STARTUP CAMPUS has a highly qualified network of coaches and experts with many years of start-up experience, which is continuously expanding. Take a look at interesting offers and events where our startup coaches are involved and provide young entrepreneurs with helpful tips. Sounds interesting to you? Then get in touch with us and become part of the STARTUP CAMPUS start-up expert community!

Working with talented entrepreneurs
Transfer of knowledge and experience
Inspiring startup environment
Active promotion of the Swiss start-up ecosystem
Runway Startup Incubator
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Trainings and events where our coaches are involved and which might be of interest to you

01.10.2019 - 25.11.2019  Zurich

Startup Board Academy

Directors Education Program for Business Angels

Are you or do you want to become a successful startup board member? During 4 afternoons the participants will be sensitized to the risks and challenges of a start-up board of directors – in interactive workshops, presentations, case studies, discussions and a final board due diligence including live pitching. This specialized training program is aimed at interested business angels, board members and investors who would like to learn first-hand practical tips and advice for the successful management of a start-up.

  Technopark Winterthur

RUNWAY Startup Incubator

Accelerate your business

In the RUNWAY Startup Incubator, we offer young entrepreneurs tailor-made coaching, excellent networking and consulting. In addition, Incubatees profit from the physical coworking space and state-of-the-art infrastructure at Technopark Winterthur. Our goal: to accelerate you and your early phase startup within a few months and make you ready to take off.

20.09.2019  Technopark Winterthur

Startup Night Winterthur

More than 1000 participants at the second event in 2018 proved it: Pioneering spirit and entrepreneurship are more present than ever in Winterthur! On Friday, 20. September 2019, the time has come again! Thanks to the third Startup Night, Winterthur will host one of Switzerland’s largest Startup Events.

07.03.2019 - 28.03.2019  Lausanne

Fast Track Sales Academy

EPFL Innovation Park created a short 4 half-day course to get your hands on the tips and tricks to build and manage a fast growing sales organisation that will help you get in the league of the companies that outperform their competition.

Meet the Swiss startup ecosystem

The main goal of the Ecosystem Connect Event which takes place within the context of the Innosuisse start-up training ‘Business Concept’ is to connect participants with investors and representatives of the Swiss startup ecosystem and establish important contacts to enhance their business ideas. Investors and invited organizations of the Swiss Startup Ecosystem see up to 30 exciting new startup ideas and meet motivated aspiring entrepreneurs.

Building startups towards a successful sale

Startups need to build a growth plan and exit path early in their life cycle to unlock the value created and to maximize the chances of their founders and investors making financial returns.

  Technopark Zurich

Challenge Room

Leave your comfort zone!

Leave your comfort zone to make substantial progress with your business! Unlimited creativity for yourself and your team in the brand new creative work space at the Technopark Zurich (incl. free of charge coaching for startups and business ideas projects).

Our coaches

Dr. Ben Graziano
Coach / Head-Trainer / Lecturer

Dr. Ben Graziano

He is Innosuisse Special Coach for Pitching, Climate KIC Start-up Coach, co-founder and director of Everbeam (Malawi), head trainer at the Startup Campus (Innosuisse Modules 2/3/4), start-up coach for Runway Incubator, Winterthur, and lecturer at the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, ZHAW.

Work experience 20 Years

Startup experience 11 Years

Founding experience

Founder and Director, Aurora Software Limited (2000), United Kingdom

Founder and Director, Everbeam Limited (2013), Malawi

Experience in private economy

Founder & director, Everbeam Limited, Malawi
Technology Commercialisation Manager, Carbon Trust Limited, United Kingdom
Spacecraft Engineering Manager, EADS Astrium, United Kingdom
Freelance Consultant (Clients: Accenture), United Kingdom
Freelance Software Developer, (Clients: Disney and Verizon), United Kingdom

Berufserfahrung Academia

Research associate at the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, ZHAW
Researcher at the Space Research Centre at the University of Cranfield in England

Thomas Schmitt
Lecturer/ Coach

Thomas Schmitt

Currently he is a lecturer of business economics with focus on Coprorate Finance at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and acitv in different administrative boards of middle-class companies.

Experience in private economy

Management of TECHNOPARK® Aargau
Development of TECHNOPARK® Aargau
Financial consultant at companies in stages of turnaround or M&A
Management of a financial-oriented  IT and management consultancy company in Zurich

Berufserfahrung Academia

Business Informatics at the University of Zurich

Dr. Aron Braun
Entrepreneur/ Business Angel/ Coach

Dr. Aron Braun

He is on the board of directors at Prismond Group AG and Discendo AG, works as a lecturer at the Univerity of Applied Science in Bern, as a Business Angel for diffrent companies, and as an entrepreneur.

Work experience 24 Years

Startup experience 20 Years

Founding experience

•    Co-founder of four companies
•    Support of six Start-ups
•    Start-up Coach at TEK, Venture, seif, KTI, bbcw, Startup Weekend

Experience in private economy

Since 2010
Arpega AG, Zürich: Founder & CEO
Phorms Education
Phorms Management AG, Berlin
Catenion Group, Berlin
Epigenomics AG
Epigenomics AG, Berlin
Philips Semiconductors AG
Zürcher Hochschule Winterthur
Philips Semiconductors/ ST Microelectronics

Berufserfahrung Academia

Since 2011
Berne University of Applied Sciences
ETH Zürich / Imperial College London

Pascal O. Stocker
Lecturer/ Coach

Pascal O. Stocker

He is currently the CEO of Stocker Unternehmensentwicklung AG, chairman and holder at Wyrsch Unternehmerschule AG and lecturer at different business schools as HTW Chur, HWZ Zurich, SIB Zurich and SGO Opfikon.



