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Founder Institute Mentors

Switzerland Fall Virtual 2021

Founder Institute Mentors join weekly feedback sessions, host office hours, and in general provide you feedback every step of the way. In addition, through our Equity Collective, Mentors are invested in the success of your company both during and after the program.

See the list of current and past mentors for the Zurich program below.

Mentors

Adeo

Adeo Ressi

FI Mentor
Alejandro

Alejandro Garcia

CEO & Founder , AI Retailer Systems
Aleksandar

Aleksandar Bradic

Chief Technology Officer, Supplyframe
Alessandro

Alessandro Tschabold

FI Mentor
Alex

Alex Von Mühlenen

Founder & CEO, Chainwork
Alexander

Alexander Mathys

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Processing, ETH Zuerich
Alexandra

Alexandra Pastollnigg

Founder, Fair Voyage
Alexandre

Alexandre Bastos

Global Director Innovation, Givaudan
Alice

Alice Sachova Kleisli

Partner, Vendbridge AG
Amine

Amine Tazi

Founder & Managing Partner, AT Swiss Ventures
Ana Maria

Ana Maria Manda

Founder, Silken
Andrew

Andrew Ive

Founder / Managing General Partner, Big Idea Ventures
Anja

Anja Willms

Founder & Managing Director Shileo GmbH/ Venture Architect for Sparrow Ventures, Shileo GmbH
Antonios

Antonios Kouris

CEO, Curzyy
Ari

Ari Veltman

Business Strategy Advisor | Board Director | CBDO@, Sparko.TV
Armin

Armin Fricke

Managing Director, CGC Capital-Gain Consultants GmbH
Aron

Aron Braun

Founder / Co-Founder, Epigenomics AG / Arpega AG / Zimballo GmbH
Athanasios

Athanasios Ladopoulos

CEO | Founder, MOOCTORS
Balthasar

Balthasar Wicki

Senior Partner, Wicki Partners Ltd
Barbara

Barbara Rübel

Managing Partner, Brand Essence AG
Bart

Bart Clarysse

Professor of Entrepreneurship, ETH Zuerich
Bart Jan

Bart Jan Veldhuizen

CEO and Co-Founder, KitchenRepublic
Bastian

Bastian Thurneysen

FI Mentor
Beat

Beat Scheidegger

Co-Founder, Company Factory AG
Bhaskar

Bhaskar Bulusu

Associate Partner, IBM India
Birgit

Birgit Coleman

Connections Explorer, Swissnex San Francisco
Bogdan

Bogdan Krinitchko

CEO & Founder , BRU
Bogdan

Bogdan Vasile

Co-founder, phase2
Brad

Brad Peppard

Partner & Principal, Ravix Group
Brice

Brice Dreamer

Founder, Ravel
Camille

Camille Bossel

Co-Founder and COO, FoodHack
Carina

Carina Freundt

Consultant / Former Director Strategic Planning & Analytics, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health
Carlo

