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Founder First, Founder Always. Join us in 2023: Founder Institute is the #1 place in the world to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses.

Today’s economic 'New Normal' is full of reshuffling industries, and new problems in need of solutions - now is a time for entrepreneurs to act. 

Whether you need to test and validate early hypotheses before making a large financial commitment to your startup idea, or you are ready to push your startup to the next level through aggressive weekly growth sprints to refine your vision, improve key metrics, and prepare for investor diligence, Founder Institute has the proven processes and network to help you do it.

If you could use a structured process that tells you what to focus on when, and a lifetime of support from Switzerland's top investors and entrepreneurs, then apply to the Switzerland Spring 2023 Founder Institute today.

We will be hosting several in-person free startup events in Switzerland over the coming weeks, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs all from the comfort of home:

Switzerland Events:

  • Meet & Greet with FI Switzerland-Israel Directors & Mentors on 6:30pm, Mar 22, 2023 (Europe/Zurich):

Global or Regional Events:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • The Startup Founder’s Guide to Building an Effective Go-To-Market Strategy on 7:00pm, Apr 03, 2023 (Europe/Zurich):
  • Co-Founders Connect: Find a Business Partner Online on 7:00pm, Apr 12, 2023 (Europe/Zurich):
  • Hiring Your First Employees as a Startup Founder (Online Event) on 7:00pm, Apr 17, 2023 (Europe/Zurich):
  • Growing a Startup from $0 to $2.5M in Revenue, with Ameet Mehta on 12:00pm, Apr 24, 2023 (Europe/Zurich):
  • Ask an Investor Anything: Q&A Session with Eric Kulberg on 7:00pm, May 08, 2023 (Europe/Zurich):
  • How to Write Top-Performing Facebook & LinkedIn Ads on 7:00pm, May 15, 2023 (Europe/Zurich):
  • Hiring the First Marketer for Your Startup with Emily Kramer on 7:00pm, May 22, 2023 (Europe/Zurich):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 7:00pm, May 31, 2023 (Europe/Zurich):

Make better, faster business decisions in 2023 by sharing your latest progress, challenges, and strategies for constant feedback and evaluation from our expert mentors and advisors, every step of the way–scale your team, develop new business opportunities, and recruit an amazing advisory board with the world's largest network of international startup founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors.

