Panelists: Innovation support for Startups and SMEs in Switzerland


Hans-Joachim Diedenhofen

During the last 30 years Hans-Joachim has advised multiple companies from large corporations to start-ups. His main focus is on the high-tech and the healthcare industry. As a co-founder oft two companies, he is a successful entrepreneur himself. Since 2012 he is partner and angel investor with Go-Beyond Investing and leading the healthcare investment group. He is acting as a deal leader, a board member and is supporting start-ups in the healthcare field with his commercialization expertise in the European healthcare markets.

Urs Guggenbühl

Dr. U. Guggenbühl has earned a BSc. in Environmental Health from Leeds Polytechnic, a MSc. in Applied Acoustics from the University of London and a PhD in Human Factors from the ETHZ. He has worked in Environmental Acoustics at the EMPA and in research of Human Factors as a senior assistant at the ETHZ. In the 90th he founded an ETH spin-off which he managed as a CEO for 15 years. Today he heads the start-up sector of be-advanced AG and works as a start-up coach for Innosuisse and co-leads the AAL of the FHSG.

Ruedi Gygax

Dr. R. Gygax is an expert at Innosuisse, member of the boards of BioBAC and Swiss Startup Invest and member of the StartAngelsNetwork. From 2008-2014 he was managing partner of Nextech AG. From 1996-2008, he was Managing Director at the Novartis Venture Fund, where he accompanied young companies through their foundation.

Before that, he held various positions in the areas of Process Safety and Material Research at Ciba-Geigy AG.


Stephan Wehrli

S. Wehrli is Investment Principal at Zühlke Ventures AG since 2017. Before that, he was Business Unit Manager and Business Solution Manager in the Software Development Department of Zühlke Engineering AG. He worked mainly with enterprise customers from a variety of industries and was responsible for shaping the offering “Rent a Startup”. In 2006 he graduated from ZHAW as Bachelor of Engineering FH in IT. Thereafter he worked for IBM Switzerland before pursuing his MBA from Hult International Business School in 2012.


Heiko Visarius

Dr. Heiko Visarius is an executive with international experience in the health care sector, especially in the area of MD technology. A Ph.D. in engineering obtained in the USA and a Swiss/US MBA degree combined with his professional experience allow him to relate to a broad spectrum of business areas. He served as CEO of a successful start-up company and has been the owner of VISARTIS Healthcare GmbH since 2012. There, he focuses on coaching services as well as consulting mandates in the medtech industry.