Experts

STARTUP CAMPUS has a large network of startup coaches and experts with many years of experience. We offer professional trainings in different areas:

Working with talented entrepreneurs
Transfer of knowledge and experience
Inspiring startup environment
Active promotion of the Swiss start-up ecosystem

Training & education for startup experts

  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.

More than 800 participants at the first event in 2017 proved it: Pioneering spirit and entrepreneurship are more present than ever in Winterthur! On Friday, 5 October 2018, the time has come again! Thanks to the second 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.

18.03.2019 - 15.04.2019  Zurich

Startup Board Academy

Directors Education Program for Business Angels

Are you or do you want to become a board member of a startup? This specialized training programme is aimed at interested business angels, board members and investors who would like to learn hands-on tips and advices for the successful management of a startup.

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019  Technopark Zurich

Challenge Room

Create your own challenge!

Are you ready for 1 week of high-intensity work on a self-defined challenge to get your startup even faster? Then apply now!

Our coaches

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
2004-2008
Multivac GmbH & Co. KG as Director of Global Sales
2004
Lucatron Jp. Co. Ltd. as a.i. Managing Director
1998-2003
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

Roderich Hess
Manager/ Lecturer/ Coach

Roderich Hess

He is a CEO at Cendres+Métaux SA an entrepreneur with experience in communication, design, distribution, human resources, marketing, product management, sales, supply chain and strategy.

Founding experience

CEO, founder & owner of Swiss Made Consulting GmbH


Experience in private economy

2011-2017
Brand, Distribution and Innovation Consultant/ Pitch Trainer: Swiss made consulting LLC
2015-2016
Head of Sales and Sales Administration: Soprod SA
2013
Marketing- and Sales Manager Switzerland: Hanhart
2010-2011
General Manager Kaenon Europe: Kaenon
2006-2010
Managing Director Montblanc Suisse SA: Montblanc
2004-2006
Key Account and Marketing Manager: Metalor Technologies SA
2003-2004
Marketing & Sales Manager Europe and Switzerland: Century Time Gems Ltd.
2001-2002
Head of Jewellery Department: Metalor Technologies SA
1995-2001
Swiss Market Director and Sales Representative Swiss Market: Gucci
1994-1995
Marketing Assistant and Sales-Coordinatior: Hamo AG
1991-1993
Operational Mechanic Engenieer: W. Gassmann AG
1990-1991
Junior Product Manager: Scott Sports SA
Lecturer at different Swiss Universities
Member and exclusive representative of Hong Hong Jeweler and Jade Manufacturer Association in Switzerland.


Berufserfahrung Academia

2007-2008
IMD Buisness School
1994-1996
Commercial Industrial Vocational School Berne
1984-1989
GIBB: Federal certificate in polymechanics

Dr. Louis-Paul Wicki
Lecturer/ Coach

Dr. Louis-Paul Wicki

He is a lecturer in E-Business and Management at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).

Work experience 29 Years

Startup experience  Years

Founding experience

Strategic adviser to several start-ups


Experience in private economy

2000-2015
CREALOGIX: CEO of the Business Areas “Education” and “E-Business”
1996-2000
St. Gallen Consulting Group (SCG): Member of the executive management
1993-1996
Bank of Canton Zurich (ZKB) in collaboration with Institute for Info Management HSG
1989-1992
Digital Equipment (DEC): Software development for financial institutions


Berufserfahrung Academia

1993-1996
University of St.Gallen HSG – Institute for Information Management: Ph.D. of Business Administration
1984-1989
University of St.Gallen HSG: Master of Business Administration

Eric Gisiger
Investor / Coach

Eric Gisiger

Experienced and entrepreneurial investor with around 20 years of successful international/national professional experience. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors: HeiQ Materials AG, xtendx AG, Stratpharma AG and Sphinx Werkzeuge AG.

Work experience 20 Years

Startup experience 10 Years

Founding experience

Founding member of SVC-AG für KMU Risikokapital, co-founder of Helvetica Capital AG.


Experience in private economy

2015-today
Managing Partner at Helvetica Capital AG
2010-2015
Investment Director at SVC - AG für KMU Risikokapital. As Investment Director responsible for seven direct investments in a portfolio of 26 as representatives of the investors (board level).
2009- 2010
Independent Corporate Finance Consultant
2005-2009
Man Group
2004-2005
RMF Investment Management
1999-2004
PricewaterhouseCoopers


Berufserfahrung Academia

1994-1999
Master of Science, Business Administration and Management at the university of St. Gallen

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 23 Years

Startup experience  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
2007-2010
Phorms Education
2007
Phorms Management AG, Berlin
2005
Catenion Group, Berlin
1998-2005
Epigenomics AG
1999
Epigenomics AG, Berlin
1995
Philips Semiconductors AG
1998
Zürcher Hochschule Winterthur
1995-1998
Philips Semiconductors/ ST Microelectronics


Berufserfahrung Academia

2011
Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH
1989-1995
ETH Zürich / Imperial College London

Josef Walker
Coach

Josef Walker

Currently he is head of the department of Entrepreneurial Management at the University of Applied Science, HTW Chur, member of the executive board at the University of Technology and Economics Chur, jury member of the Swiss Technology Award and Vice-President of the Research and Development Commission of the Swissuniversisties, Chamber of Universities of Applied Sciences.

Work experience 15 Years

Startup experience  Years

Experience in private economy

2015-2017
Association of Management Schools Switzerland as a Member of the Executive Board
20014-2018
Member of the Foundation Board of the Innovation, Development and Research Foundation Graubünden
2013-2017
Core trainer and member of Faculty Board at CTI Entrepreneurship
Since 2013
Expert activity: Research at universities of applied sciences at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Since 2015
Vice President of the Commission Research and Development of the Chamber of Universities of Applied Sciences of swissuniversities
2010-2014
Advisory board, Jury Member at for the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative
Since 2010
Jury Member of Swiss Technolgy Award
Since 2007
Director of Department Entrepreneurial Management, Member of the Executive Board at the University of Applied Sciences, HTW Chur
Since 2007
Head of Department Entrepreneurial Management at the University of Applied Sciences, HTW Chur
2003-2013
CTI Start-up as a Start-up Coach


Berufserfahrung Academia

MSc in Chemistry
MSc in Business Administration

Dr. Kamran Houshang Pour
Patent Expert/ Coach

Dr. Kamran Houshang Pour

His specialty is intellectual property. At present he is a patent expert and IP-trainer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.

Experience in private economy

Since 2008
Patent Expert and IP Trainer at Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
2007-2008
Research Associate at EPFL
2003-2004
Trainee on management of quality at Ettcon
2001-2002
Product Engineer at Nortel Networks


Berufserfahrung Academia

1997-2000
PhD, Physics at the EPFL Lausanne
1989-1995
Graduate Physicist at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
1984-1987
Bachelor of Science, Physics at the University of Teheran
1977-1984
Este'dadhaye derakhshan High School

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

2001
Independent management consultant
1994-2000
McKinsey & Co (consultant)
1986-1991
Ascom (Head of Business-Unit)
1983-1985
IBM


Berufserfahrung Academia

2001
Advanced Management Program Harvard B.School
1995
Dr.Oec University of Zurich
1985
Post-graduate studies in Industrial Management, BWI / ETH Zurich
1983
Dipl. El.Ing ETH Zurich

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