Business Ideas
Module 1

Female Founder
Start date
11. October 2022
Deadline 11. October 2022
Event date
18:00 - 20:00

Are you thinking about founding your own company? Do you want to meet inspiring female founders? Are you curious about how it is to be a female founder in a male-dominated industry? Then join our Female Founders Event – free of charge!



Of all company founders in Switzerland, only approximately 20% are female and the percentage for science- and tech-based startups is even lower. We want to show aspiring female founders that there are many inspiring female role models out there.


Who can participate?

Women interested in entrepreneurship and women empowerment who are considering starting their own business; especially motivated and ambitious members of a Swiss university or University of Applied Sciences (students, doctoral students, postdocs, professors etc.).



This event takes place at ETH Student Project House (SPH).

ETH Student Project House (SPH) was built with a singular vision – to be a dynamic melting pot that empowers the next generation of makers and innovators. We provide students with a pressure-free environment that triggers inspiration, discussion, and hands-on (and often messy) exploration, so that they can foster a mindset geared to create, innovate and lead impactful change. Learn more about SPH here:

ETH Zentrum, Clausiusstrasse 16, 8006 Zurich

This event is organized together with ETH Zurich and Impact Hub Zurich.




Fireside Chat Speaker
Katharina Riederer

Katharina is Co-Founder & CEO of eco.mio. She came up with the idea behind eco.mio when she took a sabbatical during her career as strategy consultant, reflecting on today’s business travel philosophy. Before going into strategy consulting, Katharina studied mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich and University of Michigan. She is passionate about inspiring other women to embark on an entrepreneurial journey as well as being the best employer to her team and herself.

With eco.mio they enable companies to reach their climate targets while realizing significant cost savings by incentivizing employees to travel consciously with their integrated software solution.

Fireside Chat Speaker
Dr. Marjan Kraak

Dr. Marjan Kraak is an Alumna from the University of Groningen with a degree in microbiology and she has a PhD in Biotechnology from ETH Zurich. She has 10 years of industry experience in product development and project management in several companies in the fields of biotechnology and molecular diagnostics. Since 2014 she was heading the Spin-off group at ETH transfer and she is currently the Managing Director at ETH Entrepreneurship.

Fireside Chat Speaker
Prof. Dr. Vanessa Wood

Prof. Vanessa Wood is a full professor and chair at the Institute for Electronics (IfE) in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-​ITET) at ETH Zürich. Her research group is the Materials and Device Engineering Group (MaDE). Besides her professorship, Vanessa Wood is the Vice President for Knowledge Transfer and Corporate Relations at ETH Zürich since 2021.

Course duration
18:00 - 20:00
Course program
Start date
11. October 2022
Deadline 11. October 2022
Event date
18:00 - 20:00
Free of charge (Registration required)
Student Project House: ETH Zentrum, Clausiusstrasse 16, 8006 Zurich

c/o ZHAW School of Management and Law
Theaterstrasse 17
CH-8401 Winterthur
+41 58 934 65 00


«Besides inspiring keynotes and information about support offerings from Innosuisse, the Business Ideas Events are a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and those interested in setting up an own company.»

Ramona Lieser
Runway Startup Incubator

«I think female role models are essential for hopefully seeing more female founders in the Swiss startup scene soon.»

Dorina Thiess
Piavita AG

«In my opinion there are way too few women in the start-up ecosystem in Switzerland. I am committed to offer my support to help other women become the best version of themselves.»

Luiza Dobre
Komed Health AG