Virtual swissnex Demo Day: Spring 2020 [Recording]

Meet the Swiss startups from the swissnex San Francisco Startup Bootcamp.

Event Details


San Francisco
San Francisco, California United States


Thursday, May 14, 2020
09:00am to 10:45am in San Francisco 06:00pm to 07:45pm in Switzerland


Free. RSVP below.

For the first time in 10 years due to the current pandemic, the swissnex Startup Bootcamp is taking place virtually, making our Demo Day available for audiences worldwide. The participating Swiss startups are part of the Innosuisse Internationalization Camp, and will attend our two-week Virtual Startup Bootcamp this May. Join us online for virtual demos, pitches, networking, and a unique opportunity to gain insights into Switzerland’s strong startup ecosystem.

Register via Eventbrite to get our Virtual swissnex Demo Day: Spring 2020 Zoom link and the virtual networking Remo link. You can also find the Zoom link here, and the Remo link here.


San Francisco
09:00am — Welcome
09:10am — Startup pitches (3min pitches / 4min Q&A)
09:55am — Virtual networking introduction
10:00am — Virtual networking  

06:00pm — Welcome
06:10pm — Startup pitches (3min pitches / 4min Q&A)
06:55pm — Virtual networking introduction
07:00pm — Virtual networking

Pitch order:



Aero41 Ltd. | Frederic Hemmeler, CEO |

Development of an AI-powered crop protection drone for complex plots and spot spraying. Swiss made redundant flight control unit. Find them on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

AgroSustain SA | Olga Dubey, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer |

AgroSustain is a pioneer in plant protection and aims to reduce food waste and promote sustainable agriculture by developing natural solutions for pest management. AgroSustain intends to be a one-stop-shop solution for managing fungal pressure all along the value chain. Find them on InstagramLinkedin, and Twitter.

coach better AG | Patrick Patzig, Co-Founder & CEO |

“Coachbetter – Your Digital Assistant Coach” is a digital platform for grassroots to semi-professional soccer coaches and clubs that enables them to train, communicate and manage like professional coaches and clubs do. Coachbetter offers complete training packages and individual activities to pick and choose from, a game day preparation and a team management section as well as a high-quality knowledge pool for inspiration and self development. Further, coachbetter includes a video analysis module, where coaches can simply upload videos and tag individual players in order to better prepare for upcoming games. Lastly, coachbetter enables soccer coaches to create their own training activities and upload them directly to their profile or share them with their coaching staff. We are driven by love and passion for the game and its ongoing digital evolution. We believe coaches are key to successfully develop the game itself and most importantly its players, professionally and personally. Therefore, we strive to enable all soccer coaches, from grassroots to professional head coaches, to unleash the full potential of themselves and their players. Find them on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

Faitron AG | Fabian Graf, Co-Founder |

Faitron innovates smart heating products in the home appliance and baby industry. This allows users to warm up or/and cook meals at the office or on the go. Faitron currently offering 4 different products, which are patent protected and includes with HeatsBox, the world’s first smart heating lunchbox and with BabyBoo the world’s first smart warming baby bottle. Find them on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

Gilytics | Heather Clark, Co-Founder |

For planners digitizing processes to manage the increased complexity of the grid and demand for clean energy, Gilytics delivers a GIS SAAS solution that provides instant access to routes for powerlines, pipelines, roads or railways saving time and money. Unlike other planning tools, our Platform easily generates multiple scenarios, customisable analytics and realistic visuals using an algorithm, 2D, 3D and AR. The solution can be used efficiently by non-experts in public authorities, engineering or utility and transport companies to better communicate and quantify projects. Our vision is to become the standard software solution for the planning of linear infrastructure to deliver on our mission to accelerate the clean energy transition through smarter planning processes. It can also be used in construction monitoring and asset management. Find them on Linkedin, and Twitter.

