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Founder Institute Mentors

Switzerland Fall 2024

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 Switzerland program below.

Mentors

Abdellah

Abdellah Aouf

Chief Executive Officer, GO PLATFORM
Adeo

Adeo Ressi

CEO, Decile Group / VC Lab
Adrian

Adrian Hirt

FI Mentor
Adriano

Adriano Di Dia

Chief Marketing Officer, Fyffes International SA
Aksil

Aksil Amel

Mr., aux pieds des bibans
Alain

Alain Nydegger

Founding Partner, 21Celsius Ventures
Alastair

Alastair Wong

Head of Engineering, International, Restaurant Brands International
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
Alexander

Alexander Schmitt

CTO, FYTA GmbH
Alexandra

Alexandra Pastollnigg

Founder, Fair Voyage
Alexandra

Alexandra Pinto

Founder, hoursec
Alexandre

Alexandre Bastos

Global Director Innovation, Givaudan
Alice

Alice Sachova Kleisli

Partner, Vendbridge AG
Amine

Amine Tazi

Founder & Managing Partner, AT Swiss Ventures
Andrew

Andrew Ive

Founder / Managing General Partner, Big Idea Ventures
Anette

Anette Gärtner

Intellectual Property Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Angela

Angela Stathi

Expert at European Innovation Council, .
Anja

Anja Willms

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

Antoine Mallard

VP, Causality Link
Antonios

Antonios Kouris

CEO, Curzyy
Arcui

Arcui Usoara

Founder/CEO, Iaculus
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
Bogdan

Bogdan Vasile

Co-founder, phase2
Bogdan

Bogdan Krinitchko

CEO & Founder , BRU
Brad

Brad Peppard

Partner & Principal, Ravix Group
Carina

Carina Freundt

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

Carl P-Conquilla

Director / Design Engineer, Torson Injex AG
Carlo

Carlo Loderer

CEO, Zippsafe AG
Carlos

Carlos Da Silva

Director, Founder Institute Portugal
Carlos

Carlos Ruiz

CEO & Co-Founder, Flatev AG
Carolin

Carolin Schneider

Founder & CEO, 4di2 GmbH
Caroline

Caroline Schwieger

Category Director Home Care, Unilever
Cassiano

Cassiano Gobbet

Founder, Troovr
Cedric

Cedric Waldburger

Founder & General Partner, Tomahawk.vc
Cédric

Cédric Waldburger

CEO, tenderloin ventures
Chander

Chander Nagpal

Managing Partner, Enabling Excellence
Chevonae

Chevonae Walcott

Associate, Relay Ventures
Chintan

Chintan Oza

Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
Chris

Chris Foltz

Entrepreneur In Residence, Founder Institute + Responsible Solutions Ltd + IRG 100 CMO's & Change Agents
Christian

Christian Bärtsch

CEO and Co-Founder, Essento
Christina

Christina Hoffmann

CEO and Founder, BRANDMIND
Christine

Christine Gould

Founder & CEO, Thought For Food
Christodoulos

Christodoulos Papachristou

COO, Funkmartini
Christof

Christof Tremp

Founder and CEO, REBELS 0.0%
Christoph

Christoph Sollich

Freelancer, The Pitch Doctor
Christoph

Christoph Laib

CEO, Founder, ViOS GmbH
Christoph

Christoph Birkholz

Co-President & Founder, Impact Hub Switzerland
Christoph

Christoph Kellenberger

CEO and Co-Founder , DrinkPure / Novamem
Clemence

Clemence Marcilly

FI Mentor
Costas

Costas Papaikonomou

Co-Founder, Happen
Cristobal

Cristobal Sanchez

Global Marketing & Digital Leader – BUSINESS ACCELERATOR, Invacare
Dalith

Dalith Steiger

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

Daniel Kästli

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

Daniel Puerta Diaz

Co-Founder, Head of Production, Almer Technologies
Daniel Michael

Daniel Michael Böhi

Founder & Partner, Alphorn Venture Partners | TheForge | Swiss FoodTech Scaleup Factory
David