Carlo Loderer

CEO, Zippsafe AG
Carlos

Carlos Da Silva

Director, Founder Institute Portugal
Carlos

Carlos Ruiz

CEO & Co-Founder, Flatev AG
Caroline

Caroline Schwieger

Category Director Home Care, Unilever
Cedric

Cedric Waldburger

Founder & General Partner, Tomahawk.vc
Cédric

Cédric Waldburger

CEO, tenderloin ventures
Celine

Celine Schulze

Co-Founder & CEO, Benezet-Bridge Ltd.
Chevonae

Chevonae Walcott

Associate, Relay Ventures
Christian

Christian Bärtsch

CEO and Co-Founder, Essento
Christine

Christine Gould

Founder & CEO, Thought For Food
Christof

Christof Tremp

Founder and CEO, REBELS 0.0%
Christoph

Christoph Laib

CEO, Founder, ViOS GmbH
Christoph

Christoph Kellenberger

CEO and Co-Founder , DrinkPure / Novamem
Christoph

Christoph Birkholz

Co-President & Founder, Impact Hub Switzerland
Claudia

Claudia Keller

Legal Expert IP, Wenger & Vieli
Costas

Costas Papaikonomou

Co-Founder, Happen
Cristina

Cristina Burcescu

Founder & CEO, PantryVibe
Dalith

Dalith Steiger

Co-Founder / Managing Partner, SwissCognitive / Cognitive Valley
Daniel

Daniel Rotem

Co-Founder & CEO, Safe & Sound
Daniel

Daniel Kästli

Co-founder, Lead Customer Success, Spontacts, Frontify
Daniel Michael

Daniel Michael Böhi

Founder, FoodPrint
David

David Butler

Director, Startup Grind Zurich
Denise

Denise Loga

Founder , Beyond & Co GmbH and Sustainable Food Academy
Devesh

Devesh Kothari

Technical Program Manager, Google Austria
Dr Mark

Dr Mark Post

Founder , Mosameat
Eddie

Eddie Laventman

Founder & CEO, Goodpoint - Storytelling Masters
Elena

Elena Walder Schiavone

Managing Partner, Übermorgen Ventures
Elena

Elena Mlotok

General Manager, Head of EU Newsstand, Amazon
Elias

Elias Kleimann

Founder & CFO, Wingtra
Eric

Eric Postler

Managing Partner, Impact Hub Bern
Erika

Erika Darmstaedter

Co-Founder, Collective63
Erin

Erin Chen

Founder& CEO, Gilly, Inc.
Eszter

Eszter Tanczos Olver

Partner , EJ Capital AG
Fabio

Fabio Ziemssen

Director Food Innovation, NX-FOOD (METRO AG)
Flavio

Flavio Rump

Entrepreneur and Investor, Flavio Rump
Florian

Florian Nyffenegger

Founder, Agedo
Fortunat

Fortunat Diener

Founder , AVEC-SAVE AG
Frank

Frank Mertens

Founder & CEO, FM Consulting GmbH
Fraser

Fraser Doherty

Founder/Co-Founder, SuperJam | Beer52.com
Frieder

Frieder Damm

Managing Director & Founder / Chairman , Daizu & Sleep.ink / German FoodTech Expert Group
Georg

