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Penny Schiffer is a business angel with strong network into Swiss and Silicon Valley investor scene. She has a passion for deep tech and B2B startups and serves as board member and advisor for several startups. Penny has been on the buyer side in a corporate (M&A unit), contributed in a corporate venture capital arm and built bridges between startups and corporates. She has been with Swisscom for over a decade and has now started her own career as startup founder after being infected by the entrepreneurial virus.

Penny Schiffer

Business Angel

Expertise
Investissement, levée de fonds

Irina Sakharova-Quitt

Company Advisor, Euresearch Region Vaud and SME Advisor, EPFL Vice Presidency for Innovation

Expertise
Financement, Horizon 2020

Irina Sakharova Quitt is the Company Advisor for Euresearch Vaud Region. In this role she is responsible for informing and advising enterprises (SMEs, as well as big corporates and start-ups) on the best R&D and innovation mechanisms and financing tools available through Horizon 2020 European framework program. This framework allows companies to benefit from direct non-dilutive financing supporting their direct internal R&D innovative projects, recruitment of experienced researchers as well as work in collaborative projects at the international level. These services are public and free of charge, provided through the Euresearch association.

As an advisor for SMEs at EPFL, Irina also supports companies in discovering collaboration opportunities available with EPFL and in establishing links with appropriate EPFL services.

Irina has a background in strategy & management consulting and worked many years in economic development in Romandie. Her professional interests cover mostly business innovation. Married and mother of 2 boys, Irina is a mushing and ice hockey fan and loves dancing and swimming.

Diego joined VI Partners in January 2003 as Partner focusing on Healthcare investments.

He brings over 20 years of experience in life science, medical devices and pharmaceuticals in Europe and the US. Prior to his entry into the VC industry Diego has held various managerial positions in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices sectors, as well as in biotech start ups in Europe and the US.

Diego holds an M. Sc. in Microbiology from the Biocenter of the University of Basel and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the Swiss Cancer Research Institute (ISREC) in Lausanne. He is fluent in English, French Italian and German.

Diego carries the prime responsibility for the following portfolio companies: Amal, Covalys, Edimer, Genkyotex, Merlion, Sequana and Xeltis.

Diego Braguglia

Managing Partner at VI Partners

Expertise
Levée de fonds, investissement

Pierre Compte

Fondateur et président à Sigma Professional Sàrl

Expertise
Commercialisation en Suisse, cycle de vente, valorisation, industrialisation, modèle financier

  • Dr es sciences, Harvard Business School AMP
  • President and CEO of Sigma Professional Sàrl
  • Chairman of the board of directors of several startups
  • Innosuisse coach
  • Lecturer at EPFL and Innosuisse Entrepreneurship
  • Jury member of VentureKick

 

“Our main objective is to make innovation-based startups attractive to customers and investors in a minimum amount of time.”

Ru Hoang-Li studied international relations at Nanjing International College and also business administration in Switzerland. She than finished her MBA and started to work in a Swiss enterprise. During 10 years of working, she has accumulated a great deal of experience in working with Chinese companies and factories, mainly in tools and construction industries.

Ru started her business of trading i 2008, mainly exporting Swiss health products to China. Beside her company, she also helped other European and US companies to develop their project in China.

Ru (Michelle) Hoang-Li

Founder of Swiss H&T S.à.r.l.

Expertise
Commercialisation en Chine 

Frédéric Roger

CEO & Founder at AIR HR Global Solution

Expertise

Recruitment and Staffing, Organisational Development, HR projects standardisation and implementation of HR processes and HR operation such payroll, employee and off-boarding, work permit and Relocation.

Frédéric is an HR expert and has founded or co-founded 3 startups since 2008, which all are still running. Frédéric has a strong track record in managing HR Strategy and Operation for both startups and international group. As an HR Business Partner with a demonstrated history of developing solutions linking HR outcomes to business strategy, he has successfully supported some of well known startups players in Romandie such as Netguardians & BestMile among others. Frédéric speaks French, English and Portuguese.

He holds a HR Specialist Federal Diploma of Higher Education with option in International HR Management and completed a Master in Advanced Studies in « Human System engineering » from the HEIG-VD (not graduate yet as the thesis still need to be submitted). Frédéric is also certified in ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), in Neuro Linguistic Programming and transactional Analysis.

