Business Ideas
Module 1

Female Founders Edition
Start date
21. April 2021
Deadline 19. April 2021
Event date

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 is organized together with the University of Zurich and the UZH Innovation Hub.


We are looking forward to an inspiring event with all of you!

Fireside Chat Speaker
Daniela Marino

Dr Daniela Marino is CEO and Co-Founder of Cutiss & winner of the Top100 Startup Award 2020. The biotech spin-off company of the University of Zurich enables personalised skin grafts. The innovative Swiss life science company is based in Schlieren and Zurich. In the Fireside Chat with Daniela Marino you can find out more about how the step from research to self-employment is possible and what you need to consider.

Fireside Chat Speaker
Valentina Valendia

With Capacity, Valentina Velandia offers people with a refugee or migration background a start-up incubator with a seven-month mentoring programme. In this way, they learn to start their own business and develop their expertise into a business model. Born in Colombia, she is a migrant herself. She knows the challenges of new language, authorities and revoked university degrees. If you are interested in social and impact entrepreneurship, visit the Fireside Chat with Valentina Velandia.

Fireside Chat Speaker
Annina Menzi

Annina is the co-founder of Future.preneurship, an Impact Hub Zurich spin-off. Future.preneurship connects career starters with innovative companies for internships. Annina is a natural, warm-hearted connector, who strongly believes in the societal impact of healthy work environments and future-oriented occupations. Since 2013, she is part of the inspiring Impact Hub family. Breathing all this startup air made her grasp for a new challenge: starting her own organisation. Born was Future.preneurship!

Fireside Chat Speaker
Sandra Neumann

Sandra Neumann founded Peripal in 2015. Through her previous career, Sandra possesses an extensive network in the medtech industry and thus recognized the need of many patients for an easy and safe way to perform home dialysis. Peripal financed the starting phase with its own start capital and with the help of seed money. The young company received additional funding from awards such as the W.A. de Vigier Prize 2016, the Venture Top Five, the Idee-Suisse Award and the Angels For Ladies sponsorship award. In addition, a financing round with ZKB and Aargauische Kantonalbank, as well as private investors, has so far brought a mid-single-digit million amount into the startup. Sandra herself is now one of the best-known female founders in Switzerland and was recently awarded with the Recognition Award by the Female Innovation Forum. The logical path for Peripal would be a takeover by a large medical technology group.

Course duration
18:00 - 20:00
Course program
Start date
21. April 2021
Deadline 19. April 2021
Event date
Free of charge (registration is mandatory)

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


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

Dorina Thiess
Piavita AG

«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

«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