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.

 

 

Claudio Cisullo
Founder & Chairman
CC Trust Group AG

 

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

 

 

Rémi Walbaum
Chief Innovation Officer
EHL Lausanne

 

Management Board

Peter Stähli Managing Director

Peter Stähli
Managing Director 

 

 
Simon Enderli

Simon Enderli
Project Manager / Deputy Managing Director