Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation (SwissEF)

Establishment

Based in Bern, the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation was founded in December 2017 under the patronage of Swiss Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann.

Purpose

The aim of the foundation is to support start-ups and entrepreneurship within Switzerland and to promote a Swiss innovation ecosystem with improved basic conditions for the commercialisation of innovative technologies.

The foundation pursues both a public and non-profit approach. It does not seek to make a profit and does not represent commercial interests, with the foundation’s profits and capital used exclusively for the purposes mentioned above.


«Startups are the fuel of our welfare. The SwissEF is supporting them, so that more innovation and new jobs are created here in Switzerland.»
Former Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann

Structure and Activities

The Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation (SwissEF) is financed by its sponsorship and the donors. The interdisciplinary Board of Trustees is supported by a high profile international Advisory Board.

President of the Foundation Board

Urs Berger Chairman Mobiliar

Urs Berger
President, die Mobiliar

Foundation Board

Pascal Vonmont Gebert Rüf Foundation

Pascale Vonmont
Director, Gebert Rüf Stiftung 

Lukas Gähwiler Chairman UBS Schweiz AG

Lukas Gähwiler
President, UBS Switzerland Ltd.

Thomas Gottstein CEO, Swiss Universal Bank, Credit Suisse Ltd.

Thomas Gottstein
CEO
Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.

Ruedi Noser Member of the Swiss Council of States

Ruedi Noser
Member of the Swiss Council of States

Urs Schaeppi CEO, Swisscom Ltd.

Urs Schaeppi
CEO, Swisscom Ltd.

 

 

Martin Vetterli

Martin Vetterli
President
EPFL

 

Beat Vonlanthen

Beat Vonlanthen
Member of the Swiss Council of States

Christian Wenger Partner, Wenger & Vieli Ltd.

Christian Wenger
Partner, Wenger & Vieli Ltd.

 

Secretary

Bernhard Schmid Secretary-General, Mobiliar

Bernhard Schmid
Head of Law and Compliance 
the Mobiliar

 

Advisory Board

Peter Spuhler

Peter Spuhler
Chairman
Stadler Rail AG

Aude Pugin

Aude Pugin
CEO
APCO Technologies SA

Alain Chuard Entrepreneur & Investor, Silicon Valley

Alain Chuard
Entrepreneur & Investor,
Silicon Valley

 

Annette Heimlicher CEO Contrinex AG

Annette Heimlicher
CEO
Contrinex AG

Bettina Ernst CEO Preclin Biosystem

Bettina Ernst
CEO
Preclin Biosystem

Lea von Bidder CEO AVA Science Inc.

Lea von Bidder
CEO
AVA Science Inc.
 

Philipp Stauffer Co-Founder and General Partner FYRFLY Venture Partners LLC  Palo Alto, California

Philipp Stauffer
Co-Founder and General Partner
FYRFLY Venture Partners LLC 
Palo Alto, California

Daniel Gutenberg Unicorn Hunter, Zurich & Israel

Daniel Gutenberg
Unicorn Hunter,
Zurich & Israel

 

Marcel Dobler Entrepreneur & Investor, Member of the Swiss National Council

Marcel Dobler
Entrepreneur & Investor,
Member of the Swiss National Council

 

Elgar Fleisch Director, Institut of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen 

Elgar Fleisch
Professor ETH Zurich and
University of St. Gallen 

 

Gerd Folkers Professor ETHZ, President SWR

Gerd Folkers
Professor ETHZ,
President SWR

 

Christian Leumann

Christian Leumann
Rector, University of Bern

 

Bernd Pfister Entrepreneur & President SECA

Bernd Pfister
Entrepreneur & President SECA

Mathias Ruch

Mathias Ruch
Blockchain Entrepreneur & Investor,
Crypto Valley Zug

 

Management Board

Peter Stähli Managing Director

Peter Stähli
Managing Director 

 

Simon Enderli

Simon Enderli
Project Manager / Deputy Managing Director