• Submission deadline Switzerland

    May 10th 2018

  • Boot Camp Switzerland

    May 31st 2018 -
    June 1st 2018

  • Final Switzerland

    August 31st 2018

Switzerland

Our Team for Switzerland

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

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.

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 Basel we support start-ups from various industries. It is our aim to attract more green start-ups for our program.

 

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!

 

Markus:

What is your background?
I’ve worked in the financial industry for many years. In the context of my professional reorientation, I’ve transformed my hobby into a profession: supporting young entrepreneurs on their path to economic independency.

Why did you become a country lead?
Startup Academy is Climate-KIC’s national partner in Switzerland. It always starts with a good idea. Our ambition is to transform the most promising ideas that tackle climate change into a business reality.

Why do you think this competition is so important?
ClimateLaunchpad is a powerful and systematic program to detect and develop relevant business ideas regarding one of the most important challenges on earth.

How does your organisation support cleantech start-ups?
At Startup Academy Switzerland we support start-ups with our national mentoring programme. We’d like to see significantly more cleantech start-ups in our portfolio.


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National prizes for winners

1st, 2nd, 3rd place prize respectivly win: Startup Academy Incubator Program worth CHF 6,000, 3.000, 2.000. In addition, the top 3 get their travel and accommodation costs provided to attend the international final.

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