The US can be one of the most inspiring places for entrepreneurs. Through the CTI Market Entry Camp USA, the swissnex outposts in North America offer Swiss tech entrepreneurs the opportunity to leverage this dynamic ecosystem to accelerate their startup’s growth.
In September, swissnex’s Cyril and Niccolò lead a startup roadshow across Switzerland, stopping by six Swiss cities to talk about startup opportunities in the US market. Join them along with former Camp participants to gain in-depth knowledge of the most vibrant startup ecosystems in Boston, New York, and San Francisco, and learn how to best leverage these markets to accelerate your company’s growth and gain a competitive advantage.
What you will Learn
You will learn how your startup can benefit from US exposure, which city is the best fit for your company, and how to get relevant market feedback quickly. Find out what you can realistically expect if you enter the US market, how to leverage US-based talent and expertise, and what you need to know to successfully raise money in the US.
Format: 45-min presentation by swissnex + 15-min Q&A + networking time
Who: Entrepreneurs, startup aficionados, students, researchers, faculty
September 23rd, 2013 – 6:00 pm
University of Geneva, Uni Mail (room M1140)
September 26th, 2013 – 6:15 pm
ETH Zurich (room HG D5.2)
October 1st, 2013 – 4:00 pm
Location: Idiap Research Institute
Cyril Dorsaz works closely with startups accepted into the CTI Market Entry Camp USA program at swissnex San Francisco. As part of the Startup+Innovation team he builds and executes customized facilitation services to help Swiss startups get faster traction in the US. In doing so, he immerses himself in the local and national startup scene to give Swiss startups meaningful and targeted advice, and to broker relevant connections. Cyril launched two startups himself and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Geneva.
Niccolò Iorno is project leader for innovation and entrepreneurship at swissnex Boston. He is in charge of the Venture Leaders program and the CTI Market Entry Camp USA program. He supports Swiss entrepreneurs in their internationalization efforts by helping them plunge into one of the most vibrant startup ecosystems in the US. Whether through targeted introductions or through structured programs, Niccolò works towards bringing the American entrepreneurial and “think big” mindset closer to Swiss innovators. He holds an MBA, is a biotechnologist by training and has extensive experience in technology transfer.
Bern: Christian Hirzig, CEO at Atizo
After graduating from the University of Applied Science in Bern and the University of St. Gallen, Christian Hirsig was responsible for several e-business projects at Swiss Post and Swisscom. He’s been CEO of Atizo since 2007. Atizo is a Swiss online startup founded by Hirsig, Mathias Ruch, and Reto Aebersold. Hirsig teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship at several Swiss universities. In his spare time he likes to play golf and ski.
Basel: Claudio Büttler, CMO at Qipp
Büttler holds a B.A. in economic sciences from the University of Basel and is a serial entrepreneur. In addition to his role at Qipp, he is a part-time CEO and owner PRIMECUT GmbH, operating various online e-commerce platforms like sakku.ch and shopalot.ch in a super lean organizational model. He has been CMO and CFO of careware since 2010 and 2011, respectively, and is responsible for all consumer interaction processes.
About swissnex San Francisco and swissnex Boston: For the past six years, swissnex has supported the most promising Swiss tech startups in their US market entry by providing a tailored, individualized acceleration program to help them achieve their objectives. Our services include brokering connections, offering training and workshops, targeted coaching and advice, and workspace in downtown San Francisco and Boston.