Global experience in automotive, food and consumer product industries. Successful, positive and efficient engineer with strong presentation and relationship management skills. Wide range of experience including cost modeling and analysis, operations optimization and product development.

  • Founder of ratioX – Swiss based company developing automatic bicycle transmissions
  • Operations Strategies consultant at Nestlé S.A.
  • Senior Engineer on Tesla seating program for Model S & X
  • Project Manager and Logistics Business Specialist at Toyota Motor Europe
  • Award winning Product Design Engineer for Häfele “Ellipta” monitor arm
  • Patented mechanism design for the Philips Senseo coffee machine

Simon Faneco

Founder – ratioX Sàrl

Expertise
Concept development, engineering design, product industrialization and corporate business development

Erick Caron

Data, Analytics & AI - New Business Management Team at Swisscom

Expertise
Chinese and North American markets

Canadian and Swiss nationalities, Erick Caron held several Sales Senior Executive & Global Marketing positions with start-up, mid-stage and large multi-national corporations.
He lived and worked in Asia Pacific (Beijing), Switzerland (Geneva) & North America (Montréal). He established the execution of an IPO's on North-American market at Toronto Stock Exchange.
He has experience in Artificial Intelligence, Data, Analytics, ICT Portfolio, MedTech & Finance Services and has been notably negotiating/presenting/selling to CxO level internationally, Governmental Authorities, Partners International Organizations. Finally, he has strong knowledge of International Business Culture, customs, protocol, etiquette, multicultural network and expertise.

Nanci Govinder is an astute, influential and highly motivated Senior Executive, Startup Coach, Business Angel and Board Member with a wealth of international business, R&D and marketing expertise. She has more than twenty years’ executive experience in the medtech sector working for corporates such as Medtronic and Johnson&Johnson and held executive positions in startup companies such as head of business development of a medtech startup and most recently, as CEO and Board member of a digital health company.

As a CTI coach, she coached many companies in life sciences, engineering and cleantech. In her current role as Startup Advisor for Innosuisse, she supports a team of business coaches and about a hundred high tech startup companies in the French speaking region to bring their ideas to commercialization.

She is also the Deal Leader Switzerland for Rising Tide Europe, an angel investment group of women investors in Europe.  She also founded the Suisse Romande branch of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association, an international organization promoting the success and leadership of women in healthcare, was on the Board and a mentor. She is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and generates high energy, motivation and enthusiasm in teams. Nanci holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Applied Chemistry; an MBA; an Executive Coaching diploma and a B.Sc. degree in Holistic Counselling.

Nanci Govinder

Startup Advisor for Coaching Impact, Strategic Advisor at Y-Parc SA

Expertise
B2C strategy, digital health, mobile healthcare, medtech, start-ups, business strategy, branding and brand positioning, marketing pitch

Sylvain Pasini

Professeur à la HEIG-VD

Expertise
Cryptography, both academic and industrial aspects, Security architecture, Information / Computer / Software / Hardware security

Since 2011, Sylvain Pasini is Professor at the HEIG-VD (University of Applied Sciences - Western Switzerland). His main activities are applied research and teaching, both in computer security. He is leading the information security group and is responsible of the information security education.

Previously, he was working as cryptography expert and security architect for Nagravision (Kudelski Group), world leader in digital pay-TV industry. He holds a Ph.D. in cryptography from EPFL, a Master's degree in Communication Systems from EPFL, and a Bachelor degree in Electronics from the Engineering school of Geneva (University of Applied Sciences - Western Switzerland).

Barakat is a partner at Sana Elias, Sarl, an advisory firm focused on technology, finance, strategy and innovation. Prior to that, she has extensive experience in the field of financial services working at world class firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. She has worked in North America, Asia, Europe and sub Saharan Africa.

