large variety of industries such as pharmaceutical, agro-chemical, tobacco, CPG and telecommunications, with proven in-depth knowledge of ICT, Project Management, Business Planning, Controlling, Operations and Sup... ...

David Yu
David Yu

David is responsible for building the European pipeline for a global pharma company. This involves identifying and valuing new platforms / molecules for in licensing / M+A in mutiple therapeutic areas. He also worked in consulting but spent the vast majority of his career managing money... ...

Fabian Buller
Fabian Buller

Fabian Buller is the CBO of Neurimmune, a Swiss clinical stage biotech company translating human immune memory into next generation antibody therapeutics. Fabian Buller is an experienced biotech executive with 8 years of professional experience in biotech and pharma. Prior to his positi... ...

Frank Reitgassl
Frank Reitgassl

With 14 years creative agency experience (Head of Strategy at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, BBH) in London and Asia, and 5+ years on advertiser-side (4 years Director of Brand Strategy and Creative at Mondelez and currently Group Head of Marketing Content at Zurich Insurance), Frank has seen ma... ...

Franz Schubiger
Franz Schubiger

Franz Schubiger is a business lawyer and partner at Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law. His practice focuses on corporate law, M+A, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital, complex restructurings as well as general contract and commercial law. Franz regularly advises in the field... ...

Frido Stutz
Frido Stutz

Frido Stutz studied aeronautical engineering and has many years of experience in flight operations as a pilot with the Swiss Air Force and several airlines.  He developed products for automated parking systems for vehicles and hybrid systems for the generation of sustainable electrical ... ...

Hanna Brahme
Hanna Brahme

Hanna has a background in engineering and business and with experience from a wide range of organizations, including ABB, MAN, United Nations. Currently she supports spin-off companies at ETH and leads the partnership team at TEDxZurich. Particular skills include: Partnerships, Business... ...

Heinz Hohl
Heinz Hohl

Heinz early retired as per 2014 from Commercial Banking (Swiss Clients). His areas were Corporate Financing, Start-up Financing, Foreign Exchange, Leasing, Sales-Trainer. Before, he studied economics (HWV Zurich) and management (SKU). Actual he is independent coach and consultant for SM... ...

Hervé Flutto
Hervé Flutto

Hervé is passionate about Entrepreneurship. Experienced Manager with strong business and finance acumen, he has led the development of several start-ups in Industrial, Engineering, Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning fields. He would like to contribute his knowledge, Capital and Net... ...

Ioana Prundaru
Ioana Prundaru

Ioana Prundaru has earned a Dipl.Eng degree in electronics and telecommunication at the Technical University of Bucharest, Romania. She has lead complex software projects for banking and image processing in Tokyo and Konstanz (DE). Since 2000, she is based in Zurich and has lead Quality... ...

Isabelle Sailer
Isabelle Sailer

Isabelle is an experienced communication expert with focus on human interaction within the innovation and startup environments. She has experience in the following sectors: Strategic + marketing communications and positioning, Community building, Content for inbound marketing and Copywr... ...

Jann Hatz
Jann Hatz

An expert in corporate and business development as well as in digitisation, Jann’s experience spans from being previously head of corporate development of a large retail conglomerate and CMO of a globally acting manufacturer of specialty machinery for the packaging industry to designing... ...

Jeannette Wibmer
Jeannette Wibmer

Dr. Jeannette Wibmer is a partner with the Badertscher law firm in Zurich and has over 20 years of experience in serving corporate clients and entrepreneurs, mainly in the pharmaceutical, life science, IT, VR, AR and other high tech fields for the global commercialisation of innovative ... ...

Jeroen Van den Oever
Jeroen Van den Oever

Jeroen is experienced Chief Financial Officer and Board member with a demonstrated history of working in the finance industry. He is skilled in business restructuring, M+A, business model building, scale-ups and innovation in the field of Biotech. He is a strong entrepreneurship profess... ...

Jérôme Mariéthoz
Jérôme Mariéthoz

Jérôme is an independent professional in real estate and private equity with additionally over 10 years background experience in the insurance industry. He has specific skills in company turnarounds, management of large scale projects, and management of 700+ teams.

Jim Lewis
Jim Lewis

Jim is CEO of four start-up firms, the last two of which were Zürich-based companies successfully sold to strategic buyers. His market and technical experience includes: Consumer electronics, imaging, industrial automation, telecommunications, lasers and optics.

