About the swiss startup association

We hear you. We speak for you.

Board of Directors

Startup enthusiasts with vast knowledge in business and politics

Raphael Tobler CEO & Co-Founder at eduwo Chairman Home of Innovation President EC-Winterthur
Arijana Walcott Co-Founder & CEO DART Labs Ventures Director of Studies CAS Disruptive Technologies HWZ
Simon Furer Entrepreneur Former President START HSG
Klea Wenger Investment Manager at Swisscom Ventures
Gregory Inauen VP at the EuroTube Foundation Former President ETH EC
Sandra Tobler Co-Founder & CEO Futurae Technologies Board Member Startupticker.ch
Urs Haeusler Managing Director at valantic Digital Transformation Evangelist
Rico Baldegger Dean and Professor at School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR) University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HES-SO)
Alan Frei CMO Amorana at Lovehoney Group, Nominated to be elected
Advisory Board

Composed of representatives from various backgrounds

Nicolas Bürer Managing Director at digitalswitzerland Swiss Business Angel of the Year 2018 Who is Who 2018 & 2019
Alexander Stoeckel Director Venture Capital at Philip Morris International Director Venture Capital at PM Equity Partner
Cornelia Gut-Villa Director at Stiftung Startfeld Owner of Gutvilla Consulting AG Board Member at SICTIC
Michael Baier Senior Associate Wenger Vieli | Dr. iur. | LL.M | Rechtsanwalt | Notar des Kantons Zug
Adrian Locher Founder and CEO at Merantix Board Member at Vara Board Member at SiaSearch
Christoph Meili Co-Founder of Company Factory Co-Founder of ConReal Startup Coach at Home of Innovation
Regula Buob Managing Director at W.A. De Vigier Stiftung Trainer at SoftTec
Matthias Zwingli Senior Project Manager Startup Enablement at digitalswitzerland Co-founder of surflove Board member at European Startup Network
Paola Ghillani Member Board of Directors at Migros, Romande Energie Holding, Transitec Founder and President of Paola Ghillani & Friends Ltd.
Alex Fries Partner at Alpana Ventures SA President at Ecosystem Ventures
Piroska Poltéra Partner at Badertscher Attorneys at Law
Michael Zeugin Cantonal Council Zurich Manager at Müller & Schuhmacher AG Board of Directors Home of Innovation
Melanie Gabriel Co-Founder and CMO at Yokoy Board Member at We Shape Tech
Michael Sidler Co-Founding Partner at Redalpine Venture Partners Board Member at Swiss Startup Invest
Joachim Masur Founder & Owner at Joachim Masur Ventures GmbH
Léa Miggiano Co-Founder & CMO at Carvolution
Hannes Gassert Co-Founder of Liip
Nathaly Bachmann Founder and CEO at Essence Relations GmbH Board Member at Goba AG
Grégory Grin Managing Director at Fri Up General Secretary at Fondation Seed Capital Fribourg President at Swiss Startup Coaching Network
David Narr CEO at GENILEM Vice president at Swiss Startup Coaching Network
Gerhard Andrey National Councillor Co-Founder and Board Member at Liip Board Member at Alternative Bank Schweiz
Michael Mosimann Partner at Eversheds Sutherland
Christian Fischer CEO and Co-founder at Bcomp Professor at School of Business Administration Fribourg
Lukas Scherer Counsel, Attorney at Law and Certified Tax Expert at Prager Dreifuss
Deborrah Schaer Venture Manager at F10 Fintech
Maria Zazo Head Ecosystem Mobility at AXA
Esther Cahn Founder and CEO of Signifikant Solutions AG
Operations Team

The heart of our mission and of all our operations

Philip Barber Market Researcher and Digital Marketer at Ecomap
Fabian Birchler Credit Risk Analyst Marketer at Swisspeers AG
Pascal Brunner CEO of Vatorex AG
Silvia Dadin Human Resources Internship at Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking
Michael Dudli CEO of Xelon AG
Benedikt Fasel Founder and CEO of Archinisis
Simona Fontanella Senior Associate, Central Desk - EMEA & APAC at Catalyst Inc.
Cédric Jahn Student at University of St.Gallen
Hanna Mantl Alpine, Greece, Israel Marketing Specialist Cardiac Surgery at Medtronic
Partick Mark Startup Lawyer, Founder of Jurdesk, Entrepreneur and Investor
Matthias Rossini Digital Marketing Manager & Business Development at vestr AG, Co-Founder and CEO of creatup
Swassthika Sarma Co-Founder of Fragnach.ch and Project Manager at FamilienUnternehmer-TUN
Julian Stylianou Founder of Project circleup
Sina Wespi Vocational trainer and substitution Team Leader at Brunau Stiftung
Max Bieri
Project Management team

The heart of our mission and of all our operations

Jeremy Swanson Intern Project Management
Raphael Tobler CEO & Co-Founder at eduwo Chairman Home of Innovation President EC-Winterthur
Migle Sabone Intern Marketing & Communication
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Join the mission

Become a member of our volunteer team!

Do you think you have a particular skillset that would benefit us? Do you share the passion for our mission? Would you like to help us on a voluntary basis?

We are always looking to grow our operations team and our operations support. If you’re interested, you are welcome to apply!

Our statutes

Learn more about our purpose

The statutes of the Swiss Startup Association are available in both English and German if you are interested in learning more about the association and its organisational structure.
Our statutes (EN)
Our statutes (DE)

Let’s shape the future today

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Without a collaboration between startups and the governmental authorities, we cannot go forward.

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Online and offline events are a great way to network with other startups. We have a number of them planned.

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