Georg Greve

FI Mentor
German

German Ramirez

Co-founder & Chief Relevance Officer, THE RELEVANCE HOUSE AG
Gil

Gil Margalit

FI Mentor
Guillermo

Guillermo Söhnlein

Co-Founder & CEO , Blue Marble ExplorationBlue Marble Exploration
Gulnaz

Gulnaz Khusainova

CEO & Founder, EasySize
Gunter

Gunter Pauli

Founder / Director, ZERI
Guy

Guy Fordhouse

Retail Expert, Customer Experience Specialist, Ikea
Haim

Haim Rot

C.E.O, Cohen Rot Financial Management
Hanna

Hanna Gabay

Business Operations Manager, H2Century
Hans

Hans Stier

Founder & CEO, Bonaverde Coffee AG
Herman

Herman Gyr

Member of the Board, Eligma
Hila

Hila Balak

HR forum Leader, Viola Ventures
Hila

Hila Aharony

Founder & CEO, Righty.io
Ingeborg

Ingeborg Gasser Kriss

Board Member, Advisor , Diverse
Irina

Irina Berkon

Member, Golden Seeds
Ivonne

Ivonne Blossfeld

Innovation Scout, HacoLab
Jacques

Jacques Hefti

Entrepreneur, Investor & Senior Lecturer, Startup Campus
James

James Moffat

Business Growth Hacker, Visibility Impact
Jan

Jan Fülscher

Owner, jan.fuelscher.ch
Jana

Jana Thiel

Senior Researcher ETH Zuerich, ETH Zuerich
Jean Philippe

Jean Philippe Spinas

Principal, Kienbaum
Jessica

Jessica Korthuis

Founder & CEO, SOHUIS
Jill

Jill Allemang

Founder and Managing Director, jallé
Jim

Jim Cheng

FI Mentor
Joanna

Joanna Kapela

Founder, SLEEBOO
Joanna

Joanna Demkow Bartlomé

FI Mentor
Julia

Julia Devecchi

CEO/Founder, naanu Foods AG
Julien

Julien Lepetit

Director Europe, The Business of Trust
Jürg

Jürg Stuker

Consultant, Namics
Kalyna

Kalyna Miletic

Founder & CEO, Chiefly
Kartik

Kartik Buddha

Co-Founder/CTO, MOOCTORS
Katalin

Katalin Orban

Co-Founder / CEO, GoMomGo
Katharina

Katharina Kurz

Co-founder & MD , BRLO craft beer
Kezia

Kezia Cottrell

Senior Innovation Consultant, Happen.com
Klaus

Klaus Kummermehr

Co-Founder and Partner , SNGLR Group
Lea

Lea Von Bidder

Co-Founder and CEO, Ava Science
Léa

Léa Miggiano

CMO and Co-Founder, Carvolution
Lidia

Lidia Zabala

Co-Lead , Lean In Zurich
Lydia

Lydia Bronze

Founder, Linie7
Magdalena

Magdalena Tarasinska

Investor, SICTIC
Manuel

Manuel Gonzalez

CEO and Managing Partner, Global RIFF
Marcel

Marcel Gasser

Managing Director and Founder, GEN (Global Entrepreneurship Network) | AKASHA
Marcus

Marcus Kuhn

Co-Founder, Viable Labs
Marina

Marina Helm Romaneschi

President and Co-Founder, foodward
Mark

Mark Leinemann

Founder & President, Crowdfoods.com - the 1st AgriFood/-Tech Startup Association in DACHLI
Martin

Martin Boos

Partner, Amatin
Mateja

Mateja Kramar

Serial Entrepreneur / Project Lead, ETH Zuerich / Swiss Smart Farming
Matthias

Matthias Dorner

Founder, Wydr
Matthias

Matthias Käch

Senior IP Trainer, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Micha

Micha Verhagen

Coach & Consultant & Program Manager, StartupBootcamp / ng Strategic Programme Management
Michael

Michael Baier

Start-up-, Venture Capital- & M&A-Lawyer, Wenger & Vieli
Michael

Michael Blank

Investment Manager, Investiere.ch
Michelle

Michelle Roborg Sondergaard

VP HR, Carlsberg
Michelle

Michelle Grant

Committee Member and Lecturer, ETH Zuerich World Food System Centre & Swiss Committee of UN FAO
Mike

Mike Lingle

Entrepreneur / Mentor, Rocket Pro Forma
Mike

Mike Suprovici

Head of Acceleration, VC Lab
Mike

Mike Abegg

Lawyer, Wenger & Vieli
Mine

Mine Uran

CEO and Founder, Alver
Monika

Monika Bercu

COO, GrowersTech
Morgaine

Morgaine Gaye

Founder, Dr Gaye
Nadav

Nadav Kaidar

Partner, Systems Of Disruption
Nicolas

Nicolas Burer

Managing Director, Digital Switzerland
Nicolas

Nicolas Egger

COO, Poinz
Nilson

Nilson Kufus

Co-founder, Nomoko
Nimrod

Nimrod Vromen

Partner, Yigal Arnon
Nina

Nina Portier Reinhart

Managing Director, Reinhart Capital
Nishant

Nishant Modi

Founder & CEO, Zoom Labs
Noam

Noam Tamari-Wekser

Growth Investor, TheCircle
Ofer

Ofer HaCohen

Head of Innovation Center, Israel, AT&T
Oliver

Oliver Flueckiger

Entrepreneur, Lecturer, Startup, University of Zurich
Oliver

Oliver Stahl

FOUNDER, Snackbox Express / Früchtebox Express / Hofladen Express / Dalou / Fruchtbox Express
Olivier

