I got a lot from the SBMA sessions. Acting on a Swiss board has some significant differences to other countries. The SBMA sessions made those differences clear and gave a realistic and pragmatic experience of where a Swiss board member’s attention needs to be.
I was really impressed by the quality and experience of the speakers but also by the great knowledge and niveau of discussion with the participants.
The Startup Board Members Academy is particularly useful because course leaders are successful practitioners, the content is down-to-earth and participants provide excellent networking opportunities. Highly recommended!
Virginie has a strong background in energy, clean-tech, telecommunication and IT sectors. Often called in during transition periods, she helps companies in their fast growing and restructuring phases. She brings her hands-on expertise in C-level management, finance, marketing & communication, and international business development.
Fascinated by organizations in transition, she took part in two IPOs, led a full privatization process and restructured various SMEs as well as MNCs departments in multicultural environments. She is chairman of the board of a government-owned company and serves on the board of directors of several SMEs and start-up companies.
Jacques Hefti has a strong background in founding, developing and coaching startups in ICT, in advanced engineering and in social entrepreneurship. He is currently serving on the board of two service organizations and advises entrepreneurs and board member candidates for startup boards.
Jacques is Co-Director of Startup Campus, one of the leading training and coaching platforms for spin-offs and startups coming from ETH and all major Universities in the German part of Switzerland. He has been teaching strategic management, innovation & entrepreneurship for more than five years and is coordinating the startup activities at the Zurich University of Applied Science in his role as a head of entrepreneurship@zhaw.
Moreover, he has a track record of over 25 years in management positions as a CEO or senior vice president in the interior design, tourism and public transport sectors.
Guillaume is managing partner of Polytech Ventures. He brings with him over ten years of experience in investment management, fund management and corporate finance. In parallel, Guillaume is a finance lecturer at several leading academic institutions and business schools.
Prior to joining Polytech Ventures, Guillaume was Chief Investment Officer and Co-founder of Active Niche Funds SA, an investment firm specialised in the CleanTech sector. Previously, he was responsible for various Venture Capital activities for the LCF Rothschild Group in Geneva. Guillaume started his career with Ernst & Young in Geneva and in New York, where he worked as an M&A consultant on behalf of large US-based Private Equity funds.
He graduated from the Haute Ecole de Gestion (HEIG-VD) in 2002 and subsequently obtained Chartered Certified Accountant qualification (ACCA) as well as an MBA from the Manchester Business School.
Julian is CEO of Swiss Mergers and Acquisitions, a partner in Longbow (high-value asset recovery) and non-executive chairman of Swiss biometrics (face and voice) company Keylemon. He brings with him a wealth of experience of sitting on boards of directors in Europe, USA and the Far East, both as an executive and a non-executive director in start-up and established companies.
Prior to moving to Switzerland, Julian co-founded, via a buyout of a charity’s assets, with 5 others the Shaw Healthcare Group, filling the position of Business Development Director responsible for both financing and contract negotiations, which owns and operates 80 nursing homes and specialist private hospitals. Prior to Shaw Healthcare he was CFO of mobile 3G telecoms infrastructure company start-up Wireless Systems International, which he joined from global Japanese CAD / CAM software group Zuken-Redac where he was Group CFO. Julian’s first commercial role was as CFO of publishing (subscriptions and books) and training company Sewells International.
He is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Dr. Horst, a former Professor for Biochemistry, founded two companies: Nexilis identifies research-innovations through selection of feasible applications, technology proofs and defines/clarifies industrial value in order to develop products in the overlapping field between medical devices and biotechnology. The second company, Accelerex, provides innovative and professional consultancy to small and medium sized medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Accelerex offers objective evaluation of business opportunities and can perform a professional and detailed due diligence service for either inventors or investors.
Until 2004 Dr. Horst was a member of the management team of Synthes AG, one of the leading manufacturers of implants in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology. Prior to this position Dr. Horst worked with Geistlich Pharma AG, a major manufacturer for biomaterials used in dental surgery.
In addition Dr. Horst is a long standing CTI start-up coach and he is a member and chairman of the board of directors in several small size and start-up companies in Switzerland, Germany and UK.
Michel Jaccard is the founder of id est avocats, and a widely respected tech | media, IP and corporate law expert. He teaches and publishes extensively and is regularly invited to speak and lecture at international forums in his fields of practice. He also maintains a blog on Technologies, Media and Innovation, chairs the Jury of the Prix Strategis for Innovation, and is a member of the national jury for the Swiss ICT Awards.
Karim is a partner in our Zurich office and heads the firm’s startup desk. In this capacity, Karim has been advising founders, startups and investors for many years in connection with venture capital transactions, employee participation programs and exits (M&A). Karim is a co-founder and member of the board of the Swiss Startup Association and regularly acts as speaker in the area of venture capital. He also engages in political discussions that are related to the promotion of the Swiss startup ecosystem. Karim further has long-standing expertise in advising companies and individuals in general matters of corporate and contract law.
Jean-Marc Wismer is a serial entrepreneur in the fields of IT and medical devices and a former executive with a large multinational organization. He has a history of building companies from early stage to international growth, with strong experience in carving out strategies for complex businesses, in product development, in private equity financing, in regulatory affairs, in operations and growth management, and in marketing and sales. He holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and an MBA from the IMD. Jean-Marc is also a business consultant, teaches and lectures entrepreneurship with various organizations.
Jean spent over 20 years in technology oriented companies. His domains of expertise range from international sales to management of large telecom projects. While an executive in large multinational companies, he experienced many of the domestic and international development stages of a corporation. Jean is also an entrepreneur and started several ventures which have been successfully sold. Jean is currently a partner and board member of several small and medium-sized companies and start-ups. He also works as a consultant, advising entrepreneurs and SMEs.
The training will take place on
afternoons from 2 to 6 PM in Zurich, Switzerland.