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Put your Startup on Steroids!

swissnex San Francisco - swissnex Boston

Monday, September 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM (CEST)

Put your Startup on Steroids!

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Type End Quantity
September 23rd, 6:00pm at Uni Mail
Ended Free  
September 24th, 6:00pm at Parc Scientifique EPFL
Ended Free  
September 25th, 6:00pm at Basecamp4HighTech
Ended Free  
September 26th, 6:15pm at ETHZ
Ended Free  
September 27th, 4:30pm at Technologiepark Basel
Ended Free  
October 1st, 4:00pm at IDIAP Research Institute
Ended Free  

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Put your Startup on Steroids!

Gain an advantage by plugging into the US ecosystem 

The US can be one of the most inspiring places for entrepreneurs. Through the CTI Market Entry Camp USA, the swissnex outposts in North America offer Swiss tech entrepreneurs the opportunity to leverage this dynamic ecosystem to accelerate their startup’s growth.

In September, swissnex’s Cyril and Niccolò lead a startup roadshow across Switzerland, stopping by six Swiss cities to talk about startup opportunities in the US market. Join them along with former Camp participants to gain in-depth knowledge of the most vibrant startup ecosystems in Boston, New York, and San Francisco, and learn how to best leverage these markets to accelerate your company’s growth and gain a competitive advantage.


What you will learn

You will learn how your startup can benefit from US exposure, which city is the best fit for your company, and how to get relevant market feedback quickly. Find out what you can realistically expect if you enter the US market, how to leverage US-based talent and expertise, and what you need to know to successfully raise money in the US.

Event Details & Locations

Format: 45-min presentation by swissnex + 15-min Q&A + networking time

Who: Entrepreneurs, startup aficionados, students, researchers, faculty

Price: Free 


September 23rd, 2013 - 18h00

University of Geneva, Uni Mail (room M1140)


September 24th, 2013 - 18h00

Parc Scientifique EPFL (room PSE-D)

Special guest: Zeno Crivelli, co-founder at Jilion


September 25th, 2013 - 18h00  

Location: BaseCamp4HighTech

Special guest: Christian Hirzig, CEO at Atizo


September 26th, 2013 - 18h15

ETH Zurich (room HG D5.2)

Special guest: Samuel Mueller, CEO at Scandit


September 27th, 2013 - 16h30

Technologiepark Basel (entry C,3rd floor)

Special guest: Claudio Büttler, CMO at Qipp


October 1st, 2013 - 16h00

Location: Idiap Research Institute (room 106 - first floor)



Cyril Dorsaz

Cyril Dorsaz works closely with startups accepted into the CTI Market Entry Camp USA program at swissnex San Francisco. As part of the Startup+Innovation team he builds and executes customized facilitation services to help Swiss startups get faster traction in the US. In doing so, he immerses himself in the local and national startup scene to give Swiss startups meaningful and targeted advice, and to broker relevant connections. Cyril launched two startups himself and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Geneva.

Niccolò Iorno

Niccolò Iorno is project leader for innovation and entrepreneurship at swissnex Boston. He is in charge of the Venture Leaders program and the CTI Market Entry Camp USA program. He supports Swiss entrepreneurs in their internationalization efforts by helping them plunge into one of the most vibrant startup ecosystems in the US. Whether through targeted introductions or through structured programs, Niccolò works towards bringing the American entrepreneurial and “think big” mindset closer to Swiss innovators. He holds an MBA, is a biotechnologist by training and has extensive experience in technology transfer.

Special Guest:

Lausanne: Zeno Crivelli, co-founder at Jilion

Zeno Crivelli is co-founder of Jilion SA where he leads the development of SublimeVideo.

Bern: Christian Hirzig, CEO at Atizo 

After graduating from the University of Applied Science in Bern and the University of St. Gallen, Christian Hirsig was responsible for several e-business projects at Swiss Post and Swisscom. He's been CEO of Atizo since 2007. Atizo is a Swiss online startup founded by Hirsig, Mathias Ruch, and Reto Aebersold. Hirsig teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship at several Swiss universities. In his spare time he likes to play golf and ski.


Zurich: Samuel Mueller, CEO at Scandit 

Samuel Mueller is the CEO and co‐founder of Scandit and is responsible for overall strategic direction, marketing, sales and business development. Prior to Scandit, Samuel was a management consultant and project leader for multinational companies such as Swiss Airlines, Swiss Re and IBM as well as a corporate researcher at the renowned IBM Zurich Research Lab. While at IBM, Samuel was awarded an IBM Research Division Award and a total of three IBM Invention Achievement Awards. He has authored numerous patent applications and has published his research results in leading conferences and journals. Samuel holds a PhD from ETH Zurich and graduated summa cum laude with an MSc in Computer Science and an MA in Financial Economics, both from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is regularly invited to speak at high‐profile industry conferences such as MobileBeat 2011 in San Francisco, the Mobile Payments Conference 2012 in NYC, the EPCA Payment Summit 2013 in Brussels or, most recently, the mPOS World Conference 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Basel: Claudio Büttler, CMO at Qipp

Büttler holds a B.A. in economic sciences from the University of Basel and is a serial entrepreneur. In addition to his role at Qipp, he is a part-time CEO and owner PRIMECUT GmbH, operating various online e-commerce platforms like sakku.ch and shopalot.ch in a super lean organizational model. He has been CMO and CFO of careware since 2010 and 2011, respectively, and is responsible for all consumer interaction processes.

About swissnex San Francisco and swissnex Boston

For the past six years, swissnex has supported the most promising Swiss tech startups in their US market entry by providing a tailored, individualized acceleration program to help them achieve their objectives. Our services include brokering connections, offering training and workshops, targeted coaching and advice, and workspace in downtown San Francisco and Boston. 

The CTI Market Entry CAMP - USA is supported by:

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Monday, September 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM (CEST)

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swissnex San Francisco - swissnex Boston

swissnex San Francisco’s and Boston's startup support aims to both speed up and smooth out the transition into the US market through customized services, targeted introductions, and access to infrastructure in the heart of San Francisco.

Website: CTI - US Market Entry CAMP - USA

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