About – Swisspreneur

Swisspreneur

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We are a nonprofit on a mission to promote and advance entrepreneurship in Switzerland.

In Switzerland the common definition of success is completing university and getting a well paid, stable corporate job. Starting your own venture or joining a startup is typically not encouraged and starting a venture that fails is viewed as a black mark on your resume. As the global economy changes and as technology alters the kind of jobs that are available to people, we believe that it’s critical that young Swiss people have a more open and adaptable view towards their careers. We think helping to instill a more entrepreneurial mindset into Swiss youth is critical to Switzerland’s ability to compete in the global economy.

Founded in
2016

Who is behind Swisspreneur?

  • Silvan Krähenbühl

    Silvan Krähenbühl

    Co-Founder and former CEO of Gymhopper (acquired by myClubs), Co-Founder of Unicorn Ventures, Business Administration degree of University of St. Gallen, Based in Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Dominique Kunz

    Dominique Kunz

    Community manager and self-sovereign identity geek at Procivis AG. Degree in International Relations from University of St. Gallen. Based in Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Lars Stegmann

    Lars Stegmann

    Co-Founder of Unicorn Ventures, engineering background, digital enthusiast, Based in Berne, Switzerland.

  • Christian Hirsig

    Christian Hirsig

    Founder and former CEO of Atizo, Initiator of TEDxBern, Technology Entrepreneur degree of University St. Gallen. Based in Berne, Switzerland.

  • Alain Chuard

    Alain Chuard

    Founder Wildfire (acquired by Google), Founder AccessTrips.com, Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Stanford MBA. Based in Palo Alto, California.

  • Helena Hlas

    Helena Hlas

    Founder at rentlete, degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary, Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, based in Lucerne, Switzerland.

  • Björn Fröhlich

    Björn Fröhlich

    Former professional handball player and startup enthusiast at Smallpdf, degree in Business Innovation of University of St. Gallen, based in Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Sandro Wicki

    Sandro Wicki

    Mediamatic swiss-champion, talent scout, self-organization and development enthusiast, triathlon lover, based in Berne, Switzerland.

  • Cecilia Sobral

    Cecilia Sobral

    Masters in Literary Theory from the University of Lisbon, teaching an undergraduate course on the side, reading addict, based in Lisbon, Portugal.

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  • How did Swisspreneur.org get started?

    Alain Chuard was inspired to help grow the Swiss entrepreneurial ecosystem as a result of his time as a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute which encourages fellows to launch initiatives that enact positive change in the world. In 2014, after speaking at the Swiss Economic Forum, Alain Chuard met Christian Hirsig and they started to kick around ideas for how to support Swiss entrepreneurs; the end result was Swisspreneur.org.

  • What is your strategy?

    We craft conversations with Swiss founders, business leaders and innovators both in and outside of Switzerland to inspire the next generation of Swiss entrepreneurs. Each episode deconstructs and showcases one person’s personal and professional background. It provides advice and recommendations for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Switzerland.

  • Who finances Swisspreneur.org?

    Operating costs for this nonprofit venture are covered by our founders, generous partners and donors. We use sponsorship money and donations in two ways. First, we use the proceeds to help accelerate the rate of our productions and increase the reach of our content. Second, we may use donations to start new Swisspreneur.org initiatives that are aligned with our mission but for now we have nothing to announce.

  • Who's your target audience?

    Our target audience is aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in Switzerland. These can be university students, young professionals who are contemplating an entrepreneurial career, or existing entrepreneurs. We hope our content will be a catalyst for more young Swiss people to take the plunge into entrepreneurship.

Marketing with Swisspreneur

If you’re looking to reach the Swiss entrepreneurial community, our audience couldn’t be more relevant. We are fast becoming the preeminent hub for Swiss innovators. If you’d like to introduce your brand to our community, we have multiple options including our website Swisspreneur.org, mobile, and our social media properties on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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