David Butler

Director, Startup Grind Zurich
David

David Lunsford

FI Mentor
Deep

Deep Moteria

Founder , Elluminati
Devesh

Devesh Kothari

Technical Program Manager, Google Austria
Dionysis

Dionysis Linaras

President of the Investment Committee, Hellenic Pension Fund
Dr Mark

Dr Mark Post

Founder , Mosameat
Eddie

Eddie Laventman

Founder & CEO, Goodpoint - Storytelling Masters
Edgar

Edgar Kussberg

Group Product Manager, Snyk
Elena

Elena Mlotok

General Manager, Head of EU Newsstand, Amazon
Elena

Elena Walder Schiavone

Managing Partner, Übermorgen Ventures
Eliana

Eliana Zamprogna

CEO and Founder, Yumame Foods
Elias

Elias Kleimann

Founder & CFO, Wingtra
Elisa

Elisa Chiarelli

CEO and Founder, Yoordi
Emil

Emil Virag

Founder, Foodanza, Inc.
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
Fabian

Fabian De Vos

User Journey Manager, MoneyPark
Fabio

Fabio Ziemssen

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

Fiorella Erni

CEO and Founder, Cheetah Stories SA
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
Freddy

Freddy Atangana

Founder - Chief Executive Officer, EKAMOU
Frieder

Frieder Damm

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

Georg Greve

FI Mentor
George

George Papanikolaou

Founder and Owner, WINE ART SA
German

German Ramirez

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

Gianmaria Monteleone

Founder , YouniteStars SpA
Gil

Gil Margalit

CEO, PhoneDue Technology in Motion
Gonçalo

Gonçalo Castanho

CEO, Avenue Ideas Lda
Greg

Greg Chew

CEO, Founder, QPQ
Greg

Greg Beardwell

CEO and Co-Founder , Connie's Kitchen
Guillaume

Guillaume Rozenblat

Founding Partner, Seven Lanes Capital
Guillermo

Guillermo Söhnlein

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

Gulnaz Khusainova

CEO & Founder, EasySize
Gunter

Gunter Pauli

Founder / Director, ZERI
Haim

Haim Rot

C.E.O, Cohen Rot Financial Management
Hans

Hans Stier

Founder & CEO, Bonaverde Coffee AG
Henrietta

Henrietta Hearth

Investment Principal , Big Idea Ventures
Herman

Herman Gyr

Member of the Board, Eligma
Hilda

Hilda Kilama

Founder, YouTold
Hilda

Hilda Liswani

Founder, webloom
Ido

Ido Zahavi

Associate, Arnon, Tadmor-Levy
Ingeborg

Ingeborg Gasser Kriss

Board Member, Advisor , Agent21
Ion

Ion Badekas

CEO, M-Stat SA
Irina

Irina Berkon

Member, Golden Seeds
Ivo

Ivo Ronner

VC & Advisor, Swiss Post Ventures, Digital Twins, etc.
Jacques

Jacques Hefti

Entrepreneur, Investor & Senior Lecturer, Startup Campus
Jan

Jan Fülscher

Owner, janfuelscher.ch
Jana

Jana Thiel

Senior Researcher ETH Zuerich, ETH Zuerich
Janne

Janne Saarikko

Director, Food Ecosystems Accelerator, Founder Institute
Jean Philippe

Jean Philippe Spinas

Principal, Kienbaum
Jerome

Jerome Mutschler

CEO and Co-founder , Demetrics
Jessica

Jessica Korthuis

Founder & CEO, SOHUIS
Jill

Jill Allemang

Founder and Managing Director, jallé
Jim

Jim Cheng

FI Mentor
Joanna

Joanna Demkow Bartlomé

FI Mentor
Joanna

Joanna Kapela

Founder, SLEEBOO
Julia

Julia Devecchi

CEO/Founder, naanu Foods AG
Julien

Julien Lepetit

Director Europe, The Business of Trust
Jürg

Jürg Stuker

Partner, Kickstart Innovation
Kamran

Kamran Houshang Pour

Patent Expert , Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Kartik

Kartik Buddha

Co-Founder/CTO, MOOCTORS
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
Konstantin

