About us

STARTUP CAMPUS offers a wide range of startup activities for aspiring entrepreneurs and established startups, startup coaches, investors, and business angels. STARTUP CAMPUS brings together the threads of various startup activities: Innosuisse Start-up Trainings, individual startup coachings, coworking spaces, startup incubators, exciting startup events, awards as well as professional conferences on current entrepreneurial topics.

All these offers are only possible thanks to the strong strength of the consortium behind STARTUP CAMPUS. The consortium consists of universities, colleges, and techno- and innovation parks in the Zurich - Eastern Switzerland region. STARTUP CAMPUS is co-led by the ZHAW School of Management and Law and the Technopark Zurich.

This is the STARTUP CAMPUS team

Martina Decurtins
Course Manager Zurich & Winterthur
Innosuisse Start-up Training (Team lead)
martina.decurtins@zhaw.ch

Lorenz Ineichen
Course Manager St. Gallen
Innosuisse Start-up Training
lorenz.ineichen@startfeld.ch

Sarah Linder
Course Manager Zurich & Bern
Innosuisse Start-up Training (Social Entrepreneurship)
sarah.linder@seif.org
Björn Ignell
Course Manager Lausanne
Innosuisse Start-up Training (Social Entrepreneurship)
björn.ignell@startup-campus.ch
Clara Alonso
Course Manager Board Academy
Startup Board Academy
clara.alonso@boardhub.ch
Nicolas Schneider
Marketing & Communication
Innosuisse Start-up Training
nicolas.schneider@zhaw.ch
Viktor Vogt
Marketing & Communication
Innosuisse Start-up Training
viktor.vogt@impacthub.ch
Dr. Ben Graziano
Head Trainer
STARTUP CAMPUS Training
ben.graziano@zhaw.ch
Karin Andrea Stephan
Co-Lead Innosuisse Start-up Training
karin.stephan@impacthub.ch
Beata Gruschka
Head Runway Incubator
Co-Lead Innosuisse Start-up Training
beata.gruschka@zhaw.ch



Ramona Lieser
Community Manager Runway Incubator
Co-Lead Innosuisse Start-up Training
ramona.lieser@zhaw.ch



Johanna Scheurer
Co-Lead Innosuisse Start-up Training
johanna.scheurer@impacthub.ch
Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob
Co-Lead Innosuisse Start-up Training (Social Entrepreneurship)
mcj@seif.ch

Dr. Matthias Filser
Deputy Head Innosuisse Start-up Training
matthias.filser@zhaw.ch
Dr. Christoph Birkholz
Deputy Head Innosuisse Start-up Training
christoph.birkholz@impacthub.ch
Dr. Matthias Hölling
Co-Director STARTUP CAMPUS
matthias.hoelling@technopark.ch
Jacques Hefti
Co-Director STARTUP CAMPUS
Head Innosuisse Start-up Training
jacques.hefti@zhaw.ch

Some facts about STARTUP CAMPUS

Our coaches and experts

Jacques Hefti
Co-Director STARTUP CAMPUS/ Founder/ Trainer

Jacques Hefti

Jacques is currently lecturer and project manager at the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the ZHAW, Zurich University of Applied Science. He is Co-Director of STARTUP CAMPUS.

Work experience 23 Years

Startup experience  Years

Founding experience

Founder of several start-ups


Experience in private economy

Since 2017
Chairman of the Board at Fiorino AG
2015-2017
Board Member of Fiorino AG
Since 2015
Chairman of the Board of Fiorino Management AG
Since 2013
Co-Director STARTUP CAMPUS
2010
Associate Partner Innovative Management Partner (IMP)
Since 2010
Senior Lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the ZHAW, School of Managment and Law
2010-2014
Senior Lecturer of Strategic Managemnt at the ZHAW, School of Managment and Law
2009-2012
Founder, Interim manager, Consultant in the Industries: Furniture, Interior Design, Dentistry
2007-2009
Head of Marketing & Sales, Rhätische Bahn AG
2003-2007
Managing Director, BSS Downia AG
Hunter Centre, University of Strathclyde, PhD Researcher
2002-2003
Local Couselor, the Strathclyde MBA, Zurich
2001-2003
Country Manager, Vizona AG
1995-2001
Deputy Managing Director, DOC AG


Berufserfahrung Academia

2000-2002
University of Strathclyde, Master in Business Administration
University of St.Gallen, Studies in Business Administration

Dr. Ben Graziano
Coach / Head-Trainer / Lecturer

Dr. Ben Graziano

He is Innosuisse Special Coach for Pitching, Climate KIC Start-up Coach, co-founder and director of Everbeam (Malawi), head trainer at the Startup Campus (Innosuisse Modules 2/3/4), start-up coach for Runway Incubator, Winterthur, and lecturer at the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, ZHAW.

Work experience 20 Years

Startup experience 11 Years

Founding experience

Founder and Director, Aurora Software Limited (2000), United Kingdom

Founder and Director, Everbeam Limited (2013), Malawi


Experience in private economy

2013
Founder & director, Everbeam Limited, Malawi
2008-2012
Technology Commercialisation Manager, Carbon Trust Limited, United Kingdom
2004
Spacecraft Engineering Manager, EADS Astrium, United Kingdom
2000-2004
Freelance Consultant (Clients: Accenture), United Kingdom
1998-2000
Freelance Software Developer, (Clients: Disney and Verizon), United Kingdom


Berufserfahrung Academia

2014
Research associate at the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, ZHAW
2002-2007
Researcher at the Space Research Centre at the University of Cranfield in England

Dr. Kamran Houshang Pour
Patent Expert/ Coach

Dr. Kamran Houshang Pour

His specialty is intellectual property. At present he is a patent expert and IP-trainer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.

Experience in private economy

Since 2008
Patent Expert and IP Trainer at Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
2007-2008
Research Associate at EPFL
2003-2004
Trainee on management of quality at Ettcon
2001-2002
Product Engineer at Nortel Networks


Berufserfahrung Academia

1997-2000
PhD, Physics at the EPFL Lausanne
1989-1995
Graduate Physicist at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
1984-1987
Bachelor of Science, Physics at the University of Teheran
1977-1984
Este'dadhaye derakhshan High School

Myke Näf
Trainer

Myke Näf

Trainer

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Partners

The following institutions support the Innosuisse Start-up Training programme

Contact us

Martina Decurtins (Course Manager)
email: info@startup-campus.ch
phone: +41 58 934 65 00
Theaterstrasse 17
CH-8400 Winterthur