Speakers: Innovation support for Startups and SMEs in Switzerland



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.


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.