Johan Roman
Johan Roman

Roman has 10+ years of strategic and operational Marketing, Product Development and Strategic Partnership experience in the Telecom & Cyber Security industry. Currently he is in charge of Marketing, Bus. Dev and Strategic Partnerships activities at Kudelski Security, the Cyber Secur... ...

Josef Felber
Josef Felber

Josef was born 1956 in Lucerne and holds diploma in physics from the University of Zurich. He founded Felber + Partners AG, a patent law firm in Zurich in 1989. He represents and consults national and international clients worldwide for obtaining international patent, trademark and desi... ...

Kadri Vunder Fontana
Kadri Vunder Fontana

Kadri is a serial entrepreneur with key strengths in leading strategic projects and orchestrating business turnarounds in cross cultural environment proven both in Western Europe and in emerging countries. Ability to combine strategic overview with analytical detail and inspirational le... ...

Karen Wagner
Karen Wagner

Karen Wagner is a Managing Partner at Ysios Capital where she focuses on therapeutic investments. Besides Vivet Therapeutics, Karen serves on the boards of Galecto, Aelix Therapeutics, Minoryx and Xeltis.  Formerly she was a board member of Kala Pharmaceutics and Cardoz. She holds a mas... ...

Katrin Siebenbürger Hacki
Katrin Siebenbürger Hacki

Katrin is the director and founder of Medows Sàrl, a specialised consultancy working with companies from the life-sciences, digital health and related industries to support their go-to-market strategies, market- and business development, and fundraising. The company is also developing a... ...

Krissy Zimmermann
Krissy Zimmermann

Krissy supports leaders and their teams to focus on strengths, solutions and results by supplying the tools necessary to develop self-awareness, learning new skill-sets - important if you are a leader in a large organization or bringing your business idea to fruition. Clients learn how... ...

Kurt Weingarten
Kurt Weingarten

I have boot-strapped a photonics company which was acquired by a publicly-traded firm, and also founded a VC-backed telecom photonics technology company in the years 2000-2003.

Luc Gérardin
Luc Gérardin

Luc Gérardin is a strategic advisor who focuses on the design and development of customer driven solutions that leverage new technologies, particularly Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things and the transformation of organizations to align their business and operating models to ... ...

Manuel Aschwanden
Manuel Aschwanden

Manuel Aschwanden is Chief Executive Officer of Optotune, a Swiss manufacturer of industry shaping active optical components that allow customers around the globe to innovate. Manuel holds an MSc in electrical engineering and a PhD in nanotechnology from ETH Zurich. Besides his excellen... ...

Marco Rüedi
Marco Rüedi

CEO/CMO Axalbion SA / Startup coach Innosuisse

Marcos Garcia Pedraza
Marcos García Pedraza

Dr. Marcos Garcia Pedraza is a healthcare entrepreneur. He is founder and managing partner of orgart. VENTURES, a company builder with a track record of successfully building technology-driven companies, and strong ties to investors in the healthcare industry, and experts in life scienc... ...

Marjan Kraak
Marjan Kraak

ETH Zurich has an impressive track record with 25 new ETH spin-offs/year since 2015. As of November 2014 Marjan is heading the spin-off Group at ETH transfer. Until February 2016 she managed the Innovation and Entrepreneurship lab in the life sciences. Before that she was Business Devel... ...

Mark Berger
Mark Berger

Mark created several startups in the past, as a founder, co-founder, investor and coach. Currently he is engaged as Director at Bank Vontobel AG to move the needle in Fintech.

Markus Hofer
Markus Hofer

Markus Hofer holds a PhD in process engineering. In 1999 he took over the BU Extrusion Systems, building the extrusion-based cereals and petfood business. In 2006 he headed the Grinding + Dispersion BU, active in chemicals, electronics and automotive industries. Since 2009 Markus Hofer ... ...

Markus Lang
Markus Lang

Markus is a Senior Executive with more than twenty-five years’ experience on three continents in the healthcare and chemicals industry (Medtronic, Covidien, Baxter Healthcare, Novartis, Ciba Specialty Chemicals). As seasoned commercial leader, he has an excellent track record of driving... ...

Markus Moser
Markus Moser

Markus co-founded and led Prionics AG, one of Switzerland's most successful University biotech spin-off. In 2002, he was awarded the Swiss Economic Award from the Swiss Economic Forum. Markus received his PhD in Molecular Biology in 1995 at the University of Zurich. His expertise from h... ...

