Business Ideas
Module 1

Feel the Startup Groove
Start date
10. November 2021
Deadline 09. November 2021
Event date
19:30 - 20:30

My Job? Entrepreneur!
Feel the Startup-Groove at the UZH Long Nights of Careers

Are entrepreneurs born or made? Can everybody become an entrepreneur?

At this special Startup Stories event, we will focus on Entrepreneurship as a possible career path after University. At our Startup Stories Event you will meet successful founders and alumni of past Innosuisse Start-up Trainings. They share their success and failure stories as well as their personal start-up experiences.

Our Guests:

You will meet Ben Simon, COO and Co-Founder of VAY and Serial-Entrepreneur Céline Spillmann, Co-Founder  Casus Technologies of as well as  Period.


About the UZH Long Nights of Careers:

Every fall, the Long Night of Careers (LNoC) offers you the opportunity to learn about prospects and career entry in a variety of formats and in collaboration with a wide range of companies and organizations.

With numerous program points for all faculties and levels, the event broadens horizons and provides fresh food for thought for the professional future. Various speakers will be available to answer your questions, give practical tips and share important insights and experiences from their professional lives.




This event is co-organized with the University of Zurich and the UZH Innovation Hub and is part of the UZH Long Nights of Careers.


Ben Simon

While finishing his business studies, Ben gathered experience in different financial sectors for different brands in different positions. Ben quickly came to understand that this path wasn’t right for him. At VAY, he is responsible for all commercial aspects of the business and built up a team of 16 FTE in Zurich to democratise professional coaching in fitness and physiotherapy. VAY is a shooting start in sports tech: the spin-off from ETH Zurich was founded in 2019 by Joel Roos, Ben Simon, and Patrizio Bonzani. In only two years, the company won multiple awards and raised over CHF 1M in funding. In September 2021, the company announced its acquisition by US sports company Nautilus, making it one of the fastest exits in Switzerland.

Céline Spillmann

Céline Spillmann studied law, economics and computer science. She holds two bachelor’s and two master’s degrees and a paused doctoral dissertation. She was named to the ’30 under 30′ list by business magazine Forbes in 2020. The cycle care brand PERIOD. is her second company after having co-founded a LegalTech startup CASUS Technologies. With PERIOD. Céline aims to put an end to menstrual suffering and the taboo around periods. Her personal mission is to inspire and encourage young women within and outside the tech industry to be entrepreneurial. 

Course duration
19:30 - 20.30
Course program
Start date
10. November 2021
Deadline 09. November 2021
Event date
19:30 - 20:30
Free of charge (registration is mandatory)

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


«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

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

Dorina Thiess
Piavita AG