Business Ideas
Module 1

Feel the Start-up Groove
Start date
13. October 2021
Deadline 12. October 2021
Event date

From Research to Startup

At our Startup Stories events you will meet successful founders. They talk about their success and failure stories as well as their personal start-up experiences. Let yourself be inspired!


At this event, we will focus on the topic: From Research to Startup


Get to know successful founders whose origins for the start-up can be found in science.

  • How can I transform my scientific idea into a successful startup?
  • What are the do’s and don’ts?

This event is co-organized together with the ETH Zurich.



Anna Beltzung, CTO & Co-Founder dimpora

Dimpora is a chemical company which develops sustainable and non-harmful membranes, mostly aimed at the production of outdoor gear. Mario and Anna, the co-founders of dimpora, met during their Bachelor studies in chemical engineering at ETH Zurich. They became friends in the last year, when they ended up in the same lab group. This friendship lasted during their Master studies and following PhDs. At the end of Anna’s PhD, Mario asked her to join him in the dimpora adventure, knowing that they work well as a team and share the same Swiss values.

Gianluca Ambrosetti, CEO & Co-Founder Synhelion

Synhelion wants to turn CO2 into fuel and move the world towards net zero. They are a global pioneer in the field of sustainable solar fuels. The company evolved from ETH Zurich in 2016. Gianluca, the CEO and co-founder, obtained his PhD in Physics/Nanotechnology from EPFL Lausanne. He held various positions in the concentrated solar power and photovoltaics industry – among them he was Head of Research at Airlight Energy and Managing Director of Dsolar. His achievements include several patents and scientific publications, and he is the recipient of the EPFL Prix Prof. René Wasserman 2011. He co-founded Synhelion in 2016 and now holds the position of CEO.

Course program
Start date
13. October 2021
Deadline 12. October 2021
Event date
Free of charge (Registration mandatory)
Location: Online

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

«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