• Applications

    open

  • Application Deadline – Switzerland

    To be determined

  • Boot Camp – Switzerland

    To be determined

  • National Finals

    June-August 2021

Switzerland

Our Team for Switzerland

Meet Catherine, Lukas & Marilen, our National Leads for Switzerland!

Catherine:

What is your background?
I have a Master’s Degree in English and Media Studies and have worked as a radio host as well as in communications. Currently, I work at the Startup Academy in Basel where I am in charge of communications and marketing.

Why did you become a country lead?
In my current role at the Startup Academy, I have been promoting and writing about ClimateLaunchpad. This is also how I was able to attend the Boot Camp as well as the National Final in Basel. Getting to know young entrepreneurs from all over the country as well as their green business ideas has been very inspiring and I cannot wait to see which innovative startups join the competition next.

Why do you think this competition is so important?
In order to be able to tackle the negative effects of climate change and preserve our environment, we need a lot of very good, innovative ideas! ClimateLaunchpad supports entrepreneurs who have these ideas and provides both a huge network as well as a great platform for them.

How does your organisation support cleantech start-ups?
At the Startup Academy, we support a wide range of different startups with our mentoring program, workshops as well as by providing access to a large network of people. Having more entrepreneurs with green business ideas join our program is one of our goals!

 

The top 3 together with the National Leads (from left to right): Catherine Riesen (National Lead), Pierandrea Quarta (Re-Company), Alessandro Rotta Loria and Margaux Peltier (Enerdrape), Masoud Talebi Amiri and Matthew Reali (Ponera), and Marilen Dürr (National Lead)

Lukas:

What is your background?
I have a Master’s Degree in Organisational Communications – I am passionate about information design and its analogue and digital implementation. At the Startup Academy Switzerland, I work in the role of a communications- and IT-specialist.

Why did you become a country lead?
ClimateLaunchpad has always been a fascinating initiative to me. After having gotten to know the competition for a while, I had the opportunity to join and become a National Lead in 2020.

Why do you think this competition is so important?
ClimateLaunchpad offers an amazing opportunity for startups to not only find funding and improve their pitch deck, but also build up a network of like-minded colleagues.

How does your organisation support cleantech start-ups?
The Startup Academy specialises in supporting startups throughout the different stages of their development. We continually strive to improve our offering and support for cleantech startups.

 

Jury and National Leads (f.l.t.r.): Catherine Riesen, Claus-Heinrich Daub, Stefanie Fehr, Björn Thoma, Marina Hasler, Adriano Bürgi, Simone Döbelin, Erol Bilecen, and Marilen Dürr

Marilen:

What is your background?
I have a master`s degree in International Management – I am highly fascinated by cross-cultural co-operations and enjoy the innovative working environment with start-ups. Currently, I work in strategy, innovation and sustainability at a regional bank.

Why did you become a country lead?
In the beginning of 2016, I joined the Startup Academy as a Project Manager. I am excited to discover promising ideas that deal with today`s climate change challenges.

Why do you think this competition is so important?
ClimateLaunchpad is the biggest green business ideas competition worldwide. It is important that the best cleantech start-ups get supported and that people get connected through this excellent network. Let`s tackle climate change – one startup at a time!

How does your organisation support cleantech start-ups?
At the Startup Academy Switzerland we support start-ups from various industries. It is our aim to attract more green start-ups for our program.


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National prizes

1st - 3rd place: Startup Academy Guidance Program worth CHF 7,500 (12 months) Runner-up: Startup Academy Guidance Program worth CHF 3,750 (6 months) All remaining participants: Participation in 2 Startup Academy Workshops.

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