Barakat Balmelli

Partner at Sana|Elias

Expertise
Comptabilité, fiscalité, audit, planification financière, budget, planification stratégique, entrepreneuriat, business international

Vincent Dessenne

Expertise
business development, corporation, mergers & acquisitions

  • Depuis 2017 : Co-founder Light4Safety SA
  • Depuis 2015 : Advisory Board, Swiss Integrative Center for Human Health (SICHH)
  • Depuis 2015 : Board Member, Y-Parc – Swiss Technopole
  • Depuis 2011 : Delegate, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vaud
  • Depuis 2009 : General Manager, Heraeus Materials SA
  • 2008-2011 : Board Member, Müller Feindraht AG
  • 2006-2008 : CFO, Heraeus Materials SA
  • 2004-2005 : Business Development Manager, Heraeus Materials SA
  • 2004 : MBA
  • 1997-2003 : CTO, medical startup, Medivision AG
  • 1995-1996 : medical startup, Praxim SA
  • 1996 : PhD Biomedical Engineering

Au cours de sa carrière professionnelle de plus de 25 ans au sein d’entreprises technologiques en Suisse et à l’international, Jean de Wolff a assumé différentes fonctions, tour à tour créateur d’entreprises, directeur et enfin administrateur de sociétés.

Il dispose d’une forte expérience dans le domaine commercial et a développé ses compétences dans l’organisation et la gestion de crise, ce qui lui permet d’accompagner les entreprises innovantes de façon très concrète.

Il est actuellement engagé comme administrateur et consultant dans diverses sociétés technologiques qu’il accompagne dans leurs projets de développement commercial ainsi que d’organisation.

Jean De Wolff

Associé Gérant chez Human For Success Sàrl

Expertise
Commercialisation Suisse, conseil d’administration, business plan/model, commerce au Moyen Orient et en Europe

Soufian Mahlouly

CEO & Founder, Furinkazan

Expertise
Gaming

Soufian Mahlouly est le créateur d'Opticale, jeu mobile dont le but est d'explorer un univers parallèle au nôtre et de découvrir les créatures extraordinaires qui s'y cachent. Après des études en communication et marketing à Lausanne, il travaille au planning stratégique d'une agence de publicité à Paris et devient ensuite manager du marketing digital pour un groupement hôtelier.

Passionné par les possibilités offertes par les nouvelles technologies, il se lance en 2014 dans l'aventure entrepreneurial en fondant le studio Furinkazan. Soufian est également moniteur diplômé de Ju Jitsu et champion suisse de karaté.

Natif d'Yverdon-les-Bains et domicilié depuis toujours dans la région, Pascal Zomer est marié et père de deux filles et depuis peu grand-père d'un petit garçon.

Il est collaborateur auprès de la Vaudoise assurances depuis plus de 25 ans ,dont une dizaine d'années en tant que responsable de la souscription en assurances de personnes et depuis 9 ans en tant que Responsable Commercial Entreprises pour les régions du Nord Vaudois, du Jura, de Neuchâtel et la Chaux-de-Fonds et accessoirement au Tessin.

Il est au bénéfice d'un brevet fédéral en assurances privées et suis également chargé de cours auprès de la CVFA (Commission vaudoise de formation en assurances) pour les apprentis et auprès de l'IRFA (Institut romand de formation en assurances) pour le brevet.

Pascal Zomer

Responsable Commercial Entreprise, Vaudoise Assurances

Eugene Blanchard

Conseil en brevets français et européens - BOVARD SA

Expertise
Propriété intellectuelle, mandataire en brevets européens.

 

Eugène Blanchard est ingénieur en génie des systèmes industriels, Mandataire en Brevets Européens et Conseil en Propriété Industrielle en France.

 

Il exerce dans le domaine de la propriété intellectuelle depuis 2002, aussi bien en Cabinet de conseil qu’au sein de services brevets de groupes industriels, en France, en Allemagne et en Suisse.

 

Ingénieur généraliste à dominante mécanique et physique, il travaille aujourd'hui au sein de  Bovard SA et conseille ses clients sur tous les aspects de propriété intellectuelle, de leur acquisition à leur défense, ainsi que l’établissement de stratégie de propriété intellectuelle et la formation en entreprise ainsi qu’auprès des HES, notamment dans le cadre du Master HES-SO Innokick.

 

Karine est experte-réviseur agréée par l'Autorité fédérale de surveillance en matière de révision (ASR). Elle possède une licence HEC de l'Université de Lausanne et est experte-comptable diplômée. Elle est responsable du département Audit du bureau EY de Lausanne.

Imprégnée du tissu industriel varié de la région romande, Karine dispose d'une vaste expérience dans les secteurs industriels (énergie, manufacture, distribution, technologie) et humanitaires.