Konstantin Berezin

Technology Entrepreneur , Stealth Mode
Kostas

Kostas Karolemeas

Founder, CEO, Allcancode
Laurentiu Christian

Laurentiu Christian Nat

Co-Founder, Easyplan Hospitality
Lavina

Lavina Ramkissoon

AI Ethics and Technology Policy, African Union
Lea

Lea Von Bidder

Co-Founder and CEO, Ava Science
Léa

Léa Miggiano

CMO and Co-Founder, Carvolution
Leonidas

Leonidas Papadopoulos

Growth Strategist/CEO, Viable Growth Marketing Agency
Lidia

Lidia Zabala

Co-Lead , Lean In Zurich
Lilla

Lilla Peczely

co-director, Founder Institute Switzerland
Liran

Liran Akavia

Serial entrepreneur (2 exits) | Executive Chairman | , CallMarker / Seebo / Sogomatic / Intelichain
Luca

Luca Ferraro

Strategic Project Manager, Biotronik
Luis

Luis Allo

Director External Innovation R&D, Kenvue
Lukas

Lukas Böni

Co-Founder, Planted
Lydia

Lydia Bronze

Founder, Linie7
Magdalena

Magdalena Tarasinska

Investor, SICTIC
Majbritt

Majbritt Byskov Bridges

COO and Co-Founder, Alver World SA
Manuel

Manuel Gonzalez

CEO and Managing Partner, Global RIFF
Manuel

Manuel Rinaldi

Program Director , Starta VC
Mara

Mara Rada

CEO & Chief of Strategy, Feral (thinkferal.com)
Marcel

Marcel Gasser

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

Marco Tosoni

Startup Advisor, Freelancer
Marcus

Marcus Kuhn

Co-Founder, Viable Labs
Marina

Marina Helm Romaneschi

President and Co-Founder, foodward
Marita

Marita Price

Founder & Director, Hello
Mark

Mark Leinemann

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

Markus Ursprung

Owner, Level 48
Martin

Martin Boos

Partner, Amatin
Martina

Martina Frick

Attorney at Law and Mediator SBA, lic. iur., LL.M., Eversheds Sutherland
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
Max

Max Itskovich

CEO and Founder, Mobindustry
Micha

Micha Verhagen

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

Michael Blank

Investment Manager, Investiere.ch
Michael

Michael Baier

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

Michael Striligás

Founder, Vertliner
Michael

Michael Mosimann

Partner, Eversheds Sutherland Ltd.
Michael

Michael Dudli

CEO and Founder, Xelon
Michelle

Michelle Grant

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

Michelle Roborg Sondergaard

VP HR, Carlsberg
Michelle

Michelle Tschumi

Head Start-up Finance, Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB)
Mike

Mike Suprovici

Head of Acceleration, VC Lab
Mike

Mike Lingle

Entrepreneur / Mentor, Rocket Pro Forma
Mike

Mike Abegg

Lawyer, Wenger & Vieli
Mine

Mine Uran

CEO and Founder, Alver
Mohammad Hossein

Mohammad Hossein Tavangar

Director , Founder Institute Germany
Monika

Monika Bercu

COO, GrowersTech
Morgaine

Morgaine Gaye

Founder, Dr Gaye
Nadav

Nadav Kaidar

Partner, Systems Of Disruption
Nadine

Nadine Zerrini

Corporate Innovation Leader, Harvard University
Natasha

Natasha Drapeau

Founder, Executive Consultant, Augeous
Nathan

Nathan Evans

Co-Founder, fulfin - financing ecommerce
Neriya

Neriya Rosner

Founder , SpecBite
Nicola

Nicola D'Apice

Sr Manager Engineering EMEA, Johnson & Johnson
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
Noam

