We give the Swiss startup ecosystem a collective voice.

Swiss Startup Association (SSA) gives the Swiss startup ecosystem a collective voice in society, business and politics.

Startups face very different challenges than established companies do. The SSA is committed to creating the best possible environment for the development of both entrepreneurs and startups as we believe it benefits our entire society.

We represent the interests of startups and entrepreneurs vis-à-vis politics, business and the public. The SSA sees itself as an umbrella organization representing various startups across numerous industries, regions and organizations.

Our goal  is not only to make Switzerland the most innovative country, but also the most founder-friendly place in Europe.

About SSA
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We are an umbrella organisation for startups

As an umbrella organization, we do not want to compete with existing organisations. Instead, we want to help each other and build a more supported and substainable enviroment for startups in Switzerland together. This includes promoting already existing organizations and making use of synergies between them and us.

We define ourselves as the voice for startup needs which go beyond regions or industries. As we operate nationwide, we gather these needs in order to collect and adress them with combined force.
We see ourselves as start-up lobbyists, both within the ecosystem and beyond. For this we rely on the input and feedback of the ecosystem.

Project Management Team

The heart of our mission and of all our operations. They are the driving force making things happen.

Florian Osterwalder Startup SSA

FLORIAN OSTERWALDER

Mirjam Wenger Startup SSA

MIRJAM WENGER

Caroline Knaack SSA startup

CAROLINE KNAACK

Operations Team

The heart of our mission and of all our operations. They are the driving force making things happen.

All operations team members are volunteers.

Julian Stylianou Startup SSA

JULIAN STYLIANOU

SWASSTHIKA SARMA

Matthias Rossini Startup SSA

MATTHIAS ROSSINI

Adele Bottoni SSA startup

ADELE BOTTONI

Noah Schiller Startup SSA

NOAH SCHILLER

Hanna Mantl Startup SSA

HANNA MANTL

Pascal Brunner Startup SSA

PASCAL BRUNNER

Silvia Dadin Startup SSA

SILVIA DADIN

Cedric Jahn Startup SSA

CÉDRIC JAHN

Simona Fontanella Startup SSA

SIMONA FONTANELLA

Gregory Scheiwiller Startup SSA

GREGORY SCHEIWILLER

Josep Pujol Startup SSSa

JOSEP PUJOL

Patrick Mark SSA

PATRICK MARK

Fabian Birchler Startup SSA

FABIAN BIRCHLER

Fiorenzo Comini Startup SSA

FIORENZO COMINI

Michael Dudli Startup SSA

MICHAEL DUDLI

Patrick Anderseck Startup SSA

PATRICK ANDERSECK

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors features startup enthusiasts who have a vast knowledge in business, politics and entrepreneurship.

All board members are volunteers.

Raphael Tobler Startup SSA

RAPHAEL TOBLER

Simon Furer Startup SSA

SIMON FURER

Gregory Inauen Startup SSA

GREGORY INAUEN

Urs Haeusler startup

URS HAEUSLER

Rico Baldegger Startup SSA

RICO BALDEGGER

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is composed of representatives from various backgrounds, political stances and industries to ensure diverse input.

All advisory board members are volunteers.

nicolas bürer startup

Nicolas
Bürer

Managing Director at digitalswitzerland

Swiss Business Angel of the Year 2018

Who is Who 2018 & 2019 

Alexander Stoeckel startup

Alexander
Stoeckel

Director Venture Capital at Philip Morris International

Director Venture Capital at PM Equity Partner

Cornelia Gut Startup

Cornelia
Gut-Villa

Director at Stiftung Startfeld

Owner of Gutvilla Consulting AG

Board Member at SICTIC

Michael Baier Startup

Michael
Baier

Start-up-, VC- & M&A-Lawyer at Wenger & Vieli

Co-Chairman at EMEA Start up & Venture Capital Chapter of Meritas

Adrian_Locher; Unternehmer, Berlin

Adrian
Locher

Founder and CEO at Merantix

Board Member at Vara

Board Member at SiaSearch

Christoph Meili startup

Christoph
Meili

Co-Founder of Company Factory

Co-Founder of ConReal

Startup Coach at Home of Innovation

regula buob startups

Regula
Buob

CEO at W.A. De Vigier Stiftung

Trainer at SoftTec

Matthias Zwingli Startup

Matthias
Zwingli

Senior Project Manager Startup Enablement at digitalswitzerland

Co-founder of surflove

Board member at European Startup Network

Paola Ghillani Startup SSA

Paola
Ghillani

Member Board of Directors at Migros, Romande Energie Holding, Transitec

Founder and President of Paola Ghillani & Friends Ltd.

Alex Fries - Alpana Ventures

Alex
Fries

Partner at Alpana Ventures SA

President at Ecosystem Ventures

lukas camenzind

Lukas
Camenzind

Board Member and Manager of Private and Corporate Clients at Schwyzer Kantonalbank

Piroska_Poltéra_startup

Piroska
Poltéra

Partner at Badertscher Attorneys at Law

Michael Zeugin Startup

MichaelZeugin

Cantonal Council Zurich

Manager at Müller & Schuhmacher AG

Board of Directors Home of Innovation

Melanie Gabriel Startup SSA

Melanie
Gabriel

Co-Founder and CMO at Yokoy

Board Member at We Shape Tech

Michael Sidler startup

Michael
Sidler

Co-Founding Partner at Redalpine Venture Partners

Board Member at Swiss Startup Invest

Joachim Masur Startup

Joachim
Masur

Founder & Owner at Joachim Masur Ventures GmbH

Léa Miggiano Startup SSA

Léa
Miggiano

Co-Founder & CMO at Carvolution

hannes gassert startup

Hannes
Gassert

Co-Founder of Liip

Nathaly Bachmann Startup SSA

Nathaly
Bachmann

Founder and CEO at Essence Relations GmbH

Board Member at Goba AG

Gregory Grin Startup

Grégroy
Grin

Managing Director at Fri Up

General Secretary at Fondation Seed Capital Fribourg

President at Swiss Startup Coaching Network

David Narr Startup

David
Narr

CEO at GENILEM

Vice president at Swiss Startup Coaching Network

gerhard andrey startup SSA

Gerhard
Andrey

National Councillor

Co-Founder and Board Member at Liip

Board Member at Alternative Bank Schweiz

Michael Mosimann Startup SSA

Michael
Mosimann

Partner at Eversheds Sutherland

Christian Fischer Startup SSA

Christian
Fischer

CEO and Co-founder at Bcomp

Professor at School of Business Administration Fribourg

Media

Find all our latest media reports and articles, as well as other documents on our media page.

If you have any questions, please contact our Media Contacts. Let us just know.

More about the SSA

Join our mission!

Are you convinced you have skills to share? The same passion for our mission? And you would like to help on a voluntary basis?
We are always looking to grow our Operations Team and our Operations Support. Contact us!

Do you want to lend us your extensive network and knowledge? Do you have profound startup experience and leadership skills?
Please contact us if you would like to enrich our Board of Directors or our Advisory Board.