LatticeFlow | Petar Tsankov, CEO & Pavol Bielik, CTO |

LatticeFlow is a platform for testing and certification of modern AI systems. AI teams use LatticeFlow to ensure their machine learning models behave as expected and are ready for production use. Find them on Linkedin.

read on | Sandra Kaufmann, Industrial Designer, CEO & Monika Fink, CEO |

Many people have a smart phone and a pair of reading glasses in the pocket, as almost every third person needs glasses for reading. The readers get often scratched and lost. Read on is an innovative product which was designed and engineered as a multifunctional smart phone case with thin, integrated readers. READ ON is smart, functional, compact and unisex. The main target group is 40+, techie and lives in the U.S. Find them on Instagram, Facebook, and Linkedin


Anne Cocquyt

Anne Cocquyt, originally from Stuttgart, Germany, is a serial entrepreneur and super connector in Silicon Valley. After building partnerships for Genentech’s innovation team, she founded her own startups, and serves as an advisor to tech startups, angel investors, funds and corporate innovators. She advised and judged Stanford’s StartX acceleration program, RockHealth, Startup Health, French startup hubs, angel groups and mentors at the German American Accelerator, Singularity University, and University of San Francisco. Anne advises a cancer care coordination startup, a change catalyst think tank and a STEM media company. She launched and raised funding for startups in a wide variety of industries from art to consumer products and technology and exited a startup in 2015. She is the founder of the GUILD (, the first AI-driven community engagement platform for entrepreneurs and leaders.The GUILD launched the first global entrepreneurship program focused on changing the odds for female entrepreneurs by connecting them to entrepreneurs, world experts and their community of 20,000 entrepreneurs, investors and innovators (

Brian Bordley

Brian Bordley is a startup operator turned venture capitalist. He has spent time in business roles at various startups (TechValidate, Marqeta, Remeeting), including time as a founder of a 3D printing company, Eucl3D, that went through Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator in 2015. As an investor in SkyDeck, he has completed over 100 investments and has helped dozens of its portfolio companies go to market and raise follow-on venture capital.


Julie Maples

Julie is Co-Founder and General Partner at FYRFLY Venture Partners, an early stage venture fund based in San Francisco with focused investments in data and intelligence. She brings over 20 years of venture experience as both an investor and operator. She has a strong background of early investments in SaaS, Internet infrastructure and B2B companies that use data and intelligence to reinvent industries – and a long history of accelerating value by connecting start-ups to an extensive network of corporate partners, follow-on investors, academic talent, and resources across technology, media and sports. As one of the first female VCs in technology, Julie has decades of experience looking outside of Silicon Valley to invest in diverse teams and emerging tech hubs. She previously founded Constantin Partners, a seed stage investment fund, and served as Director of the Internet Initiative for PFI, a telecommunications start-up which built fiber optic networks in 14 cities. Julie currently sits on the Board of several technology companies and on the National Board of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization that was started by Jimmy Valvano and ESPN in 1993. She is the Founder and Chair of The V Foundation Wine Celebration, a charity wine auction which has raised over $115M for cancer research to date. Julie holds an MBA in Finance and a BS in Entrepreneurial and Strategic Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Pivnicka

Hon. Richard Pivnicka, was named Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic in 1994, founded CzechTech, a tech people and VC network in Silicon Valley, which was awarded the Czernin Palace bronze medal by the Czech government ( In 2012, he received his first patent and is currently engaged as an advisor to international venture capital funds and start-ups. He is a frequent speaker and judge at business plan competitions, both in the Bay Area and in Europe. He served as Vice President and General Counsel for Gerson Bakar & Associates for over two decades and is currently a Member of its Board of Directors and its Legal Advisor. The firm is one of the largest developers, owners, and managers of a diversified billion-dollar portfolio of residential, office, and retail properties, which included Levi’s Plaza World Headquarters in San Francisco and Carmel Plaza Shopping Center. He and his wife Barbara founded Atherton Heritage LLC, an enterprise dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, and sale of significant historic homes. Their restoration of the Mark Hopkins Family Mansion in Atherton, California, received the California Heritage Council’s Award and was selected the Decorators Showhouse. Subsequently, their project, located in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights, was selected as the San Francisco Decorator Showcase house. He holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA in Finance from New York University, and a JD from the University of San Francisco, where he served on the Law Review. Mr. Pivnicka served in the US Marine Corps Reserves and has been active in numerous international, national and community organizations. Mr. Pivnicka is active in Bay Area and Silicon Valley General Counsel Groups, and is the Vice Chairman and Trustee Emeritus of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. For over 20 years he has been a Member of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Club, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, where he is currently an Advisory Board Member. He is a sculptor, swimmer, author, documentary film producer and mentor.  A 22-year Woodside resident, he grows and produces wine on his property — “Bohemia” was named a 2014 award winner in the Golden Gate Wine Society Competition.