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
Share your experiences with young startups!
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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 Zurich

Challenge Room

Leave your comfort zone!

Switch your cozy, comfortable office to Technopark Zürich’s new creative space for a few days to be creative, think in really new directions and finally get your stuff done! No more excuses! Now it’s time to push your startup (or business project) forward – with FREE OF CHARGE COACHING in the Challenge Room!

  Technopark Winterthur


Early-stage startup support
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-stage 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.

19.09.2019 - 10.10.2019  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.

05.12.2019  UZH Lichthof

Ecosystem Connect Event

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.

Our coaches

Jörg Hilber
Project manager/ market researcher/ Coach

Jörg Hilber

His focus is on customer acquisition, customer enthusiasm, leadership, market and social research and test psychology.

Work experience 23 Years

Startup experience  Years

Founding experience

•    Partner at réalités Jörg Hilber, Zug
•    Founder of hilber systemic management

Experience in private economy

VR-President of constant dialog ag, Zug
Self-employed entrepreneur (réalités, Zug)
LINK Institute for market and social science research, member of the executive board, research
Social pedagogy
Novinform S.A. Lausanne
Minuteman Council, Inc. Stoneham MA, USA
EGELI Treuhand AG St.Gallen, commercial advisor

Berufserfahrung Academia

Lecturer at University of Business and Finance Wettingen
Lecturer at Fachschule für Bankwirtschaft, Zurich
Lecturer at Lucerne University of Applied Science and Art

Riccarda von Mecklenburg
Founder / Communication Expert / Coach

Riccarda von Mecklenburg

Riccarda von Mecklenburg is the founder of, an agency that supports and accompanies the planning and implementation of crowdfunding projects. Riccarda is a successful coach with her expertise in editorial, PR, social media, lecturing, auditing, corporate strategy and leadership.

Work experience 9 Years

Startup experience 7 Years

Founding experience

Founder of

Experience in private economy

Jan 2013 - Today
Owner of and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Zurich Journalist Prize
Jan 2017 - Today
Member of VR Finder
Jan 2008 - Dec 2017
Lecturer and Examiner Media Institute Zurich
Jan 2004 - June 2012
VR Schreiner & Van Bokkel Media BT, Rotterdam VRP MM&V Media Agency zrt. Budapest VR MM&B Media Agence SAS, Paris Delegate of the Board of Directors and CEO, m&m media holding ag, Glattbrugg
June 1997 - Feb 2003
Publishing manager in the corporate board, AZ Medien Group
May 1994 - April 1997
Editor, Basler Zeitung

Berufserfahrung Academia

Continuing education VR for Startups
Diploma, Social Media Manager
2008 - 2009
Diploma, VR Training for SMEs, University of St. Gallen
2004 - 2006
Master of Business Administration, University of Steinbeis, Bocconi Milan, Stern School NY

Dr. Martin Horst
CEO/ Project manager/ Coach

Dr. Martin Horst

He is currently CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Nexilis AG, Owner of Accelerex GmbH and a Coach for CTI Start-up.

Founding experience

•    Co-Founder Nexilis AG
•    Founder Accelerex GmbH

Experience in private economy

CEO and Chairman of the board of Directors at Nexilis AG
CTI Coach for Start-up companies in Switzerland (Mandate of Eidgenössischen Departements für Wirtschaft, eg. Covagen AG, Virtamed AG, Thelkin AG, Qvanteq AG, Numab AG)
Owner and CEO of Accelerex GmbH
CEO MyoPowers SA
Management Consultant (eg. Novartis AG, Synthes AG, Stryker AG, IsoTis SA)
Member of the Management Team Synthes AG
Head of Departments of Osteobiologics and Materials & Testing at Stratec medical AG, Member of Management Team (Iter Synthes AG and tody Depuy a J&J company

Berufserfahrung Academia

Habilitation for Physiological Chemistry at the Medical Faculty of the University of Göttingen
Habilitation for Biochemistry at the Biocenter of the University of Basel
PhD Thesis in Biochemistry at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University
Study of Biology and Chemistry at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the ETH Zürich

Dr. Alexander Fust
Project Manager/ Coach

Dr. Alexander Fust

He focuses on innovation in SMEs, time and self-management, financial management in SMEs, customer orientation and service competence. Currently he works at University of St.Gallen (HSG), KMU-HSG.