Noam Tamari-Wekser

Growth Investor, TheCircle
Noemi

Noemi Nagy

Business Development , Alpine Angel Investors
Oana Ria

Oana Ria Nasaudeanu Ghinea

Regional Manager, SINGA Switzerland
Ofer

Ofer HaCohen

Head of Innovation Center, Israel, AT&T
Olena

Olena Bochulia

Co-Founder, Severus
Olha

Olha Kubiv

Startup Mentor, Beloyara
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
Panagiotis

Panagiotis Tomadakis

General Manager, Oriani
Pascal

Pascal Brunner

CEO, Vatorex
Pascal

Pascal Koenig

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

Patricia Kastner

Angel Investor, Strategic Advisor
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
Peter

Peter Lazou

Creative Future Venture Builder & Investor, otherDOTS
Philippe

Philippe Küng

Executive Board Member, resilient
Pierre

Pierre Gaubil

FI Mentor
Pierre Alain

Pierre Alain Ceralli

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

Pouria Kay

Mentor, Founder Institute
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 Walter

CTO, Assentis
Ralph

Ralph Mogicato

Member of the Advisory Board, Swiss Finance Startups
Raphaela

Raphaela Kurer

C0-Founder | CMO, Meloncast
Réginald

Réginald Bien Aimé

Founder & Managing Director, Veelab
Rene

Rene Lehmann

Co-Founder, Kanbii Solutions AG
Ricardo

Ricardo Perez Font

Head of Marketing, BOBST
Roland

Roland Siegwart

Professor Autonomous Systems, ETH Zuerich
Rolf

Rolf Van De Velde

FI Mentor
Rusty

Rusty Schwartz

CEO, KitchenTown
Ryan

Ryan Micheletti

Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
Ryan

Ryan Bethencourt

CEO, Wild Earth
Sabrina

Sabrina Tachdjian

Head of Ecosystem APAC, Hedera Hashgraph
Sameer

Sameer Sortur

Founding Partner, SquareCircle Ventures
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
Sharon

Sharon Tal

Author & Facilitator, Where to Play
Shira

Shira Teger

Attorney, Arnon, Tadmor - Levy
Simon

Simon Heinzle

CEO and co-founder, Crowd
Simon

Simon Dössegger

former CEO, modum
Sona

Sona Chandra

CEO and Founder, Terra Lumina
Sonia

Sonia Eterno

CEO and Founder, SHUBiDU AG
Sophie

Sophie Neuhut

Founder, President, Impact Angel Investors
Søren

Søren Bjønness

Partner, Catapult Capital GmbH
Stavros

Stavros Pavlidis

Expert network services, Independent
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
Suzanne

Suzanne Van der Maarel

Lead Food & Retail | Investor Program, Kickstart Innovation
Tatjana

Tatjana De Kerros

Head of Venturing @RicoLab, RicoLab
Thomas

Thomas Baer

Chief Operations Officer, Koch & Gsell
Thomas

Thomas Boesch

Co-Founder, Earlybird Food
Thomas

Thomas Ackermann

Co-Director, Founder Institute Switzerland
Thomas

Thomas Helbling

Co-CEO, CARU AG
Tim

Tim Reinermann

Senior Projektmanager Digitales Marketing, Schwyzer Kantonalbank
Timo

Timo Hahn

Chief Venture Officer, Sparrow Ventures
Tobias

Tobias Gunzenhauser

Co-Founder and CEO, Yamo
Trudi

Trudi Haemmerli

Partner, SNGLR CAPITAL
Ulla

Ulla Fletscher

CEO, HEYLIFE
Vera

Vera Futorjanski

FI Mentor
Veroniek

Veroniek Vermeulen

Founder, Silatha
Vincent

Vincent Irrling

Co-Founder | CEO, KAPSLY Ventures
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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