About Us

Swiss Startup Invest in a Nutshell (formerly CTI Invest)

  • Leading Financing Platform for Swiss High-Tech Start-up’s
  • Leading force in the professionalization of the Business Angels and Venture Capitalist Ecosystem in Switzerland
  • Leading organizor of value-added events for Swiss High-Tech Start-up’s companies
  • Presenting early but also later stage Start-up’s
  • Inviting Industrial Partners to participate

Background

  • Swiss Startup Invest was founded in May 2003
  • Swiss Startup Invest is a private non-profit organization
  • Swiss Startup Invest is not committed to any political party or religion
  • Only Innovative Start-up companies are presented to the investor members
  • Furthermore also the portfolio companies of our investor members can benefit from this opportunity

Board Members

Christian Wenger
Chairman

Area of Expertise

Finances, Agreements, Negotiations

Investment Focus

Medtech
LifeScience
Biotech
Cleantech
ICT

Role as Startup Supporter

Investor / Mentor
Business Angel

Other Startup Support Functions

Swiss Startup Invest: Founder & Chairman
BlueLion: launched together with City of Zurich, ZKB and Swisscom the incubator
DigitalZurich 2025: Chairman
KICK Foundation: Chairman
Start Angels Network: Member

Philip Bodmer
Vice-Chairman

Area of Expertise

General management along the Value chain: Product Development, Production Logistics, Sales & Marketing

Investment Focus

Technology and Life Science

Role as a Start Up Supporter

Active Business Angel, Lead investor in several Startup Ups

Other Start Up Support Functions

President of the Volkswirtschaftstiftung, Venture Kick Jury Member

Marc Bernegger
Board Member

Area of Expertise

Serial Web Entrepreneur with two Exits since 1999, active as Investor and focusing on Fintech since 2010

Investment Focus

Fintech

Role as Startup Supporter

Business Angel, Fintech-VC (with FinLeap, Next Generation Finance Invest and Orange Growth Capital)

Other Startup Support Functions

Member of the Board at Greater Zurich Area, Pioneers Club PCU and Young SECA, Venture Kick Jury, Advisor at Swiss Finance Startups

Patrick Griss
Board Member

Area of Expertise

Strategy, General Management, R&D

Investment Focus

HealthTech, Technology

Role as Startup Supporter

Investor, Match-Maker

Other Startup Support Functions

Investor, Match-Maker

Rudolf Gygax
Board Member

Area of Expertise

Financing of Start-ups, Life-Science, Start-ups in various stages

Investment Focus

High Tech Startups

Role as Startup Supporter

Angel Investor, Project Coach for Startups

Other Startup Support Functions

Board Member of Swiss Startup Invest,
CTI-coach and member of CTI coaching acceptance team,
Board Member of AVA AG,
Board member of BioBAC,
Board member of Basel BioValley,
Member of StartAngels Network,
Coach and Jury member of venture.ch,
Lecturer at BaselArea.swiss

Stefan Kuentz
Board Member

Area of Expertise

VC financing, corporate venturing, business development in Cloud/SaaS, IoT, Digital Mediatech

Investment Focus

Technology, Digital

Role as Startup Supporter

Investor, board member, coach

Other Startup Support Functions

Investment Director at Swisscom Ventures
Board Member of Swiss Startup Invest

Christian Nagel
Board Member

Area of Expertise

Fast scaling, geographic expansion, product management, fin-tech, insure-tech, IOT, market places

Investment Focus

Digital, technology

Role as Startup Supporter

VC Investor, seed to growth, active board member

Other Startup Support Functions

Board member Swiss Startup Invest

Alain Nicod
Board Member

Area of Expertise

Entrepreneurship, early stage financing

Investment Focus

All high potential technologies with a strong link to CH & universities

Role as Startup Supporter

Investor, Board member

Other Startup Support Functions

Managing Partner vipartners.ch, Board member Swiss Startup Invest and devigier.ch

Michael Sidler
Board Member

Area of Expertise

Venture Capital investments, Life Science cases, generally start and grow startup companies

Investment Focus

Technology (Fintech, Saas, Blockchain, Marketplaces) and Life Sciences (enabling technology platforms, personalized medicine, tools, diagnostics)

Role as Startup Supporter

VC investor, board member, coach, sparring partner

Other Startup Support Functions

Co-founder of Redalpin
CTI-Startup Coach
Board Member of Swiss Startup Invest
VentureKick
Technopark

Management Team

Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier
Managing Director

Area of Expertise

Finance, Pitching, Lean Concept

Investment Focus

High Tech Startups

Role as Startup Supporter

Investor, Project Coach of Startups

Other Startup Support Functions

Managing Director Swiss Startup Factory, Vice-Chairman startupticker.ch

Mike Baur
Deputy Managing Director

Area of Expertise

Finance, Startup DNA, Sales

Investment Focus

ICT Startups

Role as Startup Supporter

Active Business Angel, Co-Founder & CEO Swiss Startup Factory

Other Startup Support Functions

Director & Co-Founder Swiss Startup Association

Christian Brand
Deal Sourcing, Assessment and Pitch Training

Area of Expertise

Start-up Coaching: Business modelling, Marketing, Business and financial planning, Strategic business development

Investment Focus

ICT, Engineering Science

Role as Startup Supporter

Coach, Active Business Angel

Other Startup Support Functions

Technical Consulting, BG&P AG
Expert at BC4HT, DeVigier Foundation and StartCup Ticino

Veronika Riggauer
Project Leader

Premium Partners

Premium

Gold Sponsors

Gold

Silver Sponsors

Silver