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Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Managing Director / Zürich

Jean-Pierre is a financial expert and pitch trainer who has been active in the field of start-ups and venture financing for more than 15 years. He initiated the start-up news channel

At the moment he is Managing Director of the leading Swiss financing platform CTI Invest. Besides he gives lectures regarding entrepreneurship in various Universities around Switzerland.

LinkedIn: Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier

Mike Baur

Vice President / Zürich

Mike was fascinated by Banking & Finance already in his teen ages. Following this interest he got first his Bachelor Banking and Finance then his Master Degree in Business Administration. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation Lab Fribourg and responsible for the fundraising and financing rounds of the Swiss Start-up Factory.

LinkedIn: Mike Baur

Oliver Walzer

Founder & CTO / Zürich

Oliver finished his Master’s Degree in Computer Science and working as a CTO ever since. He is currently busy with the Swiss Start Up Factory: a Zurich-based accelerator looking for thriving digital entrepreneurs.

LinkedIn: Oliver Walzer 

Prof. Markus Zemp, M.A.

Markus Zemp is Director of MBA and lecturer for Business Development, Start-up’s, Strategic Management and Leadership at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business. He is a business economist (European Economics) with a master graduation in social science and has over 20 years experience in the industry.

For more than 20 Years he train people with business simulations and serious games. Therefore he has extensive experience as Facilitator and also as Start-up Coach. He crate and holds customized workshops for companies. Beside he holds also abstracts and lectures at professional events and conferences.

Fontana Valentina

Project Manager / Zürich

Valentina completed her studies as a business economist FH, main emphasis in corporate communications. Even then, she was involved in various projects (also as co-founder) and was on the board of a non-profit organization (Slow Food). After graduation, she worked for a start-up and became acquainted with all the entrepreneurship facets. Today, she accompanies and supports students as well as employees in the Start-up program “Smart-up” of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. On the other hand she is trying to keep her 6-year-old in check and loves to explore the world with her.

LinkedIn: Fontana Valentina

Patrick Link

Co-Leader Smart-Up / Zürich

Patrick got his PhD in Management and Technology from ETH Zürich. For the past 4 years Patrick has been the co-leader Smart-up at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the largest educational institution in middle Switzerland and one of the seven public universities in Switzerland. He has also been teaching Product Innovation there for 8 years.

His skills include product management, business strategy, management consulting, project management and many more.

LinkedIn: Patric Link

Samuel Friedrich

Founder of 2point, Teaching Assistant / Zürich

Samuel got his bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. In 2014. he got a WI Award by the Association of Swiss Engineers for his diploma thesis.

Now he is a teaching assistant at the University of Lucerne and a project assistant at Smart-up. He is also the co-founder and CEO of 2point engineering GmbH.

LinkedIn: Samuel Friedrich

Josef Jans

Director of Business Development & Innovation, Founder / Luzern

"I am a passionate and creative Playing Lean Facilitator, Owner and Founder, and Head of Innovation and Project Management at Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern (SHL). I have multiple certifications in Scrum, Design Thinking, and Innovation Strategy, and I use these skills to facilitate and teach lean startup methods to entrepreneurs, students, and professionals."

LinkedIn: Josef Jans

Dominik Hanisch

Innovation Expert I Founder I Lecturer I Facilitator I Speaker I Author / Bern

Bringing together what belongs together - since 2018 the Innovationshelden have been the professionals for open innovation in Switzerland. We help you to successfully open up your innovation management, to inspire your customers with innovative ideas from outside and show you with our trainings & coachings how you can optimally position yourself and your team for this.

LinkedIn: Dominik Hanisch

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