Founding experience

CEO of pure en route GmbH

Experience in private economy

Since 2018
VR of Advertima
Since 2015
Chairman of the Board of Directors at Genossenschaft Prosus
Since 2012
Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen- HSG
Since 2005
Head of Erfa Groups / PostDoc / Habilitand at the Swiss Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises at the University of St. Gallen
Assistant GL-Member, IT at Wegelin & Co. Private Privatbank

Berufserfahrung Academia

University of St. Gallen, CAS University Didactics
University of Essex, Essex Summer School in Social Science Datenanalyse
University of St. Gallen, doctoral studies
since 2005
University of St.Gallen (HSG), KMU-HSG
University of St. Gallen, Bachelor, Master in Economics, Focus on Finance

Dr. Stephan Hess
Lecturer/ Strategy & Process Consultant / Product Manager/ Coach

Dr. Stephan Hess

He is founder and current CEO of Swiss Technology Broker and business partner of streamwise data analytics.

Work experience 27 Years

Startup experience  Years

Founding experience

Founder and CEO of Swiss Technology Brokers GmbH

Experience in private economy

Alstom Power Service: VP Product Management (Power Plant Services)
Vice President R&D Execution at Alstom Power
Alstom Power: VP Research and Development  (Energy Technology)
Accenture: Energy Strategy& Process Consultant (Consultancy)
ABB Power & Turbo Systems: Various Positions in R&D / Technology / Product Organisation
Board Member of Technopark Aargau and other public/private boards e.g. Chairman of Power Gen Europe or Alstom Technology Ltd., Founder / co-founder / board member of several start-ups
Lecturer at various Universities as Juventus/ETHZ/ HSG/ TU-Erlangen CTI-Entrepreneurship and Researcher with various publications on Open Innovation or Technology Transfer with start-ups

Berufserfahrung Academia

PhD in Technology and Innovation Management (ETH Zurich)
Graduate engineer

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. Mario Stark
CEO/ Lecturer/ Coach

Dr. Mario Stark

He is currently the CEO of Vivor AG.

Work experience 27 Years

Startup experience  Years

Founding experience

Founder and CEO, Solianis Monitoring AG, Zürich
Founder and partner, Kellenberger & Stark AG, Bern

Experience in private economy

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences
Delegate of the board of directors, Solianis Holding AG, Zug
CEO, Solianis Monitoring AG, Zurich
Chief Operating Officer at Pendragon Medical AG
Executive Vice President Marketing & Product Management, Zimmer/Sulzer Medica, Winterthur
Executive VP Strategic Marketing & Information Technology, Sulzer Medica, Baar
Vice President Human Resources, Sulzer Medica, Baar
Founder and Partner, Kellenberger & Stark AG, Bern
Research Assistant at Pro Senectute

Berufserfahrung Academia

International Marketing Programme, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France
Managing the global enterprise, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France
Advanced Management Program, SKU, Zurich
MA, University of Bern

Dr. Bernhard Hostettler
Business Developer/ Coach

Dr. Bernhard Hostettler

He specializes in intellectual property management (patent monitoring, IP licensing, IP portfolio control), business development, and strategic planning.
He is an accredited Special Coach IP at Innosuisse, where he regularly conducts IP roadmaps and IP assessments for startups in the life sciences, chemistry, diagnostics and medtech sectors. In addition, he has mandates with SMEs for which he is responsible for IP management.


Work experience 34 Years

Startup experience 14 Years

Founding experience

He is founder, owner and manager of IPROMA GmbH.

Experience in private economy

Since 2014
Managing Director IPROMA GmbH
Technology and Licensing Manager at ETH transfer (a.i.)
Prionics AG, Head of IP, Business Development and Business Unit Manager
Givaudan SA, Head of Agrochemicals, UV Filter, Flavour & Fragrances Laboratories, later Head of Patent Department Givaudan and Competitive Techno-logy Intelligence
Ciba-Geigy AG Head of Nematicides R&D Department
Hoffmann-La Roche AG, SOCAR AG, MAAG Dielsdorf AG Laboratory Manager

Berufserfahrung Academia

Master in Organic Chemistry
PhD thesis in Organic and Bioorganic Synthesis Chemistry with Labo-assistance for Chemistry and Pharmacy Students

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