Our mentors include 

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Adrian Hirt: CEO & Founder
  • Alain Nydegger: Founding Partner, 21Celsius Ventures
  • Alejandro Garcia: CEO & Founder , AI Retailer Systems
  • Aleksandar Bradic: Chief Technology Officer, Supplyframe
  • Alessandro Tschabold: Entrepreneur and Startup Coach
  • Alexandra Pastollnigg: Founder, Fair Voyage
  • Alexandra Pinto: Founder, hoursec
  • Alice Sachova Kleisli: Partner, Vendbridge AG
  • Andrew Ive: Founder / Managing General Partner, Big Idea Ventures
  • Anja Willms: Founder & Managing Director Shileo GmbH/ Venture Architect for Sparrow Ventures, Shileo GmbH
  • Antoine Mallard: VP, Causality Link
  • Ari Veltman: Business Strategy Advisor | Board Director | CBDO@, Sparko.TV
  • Aron Braun: Founder / Co-Founder, Epigenomics AG / Arpega AG / Zimballo GmbH
  • Athanasios Ladopoulos: CEO | Founder, MOOCTORS
  • Beat Scheidegger: Co-Founder, Company Factory AG
  • Bogdan Vasile: Co-founder, phase2
  • Bogdan Krinitchko: CEO & Founder , BRU
  • Brad Peppard: Partner & Principal, Ravix Group
  • Carlo Loderer: CEO, Zippsafe AG
  • Carlos Da Silva: Director, Founder Institute Portugal
  • Carlos Ruiz: CEO & Co-Founder, Flatev AG
  • Carolin Schneider: Founder & CEO, 4di2 GmbH
  • Cassiano Gobbet: Founder, Troovr
  • Cedric Waldburger: Founder & General Partner,
  • Chander Nagpal: Managing Partner, Enabling Excellence
  • Chevonae Walcott: Associate, Relay Ventures
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Chris Foltz: Entrepreneur In Residence, Founder Institute + Responsible Solutions Ltd + IRG 100 CMO's & Change Agents
  • Christof Tremp: Founder and CEO, REBELS 0.0%
  • Christoph Sollich: Freelancer, The Pitch Doctor
  • Clemence Marcilly
  • Dalith Steiger: Co-Founder / Managing Partner, SwissCognitive / Cognitive Valley
  • Daniel Kästli: Co-founder, Lead Customer Success, Spontacts, Frontify
  • Daniel Puerta Diaz: Co-Founder, Head of Production, Almer Technologies
  • Daniel Michael Böhi: Founder & Partner, Alphorn Venture Partners | TheForge | Swiss FoodTech Scaleup Factory
  • David Butler: Director, Startup Grind Zurich
  • Eddie Laventman: Founder & CEO, Goodpoint - Storytelling Masters
  • Elena Mlotok: General Manager, Head of EU Newsstand, Amazon
  • Elisa Chiarelli: CEO and Founder, Yoordi
  • Emil Virag: Founder, Foodanza, Inc.
  • Erika Darmstaedter: Co-Founder, Collective63
  • Erin Chen: Founder& CEO, Gilly, Inc.
  • Eszter Tanczos Olver: Partner , EJ Capital AG
  • Fabian De Vos: User Journey Manager, MoneyPark
  • Fabio Ziemssen: Director Food Innovation, NX-FOOD (METRO AG)
  • Flavio Rump: Entrepreneur and Investor, Flavio Rump
  • Florian Nyffenegger: Founder, Agedo
  • Frank Mertens: Founder & CEO, FM Consulting GmbH
  • Fraser Doherty: Founder/Co-Founder, SuperJam |
  • Freddy Atangana: Founder - Chief Executive Officer, EKAMOU
  • German Ramirez: Co-founder & Chief Relevance Officer, THE RELEVANCE HOUSE AG
  • Gil Margalit: CEO
  • Greg Beardwell: CEO and Co-Founder , Connie's Kitchen
  • Guillaume Rozenblat: Founding Partner, Seven Lanes Capital
  • Guillermo Söhnlein: Co-Founder & CEO , Blue Marble ExplorationBlue Marble Exploration
  • Ingeborg Gasser Kriss: Board Member, Advisor , Founder Institute
  • Irina Berkon: Member, Golden Seeds
  • Ivo Ronner: VC & Advisor, Swiss Post Ventures
  • Jan Fülscher: Owner,
  • Janne Saarikko: Director, Food Ecosystems Accelerator, Founder Institute
  • Jean Philippe Spinas: Principal, Kienbaum
  • Jill Allemang: Founder and Managing Director, jallé
  • Joanna Kapela: Founder, SLEEBOO
  • Julien Lepetit: Director Europe, The Business of Trust
  • Jürg Stuker: Partner, Kickstart Innovation
  • Klaus Kummermehr: Co-Founder and Partner , SNGLR Group
  • Lea Von Bidder: Co-Founder and CEO, Ava Science
  • Léa Miggiano: CMO and Co-Founder, Carvolution
  • Leonidas Papadopoulos: Growth Strategist/CEO, Viable Growth Marketing Agency
  • Lilla Peczely: co-director, Founder Institute Switzerland
  • Luis Allo: Director External Innovation R&D, J&J
  • Lukas Böni: Co-Founder, Planted
  • Lydia Bronze: Founder, Linie7
  • Magdalena Tarasinska: Investor, SICTIC
  • Majbritt Byskov Bridges: COO and Co-Founder, Alver World SA
  • Manuel Gonzalez: CEO and Managing Partner, Global RIFF
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief of Strategy, Feral (
  • Marcus Kuhn: Co-Founder, Viable Labs
  • Marita Price: Founder & Director, Hello
