Business Ideas
Module 1

Feel the startup groove
Start date
22. February 2021
Deadline 19. February 2021
Event date
18:00 - 19:30

Feel the Startup-Groove of NIKIN and CASUS !

At our Business Ideas Events you will meet successful founders and alumni of past Innosuisse Start-up Trainings or the representative university. They share their success and failure stories as well as their personal start-up experiences.

In this issue, you get inspired by two successful Swiss Startups:

  • NIKIN was founded in 2016 with only CHF 5,000 in capital and has remained independent of any investors or bank loans ever since. Co-founder Nicholas Hänny’s vision: to make sustainable fashion affordable. In just five years, NIKIN has planted over 1 million trees and has now 40 employees. Find out how Nicholas managed to turn his vision into reality with only a small amount of start-up capital.
  • CASUS was founded in 2019 as a LegalTech start-up in Zurich. The vision: to create a digital legal department and thus make it easier for SMEs to access law. Co-founder Céline Spillmann will tell you what it’s like to take the step into self-employment while studying, tell you about her everyday life as a tech entrepreneur and share her experiences in the startup world with you.




This event is co-organized with the university of Zurich and the UZH Innovation Hub.


Nicholas Hänny

I am co-founder & CEO of the Swiss lifestyle brand NIKIN and love online marketing, social media & eCommerce.

I combine my passion with a purpose and am currently building NIKIN, where we plant a tree for every product sold and strive to make sustainable fashion affordable.

NIKIN was founded & bootstrapped with only CHF 5,000 seed capital and has since remained independent from and without investors & bank loans.

Here are some facts about NIKIN:

-Over 1’000’000 trees planted worldwide.

-Top 3 at the Swiss Economic Award 2019

– “Swiss Brand of the Year” 2019 in the apparel category for “cost-benefit”

-Currently 40 employees

-GOTS certified

Céline Spillmann

I am co-founder of the LegalTech start-up CASUS Technologies AG. As a member of the board of directors, managing director and product developer, I work with my team to turn our vision of a digital legal department into reality. I particularly appreciate being able to use my interdisciplinary study background in law, IT and business in my daily work. My personal mission is to inspire and encourage young women within and outside the tech industry to be entrepreneurial. In 2020, I was named to the Forbes ’30 under 30′ list.

Course program
Start date
22. February 2021
Deadline 19. February 2021
Event date
18:00 - 19:30
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

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

Dorina Thiess
Piavita AG