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

Trainings and events where our coaches are involved and which might be of interest to you

13.12.2019  Innovation Parc Zurich


The Spirit of Entrepreneurial Leadership

SUCCESS – such a big word! How does a former snowboard world champion and Olympic champion think about success? At our next Pioneers’n’Legends event on 13.12.19, professional sportsman GIAN SIMMEN talks about his entrepreneurial spirit and how he defines success for himself.

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


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.

21.10.2019  20:00 - 21:30 CEST (online)

Webinar for Board Members

Online Crash Courses

Two industry experts created this online crash course for active or future startup board members, shareholders, and entrepreneurs. It covers all the fundamentals of building a high performing startup Boards: governance, Board composition and responsibilities, challenges and key success factors.

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

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

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

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

Chris Pallaris
Consultant/ Director/ Coach

Chris Pallaris

Currently he is director and consultant at the i-intelligence GmbH.

Work experience 20 Years

Startup experience  Years

Founding experience

Founder & director, i-intelligence GmbH

Experience in private economy

Since 2012
Associate professor for intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University
Since 2012
Since 2011
Lecturer for Business Intelligence at the Rochester Bern Executive MBA
Since 2011
Lecturer for Competitive Intelligence, ZHAW School of Management and Law
Since 2010
i-intelligence GmbH
Since 2010
The NATO School, trainer of “Intelligence and Counterterrorism”
Head of Strategy and Open Source Intelligence at the Inernational Relations and Security Network (ISN)
Executive Editor at the Inernational Relations and Security Network (ISN), ETH Zurich
Independent journalist and consultant
PricewaterhouseCoopers, London

Berufserfahrung Academia

Master of Business Administration (MBA), The Open University

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

Jacques Hefti
Co-Director STARTUP CAMPUS/ Founder/ Trainer

Jacques Hefti

Jacques is currently lecturer and project manager at the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the ZHAW, Zurich University of Applied Science. He is Co-Director of STARTUP CAMPUS.

Work experience 23 Years

Startup experience  Years

Founding experience

Founder of several start-ups

Experience in private economy

Since 2017
Chairman of the Board at Fiorino AG
Board Member of Fiorino AG
Since 2015
Chairman of the Board of Fiorino Management AG
Since 2013
Associate Partner Innovative Management Partner (IMP)
Since 2010
Senior Lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the ZHAW, School of Managment and Law
Senior Lecturer of Strategic Managemnt at the ZHAW, School of Managment and Law
Founder, Interim manager, Consultant in the Industries: Furniture, Interior Design, Dentistry
Head of Marketing & Sales, Rhätische Bahn AG
Managing Director, BSS Downia AG
Hunter Centre, University of Strathclyde, PhD Researcher
Local Couselor, the Strathclyde MBA, Zurich
Country Manager, Vizona AG
Deputy Managing Director, DOC AG

Berufserfahrung Academia

University of Strathclyde, Master in Business Administration
University of St.Gallen, Studies in Business Administration

Andreia Fernandes
Coach/ Founder

Andreia Fernandes

Advisory Board Member | Strategy, Leadership & Marketing Curator | Coach | Lecturer

Work experience 8 Years

Startup experience 5 Years

Experience in private economy

2015 - Today
Founder of SEABRAND International GmbH
2015 - Today
Co-Founder of Sexy Little Bag
2018 - Today
Advisory Baord Member at KV Business School Zürich and Cleared to Land Project
2016 - 2018
General Manager of the "Institut für Prozessarbeit"
2015 - 2017
General Manager of Medica Mondiale Switzerland, NGO, Zürich
2012 - 2015
Global Product Manager of Pulmonx Sarl, Neuchatel & Redwood City USA

Berufserfahrung Academia

2015 - Today
Various Coaching Modules at Coaching Plus, Kloten
Certified Deal Leader, Go Beyond Early Stage Investing
Executive Programme for social entrepreneurs, EPSE, Standford University, USA
2011 - 2013
MBA at University of St. Gallen & ESADE Barcelona

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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