  • Mark Leinemann: Founder & President, - the 1st AgriFood/-Tech Startup Association in DACHLI
  • Markus Ursprung: Owner, Level 48
  • Martina Frick: Attorney at Law and Mediator SBA, lic. iur., LL.M., Eversheds Sutherland
  • Mateja Kramar: Serial Entrepreneur / Project Lead, ETH Zuerich / Swiss Smart Farming
  • Michael Striligás: Founder, Vertliner
  • Michael Mosimann: Partner, Eversheds Sutherland Ltd.
  • Michael Dudli: CEO and Founder, Xelon
  • Michelle Roborg Sondergaard: VP HR, Carlsberg
  • Mike Suprovici: Head of Acceleration, VC Lab
  • Mike Lingle: Entrepreneur / Mentor, Rocket Pro Forma
  • Nadav Kaidar: Partner, Systems Of Disruption
  • Nadine Zerrini: Innovation Fund Manager, Harvard University
  • Natasha Drapeau: Founder, Executive Consultant, Augeous
  • Nathan Evans: Co-Founder, fulfin - financing ecommerce
  • Neriya Rosner: Founder , SpecBite
  • Nicolas Egger: COO, Poinz
  • Nimrod Vromen: Partner, Yigal Arnon
  • Nina Portier Reinhart: Managing Director, Reinhart Capital
  • Noam Tamari-Wekser: Growth Investor, TheCircle
  • Ofer HaCohen: Head of Innovation Center, Israel, AT&T
  • Oliver Stahl: FOUNDER, Snackbox Express / Früchtebox Express / Hofladen Express / Dalou / Fruchtbox Express
  • Oron Zachar: CEO & Founder , Vytonic
  • Pascal Brunner: CEO, Vatorex
  • Pascal Koenig: Co-Founder | Member of the Board, AVA Women
  • Patricia Kastner: Angel Investor, Strategic Advisor
  • Patrycja Pielaszek: CEO/Founder,
  • Paul D'souza: President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
  • Peter Lazou: Creative Future Venture Builder & Investor, otherDOTS
  • Philippe Küng: Executive Board Member, resilient
  • Pouria Kay: Mentor, Founder Institute
  • Raanan Shenhav: Founder, RS-CPD
  • Rachel Sheppard: Digital Strategist & Startup Mentor - Helping Female Founders Launch & Grow Their Businesses Around the Globe, Founder Institute HQ
  • Ralph Walter: CTO, Assentis
  • Ralph Mogicato: Member of the Advisory Board, Swiss Finance Startups
  • Raphaela Kurer: C0-Founder | CMO, Meloncast
  • Réginald Bien Aimé: Founder & Managing Director, Veelab
  • René Lehmann, Kanbii Solutions AG
  • Ricardo Perez Font: VP Marketing & Product Management , Invacare Corporation
  • Rolf Van De Velde, Undagrid
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Sameer Sortur: Managing Partner, SquareCircle Ventures
  • Sandro Kunz: Co-Founder & CEO, Pingen
  • Sasha Schriber: Founder and CEO, Nanos.AI
  • Sean Paul Shanor: Bliss, Breathwork, Startup Coach, Synergy Space
  • Shira Teger: Attorney, Yigal Arnon & Co
  • Simon Dössegger: former CEO, modum
  • Sona Chandra: CEO and Founder, Terra Lumina
  • Sonia Eterno: CEO and Founder, SHUBiDU AG
  • Sophie Neuhut: Co-Founder, Impact Angel Investors
  • Søren Bjønness: Partner, Catapult Capital GmbH
  • Stavros Pavlidis: Chief Revenue Officer & CFO, Halo Investing Europe
  • Suzanne Van der Maarel: Portfolio Manager, Sentient Ventures VC
  • Thomas Baer: Chief Operations Officer, Koch & Gsell
  • Thomas Straessle: Managing Director , Kienbaum
  • Thomas Ackermann: Co-Director, Founder Institute Switzerland
  • Thomas Helbling: Co-CEO, CARU AG
  • Timo Hahn: Founder, Wydr
  • Tobias Gunzenhauser: Co-Founder and CEO, Yamo
  • Trudi Haemmerli: Partner, SNGLR CAPITAL
  • Veroniek Vermeulen: Founder, Silatha
  • Vincent Irrling: Co-Founder | CEO, KAPSLY Ventures
  • Yoav Bar: VicePresident, CocaCola Israel

  • And many more to be announced.

Since 2009, Founder Institute’s highly-structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,500 entrepreneurs to grow quickly, know what to do next, and make key connections through the largest community of startup advisors in the world. 

It all starts with our renowned ‘FI Core’ accelerator, which pushes founders at the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and sustained growth. Alumni of FI Core then receive free access to our advanced ‘Founder Lab’ accelerators for years to come, and can get matched with prospective investors in the FI Venture Network - a collection of global funds actively investing in the earliest rounds of funding.

The results speak for themselves: FI Alumni have raised over $1.75BN in funding, and are building impactful businesses across 200+ cities and 95+ countries all across the globe. (see the FI 50 Report here).

Join us in Switzerland to get funded and build a global business. 

Apply to the Switzerland Spring 2023 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  


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