Martin Schneider
Martin Schneider

Dr. Martin Schneider has many years of experience in all areas of the business Intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, design, copyrights, including software and media and televison). He is an expert in drafting contracts to commercialise IP, including licensing, franchising,... ...

Massimo Lucchina
Massimo Lucchina

Massimo Lucchina is a Senior Executive with large experience in High Tech sector; currently at Samsung Chief Strategy Office and overlooking M+A activities in Europe to create new business opportunities through innovative and disruptive partnership. He was at Cisco Systems for 22+ years... ...

Matt Lanfear
Matt Lanfear

Dr. Matt Lanfear is a finance professional and consultant to financial institutions and corporates undertaking major business transformation and change management initiatives. Matt’s expertise spans financial strategy, corporate finance, mergers + acquisitions, company valuation, due di... ...

Matthias Hölling
Matthias Hölling

Having been with technology transfer organizations over the past 14 years, Matthias has facilitated many intellectual property registrations and worked with startups on their IP strategy and drafted many license agreements.  He is an electrical engineer by training and has also recent e... ...

Matthias Wolf
Matthias Wolf

Matthias started his career as a financial analyst (main focus: pharmaceutical and medical companies) at various banks. On 2 occasions he was head of teams of financial analysts newly set up by him. From 2002 onward he was active as a business angel. In 2004 he co-founded a start-up com... ...

Mauro Lattuada
Mauro Lattuada

Mauro Lattuada works as Technology Transfer Manager at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and is mainly focused on ICT and engineering areas managing the intellectual property stemming research activities and negotiating contracts between laboratories and companies. Mauro h... ...

Michal Bartos
Michal Bartos

Michal is a shareholder of 5 start-ups in the area of healthcare (board member, lead investor and acting CFO of one of these), and has been active as a coach, mentor, expert and jury member for 5 years.  Before becoming a passionate supporter of the start-up ecosystem, Michal has spent... ...

Nicole Beranek Zanon
Nicole Beranek Zanon

Since 2012 Nicole is partner at De la Cruz Beranek Attorneys at Law. Her main subjects are IT contracting and special outsourcing for banks, data protection project for a medical technology company, management of digitization projects for a major property management and marketing compan... ...

Olivier Kobel
Olivier Kobel

Olivier has 2 activities: 1) business angel for more than 15 years, mostly in internet and cleantech start-ups, in the context of Atlantic Ventures. 2) He is an independent corporate finance professional, with expertise in all matters regarding company financing.

Pascal Allot
Pascal Allot

Using his 20+ years in the technology business and his current role at IBM, Pascal is passionately promoting digital transformation using big data, cognitive computing and blockchain, working with startup ecosystems as well as established companies and organisations that are seeking to ... ...

Pedro Paiva
Pedro Paiva

Pedro has diverse professional experience leading innovation, business development and transformation initiatives in several industries across Technology Solutions and Services, balancing strategy, business and technology skills, in international roles and multi-cultural environments. P... ...

Peter A. Plötz
Peter A. Plötz

Peter contributes to venture since 2011 and he supports early stage start-ups since 2013. He has an international track in various functions: Tax, Finance and Business Planning; Project, Program and General Management, and as a Senior Management Consultant. His experiences include Value... ...

Peter Hilpert
Peter Hilpert

Peter is retired as of 2013. He was Business Unit Head Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for printing inks and for food packaging’s (www.siegwerk.com) and Group Project manager Commercial Excellence for Europe and USA / Canada with roll-out in Brazil and Mexico. He was Head USA / Ca... ...

Philipp Steinberger
Philipp Steinberger

Philipp has been active in the venture capital / direct investment space for over 10 years. As the managing director of AquilaDirekt AG he has built and is supporting a portfolio of 9 growth-companies with approx. CHF 30 Mio. invested capital. With Nupeak Ventures he is in the process o... ...

Ralph Schiess
Ralph Schiess

Dr. Ralph Schiess is a biochemist by training and received his Ph.D. from the ETH Zurich. During his doctoral studies his research was focusing on mass spectrometrybased proteomics with a special interest in biomarker discovery. Since 2010, he is CEO and co-founder of ProteoMediX AG, a ... ...

Reinhard Anton
Reinhard Anton

Reinhard has been successfully working in the international Software/IT industry for 30+ years. His key areas of expertise are senior management positions in sales, business development and product marketing. He has lived and worked in England (5 years) and Switzerland (8 years), now he... ...

