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Ready to turn your innovative business idea into reality? Dare to venture forward with us.

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Do you have a stellar idea and want to start your own business? Or you already have your startup, and want to take it off the ground? Then this event is the perfect opportunity to get started! Meet and interact with some of the most interesting people in Switzerland’s startup scene including mentors, industry experts, and investors. Learn about participating in >>venture>>, Switzerland's leading startup competition and how you can earn up to CHF150K in non-dilutive cash prizes, a McKinsey business consulting package and mentorship by industry and entrepreneurial experts!

ABOUT >>venture>>

>>venture>> is the leading competition for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Switzerland awarding over CHF 500'000 in cash prizes. Founded by Dr. Thomas Knecht in 1997, the competition empowers young innovators to develop their business ideas into startup companies. A joint initiative of ETH Zurich, McKinsey & Company, Knecht Holding, Innosuisse and EPFL >>venture>> has been led by the >>venture>> foundation since 2013.


18:00 - 18:20

Welcome by >>venture>> CEO Dr. Lea Firmin

Panel discussion:

- EPFL designated VP for Innovation Dr. Ursula Oesterle

- ETH VP for Knowledge Transfer Prof. Dr. Vanessa Wood

- 2019 >>venture>> winner, DePoly co-founder and CEO Dr. Samantha Anderson

- 2020 >>venture>> winner, Oxyle co-founder and CEO Dr. Fajer Mushtaq

18:20 - 18:30

About >>venture>>

Introduction to the >>venture>> competition and the selection process.

18:30 -18:50

How to build a business case and common mistakes to avoid

Carmen Escaño Serrano and Silvia Marquez Calvet, founders of Nuniq, 2020 Retail and Consumer Services vertical winners, together with >>venture>> juror, business and leadership executive coach Nanci Govinder.

18:50 - 19:00

Q&A from the audience.

18:30 - 19:15

Networking with entrepreneurs, jury members, mentors, and >>venture>> alumni.

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