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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:

  • FI Switzerland Graduation: Meet the New Portfolio Companies (In-Person): 6:30pm, Feb 29, 2024 (Europe/Zurich):
  • Pitch Your Ideas to Switzerland Investors & Experts, Online: 6:00pm, Mar 05, 2024 (Europe/Zurich):
  • How to Identify the Right Market for Your Innovation: 6:00pm, Mar 12, 2024 (Europe/Zurich):

Global or Regional Events:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Product-Market Fit Basics: How to Explain Your Product to Your Customers: 7:00pm, Feb 26, 2024 (Europe/Zurich):
  • The Future of Managing Startup Finance with AI & Automation: 7:00pm, Feb 28, 2024 (Europe/Zurich):
  • How to Turn Your Startup Vision into Reality: Lessons from Startup Founders: 7:00pm, Mar 04, 2024 (Europe/Zurich):
  • Why Corporate Innovation Is Failing: Rethinking Strategies for Success: 7:00pm, Mar 06, 2024 (Europe/Zurich):
  • How to Tackle the Gender Gap in Funding: Facts & Initiatives from Investors: 6:00pm, Mar 11, 2024 (Europe/Zurich):
  • How to Optimize Fundraising Efforts through Strategic Marketing Techniques : 6:00pm, Mar 20, 2024 (Europe/Zurich):
  • Founder Showcase: Startup Pitch & Networking Event: 7:00pm, Apr 18, 2024 (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 

  • Adrian Hirt: CEO & Founder
  • Adriano Di Dia: Chief Marketing Officer, Fyffes International SA
  • 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
  • Anette Gärtner: Intellectual Property Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
  • 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
  • Bastian Thurneysen
  • Beat Scheidegger: Co-Founder, Company Factory AG
  • Bogdan Vasile: Co-founder, phase2
  • Bogdan Krinitchko: CEO & Founder , BRU
  • Brad Peppard: Partner & Principal, Ravix Group
  • Carl P-Conquilla: Director / Design Engineer, Torson Injex AG
  • 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
  • Christina Hoffmann: CEO and Founder, BRANDMIND
  • 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
  • David Lunsford
  • Eddie Laventman: Founder & CEO, Goodpoint - Storytelling Masters
  • Elena Mlotok: General Manager, Head of EU Newsstand, Amazon
  • Elena Walder Schiavone: Managing Partner, Übermorgen Ventures
  • Eliana Zamprogna: CEO and Founder, Yumame Foods
  • 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
  • Fabio Ziemssen: Director Food Innovation, NX-FOOD (METRO AG)
  • Fiorella Erni: CEO and Founder, Cheetah Stories SA
  • 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, PhoneDue Technology in Motion
  • 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
  • Henrietta Hearth: Investment Principal , Big Idea Ventures
  • Hilda Liswani: Founder, webloom
  • Ingeborg Gasser Kriss: Board Member, Advisor , Founder Institute
  • Irina Berkon: Member, Golden Seeds
  • Ivo Ronner: VC & Advisor, Swiss Post Ventures, Digital Twins, etc.
  • Jan Fülscher: Owner,
  • Janne Saarikko: Director, Food Ecosystems Accelerator, Founder Institute
  • Jean Philippe Spinas: Principal, Kienbaum
  • Jerome Mutschler: CEO and Co-founder , Demetrics
  • Jill Allemang: Founder and Managing Director, jallé
  • Julia Devecchi: CEO/Founder, naanu Foods AG
  • Julien Lepetit: Director Europe, The Business of Trust
  • Jürg Stuker: Partner, Kickstart Innovation
  • Kamran Houshang Pour: Patent Expert , Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
  • Klaus Kummermehr: Co-Founder and Partner , SNGLR Group
  • Laurentiu Christian Nat: Co-Founder, Easyplan Hospitality
  • Lavina Ramkissoon: AI Ethics and Technology Policy, African Union
  • Lea Von Bidder: Co-Founder and CEO, Ava Science
  • Léa Miggiano: CMO and Co-Founder, Carvolution
  • Lilla Peczely: co-director, Founder Institute Switzerland
  • Lukas Böni: Co-Founder, Planted
  • 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 (
  • Marcel Gasser: Managing Director and Founder, GEN (Global Entrepreneurship Network) | AKASHA
  • Marcus Kuhn: Co-Founder, Viable Labs
  • Marina Helm Romaneschi: President and Co-Founder, foodward
  • 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
  • Matthias Käch: Senior IP Trainer, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
  • Max Itskovich: CEO and Founder, Mobindustry
  • 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
  • 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
  • Panagiotis Tomadakis: General Manager, Oriani
  • 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
  • Réginald Bien Aimé: Founder & Managing Director, Veelab
  • Rene Lehmann: Co-Founder, Kanbii Solutions AG
  • Ricardo Perez Font: VP Marketing & Product Management , Invacare Corporation
  • Rolf Van De Velde, Undagrid
  • Sabrina Tachdjian: Head of Ecosystem APAC, Hedera Hashgraph
  • Sandro Kunz: Co-Founder & CEO, Pingen
  • Sasha Schriber: Founder and CEO, Nanos.AI
  • Sean Paul Shanor: Bliss, Breathwork, Startup Coach, Synergy Space
  • Sharon Tal: Author & Facilitator, Where to Play
  • Shira Teger: Attorney, Arnon, Tadmor - Levy
  • Simon Dössegger: former CEO, modum
  • Sona Chandra: CEO and Founder, Terra Lumina
  • Sonia Eterno: CEO and Founder, SHUBiDU AG
  • Søren Bjønness: Partner, Catapult Capital GmbH
  • Stavros Pavlidis: Expert network services, Independent
  • Suzanne Van der Maarel: Portfolio Manager, Sentient Ventures VC
  • Thomas Baer: Chief Operations Officer, Koch & Gsell
  • Thomas Ackermann: Co-Director, Founder Institute Switzerland
  • Thomas Helbling: Co-CEO, CARU AG
  • Timo Hahn: Chief Venture Officer, Sparrow Ventures
  • 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
  • Yury Melnichek: Co-founder & ex-CEO, MAPS.ME

  • And many more to be announced.

Since 2009, Founder Institute’s highly-structured accelerator programs have helped over 7,000 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 100+ 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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