Business Ideas
Module 1

Feel the Start-up Groove
Start date
06. May 2021
Deadline 05. May 2021
Event date

Feel the Startup-Groove! Get to know successful founders who will talk about their personal startup stories of success and failure and share their founding experiences with you. A real necessity for anyone who wants to take the plunge into entrepreneurship!


In this edition, we will focus on the following topic:


  • How do I deal when I face an external crisis?
  • Taking the plunge into self-employment during a crisis – brave or simply crazy?
  • Corona-Handling: Listen how our speakers dealt with the Corona-Pandemic

This event will be presented together with ZHAW Zurich University of applied sciences.





Key Speaker
Philipp Rutz

Philipp Rutz founded Okomo in 2018. With Okomo, online visitors can find the right contact person in the company directly on a website and communicate with this person live via chat, audio or even video call, share the screen, exchange data or, if desired, simply make an appointment. The Swiss software company helps companies such as BMW, Siemens or Canon to offer their online customer advice just as easily and personally as on-site. Before Philipp Rutz founded the Swiss SaaS company, he spent over 8 years at Microsoft and lived in Switzerland, England and China. Philipp Rutz studied economics.

Keynote Speaker
Andrea Schärer

Andrea founded Wingwall in summer 2020 together with a business colleague. On the one hand, Wingwall advises and accompanies start-ups and SMEs on topics related to innovation, growth, process management and 360° branding and, on the other hand, supports the development and realisation of new ideas and ventures (company building). In both areas of activity, interdisciplinarity and sustainability – on an economic, social and ecological level – play a central role.

Keynote Speaker
Aike Festini

Luckabox can be called the Tinder of transportation. Aike Festini never understood why the customer has to adapt to the delivery service and not vice versa. So in 2017, together with Maite Mihm, she founded Luckabox Logistics AG, a startup that addresses the “last mile” in delivery services. The demand for online deliveries since the Corona pandemic has given Luckabox an increased shipment volume of 2312 percent last year compared to the previous year, and sales increased by 250 percent.

Course program
Start date
06. May 2021
Deadline 05. May 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

«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

«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