Karine est passionnée par l'innovation et l'entrepreneuriat et est également responsable de l'initiative start-up d'EY en Suisse romande. Elle s'investit dans des projets de définition et d'amélioration des processus internes, de transformation et de planification financière.

Karine Badertscher Chamoso

Associate Partner at Ernst & Young Ltd

Expertise
Audit, fiscalité, transactions, conseil

Pierre Ventura

Avocat associé à Chaulmontet & Associés

Expertise
Droit des sociétés et du travail, droit administratif, y compris droit fiscal et des étrangers, droit du bail

Pierre VENTURA est né en 1982 à Lausanne.

Il a obtenu une licence  en droit de l’Université de Lausanne en 2006 et un Master en sciences criminelles en 2008.

Il a, dans ce cadre-là, passé une année aux Etats-Unis, à l’Université d’Etat d’Arizona, notamment pour rédiger son Mémoire en droit comparé.

Il a obtenu son brevet d’avocat en 2013 et  s’est associé au sein de l’Etude Chaulmontet & Associés la même année.

Parallèlement à son activité d’avocat, il exerce la fonction de Juge d’instruction militaire.

Olivier Bloch est associé fondateur de l’Etude BLOCH AVOCAT. Il assiste principalement des clients suisses et étrangers en droit des sociétés, ainsi que dans le cadre d’affaires commerciales. Il conseille les entreprises sur leur restructuration sociétale et en droit des contrats. Il représente des clients dans des opérations de financement.

Olivier Bloch a publié une thèse sur les conventions d’actionnaires en droit suisse, ainsi que des articles dans le domaine du droit des sociétés et du droit des marchés financiers. Il donne régulièrement des conférences dans ces domaines. Il enseigne le droit des marchés financiers auprès d’EXPERT suisse pour les experts-comptables et est mentor pour les start-up et les entrepreneurs dans le cadre d’EPFL Alumni.

Olivier Bloch est également président du comité de plusieurs associations, respectivement secrétaire de plusieurs conseils de fondations de pure utilité publique.

Olivier Bloch

Avocat à Bloch Avocat

Expertise
Droit des contrats

Martial Décoppet

Responsable Crédit Suisse (Suisse) SA pour la région Vaud

Plus de 30 ans d’expérience dans le domaine bancaire (Corporate Banking), Martial Décoppet a effectué l’essentiel de sa carrière dans 2 grands groupes (BCV et Crédit Suisse).

Il connait parfaitement bien le tissu économique local, régional et cantonal (grandes entreprises, PME & professionnels de l’immobilier) et est membre actif de plusieurs comités économiques.

Katia Gutknecht est une agitatrice de valeur tangible et durable dans la Supply Chain et les Achats qui met son expertise et sa passion au service des entreprises romandes, après avoir travaillé pendant 15 ans dans l’industrie en tant que Manager de projets d’Achats stratégiques.

En parallèle, elle est responsable de formations en Supply Chain, Achats, Négociation & Gestion de Projets dans plusieurs entités.

Katia Gutknecht

Fondatrice et Directrice de KG Consulting Sàrl

Expertise
Supply chain, achats, négociation, gestion de projets

Bill Muirhead

Co-founder à VFM Conseil

Expertise
Investissement, audit, fiduciaire

Bill Muirhead has an Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree and is a UK chartered accountant.

He has worked for over 30 years to help the development and improvement of both small companies and major international groups. Bill has extensive experience as a CFO, CEO and entrepreneur, particularly with companies in the watchmaking and medtech sectors.

Together with his in-depth corporate finance experience, Bill has the ability to work with teams to make critical strategic decisions whilst also improving the operational excellence of an organisation. His real strength is his capacity to ask the difficult questions.

Expert en design centré-humain, en pratiques agiles et lean management. Voici plus de 6 années qu'il côtoie quotidiennement les startups, que ce soit dans leur gestion ou dans leur accompagnement en tant que prestataire de services.
Il aide au quotidien les entrepreneurs à accélérer la mise sur le marché de marques, de produits ou services et à réduire les risques liés à cela, que ce soit au travers de mandats de consulting, de worshops privés ou de coaching lors de concours entrepreneuriaux.

Christophe Pian

Co-fondateur et Designer UX

Entreprise : The Colony

Expertise
Design thinking