Work experience 17 Years

Startup experience  Years

Founding experience

•    Stocker Unternehmensentwicklung AG
•    Founder of five startups

Experience in private economy

Since 2017
Member of the board of directors at NovaVolt
Since 2017
Member of the board of directors at Pandally AG
Since 2017
Member of the board of directors at Korporation Freienbach
Since 2012
Co-initiator and member of KKU Spezialisten
Since 2011
Managing Director and Owner of Stocker Unternehmensentwicklung AG
Since 2008
Wyrsch Unternehmerschule AG, Chairman and holder
Since 2007
Lecturer at the HTW Chur
Since 2007
Associate at huser treuhand + partner GmbH
Since 2004
Trainer and cunsultant at the SIB Swiss instiution for business economics
Since 2003
Head of Entrepreneurship Department at the HWZ Zurich School of Economics
Since 2001
Stocker Unternehmensentwicklung AG, CEO, holder, trainer
Since 2001
Owner of Periscope AG
Unilever, Senior Key Account Manager, Brand Manager, Category Management Xerox: Controller
Kuoni: Project Manager Corporate Development, Project Manager and trainer

Berufserfahrung Academia

Business Economist (FH)
MAS Corporate Finance

Dr. Matthias Hölling
Account Manager/ Coach

Dr. Matthias Hölling

Currently works at  Team Lead Foundation Affairs at Foundation TECHNOPARK® Zurich.

Work experience 17 Years

Startup experience  Years

Experience in private economy

Seit 2014
Team Lead Foundation Affairs at Foundation TECHNOPARK® Zurich
Technology Manager – Spin-Offs at ETH Transfer
Account Manager / Project Manager at Unic Internet Solutions

Berufserfahrung Academia

MTE program at the IMD Business School, Lausanne
PhD of ETH Zurich
University of southampton, electrical engeneering, Tripartite Scheme
Tripartite M.E. program in Electrical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, University of Southampton and the ESIEE, Paris
Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) Dipl. -Ing., Electical Engineering, Tripartite Scheme

Dr. Kerstin Wagner
Professorin/ Coach

Dr. Kerstin Wagner

She has work experience in the fields of biotech and internet. Currently she is porject manager and professor at the Swiss Institute for entrepreneurship, HTW Chur and coach for business models and business set-up.


Work experience 18 Years

Startup experience  Years

Founding experience

Co-founder of two companies

Experience in private economy

Senior Reasearcher and Lecturer at the Swiss Institute for Entrepreneurship, HTW Chur
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Economic Research IWH Halle
Research and Teaching Assistant University of Regensburg
Empolyee, Corporate Finance at the November AG
Research Assistant at CIRLAB S.P.A.

Berufserfahrung Academia

Professor for Entrepreneurship at the HTW Chur
Project manager at the Schweizerischen Institut für Entrepreneurship SIFE of HTW Chur
Head of the competence area “Gründung und Wachstum” (=Founding and Growth)
Dissertation on the subject Entrepreneurship Education
Master of Science in Business Administration (MScBA)
Master of Science in Engineering
Diploma, Economic Geography at the University of Regensburg
PhD, Economic Geography, Entrepreneurship at the University of Regensburg.

Dr. Thomas Billeter
Entrepreneur/ Coach/ Business Consultant

Dr. Thomas Billeter

20 years experience both as executive and as strategy consultant. Clients / employers include several international technology companies and top tier global strategy consulting firms.

Work experience 30 Years

Startup experience 12 Years

Founding experience

• ISMM Interactive (sports / internet)
• TPN (WIFI provider)
• Infocodex (Linguistic Search)
• Zattoo (Internet TV)
• PlebsTV (Internet Web 2.0)
• Xsite (E-commerce)
• Simfy (Music)
• Tallyfox (Web2.0 collaboration)
• Kooaba (image recognition)
• Squirro (Knowedge Retrieval)

Experience in private economy

Independent management consultant
McKinsey & Co (consultant)
Ascom (Head of Business-Unit)

Berufserfahrung Academia

Advanced Management Program Harvard B.School
Dr.Oec University of Zurich
Post-graduate studies in Industrial Management, BWI / ETH Zurich
Dipl. El.Ing ETH Zurich

Matthias Ehrat
Managing director/ Coach

Matthias Ehrat

He has twelve years of experience in the area of large scale packaging equipment development and manufacturing. Since 2009 he is President of VELTRU AG.

Founding experience

Supporting young enterprises in area of intellectual property management including application and enforcement

Experience in private economy

Since 2009
President of Veltru AG
Multivac GmbH & Co. KG as Director of Global Sales
Lucatron Jp. Co. Ltd. as a.i. Managing Director
SIG Pack Systems AG as Business Unit Manager Robotics

Berufserfahrung Academia

Research in the area of intellectual property management and development of technological networks and competitive interaction

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