Rolf Eleveld
Rolf Eleveld

Your idea automated with digital technology is Rolf's motto. He brings broad knowledge of business applications and service offerings from cloud providers mixed in with a deep understanding of digital development on implementation, methodology, strategy and operations. Research with him... ...

Ruedi Gygax
Ruedi Gygax

Ruedi has had 22 years of experience as an active investor (in a corporate venture fund, a financial venture fund and as a (small) business angel) and is board member to various startups.

Rui Ferreira
Rui Ferreira

As Chief Data Governance Officer, Rui is responsible for supervising the implementation of Zurich’s data strategy and data policy globally, aiming to enable Zurich’s digital business transformation, while improving organizational capabilities in the areas of data governance and standard... ...

Salvatore Bocchetti
Salvatore Bocchetti

Salvatore has spent the last 10+ years of his life helping technology companies in different domains (Cybersecurity, IoT, Drones, Web, Media ) shaping and selling better products and services. He has a multifaceted academic background (Engineering MSc, Master in Law, Business executive ... ...

Scott Herrick
Scott Herrick

Scott is leading large scale programs and projects in the regulatory finance space: data, calculations and reporting in both banking and insurance. He has been working in the Target Operating Model (TOM) development (process, people, and tools) and IT Strategy development and leading te... ...

Shila Schneider
Shila Schneider

Shila has a lifescience background, studied biology (developmental biology, immunology, molecular biology) at the University of Zurich, completed PhD at USZ in a gene therapy project, graduating with Dr.phil.II in Molecular Biology. Following her PhD she worked for 3 years in research a... ...

Simon Brunner
Simon Brunner

Simon is a former journalist with management consulting experience, working in PR/communications. He founded his own company in 2012 with two colleagues. Services offered: communication strategy, high-quality content for magazines, websites and blogs, speech and ghost writing, etc. ... ...

Simon Nebel
Simon Nebel

Simon is managing partner of Viopas Partners AG, an asset manager specialist in healthcare. Over the past 20 years, Simon was involved in 4 Private Equities vehicles in healthcare and renewable energy, as Managing Partner at Aravis, with a total of more than CHF 250M assets under manage... ...

Stefan Blarer
Stefan Blarer

For more than 10 years Stefan coaches European SMEs and life science start-ups, working with them in business development, marketing and for financing. Stefan is board member of startups, accredited Innosuisse and EU EASME business coach. He gained his expertise as a member of the Novar... ...

Stephan Hess
Stephan Hess

Since 2000 Stephan headed different global Vice President positions in R+D, Product Management and Technology mainly for Alstom Power. Since 2006 he coached and founded many startups in the Suisse innovation ecosystem. Since 2015 he is active shareholder and entrepreneur in advanced tec... ...

Tomas Svoboda
Tomas Svoboda

Tomas is Life Science and New Technologies executive with +30 years working experience in R+D, RA+QA, Sales and Marketing, Business Development, M+A, Fund Raising and General Management. As a CEO of 5 private and public companies, he managed several financing rounds raising over € 30 M ... ...

Ulrich Steiner
Ulrich Steiner

Since 2015, Ulrich has been Head of Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility at Swiss-based Specialty Long Steel producer SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH. From 2008 to 2015 he was Head of Group Communications and Investor Relations at Swiss Specialty Chemica... ...

Valentin Chapero
Valentin Chapero

Valentin is a highly experienced executive/entrepreneur with significant leadership activities in the IT, telecommunications and medical devices industry. He has a strong international orientation with two decades of best practice in innovation management, marketing, operations, sales a... ...

Véronique Stephan
Véronique Stephan

Véronique Stephan started her career as a consultant working for McKinsey. She then worked in the marketing department of L’Oréal before joining an internet start-up (surfEU). Heading marketing for surfEU allowed her to gain valuable insight into entrepreneurship, venture capital and sm... ...

Virginia Williams
Virginia Williams

Virginia is a former corporate executive with extensive international experience in sales and people management, human resources and transformation management in highly competitive and service industries, multinational, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. As Executiv... ...

Walter Looser
Walter Looser

For more than 40 years Walter has worked in the field of product development, innovation and marketing in various international companies. The last 20 years he got involved in corporate venturing and in supporting startup companies. As a passionate engineer and manager, he likes to supp... ...