Founders Day

Join us for a day of knowledge exchange and networking in the heart of Zurich at the Google Campus Europaallee!


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Are you a startup founder looking for tips and tricks to scale up your operations? Join us at the Founders Day with over 200 other startup founders. Interact with and learn from successful founders, investors, and industry thought leaders who will take the stage and answer your questions.

Schedule: from 10 am – 6.30 pm keynotes, smaller workshop sessions, fireside chats, and networking including lunch. Followed by food and drinks until approx. 9.30 pm

You can expect engaging keynotes and panel discussions, interactive workshops, fireside chats, and plenty of networking opportunities!

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💡The program

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Morning Sessions:

  • Laurent Decrue: Fit to Thrive: Mastering the Art of Product-Market-Fit
  • Patrick Griss: Neglecting Product-Market-Fit: a common and fatal founder mistake
  • Thomas Dübendorfer: How to make your startup investable
  • Michael Baier: Legal Lift-off: Ensuring that your Startup is investable from a legal perspective
  • Dominique Gruhl-Bégin: How to develop a relationship with your VC
  • Andy Schwarzenbach: From Startup to Scale-up: the importance of getting from a „founding Board“ to a high performing „Board 2.0“
  • Charles Vaslet: Do’s and dont’s for your startup BoD
  • Dominique Mégret and Lukas Reinhardt: Challenges and opportunities in scaling at the example of Ecorobotix
  • Jan Lederhausen: Fundraising in challenging times

Afternoon Sessions:  

  • Matthias Schranner: How to negotiate with investors
  • Enzo Wälchli: Cracking the Commercial Code: Key Factors for Success
  • Claude Aemisegger: Tax pitfalls in the start-up and scale-up phase
  • Isabelle Nüssli: Leading Forward: Navigating Growth and Development as a Team Leader
  • Pascal Bieri: A Startup’s Guide to Bold International Expansion
  • Oliver Arber: Go-To-Market-Pitfalls (A real-life Swiss Startup Case)
  • Diane Freymond: Do’s and don’ts from recruiting to engaging your employees
  • Antonia Albert and Victoria Lietha: Things you wish you’d have known – particular requirements by investors for deeptech startups
  • Felicitas Gartmann: Deep dive about going abroad with your startup.
  • Further topics include: Alternative funding options – what’s there and how does it work? The Reality of the Entrepreneurship Rollercoaster: Managing the Highs and Lows, your mental health and sanity. How AI changes the approach for startups.


Speakers (more speakers to be annouced soon)

Matthias Schranner International Negotiation Expert & CEO Schranner Negotiation Institute
Thomas Dübendorfer President SICTIC
Isabelle Nüssli Startup, Scaleup and Leadership coach
Pascal Bieri Co-Founder Planted
Dominique Gruhl-Bégin CEO of Serpentine Ventures
Dr. Andy Schwarzenbach Owner BlackRiver, Founder Hitzberger &
Felicitas Gartmann Consultant for Starters at Switzerland Global Enterprises
Patrick Griss CEO Zühlke Ventures
Enzo Wälchli Chief Commercial Officer, ANYbotics
Antonia Albert Principal & Head of People and Culture at Founderful (formerly Wingman)
Claude Aemisegger Dr. iur., Rechtsanwalt und Notar, eidg. dipl. Steuerexperte
Victoria Lietha Investment Manager, Swisscom Ventures
Charles Vaslet Senior Partner at Emerald Ventures
Diane Freymond Co-Founder and Head of People In Residence
Dominique Mégret CEO Ecorobotix
Laurent Decrue Co-Founder and Co-CEO Holycode
Lukas Reinhardt Head UBS Growth Advisory
Jan Lederhausen UBS Growth Advisory
Nicole Celakovsky Steiner Helsana Gesundheitsmanagerin Unternehmenskunden
Oliver Zwahlen Helsana Verkaufsleiter Private, GA Zürich und Horgen
Michael Baier Partner at Wenger Vieli
Oliver Arber VP Sales & Partner, Peakora
Raphael Tobler President of Swiss Startup Association and CEO of Eduwo

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