Olivier Laube

FI Mentor
Oron

Oron Zachar

CEO & Founder , Vytonic
Otto

Otto Freijser

Co-Founder / Lean Innovation Lead, Perpetulon
Pascal

Pascal Brunner

CEO, Vatorex
Pascal

Pascal Koenig

Co-Founder | Member of the Board, AVA Women
Patrycja

Patrycja Pielaszek

CEO/Founder, WeCoCo.io
Paul

Paul D'souza

President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
Paul

Paul Peyrot

Partner, Peyrot, Schlegel & Györffy
Philippe

Philippe Küng

Executive Board Member, resilient
Pierre Alain

Pierre Alain Ceralli

CEO & Co-Founder OriginFood / Former Executive Ambrosus, OriginFood
Raanan

Raanan Shenhav

Founder, RS-CPD
Rachel

Rachel Sheppard

Digital Strategist & Startup Mentor - Helping Female Founders Launch & Grow Their Businesses Around the Globe, Founder Institute HQ
Ralph

Ralph Mogicato

Member of the Advisory Board, Swiss Finance Startups
Ralph

Ralph Walter

CTO, Assentis
Raphaela

Raphaela Kurer

C0-Founder | CMO, Meloncast
Réginald

Réginald Bien Aimé

Founder & Managing Director, Veelab
Roee

Roee Weinberger

Founder, Weinberger&Co. Law
Roland

Roland Siegwart

Professor Autonomous Systems, ETH Zuerich
Rolf

Rolf Van De Velde

FI Mentor
Rusty

Rusty Schwartz

CEO, KitchenTown
Ryan

Ryan Bethencourt

CEO, Wild Earth
Ryan

Ryan Micheletti

Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
Sandeep

Sandeep Raju

Co-founder and Director, Samaaru India
Sandro

Sandro Kunz

Co-Founder & CEO, Pingen
Sasha

Sasha Schriber

Founder and CEO, Nanos.AI
Sean Paul

Sean Paul Shanor

Bliss, Breathwork, Startup Coach, Synergy Space
Sébastien

Sébastien Flury

Co-founder & CEO, Coteries SA
Sharon

Sharon Alvarez

Chair Entrepreneurial Studies, Graduate School of Business / University of Pittsburgh
Simon

Simon Heinzle

CEO and co-founder, Crowd
Sona

Sona Chandra

CEO and Founder, Terra Lumina
Stavros

Stavros Pavlidis

Freelancer, Freelancer
Stephanie

Stephanie Naegeli

Chief Strategic Business Development Officer, SV Group
Stephen

Stephen Dowling

Global Vice President - Marketing | Digital Commerce | Go To Market, adidas
Stijn

Stijn Pieper

Founder & CTO, Advanon
Sunnie

Sunnie Groeneveld

CEO & Founder, Inspire 925
Susanne

Susanne Lauber Fuerst

Founder & CEO , InnoNext
Søren

Søren Bjønness

Partner, Catapult Capital GmbH
Tatjana

Tatjana De Kerros

Head of Venturing @RicoLab, RicoLab
Thomas

Thomas Ackermann

Co-Director, Founder Institute Switzerland
Thomas

Thomas Helbling

Co-CEO, CARU AG
Thomas

Thomas Straessle

Managing Director , Kienbaum
Thomas

Thomas Baer

Chief Operations Officer, Koch & Gsell
Thomas

Thomas Boesch

Co-Founder, Earlybird Food
Tim

Tim Reinermann

Senior Projektmanager Digitales Marketing, Schwyzer Kantonalbank
Timo

Timo Hahn

Founder, Wydr
Tobias

Tobias Gunzenhauser

Co-Founder and CEO, Yamo
Trudi

Trudi Haemmerli

Partner, SNGLR CAPITAL
Ulla

Ulla Fletscher

CEO, HEYLIFE
Wendelien

Wendelien Loopik

Director Digital Innovation, Royal Haskoning DHV
Willy

Willy Bischofberger

MSc Computer Science ETH, MBA INSEAD, Serial Entrepreneur
Yaniv

Yaniv Lavi

CEO and Co-Founder, fitto
Yoav

Yoav Bar

VicePresident, CocaCola Israel
Yury

Yury Melnichek

Co-founder & ex-CEO, MAPS.ME

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